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.
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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. http://www.shca.org/ <-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 Petfinder.com. 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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