Weighing up to 60 pounds, a lifespan of 12-14 years, the SIberian Husky is a truly beautiful dog. With fur ranging in color from white to black, and either blue or brown eyes (sometimes one of each!) the husky is a friend for life. Siberian huskies come from Serbia, and were bred by the Chukchi people more than 4000 years ago to help their tribe hunt and as endurance sled dogs. The breed was popularized after something known as the “serum run” in which a team of these bad boys ran 658 miles in only five and a half days to deliver an antidote to a diptheria outbreak in Alaska. This made national headlines, and the dogs have been highly sought after ever since.
Seeing as the husky was originally a hunter and endurance sled dog, they are quite fierce and have a strong pack mentality. Because of their breeding, this doggo needs a lot of exercise, at least one hour per day (as a puppy). If your husky does not get enough exercise to their liking they will become pent up and will release all their energy however they want (digging in the yard, chewing furniture, howling, etc). As a pack dog, huskies want to be included and feel like they are part of your family, but getting along with dogs can be challenging. One of the best ways to combat this is to enroll your husky in a puppy socialization skills class. Huskies tend to get along with dogs if trained well, but cats and small animals (ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, etc) are a different story entirely.
As a pack dog, your husky will feel like something is off if he is not around others. This off feeling is separation anxiety, and it is a prevalent problem. One of the best ways to combat this is, obviously, for the dog to have some sort of company (another dog) or to at least give them some kind of treat when you leave the house. Bred to run long distances on little food, the breed is very physically healthy. Knowing this, not a ton of muscle or joint problems are present, but a common problem (affecting ten percent of the breed) is cataracts. The only way to combat this is to have your pups eyes checked on a regular basis at a vet. By feeding your bitch a diet specifically formulated for her, and modern day pet brands make this extremely easy. By doing some light searching it will not be hard to find the right brand.
Huskies are kind of a high maintenance dog breed. Their double coat must be brushed once a week at a minimum, and daily during their shedding season. Their nails grow very fast for dogs, and should be clipped regularly in order to maintain good hygiene and health for your pup. In addition to all of this, their ears must be checked regularly to make sure that there is not a buildup of wax, as that leads to canine ear infection. Finally, a responsible pet owner should brush their dog’s teeth on a regular basis. That is a lot to do in order to keep a healthy pup, but the result is definitely worth the time one has to put in. If you think you can raise and care for a husky while following all of these basic guidelines and you are looking for a companion, you can’t go wrong with a husky.