If you’ve been to Central Park, then you must have met Balto; the heroic sled dog among other Siberian Huskies who braved the blinding blizzard and the 674 miles to deliver the antidote of the diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska back in 1925. As a result, they saved the entire town.
Siberian Huskies are known for being hardworking as they were originally bred as sled dogs. It’s not surprising there are dog sledding activities for tourists in places like Iceland. These wolf-like beasts are actually very friendly even to burglars, that’s why they are not ideal as guard dogs.
What to Spend on Upfront?
Ideally, dogs should be brought to their new home during their puppy stage, preferably 8 to 12 weeks of age. While there are a lot of husky puppies available for sale, dog rescue homes have a lot of huskies as well, ready for rehoming. It’s just that huskies from rescue homes come at varying ages; others can be already in their senior years.
Rescueme.org offers huskies for adoption with varying ages. Since this organization caters to every state of America, adoption fees vary accordingly. Some dogs don’t even have any fee at all or at least, just an amount of donation money you are willing to give.
For huskies that come with an adoption fee, price ranges from $100 to $300. As of now, California has the highest number of huskies that need to be adopted.
Siberian Husky Assist Rescue is also looking for adopters and foster homes for this specific breed. These are dogs that may have come from an abusive owner or rescued from the streets.
If you think you can handle these Huskies, you may have one for an adoption fee of $225 while $125 for senior Siberians.
Puppiesforsale.store offers few items of huskies both for sale and rehoming. A husky for rehoming comes with a fee of $400 while selling prices are $700 to $800. Locations of these puppies may vary and you may find one within your area.
A pet store price for a registered, purebred husky puppy can cost about $1,400 to $1,800, although it is not advisable to get a husky from pet shops. A price range of $1,300 to $1,500 can be from a licensed breeder/kennel while a neighborhood breeder’s price for a registered Siberian husky may cost $1,500 to $1,700.
Meanwhile, a smaller version called Miniature Siberian Husky that can grow to only 18-25 pounds can cost for as low as $600 to $1,000 and up. The breeding, however, is very limited that makes it hard to acquire one.
It is always a good decision to get your own husky from a rescue home or from a shelter near you, especially that there had been reported cases of huskies that ended up abandoned out of the hype from the famous show, “Game of Thrones.”
If you have decided where and how to buy your Siberian Husky, make sure you consider the following costs that come with acquiring this dog.
- Transporting Cost
Bringing your new husky home can be both stressful for the both of you. Preparation though is a good precautionary measure.
Use a well-ventilated crate that has enough room for the husky to sit, stand, lie down and move around. A crate measuring 48” x 30” x 33” costs $77.99. This size is good enough until your husky reaches adult size. Remember that you can still use this crate at home whenever necessary.
Make sure you also bring cleaning materials with you just in case your Siberian husky will poop or vomit. Remember you are yet unfamiliar with the dog since this is the first travel you get to share, so anything can happen by surprise.
A pack of paper towel costs $5.47, a pack of trash bag costs $5.12 and wet wipes for a cost of $2.73 would be good enough.
- Shelter Cost
A Siberian Husky requires a lot of exercises and fresh air, so, it is not unlikely that it will be spending a lot of time outdoors. However, since Siberian Huskies were originally dogs for sledding and can withstand temperatures as cold as -60 degrees, they are more vulnerable to hot weathers.
Whether you want your husky indoor or outdoor, it is important to provide a space that it can have for itself. When you choose a dog house for your husky puppy, consider buying one that’s still livable when it reached 20-23 inches tall.
A quality dog house for a size of an adult husky will cost between $67 and $182. These dog houses are either made of wood or a microban.
To protect your dog’s joint, bones, and body, you may use either a rubber mat or a mattress to make up the bedding. A rubber mat can cost $69.87 to $104.07while a large size mattress may cost $35.54.
A dog’s house should also have food and water bowls. These may cost $10.99 for a basic stainless steel to $49.95 for a pack of two premium elevated feeder bowl.
What Do You Get for the Price?
Inclusions and freebies depend on the source of your Siberian Husky. Shelters and rescue homes often release Siberian Huskies that are already vaccinated, neutered, or spayed. This could save you the annual exam fee. Some rescue homes provide medical assistance, if necessary.
Siberian Huskies for sale are sometimes microchipped and have already started the series of vaccination; although they rarely come with a freebie. Others may provide free crate upon traveling. Keep in mind to ask for the breeder’s choice of food diet for huskies.
Recurring Cost of Owning Siberian Husky
- Food Cost
Siberian huskies can be fed with the commonly given dry food or natural raw like raw chicken, beef, and fish. A raw diet may also include organ meat and bones. The recommended serving size for raw food is 2% of the dog’s weight per day. Always opt for free range, organic meat than the commercial ones.
For husky’s dry food, it is advisable to buy premium brands than grocery store brands as they are also the choice of most Siberian Husky owners.
Premium brands may cost from $6 to $44.99 available in salmon, chicken and brown rice, and lentils. A 25 pounds of premium dry food can last for more than a month. Avoid storing dog food that can’t be consumed within a month.
An all natural, grain-free dog treat can cost around $13.77 to $15.19 for choices of real beef, real chicken, or real turkey. Other oven-baked biscuit treats can cost $2.69 at different flavors like lamb, salmon, and peanut butter.
Bones and chews for your husky’s teeth are also available at $1.70 for a bone marrow to a price of $12.44 for an elk antler dog chew. Remember to give treats not more than three times a day.
Vitamins and supplements are also essential in the entire wellness of your husky. These should be given in accordance with your vet’s advise. Dog vitamins and supplements may cost from $8.99 to $55.67
- Hygiene Cost
Proper cleaning of a dog house should be done at least once a month along with a regular maintenance. In doing this, avoid using harsh detergents or bleach as the harmful chemicals can pose danger to your husky.
You may need a baking soda that costs $2.05 per pound and a non-toxic detergent that costs from $9.78 to $21.85. Mix these with a hot water. To scrub the entire area, you may use a stiff-bristled brush that can cost about $21.84.
Do not forget to use disinfectant, a gallon of which can cost $45.13 available in different scents like wintergreen, cherry, lemon, lavender, and fresh scent. Odor eliminator products are also available at prices $6.49 to $49.50, although thorough cleaning is always the best way to eliminate bad odors.
According to expert, once a month bath for your dog is good enough unless there is a need to do it more often but it should not be more than once a week. Use organic dog shampoos that cost $12.95 to $16.97. For your husky’s hairbrush, it will cost $5.98 to $12.97.
For grooming your husky, you may do it on your own or you can have it done by the experts. Grooming services may charge a Siberian husky’s full body grooming for about $45 to $90.
- Medical Cost
For puppies 2-6 months old, an estimated price for an annual package including physical exam, DHPP or DHLPP vaccine (Distemper/Parvo/Lepto), fecal test, deworming, bordetella can cost $65.
For adult dog package including physical exam, rabies vaccine, DHLPP vaccine (Distemper/ Parvo/Lepto), heartworm test, fecal test, Bordetella vaccine, you can expect to pay $53 to 100 annually. A regular check-up or office visit typically costs at least $22 to $30.
Prices for dental cleaning may vary on the service provided. There are packages available which are labelled as level 1 up to 3. You can expect to pay $550 for full mouth extractions. Level 1 of dental cleaning and polishing with no extractions costs $198 while level 2 with 4 extractions and bloodwork costs $396. Lastly, you may pay around $528 for over 4 extractions and bloodwork.
In choosing toys, make sure that they are durable, safe, and fun especially for an aggressive chewer like your Siberian husky. These toys may cost $4.38 to $6.41. Avoid materials that cannot withstand the gnashing jaws of a husky such as the soft fabrics of plush and stuff toys, or vinyl and latex since these can be a choking hazard.
Factors that Can Affect Siberian Husky Price
These factors include the source of the husky, purebred or are champions, race, color, age, and breeding. Generally, it is almost always cheaper to adopt huskies from rescue homes since they only come with an adoption fee.
Prices become higher when a husky is bought from a private breeder, especially if it’s from the neighborhood since it’s the safest source to purchase a husky from. Miniature Huskies’ prices though are basically determined by color and the fact that they are hard to find.
- Get to know the breed before you get to know the actual dog. This is a good start since nothing is more important than knowing and assessing yourself and the dog breed if you two are good to be together. You want to be a responsible pet parent, for sure.
- Avoid buying a husky from pet stores. The practice of good ethics in breeding Siberian Huskies is apparently not visible in pet shops. If you don’t want to get your own from a rescue home, then at least buy from a reputable breeder.
- Upon buying, observe every husky puppy in a group. You can tell a lot if a dog is too timid or too aggressive when it’s in a flock. Interact with each of them and select your best of choice.
- Always ask for health certificates both for the husky parents and the puppy itself. You don’t want to bring home a sick puppy home that poses threat to other animals at home, not to mention how that’s going to break your heart and your pocket.
- Don’t buy a Siberian husky if what you need is more than a pet but also a guard dog. This breed may look like a wolf but it can be extremely friendly that it doesn’t make a good watcher.
- Never shave your husky’s coat unless instructed by the vet. A husky’s coat is its line of defense in a changing season. Its undercoat actually keeps it well-adjusted to both hot and cold weather.
- Don’t even consider having one just because you saw a Husky down the road and you find it cute nor if it’s only because you’re a fan of “Game of Thrones.” You’ll only do yourself trouble not to mention the harm you put the husky on.
- Lastly, make adoption your first choice instead of buying one, especially if you already have enough experience with owning dogs or in this case, Siberian Husky breed.