Have you noticed other huskies appear fluffier than yours? If you have you’re likely wondering why and if there’s anything you can do.
After grooming husky coats for years, I’ve realized a few things about this particular topic. Here’s everything I know…
In most cases, husky coat fluffiness comes down to breeding and their genetics, although other reasons like diet and grooming can be at play. Huskies from show dog bloodlines tend to have fluffier coats than those from working bloodlines.
3 Reasons Why Your Husky Isn’t Fluffy
Let’s explain why your husky’s coat isn’t as fluffy as you thought it would be. It boils down to just three main reasons.
1. Genetics & bloodline
The most influential factor determining the kind of coat your husky has is their genetics and blood lineage. This can be the difference between super soft teddy bear coats, and tough coarse coats.
Knowing the details of your husky’s parents and bloodline will come in handy here.
If your husky is from a working bloodline then it’s likely their coat will be more coarse to touch, and will not be overly fluffy.
Working huskies would spend more time outside than usual and would therefore develop stronger, more resistant coats. While the coats become very thick, they are not exactly fluffy/soft.
If, however, your husky is from a show dog bloodline involved in competitions (like Crufts) then it’s much more likely your husky will have a very fluffy soft-looking coat.
Selective breeding is very common among show dog lineages. This means huskies with all the desirable traits to win competitions (like a perfectly fluffy coat) are only bred with other huskies that have these qualities. Over time, the bloodline gets refined to produce huskies with certain qualities.
2. Diet & nutrition
Your husky’s diet and nutrition also play a big factor in the health of their skin and coat (and of course their health in general).
One thing veterinarians and breeders always say is that you can often tell a dog’s health by the quality of their coat, which is definitely true to some extent.
Huskies that are consuming a premium diet that their body digests well, will boast the best coat their genetics will allow.
Huskies thrive on a diet that’s high in protein, medium to high fat, and low carbohydrate. This macronutrient breakdown best mimics a wild diet, which a husky’s body is most efficient at digesting.
This is crucial to consider as huskies can be very sensitive. You may be buying the most premium kibble around, but if your husky doesn’t digest it well, then it’s no good. Kibble quality is important, but so too is digestion.
On top of this, it’s essential your husky is getting sufficient Omega 3 fatty acids (known for improving skin and coat, as well as the immune system, heart, and brain function) and plenty of Vitamins, and Minerals from their diet.
If anything is lacking in their diet, their skin and coat will reflect this. Lacking diets contribute to dry skin and a dull, brittle coat.
Of course… Grooming! How you are grooming and maintaining your husky’s coat will also play a part in how it looks, albeit a smaller part.
Although many of us like to think grooming is the most important part of how the coat looks. It doesn’t make as big a difference as genetics and diet.
Brushing your husky little and often is the key to successfully dealing with shedding and removing dead hair from the coat. 10-15 minutes daily is better than 1 hour once a week.
By removing dead, dull, and dry hair, you’ll instantly see some improvements in how your husky’s coat looks and feels. Whether this results in “fluffiness” isn’t clear, but it’ll still be an improvement.
Bathing is another crucial part of grooming to get right. If you bathe your husky at the wrong frequency or use the incorrect shampoos, their coat and skin will suffer dramatically.
It’s best to bathe your husky once every three months when sticking to a regular schedule. If you need to bathe your husky more than this, leave out the shampoo.
Furthermore, it’s vital to use a natural ingredient dog shampoo and avoid using regular pet shampoo. Natural shampoos clean the skin and coat without stripping away the natural oils.
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Are Huskies Supposed To Be Fluffy?
After speaking to husky owners for years there seems to be some confusion about whether huskies, in general, are supposed to have fluffy coats or not.
Let’s start by clarifying that all huskies have relatively thick double coats comprised of a soft insulating undercoat, with a more coarse resilient topcoat, otherwise known as (guard hairs).
This kind of coat is what allowed huskies to live and thrive in arctic-like conditions in Siberia for thousands of years.
The truth is that it’s more natural for huskies to have tough resilient outer coats, which wouldn’t necessarily give the appearance of being “fluffy”. This is because huskies spent most of their time outside.
Yes, the coats can get extremely thick, but this doesn’t mean fluffy.
It’s only since domestication and the rise of show dog competitions that huskies got the softer, fluffier appearance.
Nowadays, Siberian huskies can have a range of coat finishes, all the way from tough resilient outer coats to fluffy ones.
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The wooly husky coat
While we are explaining coat types it’s necessary to highlight “wooly coated” huskies.
Purebred huskies can sometimes have a “wooly” coat which is significantly longer, thicker, and softer than a regular husky coat.
These kinds of coats do come across as very fluffy, and are quite remarkable to look at and touch. These coats are more like Malamute coats.
How do huskies get these coats? In nearly all cases it will be through selective breeding or crossbreeding. On rare occasions and with some genetic potluck, a purebred husky from a regular offspring will produce a wooly coat.
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Can You Make Your Husky Fluffier?
Naturally, most owners would like to know if they can make their husky’s coat fluffier. And that’s understandable, who wouldn’t want a softer more huggable husky!
Although there are things that can be done to ensure your husky’s coat is healthy, there is no way to make it “fluffy” if it isn’t in their genes.
With some groomings efforts, you may be able to make their coat temporarily softer than usual, but once again, it will always normalize to where it’s genetically supposed to be.
Check out the section below for tips on ensuring your husky’s coat is as good as it can be.
4 Crucial Tips For a Healthy Husky Coat
The following tips combined will help ensure your husky has a healthy, shiny, and clean coat. It very may well get softer or fluffier if their genes allow.
1. Daily brushing (little & often)
Daily brushing might seem overkill for many breeds, and it is, but not for a husky. A brushing routine consisting of 10 minutes every day is far better than 45 minutes to an hour of brushing once a week. (Start with an undercoat rake, and finish it off with a slicker brush)
Little and often will continuously keep on top of dead hair, distribute oils throughout their coat, and will even keep dirt from building up. Brushing often will help your husky go longer without needing a bath too.
2. Additional Omega 3s
Adding some extra Omega 3’s into your husky’s diet would certainly help their overall health, and pave the way for healthier skin and coat.
Unless you are already feeding your husky a kibble/diet with a lot of fatty fish like salmon, then it’s more than likely they could use some extra Omega 3.
My favorite fish oil supplement is the Zesty Paws Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil (pump bottle), or you can get special treats loaded with Omega 3.
Please only give canine supplements, and I have to advise you to consult with your veterinarian first before trying this…
3. Grooming wipes
You can either use baby wipes or proper dog grooming wipes. These are handy just to give your husky a light “wiping down” once a week.
A weekly wipe will remove any surface dirt and grime, help moisturize the coat, and prolong the time you can go without having to bathe your husky.
And remember! Avoiding too many baths with shampoo is key to preserving those natural oils within the coat.
4. Plenty of exercise
Exercise is everything for a husky. Without exercise, a husky’s body does not function at its best.
Ensuring you keep on top of their exercise will keep them healthy and indirectly lead to healthier skin and coat.
Provide your husky with at least 90 minutes (ideally 2 hours) of moderate to intensive exercise per day. For puppies and seniors, they should follow a more tailored plan like this one.
Not all huskies are destined to have fluffy coats, and that’s perfectly normal!
Some huskies have tough course coats, and others will have fluffy soft coats. It mostly comes down to genetics and bloodline, but diet and grooming will also play a part in it.
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