In case you didn’t already know, the Husky dog breed is most closely related to the wolf. But unlike their wild cousins, the Husky is a complete social butterfly, is devoted to its people, and loves to be the center of attention.
The Siberian Husky was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)in 1930 and the Canadian Kennel Club in 1939.
These often blue-eyed beauties are loveable, friendly, and their majestic coats make them hard not to fall head over heels in love with. If you’ve just welcomed a Husky into your life, there are some important things to consider and items you’ll want to have on hand to ensure that your Husky is as happy as can be for years to come.
A Basic Overview of the Husky
This medium-sized working dog breed is mighty yet light on their feet, with a graceful gait like no other dog has. If you’ve ever owned a Husky before, then you know why many people often say these dogs are more like cats than they are canines. They can be skittish, crazy, and downright oddballs—but those are just some of their many charms and why so many people love them!
The Husky is a sensitive dog breed, known to be escape artists and they are happiest when they are with their people. Long hours on end is not an ideal situation for this dog breed as they are extremely prone to developing separation anxiety. And, worst of all, their high energy will get the best of them during these anxious times. This can lead to them doing whatever they can to escape or destroy your home while you’re away. Combating your Husky’s anxiety is the best way to keep them calm and happy, and many Husky owners rely on high-quality CBD to do it.
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The Husky is a high energy dog breed which is known for having incredible endurance—which clearly explains why they excel so well as sled dogs! If you bring home a Husky, it’s crucial that you commit to walking your Husky daily to keep them happy. The Husky is famous for pulling on the leash (it’s in their nature to mush!), so be sure to select a quality dog lead and harness for them that fits snugly on their frame. This is a breed of dog that can escape easily—and they’re quite fast! Think twice before letting them loose in an open area.
The Husky is a natural comedian, and these dogs are known to talk your ear off. From yodeling barks to wolf-like howls, there will never be a quiet or dull moment once you welcome a Husky into your life. While the Husky can get along great with cats, it’s important to introduce them to felines at a young age due to their natural instincts and high prey drive. Cats can be fine if introduced young, but avoid introducing them to other pets like rabbits, ferrets, or birds.
This breed makes for an excellent family pet, and they love children immensely. But as much as Huskies naturally take to kids, be sure that kids know good dog manners and practice them at all times. The Husky can train easily, but they can be known for having a stubborn streak in them.
These dogs absolutely love toys of all kinds, just be sure to select toys for them without stuffing—because they’ll rip that stuffing out in no time flat. This is a dog breed that loves to cuddle, even though they have so much luxurious fluff of their own. And when they do cuddle, they often curl up fox style with their tail wrapped around the front of their faces in precious little balls.
Above all, if you are looking to get a Husky and haven’t already done so, please check your local shelters because Huskies all across the US are surrendered every day for reasons beyond their control. This is a high-energy dog that craves attention. These are not “outside dogs” or “guard dogs” or dogs that can simply live out in a yard with little interaction with their humans.
These dogs are highly social and prone to anxiety. And because people often don’t do their research beforehand, many end up in shelters. So, should you be certain a Husky is the right breed for you, check your local rescues and shelters first! You might be able to give a gorgeous Husky the second chance they’re hoping for.
General Health and health issues
It’s important to note that Huskies can vary in size, and this is because there are two classifications of Huskies: the Siberian and the Alaskan. This breed of dog is a member of the Spitz family and is not at all directly related to a wolf or shares hybrid wolf DNA, they’re simply the closest descendant to the wolf in the canine family.
A male Husky can range from 21-23 inches in height, with males ranging anywhere from 45-60 lbs; females ranging from 35-50 lbs. The Husky is a healthy dog breed with a very limited number of health concerns. Some of those concerns can be eye issues and Hip Dysplasia.
It is often reported that Huskies are notorious for having sensitive stomachs, which can result in loose stools if not fed high-quality, high-protein food. After all, they are direct descendants of wolves! If given food that has dangerous fillers, it can trigger digestion issues, as well as allergies which can lead to itchy skin and a dry coat. Be sure to do your research and pick out a quality feed for your precious Husky pup.
There are two notable health problems to look out for such as corneal dystrophy (eye defects) and progressive retinal atrophy.
Huskies have a thick double coat that protects them against cold weather conditions. It will be beneficial to invest in a high-quality dog brush to help with excess shedding.
The Husky will “blow” their undercoat twice a year, typically at the beginning of a major season change. To help your home from collecting Husky fluff bunnies, invest in a Furminator brush which will carefully and safely collect hair from your Husky’s coat.
What’s the Best Bed for Your Husky?
When it comes to your Husky, you’ll want to find them a soft, cushiony bed for them to wrap their fluffy bodies on. These dogs are famous for sleeping in a ball like a fox...or laying on their back with their legs in the air. Because of their peculiar sleep antics, you’ll want to provide them with a plush medium to large bed, depending on their exact side.
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