The Siberian Husky is a dog breed that is known for its beauty and nice thick coat. They come in numerous colors and with varying markings that just make them more good-looking. Their eyes are usually either multi-colored or a beautiful ice blue and the Siberian Husky also wears an eye-catching facial mask for even more visual appeal. The Siberian Husky originated, of course, in Siberia and it’s quite easy to recognize why so many dog-lovers are drawn to their wolf-like good looks.
It’s important to note that the Siberian Husky is extremely athletic as well as intelligent. This breed can prove to be a bit too independent for a first-time dog owner. They can be quite challenging as well as clever escape artists. So, here are a few tips and hints for taking care of a Siberian Husky to make the road to being the successful owner of a happy dog a little smoother:
1. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
A Siberian Husky, whether he or she is full-grown or still a puppy, needs plenty of healthy vigorous exercise. They have a very active nature because they were bred to be a working dog, which helps them to get bored way too quickly unless they have something to do. He or she needs at least 30 to 60 minutes per day of good vigorous exercise.
Once your Siberian Husky is a little more mature, jogging can be a fun and healthy exercise to enjoy together. Huskies also have a great time running, playing, and chasing things. They can also get bored fairly easily since they are so energetic. That’s another one of the main reasons for providing plenty of exercise. Otherwise, the results can be constant howling and serious damage to your home.
2. Safety First
A Siberian Husky needs supervision when they’re going to be in close proximity with smaller animals since they have strong predatory instincts. They shouldn’t be allowed to run around loose since they were bred for pulling a sled all day. Keeping your husky in a securely fenced-in yard is a must, as is securing him or her with a leash when you go outside the yard. These are important steps to keeping your Siberian Husky safe, sound, and out of trouble at all times.
Huskies are adaptable animals and have the ability to be happy living in just about any climate. On the other hand, however, vigorous exercise should be done at other times rather than in the heat of the day.
3. Health Challenges & Feeding
As with most breeds of dogs, the Siberian Husky does inherit certain heath issues, including eye disease and hip dysplasia. Some could be facing health challenges but the majority of Huskies are very healthy. Keeping your Husky at a healthy weight is very important in the fight to avoid any major health issues. To that end, feeding yours food that is both protein based and high quality is an important step. Huskies require a fairly small amount for their size. Thinner dogs live healthier, happier, and ultimately longer lives.
Adult Siberian Huskies should be eating two meals daily while puppies should be eating more often. So, it’s best to feed start feeding your Husky puppy three times daily until he or she reaches the age of three months. Then you can cut back to two daily meals.
Your Husky’s dense double coat requires a good brushing once a week or more. During the shedding seasons, daily brushing is better. Beyond that, an occasional bath can go a long way in keeping your Husky looking his or her beautiful best. And, besides keeping your pet looking good, regular grooming can provide an amazing bonding experience for both of you.
5. Nails & Teeth
Their nails are strong and they grow pretty fast, so they really should regularly be trimmed using a special grinder or nail clipper. This will help in avoiding cracking, splitting or overgrowing. In addition, for avoiding wax buildup, your Husky’s ears need to be checked regularly for avoiding infection. And, of course, his or her teeth need brushing regularly, preferably every day.
Generally, a Siberian Husky, which is considered to be a medium breed, will enjoy a long lifespan of between 12 and 15 years. What they’re fed plus the quality of veterinary care that they receive during their lifetime can prolong and enrich their lives. And, don’t forget to make sure that your Husky has plenty of clean, fresh water available to him or her at all times. Make that bottled or filtered water if you can.
7. Just Add Love
So, now that you have a few tips on how to take care of your Siberian Husky’s physical well-being, there’s just one more important step. Give your baby as much love as you possibly can whenever you can. Knowing he or she is loved is the most important way to good health.