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White Husky: Breed Info, Pictures, Traits & Facts

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Height: 20–24 inches
Weight: 35–60 pounds
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Colors: White, yellow, cream
Suitable for: Very active owners looking for an independent and energetic dog, experienced dog owners
Temperament: Loyal, loving, energetic, outdoorsy, loud, active

The White Husky isn’t really a separate breed but is a very rare form of the Siberian Husky. The only notable difference between the White Husky and a Siberian Husky is that, while the Husky has grey and black hairs in his coat, the White Husky’s coat is all white—although it may appear more yellowish or cream in certain lights. The White Husky sledding dog also has bright blue eyes that are very distinctive and incredibly piercing. He is a handsome dog, but he is also very difficult to come by.

Although this dog might look like a wild wolf, he is a family dog that has plenty of love to give to his owners and his friends. However, he needs a lot of time outdoors and he likes to spend time in an elevated position. Expect to have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to exercising your White Husky and to training and socializing him, otherwise, you will be spending a lot of time clearing up after him because a bored Husky will become destructive.

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White Husky Puppies

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White Husky dogs are very rare. Despite their rarity, however, they are not as expensive as their standard Husky counterparts. Siberian Huskies are becoming increasingly popular, in all countries and with many different types of owners. This means that there are some unscrupulous breeders out there, looking to make a quick buck from potential owners. The nature of the Husky breed also means that you need to be careful when choosing a Husky puppy. Although they can be very loving and tend to mix well with people and animals, if a Husky’s parents are left outside all day with no interaction, you might find it difficult to integrate your new puppy into your family unit.

Do your research. Find out what you can about this unique breed, using our guide and others. You should also ask questions of breeders. If they are reputable breeders, they will understand the Husky breed and will be more than happy to answer your questions and queries before selling you a puppy.

Join breed groups and get lists of recognized breeders from kennel clubs and other groups. Ask Husky owners that live in your neighborhood to see where they got their dogs from. It can be difficult to find Husky breeders on puppy boards because most litters will be rehomed before they are even born.

A good breeder will likely want to visit your home, if you are local, or see pictures and potentially a video if you live out of state. This is also a great opportunity to introduce your potential new puppy to any existing dogs while meeting them yourself. However, this should not be the only meeting that takes place.

Ensure that you visit the breeder’s property. Ensure that there aren’t several litters at once, check that the parent dogs as well as the puppies look happy and healthy, and interact with the puppy’s parents. Check health certification and screening certificates to ensure that the parents are healthy.

Huskies are popular and they are instantly recognizable. They can be a handful, though, and they require a lot of exercise while tending to bay or howl throughout the day and night. These characteristics mean that you may find Huskies in a local shelter. The cost of adopting a dog is usually less than buying a purebred Husky. Ensure that you get the opportunity to spend some time with the dog before taking him home.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the White Husky

1. Huskies Are Built for the Cold

The Siberian Husky is truly built for survival in cold conditions. They have a double coat, which is made of a short undercoat and a long outer coat. This protects them from snow and rain while also keeping them warm. Their eyes are narrowed which protects them from snow and also helps to protect them from the sun glare that beats off the snow on the ground. Even their long, bushy tails are built to protect them from the snowy conditions of Siberia. They can wrap their tail around their face to keep them extra warm when trying to sleep. A Husky may not be a suitable dog if you live in too warm a climate, and they will truly flourish when kept in a cold climate.

2. They Make Excellent Exercise Companions

The Husky is a sledding dog. In their native Siberia, they would run and pull a sled for hours on end and require only minimal sleep between sledding sessions. Huskies aren’t just capable of enjoying exercise, they do need it, and without a decent opportunity to burn off energy every single day, they can start to physically suffer. What’s more, so too can your furniture and your home, because a bored Husky with too much energy can become destructive. Experts say that the breed needs to get 5 miles of exercise every couple of days. They will walk this distance, but they will be just as happy, if not happier, running, swimming, or taking part in agility and other canine sports.

3. Huskies Are Very Friendly

Some people mistakenly believe that the Husky breed is unfriendly. This mistaken identity originates from the fact that they look so much like wolves. In reality, however, a Husky will want to become a part of your family unit. They will relish being taken into the bosom of the family and they will make friends with you, the rest of your family, friends that visit regularly, and just about anybody else that is willing to pay them a little attention. The Husky has a lot of positive traits, but their capability as a guard dog is not one such trait. They are just too friendly.

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Temperament, Personality, & Intelligence of the White Husky 🧠

The White Husky is known for being friendly, which negates his use as a guard dog. However, this breed is highly intelligent and has a high potential for being trained to do many tasks and activities, given the right amount of consistent direction from the owner. However, their intelligence is only matched by their stubbornness and their ability to be distracted, so look out for that.

Are White Huskies Good for Families? 🏡

The White Husky is a truly loving animal, and he will get along with just about anybody. A Husky will get along with adults and children, men and women, and he will form a close bond with all family members rather than a single person. He will bond with family friends, including friends of your children, and he will probably get along with neighbors, delivery people, and anybody walking past the house.

Do White Huskies Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The White Husky, along with the entire breed, is a pack dog. He runs and pulls sleds with other dogs. As such, he can obviously get along as well with other dogs as he does with people. It can seem daunting to have more than one Husky, but having two or more can provide your dogs with companionship and play partners. However, the Husky does have a strong prey drive, and this means that he is not considered a suitable dog to keep with cats and other small animals. He is likely to give chase if a cat runs away.

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Things to Know When Owning a White Husky:

The White Husky is rare, looks stunning, and is known to be an excellent family dog that will get along with virtually everybody. However, he does require a lot of exercise, needs regular grooming, and he isn’t an ideal dog to keep with cats and small animals. You should also be aware that while the breed is not known to bark, they will bay or howl. They may do this at any time of day or night, for any reason. Training may help, but the breed is not known for being readily susceptible to training. Another factor to consider is that Huskies are masters of escapology. They will escape through a crack in the door, and many can find a way out through a crack in the window. Ensure that your home is secure to prevent your new Husky from getting out.

Consider the following factors before bringing a Husky into your home.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

As a large dog, your White Husky will eat approximately 2 cups of food per day. If your Husky is a working dog, he will need more food. If he leads a more sedentary life, he may require less, but it is important to ensure that your Husky gets a combination of suitable exercise and food levels each day.

You can feed either dry or wet food or a combination of the two. Wet food helps keep your dog hydrated and can be more appealing, but dry food is cheaper, has a longer shelf life, and can be left out. A raw food diet is also suitable for the White Husky, although it is considered a lot of effort compared to dry or wet food, and it can cost more.

White Husky Exercise Needs 🐕

As a sledding dog, the Husky will pull sleds and run for hours on end, breaking only to sleep. They can do this without having to eat during the activity. This should give you some idea of the amount of exercise that you are going to be expected to give your White Husky. A quick walk in the morning won’t be enough.

Be prepared to give at least one hour of vigorous exercise a day. Your Husky will enjoy walking, but he will prefer running, pulling, or taking part in activities like agility classes or flyball. You could even sign up for competitive sledding competitions, which he should be equipped for.

The double coat of your dog means that you should avoid over-exercising your Husky in hot and humid weather. Although they are hardy and resilient dogs, generally, they are not meant for hot conditions.

White Husky Training 🦮

Even though he is considered highly intelligent and loves his owners, the Husky is considered a difficult breed to train. Even though your Husky loves you, he isn’t concerned with pleasing you, which means that he will use his smart brain to learn what he wants to learn. He will figure out how to get through an open window and outdoors in no time, but it might take you several months to persuade a puppy to toilet outdoors and not on the living room floor. First-time owners may not get along well with this breed.

Obedience classes and puppy classes are considered important for this breed, but they are intelligent enough to know when they are at classes and when they are at home. Don’t be surprised if your Husky performs exceptionally at classes, completing every training challenge thrown at them, only to disregard all of your commands when you get home.

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White Husky Grooming ✂️

You are going to need a very good quality vacuum cleaner, and a willingness to use it regularly, if you take on a White Husky. His double coat is medium length and it will shed profusely twice a year. For the rest of the year, it will still shed heavily. If you commit to weekly brushing throughout the year and daily brushing during shedding season, you will benefit from this regimen and your White Husky should shed less.

Starting from when they are a puppy, brush your White Husky’s teeth two or three times a week. If they will let you, you can consider doing it daily. It is important to start as a puppy because few dogs enjoy the experience of tooth brushing, and the Husky breed can be incredibly stubborn if they don’t want to do something.

You will also have to help maintain your Husky’s claws. Typically, you will need to trim his claws every month or so. If he regularly walks or runs on concrete, it may only be necessary to trim every two months. Wait until you hear them clipping on the laminate and ensure that you don’t cut too far down, or your Husky will not want to have his claws clipped next time.

White Husky Health and Conditions ❤️

The Husky is considered a hardy breed. However, there are some conditions and illnesses that they are prone to. Look for signs of the following and see a veterinarian if any symptoms do arise.

Minor Conditions
  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Zinc responsive dermatosis
Serious Conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Laryngeal paralysis

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Male vs Female

The male Husky does grow slightly taller and heavier than the female. Also, many owners will tell you that the male is much harder to train than the female, although neither gender is considered easy to train. Males tend to show more dominance and take longer to mature and this combination means that they won’t pay attention or simply won’t be bothered to do what you ask of them. Females are known to mature more quickly, be more sensible, and are less dependent on their human owners.

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Final Thoughts

The Husky is a beautiful dog breed, and the White Husky is rarer than the standard of this breed. Despite being rarer, he usually costs less, and there are no other notable differences between the White Husky and the general Husky breed. This means that you will get a dog that is incredibly loving and will be friendly with just about anybody.

The Husky is an escape artist, though, and he can be very difficult to train and requires a lot of exercise. The breed will do better in cold conditions, may adapt to apartment living but definitely prefers to have some outdoor space of his own, and he is not considered a good breed for first-time owners because of his independence, his Houdini-like escapology skills, and his tendency to blatantly ignore everything you ask of him.

The Husky is beautiful, loving, and makes a great family pet, but you should be aware that he can be challenging, too. Be prepared to put in time and effort to get the most from this beautiful breed.

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