It’s a depressing topic but knowing the siberian husky life expectancy is an important thing to take into consideration when thinking about adopting one of these majestic creatures. They aren’t puppies forever and you should be aiming to provide a forever home, not just a home until they outgrow you! Luckily we got Aura when she was about one and a half years old and should have many years to come with her in our lives.
Once again I’ve done some research and have assembled the best information on the siberian husky life cycle.
How Long Does a Husky Typically Live?
You can usually count on a healthy Siberian Husky to live approximately 12 to 15 years. Keep in mind this is under ideal conditions where the dog gets plenty of exercise and a nutritious diet. Additionally, female dogs tend to outlive males by a small margin.
Siberian Husky Life Cycle
Typically from 0 to 12 months of age a husky is considered to be a puppy. When they reach about 1 year old most huskies are about as big as they are going to get and are considered an adult dog. This adult stage lasts until the dog is about 7 years old at which point they are considered to be a senior dog. As a senior you can expect your dog’s energy level to decline and they could potentially develop health issues that shorten the life span.
Common Health Issues in Huskies
Here is a list of common health issues that huskies are susceptible to.
- Hip Dysplasia – an orthopedic condition found in medium to large size dogs where the top of the thighbone doesn’t fit properly into the dog’s hip socket.
- Follicular Dysplasia – a condition that results in abnormal hair growth, hair loss, or even patchy and infectious skin.
- Juvenile Cataracts – a condition where an opacity develops within the dog’s eye, specifically the lense, and potentially causing blindness. This usually develops before the dog is 2 years old and as young as 3 months.
- Corneal Dystrophy – similar to cataracts this condition affects the dog’s eye again, this time the cornea, potentially causing blindness.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – once again another condition that affects the eyes, this time when the retina begins to deteriorate, and can yet again lead to blindness.
- Zinc Deficiency or Dermatosis – huskies require more zinc in their diet when compared to other breeds of dog or they can develop infectious crusty patches of fur, or dermatosis, and other symptoms.
- Gastric Disease – more common in working or sled dogs, gastric diseases can cause pain and other symptoms to the dog’s stomach and intestines.
Tips to Keep Your Husky Healthy Longer
Luckily there are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your husky lives a full and healthy life.
First, when adopting a husky, if through a breeder make sure they are reputable and do not shy away from questions regarding the health of their dogs.
You should take your husky to the vet once or twice a year for checkups to make sure they are growing well. This will ensure that any big health issues are identified as early as possible and can be taken care of quickly.
Make sure your husky gets plenty of exercise and be sure not to feed them too much or they may put on additional weight leading to other health issues.
A balanced and nutritious diet will help avoid gastric diseases and obesity in your husky. If you feed your dog ‘human food’ don’t do it too often and be aware of certain things that your dog should never have such as chocolate.
You Can Never Love a Husky Too Much
Adopting a husky is a huge commitment to make but before you know it a decade will have come and gone and your now senior husky will start to slow down and come to the end of their life cycle.
It’s important to be patient with your dog and know that you can never give them too much love.
We’re only here for a speck of time in the grand scheme of things and our dogs get even less so cherish every day with your beloved pet!