Have you noticed lately that your husky has been losing some weight? And while I’m sure you’re worried that this means something is wrong with your dog, and if so, what? It can mean a good thing. It means your husky’s metabolism is working properly, and it isn’t gaining weight just because there’s no snow outside. Huskies don’t need much fat!
They’re built to survive cold climates, so they don’t need a lot of fat on their bodies (unless they are overweight). That being said, though: if your husky does look skinny but seems healthy and well-fed, then there should be other factors to give attention to here, like diet or activity level, which could affect its appearance over time (or even temporarily). Let us explain the different facets and factors that may have contributed to such a sudden change you may have noticed in your husky.
HUSKY WEIGHT GENERAL INFORMATION
You may be wondering about your husky’s weight and if it is normal for its age. There are lots of misconceptions regarding husky’s weight and appearance, and we will talk about them in this section.
🐕 Weight and appearance
You might be somewhat tempted to believe that a thinner husky would be healthier, but the fact is that there is an abundance of health benefits from a thick (and healthy) coat. A husky’s double layer of fur protects him from cold weather and keeps him warm in the summertime. Their undercoat is insulation, while their outer coat acts as water repellent protection from rain or snow.
This combination makes them highly resistant to cold temperatures. They need less food than other breeds because they don’t need extra calories to keep warm! On top of all this, dogs with heavier coats tend to live longer due to better protection against disease, as long as their coats are well-maintained.
🐕 Fat requirement
You may have noticed that your husky looks pretty skinny. He’s not worried about his shape because he knows that huskies were created to survive the cold. Huskies are built for endurance, speed, and strength (so they can carry heavy things like sheep). They don’t need a lot of fat on their bodies. The colder it gets outside, the more energy you need to keep warm! So while your husky may look skinny now, they may naturally gain slower metabolism, which leads to weight increase in colder seasons.
Huskies originated from snowy areas, which makes them fit for colder environments. However, in warmer climates (especially if you are currently in a tropical area), they have no use for excess fat, and the heat may speed up their metabolism, thus causing weight loss. To fix this, they may need to increase their daily caloric intake to keep up with their fastened metabolism.
🐕 Activity level
Huskies are not lazy dogs. They need a lot of exercises, and if you don’t allow them to burn off some calories, they could look like some kind of husky walking skeleton.
There are two ways that your dog can become too thin:
- If he doesn’t get enough exercise, including any activity that gets his heart rate up, he’ll have trouble keeping his energy level up throughout the day. As he gets older (or if you’re a young pup), this can lead to lethargy and lack of drive when it comes time for playtime or walks around the block!
- Also important: boredom can cause Huskies’ metabolisms to slow down as well. Suppose your pup is bored all day long. In that case, he might be less likely than usual to expend energy through playtime or other activities throughout those hours spent inside his crate at home alone on patrol duty solo outside alone while patrolling solo through forests, areas deserts, cities, townships, villages, etc.
POSSIBLE CAUSES OF A HUSKY’S SKINNY APPEARANCE
Though it was mentioned above that being skinny is somewhat normal for huskies, you still have to be vigilant. There are various possible reasons why this occurs, and we will list them down below.