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 coat, protecting 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 two-eyed, one blue, 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 have a better chance of adapting as puppies. 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.
- 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, her favorite hobby in the garden seems to be digging in her water bowls.
- Make sure your husky gets enough exercise. As they are working dogs, Siberians are not a good choice for low-energy homes. However, if you have companion dogs, they will enjoy playing “cum” 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 willful dogs. They may not do something unless they see the reason to do it, not just to please their owner.
- Keep it on a leash at all times when outside in an open area. As many Sibe owners know, 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 outgrown their owner or are too far from home, it is too late. Worse still, they could find themselves running into the path of a car.
- Have them checked regularly for hip dysplasia starting at 6 years of age. 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 protection to their skin 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 unit. air conditioning, lying down. On your 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 anesthesia that will be administered to your Sibe. Have your vet do a test if necessary. Serious reactions are possible in Huskies if they are not given an equivalent to human anesthesia. I speak here from experience. Fortunately, I had read about the dangers from the beginning and therefore had to avoid being neutered as the proper type of anesthesia 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 castrated without any problem.
- Get a Husky if you want a guard dog. Due to their kind and caring nature, they are friendly to everyone, even strangers. They make excellent “watchdogs” though, they’ll see a burglar break into your home and greet him enthusiastically, then watch him leave with his TV, computer, etc., and give him a friendly lick to get you on your way!
- Worrying too much about grooming yourself. They are very low maintenance and require a minimum of daily brushing. However, twice a year they shed profusely and then need more attention.
- Wait for your Husky to bark. Instead, they have a great ability to speak, woo, howl, and hum and can make complete sentences when interacting with their owners and to start play. These dogs are very talkative, 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) eaters, so they don’t require as much food as you’d think. Due to their sensitive digestive systems (remember they are sled dogs) they may do better with fish and white meat products rather 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 contain Omega 3 today.
Invest time and love in caring for your husky and he will reward you with his kind, cuddly and cheerful nature. They are loyal, intelligent dogs, good with children, affectionate with everyone and rarely bark.
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