Can You Afford a Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world, and nearly all dog lovers want one of these dogs for themselves. If you are among these individuals and want to know how much a Siberian Husky dog would cost you, then we have you covered. Along with price, we will look at other aspects of ownership, such as veterinary bills, food, and more.

The Siberian Husky’s Popularity

Originating from Asia, the Siberian Husky is the twelfth most popular dog breed in the world. While known for pulling sleds in incredibly cold climates, they also make for excellent family dogs. They are smart, beautiful, with striking eyes and shiny coats, and are loyal and graceful. A Husky is incredibly affectionate and loves his owner and family. It is very outgoing and gets along well with people, but it is also protective and will attack those that pose a risk to its owner or loved ones.

The Husky is a medium-sized breed that is very energetic and perfect for an owner who likes to stay active.

Pricing:

Siberian Huskies are not only an investment in time and energy, but in finances as well. Their price varies  and is dependent upon location, age, gender, color, heredity factors, etc. The average price of Huskies is about $725, but you can expect to pay anywhere near $600 to $1300 for a puppy. If you choose to purchase a puppy from a more refined pedigree, you could even pay as high as $6000! 

If purchasing a Siberian Husky from a breeder is out of your price range, you can always adopt. Adoption would cost you anywhere from $350 to $550 and can include vaccinations, registration, neutering or spaying of the dog and more, depending on where you adopt the dog. This is actually a great option as you end up getting a great dog at affordable rates, and you also provide a home to a deserving dog that genuinely needs it.

Feeding Costs:

Before jumping in to getting your Siberian Husky, it would be wise to calculate the expenses that you will have to bear for feeding such a dog. The very first thing you need to know is that the Siberian Husky is a dog that possesses a strong appetite. It weighs between 35 to 60 pounds, which means it will consume about two to three cups of dog food on a daily basis depending on size and activity level.

The average cost of good dog food per pound is about $2 to $3, so you will have to spend $55 for a 30-pound bag. This bag will contain about 120 cups of food for the dog, so if your dog eats about 2.5 cups daily, your 30-pound bag will last about 48 days. From this, we can infer that you will be spending about $440 for dog food on a yearly basis.

You should also factor in treats for your dog. These treats can act as motivators for teaching the dog tricks, reward it for good behavior, or simply enhance its appeal towards you, the owner. These treats act as supplements for your dog’s diet, and can cost you about $5-10 on a monthly basis.

Veterinarian Expenses:

Veterinarians can be costly,  which is why you should also research the health conditions that are common in Siberian Huskies. The Husky is a resilient and vigorous dog but it can fall victim to several diseases. These include seizures, eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, congenital laryngeal paralysis, hip dysplasia, etc. You should know that you will have to spend up to $300 to about $6000 dollars if your dog develops any of the aforementioned conditions.

Your dog will also need to be vaccinated when it’s a puppy, and spayed or neutered by the vet. While spaying or neutering is a one-time expense, vaccinations are done routinely and add to your cost.

 Other Expenses:

There are other expenses to consider as well before you get a Siberian Husky. These include:

  • Grooming expenses are low when it comes to Huskies as they are pretty good at self-cleaning and are a natural breed. But you will still need to spend some money on this purpose. For instance, Huskies require regular nail trims and each session can cost you about $10 per session.
  • You will also have to pay anywhere about $50 to $125 for training sessions for your dog. These sessions are important and can’t be skipped if you want a well-adjusted Husky.
  • You will also have to spend money on supplies as well. These include a dog house if the dog spends a lot of time outside, bedding,  bowls for water and food, leash, collar, chew toys, etc.

Wrapping Up

Owning a Siberian Husky can cost you around $1600 a year; while the price seems steep, it may be worth it for a beautiful, loyal companion.

Shelly

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