So you have made your mind up, you are going to purchase a Siberian Husky puppy. Congratulations! If you have decided that the Husky is the right breed for you and your lifestyle, of course now you will want to know what budget you will need for your new best friend.
What is the average cost of a Husky puppy? Read on to find out all you need to know.
The Average Cost of a Husky Puppy
How much does a purebred Husky cost? The answer to this question is not as clear-cut as you may think.
The reasons for this are because:
- Costs can vary from breeder to breeder;
- The dog may come with pedigree papers or not;
- The amount of care the Husky puppy has already received;
- The current popularity of the breed;
- The quality of the dog in terms of appearance
If you are simply looking for a household pet, and not a show-quality Husky puppy, then you are looking at a base rate of around 500 dollars USD.
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Costs Can Vary from Breeder to Breeder
Like any dog breed, if the Husky puppy is purebred, this immediately raises the price. You are paying for the bloodline.
If the dog is a crossbreed, then the price will be lower. For example, Siberian Husky German Shepherd X pups are quite easy to find. But like any mixed breed, there are more variables that may affect the dog’s looks and temperament.
That is why you pay top dollar for a purebred, because if the bloodlines are good then you know what to expect your dog to be like in terms of appearance, nature, and overall health.
Anyone can advertise a puppy and say it is purebred. And if you just want a household pet, then you can buy a Siberian Husky puppy with no papers. This will be the cheaper option.
But some buyers want the assurance that the dog is purebred, especially if they intend on showing or breeding the Husky themselves. In this case, they will need to purchase the papers from the breeder.
These papers show the dog’s pedigree (parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.) They will also provide your Husky puppy with a ‘stud’ name. These papers are official documents from nationally recognized kennel clubs. Papers can usually set buyers back at least a few hundred dollars.
Puppy Vet Care
A good Husky breeder will not release a pup to its new owner until it is at least 8 weeks old. The puppy needs time to bond and socialize with its mother and littermates and feed on the mother’s nutritious milk. This will give the Siberian Husky puppy the best start in life.
Many breeders prefer to keep the pups until they are 12 weeks old. If this is the case, then expect the cost of your Siberian Husky puppy to go up. The breeder will have the dog vet-checked at their expense, including having the first one or two rounds of vaccinations done, and be feeding the puppy top-quality puppy food.
Sadly, many breeds of dogs go through popularity phases due to Hollywood films. Remember “101 Dalmatians”? After that film came out, many people fell in love with these spotty goofballs and went out and bought one.
Then they realized that this was not the right breed for them, and then surrendered the dog to a shelter – or worse.
Sadly, some breeders ‘cash in’ on the popularity of the brand. Like anything, demand drives prices up.
Siberian Huskies have maintained steady popularity with dog owners over the years, which is reflected in the cost.
Tragically, the massively popular TV show “Game of Thrones” led to people rushing out to buy a Siberian Husky puppy without doing their research. People wanted their own ‘dire wolf’. But Huskies are not easy dogs to care for or train; they are energetic and headstrong. There is a lot more to a Husky than their looks! Many Huskies were dumped at animal shelters after “Game of Thrones” came out.
If you are a genuine pet owner who can commit to giving a Husky puppy a ‘forever home’, but your budget does not allow for a purebred Siberian Husky puppy from a reputable breeder, then make sure to check out your local shelters. Or do a Google search for ‘Husky Rescue’. There will always be beautiful Huskies who have been dumped who need a second chance. And you only pay an adoption fee to cover the shelter’s vet care expenses (i.e. if the shelter has paid to have the dog neutered.) The shelters do not profit.
Siberian Husky Appearance
Huskies with blue eyes seem to attract a higher price than a Husky with brown eyes. The markings on the coat also impact the price. The closer the pup is to the Husky breed standard, the more it will cost. This is because these are the dogs that will become winners in the show ring or part of a top-quality breeding bloodline. Some breeders will keep the best pups from the litter for their stud.
Conformation is important. The dog’s height, weight and build for its age should all be sound.
Puppies with slight variations from the standard may be a good option for people who only want a pet, as they may be cheaper. It is worth asking the breeder about this.
You also need to see the pup’s parents too, to check their appearance and make sure that they have a good, even temperament.
How Much Are Huskies Dogs- In Summary
- The base cost of a Husky puppy is around 500 to 1,000 USD. This price will increase if the dog is an exceptional example of its breed, if the dog has already received top-quality vet care and nutrition, and if the pup comes with breeding papers or not. Expect to pay anywhere from 1,200-1,500 if this is the case;
- People who do not wish to breed their Husky may be able to negotiate a cheaper price with the breeder if the dog deviates from the breed standard in any way (i.e. too much black fur in the coat);
- Genuine Husky lovers who have done their research into the breed but are on a tight budget could find their dream dog via a Husky Rescue service.