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The Siberian Retriever is also called a Husky Lab Mix, Lab Husky Mix or Labrador Retriever Husky Mix and is a medium to large mixed breed the result of breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Siberian Husky. He has a life span of 10 to 15 years and is multi-talented participating in activities that include competitive obedience, agility, retrieving, military, police, search and rescue, sledding, narcotics, tracking, Guide dog for the blind, hunting, service dog for the disabled, watchdog and carting.
|Here is the Siberian Retriever at a Glance|
|Average height||up to 25 inches|
|Average weight||40 to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Short to medium, silky, double|
|Shedding||Moderate and seasonal highs|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Barking||Occasional to frequent|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Very good to excellent|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization as can see small animals as prey to chase|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||No|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to good|
|Trainability||Easy to train but need to be firm|
|Exercise Needs||Highly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Fairly high|
|Major Health Concerns||Eye problems, OCD, epilepsy, heart problems, bloat,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, cold tail, skin problems, ear infections,|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 to $800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $600|
Where does the Siberian Retriever come from?
The Siberian Retriever is thought to have been first deliberately bred in the last two decades, being one of many designer dogs that have appeared in recent years. Some breeders are trying to do this as responsibly as possible, using purebreds with health clearances and proven temperaments. Some are just jumping on the trend and taking advantage of the fact some people do not research who they are buying from and will spend a lot of money for no reason. For the sake of the dogs do not be one of the buyers! With little if nothing known about who bred this hybrid and why all we have in terms of origins are the details about the parents.
The Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever's beginnings are in Canada, Newfoundland. It was the start of the 1700s and they were then called St John's dogs after the capital of Newfoundland. St John dogs then were bred to be working dogs and companions, helping fishermen retrieving fish and line towing and then being a family dog at the end of the day. When visiting English sportsmen saw then they took some back to England with them to use when hunting, one of those was the 2nd earl of Malmesbury and it was the 3rd earl who called them Labradors. In the 1880s the breed disappeared from Canada but thankfully continued to thrive in England.
The Lab has become the most popular purebred in several countries both as a working dog and as a companion. He is sweet, intelligent, eager to please and friendly making him easy to train. He gets on with children, other dogs and other animals. He has a lot of energy and can be a bit boisterous and needs a lot of physical and mental activity.
The Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is an old breed and it is thought he comes from a Siberians tribe of nomads known as the Chukchi. He was used as a means of faster transportation pulling sleds and was also a family dog. Often the tribe's children would sleep with the Husky for practical reasons such as warmth and protection and for other reasons such as comfort. When the Alaskan gold rush started in 1908 the Husky was used for pulling sleds then, and also were entered into dog sled races like the All Alaska Sweepstakes.
Today if you want a Husky you need to be prepared to be a clear and firm pack leader as he will test that now and then. He is a pack animals still and will need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent poor and destructive behavior. He is a social animal and love to show off and be at the center of family events. He is not a great watchdog as he is friendly to everyone. He is gentle and loyal and loving. He can be very playful too.
The Husky Lab Mix or Siberian Retriever is a very intelligent, lively, energetic and happy dog who will crave attention and want to participate in everything the family is doing. He is affectionate and loyal too and is need for his owner and family to be close means that he can suffer from separation anxiety if left for long periods alone. He is a great family dog, he can be very patient and good natured. Early socialization is important to prevent him being timid.
What does a Siberian Retriever look like
The Siberian Retriever is a medium to large dog weighing 40 to 60 pounds and measuring up to 25 inches tall. He usually has a triangular shaped head with ears that are pointy some are droopy some are erect. His eyes can be different colors, like blue or brown and he often has one eye one color and the other eye the other. He has long webbed paws, long legs, a curled tail and a double coat that is a short to medium length and silky. Common colors are brown, copper, tan, chocolate, black and white.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Siberian Retriever need to be?
He loves to play and like his retriever parent he loves the water too. He has a lot of energy and is very active so needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation. He needs owners who are committed to being physically active each day and is therefore not best suited to older people or anyone really who has a less than active lifestyle. He would enjoy two brisk long walks, running or jogging with you, jogging while you cycle, swimming, hiking, going to a dog park and playing games like Frisbee, having a yard in which he can play and investigate. He does like to dig so it may be an idea to have a section in the yard where he is allowed to!
Is he easy to train?
He is intelligent and eager to please and inclined to listen to his owner, all aspects he gets from his lab side. This makes him easy to train. The Husky side of him means he will test his owner's leadership now and then so you need to remain firm, positive but consistent. Hopefully that stubborn side if him will be outweighed by the Lab's agreeableness. Every dog should receive early socialization and training to give you a dog who is well rounded and the best he can be.
Living with a Siberian Retriever
How much grooming is needed?
He is moderate maintenance in terms of grooming, his shedding is average to high as it increases during seasonal times, and you will need to vacuum up after him quite often. Brushing him once a day will help control it somewhat and will keep his coat healthy. The coat is easy to brush though and he will just need a bath when he gets especially dirty. He will also need his teeth brushed at least three times a week, his nails clipped when they get too long and his ears checked and wiped clean once a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
He does better when raised with other animals as otherwise he can see then as prey to chase. Early socialization and training are also important. When this has happened he is good with other pets and dogs. He is usually good with children and they should be taught how to play nicely with him too.
He is a good watchdog and will bark to alert you of strangers entering the home. He should be fed at least twice a day and he needs 2 1/2 to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food daily altogether. He is better in colder climates than hot but does okay in warm ones. He can be a frequent barker which is something to consider if you have picky neighbors.
There are no known major health concerns with the Siberian Retriever but it is fairly early days for this mixed breed. There is a chance he could inherit the conditions of his parents, or being more prone to certain conditions because of them. These include Eye problems, OCD, epilepsy, heart problems, bloat, Joint dysplasia, cold tail, skin problems and ear infections. You can ensure your puppy has better odds at better health by only buying from a good breeder and one that is happy to show you health clearances for puppy and for parents.
Costs involved in owning a Siberian Retriever
A Siberian Retriever is not an easy mixed breed to find right now as it is not a super trendy designer dog to own. At the moment one will cost between $300 to $800. He will require a collar and leash and a crate at a cost of $160 to $180. Initial medical requirements for deworming, shots, blood tests, micro chipping and neutering will cost $290 to $330. Ongoing medical costs each year for vaccinations, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups will be $485 to $600. Ongoing non-medical costs each year for food, toys, treats, license and training come to $510 to $600.
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This is a great family dog as long as you have a good sized yard and are active and happy to spend time with him outside. He suits a family too who are not often off on trips or business trips leaving him alone for long periods. He would be a great loyal working dog or companion for the owner who can give him an interesting and active life and does not mind the shedding!