Siberian Huskies 101 – The Basics of Caring for Your Siberian Husky

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Siberian huskies are in the Spitz category. Dogs in the spitz category have fluffy tails, pointy ears, and a fluffy coat. As you can tell, the Siberian Husky fits right into this category.

Siberian huskies are very strong and should be under adult supervision when around small children. But, they are still  friendly. This article will tell you basics of everything you need to know; what to expect when you get a Siberian Husky puppy and what it needs.

The varieties of the Siberian Husky

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There are two main varieties; gray and red. Although when you think of Siberian Husky, you may generally think of a  dark gray dog, there is also a red kind as well.

What to expect when first getting a Siberian Husky

If you’re getting a puppy, expect like any puppy for it to pretty playful. Even fully grown Siberian Huskies can (not always) be energetic and playful, and they’re not puppies! Make sure to train it while you can. This is an amazing time to train your dog. Train it to respect people and not hurt others and young children and maybe train it to do tricks.

If you’re getting a younger or full grown Siberian, make sure that it’s welcome and has nothing to worry about. This is best if the dog is scared or nervous (this may also be applied on puppies as well). When it whines it may mean it misses it’s owner and/or scared that you’ll hurt it. Make sure that it knows you won’t hurt it. When you get home, make sure the dog has a leash and that you can hold it without it trying to bite you when you go to grab it.

Things you need to do when you’re home

There’s a few things after you introduced yourself to your brand new dog. One thing is if you adopted a Siberian puppy, you;’ll need to do various things like you would with any pup such as potty train it (if it hasn’t been), crate train it (if it hasn’t been) and show it’s food and water. You may also let your dog explore it’s surroundings and get used to it’s new home for a day or so.

Possible needs

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Here are some possible needs for Siberian Huskies.

Activities

Siberian huskies are energetic dogs; they need a generous amount of exercise a day. Hikes and biking are recommended things to do with your dogs. Since these dogs were bred for thriving in cold weather, you can also go skijoring as well.

You may also look into mental activities. A cheap DIY activity is to tape a treat to a dog toy. If you have a clear hollow plastic ball on hand, you could also see if you could put some of your dog’s favorite treats in the ball. You can make where the Siberian Husky would have to open the ball in order to get to the treats!

Tug of war, fetch, as well as chews are also considered “mental activities” as well. These are cheaper activities for dog as well.

Possible health of the Siberian Husky needs

“A healthy diet is needed for your dog.” This may be a very common phrase you hear when it comes to all dogs, but especially dogs like the Siberian Husky. An ideal healthy diet most likely is simply way out of your budget as well as your reasoning. High quality meats, raw eggs, and high dollar treats are most likely just simply too expensive and too unreasonable, especially for a dog.

No, a high quality diet is not mandatory, but the best diet you can afford would be the ideal for ANY dog. Some human foods may be healthy for your dog, while others not so much (in fact some are toxic). You can read more about toxic foods for dogs here.

The bad side of Siberian Huskies: adult supervision, high fences. etc.

I talked a little bit about the bad side of huskies, but this is section is all about it. Huskies have a strong instinct of catching prey. Because of this, you may find yourself chasing after your Siberian Husky because it’s trying to kill almost anything smaller than it is, including your beloved cat (UNLESS you don’t have one)! Yes, Siberian huskies do NOT do well with cats.

Another bad trait of the Siberian Husky is that it may tend to howl, rip things like your couch as well as dig craters (yes, some refer to the holes Siberian Huskies tend to make as they tend to be huge) simply because it’s bored. This is probably something that may be quite unattractive.

To add a couple more bad traits, Siberian Huskies tend to jump over fences as well as run away when something catches it’s attention. Siberian Huskies are energetic and curious dog breeds. Because of this, a tall fence is recommended. For more information on bad traits, you can read this article here.

Other things about the Siberian Husky

Lifespan: 10-15 years.

Origin: The Chukchi people of Northeast Asia.

Bathing and grooming: Bathing is not necessary as much as it would for another dog, but occasional baths are fine. Grooming should be weekly.


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