How Much Does a Siberian Husky Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog that originated from the country of Siberia.  Huskies are known for their thick fur coat, triangular ears and ability to withstand extremely cold climates.

Initially used as a sled dog, this breed was imported into Alaska during the Gold Rush, and as of today, Siberian Huskies are known as show dogs and family pets.

Siberian Husky Puppies 2013-05-25 by Jeffrey Beall, on Flickr
Siberian Husky Puppies 2013-05-25” (CC BY 2.0) by  Jeffrey Beall

How much does a Siberian husky cost?

The price of a Siberian Husky will depend on the age, the breeder, color, quality, health, its parents/bloodline and where you’re adopting one.  On average, a Siberian Husky can cost anywhere from $450 to as much as $1,500.  Purebred Huskies with the appropriate paperwork and a great bloodline will cost more than a dog with no paperwork at all.  A purebred Husky from an AKC registered breeder, if you’re able to find one with all of the appropriate paperwork, is usually going to cost $1,200 to $1,600.

Older dogs over two years old can often be found at various shelters and rescues and cost as little as $100.

The website claims that a Husky can cost $400 to $800 in a pet store.  $300 or so should be able to get you a dog from what is known as a “backyard breeder.”

For example, at the time of this writing, has more than 1,300 listings, with prices ranging anywhere from $500 to $1,300.  Some breeders had listings for more than $2,000, which seemed to be much more than the industry average.

We also checked the official marketplace of the AKC and had found the prices ranged anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500.

Where?Average Price
Pet Store$1,300 to $1,900
Licensed Breeder$1,200 to $1,500
Backyard Breeder$1,000 to $1,500
Rescue$125 to $300
ShelterLess than $150

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Depending on the breeder, most Siberian husky puppies will come with a health guarantee in writing, health registration paperwork, up to date vaccinations, a deworming, microchip and/or spay/neutering.  If registered with the AKC, the appropriate paperwork should come with it as well.  From what we found, AKC breeders should also include an eye checkup by a vet and should be OFA certified.

Ideally, a breeder will allow you to take your puppies home at about eight to 10 weeks.  However, before you’re able to take them home, they will require you place a deposit to secure your puppy, which is usually around $100 to $200 or a certain percentage of the price.  This deposit will then be applied to the adoption fee when you pick up your puppy.

What are the extra costs?

Due to the energy levels of these dogs, obedience classes are highly recommended.  Classes can often start at $75 and go up from there depending on the geographical location and the number of classes taken.

Since these dogs shed a lot, it’s highly recommended that they are either groomed at home or through a professional at least once per month.  Grooming sessions often cost about $100 or so, depending on your geographical location.

Shipping the dog through an airline can cost upwards of $200 to $400 depending on the number of miles that have to be traversed.

Don’t forget the recurring costs such as food, toys, accessories and routine/unexpected vet visits.  A healthy dog, most of the time, should cost $600 to $900 per year, but much more if your dog were to come down with an unexpected illness or surgery. recommends a real meat diet as cheaper foods filled with carbohydrate fillers can often provide little nutritional value and can even sometimes cause allergies.

Tips to know:

The male will stand 21 to 24 inches tall and weigh 45 to 60 pounds, while females will be slightly smaller, measuring 20 to 22 inches tall and weighing 35 to 50 pounds.

If healthy, the average Husky can live 12 to 14 years.

The coat will consist of two layers, one of which will be the downy undercoat designed for warmth and the outer coat will be designed to keep the undercoat waterproof.  Depending on the climate, the Husky will molt of its coat at least once per year, wearing their loose fur for a few weeks.

These dogs can often be very destructive while bored.  If you do not have the proper time to take care of this dog, let it be known that they can get rather destructive while trying to keep themselves occupied.

These dogs can look like fierce dogs, but don’t let their looks fool you.  These dogs actually can be timid, fairly friendly and love just about anyone who enters a room.  If you want a guard dog, you will probably want to think about another breed.

Huskies are known to love just about any person that walks through the door.  They are intelligent, very outgoing, and love to run around.  They are also known to be a great dog for those who have allergic reactions since they tend to keep clean compared to other dogs.

If you’re able to adopt the puppy in person, pay close attention to the dog’s ears.  Thick, dark, dry or crumbly wax can indicate the signs of ear mites or a poor sign of breeding.  Also, pay close attention to the coat to see if there are any fleas, a dark black spot.

These dogs need a lot of exercise and will require a lot of room to roam throughout the day.  Ideally, it’s best to allow them to run one to two hours per day.

How can I save money?

Consider checking local shelters and rescues as most will have some since it’s considered a popular breed.  It’s often best to adopt from a local shelter, even if you can’t find a Husky.  Adopting helps your local shelters, offers a dog a forever home and doesn’t put money in the pockets of unethical breeders.  Even if you do find a reputable breeder who seems like they are in it for the love, more often than not, the money influences them.  Don’t let them offer a sob story of how much it costs to raise one or why you shouldn’t adopt.  Adopting always will outweigh spending thousands on a “pure breed.”

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