What Is the Best Dog Food for a Siberian Husky?
Siberian Huskies are a medium sized breed and were originally bred as working sled dogs in north-eastern Siberia. The ancestors of today’s pet Huskies had to endure the extreme cold temperatures and inhospitable conditions of the Siberian Arctic, which is why Huskies have their distinctive thick coat.
Used traditionally to pull sleds over long distances, pedigree Siberian Huskies are an energetic breed and need a lot of exercise. They also need to feel part of a pack and like to be around people and other dogs, so it is not a good idea to leave a Husky shut inside on its own for long periods. They have strong hunting instincts and are known to howl like a wolf rather than bark. Provided their needs for exercise and companionship can be met, they can be good family pets and are good with children.
Unlike some breeds that will eat anything put in front of them, Huskies tend to eat when they’re hungry and can stay healthy eating less than other medium sized breeds. It is not unusual for huskies to skip meals or leave their food if they are not sufficiently hungry.
Because of their relatively small appetites, many Sibe owners like to choose a high calorie, nutrient dense canned or dry dog food that provides more calories and nutritional value per ounce, so even if their dog eats only a small portion, it should receive the energy and protein it needs to stay healthy. The more expensive, top quality dog food brands are most likely to fulfil these needs by using whole meat or organ meats as the main ingredients, with some of the cheap brands bulking out the food with cheaper plant based proteins and carbohydrates that have fewer nutritional benefits.
A high protein dog food, like those in the Orijen range, is considered by many owners to be the healthiest and closest to the natural diet a dog would eat in the wild, containing a high proportion of whole real meat ingredients from locally raised animals such as beef, lamb, pork, fish and chicken.
Siberian Huskies as a breed are not especially known to suffer from skin allergies or food intolerances related to grains, so they generally shouldn’t have a problem digesting grains and other carbs commonly added to dog food recipes, such as rice and potatoes. However, grain free dog food is available, and some owners think the best kind of dog food is one made from only natural ingredients such as whole meats or organ meat, real vegetables and fruits, without animal by-products, fillers, artificial additives or cheap ingredients of low nutritional value like corn.
Some Siberian Huskies are lactose-intolerant, in which case owners should check the ingredients on dog food labels before buying in order to avoid milk and milk products. There are dairy free and limited ingredient wet dog foods and kibble to cater for dogs with specific dietary requirements.
How much to feed a Husky is not so important as the quality of the food. What dog food is best for a Husky depends on a dog’s taste preferences and health issues, its owner’s budget, as well as the dog’s age. For example, puppies should be fed a puppy food before moving on to adult food when they have reached 90% of their full size.