How to care for a siberian husky

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Siberian huskies are a medium-maintenance breed. Note that Siberians are easy to train, but choosy about obeying.

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    Keep your husky's weight down. This should not be difficult since they eat less than most breeds their size.

  2. 2

    Learn about the health problems associated with this breed: cataracts, corneal dystrophy, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and central progressive retinal atrophy (CPRA) (genetic eye disorders), hip dysplasia and zinc-deficiency disease.

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    Be prepared for a annual or biannual shed fest. This dog's undercoat is thick and lush. While they shed very little most of the year, for a few weeks a siberian husky will lose more hair than you'd think is possible.

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    Bathe the dog infrequently. The husky is a very clean dog and grooms itself like a cat.

  5. 5

    Make sure to trim this dog's nails once a month.

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    Keep your siberian inside or out, but remember that the breed is very social. If you don't have another dog, you need to keep your husky near its family.

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    While huskies don't bark much, they aren't silent dogs. They grumble and mutter and occasionally cut loose with a haunting howl that will make your neighbors unhappy if it goes on for an extended time.

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    Get ready to enjoy 10 to 15 years with your husky - this is the average life expectancy of a siberian husky.

Tips and warnings

  • Huskies don't have a doggy smell and are one of the few breeds that people with allergies should consider.
  • Provide ample space for huskies; they are bred for endurance running.
  • Make sure you or someone in your home is willing to spend 30 to 60 minutes a day playing with and exercising the dog.
  • Do not trust your Siberian off of its leash.
  • If you want a dog that will be kind to your yard, this is not the dog for you. Huskies love to dig.
  • The main reason people give up their huskies is because they can't control them. The second reason is that huskies are accomplished escape artists.

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