What are good qualities to look for in a siberian husky puppy?

I put a deposit down on a litter that is about to be born. The pedigrees of the parents are really good. But once the puppies are born, what are some characteristics to look for in the new born puppies? Specifically a wide mask and body size.
Are you going to sled your dog? If you are going to train it for pulling or any kind of work you need an athletic dog. I am guessing since you have taken time to look at pedigrees and down pay on a litter not already born, that you have done much research into this breed and know the tendencies and characteristics of there temperments. You know how active they can be and dont always make the best house dogs, or couch potatoes. Masks and Markings are not really worried about if you are conformation showing, there isnt much weight put on markings or color in the show ring. I think the only solid it can be is White. Otherwise all markings in all normal husky colors are accepted. A true bred husky wont have big goofy spots or anything. They have several typical patterns. They base more on the coat, the texture, the length, the way it lays on the dog. Also they look at size and muscular build. I guess since the puppy will be new born, its going to be impossible to tell which puppy will be show quality till they are much much older, a dog around maybe 6 to 8 months will tell you if its show quality. Thats the problem with picking a dog not born yet. Typically if the parents are champion show dogs, and bred with Showing in mind and the breeders are careful and precise, the majority of the litter may be showable, with a few pet quality exceptions. Keep in mind if you are unknowledgeable in looking at good quality puppies these breeders could pull a fast one on you. They will see your in experiance and may pawn a pup that is not a good specimen on you and mark it up to, "getting rid" of the undesirable in the litter. So just get out there and do lots of research. Now if you are buying for pulling sleds, then you have to ask yourself what kind of dog do i need in my line. IF you are looking for a lead dog, or a middle dog, or a steadier. They are all diffrent personality dogs and you wont see that either till the puppy is much older. So gageing newborns is impossible. You got to go with instinct and hope the dog turns out as to what you wanted.

  • atabb

    how adorable its little face is!!! lol
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  • rattgrrrl

    check the akc site for the breed standards. Make sure both parents have their ortho reports on hips, etc…

    akc.org
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  • texelgirl2

    Are you going to sled your dog? If you are going to train it for pulling or any kind of work you need an athletic dog. I am guessing since you have taken time to look at pedigrees and down pay on a litter not already born, that you have done much research into this breed and know the tendencies and characteristics of there temperments. You know how active they can be and dont always make the best house dogs, or couch potatoes. Masks and Markings are not really worried about if you are conformation showing, there isnt much weight put on markings or color in the show ring. I think the only solid it can be is White. Otherwise all markings in all normal husky colors are accepted. A true bred husky wont have big goofy spots or anything. They have several typical patterns. They base more on the coat, the texture, the length, the way it lays on the dog. Also they look at size and muscular build. I guess since the puppy will be new born, its going to be impossible to tell which puppy will be show quality till they are much much older, a dog around maybe 6 to 8 months will tell you if its show quality. Thats the problem with picking a dog not born yet. Typically if the parents are champion show dogs, and bred with Showing in mind and the breeders are careful and precise, the majority of the litter may be showable, with a few pet quality exceptions. Keep in mind if you are unknowledgeable in looking at good quality puppies these breeders could pull a fast one on you. They will see your in experiance and may pawn a pup that is not a good specimen on you and mark it up to, "getting rid" of the undesirable in the litter. So just get out there and do lots of research. Now if you are buying for pulling sleds, then you have to ask yourself what kind of dog do i need in my line. IF you are looking for a lead dog, or a middle dog, or a steadier. They are all diffrent personality dogs and you wont see that either till the puppy is much older. So gageing newborns is impossible. You got to go with instinct and hope the dog turns out as to what you wanted.
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    9 Years being an Abuse/Neglect Officer, Animal control, Shelter Manager, Foster mother,and wildlife rehaber. Also breeder/owner of many diffrent types of animals for all my life.

  • hero_racer2001

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/siberian_husky/index.cfm

    Those are the "Breed Standards" for AKC compitions. (Meaning those are the best limitations they can have.)

    Not saying you will have them compete in dog shows.

    The best thing to do, is to ask to see the parents "papers" to verify that they are pure-breeds.

    Ask to see the vet records for these pets, and look for things like heart worm, hip problems, arthritis. And other major health problems.

    Most husky's that are the "norm" great, will have a "Bandit" kind of mask. They will have a lower half (Mainly legs, chest, tummy, and half of the tail) will be white, the top part, (The head, the back, the rest of the tail), will be a gray. The mask should be black. They will have medium paws, (Not small, and not huge).

    Husky's are a "medium" sized dog, they shouldn't look like "huge" dogs that are intimidating, though, they shouldn't be petite sissy dogs either.

    All this will be explained in the link I provided. Good luck with those puppies!
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    http://www.akc.org

  • siberianagility2002

    First of all a mask of any size is cosmetic, as well as eye colour and coat colour. Just because your little puppy has a mask does not mean it will keep it, the markings will change with age. Body size – well that will depend on male or female and what it is that you want the dog for. I would be more interested in the CERF and OFA results, are both parents tested and clear of hereditary eye and hip disorders. What guarantee does the breeder provide against hereditary defects? Picking a puppy as a newborn is not advisable. Wait until they are at least 6 weeks, this is when you will begin to see personalities developing. If your breeder is knowledgeable they will be able to help you pick your puppy depending on what you want the puppy for. Please remember that no matter which puppy you pick it will be a part of your life for the next 12-15 years and it will require allot of training. Good Luck.
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    Trainer and breeder of Siberian Huskies since 1986.

The Siberian Husky Manual