Are you considering whether you should adopt an all-white husky or not? Sure, their piercing eyes and cuddle-worthy fur can be irresistible. But is yours the type of home a Husky needs?. Appearance aside, you should consider whether or not your lifestyle and home meet the needs of the Husky.
What should you be aware of before you think of housing a white Siberian husky? Some important considerations include:
- Grooming needs
The trouble with first-time parents to pure white huskies is that they fail to understand the addition to their family. Failure to meet the considerable requirements of a Husky often results in owners surrendering the dog to a shelter or rescue.
Following are some highlights about living with an all-white husky:
An Isabella husky is indeed a magnificent creature. But what most first-timers don’t realize is how rare a find it is! Usually, you can get a blue-eyed husky since they’re quite common. But a combination of that eye color and white fur isn’t. It only happens naturally in puppies who inherit the recessive gene – for a white coat – from both parents.
So, if the appearance is the only reason you want to adopt a white Siberian husky, I’d recommend looking at another breed. But if you want a creature that is both a cuddle bunny and a ball of energy, then here are some colors you can hope for:
Black & White
The most commonly seen type, this Siberian husky, leaves you in awe with bright blue eyes and a well-defined black facial mask. Various shades of black can dilute their gleaming white coats. They will likely have bright white legs.
Agouti & White
Besides pure white huskies, the agouti and white dog is another rare find. A wild mixture of yellow, brown, black, and beige, is on display in alternate bands of fur.
Grey & White
Grey & White’s are highly popular for their wolfish appearance. They can have silver, gray, or wolf-gray colored fur.
Sable & White
Also called black-nosed reds, these dogs will sport fur of a reddish-brown hue. The points, however, are always black.
Red & White
These Huskies have a white facial mask with various shades of red. Their points are also flesh-colored. Additionally, they don’t have blue but amber-colored eyes. You won’t see a single black strand sprout on these!
Siberian huskies can inherit several diseases. One of them is an orthopedic condition called hip dysplasia. In it, the thigh bone’s head isn’t a good fit for their hip pocket. Resulting arthritis can be mild and thus, manageable through therapy and other medication. On the other hand, in severe cases, your pet might have to get surgery. These canines are adventure lovers. And a bad hip can severely cut down on their fun.
Aside from hip issues, these Siberian dogs might also face eye problems. Those include:
- Juvenile cataracts
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Corneal dystrophy
Training & Leadership
So, a white Siberian husky is born to be a pack dog. It means that as the owner, you’d need to make it crystal clear who leads your pack. If you can get their respect, it will also be easier to train the husky.
Expect them to test your position in the pack. Huskies may appear cuddly, but from time to time, they will push you. Don’t let them try to take control by giving in. Not allowing your husky to push you around is essential, but asserting yourself by bullying or hitting are incorrect ways to go about it.
Instead, lay down the rules very clearly and with consistency. For instance, make them wait to eat to establish leadership. The Husky will come to realize that food – a valuable resource – comes under your domain.
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On the flip side, pack dogs are also great at socializing. That’s because they instinctually work with other members. But that isn’t where their sociability ends. Huskies have an affectionate nature, which is why they are such great cuddle-bugs and love when you respond in kind. Leave them alone for more than 3-4 hours, though, and they will become anxious – more on that later. They’re also extremely gentle, so your husky will likely be good with kids – but supervision is necessary even then. Their affectionate nature isn’t well-suited for guard duty. They’ll probably greet intruders with wagging tails instead of barking at them menacingly.
Feed your all-white husky high-quality dry dog food just as you would give to most other types of dogs. I’d suggest dividing 2 cups of it into two meals per day. How easily they keep will surprise, but only until you think about the original purpose of breeding huskies. Initially, they had to survive on the smallest food intake while working hard and fast. Thus, despite their size, huskies won’t bankrupt you during meal times!
Having said that, the diets of individual husks may vary based on the following factors:
Aside from that, the quality of dog food you use also makes a difference. It takes less of a high-nutritional value food to meet your Husky’s needs than food with poor nutritional value.
Puppies, though, cannot have dry food immediately. Ask the vet about:
- Which foods are specially formulated for your puppy’s age
- How much to give them
- When they can begin eating adult dog food
Other than the food, you’ll need to ensure that your husky stays well-hydrated. Being a large-sized breed, they consume more water than smaller sized dogs. What’s more, dehydration can have disastrous effects for huskies, especially in warmer climates.
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When pure white Huskies are shedding, everything in your house will be covered in fur. That’s because this breed has a double coat. Medium-length hairs of coarse texture form a layer over a much denser coat. This feature is useful in both retaining heat and regulating body temperature in their natural environment. After all, these creatures hail from the Arctic; nature has dressed them accordingly!
Brush your Isabella husky’s coat once a week. Ideally, their thick double coat will fare better if you use either a wide-toothed comb or a large bristle brush. Weekly brushing sessions will also control how much the dog sheds and be good for the health of its coat.
Infrequent bathing is a recommendation that might surprise you. However, doing the opposite could cause skin irritation. When you do bathe your Husky, use a handheld sprayer and a bath mitt. The former will allow the water to penetrate the thick canine fur. And the mitt will be useful when you shampoo the undercoat. Don’t forget to purchase a shampoo formulated for dogs for the best results.
Husky ears will also require some care. That means cleaning them once a week. Don’t insert anything into their ear canal. Instead, squirt a good dose of dog ear cleaning solution in there. Then use your hands to massage and spread the liquid inside the ear. Wipe the runoff away with a clean cotton ball.
Grab these droppers and cotton balls when out shopping! Finally, your pooch will need periodic nail trimming. I’d recommend letting a professional groomer or the vet take care of this part. Incorrect trimming may cause pain and bleeding!
Confine your Husky to a small area during house training. Until they make a habit of going only in that spot, the confinement will make it easier for you to clean up any messes. Remember the well-known husky pushiness? Keep this trait in mind and simply refuse to let them get away with going potty anywhere else.
So, how can you get a husky – puppy or adult – to use a designated spot? As soon as the dog comes home with you, let them see that space. Praise and reward them every time they use it. If any accidents happen, do not let them get away with it. In most cases, clear boundaries speed up habit formation, and potty training isn’t any different.
These pads will make clean up easier.
Pals & Preys
The white Siberian Husky isn’t only tolerant of children; they also get along with any other canines in the household. But I’d suggest taking a husky puppy to socialization classes to get them used to the situation. At school, their trainer will instruct them on how they should behave towards dogs, their owners, and other strangers.
Also, this breed has a strong prey drive. In the harsh Siberian clime, Huskies needed that trait. Today’s Husky will look at vermin and other smaller creatures as their forebears looked at prey. Usually, the following animals come under the prey category for a husky:
That doesn’t mean that Huskies can’t thrive in a multi-pet household. Mostly, it depends on the conditions in which they were raised. If they become used to sharing a home with felines, those huskies might not think of cats as prey.
Territoriality & Anxiety
Your all-white husky might experience separation anxiety when they first start living with you. Usually, even the presence of another dog won’t help in such situations. Expect to come home to the results of highly destructive behavior. Windows missing trim, ripped screens and clothing, and laundry baskets tipped over, are all probable outcomes.
Their anxiety in your absence is one reason why many landlords/rental properties won’t allow tenants to keep huskies as pets. Moreover, check your insurance policies to see if they cover husky-borne wreckage.
Other than getting destructive, a husky can also become aggressive and territorial. When puppies, you might their growling and guarding of things cute. But nip this trait in the bud, or you will have an adult dog pouncing on you in the future! Often, they choose one person to which they become attached. That can become problematic later, as well.
Exercising & Off-Leashing
An Isabella husky’s original purpose was to serve on a team of sled dogs. Thus, it makes sense that your pet will have lots of energy. Each day, they must burn it off, or you’ll see that destructive behavior comes to the forefront.
Exercise is essential to keep your husky from experiencing boredom. Walks and jogs will solve that problem, particularly if the dog doesn’t have much space to roam around at home. As jogging partners, huskies will still have the energy to go on even when you won’t! But in warmer temperatures, the need to burn off the energy will lessen. Don’t put them rigorous workouts in such weather because they can overheat – we cover that part below.
Huskies are not the type of dogs that you can let off the leash while in the park. I’ll also advise against playing fetch with them. The new smells and sounds in unfamiliar areas will bring out their adventurous side. It isn’t that they are not loyal. However, being stubborn and nomadic, huskies will want to investigate everything in sight – and even those out of sight! Calling or whistling won’t cause them to return to you in such situations. Oh, and don’t fancy that you can chase after them.
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Climate & Temperature
Almost all their physical features indicate that huskies are designed to live in colder climates. And by cold, we mean Arctic cold! But that doesn’t mean you must move to the North Pole if you want to adopt one.
I would suggest, however, that you do pay attention to the weather. That’s because huskies can overheat quickly, which is why they won’t thrive in hot, tropical areas. If that’s you, prepare to keep your AC on all day long.
When you do take your dog outside, ensure that they get plenty of water and have shade available nearby. Usually, you’d be able to recognize signs of dehydration and overheating. Even so, we’ll mention those below:
- Panting heavily
- Rapid breathing
- Higher body temperature
- Weakness – may progress to a collapse
- Glazed eyes
- Excessive drooling
- Racing pulse
- Rapid heartbeat
- Bright tongue/gums
- Bloody feces
In short, if your Husky looks like they’re hot and thirsty, it means they might be overheating! Both that and dehydration present identical or overlapping symptoms. A husky who has overexerted themselves will get overheated and, thus, undergo dehydration. So, besides precautionary measures, what should you do for them? When outside, keep an eye on your husky. If they begin acting lethargic, offer them some water, and move them into the shade. Should their condition remain like that – or get worse – take them for a visit to the vet.
Other Related Questions
Am I bringing a wolf home?
Huskies are closely related to wolves, but they aren’t. You’ll realize how gentle they can be when you see them with kids. Treat your husky like you would any other dog breed. Also, remember that any type of dog can be dangerous; that trait isn’t inherent to just huskies. Training them properly and showing them the affection you have for them will ensure that they remain your furball forever.
Why does my husky want to eat my hand?
That’s just one of the ways huskies display their affection. In truth, they are showing you that you can trust them. And since they won’t bite but gently hold your hand in their mouth, don’t get scared. As long as you gain their respect and clarify you lead the pack, they will demonstrate affection in this way – and many others!
Can I adopt and raise a husky from a puppy?
I know that this might shock first-time husky parents, but it is possible to adopt a husky puppy. You’ll find so many rescues dedicated to ensuring just that. Some assist Siberian husky puppies to their forever homes, while others also have Alaskan huskies.
The AKC reports that many owners surrender adult huskies and puppies. That might happen because they consider the breed isn’t right for them. Or, it is a result of a change in their lifestyle, making it unsuitable for the dogs. So, believe or don’t, but there might be a husky puppy awaiting your decision to adopt them.
That said, I’d suggest reaching out to a rescue rather than a breeder when you arrive at that decision. Sure, the latter may not always have young puppies from which to choose. Even so, you return home with a canine that is spayed/neutered and microchipped. Usually, they are also housebroken, and you won’t need to take them for the most common medical procedures. What’s more, you could end up with a rare Husky mix — with all the traits you desire and a little extra thrown in.
Are you looking for a Husky rescue? Just browse around the internet, and you’ll find dozens. I’ll make it easier for you with this list at AKC of places where you can get a Siberian husky. And, check out these links too:
Do you think you have the stamina it will take to adopt a husky? Unsure? Then, employ the tips mentioned above to get ready for one!