There are many potential dangers when it comes to purchasing a Siberian husky puppy. The following 5 guidelines will ensure that you buy a quality puppy that will give you a life full of happiness and love for dogs!
1. Purchase from an ethical Siberian husky breeder
Unfortunately, the dog farming industry is rife with irresponsible and unethical practices. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 4,000 “puppy mill” operations that herd thousands of breeding dogs in small cages throughout their lives, solely for the purpose of raising puppies.
Due to their poor breeding practices, these puppy mills often produce puppies that have all kinds of inherited diseases and temperament issues. The general rule of thumb is NOT to buy your puppy from pet stores or unverified classified advertising. One estimate suggests that 90% of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mill operations, while the “home delivered” puppies advertised in classified ads are often from the same unethical breeders.
Be sure to purchase your Siberian Husky from a responsible and ethical breeder, especially those who have a specific breeding program with championship dogs.
2. Make sure the puppy comes with a health guarantee
Always make sure you get a health guarantee when buying your puppy. Such a guarantee will ensure that your new Siberian Husky is in good condition and free from inherited diseases. You will find that puppies that come with a health guarantee and / or medical clearances are more expensive, but can potentially save you from a lot of headaches. If you DO NOT buy your puppy with a health guarantee, your puppy may end up costing you $ 1000 in unjustified veterinary bills. Many unwanted dogs ended up in dog pounds simply because owners couldn’t afford those costs.
There are numerous health clearances that your new puppy must come with. These include a hip dysplasia removal from the OFA and an eye health approval from the CERF. These authorizations are in no way a guarantee that your dog is free from all inherited diseases, but they will give you the best chance of purchasing a healthy dog.
3. Check the pedigree of the breeding animals.
Make sure you understand what pedigree of dogs were used to raise the puppy you want to buy. When it comes to Siberian Huskies, there must be a championship dog within 4 generations of a puppy’s pedigree or else the puppy most likely comes from an irresponsible puppy mill operation that is NOT worries about the quality of the dogs produced.
You should expect certain championship titles or high-producing kennel names within the puppy’s pedigree to ensure that you are purchasing a quality puppy. Titles can include Ch. (Champion) or SD (Sled Dog). More specifically, you can expect sled dogs, show dogs, or working dogs within the pedigree of the Siberian Husky puppy.
4. make sure the Siberian husky comes with proper industry registration
Each country has an equivalent organization that is responsible for registering dogs in the country. Make sure your new puppy comes with such a record. Within the United States, the official registrant is the American Kennel Club (AKC), while in Canada it is the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
One thing to note is that, especially in the United States, the official registrant (AKC) has terminated certain breeders due to their poor breeding practices. These irresponsible breeders continue to breed dogs but instead register their deficient puppies with an alternative dog registrar like the Continental Kennel Club because these registrants have been known to register ANY dog simply for profit. Make sure you are NOT purchasing a registered dog with an alternate dog registration.
5. Have you thought about adoption?
Last but not least, have you thought about adopting a Siberian husky instead of buying one?
Unfortunately, numerous Siberian Huskies are available for adoption due to the fact that they are the most frequently lost breed of dog, while harboring certain desired characteristics that some owners are unable to handle.
There are Siberian Husky adoption centers all over the world and especially in the United States, so getting an adoptable Husky shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Especially for someone new to dog ownership, it is recommended that you adopt a Siberian Husky puppy or an older dog already trained in the house.