The United States consistently ranks Huskies among the top 20 most loved dog breeds. Although their wolfish vocalizations and intimidating personality can make them seem intimidating, they are very sweet, gentle and approachable dogs. Once you have evaluated the Husky breed and determined that they are the right fit for your family’s personality and activity requirements, it is time to determine the cost of buying and owning one.
How Much Does a Husky Cost
Once you have done your research, you will estimate the cost of the breed in your local area. Many factors influence the price of a puppy from certain litters. A purebred Husky puppy will cost between $600 and $1500. Huskies that are bred to show or breed can be a bit more expensive than purebred Husky puppies. However, unless you are an experienced Husky owner/breeder, you probably won’t want this dog.
The quality of parents and breeders is what makes some puppies more expensive than others. Although backyard breeders may charge a high price for their puppies, it’s possible that the parents haven’t been properly vaccinated and screened for any health problems. Do not buy a puppy from someone who “loved” their Husky and wanted to see them have children. This is a huge red flag.
You should carefully screen any breeder you are considering buying dogs from. You can ask for references from the breeder’s veterinarian or families that have purchased dogs from them. You should never trust a breeder who is reluctant to give references. A good breeder will be more than happy to provide references that prove their animals are healthy and well-cared for.
Ask the breeder if they would be willing to let you visit their ranch/home and meet their dogs. If a breeder is honest and open about their intentions, they will welcome you to visit their facility and meet their dogs.
Ask the breeder where the puppies are kept. Find out if the puppies are kept in a barn or outside the home. Also, find out how much socialization they have with their family. It is vital to socialize puppies right from birth. If they are kept away from their family, and outside, they will likely need to learn new socialization skills.
The dogs should be kept in clean areas with clean water at all times. It’s best to avoid buying from this breeder if the puppies look sick, timid or filthy.
A Word About Pet Stores
A wide range of dog breeds is available at pet shops. You can’t resist adorable fluffy puppies, which are often seen staring forlornly from their cages. Many people believe they’re helping these puppies by buying them from pet shops. You are indeed helping these puppies, but you are also funding horrific abuse practices.
Every year, thousands of dogs are saved from puppy mills. Puppy mills are farms that keep dogs in dirty, small cages. They breed endlessly to produce puppies for pet shops. Due to severe inbreeding, these puppies can be very unhealthy and are often afflicted with genetic disorders and parasites.
It is heartbreaking to leave your puppies at the pet shop, but it will save you a lot of heartbreak by leaving them there and all their health issues at home.
Basic Husky Care costs
Sometimes new owners forget to consider the costs of owning a puppy in the excitement of getting a dog. Although veterinary care and nutrition are essential, if you aren’t an experienced Husky owner, it might be worth investing in basic training classes.
The Veterinary Basics
Each puppy must have its complete set of shots before they turn four months. Your puppy will not contract preventable, potentially fatal diseases such as parvovirus if they follow the recommended vaccination schedule. There is no fixed price for vaccines. Some clinics charge extra for each appointment, while others charge only the vaccines at subsequent visits. The cost of a complete puppy vaccine series ranges from $75 to $150. Additional vaccines such as kennel cough and leptospirosis are important for dogs who are active or boarded in kennels.
If they are bored, the Husky breed will wander off. Leaving them alone will set them on an adrenaline-fueled adventure. You can reduce your Husky’s urge to roam the neighbourhood by getting them spayed or neutered. The cost of complication-free neuter should be between $150 and $200. Spaying is more expensive, so plan to spend $200-300.
Although Huskies can grow quite large, they don’t consume as much food as Great Danes or Mastiffs. It doesn’t matter how much you feed your dog, as long as it’s not low-quality food. Although it may sound counterintuitive, your dog will eat less when you buy high-quality food. The best rule of thumb is not to buy any food that you find in supermarkets or big-box stores like Wal-Mart. Good dog food will cost you $50 per month.
Huskies can be stubborn and strong-willed. To keep them happy and tired, they need to be exercised. Bored Huskys can be vocal, destructive and mischievous. They love to work, and that’s why they are such great sledge dogs! You won’t be able to hook your Husky up with a snow sledge, so make sure they get enough exercise.
A trained dog can be a great place for behavioural problems to be prevented. It will make your life much easier to have a well-socialized Husky. Obedience classes are a great investment for new owners. Prices will vary depending on whether you choose to train your dog at a trainer’s facility or privately. Expect to spend at least $150 for a comprehensive six- to the eight-week training program.
Huskies can be loyal and gentle dogs. After owning a Husky, you will likely find a different breed of dog that you like after being properly trained and exercised.