Is a Siberian the right breed for you?
Siberians are relatively easy keepers, but their thick coats require weekly brushing. When they are blowing out their coat, which they do twice a year, they will require daily brushing. New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily, whether through walks or an enclosed space in which to run. I also bike with my adults, however this should not be attempted until the dog has reached maturity. Predatory instincts are strong, so Siberians should be supervised around small animals in and around the home.
Siberians are loyal and loving. They DO NOT make good guard dogs. They look frightening, but the only intention a Siberian has when he is running towards you is to cover every exposed inch of you with kisses. Siberians make excellent companions for people of any age. They love the snow. Most Siberians would rather be outside than inside. They come in a variety of coat colors, patterns, and eye colors. They make excellent walking partners and are very intelligent & strong willed.
Siberians WILL run! I do not recommend letting your Siberian loose. Chances are you will never catch him/her. They must have a fenced in yard or be exercised on a leash daily. Siberians are very active and require a lot of exercise. If you put up a fence, it should be at least 6 feet high. I used to own a Siberian who could jump my 6 foot fences easily. Siberians, like most dogs, will dig. Siberians do not get along with cats/small animals unless they are raised with them as a puppy. Siberians are pack animals, so it is best if possible to have 2 of them. (However in most case that isn’t a bad thing! Once you have a Siberian, it’s hard not to get another.)
Please choose the breed that is right for your family!