With almond-shaped eyes that send a keen and penetrating gaze, the Siberian Husky may look as fierce as a wolf but they are actually a graceful and friendly breed that makes great life companions.
Medium-sized, well-furred, and highly energetic, the Siberian Husky is a breed developed to become reliable working dogs.
According to the American Kennel Club, Huskies were originally bred by the Chukchi people in eastern Siberia. The breed’s ancestors were kept as family companions and worked as sled dogs, capable of carrying loads of supplies and transporting them under extremely cold temperatures for long hours.
Because of their resilience to the cold and their ability to thrive even on long journeys, Huskies were recognized – and became famous in North America – for sled-dog racing. But their popularity as pets has also grown in recent years.
Is a Siberian Husky right for you?
Playful and outgoing, the Siberian Husky is the ideal dog companion for sporty people who love adventures. Huskies love running around in wide spaces so a huge, secure yard can be a nice playground for them. However, Huskies may get bored and restless if left alone for long periods so it’s a good idea to always spend some time with them or better yet, get them another Husky friend.
Born as pack dogs, Huskies love being part of a family. They are an amiable breed that is naturally gentle with children and won’t bark at people they’ve just met or rarely see, especially if they are taught to socialize early on.
That said, if you’re looking for a guard dog, a Husky might not be the right one for the job.
Common health issues
The Siberian Husky is relatively a healthy breed with a life span of 11 to 13 years. Veterinarians share that Huskies can suffer from minor health problems like cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and hypothyroidism, so remember to take your Husky on regular trips to the vet for check-ups.
A hypoallergenic pet food is important for Siberian Huskies to maintain their skin and coat health. A healthy and thick coat protects them from icy cold temperatures and can also reflect heat if they live in areas with temperate climates.
Because they are working dogs, Huskies constantly need quality proteins especially if they do a lot of physical activities. Keep in mind though to avoid overfeeding Huskies and to monitor their weight since they are meant to have a lean body to help them move around quicker, easier.
Go further when choosing dog food for your Huskies. Go for one that’s high in protein and is grain-free like Addiction Foods’ Raw Dehydrated Food (RDF).
With the goodness of raw ingredients and the safety and convenience of dry food, Addiction keeps all the beneficial nutrients from premium New Zealand meats, fruits, and vegetables through pasteurization by gently dehydrating food to kill all the harmful bacteria found in raw meats.
With no grains, GMOs, by-products, fillers, corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, artificial flavorings and preservatives, Addiction’s RDF is the hypoallergenic pet food that can keep your Husky healthy and energized for years to come.