The bright blue eyes and distinctive fur are probably the most remarkable features of a Siberian Husky, which also brings to mind the winter scenery and dog sledding. Today it happens more and more often to see these beautiful animals of the northern land in the southern regions or even on the crowded streets of cities.
Considered one of the most beautiful dogs in the world, the Husky is a medium-sized dog and, although it is not part of large and agile dog breeds, it is very fast and alert. Siberian Huskies date back to at least 4,000 years ago. The breed was developed by the Chukchi people of Northeast Asia, an ancient hunting people who in the past used these dogs for hunting, but also to pull weights on long distances in the Arctic Siberia.
How much does a Siberian Husky cost?
The cost of a Siberian Husky depends on many factors such as the bloodline and the breeder’s reputation, breed popularity in the buyer’s location, age and coat color, whether it is purebred or mixed, pedigree/registration papers, health condition, and if it is trained or not. However, you should expect to pay anywhere between $410 and $1,250 for a Siberian Husky puppy, with an average cost of $655.
During the first year of a Siberian Husky, you will spend around $3,580 and after that almost $1,510 per year. Into these estimates, the costs with food and treats, training, microchipping, medical expenses, supplies, and grooming should be included.
Siberian Husky details
A graceful and elegant pet, with a compact and well-structured body, the Husky is covered in fur, has raised ears, and a thick, bushy tail. It has a weight directly proportional to its size. Males can reach a height of 23 inches and a weight of 44 pounds, while females can grow up to 22 inches in height and weigh between 33 and 50 pounds.
The purebred dog always has a warm appearance, a friendly and gentle look. The eyes are either blue or brown, the triangular ears are medium in size, the muzzle is of medium length, and the double fur is of medium length as well. The inner fur is soft and dense, with a medium length, to be able to maintain the outer fur.
According to the American Kennel Club, a Husky’s fur can be one of six colors – black, brown, gray, red, silver, and white – but there are many variations in this area as well.
Heterochromia – or eyes of two different colors – is quite common among them and often results in a blue, gold, brown, or orange eye.
The average lifespan of a Siberian Husky is between 12 and 15 years.
What are the extra costs?
Once you decide to own a Siberian Husky you should take into consideration the expenses with some necessary supplies such as food, shelter, leashes, collars, and many more. In the table below you will find the average costs of some of these supplies.
|Supplies Prices||Average Cost||Range|
|Leash||$15||$10 – $30|
|Dog Collars (x2)||$25||$15 – $50|
|Food & Water Bowls||$20||$10 – $50|
|Dog Crate (36″ or 42″)||$60||$35 – $130|
|Dog Bed (36″ or 42″)||$55||$25 – $95|
|ID Tag with Phone Number||$15||$10 – $30|
|House Training Pads (75-100)||$30||$20 – $55|
|Pooper Scooper||$25||$15 – $40|
|Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080)||$60||$20 – $120|
|First-Aid Kit||$35||$20 – $60|
|Toys||$65||$35 – $110|
|Stains and Odors Removal Spray||$15||$10 – $30|
|Toenail Clippers||$20||$10 – $40|
|Tooth-brushing Kit||$15||$10 – $25|
|Shampoo||$15||$10 – $30|
|Brush||$20||$10 – $55|
To spay/neuter your Siberian Husky you will spend anywhere between $55 and $455.
Vet visits are very important to maintain your dog’s health in a good condition. Plan on spending $70 to $180 per appointment.
Siberian Husky dogs have a predisposition to hip dysplasia, as well as eye conditions, the most common of which are juvenile cataracts and corneal dystrophy. In the table below you will find the cost estimates to treat some of the most common health problems a Siberian Husky may have.
|Health Problem||Likelihood||Treatment Cost Estimate|
|Uveodermatologic Syndrome||Medium||$500 – $1,800|
|Eye Abnormalities||Medium-High||$300 – $3,000|
|Allergies||Medium||$100 – $2,000 per year|
|Cancer||Medium||$500 – $10,000|
|Joint Abnormalities||Medium||$350 – $3,900|
Huskies are very intelligent and easy to train, but they like to be independent and will only listen to a command if they understand its purpose. The training of these dogs requires a lot of patience, consistency, and a good understanding of the canine Arctic character. You should plan on spending anywhere between $920 and $1,250 for 7 to 9 private dog training lessons and another $160 to $220 for five group sessions.
Caring for a Husky’s fur is relatively straightforward: it’s easy to comb, but it should be brushed frequently, especially during shedding periods. These Nordic beauties lose a large amount of hair when the season changes. There is no need to wash it, especially since most of the dirt is removed by combing or with a dry towel. If the bath is still needed, use only water and gentle dog shampoo. The annual grooming expenses will be anywhere between $115 and $350.
Because Huskies are very physically active dogs, they need more calories than sedentary dogs. In addition to the level of activity, there are other factors that influence the diet of dogs. Age, health, and size are factors that cannot be ignored. In general, the food of a Siberian Husky should contain about 70% meat, 20-30% fruits and vegetables, and a small proportion of cereals.
In addition to high-quality dry and/or moist food, BARF (biologically suitable raw food) is another nutritional option for Husky. Dogs are fed mainly raw meat. However, find out about BARF before choosing this regimen for your dog. Also, seek medical advice if you are unsure. You should also remember to give your dog enough fresh water.
So, you should budget anywhere between $150 and $420 per year for your Siberian Husky food.
If you are planning on getting your pet insured expect to pay around $200 for a plan that covers only the accidents and around $570 for a plan that covers both illness and accident.
Some other costs to consider are licensing which would be around $20, microchipping which is around $40, dog walking that would be around $20 per day and dog boarding, which is around $60 per day.
Important things to consider
This is a perfect pet for the family because it longs for attention and is always happy and ready to please others. He can also live in an apartment, but also in a yard where he has space to play. Unlike other dog breeds, the Husky loves to play frisbee.
This breed needs a lot of movement, but it must be done in a safe, closed area, or on a leash, because they have a strong desire to run if they are free and you can’t be sure that they will return to command. A yard with a solid fence is a must, and because they can jump over anything on the spot, the height of the fence is also important.
An adult Siberian Husky needs more than two hours of exercise a day and a good chance to run.
Like an Alaskan husky, these dogs don’t like the heat. If you live in an area where the temperature is over 79 degrees Fahrenheit, don’t take a husky. Such a dog cannot even move at more than 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
When buying a Husky, make sure that the seller is a breeder affiliated with a reputable association. Don’t buy a dog without a pedigree certificate! The breeder who sells without documents is usually more interested in immediate financial gains than in the welfare of the dog. Buying a dog at a bargain price can quickly turn into a cost trap. Often, a cheap breeder does not take care of vaccination and does not take the necessary hygiene measures to prevent the puppies from getting sick. The little ones do not socialize properly, and the parents are not taken care of according to their needs. They do not even bother to select only healthy animals and in accordance with breed standards for breeding.
You can contact dog breeder organizations to buy a Husky puppy from a reputable breeder. If you want an adult Husky or if you also accept a mixed Husky, you can try your luck at the shelters for abandoned dogs. Whether you take the dog directly from a breeder or adopt from a shelter, it is mandatory for the quadruped to have a vaccination certificate.
How can I save money?
If you are thinking about owning a Siberian Husky a more affordable option would be to adopt one. The rehoming fees would be anywhere between $55 and $510.