Are you in search of a dog breed that can also be your most loving and affectionate friend? Hey! Siberian Husky puppies are the answer and the end to your search. With my lush coat & sparkling eyes I can cast a spell on my potential guardians. While I’m comfortable in snowy landscapes of Alaska my tolerance against harsh climatic conditions has made me one of a kind.
My male counterparts stand tall at 21-23.5 inches & weigh 45-60 pounds. Females stand tall at 20 – 22 inches and can weigh 35-50 pounds. Nonetheless, we have many variants and appear in 6 colours as recognized by the American Kennel Club. Our fan club says we come in more than 17+ colour combinations. Too many choices but trust me make a lovely friend to hang around.
Siberian Husky puppies are a northern breed well known for my strong effortless gait. Most owners find my trait of “eager to please” and attention-grabbing as my weakest point, as it takes me far away from being a well-equipped watchdog. In fact, I am very friendly and the serious face of a guard dog might trick you into believing that I like to be alone. Well, that is not the case! I love being around my clan.
Also many are not aware of my love to wander and run towards wider places. I never miss an opportunity to escape into the marvelous wilderness. Always keep an eye during my outdoor times, as I hold a tendency to dig holes without knowing the fact it’s harmful to my health and appearance. My average lifespan is 12-14 years and within this, I can create a brighter bond with people of all ages with my praising disposition of gentleness and humbleness.
Siberian Husky Puppies are an independent breed, as well as an outgoing one with a whip-smart and loyal attitude towards my beloved ones. I’m that domestic dog, whose main intention is to create an amazing and affectionate bond with people, especially with my owner and his family throughout my life. I don’t know why I’m unable to resist chasing tiny animals, so if you are planning to adopt me, you should treat me with a secure running room.
You know, my ancestors were in fact bred by a group of people called Chukchi in North-East Asia. On the banks of the Kolyma River of Siberia they were treated as loved family dog breeds as well as sledge dogs. As climatic conditions forced the Chukchi group of people to widen their hunting skills they were happy to take up the challenge of raising a capable sled dog. This breed was for the purpose of hauling light loads over vast, wide expanses of a frozen wasteland. Usually in sub-zero temperatures and with only the faintest amount of energy.
As time passed these humans became isolated from the rest of the world. But they were praised by many for the purity of the breed. As I caught the fancy of many humans, they offered me to be part of sledge races. I was consistently achieving awards in sledge races around the world and in the early 1900s, they named me the Siberian Husky.
In 1925, a legendary musher led us through a relay race for 5 and a half days and rushed a life-saving serum to Nome as a result of a huge diphtheria outbreak over there. This serum run got wide attention through newspapers, raising our popularity to further heights. This story got published in many novels, children’s books, and even in many movies, upholding our family’s popularity. Togo, produced in 2019, is a perfect example of such a movie. Balto became one of the most famous canine heroes of all time. In 1930, I got recognized by the American Kennel Club as the 87th breed.
PROS AND CONS
Cleanliness is one of my best traits. I do not have a bad odour the same as other arctic dog breeds and thus never create irritation for anyone around me in the home, so living with me will be a pleasant experience for you.
Siberian Husky puppies don’t beef up fastly, as my weight gain potential ranges only from low to average. The difficulties rising on behalf of overweight related issues are seen less among us when compared to other breeds.
Believe me, you can find me as the most active and charming breed when I’m surrounded by children. I simply love to spend my leisure time with them. If you have children at your home, I can be the best companion for them. I can get along easily with the elderly with my keen, gentle behaviour and I’m at ease in creating a beautiful bond with other dog breeds too.
Apart from my brighter side, I also have some shortcomings. I feel that I lack a bit of intelligence to absorb tricks swiftly, which makes it hard to train me. I get distracted easily.
I’m weak at fighting allergies and they can cause allergic reactions. So we are called a non-hypoallergenic breed. It’s important for me to know what foods cause allergies and how to deal with them. You can seek the help of a veterinarian for this.
If you are staying in an apartment, I’m not the right choice for you. I’m a perfect example of wanderlust. I can’t resist myself four corners of congested apartments.
My shedding can put you in difficulties as I shed above average and my hair might appear at different corners which might create problems for you.
I can be a protective dog with a gentle, friendly attitude that I hold even towards intruders. But with proper training, you can make me a better protector.
Never leave me alone in the four corners of your home, as it’s highly difficult for me to lead a day without my owner’s presence and their love.
Siberian Husky puppies are not a perfect choice for novices, as my maintenance and training may bother you. I’m not good for an office environment as I may feel suffocated. I can’t tolerate other animals around me, especially cats. So please help me to stay away from them.
HAIR AND CARE
Never get nervous about our grooming. We require only minimal grooming, care and concern. I have a more thick double coat than other dog breeds. It consists of a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short, straight guard hairs. It is essential for effective protection from harsh Arctic winters.
Grooming should be carried out at least once a week, which helps me in keeping my coat healthy and attractive. For this purpose, you never have to get an appointment with a professional groomer.
For my happy grooming sessions, brushing is a must which is recommended at least once a week. This can help us to remove dead hair,matts, cellular debris and ectoparasites like fleas, lice from our body. Brushing should be done in the direction of our hair growth and in turn, can help us spread natural oil throughout our body. This helps in strengthening hair follicles thus preventing excess shedding. For brushing, you can use a wide-toothed comb with circular teeth, an undercoat rake and a fulminator which you can easily buy from a pet shop.
Before brushing you can provide me with a warm bath and blow dry which helps you to brush out dead hairs evenly. Our ears and eyes also require enough care. It should be washed and cleaned on a regular basis in order to safeguard us from evil infections. And as in other breeds, seasonal flea treatment is a must in my case.
Even though I don’t need regular bathing, it should be provided at least once a week along with brushing. No need for hair trimming and do not try to shave us because our thick fur coat is essential to make us cool. Our nails should be trimmed and should be kept in a good condition for better livelihood. Grab a dog shampoo containing the presence of oatmeal and Vitamin-E that can provide us a healthier and more shining coat.
As our shedding can bother you, even though it is a natural process of our hair growth you have to know the fact that brushing also reduces shedding. It makes our air roots stronger and removes dead hairs highly. Never clip our whiskers, as it’s one of the sensory capabilities that usually vibrates as a warning. Clipping it causes difficulties and pain among us.
Providing Siberian Husky puppies a healthy diet is vital for leading a prosperous life on earth. I prefer you to provide me at least an amount of 2.5 – 3 cups of high-quality, dry foods. The supervision of a veterinarian will surely help us a lot to lead a wonderful life ahead. Also, make sure to provide us meals for a least count of two times a day.
I’m usually fed with three main types of diets like raw food, commercial healthy dog food, and a combination of both. Always consult a veterinarian to know deeper about what all human foods suit me and what don’t. Providing us food containing high required amounts of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which contains omega-3 – 3 fatty acids can help us to nourish our brain and vision. Along with this, you need to treat us with required anti-oxidants, it’s good for supporting our developing immune system.
Protein-rich food should also be provided for us in an adjusted manner according to my activity level. At the time of summer, I usually require only 20℅ proteins. But at the time of harsh winter conditions, I prefer you to treat me with 32 ℅ proteins, to keep us strong and active. When you feed me, please pay attention to essential amino acids which are essential for my maintenance and growth, but unfortunately, we can not produce them inside the body by ourselves and should supply them with my meal.
Sometimes, a few among us are prone to obesity at a minimal rate keeping an eye on my calorie consumption. Always be selective enough about food supplements.
EXERCISE AND TRAINING
As I lack a greater degree of intelligence, it might cause you difficulties while training me. For me, early socialization and making me aware of the importance of obedience is a must.
If you have enough time, you can train me easily with hours and hours of dedication along with patience. I’m not good towards the ones who show harsh character towards me. That approach is never useful in my case.
Siberian Husky puppies hold an overwhelming urge for running and wandering. Running can make me fit but for this, you have to provide a plane fenced area. The least and simplest means of daily walking can even help me a lot to stimulate different smells, sights and sounds. I require at least a 30-40 minutes walk along with my guardian once a day.
I love to play fetch with humans. It can make me feel easy and happy at the same time as it plays an important role by keeping me mentally and physically active. I love to chase a jolly ball for chasing and running.
Common canine sports including agility and obedience can also be highly helpful for leading a healthier life. Being an active and healthy dog, it’s your duty to treat me with the required amount of exercise on a daily basis. I’m way too happy and active when I’m having a busy schedule.
Within our lifespan of about 12 years on earth, like all other breeds, we are exposed to wide varieties of diseases, even though we are one of the healthiest breeds.
Hip Dysplasia usually affects me badly, causing severe abnormalities including lameness among us during the development of our hips. This can be more hazardous to our life as we pass ages.
As in many breeds, zinc is an important mineral for us, but some of us find it very difficult to consume normally from that intestine which leads to deficiency called Zinc Deficiency. This is denoted by symptoms associated with skin lesions that usually appear in us, like loss of hair, itchiness, and scabs. Especially around eyes, lips, ears, and muscles which in turn can affect other areas of our body too. This usually requires lifelong treatment of supplements along with zinc-containing components.
Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma is an abnormality affecting the drainage angle of the eye, another condition seen among us. As a result, our eyes develop a build-up of fluid thus leading to an increase in pressure, which can affect further our normal vision. This is particularly caused by the pectinate ligament dysplasia (PLD) of the eye. In such situations, we are asked to undergo a gonioscopy examination to find the cure.
Progressive retinal atrophy is another common eye problem that we are exposed to where our retina starts to deteriorate and cause irritations among us. For this early eye detection and proper treatments are highly recommended, as it can even lead to blindness.
Another hereditary diseases that commonly affect us are Corneal Dystrophy. As the name suggests it affects the cornea where you can observe white dots as a symptom. And the most concerning situation is that, if ever we are exposed to such a situation, there is no known cure found so far.
Hypothyroidism and Follicular Dysplasia are other forms of diseases that are usually seen among us. Normally we do not have a bad smell, but in the case of fungal infection or skin disease, you can feel a bad odour from me. At that time you should take better veterinary advice and give me proper treatment to cure soon.
All this can be minimized by providing us a healthy diet, exercise, proper vaccination, regular deworming, better veterinary care, and enough freshwater.
Our gestation period ranges from 60-64 days, where we should be treated with enough care and supervision of a veterinarian. Regarding the reproductive cycle of females, there are four phases as Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus, and Anestrus. During these phases, we show physical, mental, and behavioral signs characteristic to each phase.
From day 1-9, the first phase commences called Proestrus. At this time females start to attract males and you can notice this phenomenon by swelling vulva and bloody discharge from the vulva.
Then the second phase which lasts the next 3-11 days – called Estrus, females are receptive to the males. This phase usually lasts for about the next 9 days, but it can vary according to the mental and physical status of our females from 3 to 11 days. Fertilization occurs during this time. The vulva can be seen as enlarged and also softens a little. The amount of blood in vulval discharge decreases.
From the last day of Estrus, the next 2 months (approximately the next 60 days) are considered as the Diestrus phase. In this phase, our females are no longer receptive to males and you can observe a light colour vulval discharge with less amount than the Proestrus. The vulval discharge becomes vivid red because of fewer red blood cells.
From the last day of Diestrus, the next six months (approximately the next 180-200 days) are called Anestrus. This phase is a normal period for us and female mating is further restricted. The vulva is no longer swollen or no vaginal discharge can be seen. When we complete a year of reproduction, it’s important to notice that more frequent breeding is not good for our health.
Never buy a dog from a puppy mill where inhumane practices are carried out and puppies are born several times. This is an unhealthy practice. Our litter size ranges from 4-8 puppies. Further pregnancy should be stopped if you spot us weak and a bit unhealthy.
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