How Long Do Huskies Live?
It is a well-known fact dogs do not live as long as humans do. As beloved as they are as members of our family, their time on Earth is relatively short - and never long enough! They become an integral part of our lives and family. So how long do huskies live? Read on to discover all the vital information you need to know!
The Huskies - Special and Unique
Siberian Huskies are instantly recognizable by their distinctive fur, stunning eyes, triangular ears, and sickle curved tail. Their compact, medium sized body is carried on "snow shoe" feet with fur between the toes for ice traction and warmth. Huskies have unique eyes - they can be bi-eyed (one brown and one blue), or partial-eyed (each eye half-brown and half-blue).
They are working dogs, most often pulling sleds in the far North. Hollywood has made them famous, using them in hoards of movies, such as the based on a true story "Eight Below". Their double coat is medium in length and very thick. As one of the hardiest of breeds, huskies are able to withstand unbelievably cold temperatures (-58° to -76° Fahrenheit)! The most common colors for the coat are white and black.
Both children and adults are charmed by the huskies' easygoing nature. They are gentle, happy, and a delight to be around. Their friendliness does make them a bad choice for a guard dog. However, they are overly intelligent with a natural curiosity and the energy to match.
Huskies bark very little, preferring to howl instead. They do best when their environment allows them ample room for outdoor activities like running.
Life Stages And Life Expectancy Of Huskies
By the time your husky reaches its first birthday, he or she will have attained adult size. They remain known as adults until they are about seven when they earn the title of seniors. Although every pet is different, expect to see less activity in your dog at this point since they may not have all the boundless energy they once had.
On average, you can hope to have your husky with you until somewhere around the age of twelve. Keep in mind that this is only an average - many will reach the age of fifteen, and some even longer.
Males have a shorter life expectancy than their female counterparts do in every breed of dog. If you are lucky enough to be owned by both sexes, the female may not outlive the male.
How To Determine A Husky's Age
Most people are familiar with the "rule" stating that every year of your dog's age is equivalent to seven human years. If this is the method you have been using, stop! It is completely inaccurate. An actual formula that will give you a more definitive answer exists. To calculate properly, minus two from your dog's age, multiply that number by four and then add twenty-one.
When it comes to maturity, dogs reach it much quicker than humans do. Your Husky will reach the equivalent of twenty-one years by the time they are two. After this point, each dog year is worth about four human ones. Large breed dogs age much faster than small breeds. Huskies are right in the middle.
Common Illnesses In Huskies
As powerful, graceful, and beautiful as your husky is none of these things make them immune to a disease. Certain conditions are apparent at birth, while old age is the culprit for the majority. The following list will help you to better understand the potential problems your huskie may eventually face:
- Skin: Zinc responsive dermatitis will cause crusty, red lesions directly on the skin. Huskies are unable to properly absorb zinc from their normal diet. The lack this vital mineral manifests in itchy, painful spots.
- Bone and joint: The most serious disease is degenerative myelopathy. Symptoms include falling down and stumbling when walking. Huskies have a higher risk of being born with this gene mutated than other breeds. If you want to have your husky tested, you will need your vet to run a DNA test. Arthritis is also a worry. Since it is degenerative, the older your pup gets the worse the condition can become.
- Eyes: Although cataracts normally are seen in senior dogs, husky puppies are prone to them very early - anytime between the ages of six and eighteen months. Signs that your pooch may have this peeper problem include white spots and frequent blinking. Dry eye syndrome can also occur when tear production is too low. If your huskie has dry eyes, they will normally have a discharge that is thick and gooey.
- Cancer: Hearing the word cancer from your vet is akin to sticking a knife in your heart. It is the worst possible diagnosis and you will feel true fear. With the chemotherapy and surgical removal options available today, cancer is no longer an immediate death sentence. The earlier detection occurs, the better chance your pet will have of successful treatment. The most common forms of cancer in huskies are tumors - anal and sebaceous gland and basal cell. They all form lumps that you are able to feel, so get into the habit of checking your pooch for signs of anything unusual on a regular basis.
Now you know all about your husky and expectations during their lifetime. This makes you better able watch for any potential problems that may threaten them. The best way to keep them healthy and living a wonderfully long life is to give them plenty of love and attention, feed them the best diet possible, ensure they get adequate exercise, and schedule regular checkups with your vet.
Did you find this article helpful and enjoyable to read? Were all your questions answered? My hope is that the information you learned will allow you to enjoy the company of your huskie for many years to come! Feel to leave any comments you have below. Make sure to share this article with all of your family and friends so they can benefit too!