The Siberian Husky is a medium sized, strong, graceful, and tenacious sled dog. He is handsome, energetic, dignified, alert, eager to please, and very adaptable. Quick, light on his feet and graceful in action, he is extremely intelligent, independent, and can be very stubborn. He is, however, affectionate, gentle and friendly. The Siberian's friendly nature makes him an unlikely candidate as a watchdog, however, his appearance is often seen as a deterrent to intruders.
The Siberian has a strong predatory instinct and care must be taken around small animals, such squirrels, rabbits, hamsters and cats, which maybe viewed as prey. This breed has a strong desire to run, and is part of his heritage, therefore the Siberian is not a dog who can be left unrestrained as he will run if the opportunity is there for him to do so.
The Siberian does not typically bark, he does however, talk in a soft "woo woo" sound and also howls quite well. Owners of multiple Siberians experience this and it is typical of the pack orientated breed that he is.
There are four artic breeds recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute, the Samoyed and the Canadian Eskimo Dog. There are also various cross breeds know as Alaskan Huskies. The Siberian Husky is the only recognized breed for which the term "Husky" is part of the breed's name.