Siberian Husky Diet
Beautiful Siberian Husky with blue eyes in the forest on a sunny day (Photo: Adobe Stock)
helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on June 24, 2019

Siberian Huskies are powerful dogs that can sometimes suffer from sensitive stomachs.

They’re medium sized dogs so they should have reasonable appetite given they require a lot of exercise.

Deciding on what to feed your Siberian Husky can be an overwhelming experience given the array of options available to owners.

There are traditional types, such as dry and wet food, raw food diets are becoming increasingly popular, as well as the advent of dog food delivery companies.

You should always phase in a new type of food to prevent stomach problems or diarrhea so contact your vet if you are considering a change to your husky’s diet.

In this article, we’ll take a loot at Siberian Husky diets, whether they eat a lot, what foods to avoid and the cost of feeding these fine specimens.

We’ll break this article into the following sections:

• What is a Siberian Husky?
• How big are Siberian Huskies?
• Things to consider
• Siberian Husky puppy diet
• Siberian Husky diet
• Siberian Husky appetite
• Siberian Husky traditional diet
• Siberian Husky alternative diet
• How much does Siberian Husky diet cost?
• Foods to avoid for Siberian Huskies (and all dogs)
• Anything else to consider?
• In conclusion

What is a Siberian Husky?

Siberian Huskies hail from the north region of Russia aptly called Siberia. They were used by semi-nomadic Chukchi tribe.

They were imported to Alaska in 1908 and served a function as sled dogs during the Gold Rush.

Balto and 150 Siberian Huskies achieved worldwide recognition when they delivered life-saving serum to Nenana to Noma in 1925. They completed the 674 mile journey in little over five days.

How big are Siberian Huskies?

Siberian Huskies are medium sized dogs that were designed to have high endurance levels to pull light loads over long distances.

They usually range from 21 to 23½ inches at the withers for males and 20 to 22 inches at the withers for females. Males can weigh between 45 to 60 pounds and 35 to 50 pounds for females.

Siberian Husky puppy diet

Bringing a Siberian Husky home for the first time can be an exciting experience. However, it’s imperative that you get their diet right in those initial days.

Some puppies can take a couple of days to adjust to a new environment and leaving their mother and litter mates behind.

If you’re concerned that your puppy isn’t eating or looks lethargic, you should immediately contact your local vet or the 24-hour emergency clinic.

The best course of preparation is to ask your Siberian Husky breeder what he/she has been feeding their puppies.

You may want to continue with the same food in the first few weeks to allow for some continuinity during the period of adjustment for your puppy.

While some Siberian Husky owners will continue with the food that their breeder used, it’s only natural that others may prefer to switch their pooch’s diet.

If you decide to make a change, you should make the transition slowly. It’s generally recommended that you gradually introduce the new food over a two week period.

We recommend speaking to your local vet before you make any changes to your dog’s diet. You’ll have to consider potential food allergies that could arise during this time.

By introducing a new brand of food, or switching from kibble to wet food or home cooked meals, you could cause your pup to have an upset stomach or a bout of diarrhea.

There’s really no substitute for your vet’s advice so we must emphasise the importance of talking to your regular animal expert.

Siberian Husky diet

Siberian Husky originate in eastern peninsula of Russia (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Siberian Husky originate in eastern peninsula of Russia (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Siberian Huskies, like a lot of northern breeds, are prone to sensitive stomachs.

They may be sleek and powerful dogs but their digestive system can still be highly sensitive.

The type of food and the portions can depend on a number of factors, including whether they’re young or old and whether they’re highly active or pretty inactive.

The American Kennel Club emphasise the importance of a quality diet: “feeding a high-quality dog food is essential for the Siberian’s healthy skin and coat”.

Siberian Husky appetite

Siberian Huskies, like many of other Spitz dogs, have a reputation for being picky eaters.

Unlike a lot of breeds, they’ll err on the side of caution if presented with a new type of food that they’ve not eaten before. Some believe Siberian Huskies have a “preservation instinct”.

These dogs are highly intelligent and strong willed. Some Siberian Huskies could become bored with the identical meals on a daily basis.

Siberian Huskies were used as working dogs that pulled sleds before they become popular family pets in the USA.

Their digestive system is thought to be more efficient at burning calories and using nutrients so they require less food.

If you’ve got any questions about a Siberian Husky’s diet, you should speak to your breeder.

Although it doesn’t appear to be a common issue amongst the breed, Siberian Huskies that do eat too fast could be susceptible to bloat and stomach issues.

So if you’re Husky is wolfing down its dinner, you should speak to your vet about ways to get them to slow down.

Siberian Husky traditional diet

Many Siberian Husky owners will feed their beautiful dogs kibble like millions of pet parents across the world.

If you decide kibble is you preferred food of choice for your Siberian Husky, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

There are many brands, such as Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Taste of the Wild, that are designed for northern breeds such as Siberian Huskies.

You’ll want to make sure that meat is the main ingredient. So flip the bag over and check the protein content to ensure it’s around 33-35%.

Fat is another important consideration. You’ll want to select kibble that has a fat content of around 15-17%.

Some dog owners will mix in a little wet food into the dry food to add some flavour and taste for their pups.

Again, speak to your breeder or vet for clear recommendations.

Siberian Husky alternative diet

Raw food diets and dog food delivery companies are becoming increasingly popular.

With both types of food, you’ll want to make sure that the ratio of nutrients is right.

You don’t want your Siberian Husky to miss out on any vital nutrients.

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While dog food delivery is more expensive than traditional dry or wet food, you can be sure that your dog is getting fresh ingredients.

Said companies usually have experts on hand to make sure dogs are getting the right amount of protein, fats and other nutrients.

How much does Siberian Husky diet cost?

Siberian Huskies are sociable dogs (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Siberian Huskies are sociable dogs (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Siberian Huskies are medium sized dogs rather than large dogs.

The breed will usually require between 1-2 cups a day depending on the sex and size of the Siberian Husky.

As a result, you can expect to pay between $50 and $60 a month to feed one of these northern dogs.

A medium sized male Siberian Husky weighing 55 pounds would cost nearly $65 a month to feed with one popular dog food delivery company.

Foods to avoid for Siberian Huskies (and all dogs)

These are just some of the foods that are poisonous to dogs and should be kept away from our four-legged friends at all costs:

• Chocolate
• Grapes and raisins
• Alcohol
• Garlic and onions
• Macadamia Nuts
• Caffeine

Anything else to consider?

Siberian Huskies have a reputation for having sensitive stomachs. If you’re worried that your dog is struggling with stomach problems, you should contact your vet to make an appointment.

You can also find a lot of dog food brands that have dry and wet food aimed at dogs with sensitive stomachs.

In conclusion

Siberian Huskies tend to be high energy dogs that are on the go most of the day.

These smart dogs can sometimes be picky eaters, so keeping them motivated at dinner time can be tricky.

Feeding a Siberian Husky could cost you between $50 and $60 a month.

For further advice on feeding your Spitz dog, contact your Siberian Husky breeder, your vet or animal health care expert.