Kochi: Arya doesn't want to come back to Kerala without her much loved pet Serah, a medium-sized working sled dog breed, Siberian Husky, from war-torn Ukraine. One would wonder why Arya is so concerned about the dog over her safety and even contacted the Indian prime minister's office for permission to carry the dog along with her back.
Is there anything special about a Siberian Husky?
Mathrubhumi.com was in touch with the owners of Syberian Husky dogs in Kerala only to find out that the breed is so gorgeous, hardworking and costly with certain unique features.
Being a native of Devikulam at Lakkad in Idukki, Arya moved to Ukraine to study MBBS at Kyiv medical university two years ago. Arya, daughter of Aldrin and Kochuraniand was forced to leave Ukraine due to the war.
Arya's father Aldrin told Mathrubhumi.com that she got the dog from the owner of the house in which she lived in Ukraine.
“Due to war, the house owner and the family left the place. She is not willing to leave the dog there as there is no one to take care of it. I hope she will be permitted to travel with the dog,” said Aldrin.
Aldrin requested her to leave the dog and to reach back safely several times. However, Arya told her father, 'if I come back Serah will also be with me. The voice was so determined and Aldrin had only one option except giving consent for bringing the dog as well.
“Siberian Husky is one of the most beautiful dog breeds across the world. It is so energetic, playful, having extremely thick fur, strong and very beautiful with its unique thick hair and shape,” said Sreejith Menon, a resident of Thrippunithura.
Sreejith has been in dog breeding for years now but for the last five years, he handles only Siberian Husky due to the special qualities the breed possesses.
A fully-grown imported Syberian Husky costs Rs 6.5 to seven lakhs in the Indian market, says Sreejith. “An imported pure-breed puppy costs Rs 1.5 lakhs. However, a whelp import puppy (The puppy of a dog that was conceived in a foreign country and gave birth in India) costs only Rs 80 to 1 lakhs only. A puppy of dogs that are bred in India and are registered with the Kennel Club of India (KCI) costs Rs 45,000 to 75,000,” said Sreejith.
The price of KCI certified puppies are higher when compared to those which are not, said Sreejith.
Most people think Siberian Husky lives only in cold climates and it is very difficult for them to adapt to the change in climatic conditions here. However, it is a wrong notion as they are known for their ability to adapt to any climate. But they must be monitored carefully in varying climate conditions by helping them to adapt gradually.
“They must be placed in cool indoor rooms as soon as they are imported. By adjusting the temperature levels of the rooms, we can gradually make them fit to live in our climate. The owners have to look out for signs of dehydration, overheating and overexertion on this furry friend,” added Sreejith.
He also said that these dogs shed hair twice a year to get adapted to the winter and summer climates. “Since these dogs are very friendly and cute, they cannot be used for guarding purposes as they are tough to be taught instructions,” Sreejith added.He also says that these dogs eat minimally unlike Doberman and Labrador.
The Secretary of Cochin Kennel Club, Bijoy Varghese, told Mathrubhumi.com that rearing Siberian Husky is a little tough as they don't easily get adapted to the climate conditions.
“In the year 1989, I bought one from Germany but later I had to sell it to someone in Ooty. The climate there is fit for them,” said Bijoy.
However, the house of Arya is in Devikulam, which is nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. “The climate there may be suitable for the dog to survive,” he added.