Updated on November 14, 2022

Why Does My Husky Lay In The Sun? (Sun Baking Explained!)

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Why does my husky lay in the sun?

You’ve seen it all before; your Husky baking in the sun, most likely asleep, taking a well-deserved break. You may be wondering why does my husky lay in the sun so much, when they are meant to be snow dogs! ๐Ÿง Well, there are actually a few reasons why your Husky might enjoy basking in the warm rays!

Note: We can’t tell exactly why a husky lays in the sun (unless we read their minds) but it seems they innately know the benefits below.

3 Beneficial Reasons Why Your Husky Lays In The Sun

1. Sun baking makes your husky feel good!

Huskies love to bask (or bake!) in the sun. Not only does it make them feel good physically, but it also makes them feel good mentally. Sun baking is a way for huskies to relax and destress (or a way to level up their relaxation from couch potato to backyard hot potato ๐Ÿ˜‚). It’s their way of taking some time for themselves and enjoying the simple things in life!

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Gimme that Vitamin D! Image from @hunter_andlily

2. It might increase Vitamin D levels (but not the way you think!)

Firstly, a common misconception is that dogs can get Vitamin D from the sun the same way that humans do. i.e. the sun stimulates the production and synthesis of Vitamin D in the skin. However, this isn’t the case at all. According to multiple research papers, dogs are unable to perform skin vitamin D synthesis through sun exposure. Therefore Vitamin D should come 100% from their diet.

However, according to an old study published in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive, “Animals obtain most of their vitamin D by their grooming operations.” Apparently Vitamin D is formed on the skin after the sun interacts with the skin oils.

So the Vitamin D is there, it just can’t be absorbed by their skin. But it can be absorbed through licking! Which technically means they are getting it through their diet. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

So, Huskies might just lay in the sun for hours at a time to increase their vitamin D levels through eventual licking of their skin/fur. Maybe this is why huskies sometimes behave like a cat; grooming themselves by licking all of their fur!

Anyway, while this seems great for their overall health, it’s important to note that Vitamin D from sun exposure/licking isn’t as important as Vitamin D from their real diet! So if your husky is sun baking to get Vitamin D, it could indicate that their diet needs some improvement.

P.S. I’m not so sure that dogs and huskies sun bake so that they can lick their fur. Doesn’t seem right. ๐Ÿคจ

[Source – The Role of Vitamin D in Small Animal Bone Metabolism]

[Source – Vitamin D Metabolism in Dogs and Cats]

[Source – Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin]

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Just a husky enjoying some sunbaking! โ˜€๏ธ Image from @theboynamedshadow

3. It improves their quality of sleep

Many people know that dogs need plenty of exercise, but what you may not know is that how your dog sleeps is just as important. Dogs who get regular exercise and spend time in the sun tend to have a better quality of sleep (just like humans!).

This is most likely for the same reasons as humans. When our eyes are exposed to sunlight, our brain releases a hormone called serotonin, which wakes us up and keeps us alert. When it gets dark, our brain releases a different hormone called melatonin, which makes us sleepy. Getting daily exposure to sunlight helps maintain this natural and healthy circadian rhythm, for you and your husky.

So this is another reason why your husky lies in the sun.

If youโ€™re looking for a way to help improve your dogโ€™s sleeping habits, make sure they are getting enough sunlight exposure throughout the day.

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Just another husky laying in the sun! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Image from @i_am_kirstielee

Why do you think your Husky lays in the sun?

The most obvious reason for this behavior and why your husky lies in the sun is because it makes them feel good. It makes us feel good, so why wouldn’t it make them feel good. So if your husky wants to lay in the sun, let them do their thang!

Why do you think your Husky lays in the sun?

Share your thoughts (and a photo of your sun baking Husky!) in the comments below.

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