Husky Statistics

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Top Husky Statistics (Editor’s Picks):

  • There are 1–5 million huskies worldwide
  • About 40% of huskies have blue eyes
  • Siberian Huskies are the most talkative dog breed
  • Huskies and husky mixes are among the most abandoned breeds in North  American shelters

Huskies are instantly recognizable thanks to their handsome gray-white coloring and muscular build. This species comprises bold, energetic, and highly curious canines. Bred for the snow, they’ll jump into cold environments with ease!

As of late, husky popularity has been up and down in the US. Though people have little issue with purchasing these dogs initially, many huskies sadly end up in rescue shelters as owners find themselves unable to keep up with their demanding natures.

If you’ve got your eye on the gorgeous husky breed, it’s vital to learn everything you can about them in advance. A well-informed husky owner is the best husky owner!

In this article, we’ll explore the following about the breed:

  • Top husky statistics (editor’s picks)
  • Are huskies common?
  • Famous husky traits
  • Huskies as enthusiastic vocalists
  • Are Siberian Huskies dying out?
  • Things to ponder before you purchase.

Let’s get straight into it!

Are Huskies Common? 

a husky on a leash in a snowy area

There Are 1-5 Million Huskies Worldwide

There are huskies all across the world, ranging from pure wild Siberians to pampered, tamer varieties. Combined, the population of this species is estimated to be 1–5 million across the world.

Two main factors prevent us from having a more refined statistic. The first is that we don’t know exactly how many wild Siberian Huskies there are out there. The second is that not all husky owners register their pets.

That’s an issue because the 1–5 million estimate is based on dog registration records. There’s no way to determine the number of non-registered huskies, husky packs roaming the Siberian landscape, or free-roaming dogs.

Huskies are found mostly in the United States, Canada, Russia (Siberia), China, the United Kingdom, and Australia. They are rarest in Africa, where the climate is too hot for their liking.

Whether you’ve witnessed a wild Siberian Husky pack or just scruffled the chin of the husky next door, take a moment to recognize that this is a very special breed of dog.

What Are Famous Husky Traits?

About 40% of Huskies Have Blue Eyes

Like kittens, husky puppies are born with distinctly blue eyes. When they get to about eight weeks old, their eyes either remain blue (40%), turn fully brown (40%), or turn partly brown (20%).

That’s why you can find huskies with one blue eye and one brown eye, or unique patterns of each color. The shades of blue and brown can vary, too!

Huskies Can Withstand Temperatures as Low as -75°F (-60°C)

One thing we love about huskies is their thick, fluffy coats, consisting of two strategic layers. This breed was bred to work in the snow, so they developed a substantial layer of fur to keep warm all the way down to -75°F (-60°C).

As most pet owners know, dense fur creates a shedding nightmare. A quick cuddle with your husky will have you covered in hair! To minimize this experience, regular visits to the groomer are a must.

Once you get used to the shedding, you’ll realize there’s nothing wrong with a warm, fluffy dog in your home. One husky owner said it best: “You won’t freeze to death if the power goes out!”.

Huskies Are Vocalists

Siberian Huskies Are the Most Talkative Dog Breed

If there’s one thing to warn you about before getting a husky, it’s that they love to talk. By “talk”, we mean barking, whining, howling, and chirping all throughout the day.

As such, this dog breed might be ideal for a person living alone, but not for someone who values peace and quiet above all else.

The Siberian Husky’s Howl Can Be Heard up to 10 Miles Away

Your husky’s howls can be heard long after you’ve left the house. Imagine taking a short commute to work and hearing your pet from the office!

There’s a good reason for huskies to make so much noise. Traditionally pack animals, huskies communicate with each other over long distances to raise their young and organize the group hierarchy.

When they’re pulling sleds in the snow, they’ll also happily communicate with their owners. Huskies are very responsive dogs. Chatty may be their middle name, but they’re like that for good reason!

Are Siberian Huskies Dying Out? 

The Siberian Husky AKC Rank Has Been Inconsistent over the past 30 Years

The husky is a staple dog in many memorable films. Off-screen, however, they’re not put on the same pedestal.

In 1990, they were ranked the 18th most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). They dropped to 25th in 2005, rose back up to 12th in 2016, and are now slightly down again (14th, as of 2018).

Siberian Huskies fluctuate heavily in terms of popularity. In true husky style, the numbers bounce up and down!

Ponder Before You Purchase

huskies playing with their owners

Huskies and Husky Mixes Are among the Most Abandoned Breeds in North American Shelters

Though it’s great to see people celebrating the husky breed, it’s also a bittersweet feeling. How many dogs will remain in loving families, and how many will be sent off to a shelter?

Huskies and husky mixes, unlike purebred Siberian Huskies, are being abandoned at shelters with increased frequency.

One explanation for this is the husky’s recent roles in film and television — for instance, after Game of Thrones, we all considered a wolf for a pet!

Some of the people who impulsively purchase are in for a gigantic realization: huskies are high-energy, high-maintenance dogs. It’s something they’re just not prepared for!

Caring for a Husky

Without proper attention and care, huskies can struggle to thrive in your home.

In extreme cases, Siberian Huskies have a tendency to damage their surroundings when they don’t receive enough exercise or if their owners leave them alone for extended periods.

A husky needs 1–2 hours of exercise per day. The fact is that if they’re welcomed into a sedentary, less social home, their natural instinct to sprint and chat can’t be fulfilled.

Consider whether a husky will gel with your other pets or small children.

Huskies aren’t classified as large dogs, but they’re extremely strong. They generally don’t bite (unless very stressed or threatened), as their first response will be instead to say something about it – loudly!

In Summary

If you can offer a husky an in-depth conversation, a bed, nutritious food, regular brushing, and lots of exercise – you’re an ideal owner.

That’s essentially all they’ll ever ask, but if you’d like more details on husky care, make sure to check out this booklet created by qualified vets.

And if you’d like to own one of these vocal canines, why not pop by your local shelter? Chances are, there’s a beautiful husky there waiting for their best friend to arrive.