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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Siberian Saturday - Husky fun facts

Hiya everyone!
Welcome to another Siberian Saturday.
Today is the one day a week we dedicate to Siberian Huskies. Whether it is fun facts, or just anything husky!

As always we are linking up with Ruckus the Eskie for his Sepia Saturday blog hop. Feel free to link up and share your sepia photos, or just enjoying viewing other bloggers edits today.


Husky Fun Fact :

Siberian Huskies require much less food then most other breeds.

Yep! Huskies may be high maintenance in most other areas, but when it comes to feeding time, they generally cost much less then other breeds.


Why do huskies eat less?
This is a good question because, you would think, that a husky is such a high energy breed, and they are a fair body size, so how could they possibly eat less food?

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Way back when, huskies were bred to pull loads of cargo on a sled, for long distances, with very little food. This way, the mushers didn't have to worry about half of their sled load, being food for the dogs.

Breeds such as a Labrador or a Beagle tend to eat whatever is in front of them, and will continue to eat their bowl of food, until it is empty. Whereas a husky will take a few bites, walk away and come back later, and they will not continue to eat once they are full. I'm sure there are some dogs out there who defy these "rules" but you get the point.

The Siberian Husky has very high metabolism, enabling him to eat far less than most dogs, and still get all the benefits from the food, while looking slim, trim, and fit.

- If your husky gets tons of exercise, they will eat a little more than usual, however still not as much as most breeds.
- If your husky has had a "relaxing" period of time, they will eat much less, as their body will not be craving the food nearly as much.

When your feeding your husky, the directions on the dry food bag (providing that is what you feed) do not apply to you. The healthier the food you buy, the less you have to feed as well.


Husky Fun Fact #2 :

Huskies are VERY picky eaters!

If your husky gets turned off by the food he is eating, chances are, he will NOT eat that food again!
He will constantly turn his nose up, and walk away from the bowl, as they are a notoriously stubborn breed!


- If your husky gets full, he will walk away from the bowl, rather then finishing the food.
- If your husky gets a tummy ache after eating a certain food, chances are, they will not eat that food again.
- If your husky gets bored of a certain food, they will refuse it, unless they get overly hungry.
- If you leave a huskies bowl down all day long with food in it, they will most likely ignore it.


There is a huge debate over whether or not you should change your dogs food.
Some say that a dog will do better on one food only, where others say that dogs could benefit from mixing up their diet. I generally feed my huskies the same type of dry food, although I mix in wet food once and a while, and they always have a variety of treats.

If I notice that my huskies are starting to get bored of their food, and do not seem interested in it, I will add just a wee bit of warm water.

Why?

Adding warm water to dry food will bring out the smell and flavor, therefore making it much more attractive to your picky eater.
Another tip for sprucing up your dogs dry food, is to add bits of carrots, or broccoli to their bowls. If that doesn't work, I am not against switching their food.

I have switched my huskies food a few times, and they have always been very grateful for the new taste.

There is a right way, and a wrong way to switch your pets diet.
ALWAYS do a slow transition to a new food.

- Add a little bit of the new food to their regular diet, and gradually every day, add a bit more and a bit more, until you do the complete switch.

This makes the food transition much easier on their digestive system.

If you have any questions on feeding your husky, or what foods are best for your dog, feel free to ask in the comments below.


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That's all from the husky pack today, we hope you enjoyed our post, and we thank you for spending part of your weekend with us.




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36 comments:

  1. Hi Y'all!

    Good advise on switching foods for the non-husky crowd too.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  2. Very interesting. I would of thought they would need lots of food for mushing. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. That's what most people think as well. It's their metabolism that enables them to go on such little food. Super interesting!

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  3. You r rite on'boutz Beaglez eatin'all their food - our mom duzn't feed us accordin'tue the direcshunz on the bag - she sez she can't or else we git fat. Mom sez we r kinda on a perpetual diet - we Beaglebratz don't like that term. We like your Sepia pikchurez - we linked up tue-day tue - mom helped us an'got it rite!
    Shiloh-Lord of the Manor an'Diva Shasta

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    1. Ahh, a perpetual diet huh?
      I feel your pain my beagle pals! Glad you like our photos :)
      Thanks for popping by!

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  4. Spot on! Isis eats like she's a Vogue model! And she's SO picky! If I add eggs to her food she'll eat it up. She is nothing like her human mama who eats way too much!

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  5. We always follow the slow switch over method when we are changing dog food brands. Also like the adding vegetables to the food. Veruca loves her cooked sweet potatoes in the morning.

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    1. Nice! My huskies love carrots and broccoli. SO it works great to spruce up their food!

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  6. What an interesting post today! You can add Basset Hounds to the overeaters anonymous list. Bentley will eat every bit of food that is put in front of him. There is never food left in his bowl. He is a dog after my own heart! ♥♥

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    1. BOL!!!! Yea really eh?!
      Thanks, and i'm glad you enjoyed our post :)

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  7. I don't wanna eat the same food all the time. I prefere mom to change my food occasionally :-)

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  8. Very interesting! That is something you would definitely want to know if you were going to add a husky to your family. Especially if, like me, you've had beagles and labs who eat anything and everything! Sheba is the only one that can be more fussy about food (treats more so).
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets



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    1. It is, your right about that!
      It is very different from other breeds. I have never seen dogs be soooo picky before I started with huskies!

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  9. Very interesting information! My Labs will eat anything and will certainly woof it down very fast! We gave you a shout out over at our blog today!

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    1. Thanks! Yea, I have had Labs before too, and mine were the same way, I was shocked at how little huskies eat compared to Labs especially! A shout out? Woo woo! Be right over!

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  10. I say it often, but Faolan is a picky turd!!

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  11. Woo are spot on about us being furry efficient eaters!

    I get a khup or so - and that does me -

    My bag-o-food lasts khwite a long time!

    I am not pawtikhularly fussy now that Mom gets me 4Health from Trakhtor Supply BUT when it is TIME, I do get a wee bit demanding - khomplete with stomping of the feety feet!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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    1. Yep, that's about what mine get, roughly a cup or two (max) in a day, depending on how hungry they are and the amount of activity. Mika tends to stomp her feet as well Khyra! You two seem very Mich alike! ♥

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  12. Less food? Really!? I wonder how they compare to Eskies.

    Happy Sepia Saturday!

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    1. Hmmm...that's a very good question Ruckus! One that I'm not sure the answer of. But I can certainly dpfind out if you like?

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  13. Very interesting stuff. I have never owned a Husky because of our heat. I have always assumed they would not do well with our brutally hot summer.
    Sounds like Nadie shares a few of the Husky traits including being stubborn and picky about her food! I wonder if I could get her to pull HG's wagon for walks, lol.
    Great post ... enjoyed learning more about the breed :)

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    1. Huskies can do well in warmer areas as well, as long as the proper care is taken. Like, air conditioning indoors, walking after the sun goes down etc... plus not keeping them outside in the heat and things like that.

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  14. Didn't realise that Husky's need less food than other dogs their size - very clever evolution considering their working breed. Our Cocker Spaniels seem never to get bored with their food ;-)

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    1. Yep, I thought it was some pretty cool info too!

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  15. Hailey does have a thunder shirt that we use for thunder and fireworks. I decided not to try it when my friend was over, mainly because they are not comfortable around dogs and I know Lee would pick up on their energy.

    I wish my dogs needed less food! LOL!

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  16. I'm not so sure us cats are as efficient as you guys! ...well, at least Waffles. Though he's pretty efficient when he steals my food. ; ) Katie


    P.S. Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes for Glogirly and helping to make our comment-a-thon a huge success! xo, Katie & Waffles

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    1. Your very welcome! And good on ya for doing the commentathon!!!
      Hope GloGirly had a wonderful birthday!

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  17. Love reading this as it proves (if it wasn't already obvious) that's I'm not a husky. I eat everything and am not picky at all:-)

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    1. BOL!!! Ahh the subtle not so subtle differences between a Mally and a husky!

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  18. Very interesting, didn't realize Huskies could thrive on lower amounts of food. Aussies are kind of similar in that regards, I don't have to feed Niles much to keep her at a good weight. However, she'll eat you out of house and home if she can!

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    1. Cool to learn that about Aussies as well! Thanks for coming by!

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