Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful breeds of dog in the world, the Siberian Husky is a striking creature with piercing blue eyes and a luxuriously thick double-coat of fur. Native to Northeast Asia, this independent, energetic and resilient animal was originally bred by the Chukchi people for its extraordinary sled-pulling skills and its ability to withstand the harsh climate of the Siberian Arctic, being able to tolerate temperatures as low as -75°F.
Like all dogs, Siberian huskies have distinct personalities and specific needs which should be taken into consideration. In this article, we’ll look at some of the things you ought to know before bringing a husky into your home.
Being an active, working dog breed, huskies have a fast metabolism and require high-quality foods that are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Unlike some other breeds of dog, however, huskies are not greedy and will not eat if they are not hungry.
Huskies can be fed on a combination of raw and store-bought food and given treats of fruits and vegetables. Meats such as chicken, lamb, beef and fish, are good sources of quality proteins. To ensure your husky receives the most amount of nutrients from their diet it is best to avoid foods that contain grains, added fillers and preservatives.
When it comes to snacks and tasty treats for your husky there are some human foods you should avoid such as chocolate, macadamia nuts, garlic, onions, raisins and grapes.
It’s important to consider whether your personality and lifestyle will blend well with that of a husky. Playful, outgoing and friendly, these pack animals make great family pets that love to interact with and show affection to those around them. Cuddly and enthusiastic, a husky will be there to greet you at the door, enjoy sitting on your lap and may even follow you around.
If you have a young family and are wondering whether huskies are good with kids, these naturally gentle and friendly animals have a mild disposition and are unlikely to be aggressive making them safe for your children to be around. Before buying or adopting a husky, make sure you have the time and temperament to give your husky the attention that it needs.
Born to run, huskies are highly energetic, fun pets that love to exercise and need an active owner to keep them fit. If they do not get enough exercise huskies can act out, become bored or frustrated and gain weight.
If you are a fitness fanatic or enjoy the great outdoors, this sled dog can make the ideal jogging, hiking or cycling partner. With an excess of energy to burn each day, make sure you have ideal green spaces in or around your home to take your husky for daily walks.
Huskies often release their energy in short bursts sometimes known as zoomies. To keep them in balance aim to give your husky at least 80 minutes of exercise each day, ensuring most of this consists of them running. This will strengthen their muscles, cardiovascular system and reduce behavioural problems.
Now that you know more about this particular breed you can decide whether you will make the perfect match.