The Price Range for Siberian Husky Puppies?

RainbowLove: What is the Typical Price Range for Siberian Husky Puppies?
In the next year or so I plan on getting a Siberian Husky puppy.
I dont know, having never gotten one before, what to expect as far as a reasonable price range.
To be precise, we'd rather have a female. I'd assume that affects the price as opposed to a male, so take that into consideration.
Any ideas?

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Also, the best things to buy for that breed of puppy? Lots of toys, since they need exercise?

Answers and Views:

Answer by Birdie Lindsaz

Breeders who charge more for a b!tch than a male are backyard greeders. Go to your local shelter, or find a Sib. rescue. Price from a decent breeder will probably be around $ 1000.00. Toys aren't going to cut it with this breed. You are going to have to get the dog involved in some sort of physical exercise, and not just walking.

Answer by Wolf Femme

Make sure you do research on the breed prior to purchase.
Most of the Sibes you'll find in shelters and rescues were purchased by unsuspecting people who thought they were "pretty", had "nice eyes" and "look like a wolf" – and when they found out what they were really about they dumped them off in shelters for someone else. <-The breed club has a lot of information and a spectacular list of negative traits that come with Sibes for you to look in to if you're honestly interested.

The price will depend on where you get the dog from.
A shelter or rescue can cost you anywhere from 50-500$ , and the dog tends to come fully vet checked, spayed/neutered, microchipped, and temperament tested (and with some training!).
A reputable breeder can cost you anywhere from 800-4k$ – working dogs (especially if they're partially trained or proven) will cost you more, adult dogs that have already been worked with (be it for shows or working) will generally cost you more, etc.

500-1k$ is a horrible estimate, and makes me question that answer-er's actual "knowledge" on the breed (past being able to copy and paste from a website).
I have yet to find a reputable breeder that sold a Sibe for less than 800$ – and I've been in contact with multiple breeders and have spoken to plenty more at shows and mushing competitions.

For exercise go with walks and play-dates versus toys and tennis balls.

Answer by Serendipity

You won't find a dog for less than $ 800 from a reputable breeder; the price will usually be in the one thousands. Gender has no effect on pricing. I recommend contacting the Siberian Husky Club of America for breeder referral. If you buy from a reputable breeder, you'll be getting what you paid; breeding dogs from reputable breeders have good temperaments, champion titles (working or show ring), and they have passed all genetic testing (hips, elbows, cardio, thyroid, eyes). Any breeder that does not meet these requirements is a backyard breeder who should get his/her pet-quality dogs fixed. If you want to pay less initially, and you acknowledge that the dog probably came from an unethical breeder (reputable breeders have clauses in their contracts stating that their dogs go back to them if the owners are ever unable to care for them), you adopt. A good place to look is I recommend a breed rescue, because dogs in rescues stay in foster homes, are properly socialized, and learn basic commands, etc., instead of staying in kennels like shelter dogs.

Definitely buy chew toys, like non-edible Nylabones and elk antlers; they'll be great to have around when the puppy starts teething. A stuffing-free, squeaker toy is great, too, and you don't have to worry about the puppy eating stuffing (I like the Skinneez brand). And of course, you'll need a tennis or rubber ball, in case your puppy likes chasing or retrieving (I doubt that will come naturally with a Sibe, though). Siberian Huskies ARE high energy dogs, but exercise shouldn't be forced until the dog is physically mature, to prevent joint problems. Until then, 20 minute walks, some games in the backyard, etc. will do. When the dog is physically mature, you can go on longer walks/jogs that span several miles.

Also, make sure you get a crate, which will help a lot with housetraining. I recommend buying one large enough for an adult Sibe, and making the space smaller with a crate divider; the puppy will eliminate in the crate if it has room. No pads, because they'll teach the puppy that it's okay to eliminate indoors. Make sure you puppy proof the house first, but also get some Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray just in case; it's a bitter chewing deterrent, and seems to work better than all the rest. Also, be sure you get a quality holistic food (if you're not feeding raw) that's high in meat content. Because Huskies are large breed dogs, make sure the formula has low enough calcium & phosphorous levels to keep your puppy from growing too quickly (people used to think it was protein, but high ca/ph are really the source of the problem, along with overfeeding). You don't have to necessarily buy a large breed puppy formula, because all size/breed/age group specific foods are basically marketing gimmicks. Some adult foods actually have lower ca/ph. I'd stick with a food that has a maximum of 1.7% calcium and 1.4% phosphorous, or less.

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  1. Jessica says

    I would say between 700 and 1000 depending on breeder and bloodline if you find them any cheaper it's most likely a backyard breeder who has no Business breeding in the first place and is not breeding to better the breed.

  2. robots says

    You have two basic options:

    1) Find a Husky rescue group in your area or look for one at a shelter. Check out for a list of animals in your local shelters and rescue groups. Petfinder is like Facebook for animals that need a home!

    Contrary to popular opinion, you are NOT getting someone else's problem from a shelter or rescue group. Dogs end up at shelter through MANY means, including divorces, couples having children, moving, impulse purchases, owners becoming ill, etc. You'll find lots of Huskies in rescue groups because owners didn't properly research the breed. They're a very independent and active breed and not for apartment dwellers or inactive homes.

    An animal adopted from a shelter or rescue group can cost anywhere from $ 35 to $ 300, but this includes shots, a microchip, deworming, vet inspections, and often neutering/spaying.

    You probably won't get a purebred Husky from a shelter, but that really doesn't matter for pet purposes. You may even get an Alaskan Malamute instead of a Husky because the vet and shelter staff can't tell the difference. Unless there is a very specific reason you absolutely must have a 100% pure bred Siberian Husky, don't worry about getting a mix or Malamute instead. It will look and act Husky enough for your needs as a pet =]

    2) From a breeder. If you absolutely must have a puppy from a breeder, do extensive research to find the right one! Pure bred dogs have a lot of health issues that must be screened for and reputable breeders will run the dogs through these test. This kind of thing often involves taking hip x-rays and having them evaluated by a veterinary radiologist, having a veterinary ophthalmologist evaluate the dog for retinal diseases, etc. It's an expensive process, but necessary to keep the breed lines healthy. And all of this contributes to the $ 800+ you can expect to pay for the puppy.

    Don't buy one from your local newspaper without doing serious research on the seller. Many ads you see for $ 200 "purebred" puppies are really from puppy mills/backyard breeders, who do NOT provide proper care for their animals, follow proper breeding protocol, evaluate potential health problems, or care about any of the former. They often keep their animals in small filthy cages and do what ever matings they can get by with. Females will often be bred every 6 months until they die - this does not result in healthy puppies!

    Edit: breeders will usually sell male and female pups for the same price because desirable top notch studs are something like 1 in 10,000. If anything, females might be slightly more expensive as breeders just pay a stud fee to use the top notch males, so the males they produce are a bit less wanted than female pups.

    Also, good breeders will require up front deposits on incoming litters. Don't be surprised if there is a 6-12 month waiting list before you get a pup.

  3. Hope says

    Well, relatively reasonable for a dog. But they do cost more according to that they are sometimes used as more than a pet. Dogs are supossed to be used as compainions, which should not cost anything, and all dogs cost more than you think. So at puppy age, about $ 80 and at dog age,about $ 100. It also depends on where you get it or if it's a pure bred. If you get it from a shelter, it will be a lot cheaper. Pure breds cost more, I don't know why though. They are very buff dogs, so I'd preffer to get a tug of war rope and walk them a lot. A large sized bed, and a whole lot of toys. You will surely like these dogs if you take care of them correctly!

  4. jbrunotte91 says

    The Siberian Husky were first bred in Northeast Asia to pull Sleds. They have a rather graceful appearance that is what usually first attracts a person, However be sure to do your homework and make sure this is the right dog for you (continue reading below). These dogs can handle a vast varity of work anything from sled work to police dogs. Siberian Huskies are not lap dogs, They make enjoy an occasional cuddle on the couch but will never fully be happy if they are unable to stretch their legs. They need plenty of exercise. They tend to be gentle, intelligent, hard working, family oriented and independent dogs. They have a desire to roam like a lot of dogs. It may take you some time and work to keep them from digging up your flowers and under the fence. For some cases these dogs can be hard to contain, However their are several things you can try to prevent this. Huskies can become destructive of household items and such when left alone or bored. These dogs are pack oriented so they usually do better in a setting with other dogs. Please note, This is not all Huskies but in general they are good with both people and other dogs. Beware of cats and small animals as most have a high prey drive and will chase most anything that moves. Socializing early may prevent this with your other pets but be alert with the strays and unfamiliar. They are in most cases highly sociable and love to talk with you, Some even sing, whine and howl. These dogs are mostly great with children but should be monitored with younger ones as they may over power them without trying. Depending on where you live the price could range between $ 500.00 - $ 1,000.00. Please beware of ''Alaskan Husky'' breeders, Some people will try to con you into believing it is a real legit breed. However, They are not acknowledged by the AKC and are basically just a mix between Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.

    These dogs can be very ruley so make sure you start training right away. Also just the occasional jog/walk will not cut it. You need to do some hiking, jumping and swimming to fully keep your Sib happy. These dogs bore very easy and may become destructive if they don't get routine exercise.

    List of New Puppy Supplies;
    Collar [Something to grow into]
    Tags [With your current Address & #]
    Bedding [Make sure the material isn't hazardous]
    Crate [Not to big, Not to small]
    Toys [Puppy Safe toys, Edible fibers]
    Puppy Chow [Pick something with balanced nutrition for Puppies]
    Bowls [I recommend ceramic for indoors and hard aluminium for outdoors]
    Shampoo [Sensitive Skin! Safest bet in case of common allergies]
    Brush [Sibs Shed! They blow their coats twice yearly.]
    Puppy Pads [Don't go Cheap, At least get Mid price brand, Trust me!]
    Teething Ring! [He/She should start teething now, Its important to address it]
    Training Treats [Soft and Easily broken apart, In case of choking.]
    Leash [Don't go to long or to short about 5-6 in to start with]
    Puppy Gates [To keep out of rooms with hazards]

    Make sure to get down on the floor and look for anything your pup may see, Because Sibs are very smart and will find all kinds of hazardous things to get into that you have forgotten. Also make sure to make an appointment with your vet. The first visit should be just a check up to make sure your new pup is comfortable with your new vet as he/she may already be used to another. Then the follow ups will be routine shots and examines. These are very important. Also, I recommend reading Ceaser's way, It really helps kind of give you a dogs eye view of everything. Congratulations!

  5. Suus Angelous says

    Any reputable breeder of any dog breed will sell their dogs for no less than $ 600, so base your breeder choices on this unless you are planning on rescuing a Husky from a shelter. Either way, good for you.
    I don't think price is based on gender, but quality. Pet quality/companion quality dogs are sold at a lower price than show quality dogs. You cannot show these dogs (other than competitions like agility).
    I suggest you buy roller skates if you don't have any. Husky's love to run, and you'll need them to catch up.
    You should also get toys for tug-of-war, as well as Kong toys to help stimulate the mind.

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