How long do Siberian Huskies live?
First of all, it is important to understand that there are average indicators of the life expectancy of the Siberian Husky breed, determined by dog breeders, veterinarians, and dog handlers. Huskies typically live 12 to 15 years of age, with some living to 16, 17, or even a little longer. Female Husky tend to live a little longer than the male one. However, this difference will not be too big.
It should be noted that husky dogs differ from many other dog breeds and known for their high level of activity. These pets are strong, playful and have good stamina. Such characteristics are assigned to the dog from puppyhood to an old age, which also determines its lifespan. Of course, these facts remain relevant only if the dog is kept in optimal conditions, the owner paid sufficient attention and also provides his four-legged friend with good nutrition.
Due to successful selection, Siberian Huskies have a serious advantage such as the absence of a pronounced tendency to genetic diseases, which positively affects their lifespan. Here is what you need to know about giving your Husky a long and fulfilling life.
What factors affect the life expectancy of Siberian Husky?
Related to overweightness is the exercise your Husky is receiving. Just like people, you are probably going to live a little longer if you keep in shape compared to sitting on the couch all day. Hopefully, you have it in you to exercise your Husky every day, from a puppy to adulthood.
It is important not only to walk around but also to run, as well as play with your husky, who will only be happy with such excessive activity. Climbing and descending, overcoming obstacles at speed, pulling (the recommended load around 20% of the dog’s weight), winter racing – all this will help Siberian husky to live as long as possible and will be beneficial in any way. Read our tips on exercising to know what you are getting in to!
Given the fact that huskies are extremely active, they are in constant need of movement. Based on this, it was possible to find out that keeping the dog outside might be more beneficial than for his brothers who live in the apartment. Living conditions similar to those, which Siberian huskies have been accustomed for centuries, possibly might extend the life of these dogs.
If for representatives of many other breeds, life outside in the yard or in an aviary in a private house can negatively affect their health, for a husky, on the contrary, this is the best of the possible conditions of living. Clean air, the ability to move as much as the dog’s wishes and the natural change in the weather have a beneficial effect on their well-being.
If you are not planning to receive offspring from your dog and at the same time wants to extend his life, you can do neutering. Neutered dogs less often run away from the owners on the street. The procedure prevents inflammatory processes and tumor diseases of the genitals as well.
Sterilized dogs lived an average of one and a half years longer than their counterparts who did not undergo this operation, said researchers from Georgia State University in the United States.
The research team analyzed the veterinary database for the years 1984-2004, which describes 40,139 deaths of dogs. It turned out that four-legged unsterilized animals survive on average up to the age of 7.9 years, while sterilized animals up to 9.4 years.
Huskies are prone to some genetic defects such as hip dysplasia, blindness, and other eye issues. Although none of them will end a dog’s life, they may put yourself in the difficult position of needing to put the dog to sleep (more on that below). We have some more specific information on the various health issues of Husky puppies available if you want to read more about these genetic issues and what to look out for when choosing a Husky puppy.
The size that your Husky grows will indirectly affect its longevity. Obviously an overweight dog is simply not going to have the stamina, muscle mass, and immune system to last through old-age for very long. As with any breed, there will be genetic variations in size. Do larger dogs die sooner? Maybe, but the research can not explain exactly why. In any event, the Husky breed, with the exception of a miniature variant being bred, has a largely consistent adult size and small variations are unlikely to lengthen or shorten the lifespan significantly.
And when the time comes…
… difficult decisions need to be made in your Husky’s interests. Putting your dog to sleep (euthanasing it) is something you should be prepared for in advance. That doesn’t make it any easier, but at least you might have an idea of when to say goodbye. A dog in pain from health issues (such as dysplasia), or having trouble with organs functioning the way they should, might warrant a peaceful end to a happy life. Do you really want your last memories to be of your family pet in agony? Your vet can recommend a course of action in advance so that decisions can be made before emotions run high.
From a healthy happy puppy right through 14 fantastic years till the end is reached, you can have a loving relationship with your Siberian Husky. Although some genetic factors affecting lifespan are out of your control, things such as feeding and exercising are totally in your control! So do the right things and you can give your Husky a long and satisfying life.