Dog Boots for Siberian Huskies
There are several reasons why the Siberian Husky may need to wear dog boots. Find out all you need to know about boots and everything else about this great family pet!
It would be hard to deny that the Siberian Husky is a cold weather specialist. With an abundant double coat and a hardy constitution, the medium-sized Siberian is an ideal companion for outdoor winter fun. Developed by the ancient Chukchi people along the edge of the Arctic Ocean, these dogs were bred to cover long distances carrying or pulling light loads in all weather conditions. Their speed and endurance has won them many devoted fans among sled-dog racing enthusiasts.
Along with their physical stamina and speed, Siberians add a charmingly gentle personality. They love the company of other dogs and humans, and they make great family pets. Factor in their striking beauty, and you have a combination that’s hard to beat. Thanks to their devoted following of careful breeders, they have remained relatively free of genetic defects and diseases that have haunted other dog breeds. Even so, prospective Siberian owners should only buy from breeders who have had their breeding stock certified clear of eye and hip defects. Siberians, or “Sibes,” as their fans often call them, aren’t for everyone. Their primary urge is to run. They don’t look both ways when they come to a road or highway, either. This means keeping them leashed at all times when outside, keeping them in a securely fenced yard or letting them run at a dog park with a good fence. They also have a strong prey drive and are not the best match for a household with cats or other small pets. Often described as “easy keepers,” Siberians can thrive on light feedings. Their fastidious habits generally keep them clean, and they have little doggy odor. A brisk weekly brushing keeps their coat in order except during the period when they “blow their coat” once a year. At that time, thorough daily brushings are a must to even begin to make a dent in the amount of undercoat a Siberian can shed. Some shedding is normal year-round, but nothing like the annual moult. Like their wolvish ancestors, Siberians are fond of lifting their muzzles in song. It takes little encouragement to get one of these virtuosos started, and if there are other Siberians present they will readily join in.
Sadly, some people who can’t resist an adorable Siberian puppy aren’t prepared for the dog it grows into. The shedding, the destructive behavior it can develop if bored or left alone too long, the vocal antics can all get these delightful characters into trouble with the wrong type of owner. Think carefully about your lifestyle if you’re attracted to Siberians, and if you think one would be the perfect dog for you check out rescue organizations first. You may find the perfect sledding partner before the snow melts!
Why Do Siberian Huskies Need Boots?The Siberian is generally healthy as a breed, but there are some concerns to be aware of. Possible inherited diseases include hip dysplasia, an orthopedic condition in which the head of the thigh bone doesn’t fit properly into the hip socket. Mild cases result in arthritis that may be manageable with medications and other therapies. More severe cases require surgery. Hip dysplasia is a terrible situation for a dog who loves to run and pull sleds. And don't be fooled into thinking this sled-pulling breed doesn't need boots for winter! If you live in an area where harsh de-icing chemicals are being used to melt snow you need to protect your dog's paws.
What Kind of Boots Are Best For Siberian Huskies?The Pawtrexx boots are excellent boots for Siberian Husky's who drag their rear paws due to hip dysplasia. They are durable and have a heavy duty rubber sole and reinforced toe. They are made of neoprene and are meant to fit snug. The Pawtrexx boots come in 5 sizes to fit any size dog and are sold in sets of 2 boots. They can be found here. The Pawtrexx boots are also an excellent choice for winter as they have a sole that can help with traction and grip in icy conditions. The Ultra Paws are also a very good choice if your dog is having trouble with traction indoors due to arthritis. They can also be worn outdoors for dragging paws, however they are a bit less durable than the Pawtrexx so they won't last as long. The Ultra Paws boots can be found here.
If you have a Siberian Husky who does not have medical issues there are a lot of choices in boots! The Meshies are excellent boots for indoors or hot pavement. They will help with added traction on slippery floors and prevent burns walking on the ground during the summer. You can also consider the Sporthos boots for indoors, summer or rough terrain. The soft sole boots are a very good choice for winter as they are easy to put on and easy to work with. They will stay on a very active Husky!
How To Fit a Siberian Husky With Dog BootsSiberian Huskies are generally not a difficult breed to fit for boots. The length and width of the paw is relative, meaning the paw is not too long or not too wide. Because of the easy-to-fit nature, the Siberian Husky can fit into almost any of our boots regardless of shape. Some boots are human boot shape and others are sock shaped - the Siberian Husky can fit into either category. The easiest way to measure is by having your dog stand on a piece of paper. Mark the front of the paw at the toenail and then the back of the paw for the length measurement. Measure the distance between the lines. Do the same on the left and right sides of the paw for the width measurement. It is best NOT to trace around the paw as that typically increases both the length and width measurements.
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