SIBERIAN HUSKY HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY
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The biggest issue within the breed would be eye problems. Primarily cataracts and they can develop in the Siberian at quite a young age and are among the main issues that the parent breed clubs and responsible breeders are trying to combat. Some other eye issues are quite prevalent in the breed, such as Glaucoma. Then there is Corneal dystrophy, which can make the cornea appear somewhat opaque. Lastly, there is X-linked progressive retinal atrophy, which causes deterioration in retinal visual cells, and this eye disease affects male Siberian Huskies at a much higher rate than females. However, females are not excluded from having it. It is recommended that any Siberian used for breeding gets an eye evaluation and certificate for healthy eyes at 12 months of age and continue to be evaluated every year after that to make sure none of these conditions develop. The next most common issue is hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is caused by a malformation of the joint where the hip meets the dog’s pelvis. While there are genetic factors with this disease, there are environmental ones as well. This is why it is important to protect puppies from excessive jumping or incredibly rough play and always feed the best diet. What about other known issues in the breed? Epilepsy, which can cause seizures, is known within the breed. The disease is not curable and can only be managed with a seizure preventing medication. Though, this is still not a sure-fire way to ensure your dog will never have a seizure. Another known issue in the breed- though not a common one is Cryptorchidism. This can is a disease that only affects male dogs and can cause either one or both testicles not to descend. This is an excruciating condition for the dog and will need to be corrected with surgery, resulting in neutering the dog. One of the last significant health concerns for the Siberian is Hypothyroidism. This disorder can result in various health issues as it causes the Thyroid to produce less essential thyroid hormones than the dog needs. It can result in poor coat condition, weight gain, and lethargy.