Few other dog breeds are as impressive in appearance as the Siberian Husky. Their gentle temperament and playful nature make them excellent family pets, as long as you can provide them with the exercise and company they need. They are a truly unique breed with their toughness and weather resistant double coats, which protect their skin from extreme temperatures in the hottest or coldest conditions. Although they are known for their striking blue eyes, not all dogs have this color, some are brown or with two eyes, one blue and one brown. As a proud owner of 6 of the breed, here are some tips that I have learned from both research and experience.
- Get a companion husky for your Siberian if possible. Siberians are pack dogs and are easily bored. They don’t like to be left alone. If you do, you may find large holes dug in your garden when you return home, as Siberians can be quite destructive when bored. If you introduce them to another pet, then they will have a better chance of adapting when they are in the puppy’s hood. They will mix successfully with cats and other dogs as long as you introduce them young. Our 6 Siberians live in peace and relative harmony with four cats.
- Put a fence in your garden safely, making sure the foundation is deep and the fence is too high for them to jump over. Huskies are world-class enthusiastic diggers and jumpers and are great escape artists. Also, his favorite hobby in the garden seems to be digging in his water bowls!
- Make sure your husky gets enough exercise. As they are working dogs, Siberians are not suitable for low-energy households. However, if you have companion dogs, they will enjoy playing catch with each other and will often wear themselves out running around your yard, if it’s big enough.
- Invest time and patience in training them. Siberians are very intelligent but also stubborn dogs. They may not do something unless they see the reason to do it, not just to please their owner.
- Keep them on a leash at all times when outdoors in an open area. As many Sibe owners know at their price, Huskies like to run and run, and lose all sense of reality. Sadly, many huskies are lost or injured due to this determination, as by the time they realize that they have left their owner behind or are too far from home, it is already too late. Worse still, they could find themselves crashing into the path of a car.
- Have them checked regularly for hip dysplasia ages 6 and up. While the breed does not have a wide range of documented health problems, they are prone to hip dysplasia, especially if they do not have high levels of fat and protein in their diet. The lifespan of a husky is generally 12-15 years. While they are known to withstand colder temperatures, their double coat also offers skin protection from the sun in hot weather, although with their very dense coat, your Husky’s favorite position may be to sit in front of the air unit. conditioned, lying on his back with all four legs in the air!
- If, like me, you live in a developing country (or area) without Western standards of veterinary care, check very carefully the type of anesthetic that will be administered to your Sibe. Get your vet tested if necessary. Serious reactions in Huskies are possible if an equivalent of human anesthesia is not administered; I speak here from experience. Fortunately, I had read about the dangers from the beginning and therefore had to avoid neutering them as the correct type of anesthetic was not available. However, there came a time when one of my Huskies needed immediate surgery for a life or death situation and I almost lost her due to her bad reaction to anesthesia. His entire face and body were swollen and required emergency care. I now live in an area where good quality (human type) anesthesia is available and the local vet understands the peculiarities of the breed; so since then they have all been neutered without any problem.
- Get a Husky if you want a guard dog. Due to their lovable and caring nature, they are friendly to everyone, even strangers. They are great “watchdogs” though, they will see a burglar break into your home and greet them enthusiastically, then watch them leave with their TV, computer, etc.
- Worrying too much about grooming. They are very low maintenance, requiring a minimum of daily brushing. However, twice a year they shed profusely and then need more care.
- Wait for your Husky to bark. Instead, they have a great ability to speak, woo, howl, and yell and can make complete sentences when interacting with their owners and starting play. These dogs are real talkers, you never know what sounds they are going to make next, and they seem to have a growing vocabulary as the years go by. Some of mine are now able to do complete sentences, talk about the weather, and the like!
- Supercharge them. Siberians are thrifty (and picky) with food, so they don’t need as much food as it sounds. Due to their sensitive digestive systems (remember they are sled dogs), they may do better with fish and white meat products than red meat. They also need fish oil in their diet to maintain healthy coat and nails. This could be in the form of sardines or many dry foods and veterinary supplements currently contain Omega 3s.
Invest time and love in caring for your husky and he will reward you with his kind, gentle and cheerful nature. They are loyal, intelligent dogs, good with children, affectionate with everyone and rarely bark.
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