How Much Does a Siberian Husky Shed?

"Sopie was here" 10 minutes of brushing.
One of the things that people love the most about the Siberian Husky is their thick, beautiful, fluffy coats.  Huskies come in a variety of colors and color combinations.  Sophie's coat is a beautiful copper red trimmed in snow white.

Unless you have actually lived with a Sibe, you have no idea just how much this breed sheds.  They shed in the spring.  They shed in the summer.  They shed in the winter and they shed in the fall.  The husky is always shedding and it's always an amazing amount of hair.

If you are new to Siberian Husky ownership or if you are thinking about getting a husky, it is important that you consider the amount of time that it takes to maintain the Sibe's coat.  Daily brushing is ideal.  Every few days is a really good idea and weekly is a must.  These dogs put out a LOT of hair.

The majority of the shedding comes from the downy undercoat.  The Husky's coat consists of two layers.  The regular dog hair textured outer coat and a soft, downy undercoat.  The undercoat reminds me of rabbit fur with the soft texture and thinner hair.  It's fuzzy, thin and it comes to the surface of the coat like little tufts when the dog sheds.

Sophie after a bath.
One of the things that are a plus with the Siberian Husky's beautiful coat is that unless the dog has rolled in something undesirable, they rarely ever put off that stinky dog odor.  I'm not sure how they are able to accomplish this, but when talking to other Sibe owners, they will say that they have never encountered a Sibe that smells.

Care of the Husky coat only takes a few minutes when it is done every day.  When they are brushed on a daily basis, the shedding annoyance can be kept to a minimum.  Once this habit is formed, the dog will only need to receive a heavy brushing one every couple of weeks.

Something that you will never want to do to a Siberian Husky is shave their fur unless it is an emergency situation that requires it.  Shaving will not cut down on shedding and can harm the dog in the long run.  Their coat is designed to protect them from the sun's rays in addition to cold weather.  Even in the summer time when it seems like a good idea, it isn't, and you may end up with a sick dog from sunburn or heat exhaustion.

Having the right type of comb and grooming tools are essential when you own a Siberian Husky.  I use a rake comb in addition to a shedding blade on Sophie's thick fur.  Alternating the two and brushing in the opposite direction of hair growth will cut down on how much hair ends up on you and in your home.

Here is a great article that I wrote on how to groom a Siberian Husky is you are needing a step by step explanation on the best way to brush your Sibe.  It even includes directions for cutting the long hair that grows on their feet and in between the toes.

After all, a well groomed Siberian Husky makes for a happy dog and a happier owner because excessive dog hair is nothing to sneeze at.


  1. For those with allergies, dog who shed a lot is a no-no. Stay away from animals that can trigger tremendous sneezing spells or itchiness. You're right though, that husky do shed a lot, but if you're allergic, pivot to a non-shedding dog like Yorkshire Terrier or even a standard Poodle. Beagles seem to shed a bit and I think it's quite minimal and can easily be cleaned up. If you want to learn what other breeds are non-shedding dogs, click on the link