Picture this, you are an adventure seeker in the 1800s, and you went to Siberia in the winters. Temperature is at -25°c, and you feel yourself freezing as the brutal winds slap your body, even the winter jacket that claimed it would hold up at -40°c is failing. You fall down, and accept this is the end. When suddenly you are approached by a pack of Siberian Huskies, and the musher gets you on the sled, you are rescued, and now you want this dog. Okay, this might be a little exaggeration, but you still want this dog.
History of Siberian Husky
The scenario mentioned in the introduction is based on the past of these dogs. These were kept as pets by the Chukchi tribe in Siberia, beyond that their proper origins are unknown. Once the climate changed, Chukchi people were forced to migrate in summers for better living conditions, this made them semi-nomadic, and having no other pets or other domesticated animals, Huskies were selectively bred to carry loads with speed across the frozen landscape in the most efficient way. This is how the modern Husky came to be.
In 1908, these hounds were imported to Alaska during the gold rush, and sure enough, they became quite popular. The last Husky imported from Siberia was in 1930 before the Soviet Union closed the borders. Since then it has become a loved breed all across the world, while the present-day Husky is slightly different from its Siberian predecessor, it is a true sledding dog. American Kennel Club
Siberian Husky Dog Price in India
As always I’d highly recommend that you should adopt them instead of buying them. Because there are countless dogs in shelters that are just waiting to be adopted. These would be the dogs that were either rescued from the streets or given for adoption by previous owners, However, after all the attempts if you fail to find one to be adopted, these are the prices for Husky in India. These are prices for family dogs, not show-quality dogs.
- Delhi– Rs. 38,000 to Rs. 50,000
- Mumbai– Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 45,000
- Chandigarh– Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000
- Ahmendabad– Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 55,000
- Bangalore– Rs. 42,000 to Rs. 55,000
- Chennai– Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000
- Kolkata– Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 55,000
If you want to buy a dog show quality puppy, then you’d be spending anywhere from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 90,000. One thing that must be kept in mind is that these are winter dogs and suffer in hot climates.
Temperament and Characteristics of Siberian Husky
Before buying a dog it is essential that you must familiarize yourself with the breed, and have a general idea of what to expect.
One great thing about Huskies is that they don’t bark, and even if they do, it is rare. However, they howl quite a bit, and since dogs can’t tell time, they will even do it at 2 in the morning.
Let them Destroy
Since these were used as all-rounder dogs in Siberia, they have high energy reserves and if you won’t allow them to go crazy in the dog park or your backyard, they’d be ripping your curtains and furniture. Therefore, it’s best to let them destroy your backyard.
Huskies are known to be excellent escape artists, as they can jump fences, slide through slightly open areas, and if all fail, they’ll chew their way out of certain places. So keep an eye on them.
Remember how these were bred to be efficient in Siberia? That still holds true today, and they require relatively less food for their size.
While all dogs growl or bark when treated wrong, Huskies will tell you that they are being treated wrongly, even when you tell them not to sit on the couch. They are talkative hounds, and you will be hearing from them a lot.
The appearance of Siberian Husky
Huskies are very popular dogs, and for this reason, they are easily recognized.
Coat and Fur
Like many other dogs that originated in colder regions, these have double coats. They have medium-long hair, their outer coat is straight, while the undercoat is soft and dense. They usually come in colors; white, gray, brownish-tan, and anything in between with black markings. One thing to know about their fur is that they struggle with being too hold even in snow, so you can imagine how bad hot temperatures are for them. Therefore, make sure you keep on air conditioner always on.
Size and Weight
These medium-sized hounds with a height range of 21 to 23 inches, and weigh anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds.
Diet and Nutrition
As mentioned earlier, they require relatively less food, but that doesn’t mean you can cheap out on food. Their feeding cost is surprisingly low compared to other dogs of this size at Rs. 7,000.
- Always feed them high-quality dog food. Buying cheaper alternatives will only cause harm to their health.
- Make sure their food is rich in protein because they are active dogs.
These are the specific needs of Siberian Huskies
I guess this goes without saying but they require plenty of exercise throughout the day. They are working dogs at their heart, and need constant activity to be at their best. Also, if you fail to exhaust them, they will turn aggressive, which is bad in all aspects.
While Huskies are seen as goofy dogs who are fun to be around, it isn’t the case in reality. Huskies need early socializing, as they have a strong pack mentality, and will only listen to a firm owner. Therefore, it is best to train them from their puppyhood. Training classes for Husky cost anywhere from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000. If you fail to portrait yourself as a strong leader, they can quickly become overwhelming.
Here’s the thing about owning a husky, you will become so used to white and gray hair that others would have to remind you to change your clothes. They shed a lot, and require brushing at least 3 times a week. Also, their grooming cost by a professional would be around Rs. 6,000 each month.
Monthly Cost of Siberian Husky
After purchasing a puppy and bringing them into your house, they become a part of your family and solely rely on you for all their needs, and this is the monthly expenditure of owning a Husky dog.
- Feeding Cost– Rs. 7,000
- Veterinarian Cost– Rs. 5,000
- Grooming– Rs. 6,000
- Contingency Expenses– Rs. 3,000
After summing up all of the necessary expenditures, you are looking at a monthly cost of Rs. 20,000 approximately.
Generally, Huskies are a healthy breed and don’t have many health issues. The only thing to care for in a Husky is their eyes, other than that they are healthy pooches.
Overall, Huskies are great dogs. Though they make bad watchdogs, they make great pets once you train them properly.