Siberian Retriever

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40-55 lbs
Siberian Husky
Labrador Retriever
Husky Lab, Lab Husky, Labrador Retriever Husky Mix, Labsky, Huskador

The Siberanian Retriever, also known as the Husky Lab or the Lab Husky Mix, is a medium to large dog that can measure up to 25 inches tall. These dogs are very friendly, playful, and affectionate. They are excellent companions, are great as guide dogs, and work well for police purposes as these dogs are very smart and obedient. The Siberian Retriever may have hunting instincts, therefore early socialization is recommended. When properly trained and given the opportunity to interact, they do great with children and other animals. This attractive hybrid has silky fur that can be black, white, gray, chocolate, and a mix of these colors. 

Working Dog, Companion
Date of Origin
Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever

Siberian Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Siberian Retriever size stats
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 45-60 lbs
Female Siberian Retriever size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Problems
  • Skin Diseases
Minor Concerns
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Arthritis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Neurological Examination
  • Blood Count
  • Complete Physical Examination

Siberian Retriever Breed History

The Siberian Retriver comes from the breeding of a Labrador Retriever with a Siberian Husky. The breeding of this designer-dog started two decades ago. The Labrador Retriever origins are in Canada, more specifically in the northeastern Atlantic coast of the country, in Newfoundland. At first, the breed was dubbed St. John’s dog after the capital of the region of origin. In the 1700s, the local fishermen owned Labradors for companion use and assistance with the catching of the fish. These dogs would work with the fishermen during the day and spend the night with the family. It is believed the St. John’s dog descended from the Newfoundland dog and small water dogs. Eventually, the English noticed these dogs and observed their good disposition and obedience, and decided to take them to England to be retrievers for hunting. The second Earl of Malmesbury took St. John’s dogs to England in 1830, being one of the first Englishmen to do it. He was also the first person to call these dogs Labradors. This breed was almost extinct in the 1880s and the Malmesbury family is credited with saving the breed. In Newfoundland, the government set restrictions and taxes for having these dogs. The restrictions were that one was allowed to own only one dog and having a female was highly taxed. This caused the disappearance of the breed in the region. These dogs are now the most popular breed in America and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917. The breed was imported in the 1920s and 1930s from England. The Siberian Husky dogs are believed to come from the Chukchi, a Siberian tribe of nomads. There’s not much information about this breed’s origin, but it is known they are one of the oldest dog breeds thanks to DNA tests. The Chuckchi tribes used the Siberian Huskies for fast transportation, and they were as well family dogs, interacting with children. In 1908, this breed was imported to Alaska to be sled dogs during the gold rush. The Huskies raced in the 408-mile dogsled race All-Alaska Sweepstakes, and are still current competitors in the Sweepstakes. It is recorded that the last Siberian Husky exportation from Siberia was in 1930 when the borders were closed. The Husky was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.  

Siberian Retriever Breed Appearance

The Siberian Retriever is a large dog that can be up to 25 inches tall. They have a silky, double-layer coat that can be short to medium in length. They come in a variety of colors like black, white, golden, chocolate, tan, and a combination of any of these colors. They can have piercing eyes in blue, brown, and hazel, and some dogs have different-colored eyes, like one blue and one brown. Generally, the Husky Lab dogs have a triangular-shaped head, with pointed ears that can be either droopy or upright.  These dogs have strong, athletic bodies with a pointed, curled tail.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Siberian Retriever eyes
hazel Siberian Retriever eyes
brown Siberian Retriever eyes
amber Siberian Retriever eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Siberian Retriever nose
brown Siberian Retriever nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Siberian Retriever coat
brown Siberian Retriever coat
gray Siberian Retriever coat
white Siberian Retriever coat
cream Siberian Retriever coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Siberian Retriever straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Siberian Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Siberian Retriever is a double-coated breed, with silky hair that can be short to medium length. They are moderate shedders, although they may experience seasonal high shedding. Brushing daily with a pin brush is recommended to eliminate the dead hair and help them maintain healthy skin. Their ears should be checked and cleaned weekly to avoid infections, and their nails clipped when they get too long. Baths are required when they get too dirty or smelly. Remember that bathing too often might irritate and dry their skin. It is also recommended to brush their teeth three times a week to avoid dental decay and other issues. 

Brushes for Siberian Retriever
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Siberian Retriever requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Siberian Retriever Temperament

The Siberian Retriever is an energetic, lively, intelligent, and loyal dog. They crave a lot of attention and playtime, and suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long. This hybrid is not a dog recommended for people who travel too often, as they get depressed. They are happy and active, and are great companions who will do best in a home with a yard. They do like to be indoors with their family, especially when it’s raining. These dogs might inherit a hunting instinct, therefore, early socialization is a must in order for these dogs to have a good relationship with other animals. They are also great with kids, but it is important to train the children to be careful and to respect the animal. This mixed-breed is excellent for work as they are very trainable, obedient and eager to please. They may also inherit the need to test their owners from the Husky side, so remaining firm and positive is important. 

Siberian Retriever Activity Requirements

These designer dogs require a lot of activity to stay healthy and happy, and to avoid boredom. They live best in houses with a yard. They require two daily walks also to avoid becoming overweight, as they may over eat and like to lay around thanks to their Labrador genes. These dogs also love swimming, as well as interactive games like Frisbee, carting, and agility games as they need mental stimulation. This breed is definitely for people with an active lifestyle and they will happily join you in running, jogging or fast walking. Taking them to a big park where they can run leash-free is an excellent activity for them. These dogs will also accompany their owners very willingly on a cycling adventure, so they are great exercise companions. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Siberian Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Siberian Retriever Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Siberian Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Siberian Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 23 lbs
12 Months
Male Siberian Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Siberian Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Male Siberian Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Siberian Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 47 lbs

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