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Friday, 2 October 2015

Siberian Husky Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2

Siberian Husky Frequently Asked Questions


Last Siberian Saturday, I created a post with a few frequently asked questions related to the Siberian Husky Breed. Since a lot of you were interested in it, and some even had suggestions for questions, I thought I should do a part 2 this week. Before we continue, let me just say that not all Huskies are the same. There are some who 'break the mold' so to speak, and may not fit the typical Siberian behavior.


Siberian Husky frequently asked questions:



  • If I live in a warm climate, should I shave my huskies fur?
No, no and more NO! Absolutely do not shave your husky. This question comes along so often it blows my mind. It is understandable to think the solution to a dog in a hot climate, with SO much fur is to simply shave them, but with a husky they have their own built in cooling/heating system. Shaving them will not only disrupt their cooling/heating system, but can put them at risk for skin cancer being exposed to the sun. Siberian Huskies tend to have very sensitive skin. I found a chart on google which explains it wonderfully!

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  • Why won't my Husky eat his food anymore?
In my Siberian Husky Facebook group, this question gets asked every single day. Huskies are picky, it's just that simple. Your Sibe may enjoy his food for months and one day it's like a light switch. He is completely turned off by the food, and refuses to touch it. Why? The answer is, huskies tend to get bored easily. Bored of the same routines, bored of the same walks, bored of the same food! There are things you can do, though, so perk up your ears. The obvious first choice is, switch up foods! Or even keep the same brand, but switch flavors. Always remember when switching dog foods, to go through a nice slow transition to the new stuff, so it's easier on their system. However, switching food doesn't always work, so how about spicing up their regular food? I don't mean spice literally, but add things to make it more interesting to your husky. Ex: add a few fresh carrots, or broccoli to his meal. Try adding warm water to dry kibble to bring out the smell and flavor. And my favorite one is to add a bit of organic meat broth to kibble. Huskies lovvvvve that! 

**Side note - if you are concerned that your husky has stopped eating, and/or if they refuse water as well, it is always best to talk to your vet.
  • My Husky doesn't eat much, should I be worried?
Siberian huskies require less food than other breeds. They were bred to be working dogs, and their bodies are efficient at burning calories, and taking the nutrients they need, therefor they will only eat what they know their body requires. Generally a husky will not over-eat, they will stop when they feel full. Although, some may 'break the mold.'
  • Can I train my Husky to be off lead?
This is a loaded question which always sparks debate when asked. I always answer the same. Sure, you 'can' teach them to be off lead, but will they ever be 100% trustworthy off lead? In my humble opinion, no. Yes, I have heard people having success with off leash huskies, but I have also heard more than my fair share of "my husky was perfect off lead for years and years, until one day... one smell... that's all it took, and they were gone."  I also have my own story when it comes to off lead huskies. I thought I could attempt it with Mika years ago... it worked, for about a month. I was lucky to get her back, I learned my lesson the hard way, and I would never recommend trusting your husky to be off leash without being in a fenced in area. There are plenty of places to take your Sibe to let them run. Off leash dog parks, outdoor arenas, fully fenced tennis courts etc... 
  • Are Huskies part wolf?
No, Huskies are just as much of a dog as any Lab, Terrier, or Chihuahua out there. 

That wraps up part 2 of my Siberian Husky frequently asked question series.
If you have any questions relating to the Siberian Husky, please feel free to ask me in the comments, and I will do my best to answer your questions.






27 comments:

  1. What is with people and shaving dogs? I can't even imagine a shaved Husky, yikes! We know they are picky too. Mom's husky as a kid was extremely picky.

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    1. UGH! I know!! Every day Emma, every day!!! People are always asking about shaving huskies.... *sigh* do your research people!

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  2. Perfect!! These are the most common questions I get, along with people thinking a Husky can't live in a warm climate like Phoenix, which is ridiculous! Dogs are one of the most adaptable animals, they can live just about anywhere we can live. Do you think no one in Minnesota ever owns a Chihuahua?? My Husky is super picky too, and they have the ability to eat only what they need, they usually eat until full and that's it they don't look for more. Makes sense for a breed that was created to run long distances and eat efficiently. When she bores with her food I add broth to her food that I've made from boiling chicken or chicken livers - works like a charm! Great post, Jenna!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thanks Cathy, I am so glad you enjoyed! I love to be able to help educate people on our fantastic breed!

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  3. We didn't know huskies were picky. Just like us cats! :)

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  4. I do the same thing with food. Eat the same thing for months and then get bored, lol. I think it's good to remember with all breeds off leash. I used to let my Daisy off leash but she did at times find something and run off but always came back. The thing is they are dogs and do not understand the dangers of running off. We have a great dog park to take Cocoa to so she can run free and stay safe!! Huskies are beautiful dogs :)

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    1. So true!! A great thing to keep in mind!

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  5. Mom is laughing at the question about food:) Thunder and the two of us eat anything and everything. We aren't picky about food at all although not all foods agree with Ciara. Phantom was the picky one - he was close to impossible. But we do hear that lots of our compadres are pretty finicky about food.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  6. Mama is always switching up our food because we do get a bit bored. LadyBug will pretty much eat anything! I agree with the whole "shaving" thing...what is WRONG with people????

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    1. People are just..... well, I have no excuses for them hahahaha

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  7. Unfortunately, I have seen Huskies shaved down here. I know it is just because people think they are helping, but are misinformed. Groomers should refuse to shave them. I can never trust either of my boys off lead. LOL!

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    1. You know the worst part is some groomers RECOMMEND it!!!!!! I mean... if you're a groomer, you should know these things...

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  8. We are both trained to walk without leash, but mom don't trust us a bit if another dog should turn up :)

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  9. Aussies have pretty much the same issue with the double coat and being shaved. We see quite a few people locally who do it because they think it makes sense. Great graphic!

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    1. Oh boy, I know! All we can do is educate people on it unfortunately.

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  10. I didn't know that about huskies being picky...how interesting! I've never had a picky dog, so that would be a new experience! It's definitely something I would want to know ahead of time about a husky, so I wouldn't worry if they didn't eat all of the sudden. I would think any dog would get bored of the same old dry food all the time, so we do a lot of the things you mentioned anyway.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Yea, I do too. I know I wouldn't want to eat the same old food every single day of my life!

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  11. Is any dog ever 100% off lead? That is why our dogs usually have ecollars on, however, we rarely have to use it due to them not responding to recall. Still when out hunting in heavy cover, I would much rather have that bit of insurance.

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    1. No, I don't think there are dogs that are 100% trustworthy off lead, at least not in my opinion. But I do believe there are some who are more prone to running off than others, that much I know!

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  12. say no to shaving huskys, urgh thanks for touching on this subject.

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  13. Thank you for taking some time to write this post. The Siberian Husky is a fairly strong, compact working dog most commonly known as a sled dog. They are quick and light on their feet and always graceful in their actions. Popular for their lupine looks especially their intense eyes they are in general charming with a mischievous and playful nature. See more http://dogsaholic.com/breeds/profiles/siberian-husky.html

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