I'm amused and a little dismayed at how those who have told you that "any" breed of dog is fine for a first time owner, as long as you are prepared to own a dog. It is people who assume that Siberians are "just like any other dog" that should never own them.
The reasons I don't recommend a Siberian for a novice dog owner are as follows:
1. They don't do things just because it will please you. They have to see the point, and they have to see what's in it for them. Making you happy isn't good enough.
2. They don't think lying by your feet for hours at a time is fun. Being near you isn't heaven...unless there is nothing else to do. A Siberian can almost always find something else to do.
3. If you've never dealt with a shedding dog before, a Siberian will be a real eye opener. They don't just shed hair, they blow coat in huge tufts, which stick to everything.
4. If you've never obedience trained a dog before, a Siberian is not a good dog to start with. If they don't respect you, they won't pay you the slightest bit of attention. Pushing the envelope is their favorite pastime. You need to be aware of what motivates them, and you need to understand that most Siberians are obedient on *their terms*, not yours.
With all due respect to Genie, her dog is 5 months old. She has 12-14 years left, and the hard part hasn't even started yet. Siberian puppies are stellar: whip-smart, impish, clever little creatures that learn to sit for a treat in the blink of an eye. They are off-leash responsive, and they think you're great. Then...at about 10-12 months old, they wake up and realize they're Siberians, and they don't care what you think.
This is why most of our rescues are 18 mos.-3 years old when we get them; people can't deal with the adolescent/young adult.
If you have a well-fenced yard, understand that your dog cannot be allowed off-lead (and still must have a fair amount of exercise), understand that it will likely kill cats, birds, and rodents, and are willing to commit to firm, fair, consistent obedience training from the very beginning, you might be fine.
But if you expect your Siberian to romp loose through the fields with you, fetch your paper, protect your home, and wait patiently outside for you when you stop into a store...you will be sorely disappointed.
Hope this helps.
PS - I don't recommend alpha rolling your puppy to establish dominance (holding it belly up until it "submits") as someone suggested...lower pack members don't submit because they are *forced* to, they do it because they recognize their rank. Making the dog work for every reward it receives is a much easier, less foolish pathway to establishing dominance.
Siberian husky owner/exhibitor, musher, rescue, breeder for 20+ years.