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They are elegant, beautiful, and intelligent. Their wolfish features and icy blue stare can truly captivate any dog lover’s heart. A proud Game of Thrones fan might be reminded of Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, whenever they get a glimpse of the majestic White Husky.
Personally, Siberian Huskies are one of my favorite dog breeds. But today, let’s talk about the gorgeous, pure White Siberian Husky!
Where did the White Husky come from?
According to historical records, Siberian Huskies were first bred around 3,000 years ago by the Chukchi tribal people of Siberia, Russia.
Siberia is considered as one of the coldest places on earth. Because of this, Siberian Huskies are highly accustomed to harsh, cold weather.
They are the working dogs of the North, performing tasks such as sledding and hunting. A Siberian Husky pack works hard everyday to collect and transport firewood, food, supplies, and even humans on their sleds.
But because they originated from a place where not many people have been to, they only started gaining popularity around the world during the early 20th century.
In 1910, a sled team of Siberian Huskies entered the 408-mile All Alaska Sweepstakes Race and won.
On their first appearance outside of their home country, the locals of Alaska thought the Huskies, which sported an all-white coating, were no match to their relatively larger Alaskan Malamutes.
But the Huskies’ leaner bodies proved to be an advantage and made them lighter on their feet. They also ran with a unique style, their attractive white fur blending in the snowy environment.
The Huskies’ victory led them to getting recognition for their speed and endurance. They also became popular for their beauty.
Fun fact: When you visit Central Park in New York City, you’ll find a golden statue of Balto, one of the most famous Huskies in the world. In the winter of 1925, Balto and Togo, another Husky, led a sled team across 674 miles of Alaskan territory to bring a life-saving diphtheria antitoxin to the town of Nome.
White Huskies are such a beauty!
Did you know that this variety of Husky is pretty rare? It can be difficult to find a white Husky among a pack of this breed.
Their thick white coat is a result of a recessive gene. When two dogs with this gene are bred with each other, there will surely be at least one pup in the litter that will turn out as a White Siberian Husky, which is also called an Albino Husky.
Certain White Huskies also have a yellow or fawn tint to their fur. These Huskies are typically referred to as Isabella White Huskies.
Another way to distinguish an All White Husky is through its nose, which is supposed to be purely black. These dogs also tend to have black pigmentation around their eyes and on their gums.
Aside from its pristine coat, the most striking feature of a White Husky are its eyes. When you look at this dog’s eyes, you might feel as if it can see through your soul. This is especially true if it has an icy blue pair!
Having blue eyes is common among Siberian Huskies, but they can also have brown eyes. Interestingly, some Huskies have different-colored eyes, a condition called heterochromia.
How big can White Huskies get?
A fully grown White Siberian Husky has a large yet lean body. A male Husky stands from 21 to 23 inches (53 to 59 cm) tall while a female Husky can grow anywhere from 20 to 22 inches (50 to 55 cm).
In terms of weight, White Husky males weigh around 45 to 60 pounds (20 to 27 kg) whereas females tend to be lighter, weighing between 35 and 50 pounds (15 to 22 kg).
Huskies tend to be muscular – definitely a build made for sledding and doing other laborious activities to help their human packs.
Don’t let those fierce looks fool you!
Despite looking like a ferocious wolf, Albino Huskies are actually affectionate and gentle.
They enjoy getting cuddles from their humans and are known for their friendliness.
Due to their calm temperament, White Siberian Huskies make for a great family dog.
They are playful around people they’re familiar with, especially kids, and even with other pets in the household.
They don’t make for a good guard dog, though. Since they love playing around and having fun, they always end up befriending everyone they meet.
Warning: White Huskies are huge howlers!
Another trait that can be observed among Siberian Huskies is that they are frequent howlers. You’d be hard-pressed to find a breed that makes as much noise as the Siberian Husky.
Like with many dogs, howling is a way of communicating within their pack.
A White Husky’s howl can possibly mean the following things:
- A stranger is entering their territory, so they need to notify their pack and let the intruders know that they are entering another pack’s territory.
- They are bored or anxious and want your attention or for their fellow pack members’. A White Huskies doesn’t fare well with being alone, so their howls can be a sign of separation anxiety.
- It serves as some sort of lighthouse, an auditory one for that matter. When Siberian Huskies howl, it is a signal to regroup and come back to their bases after a day of hunting.
- It can be a way to express pain, just like how humans cry or whimper whenever we get hurt.
Fun fact: The deepest howl usually belongs to the alpha dog.
Sometimes, Siberian Huskies can get really good at vocalizing to the point where they can almost sound like a talking human. One Husky, although not white, famous for this skill is Mishka, the dog who can say, “I love you.”
Everything you need to know about White Husky care
Siberian Huskies are a strong, hardy breed, so they’re easy to take care of. The same goes for the White Husky.
Here’s a quick guide on the best diet and grooming routine for White Huskies, plus the health problems these dogs can have.
Feeding your White Husky
Although they have a large body, Albino Huskies are not really big eaters, so food expenses can be fairly lower compared to other breeds.
The recommended daily amount for Siberian Huskies is 1 ½ to 2 cups of dry dog food, divided into two meals. However, factors such as age, metabolism, build, and activity level should be taken into consideration when figuring out the proper diet for your dog.
Make sure to give your White Husky high-quality kibble with as many natural ingredients as possible to boost their health and protect them from common diseases.
Look out for ingredients such as blueberries, broccoli, and carrots. These will provide nutrients and vitamins that will aid their eyesight, such as Vitamin A, carotenoids, and beta-carotene.
Protein is a must-have in the White Husky’s diet, as protein strengthens their joints and boosts muscle development. Try to feed your Husky kibble high-quality sources of protein, like eggs, meat, and fish.
Keep your Husky’s carbohydrate consumption low. As helpful as carbs are for providing energy, too much of it can cause weight gain.
Be careful not to feed them too much, as Huskies can be prone to obesity. You should be able to feel – but not see – their ribs when you touch them lightly. A Husky’s waist should also be visible when you look down on its body.
The White Husky’s grooming needs
To take care of a White Husky’s double coat, which sheds a lot throughout the year especially during spring and fall, you don’t have to take your White Husky to expensive groomers.
You can just use a handy rake brush to comb off its excess hair from the coat. Make sure to brush the White Husky’s fur at least once a week during the winter and summer. Increase the frequency to daily brushing during shedding seasons.
Gear up with a reliable vacuum cleaner, too, to keep your place free from dog hair.
An important thing to remember is to never shave your White Husky! It won’t cool them down, and they need the extra fur to maintain a normal body temperature.
Don’t worry if your White Husky’s fur starts to turning yellow. This might be caused by genetics or simply dirt from playing around.
White Huskies that love being outdoors and laying in the grass tend to get stained fur. Moisture may get stuck on the tips of their coats, causing an accumulation of dust and chlorophyll.
This calls for a well-needed bath using some mild whitening dog shampoo to remove the stain. If that doesn’t do the work, you can take your dog to the groomer and let them restore the pristine glory of your White Husky’s coat.
Without stained fur, White Huskies should only be bathed when needed. This helps preserve their hair’s natural oils.
Are you ready for daily training sessions?
Training your White Husky daily is a must. Though they are intelligent, Huskies have the tendency to be headstrong. Being consistent with their training is the way to go because this dog thrives with routine.
As the American Kennel Club suggests, you must educate yourself about the most effective training strategies for different kinds of dogs.
For instance, Huskies are independent thinkers and they love to have fun on their own terms. So even if they can easily pick up new tricks during training, they might test your patience and leadership skills by not following through with what they learned.
Make sure that training sessions fun and short to keep your White Husky engaged from start to finish.
Socialization should also be started while the White Husky is young. As a natural instinct, they can see smaller animals as prey.
They can end up chasing and becoming aggressive around other animals if they’re not socialized properly.
The White Husky’s exercise needs
If you are the type of person that leads a pretty sedentary lifestyle, the White Husky is probably not for you. Huskies love to stay active and have a surplus of energy to burn through, thanks to their nature as working dogs.
Given their strength and endurance, a Husky can actually go on all day, playing and running around. These dogs are satisfied as long as they get at least an hour and a half of exercise every day.
White Huskies will excel, too, if you decide to engage them in purposeful high-intensity activities like canine sports and agility training.
Aside from physical activities, Siberian Huskies also need mental stimulation on a daily basis. Some basic mental exercises include learning new tricks and commands (obedience training), and scent games.
For scent games, you can use treats for them to track. Hide a treat in one of your hands and see if your dog can choose the hand with the treat in it. Aside from your hands, you can also use cups or other containers.
Allowing a White Husky to get bored out of its wits can lead to destructive behavior like chewing, barking, and digging.
Providing them with both physical and mental activities will not only ensure your dog’s happiness and wellbeing, but it will also help you maintain a harmonious relationship with your dog.
Health problems for White Siberian Huskies
Generally, the Siberian Husky is a healthy breed. Though they are susceptible to several genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia and cataracts, these dogs can live out a full lifespan of 12 to 14 years when properly taken care of.
It is, however, advisable to have your White Siberian Husky tested to detect possible health conditions. As advised by the American Kennel Club, Huskies should also go through hip evaluation and eye tests
Two important considerations in raising a White Husky
Still want an Albino Husky? Have you decided that you’re okay with the time and effort it takes to give this dog the exercise and training he needs?
Here are some more things you want to consider before you go out and visit the nearest breeder.
1. Is the weather in your area cool enough?
With its global popularity, many people around the world are keen on owning and raising a Siberian Husky. But one thing that people often forget is that Huskies are best raised in cold weather.
If it snows where you live, let them play in it and have fun. You’ll surely love the sight of your happy pup having a ball in the snow!
They can thrive in a place with a warmer climate, but it may be difficult for the Husky to adapt. Frankly, it’s just not fair to let a White Husky suffer through all that trouble.
If you really want a large dog with a white coat, you might like the English Cream Golden Retriever. This Retriever has a coat that’s so pale it’s almost white.
Golden Retrievers as just as smart, friendly, and cuddly as Siberian Huskies, but their coats are made to withstand the heat in warmer places.
Some owners even take their Goldens to the beach during the hot summer season.
2. Does your yard have a fence?
Bringing home a very independent, playful and active dog means you are going to have to put up a fence. These Huskies love to run around and explore their surroundings.
For a dog like the Husky, a wireless fence might be your best bet to containing it to your property. These clever canines are notorious for their digging habits. They might use this undesirable behavior to escape your yard and wander about.
Siberian Huskies have a natural instinct to dig around and create holes for their food and quarry. They sometimes dig to create a shelter or a resting area for themselves.
The best way to make sure they don’t mess up your garden or lawn is to keep an eye on them while they are outdoors. You can also set up a ‘digging zone’ so your White Husky can indulge its instinct without damaging your garden.
Popular Husky crossbreeds
Because of their calm, friendly nature, Siberian Huskies are often crossed with other purebreds. Many of the resulting dogs retain Husky-like looks and have a similarly outgoing temperament.
Here are some Husky crossbreeds that will capture your attention, too.
White Husky German Shepherd Mix
Otherwise known as the Gerberian Shepsky, the German Shepherd and White Siberian Husky mix is a brave, alert, and fun-loving dog.
Its strong body is medium to large in build, which is not surprising given the size of its parents. These crossbreeds usually have upright, pointy ears, with the blue eyes of the Husky or the brown eyes of the German Shepherd.
White Alaskan Husky
The Alaskan Malamute is definitely an ideal match for the Siberian Husky because their physical features go well together, resulting in a physically healthy offspring with desirable traits.
The White Alaskan Husky is known to be more laid-back than its parents. They are great around little ones – protective, loving, and not too rough when it comes to playtime.
Is there a Mini White Husky?
You may be able to find Miniature White Huskies from certain breeders. Standing as tall as 12 to 16 inches (31 to 41 cm) and weighing only 15 to 30 lbs (7 to 13 kg), these cute little dogs are usually the offspring of the runts in a litter.
Keep in mind, though, that these miniaturized dogs are not sanctioned by the Siberian Husky Club of America, which released a statement in 2013 about its promotion of AKC’s breed standards for the Husky.
Mini White Huskies are usually not as capable as their larger counterparts, especially in tasks the breed specializes in, like sledding or hunting.
If you really have your heart set on a smaller version of the Husky, you can consider getting an Alaskan Klee Klai or a Pomeranian-Husky mix instead. Though they don’t have all-white coats, these dogs are remarkably similar to the Siberian Husky in appearance.
What is the cost of owning a White Husky?
The price for a White Siberian Husky puppy may range from $400 to $800. Certain factors might affect the cost of a White Husky pup, like breeding costs and demand.
A White Husky dog’s price also depends on whether you want a Husky as a pet or as a show dog. Pups from Siberian Huskies that are bred to participate in dog shows and have multiple show ring awards are usually more expensive due to the cost of health maintenance and grooming.
White Husky puppies with gorgeous blue eyes and Mini White Huskies are also more expensive, simply because there is a higher demand for them. Prices for a Mini White Husky can range from $750 to $1,200.
When it comes to its caring for a White Husky, primary costs to consider would be food, vaccinations, and hygiene. Entering them into dog sports or obedience schools can add up to the expenses, too.
Where to find a White Siberian Husky
If you’ve decided to buy a White Husky puppy, here are some breeders you might want to check out:
- Midnight White Siberians (New Hampshire)
- Husky Palace (South Carolina and North Carolina)
- Aruff Siberian Huskies (Minnesota)
- Jalerran Siberians (Pennsylvania)
- Bama Huskies Alabama)
But if you choose to adopt rather than shop, then you can take a look these rescue and adoption centers to see if they have a White Husky you can welcome into your home.
It’s a dog you’ll love like no other!
The head-turner that is an All-White Siberian Husky will definitely keep you on your toes.
These dogs are energetic and playful, so they’ll make for great pets for most families. They’ll get along well even with young kids.
However, we cannot deny that Huskies require a lot of work.
They demand a great deal of your attention and require an owner that won’t tire of daily grooming and a regular exercise and training routine.
Do you own a White Siberian Husky? We’d love to read about your experiences in the comments below!