Great information for anyone considering getting a huskie or not. The Siberian Husky is a little eater for its size. 10 dog facts. I recalled when several years ago I was considering adopting a Husky but the rescue group had very distinct requirements when it came to fencing. And toys and bully sticks for him to chew. They can be quite meticulous on caring for their coats, often licking themselves as cats. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 25, 2012: Thank you, I never had the pleasure to own a Siberian Husky, but I have trained a few! They run & play but when we call them back, he's racing back with his brothers. Many Husky owners find that adding another Husky to their household helps keep them entertained and happy. Huskies sound like real nice dogs. Huskies are the best dogs ever!! You can freshen the coat of your husky between baths by diluting mint mouthwash with water by 50% and putting it in a spritz bottle. The glacial blue eyes further add to the appeal, however, some Huskies may also have brown eyes or bi-color eyes. Investing in a good Dyson vacuum is recommended as vacuuming may become a way of life. They are such a unique and extremely special breed and seeing this article on pros and cons makes them that even more special! They are pack animals after all! Otherwise, it can adopt a destructive behavior. We also have a doggie door and a large house, so he runs around, in and out, and he of course, gets a LOT of play time with the others in the "pack". Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 25, 2012: With all the great things you do for your dog, it sounds like your Siberian has no reason to escape! It’s theirs. Before getting my Rottweilers we were planning on getting two huskies from a rescue, but when we heard that our fence wasn't tall enough and had to build it all over again only to make it higher, we got discouraged! In times of blowing their coats, daily brushing is recommended to eliminate the undercoat hair. Very interesting and informative. The Siberian Husky blows it’s coat abundantly twice a year; it changes its fur completely, which can last beyond three weeks. If you think a Siberian Husky looks intimidating enough to make a loyal guardian; think again. When I met her the first time, I explained to her that this is a trait of the breed. The ideal owner is an active person who enjoys the great outdoors. One advantage of the Siberian Husky breed is the fact that they were originally bred to perform on a minimal amount of food, according to Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue. However, Huskies can also be stubborn and quite difficult to train, so you must be up to the task. I wanted to reply to your comment below where you had considered getting huskies and were discouraged by someone telling you that you needed to build your fence higher. Your house. It isn’t recommended that first-time dog owners get a Husky, due to their stubbornness. 2. It was like magic for him. Generally, Huskies are also good-natured towards strangers and sociable towards other dogs, according to Michele Welton, a dog breed adviser, obedience trainer, canine behavior specialist, and author of 17 books. As a puppy he used to dig, and my husband had to fill the holes with his feces, and bury it back up (recommendation from breeder), and it did the trick slowly. If unsure, better err on the safe side and keep small animals safe and out of reach from this breed. For the past 80 years, Husky has built lasting relationships with over 500 Retailers across Canada. Glamorous, the Husky is like a cat and emits no smell. If outside and not on a leash, it will most likely run after it. They are indeed overly friendly with just about anyone. Once accepted, cats and other small dogs have become part of the pack. James Kenny from Birmingham, England on March 28, 2012: Interesting hub, I've noticed that Siberian Huskies are becoming more and more popular as pets in Britain at least. Building a kennel is the obvious better choice, but only if it's really secure otherwise you wasted your time or money. We have a backyard with an 8 ft fence, very sturdy, so that's never been a problem. Learn how some volunteers spin their Husky's yarn (Siberwool) for the purpose of fundraising for their favorite breed. He's the most gentle dog with other medium to large sized dogs and will drink water or eat out of the same bowl with them at the same time. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 27, 2012: thank you, I love this breed and I think the pros and cons of huskies is what makes them extra special to own. A tired Husky is a good husky; fail to provide enough mental stimulation and exercise and idle time will be the devil's playground. Here are a few pros and cons of owning a husky. Meticulous housekeepers may not be happy owning a Siberian. Since this breed is prone to have a sensitive stomach, it is necessary to avoid changing it’s food back and fourth. They are healthy and good for their stomach. My familey recently got our first husky. To fulfill its physical needs, it is essential to practice every day a stimulating activity: jogging, walking, hiking, ball games, playing fetch, Frisbee, etc. We found the missing piece of our family. Not many people would want to put in the hard physical labor to do this, and it's expensive to hire someone to do it for you. Extremely energetic. But we have let Sabastian & his "siblings" loose by a filed near our house. While a Husky may be a great addition in the eyes of an active person, the opposite is true if you are a couch potato or fail to provide sufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Siberian huskies make excellent companions for people who understand and meet their unique needs. This breed stands out in shelters which often makes them easy to adopt out, however, as mentioned, they are not a breed for everyone and we will see why below. Endless energy. Voted up! Huskies, malamutes … For dog lovers, the Siberian husky is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best breed of dog. The AKC calls Siberian Huskies ´born pack dogs,´ meaning that they were … Do huskies do well in doggy daycare as a substitute for being alone while their humans are away during the 8 hr work day? They enjoy the great outdoors which makes them excellent running, hiking, camping and biking companions. These dogs shed a lot and have a reputation for destructive behavior. Add to that, the many amazing movies featuring this breed such as Snow Buddies, Eight Below and Snow Dogs, and you have the perfect concoction for an attractive breed. I thoroughly enjoyed your article and have found it dead accurate. Thank you . This is reflected in their behavior; it is kind and playful with everyone. If you are creative, put the clumps of hair to use by spinning some yard and making neat garments! When you have the idea popping into your head “I want a husky” , you must ask yourself this question: Do I know what I’m letting myself into? Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 01, 2014: I am happy to hear your new Siberian Husky is the perfect match, that's awesome! This will leave your husky’s coat fresh smelling and clean. And of course, this breed's looks cannot be ignored. To achieve this, we've created unique models to help you run your businesses effectively and profitably. Have a kiddie pool for them and throw ice in it as a treat. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 20, 2016: Thanks Kristen. Voted up and awesome. In addition to possessing a unique appearance, its natural inclination to be part of a pack or family will make your husky an indispensable part of your family. See how being trusting cost the life of a Husky: Trust: a Deadly Disease. The Siberian Husky is overall a happy, sweet, intelligent and loyal dog. The Husky is not a dog that’s recommended to share the same house as a cat because of this. Our Dakota's just what we needed. Tried the chicken wire, shredded that. One of my clients owns a Siberian Husky and she nicknamed him "Houdini" because he has escaped numerous times. 1. Lovely breed, but it''s important to know in advance what challenges you might encounter. It is almost impossible to resist the alluring appeal of Siberian Huskies. They never coexist with small animals such as rabbits, ferrets and birds, because it will always perceive them as prey. Great with small children. While this sound may be music to the ears of a Siberian lover, neighbors have been known to feel otherwise. In summer, it tends to dig a lot in the soil to look for cool dirt. This breed is definitely not a one-man dog that excels in loyalty, according to the Siberian Husky Club of America. We ran outside and called him and his brother, and they came running back to us outta breath, and headed straight for the water! *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. All dogs need exercise, but sled dogs are super active. The American Kennel Club describes the breed as equipped with an agreeable and outgoing temperament. If you Google "Siberian Husky killed cat" you will get countless stories of dog/cat stories gone bad. More traits and characteristics of the Siberian Husky. Huskies are also very playful and agile beings with lots of stamina. I voted up. The breed indeed very rarely gives off any doggy odors, further explain Nancy Baer and Steve Dunno. It can be piles of hair left on the ground when you brush out a husky that is blowing it’s coat. This was so useful and informative on the breed. Also understand that a husky loves to dig holes. He's just a happy camper. Don’t just hand them their snacks, make them work for them by chasing them down. I'm posting in r/askvet for financial advice. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 08, 2016: Right now im 12 and I desperately want a husky. They were so wrong. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Siberian Husky is $21,635. :). They chase down treats to get exercise. This means that they require consistent rules and strict guidance. We have wonderful trails by us. And our big baby...LOVES his pack, and his alphas! If you are a well-adjusted, assertive, happy and active person with a good family situation you may be a perfect Siberian husky owner. If you want a dog breed that is not always in your space, a Siberian Husky may be appreciated. This breed's striking coat, erect ears and brush tail cause a wolfish appearance that many people find attractive. It really doesn’t. I've been researching it again since I'm at a new house and think I want to build one again. Very loving when loved. They look like a majestic wolf with beautiful glacial blue eyes that will melt the hearts of people passing by who will see them. You may notice this breed at times staring blankly at you as if they never heard your command before. Keep them on a flea and tick preventative. It's so accurate and presents all the pro's and con's. This isn’t your Lab or German Shepherd. 10 Husky Facts. Are you active enough? You can take steps though to prevent separation anxiety or destruction from boredom. Some times it’s digging up grub worms to eat while other times it’s just a fun activity. And is it okay if a husky is sleeping with me on my bed ? It needs vigorous exercise in order to blossom and be happy. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 27, 2015: Sounds like you had quite a smart pup, gotta love this breed~! If you do not mind having a yard resembling Mars, then you may care less about your Husky's digging habits. List of the Cons of Owning a Siberian Husky 1. However, no black and white rules can be made. If hair is a bad turn off then this may not be the breed for you. Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on March 27, 2012: The photos of the Huskies are really beautiful. I am obsessed with wolves so when I get one I'm gonna name him Wolf. If you have made it this far and don't feel overwhelmed, "congratulations," you may have what it takes to own a Husky. This predisposition is innate in the breed and it is best to find a compromise rather than endless scolding. However, responsible dog ownership entails much more than just watching movies and admiring the striking appearance of these dogs. The amount of food you should feed a Siberian Husky depends on its weight, age, health, and level of physical activity. A dog will not follow an unstable leader. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 18, 2015: Great hub Alexa about Siberian huskies. 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