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The Siberpoo is a mixed breed the result of breeding a Poodle with a Siberian Husky. She lives for 10 to 13 years and has talents in agility. She is a large dog also called a Huskydoodle, Poosky and Huskapoo. She is expressive and a sweet and friendly dog though she does need attention or she can act out.
The Siberpoo is not a super easy dog to opt for as she has certain needs when it comes to attention and she needs you to have a lot of patience with training. She is best with families with older children or couples. She may be a little too active and difficult for seniors unless you are active and experienced yourself! She will be very loyal and loving though when she is happy and can be very sweet.
|Here is the Siberpoo at a Glance|
|Average height||13 to 22 inches|
|Average weight||45 to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Double, medium to long, silky, wavy or wiry and curly|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to excellent|
|Tolerance to Cold||Very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good with the right family|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Very high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate - best with a yard|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate - training can be hard|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Cushings, Von Willebrands, Addisons, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, bloat, patellar luxation, eye problems, Legg-Perthes,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, skin problems|
|Life Span||10 to 13 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$650 to $1500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $1050|
Where does the Siberpoo come from?
The Siberpoo is an example of a designer dog. This is what these mixed breeds are being called. Over the last 3 decades there has been an incredible increase in popularity and demand for designer dogs from the famous and the public. This has lead to a huge variety of different mixed breeds being created some with thought and success and some with not much of either! The mixed breed boon has also had the undesirable effect of creating more puppy mills and bad breeders seeing it as a way to make a lot of money from people willing to pay silly prices. They do not care for their animals so often these dogs have health problems all their life too. When looking at designer dogs as a pet it is vital you find a good place to buy from or just go rescue one from a shelter.
Most designer dogs have little if any information about their origins. So by looking at the parents we can get a better feel for what might go into the offspring. Do not let a breeder tell you they can promise things like looks and temperament or allergy friendly. With this kind of breeding genetics cannot be controlled and anything can happen. You could get a Siberpoo with the best of the Poodle and Husky, but you could also get one with the worst.
The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.
They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.
The Siberian Husky
We known from DNA tests that this is one of the oldest dog breeds around today. It is thought he comes from a dog the Siberian nomads had called the Chukchi. These dogs were used as sled dogs and as family dogs. Children usually slept with them to get warmth and comfort. He came to Alaska in 1908 where he was used as a sled dog and entered into dogsled races.
Today the Siberian Husky is still a pack animal and so needs an owner who can establish himself as pack leader very clearly. If you do this successfully it will make training easier. But be prepared he does like to test the rules. He is a lot of energy and needs to be exercised and stimulated enough otherwise he can become destructive. He has a mischievous nature and loves to play and show off their abilities. He is not a barker but he does howl so you will need understanding neighbors! Because they are friendly and gentle in nature they are not good as watchdogs.
The Siberpoo is a cheerful, expressive and friendly dog who needs a certain amount of attention of she can become destructive and aggressive. With the right amount of attention and exercise she is calm and sweet natured though. She is intelligent so needs stimulation to prevent boredom setting in. She can be firendly with other pets and children. She is loyal and loves to be with people. She cannot be left alone for long periods of time as she can suffer from separation anxiety. Alone she can get herslef into a lot of trouble as she acts out.
What does the Siberpoo look like
She is a large dog weighing 45 to 60 pounds and measuring 13 to 22 inches tall. The Siberpoo has a rounded head, ears that hang down and small dark eyes. Her nose is black and she has a body that is sturdy and strong. She has a double coat that can be like either the Husky or the Poodle so can be long, wavy and silky or more wiry and curly. Coloring is usually white, black or brown and she can have markings on her chest and face.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Siberpoo need to be?
She is not really suited for living in an apartment as she needs access to a yard to play in, even if it is small in size. She is a fairly active dog and will need a certain amount of physical and mental activity each day to keep her happy, healthy, better behaved and calm. Trips to a dog park, play time, various toys to rotate through are all good ideas. She loves the water and swimming, she also likes to play fetch and chase balls. She can be an escape artist so make sure if she is left in a yard that it is well fenced. A couple of good walks a day plus play time should keep her happy.
Does she train quickly?
She is smart but she is not always easy to train because she can be stubborn and sensitive and wanting to do other more fun things. Therefore make the training engaging and fun, keep it short, positive and use treats and praise to encourage her. Do not scold or physically punish her, it will not help and actually will make it worse. Early socialization and training are important to tame the side of her that can get highly strung.
Living with a Siberpoo
How much grooming is needed?
Grooming depends on the coat she has. One more like a Poodles can be long and curly, it will need daily brushing to remove snarls and regular trimming or clipping at a groomers every couple of months. It will be low shedding though and is more likely to be hypoallergenic. A coat more like the Husky's will shed more moderately, will need brushing at least every other day and is less likely to be hypoallergenic. Either way only bathe when she gets really dirty or smelly! Too frequent bathing can hurt her natural oils. She will also need her nails clipped when they get too long, her teeth brushed at least two to three times a week and her ears checked and wiped clean once a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She needs help to get along with children, being raised with them helps as does early socialization and training. She is better with older children who know when to approach her and when not to. In the right family she can be playful, loving and protective with them. Younger children should be supervised just because when she is upset or frustrated it can bring out that aggressive side in her where she might nip. She gets along fine with other pets and dogs.
She barks occasionally and will need to be fed 2 1/2 to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, divided into at least two meals. She is good in most climates.
Pets get ill, things happen this is a part of being a responsible dog owner. But there are some things you can do to improve the odds when buying your puppy. Go visit her at the breeders to see where she has been raised, the cleanliness and health of the other animals there. Ask to see parental health clearances too so that you can see there is less chance of her inheriting a hereditary issue. Things to watch for with Poodle and Husky parents include Cushings, Von Willebrands, Addisons, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, bloat, patellar luxation, eye problems, Legg-Perthes, Hip dysplasia and skin problems.
Costs involved in owning a Siberpoo
A Siberpoo puppy will cost between $650 to $1500. She will need to have blood tests, chipping, shots, deworming, checking over by a vet and eventually spaying. These costs come to $290 to $320. Items she will need include some food bowls, collar and leash and crate which comes to $160 to $180. Each year there will be more costs, the basics of which cover non medical needs like food, treats, license, training, toys and grooming coming to between $510 to $1050. There will also be annual basic medical needs for things like flea prevention, vaccinations, check ups and pet insurance. That could be between $485 to $600.
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