Some have an entirely white coat, while others have a mixture of grey, white or black. Regardless of their coating, they’re beautiful creatures.
Although they aren’t as intimidating as guard dogs, they aren’t exactly calm and composed either. They’re hyper and energetic as well as amiable as a family dog.
These dogs are originally from Siberia and have the ability to endure extremely cold weather conditions. Contrary to popular belief, huskies aren’t wolf-descendants although they look like one.
This article comprises of other such Husky-related revelations that are not very well known. So, here we go!
Huskies have striking, bright blue eyes. However, despite their beautiful features, they shed a lot. So if you’re prone to allergies, it’s wise to not have a Husky around.
Their undercoat blows out twice a year, and so would need a lot of vacuuming. Unless you’ve invested in a powerful vacuum cleaner, it’ll be hard for you to keep up.
Mind you, you have to train them to get used to brushing, washing, and grooming. Otherwise, being as hyper as they are, there won’t be a hair-free spot left in your house.
Get a thick brush to reach their undercoat. You’ll be awestruck by how much they shed.
2. General Nature
Huskies are friendly and gentle. They’re amiable and affable with both people and other animals.
If you have pets of other species in your house, make your Husky in-charge to take care of them when you’re away. They may not be very handy when it comes to handling trespassers, though.
Additionally, Huskies aren’t as messy and odorous as other dogs. They maintain their hygiene well.
3. Predatory Drive
While Huskies may make good babysitters, but they may not always be the most patient. Their predatory instinct can rise up, leading to fights and commotion.
Small pets such as bunnies, squirrels, birds, cats, and puppies are the most at risk. Designed to be a leader, when the rest refuse to follow them, Huskies stir drama for attention, sometimes leading to death.
4. High Energy
Huskies are sporty, both the Alaskan Husky and the Alaskan Malamute. They love to run, hike and compete with each other.
You won’t be able to confine them in the house, not even in the perimeter. So unless you build high fences, you’ll be hearing from your neighbors.
For all the couch potato owners, it’s bad news. A Husky will drag you off the couch and make you work.
On the plus side, this will help you get into shape if that’s one of your concerns. Go for a jog with your Husky every day, and you’ll reach your fitness goals in no time.
Being raised to haul cargoes, making them carry a doggie backpack or a water bottle or first aid during hiking, will be something familiar for them.
Huskies, believe it or not, are actually as stubborn as hell. Since they’re so independent and bossy, their obedience is something you have to work hard for.
The key is to train them from a very young age. Otherwise, they might grow up to be rebellious, defensive, loud and possessive.
If they’re in an escapist mood, they won’t return no matter how many times you call them. They’ll just run faster if you chase them. They might only return upon the realization that you can’t outsmart them.
6. Intolerant to Heat
Huskies, being used to Alaska’s cold climate, don’t do well in hot climates. Summers are especially torture for them.
Although they can tolerate temperatures as cold as -51 degree Celsius, a temperature above 20 degree Celsius is much above their threshold. Thus, it’s important to be extra careful about them during summers.
Keep the air conditioner running when the Husky is indoors. On the other hand, if they refuse to stay, try arranging provisions for water and shading in the yard.
Toddler pools can help them cool off when it’s too hot. Playtime in the pool with children will give Huskies the social kick they always desired.
Don’t take them out for jogging or hiking during summers. Make sure they hydrate well.
Don’t shed their coat during summers. Their heavy coats help them control body temperature. Shedding will make them prone to sunburn and irregular body temperature.
Huskies love their food – whether it’s commercial or raw. The commercial ones are more affordable and last longer compared to raw food.
Raw food is mostly human food that Huskies can also enjoy, such as fruits, fish, lamb, chicken, beef and vegetables.
Because they’re so energetic and hyper, keep track of their meal times. Feed them at least an hour before or after their exercises.
Don’t feed them human food when they’re still young. Large breed puppy food can provide the little Huskies with the necessary nutrients for growth.
But do remember, Huskies are picky eaters, so be prepared!
Huskies have a pack mentality. They sense out leaders and upon not finding one, try becoming one themselves.
Watch out for that never happens. Because that will be the end of your household. Independent by nature, it’s hard to bend even the trained ones to your will. A wild one would be an absolute nightmare.
In order to gain control as their trainer and owner, you must establish authority and leadership over them. You also have to be consistent about the rules you laid down.
Love them when they’re good, but let them know any kind of tantrum is uncalled for. Train them to behave well in front of children too.
There are certain ailments that you need to watch out for if you own a Husky or a number of them. The average lifespan of Huskies is 12 to 14 years. A few diseases may affect them during their lifetime.
Hip dysplasia is quite common in large breed dogs, such as Huskies. This disease is very painful for your little pals, and also costly to treat.
Surgery is required to treat this disease that affects both the hips. This can happen at any age.
At the age of 3 to 4 months, Huskies can develop Follicular Dysplasia. They lose hair, retain unusual hair growth and patchy skin.
Sadly there is no treatment for this disease, so you can prevent it by using antimicrobial shampoos.
Common eye diseases in Huskies are the Uveodermatologic syndrome, Corneal dystrophy (hereditary), Cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
They may develop from 6 months of age or any age through contamination, eventually leading to blindness.
Corneal dystrophy, sadly, also has no treatment. Uveodermatologic syndrome can also affect the nervous system and the skin as well as the eye.
To sum up, Huskies are beautiful creatures. They’re strong, active and sociable. They’re trainable and are best when adopted as puppies. Otherwise, adult Huskies can be quite rebellious and aggressive in nature.
If you’re sporty, Huskies are a perfect match for you. Go hiking and running together. Be careful about what you feed them though. Certain fruits like grapes and raisins are an absolute no-no for them.
Don’t get into a power struggle with your little buddy, as they’ll challenge you. Polish your leadership skills to avoid domestic disputes.
Although they appear healthy, Huskies are prone to some life-threatening diseases. Treatments are either too expensive or unavailable at the moment.
Therefore, be extra careful about them, and make every moment count.
Shawn is a content writer at FeedFond. He’s a doting father not only to his two children but also to his two Golden Retrievers. Check out more of his articles at FeedFond.com.
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