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I am a big animal lover and enjoy volunteering at a local no-kill shelter in Chicago. My family has three snotty cats and a Siberian Husky.
I was really surprised when I discovered how little I knew about Siberian Huskies before meeting my one-of-a-kind companion—Meika. In this article, I will include what you should know before taking the steps to adopt your own, as well as my personal account of adopting Meika.
Meika is a cherished member of our family, but there are still some things I should have been prepared for before adopting a Siberian Husky. Here are the top five things I wish someone had told me before I decided to adopt a Siberian Husky. (Be sure to check out her adoption story below!)
It's important to educate yourself before making any major decisions involving another animal's welfare. You should feel confident that a Husky will be happy and healthy under your care. If you or someone you know is considering adopting a Husky, read on!
Huskies cannot be trusted off-leash. Their drive to run is so strong, as that is what they were bred to do. These dogs are notorious escape artists—jumping over fences or digging under them. So far, Meika has gotten out of the yard twice. Both times took a lot of time and effort (and some ham) to get her back home.
Huskies do not come when called. They will come just close enough to be out of your reach, knowing that you can't catch them at that distance. As soon as you move toward them, they run again. Then they will look back at you with that mocking Husky smile—they know they can outrun anyone. It's a fun game for them.
Huskies have a strong prey drive and love to chase small animals. If you own any of the following pets, you may want to reconsider adopting a Husky, or develop a strategy to keep them separate.
I have never owned a Husky before, and it was after Meika came home that I actually started doing some real research on the breed. I found many sources that confirmed that Huskies rarely live peacefully with cats. I got a message from one Husky owner who said that her Husky lived with her cat for seven years. Then she came home one day and the dog had killed the cat. Yikes!
We have quite a complex routine at our house that involves rotating the animals. Knowing the possible threat, we had to make some major lifestyle changes. During the day, the cats are confined while the dog is loose. At night, it's reversed. It's not how I thought things would be when I got a dog, but it's worth it to keep the peace (and keep the cats alive and healthy).
That's the phrase Meika's trainer used when I took her to basic obedience training. Huskies don't generally do very well in obedience training or competitions. I definitely don't think it's because they aren't smart enough. I believe that Huskies are actually so smart that they won't blindly obey commands for a mere Liv-a-Snap.
Huskies think about each command and decide if it's worth it for them to obey. Sometimes they decide it's not. When this was pointed out to me, I suddenly realized that I've never seen a Husky serving as a police dog or participating in agility competitions on Animal Planet. Then I understood why.
I wasn't interested in getting a guard dog, but I guess I did expect my dog to bark when the doorbell rang. Meika doesn't even wake up when we come home or if someone she doesn't know comes over. She greets everyone as if they are her best friend. (Maybe the bond I thought we had when we first met was just her Husky friendliness.)
Siberian Huskies shed A LOT. Of course, I knew beforehand that Huskies shed. They have thick fur coats that can protect them while running through the tundra. It's not until you own a Husky and it "blows out its coat" that you realize how much fur they have, and how much of it comes out at once.
Six months ago, I fell in love with a beautiful girl. She was sweet and shy. She had the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen and a tongue that was as soft as velvet. She was a three-year-old Siberian Husky. I was at an animal adoption event for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter where I had been volunteering.
Her name was Meika, and we bonded during that four-hour event. I petted her, brushed her coat, and took her outside for a walk. She followed me and seemed upset when one of the other volunteers took her leash from me.
I was very tempted to adopt her that day, but I lived in an apartment that did not allow dogs. My husband and I had decided to move to a house where we would be able to keep a dog, but not for a couple of months. It was just a case of bad timing. One of the other volunteers said that he would be willing to keep Meika at his place for the six weeks or so until I could take her to our new home. I declined, thinking that it just wasn't the right time. I went home without a dog—unsure if I had made the right decision.
One week later, I went to another PAWS adoption event, and there she was. Meika recognized me immediately and greeted me by wagging her beautiful, fluffy Husky tail. In addition, the same guy who had volunteered to foster her was there. Noticing the bond that had developed between the two of us, once again he offered to keep her for me until we had our house. This time, I agreed.
We already had three cats at home, and I was a little concerned about introducing Meika to them. She showed no interest in the cats that were at the adoption event, so I thought the animals would work things out on their own . The introduction did not go well. Now, six months later, she and the cats are still kept separate.
Keeping the animals separate keeps the peace, and thanks to our routine, the newest member of the family is finally settling in. We are looking forward to all of the fun and joy Meika will contribute to the household.
I hope that reading about my experience of adopting a Siberian Husky will help you in making your own educated decision!
I know I said there were five things, but I have to mention that Huskies are sweet, happy, comical, and friendly dogs. Sharing your life with a Husky means tons of fun. They are not "robot dogs" that do everything you say, nor are they low-maintenance dogs that require little grooming. Regardless, I wouldn't trade mine for any cat-loving, perfectly obedient, non-shedding, doorbell-barking, off-leash dog in the world!
Lyon Brave on July 26, 2020:
I just got one. Mine comes when called.
Snowdogs on October 22, 2018:
I have two, both are service dogs, one can be off leash and both kept in the yard with a 4' chicken wire fence. However! They are an exception to the rule and their service dog training started at 8 an 12 weeks old for hours a day every day.
They were also one of the first breeds to be used as Military Working Dogs in WWI. They need an alpha human in the house and basic training isn't enough, extra tasks like opening the fridge, retreiving items, turning on/off lights all help. They were born and bred to run and WORK
Jax on October 16, 2018:
The first sibe I owned could be off leash. Yes, off leash. And would come to me when she knew I meant business. As for the four after, pretty much no on both. Every one is different which makes this breed all the more attractive. No robo dog here.
clare Giddings on October 15, 2018:
i love husky
Freedom fighter on April 22, 2018:
I have a pure white Siberian husky and is also a service dog, apparently you’re dog was much smarter than you in ways you’ll never understand, save a dog and get a bunny next time
natali on March 05, 2018:
i have one and her name is osita she is so cute and i love her so much.
Nadine on January 08, 2018:
If you can't deal with the shedding DON'T get a husky! I commit fifteen minutes, twice a week to brush my girl with an undercoat rake (paws pamper is great). You can't shave them, either accept it or don't get one.
Loner Wolf on December 27, 2017:
But aren't they deadly and dangerous sometimes
LasDavis on November 28, 2017:
Spot On. "They think about it and decide if it's worth it for them to obey. Sometimes they decide it's not"
Midwest Musher on June 27, 2017:
Great article, and spot on with it all :)
I own 2, and my brother owns 1. Wouldn't trade anything in the world for the Siberian experience!
Carrie on May 18, 2017:
I have a Siberian Husky. She does want to run, but she comes back when called. I have to act silly or pretend to run away. Then she comes after me.
Dave D on March 29, 2017:
The owner in this situation just has no clue how to properly train a dog. Huskies are very independent and stubborn and food driven like owner explained. However very trainable and intelligent. Grew up with a Shepard, lab, and a shih tzu. They will not fetch like these days, however will run forever and show endless love and enjoy cuddling all the time. SHED EVERYEHERE. However if trained early they are very obidient and easy going. My husky barks on command, rolls over, shakes, sits, lays down, the whole 9. Walks next to me without the leash. Follows commands while off leash and does not run away. You have to train them young and provide plenty of excerxise as they will chew and destroy items if pent up. The husky is the smartest and most loving dog I have ever owned you just need to train them early and make sure you have the time available for them.
Snowflake on February 13, 2017:
I actually have a siberian husky. My mom wanted one, so we got her one and she is now 5 yrs old.
Joe M on January 22, 2017:
Our family includes Oslo, Whiskers, Yossarian (Yuri), and Mango. Oslo, our now 11.5 year old Siberian Red, was a sled dog for three years before her musher fell seriously ill, and we adopted her. More correctly she adopted us. Even for a Husky she is, I think, exceptional. A sentiment shared by many Husky owners. Oslo lives in harmony with 2 cats and a very cheeky Pineapple Conure. We have experienced most of what you've outlined, but found that she, Oslo, seems to understand that the other animals are part of the pack. She takes care of the cats, including the occasional forced cleaning, and has a casual outlook on the parrot family member. These animals are interested in each other, and though they do occasionally need supervision, and their own space, have lived together more than amicably for many years. Best puppy ever.
Sef on December 04, 2016:
On #3 huskies do not decide if they want to obey a command as much as they decide if the command makes sense and is necessary. Due to their native environment and function they are in a lot of dangerous situations and have the ability to determine what is safe and most efficient based on the resources they have available which are far more acute than we humans.
on August 28, 2016:
HI this hub is very helpful
Chase Harvey on May 08, 2016:
We had a half wolf half Siberian husky named Sawsha for 13 years and I agree with everything in this article. They are escape artists but that's because they are adventurers. We had to go to the point of putting cement under certain gates and even then she had found a bar of the gate that allowed her to leave and come when she wanted. She played fetch with a ball once and by once I mean I threw the ball and she brought it back and then decided "Yeah I am never doing that again". They are highly intelligent dogs which from a long time breeder told me once they are as smart as a 3 or 4 year old. They just choose to do as they please and everything is a hilarious game to them. Also if you live anywhere near a hospital be aware that they howl every time they hear an ambulance. They don't attack like most dogs but only if it's a completely necessary situation and out of all dogs that attack they have the highest kill rate I have been around a lot of dogs and have even had small medium and large dogs...evenhad a half wiener half chihuahua. Even all the work these dogs take they are some of the funniest to have around. Huge personalities and a best friend.
Sharon on April 20, 2016:
I have one Siberian husky Kingston, I can relate to some of what is being said. He love to prey upon small animals but it actually doesn't stop there. He doesn't seem to responsive to new dogs on the block either. He barks, howls and get anxious each time someone comes to our front door territorial I think. He loves affection, very friendly to children. Not so easy to listen except when it comes to not entering or crossing the streets doing our runs. I definitely would never allow him off his leash he demonstrate the urge to want to run if we are standing in the backyard. He is very smart and some one independent. I love him and outside of him being my pup who I have had since he was 2 1/2 mos and now 2yrs old. He holds allot of sentiment value.. I wouldn't know what to do if I came home and he wasn't sitting at the top of the stairs with this harness in his mouth waiting for me to harness him up to go out.
Taylor on April 12, 2015:
We have two male Huskies, and have had cats forever, at least 7-10 at a time(we do a lot of fostering so a revolving door) and the huskies and cats absolutely love each other, the dogs will actually seek a cat to clean their ears. And over that time we've had countless litters of kittens, they'd actually let the kittens knead on them. The only difference is, we got our huskies when they were 3 months and 5 weeks old, they were raised pretty young together. going on nine years and they all get along...sadly I couldn't say the same for our few chickens that got out..(though we worked on it and now they just leave the chickens alone) In the end, yes, there's standards for every breed, but every dog is different, and it takes the owner to set the standard.
Wendy on April 03, 2015:
When our husky gets loose, we catch him by running away from him. He is always happy to play chase so we run away and let him catch us and then we just grab his leash. Of course he has to he has to circle the house several times before he notices us running away from him, lol,
Bill on October 19, 2014:
I must have an exception, Sky plays ball in the yard with me. Took awhile and you have to give her constant attention or she'll wonder off. she and the my 2 cats are best buddies. She does not like to be left alone. ate the handle one the door. I think the trick is you have to let them know how is the alpha male.
Shelley on July 21, 2014:
My sibe 's name is Candy. I too did not know anything about Siberians and bought one cheap (so I thought). Well surprise she was the alpha of the litter. Candy is now 4 and we have been through a lot (or should I say that I have been through a lot ). I also have a cat and I was determined that she is not going to kill the cat. So far so good. You can't let them off leash as I found out after she got out. I cannot describe the frustration I felt with this dog. I - I finally had to accept her for who she is - a Siberian Husky. Now we live in peace.
Rachel on June 15, 2014:
...However I will add, that if you want a Siberian that is well behaved off a leash, a Siberian that will not kill or eat the cat, a Siberian that will do well at obedience training or competition, I strongly suggest that you raise the Siberian from a young pup.
Also selective breeding has a lot to do with it; lines that are obedience titled are probably a good bet.
Older pups or adults that have not been trained on these matters, such as most of the Sibes in shelters and rescues such as the girl you have rescued, will probably be a lot like what you have described in your article here and the owner should indeed beware ;-)
Rachel on June 15, 2014:
Most of the facts about Siberians that you have listed are indeed true, however I can say that two facts that you mentioned are not so absolute:
Siberians can indeed be trusted off leash, in spite of the fact that they are bred to run and run, and they indeed can be great at obedience training and competitions; they simply need to be trained, like any dog, and which you correctly pointed out, they are "independent thinkers" and very smart. Where they differ from most dogs, as you pointed out, is that they do not typically blindly follow commands, however the reason for this is because of the breed's strong pack orientation. So, if you can show the dog that you are the boss the dog will obey without question so long as you maintain that status. The Siberian needs lessons to be worth it or not worth it, and this requires strong leadership on the part of the human.
Most people do not bother or have the capacity to train a Siberian to such potential.
Beth Onoffrey on May 05, 2014:
All valid points well said I am especially fond of the last on having my second Husky now.I have never loved an animal more than my wonderful girl, Karma. I think it is because she keeps me on my toes while loving me like no other. PS All my Huskies have been with cats since they were born ...never a problem. Maybe because they never knew life without cats :)
Angus on February 15, 2014:
I wouldn't doubt the bond issue, my Zorro chose me over my mother, living at her house. It's because I RUN the dog, she only feeds him so he can stay alive, see the priority there. Sandbags and cinder blocks under our side gate. He only barks once loud when someone new puts a card on the door, knows the mail ladies perticular footsteps. Best story: When we adopted him (ran away 6months old) He heard my mother's voice on the answering machine and pulled the phone base ( where his friends voice was coming from) and ripped it out of the wall!!!
He chewed all the faces off Madres antique duck decoy. This being said the younger you get the dog to stop lifelong bad habits the better. His mom didn't get to teach him not to nip so I press his tooth on his lip and pretend yell ouch! So he's converted to occasional love licking slobber baths, especially flower scented lotion or scenty hand soap. Could go on all day, Zorro's my best friend;-)
Joe on January 16, 2014:
You're a complete idiot. To tell people this is how Sibes are is utterly ridiculous. I'm a little shocked as to you working for a shelter, and not knowing how to train a dog. My female (Sarah) is 3 years old, and for the last 2 years she walks off leash roadside, obeying my commands. If she takes off after a squirrel at the park she immediately retreats back to me once I call her. It's called training. You train them very day in a controlled environment until they prove to you they are an obedient companion. Look up xxprodigypmxx on youtube, I have videos of my girl, and in the next month I will post a video of her doing the unthinkable, "off-leash walk"
Rob Krakoar on December 24, 2013:
I lost my first Siberian, Miko, to cancer back in 2003 (9 yrs. old). I have one now that is three years old and from the same breeder named Maksim. These two I bought from Judy Russell. I have a half acre yard with a seven foot fence. When they get out, they don't wander but two or three houses from ours. I had another Siberian from a different breeder that got out and ran until it was hit by a car (that is why I built the fence as the expensive invisible fence does not work with Siberians because of their EXTREMELY high pain tolerance. I love Siberians, they are loving and very smart. They are breed to think for themselves. I have a harness for Maksim and attaches to my mountain bike. He runs out in front of the bike (quite fast I may add). One day at dusk, we were out and he was running out in front of my bike and he turned quite suddenly jerking the bike hard to the right (which is a feat in itself as I am a 5'11" and weight 255 pounds and he only weighs 60 so pounds). I stopped and was about to admonish him for what he just did when I looked back and notice a big chunk of concrete missing in the road. He saved me from an extremely serious bike accident as we were going at a good clip. I cry like a baby every time I watch "Snow Dogs" with Paul Walker especially when a couple of the Siberians die.
rhonda rhodes on November 28, 2013:
Rhonda /Na she mae' 7yrs . I just. Lost. My girl to lymphoma. Two months ago. I noticed. Her glands in her throat her the size of baseballs that was a Sunday afternoon. I got her to the vet on Monday.it was the worst day of my life.the vet said she has lymphoma. All her glands were swollen & i would have about 2 months with her then i would have to make. A decision. I broke down crying. I said. I can't lose my girl i just can't. So we took it day by day.
D e a d on November 06, 2013:
Although I may agree that the things you presented about huskies may pertain to the one you adopted, it really depends on the dog's experience and training in how they behave. It is true, huskies are bred to run and need plenty of exercise, but that does not mean they'll run off and cannot be trusted. I have a 10 month old that stays by my side, although eager to run, still is compliant. One reason you brought up was their instinct to pray on small animals- this really depends on the dog's training and how they are brought up. Any breed will chase cats if they aren't use to them. People say the same about German Shepherds, and I have heard some will eat cats, but my parents' shepherd doesn't even touch their chickens because of her experience as a puppy to leave them alone. My husky does have his own personality, and can be a pain in the butt, but he's the smartest dog I've ever known, and is hilarious! I wouldn't say he is wild, he's a huge baby! He loves to cuddle and cries when he wants to go to bed (to my dismay on many nights). One thing about him is he barks, a lot. It doesn't bother me, because that is how he tells me he needs something, and he also barks when someone is at the door or walking down our street. It really depends on the dog, not necessarily the breed, in how they behave. I do recommend people learn more about the breed before adopting, and maybe connect with a current owner of a husky to prepare yourself. Thank you for adopting Melka, there are many huskies left in shelters because people are able to handle their personalities and high energy.
Amber Huseboe from Marshalltown, Iowa on November 04, 2013:
I have a Siberian Husky, she is 2 and a half. Her name is Dakota and she is pure a breed although what you way about the breed in general is true me and my husband fortunately raised her with a lot of knowledge and books on the breed, so that since she was 1 she has not been on a leash since and has never even tried to run away, and we do not have a fenced in yard. she has a brother that is a Siamese cat that she loves so much, they eat, sleep, and play together and she is very obedient, you just have to show them who's boss. If you let them walk all over you then they will not respect you or listen to you. I love my little girl and recommend to anyone to put in the time and patience for Siberian Huskies, they are the best dogs, and with the right training they are amazing companions.
Angel on November 03, 2013:
It depends a lot on the breeders. I have had my Siberian husky for 3 years, and he has been the greatest dog I have ever had. I will never put a leash on him. Sure sometimes he tends to get ahead of me from time to time but as soon as if all for him he will stop and come back. I will agree on the intelligent part, I take him daily on run ( he runs I don't) he will pull me on my long board and knows his lefts from right and when to stop along with that knows plenty of other commands.
With that being said I have had 2 litters with him. I bred him the first time with another husky who was a bit more on the crazy side. The puppy came out a little more wild The second batch I bred with a more passive husky with the same intellect as mine. Those pups are the same way that my dog is down to the t. You just have to do some research on the breeders and see how they dogs are. A do g who has always been on a leash will have he mentality he "free" when he's off of it.
Jim Demestihas from Sparks, Nevada on November 02, 2013:
Its exactly the same for Samoyeds!
Nordic breeds rock!
Jaimee on November 02, 2013:
I must say I do not agree with this assessment of Huskies. I have a Husky/wolf and a full wolf at home and have dealt with these breeds a lot through my life. It is not a matter of what you can train them to do, it is a matter of what roll you play in in their lives, as to whether or not they will respect you enough to do what you ask. You have to be the "pack Leader" to gain their respect. If you are not the Alpha they will know this and they will not respond the way you want. Yes, they will even run away. My Husky wolf will only go so far and as soon as I call him back he comes, why?? Because I am the pack leader and he knows it. The same with my wolf. I have 2 cats in my house and neither of them is in danger because they have been introduced as a member of MY pack. I cannot say the same for any other cats in the neighborhood, since they are not part of the pack, but my cats are fine. Heck, my wolf even plays with one of them! The cat will chase her! (fyi, this is not a puppy, nor was she when we got her... ) Overall, yes, they can be a handful, but it takes an Alpha personality to get the respect one needs from them, and YES anyone is capable of this...
Laurie on November 01, 2013:
i agree i have a husky he is a very energetic attentive barking fun loving fur piling dog ... i like you did not know how much care you have to give them .. as i already had two other dogs a lab and a german shepherd .. im thinking how hard can it be to give a rescue unconditional love and keep them grounded .. my life has turned upside down over him .. but i can tell you i wouldn't trade one sec one minute one 24 hour day for any one else .. :) i love him to pieces!
Karen on March 09, 2013:
I am so sorry you had to put Amesa down. A friend emailed me a picture of a male that the owners are going to put down if they can't find a home for him because, they say, he has seizures and they aren't home enough to care for him. He is only 3-4 years old. I am sick about it; we already have three dogs, two are Huskies, and we both work. Huskies are demanding but are so very worth it. Hang in there, Gina. You did your best and we're all thankful for that, and most of all, Amesa knows what you did for her. :)
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Jennifer on February 28, 2013:
I have owned a few huskies in my lifetime and have been quite blessed with two extraordinary ones... My current husky, "Shadow" is a wonderful dog! I began training him with positive reinforcement and he does very well. I do agree that they are too smart and sometimes decide what they want is best, but as long as you do not allow them to become alpha dog you should not have any issues with this. There have been a cpl of times when we were out walking him and all of a sudden his leash broke/he was able to slip his head thru and he took off suddenly but then heard me call him and realized that I was not following him he turned towards me, ears back (showing submission) and came right back to me... very lucky since it was a busy street this happened on! My relationship with Shadow is one in which he knows I am alpha and looks up to me for guidance. I know he is glued to my side at all times and cannot stand being away from me so i am sure that played a huge part in him returning to me off leash both times. My other husky that had a very similar personality, "Blade" was very similar to being far from a guard dog. He absolutely loved everyone and was well socialized. However, "Shadow is more unsure of strangers and will bark if he senses danger or any threats. My husbands two old friends came by for the first time and he had his hackles up and was giving them a deep warning bark and was very unsure of them for some time but once we reasured him, he was ok. Even on walks, I notice him get unsure if other ppl are around. So I do think that huskies can be good watch dogs if they have the right personality and are trained to be. What it really comes down to is their personality. Huskies are very emotional dogs and need a lot of attention really. I am not saying you have to constantly play with them, but they do need that constant bond and they do very well. As for cats... I brought Shadow in when he was a puppy and we already had a cat so he grew up with her... sadly she passed away due to cancer R I P... but we adopted an adorable kitten and now we may need to rehome her because Huskies prey drive is so strong that everything you teach them goes out the window! However, as long as you never leave them together unsupervised and spend a lot of time working with them, building that relationship slowwwwly and safely using the right techniques, you can safely allow them to be around eachother with supervision... but there are steps to follow of course and it is very time consuming. I will be trying these steps with Shadow and our kitten Mittens and if all goes well, we will keep the kitten, but if we feel that it isn't going as planned, then it will be in the best interest of the kitten to be rehomed so she can have a life of not being cooped up in a room half the day or worry about being killed. As for the shedding goes... it is the biggest downfall of owning a husky but everything else about them makes up for it in a huge way! When they shed their undercoats I just take him outside and brush him out until I get most or all of it and this only happens twice a year at the most... and as long as you give him a daily brush, it isn't much worse than other breeds. Because huskies are working dogs... sled dogs... they love to pull and walking them can be a challenge but if you ever watch The Dog Whisperer, you shouldn't have a problem teaching them that you are alpha and you are leading them instead of vice versa. I have actually gotten some great tips from watching that show and they really have helped me walk him instead of him walk me! :-)
Gina on January 29, 2013:
We have had 5 Siberian Huskies in the 24 yrs. we had been married. Two things I would like to add, 1- we lost our last two Huskies within 4 months of each other, one to bladder cancer and the other one to breast cancer. We did not get our female spayed until she was older and that was a mistake. By not getting her fixed sooner it increased her chances greatly of developing breast cancer, this I did not know until later in her life. After we lost our first Husky, I bought a female puppy and then four months later we lost our male, I then bought another female puppy. Many "people" who raised Huskies told me that two females do very well together, maybe some do, but mine were never as close as my male and female. I have one female who is very dominating. Our other female came from a very good home, she was a very sweet girl, at around 8 months old she started having seizures. At first they were not bad, as she became a little older they became so bad and a horrible thing to watch. Today we had to put our not yet 4 yr old Husky down because her seizures have become so bad and she was already on three different medications. My advice to anyone is to ask for references from people who have bought puppies from the breeder, more then likely Amesa's seizures were hereditary. When I contacted the breeder about Amesa's seizures she informed me that no one else had ever contacted her about a dog they adopted from her having seizures, might be true, but how I wished I would of checked with others who bought a dog from this breeder. It is a horrible thing to watch your family dog have grand mal seizures. I have spent thousands of dollars in the almost four yrs. that Amesa has had her seizures, many late night trips to the emergency vet, lots of med. We love our Siberians, I don't think I will ever get any other breed of dog, but next time (not for a long time, it is heartbreaking) I will try to get as much history on the Husky as I can.
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Steven on August 31, 2012:
I was recently considering getting and dog and am so attracted to the husky breed. I know great deal of time alone is not good for them, but would they do alright alone from about 8 am until noon, where someone could let him out at lunch, and then at 3 or 4 when the family gets home?
Mike541 on August 29, 2012:
I have a 1 1/2 yr husky and I agree that he's stubborn. But I've spent the time(a lot of time) to bond and trim with him and he's amazing. He is no guard dog but he listens so well and most the time better than other dogs. I never use a leash on him. If you put in the time with your husky it will be worth it. Make sure you show the husky that you're the pack leader.
Yuki on April 16, 2012:
I think its so nice of you to share your story and experience with us, I'm considering getting a husky but want to be fully prepared before hand. I'm a beginner so I've never owned a dog before but has always wanted a husky. I have been doing an incredible amount of research; reading a lot about the breed, how to potty train and leach train before hand so I can nip down on it strait away after getting it. I've read alot of information and comments on various sites so I have a pretty good idea about the Siberian Husky. They are definitely a handful but along with the difficulties comes a great companion. I can't wait to get my Siberian Husky and plan to get it from when it's still a smalll pup. I am also aware that at those stages, they can be a little more difficult than later stages but can't wait to start an interesting, hard but a lot of fun, well comitted journey with my dog :)
Lisa on April 13, 2012:
We have a 1 year old Husky and she's an amazing dog. She doesn't bark at anything except intruders (found out the hard way) and people who are smoking. She comes when she's called 95% of the time. If we're reprimanding her though she will look around, which makes it hard to stay mad because its so funny. We run with her off leash at our house and she's off her leash at small parks/playgrounds but if we're going to a large park we leash her because there are geese and so many people she wants to chase and play with.
Stacy on February 16, 2012:
It sounds like u need to train her.....i have a 5yr old husky that I starting training at a year in a half and he never runs away and comes when I call off leash everytime
Chris on February 10, 2012:
It's hard for me to read this and not say something. My Husky just turned 6yrs old this past December and because of "consistent" training he is the best pet ever. I can go jogging with him without a leash and he stays with me, he may start to run off but with a strong command he is right back on my side. My home has a wooded area and a farm behind my house and I let my husky run wild almost everyday on his own and he always comes back. Most of the time he just hangs out on the front porch watching the cars go by. What I've learned is that huskies are pack dogs and must have a family presence. Ever since I got Kaden as a puppy I've treated him as my child(within reason). If you get a husky and leave him outside all the time or locked up, don't expect him to respect you as an owner which is probably why most people have poor experiences with their husky. My point is if you plan to have a husky he should be a part of your family not just something you buy food for and take on an occasional walk. Treat him with respect and he will without question be your most loyal friend.
Heather on December 05, 2011:
Hi- I have a husky he is only 14 months, but he is amazing. He has been the smartest dog I have ever seen, any trick I would teach him he learned in 5 minutes. He is very protective over me, he doesn't like anyone near me that he isn't confortable with. He is also an escape artist! Can't keep him anywhere! He can open the doors in our house!! :) He is amazingly awesome with children. There is one thing that we can't seem to understand. He will only let female dogs eat from his bowl. He is very territorial. I guess he is the alpha male. But I will def be getting a girl soon!! :) They are very smart!! :)
kaylie on August 26, 2011:
I have had two husky's, one died last christmas, and she was probably the best dog anyone could ever ask for, she was very much a guard dog but only when other dogs came into the yard, she was a very good listener when she was on the leash, and me and my parents just adopted an 8 week old puppy cute as can be, her and her brother and sisters where left for death on the side of the highway, and a girl and her husband took all 7 of them in and cared and loved them for 6 weeks , they really are miracle puppies, she is very fast and hyper puppies with losts of energy she gets along with other dogs very well. I am so very happy that we got her shes an amazing puppy and cant wait to see her grow up and she will be seeing her brothers and sisters all the time , (:
Eternal Evolution from kentucky on July 09, 2011:
Great hub and those are definitely things prospective huskies owners should know. Those wanting a dog, especially, one of a particular breed needs to do some research before getting one. Lack of research leads many dog or many breeds to end up in shelters, changing homes over and over again, sometimes this can even cost a dog its life.
We have a 9 month old husky we got from a re-home when he was 6 months. We also have cats. Now Kuma my husky is fairly good with the cats but I NEVER fully trust him. He is not an off lead dog since my yard is not fenced so his is never nor will he ever be off lead around the cats.
Ryan Humphrey from Texas on April 18, 2011:
after writing my hub i found yours... good to see we're on the same page. :)
filmchick1987 on February 14, 2011:
Absolutely spot on depiction of a Husky! We have a Siberian Husky crossed with a Norwegian Elkhound. She is the SMARTEST little monkey in the world, but thankfully she gets on really well with my cats & isn't an escape artist. We are lucky in those respects :)
siberblogger on February 12, 2011:
I own three Siberian Huskies, I also volunteer for a local husky rescue and I can tell your article was spot on. Although a husky is most likely one of the most "human" like dogs you can find, with that comes the fact that they are very head strong and independent. I like to say that a husky is much like a toddler on steroids. Great work keep it up.
I also have a hub your readers might enjoy https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-train-a-husky-... as an added note the pretty little girl in the picture is our newest adoption.
Tim on February 06, 2011:
Me an my wife just got a husky mix jan 1. She is 13 weeks old now and I see the traits in her already. I am a little worried about the cats thing. We have two cats but introduced them right away. Hoping Sofie will look at the cats as part of her pack but only time will tell. We always crate sofie when we are not around and the cats are good at hiding if sofie get a little rough, She does want to play with them though. But I love huskies and I agree, research before getting one. I did and knew what I was getting into, but for some reason that really didn't prepare me 100% But so far she is wonderful.
stey_true from Maine on February 03, 2011:
I love your article. I think it is great that you got to adopt Meika and I hope she is now doing well in your home. My first Siberian Husky I got as a puppy and he grew up with cats. One day I let them both out at the same time and he got ahold of my cat ..only my Sibe came back inside. I never thought that it would happen because he had been around them his whole life. Now I have owned 4 Huskies and I will never own any small animals again. I know you can train a dog not to do something but it's there instinct and I don't want to risk it.
Miss Lil' Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on January 12, 2011:
I know quite a few dog breeds pretty well when it comes to the facts, but surprisingly the Siberian husky just isn't one of those dogs breeds that I know much about, so I definitely just learned a thing or two on this breed of dog.
By the way your dog Meika looks so beautiful, and her eyes are seriously just so stunning.
Zoey's Mom on December 15, 2010:
They are definitely smart enough to train, but I think the earlier you begin the training the better off you are. You really need to start training them when they are puppies if you are looking for a super obedient dog...that way they don't know any different. Your dog wants to make you happy. It is good to inform people. Sometimes people fall in love with the idea of a dog and think they are all the same, but a dog like a child required disapline and attention. If you can't put the time and effort in, than get a lap dog, cats, or goldfish...they require much less.
sdorrian (author) from Chicago on December 01, 2010:
dan- I am NOT saying don't get a Husky. I am saying that if you are considering getting a Husky, be prepared for the traits that I described. I absolutely disagree with you that any dog can be trained for anything. Specific breeds were bred for specific characteristics. A Husky would not be a good dog for duck hunting. Get a retriever for that.
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 20, 2010:
We have a Siberian mix we got from a rescue and has many traits you describe. Our previous dog was a Husky/shepherd mix which looked like a Husky but had the size of the German shepherd. I read somewhere that Siberian Huskies were bred for the independent quality. The reason being that if a sled driver did something stupid like want to cross a body of water that is not safe the dog would sense the danger and refuse to go,
huskyowner on August 11, 2010:
I have a 3yr old male husky and this is SPOT ON!! If you don't want these traits in a dog, do NOT get a husky. This is why so many end up in shelters - ppl who don't know what they are getting into. A Husky can also be very destructive if it is not getting enough attention or exercise - they are pack animals and do not do well alone for long periods of time. All that said, i wouldn't trade my husky for anything!
dan on April 24, 2010:
so what you are saying is that huskys are NOT a good dog own and dont get one i have always wonted a husky now you have fully put me off getting one i was going to use it for all sorts of things even duck shooting the way i think about it is that a dogwill do anythink for you as long as you train it rite
My Odyssey from Somerset, Kentucky on March 24, 2010:
What a wonderful Hub! Me and my Husband are planning on moving to a bigger home soon and we are wanting to purchase our first own family dog. The one dog who is just a part of the family. We have not picked the breed yet however Husky was on the list. I am glad I read this!
Solorio on March 19, 2010:
To the don't leave them off the leash in open space I agree 100% mine took off like a rocket (i wanted to teach him to fetch (lmao he is no lab)).... but i remembered something that I had read somewhere and called him, yelled easy by, stop, hoa (scootering calls i had thought him) he didn't stop he stopped looked at me, smiled and continued runnin, i turned the other way and ran as fast as i could, and he began to chase me instead.... i reversed the chase game... and it worked but i wouldn't suggest unlocking the leash in a park
shibashake on July 18, 2008:
Very nice list of all the Sibe traits. I have a tripod Sibe so the pull, pull, pull thingy gets to be a bit tricky with her. Other than that she is such a sweetheart. My other dog is a Shiba Inu. I think they are the EXTREME independent thinkers of dogdom. Words cannot really describe how stubborn and strong-willed the Shiba is.
sdorrian (author) from Chicago on February 27, 2008:
Thanks, Kim! I've never seen a Husky being used as a service dog. I just assumed they were too independent to do it. I'm excited to see that they can be service dogs. I'd love to get updates on how you and Keisha are doing. I also checked out your site. Keisha is beautiful - and so is Sophie!
Kim on February 27, 2008:
I am actually in the process of training Keisha, a siberian husky to become my new guide/service dog. My current guide dog, Sophie is a yellow lab and I am training Keisha to have her ready for when Sophie decides to retire. Keisha will be both my guide dog (I'm blind), and my service dog (I'm also a quadriplegic). I picked a siberian husky because they are "free thinkers" and they need to be able to decide when to do things when it is safe to do them (intelligent disobedience), otherwise your guide dog could walk you out into traffic because it just listened to your command without thinking about it first.
Kiz Robinson from New Orleans, Louisiana on February 25, 2008:
My sweet Sierra is the best thing that has ever walked into my house, after my fiancé of course!! She definitely doesn't do what she doesn't want to do, and unfortunately that includes the kennel!
I think your readers would like reading this one too:
Thanks for featuring my hubs!! Husky Owners of Hubpages unite! hehe
sdorrian (author) from Chicago on February 21, 2008:
I agree. Sometimes we can see Meika doing her own "cost-benefit analysis" in her head before decidong if she wants to do what we ask.
pgrundy on February 21, 2008:
Great hub. We have a Malamute, and I agree about the intelligence thing. Malamutes also don't do well in obedience training and have a reputation for being hard-headed, but I think it's just that they are very independent. They care what you want but sometimes what they want is more important, even if it invokes your wrath.
Adopting a Husky is always an exciting ordeal. Who wouldn’t be excited to get one of these bounding beasts of joy? If you’re at the point in your quest where you’ve resolved to deal with the excessive shedding, the freshly dug holes in the yard, and the howling, congratulations! Now on to the hard part, the adoption process.
One of the most nagging questions regarding Husky adoption, or pet adoption in general, is if you should get one as a pup or as an adult. Of course, both have their positives and negatives.
Getting a Pup
Getting a Siberian Husky pup means you get it fresh, with all the youthful vibrance that any puppy would carry, it would know no other master than yourself, you can train it to your ways and it will be forever synced with you and your mannerisms. This is all great, but of course the downsides would be having to potty train it, dealing with teething issues (your poor couch), and finding the right adoption center.
Regarding puppy adoption centers, not all are created equal and a certain level of scrutiny should be applied when choosing one. Some prospective buyers may rationalize that they’re only adopting the puppy from the center, that the quality of it is irrelevant, but the health conditions of the center might have a long term affect on the health of the puppy itself, so it’s not something that should be ignored.
Getting an Adult
Usually, there are only two places you can get an adult Siberian Husky. That would be either your local shelter or rescue center. The distinction between the two is that the shelter is usually run by the city or some form of local government, whereas the rescue is typically a non-profit 501c that survives on donations and selling off rescued dogs.
Adult Huskies are usually cheaper than the pups, they’re definitely more set in their ways, but that’s not to say they can’t adjust to you, you’ll still get the usual Husky problems, such as ‘fear of a torn couch’. I would also say they’re more grateful than the pups because they’re happy to not be in a shelter, but I can’t scientifically prove that. Something to consider though. If they’ve been through a shelter they’ve probably been neutered or spayed as well, so that’s something you won’t have to deal with.
The biggest downside of adopting an adult Husky is that you don’t know what their boundaries and experiences are, if for example you have another pet you have to be very watchful of them to see how they interact. After some training and some ‘getting-used-to-you’ time though, most issues are pretty surmountable and you’ll be enjoying your very own bouncing full-grown Siberian Husky.
So, Which Will it Be?
Most of the issues for either getting a pup or an adult are admittedly pretty temporary and can be overcome with enough love and persistence, just as with all dogs, not just Huskies. I’m personally a big fan of adopting from a shelter or rescue, mainly because the thought of euthanizing a perfectly good Siberian Husky is kind of heartbreaking.
Click here to check the map of Husky Rescue centers around the United States. If you know of a rescue center that isn’t on the map please contact me.
Siberian Huskies are one of those dog breeds that cause everyone around to pay attention. They have an alluring appeal with their beautiful blue eyes and wolf-like body profile. It is a canine that looks fierce when you first see them, but then their joyful personalities take over and you fall in love at first sight.
The Siberian Husky is also a dog that offers high energy levels and superior intelligence. It takes a special owner or family to adopt one of these canines. You will need to see if you can keep up with the physical and emotional needs of this breed before bringing one home because your experience and wisdom will be the difference in creating a successful experience.
Several challenges face owners with a Siberian Husky, which is why they often end up being abandoned, taken to shelters, or becoming a stray. By evaluating the pros and cons of this breed before adopting a puppy or bringing home a doggo from your local shelter, you’ll know if you are ready for this challenge.
1. The Siberian Husky is a good-natured breed.
A Siberian Husky is a dog that comes equipped with an agreeable temperament in most situations. This breed is very outgoing with its personality, and most individuals are extremely gentle and friendly. You can have this doggo around kids and other pets because everyone becomes part of their pack. This advantage is due to the high levels of intelligence that you’ll find in this breed.
Most Huskies are good-natured toward strangers, although they won’t always want to receive a pet from someone they don’t know. These dogs don’t possess the same territorial qualities as other breeds, so you won’t encounter the same levels of suspicious behavior when someone comes over for a visit.
2. Huskies are dogs that are dynamic and playful.
The Siberian Husky is a breed that loves to play. They are agile when compared to other dogs, and their stamina is well above average. You’ll discover that your new pup loves the Great Outdoors, so anything that involves hiking, camping, or swimming is going to be right up their alley. They can learn how to run alongside you if you prefer cycling too.
This breed was meant to pull sleighs, so the snow is when they put in their best work. The Siberian Husky loves to have a job because it creates a purpose for them to enjoy, so let them do chores each day. If you are an active person who loves to explore, then these doggos are perfect for your lifestyle.
3. Siberian Huskies love an independent, free-spirited life.
Some dogs prefer to be in your space all of the time. It feels like you’ve grown an appendage when you try to get some work done around the house. A Siberian Husky is not going to be this way. These dogs do just fine when finding work to do during the day. As long as they have the confidence in knowing that their pack is going to be by their side at all times, then you’re going to have a positive experience with them.
As the dog gets older, you’ll find that a Siberian Husky tends to become more dignified and reserved instead of playful. They tend to be friendly with everyone instead of being loyal to one person or a specific family member.
4. It is an economical breed to consider.
The Siberian Husky was originally bred to manage the harsh conditions of the north. That means they can manage on minimal food. It tends to be their preference to avoid overeating, even when the doggo finds himself in a comfortable position. Many dogs will pass up the occasional meal, especially if they haven’t had an opportunity to run and play during the day.
You’ll want to provide your Siberian Husky with a diet that’s rich in fat and protein to manage this eating approach. If you’re unfamiliar with these dogs, then it will help to consult with a breeder to know what foods will provide the most success.
5. Siberian Huskies are clean and odorless dogs.
Huskies have a preference to be clean each day. They’ll roll in the snow or seek out clean sources of water to give themselves baths if they feel like they’re too dirty. You won’t have the same odor issues with a dog in your home that you can get with other pups. Their approach to staying clean is so meticulous that many of them will like their coats like a cat to ensure that they aren’t overly dirty.
That means you may encounter some issues with hairballs that can be problematic in the gastrointestinal tract. If you have a Siberian Husky with a sensitive tummy, then be proactive about baths and grooming to prevent this issue.
6. This breed has a striking appeal for people.
The looks of a Siberian Husky cannot be ignored. You can spot this breed immediately because of their striking coat, attentive ears, and the tail that looks like a giant paintbrush. Their stance is quite wolf-like, so it appeals to the basic nature of our long-term partnership with dogs. Some Huskies even have bi-color or brown eyes instead of the glacial blue, which only adds to the charm. If you see one in a shelter, then they are going to stand out from the rest of the pack.
As long as you’re ready for the challenges that these dogs can bring into your life, then a Siberian Husky is a legitimate breed choice to consider.
1. Huskies are often way too smart for their own good.
The intelligence of a Siberian Husky is something that you can never underestimate. These dogs do not like living in any captive situations. That means if there is a place for them to escape in your home or yard, then they are going to find it. When one doesn’t exist, then this breed will create one for them to manage. They can squeeze through small holes, chew through their tie-out, and even learn how to open locked doors.
Think an electric fence will slow down a Siberian Husky? Think again. Their thick fur interferes with the shock it provides. Even when you use a collar-based system, the urge to explore with this breed outweighs whatever discomfort they experience from these training devices. You can never let your Husky be off of the leash because of this trait.
2. Some Huskies don’t play well with other pets.
If you get a Siberian Husky as a puppy, then the other pets in your home can become part of their pack. When you adopt one, then the predatory instincts of the animal tend to be stronger as an adult. You will find that the drive for prey doesn’t disappear when you raise these pups at home either. It is imperative that you always supervise this breed around other small animals in your home. That includes other small dogs, cats, and caged animals.
Some dogs might never go after another pet. It might be a daily occurrence for others. The intelligence levels of this breed mean that you can’t fully trust them at any time. You might be being set up for a future where the cat becomes dinner.
3. Siberian Huskies have high stamina levels that you must manage.
The Siberian Husky is a complete opposite of a couch potato dog. They are always moving, doing something, or plotting to take action in some way. The best thing you can do for this breed is to give them as much open space as possible. You’ll want to ensure that they get a fair amount of exercise every day to avoid unwanted behaviors as well.
Let your Siberian Husky have at least one daily walk, followed by supervised playtime in your yard. Socializing your pup is helpful, and most owners find that adding a second dog from this breed keeps everyone happy and entertained. There is one rule to always follow: a tired Husky is a good dog.
4. You can experience stubborn behaviors with Huskies.
The independent nature of the Siberian Husky mixes with their intelligence and stamina to create a lot of stubbornness. You must be willing to enforce constant rules and consistent guidance with this breed in your home. If you allow one exception, then your dog will exploit the loophole eternally.
It is not unusual for a Husky to give you a blank stare when you issue a command, even though you know that they know what to do. If you stick with positive reinforcement and dialing bonding, a training routine is possible.
5. Huskies have a robust pack drive to manage.
You are going to have a pack order in your home if you have a Siberian Husky. There’s no way to get around their drive to be in a family. They must have social time with you and preferably other dogs every time. Putting this breed in a kennel often creates physical symptoms like diarrhea, restlessness, and a lack of appetite. If no one is at home for a long time every day, then a different breed is a better choice for your lifestyle.
Even if you can let your Siberian Husky have the run of the house when you’re at work, their need for companionship creates emptiness if no one is home for 8+ hours every day.
6. You will need to manage the shedding issue with a Husky.
The Siberian Husky has a coat that sheds heavily every time the season changes. That means you’ll need to thoroughly comb it out twice per year to prevent a massive load of fur from wandering all over the house. It’s going to get on your furniture, clothing, and everything else. The best thing that you can do to manage this situation outside of a daily combing is to invest in a strong vacuum cleaner.
Their fur is so durable that some people spin it into a usable yarn called Siberwool.
7. Your dog is going to talk to you… a lot.
Some Huskies seem to pick up human language traits so that they can speak to you with their barking, howling, and other sounds. Other individuals seem to like making noise because they have the capability. If you have a bored doggo at home, then your pup will speak its mind until you listen. That can mean hours of endless noise that your neighbors might not like. It can be fun to engage with their vocalizations, but it gets old when your Husky wants some attention at 3 AM every night.
8. Prepare for digging behaviors from your Husky.
If you have a Husky and a backyard, then be prepared to have holes dug in the lawn. There isn’t much you can do to stop this behavior because it goes back to their predatory instinct. They’re used to digging in the snow to find something to eat, so they’ll put holes in your yard to replicate that behavior. No amount of scolding is going to fix the issue, so you’d better find a place of compromise that you can manage.
9. Siberian Huskies do not make great guard dogs.
A Siberian Husky might look like an intimidating dog, but that’s about the extent of their ability to guard your property. If a bad guy tries to break into your home, they’ll be greeted by a friendly smile and a wagging tail. The look and size can discourage some people, but anyone familiar with the breed is going to know that they aren’t going to be stopped. You might get some barking or howling, but that is more because the dog wants to play than stop someone from coming through the front door.
It can be an overwhelming experience to have a Siberian Husky as part of the family. Many people also find it to be a rewarding way to embrace an active lifestyle. When you bring this doggo home, then you are going to have a friend for life. There isn’t a more loyal companion.
That means it is up to you to provide exercise and entertainment for your Husky. A bored dog is one that can become destructive. Having lots of toys, time outside, and a long walk every day is an excellent recipe for success.
When you evaluate the pros and cons of owning a Siberian Husky, it is helpful to think of them as a born convict. They like to destroy stuff and escape. Give them the proper stimulation, and you’ll have a successful experience.
Although it may get frustrating if your applications constantly get no matches returned, your time and patience will be rewarded when you finally find the right Husky for you.
If you haven’t found the Husky for you yet, that just means you haven’t found the right place to look. Here are a few more places you can adopt a Husky from:
Adopting a Siberian Husky is a major commitment. If you’re not willing to be consistent with the way you care for them, then it’s best you find a lower maintenance breed such as Dachshund. Sure, in terms of grooming they’re alright. But how about the energy levels and amount of exercise they need? Siberian Huskies aren’t for the weak. They’re loving but powerful breeds that will challenge you any chance that they get. But once they form a bond with you, they will be your forever best friend.
Size — A full grown male Husky is 21-24 inches tall and 45 – 60 lbs. A full grown female Husky is slightly smaller, 20 – 22 inches tall and weighs between 35 – 50 lbs.
Breed Characteristics — Huskies are a working breed that are agile and light on their feet. Their thick, water resistant fur makes them great for the outdoors but unsuitable for hot climates. However, it is not recommended that you shave their fur off if you happen to live in a tropical area. Keep them inside with the air conditioner on instead. Huskies are nomadic they can quickly adapt to new environments. They have an innate curiosity that can only be satisfied by their wandering tendencies. These tendencies make it extremely necessary to keep your husky on a leash. Huskies aren't scared of cars, and they don't have much of a homing instinct, leading to them either running away, getting lost or injured.
Temperament — Siberian Huskies are free-spirited and typically good with people. They are playful, athletic, and can take a little rough housing. Siberian Huskies are friendly and affectionate, making them the perfect companion for people of all ages.
Life span — Huskies can live anywhere between 12-15 years depending on how well you can take care of them. But studies have shown that if you spay your female Husky, it could help them live longer. So, get your pups fixed folks!
All dogs are cuddly but it’s a little more evident with Siberian Huskies. They are especially affectionate with family members, a.k.a. to them, their pack. Huskies thrive in a touchy environment because they like being the center of attention. An ideal day for a Husky would be having their owners feign over their every need for belly rubs and pats on the head. If you’re considering buying a husky, make sure that you have the luxury of time. They need plenty of human contact and interaction to stay healthy. Working a nine-to-five job doesn’t bode well with a husky but having another dog may help ease their boredom.
You need to show your Husky who’s boss from a young age. Assert authority over them without being too aggressive. Huskies are stubborn dogs. They will do what they want to do when they want to do it. They’re not very eager to please, in fact, they give their owners attitude when told off. It is not uncommon for Huskies to challenge their position in the pack. Rebellion could come in the form of disobeying commands or deliberately breaking house rules that they’re accustomed to. Don’t give in to your dog’s bad behavior as you may have to deal with bigger problems in the future if you do.
It’s easy for Siberian Huskies to get along with other dogs. They will, however, assert their dominance and show the other dogs they’re the leader of the pack. But you need to watch out for your smaller pets because a Husky’s predatory instincts might kick in. Birds, rabbits, hamsters, and even fish in tanks could potentially end up in your Husky’s mouth. Don’t leave the little ones unattended and if possible, separate them while you’re away.
Siberian huskies are built to be resilient, and they can withstand temperatures as low as -60 degrees F (-51 degrees C). Working sled dogs often live outdoors in barns or insulated dog houses. Huskies are supremely adapted for the cold. For a start, there's their fur. It has a very soft, dense under layer which helps to insulate them (keep them warm), and then a coarse upper/overlayer (often called the guard hairs) which provide a second layer of insulation and partial waterproofing.
No, not a personal bubble (because they don’t have one). They need lots of physical space to run. Huskies have sudden bursts of energy that come out of nowhere and they can easily become hyperactive and start running around your house. There’s nothing wrong with not having a yard but putting a Husky in a studio apartment isn’t the best idea either. Families with large houses and sprawling yards are the perfect people to adopt Huskies! Combine the land area and tireless children, your Husky will feel at home in no time.
Huskies have high endurance. They are energetic, resilient dogs that can run shockingly long distances with the right training. In fact, sled dogs can run up to 125 miles a day! That’s right, 125 whopping miles. While it may be unrealistic for you to run this distance with your husky, you will need to learn to love running. Ten miles isn’t much, in fact, it’s good for you! Both you and your Husky can greatly benefit from a good run. Now you have no excuse to put off exercising because your dog needs it too. And who can say no to an adorable Siberian Husky? Definitely not you.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, Siberian Huskies are working dogs that can run a great distance. They’re strong enough to pull a sled across the Arctic to get food and other supplies from one town to another. Think Balto. If you haven’t watched that movie then you really should. That being said, they’re pretty strong and can easily drag you along when you’re holding their leashes. From a young age, teach your Huskies walking manners because you’re a person, not a sled. Besides, training a Husky is fairly easy as long as you’re willing to put the work into it.
Contrary to popular belief, Huskies don’t bark much. They’re actually pretty quiet when left alone. But they do like to yell. We’ve seen way too many videos on Facebook and YouTube of Huskies having full blown conversations with their owners, some of them even answer back. And no, that’s not just a thing that happens on the internet. Huskies do in fact yell! According to dogbreedlist.com, “Huskies are called a “talkative” breed because of their wide range of vocalization. Huskies are very good at imitating human sounds. They can make their vocalization sound like words. They are more than willing to talk a lot and they seem to enjoy it when humans join in.”
Truth is, Huskies don’t need much to get by. As long as you’re giving them the right food, they can live off not eating much. Back in the old days, it was hard to carry around a food supply for a pack of Huskies pulling the sled. So the sled leader made up for the lack of volume with protein-rich, high-fat, raw meat. This was enough to fuel their energy to get them through the long winter travels. It seems that their modern counter parts have developed the same sort of “refined palate.”
You’d think that their long, bushy coats made Huskies high maintenance, but they’re really not! Unlike other dogs with long hair, their fur rarely ever gets matted. Probably because it sticks out in different directions. The only thing you have to worry about is shedding. Huskies shed A LOT. You can make another Husky out of the fur you collect after brushing them. Before they start their day, take a fine pet brush and get rid of any excess shading to make sure they don’t leave fur all over the house. Oh, and try not to wear black if you’re going somewhere important. People will know that you own a Husky if you do.
Sorry to burst your bubble but according to pets.thenest.com, “Although wolf-like in appearance, huskies are no more closely related to wolves than poodles and bulldogs are. While they're all dogs, some huskies may be crossed with wolves, producing a wolf hybrid. That's an entirely different animal from a purebred Siberian husky or its cousin, the Alaskan Malamute.” Your Husky may look more wolf like that your Chihuahua, but in truth they share the same amount of wolf DNA.
All dogs are created equal, but there’s just something about Huskies that make them one-of-a-kind. They’re goofy, they love to play, and their rigid expression are in no way a match for their quirky personalities. Huskies provide plenty of comic relief to stressful situations and they’re always down to party! Sharing your life with a husky means a lot of fun and plenty of commitment, but it’s all worth it in the end.
Huskies aren’t an acquired taste, you are. And all your other pets. It takes a while for Huskies to learn to trust their surroundings. In comes from their predatory nature. But once they learn that you’re not a threat, they will stick to you with blind loyalty. Don’t feel bad about your Husky not warming up to you right away, it’s normal. They’re like that with everybody. While they are sweet with all people, they won’t exactly be exposing their bellies on the first day. Give them time, they like doing things at their own pace.
Some people like a clean slate for the beginning of the new year and other want a new dog! Are you considering adopting a Husky? Don’t let these things discourage you, they’re all good traits! If you’re up for the challenge then by all means go for it!
Siberian huskies are beautiful dogs. With their captivating brown and blue eyes, fluffy fur and wolf-like appearance, it’s hard not to fall in love with these mammals. If you are thinking of adopting a Siberian husky as a pet, know that they need a bit more attention compared to other breeds of dogs. Before getting one, make sure you have thought of these important matters to ensure you are worthy to become a parent of these beautiful creatures.
1. They need a lot of exercise
Siberian huskies are naturally active. They have a ton of energy, so they need everyday exercise to discharge them, which make them great workout buddies. If you do not have enough yard space to let your pup run and play, go jogging or walking with him every morning.
2. They need cool environment
Siberian huskies can cope effortlessly in cool climate, but can be uncomfortable or even get ill in the heat. With Singapore’s climate, you will likely need to have a fully air-conditioned home to keep your husky comfortable at all times. Take them on a walk early in the morning or late in the afternoon, so they won’t get bushed under the heat of the sun.
3. They shed a lot
Due to their thick fur, huskies tend to shed a lot, especially when they are in warm environment. Twice every year, they spend more than a week shedding heavily. Plan on vacuuming the house more often, brushing your dog’s fur at least twice a day and be ready to share your home with fur everywhere.
4. They need someone to lead them
Siberian huskies have that natural instinct to follow a leader. And you need to be that leader, or else your dog will take the call. Training classes will help you establish that hierarchy between you and your dog. If you cannot provide clarity and consistency on your leadership, then a husky may not be the right dog to have.
5. They need more attention
Huskies are friendly, smart and playful doge, but they easily get bored. If you are often out of the house eight hours a day, perhaps another breed will suit the kind of lifestyle you have. Know that Siberian huskies are hyper and can become destructive when they do not get much activity. They also tend to howl very loudly when they are ignored. Because they make so much noise and have the tendency to rip off everything in your house, they are not meant to be always left alone in the house.
Now that you know the important points about Siberian huskies, be ready to enjoy a wonderful companion with these animals. These dogs are fun, loyal, playful and exasperating all at the same time.