This breed of dog is generally a healthy animal and Siberian Husky health problems are few compared to other breeds. Plenty of exercise and a good diet should see your dog visit the veterinarian only for check ups and inoculations, with a life expectancy of between 11 to 15 years.
Although this is a dog with relatively few health problems, there are a couple of issues you should be aware of if you are thinking of adding a Siberian Husky to your family, so you can monitor your dog for any signs of these conditions throughout his or her life.
Hip dysplasia in Siberian Huskys is an abnormality of the hip joint that is inherited. It is not detected at birth but becomes apparent in the first couple of years of the dog's life.
Both male and female dogs can suffer from this condition and it can range from being a mild disorder to a more chronic affliction. This will prevent your dog from appearing in shows and severely limit his scope as far as exercise is concerned.
It is crucial that you are aware of this possible Siberian Husky health issue before purchasing your dog, and scrutinize the lineage of the animal through the breeder to see if this problem has shown itself in the past.
The incidence of hip dysplasia is now quite rare among Siberian Huskies. In fact it has actually decreased over the past two decades, since this is a problem that you can have tested before breeding your dog.
Siberian Huskies are one of the few breeds that can have a wide variety of eye colors. Some have a beautiful ice-blue shade of eyes, and others have the more traditional brown. There are Siberian Huskies that are known as parti-eyed.
This means that the eyes contain a combination of blue and another color mixed into the iris. Other dogs are bi-eyed, with one blue eye and one hazel. This is one of the few breeds where bi-eyed dogs are acceptable in the standard.
Other Siberian Husky health problems to be aware of are certain eye conditions which if not treated early enough can eventually lead to blindness.
One of the most common eye problems is cataracts. This is a condition that has a high incidence rate among Siberian Huskys but typical cataracts do not generally affect the vision of your dog. Nevertheless, there are some more belligerent strains of cataracts that can cause blindness by the time your dog is two or three years of age. Luckily, this aggressive form is much rarer than the more typical cataracts.
Corneal dystrophy is another eye problem that can affect your Siberian Husky. This condition is normally not discovered until the dog is at least four years old, and can cause progressive blindness in older dogs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a degenerative eye disorder that can affect your Siberian Husky, eventually causing blindness. PRA is detectable well before the dog shows any signs of blindness.
Dogs that do become blind, luckily, are able to use their other senses to compensate for blindness, and so a blind dog, with the right care, can live a full and happy life.
Reputable breeders of Siberian Huskys will have their dogs' eyes certified each year by a veterinary ophthalmologist and will not breed dogs with this disease.