In the year 2011, we got a Siberian Husky puppy.
She has blue eyes, big ears, and looks a bit like a gray wolf. As a puppy, she was a very energetic little bundle of fur, but she also has a very sweet, and affectionate disposition.
After much deliberation, we decided to name her Lara, after a super-powerful vampire girl from The Dresden Files. This character captures puppy’s personality very well. Puppy can be brave and fierce, especially while rough-housing with my two other dogs, but she can also be sugar and spice when looking for tummy rubs and treats.
Husky Lara is now over 3 years old, so I thought it would be fun to create a picture chronicle of her first 3 months.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 5 Weeks Old
We visited Lara when she was only 5 weeks old. At 5 weeks, the puppies are already play-biting and able to learn simple commands with reward training techniques.
However, they still spend a fair amount of time sleeping, as you can see in the picture below.
Another interesting thing to note is that most of the Husky puppies have floppy ears (see right). Siberian Husky puppies are born with floppy ears, which usually become erect as they mature. The Husky face mask will also lighten as puppy gets older, especially around the eyes.
Lara had a cute pink nose when she was 5 weeks old. In general, Siberian Huskies have darker pigmentation on their nose, in order to protect it from sun-burn.
It is best not to remove a puppy from the litter until she is at least 8 weeks old. Very young puppies learn important lessons from their mother and litter-mates, including how to properly interact with other dogs, as well as how to control the force of their bites. Here is more on the risks of taking a puppy home too early.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 8.5 Weeks Old
When Lara reached 8.5 weeks old, we brought here home. These are the first pictures we took on that day.
She was tiny, but full of vim and curiosity. I started with puppy obedience training right away, and Lara quickly learned the words Sit and Down, on her very first day. She is a very clever puppy!
Note that her ears are now perky, and her pink nose is mostly filled in with dark pigmentation.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 9 Weeks Old
At 9 weeks old, Husky puppy is still very small. However, she is also fierce, and not afraid to mix-it-up with the two larger adult dogs.
At the bottom, I have three pictures that compare the size of puppy with an adult Siberian Husky.
It is a good idea to supervise puppy very closely when she is playing with larger dogs. During a rigorous play session, Lara got accidentally stepped on by Shiba Inu Sephy, and sprained her rear leg. As a result, she had to go through a very unpleasant vet visit, and endure leg pain for several days after that.
We were lucky it wasn’t anything more serious. After this fun experience, I made sure to keep her on-leash while playing outside, and to have many small play-breaks so that nobody gets over-excited.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 10 Weeks Old
At this point, Lara is fitting in well with the other dogs.
In the beginning, Shiba Sephy was somewhat stand-offish towards puppy. However, I did a lot of group obedience training sessions, and introduced puppy to the other dogs in a very positive and rewarding context.
After about 10 days, Sephy accepted puppy into his very exclusive Shiba-circle-of-trust.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 11 to 12 Weeks Old
Now that puppy is 11 weeks old, we are socializing her to a range of new experiences.
The weather is getting warmer so we brought out the little dog pool to see if Lara would enjoy the cool water. She was curious initially, but quickly lost interest. Instead, she prefers to put her head below the water spigot and have a shower!
Note how fast Husky puppy is growing! You can see in the pictures below that she is now almost Shiba-size.
Siberian Husky Puppies
What do you think of Siberian Husky puppies?
I love the look and temperament of Sibes, but as with any other dog breed, they have their own unique challenges.
Siberian Huskies shed a lot, are extremely energetic, and require a lot of exercise. They are independent minded, and can have very high prey drive. This makes it risky for them to go off-leash in an unenclosed area.
Before getting a puppy, definitely do some research on the good and bad of Siberian Huskies.