What You Need to Know Before you Buy a Siberian Husky
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Before you decide to buy that cute Siberian Husky
- Pack Animal
- Escape Artists
- Great with children
- Regular Grooming Needed
- 6+ foot fencing
- On the lead at all times
- High prey drive
- Don’t like being bored
Huskies are very trainable, but it’s tricky to get them to obey commands every time. They tend to weigh up the benefits before doing things. Is there a treat that I can see? Will I get cuddles? Am I being shouted at? Did I get a treat last time? Will this be more fun than my current activity?
Huskies are pack animals, so require a rigid hierarchy in the family (be it humans or other dogs). They will also challenge that hierarchy if they see any opportunity. As the Alpha, you will need to learn how to deal with this.
Huskies like to figure out escape routes and test them. If you leave a kitchen window open, they will be at a BBQ miles away with their “new family” before you notice. They will often enter a new area and immediately check out all the edges before they are happy.
Great with Children:
Huskies are normally great with children so are good family dogs. They are also good with anyone, so they make rubbish guard dogs, making friends with intruders or just ignoring them completely. They are often very playful, so must be trained to know what sort of play is suitable for children, but when calm a normal husky will put up with an enormous amount of stroking and cuddling from children.
Husky fur allows them to cope with a wide range of temperatures. The longer fur helps keep them cool and the combination of longer fur and base coat keeps them warm. They shed fur a fair bit all year around, but at certain times of
As a puppy, a Husky will trot around next to you quite obediently and may not even try and run away from your garden. This doesn’t last long though and you’ll need
On the lead:
SHWA adoption contracts state that you agree they will be kept on the lead at all times in public. If you don’t want to agree to this, don’t adopt a Husky.
High Prey Drive:
Many Huskies are hunters and love nothing more than stalking, pouncing and chasing.
Huskies don’t like being bored:
If they get attention when they ask for it, they are happy. If you ignore them when attention seeking, you may find they seek other ways of amusing themselves. Eating shoes. Eating walls, Eating fences. Eating your computer cables. They will do things you don’t like, much like any other dog. They will quite happily settle into a
Why are Huskies like this?
If you want to know why Huskies have been bred to be like this, then read on. Otherwise, if you think you could be a good match for Husky, contact us via the link in the menu.
The Siberian Husky is the smallest and fastest of the Arctic sled dog breeds. Siberians are, in part,
The very first Siberians arrived in the UK in the 1940’s, but it was not until the 1960’s that more dogs were imported and their establishment as a breed here in the UK was assured. Other sled dogs which can be seen in the UK today include Samoyeds, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Greenland Dogs and Alaskan Malamutes. There are also a few Alaskan Huskies, but these are not purebred dogs, they are hybrids raised specifically for racing.
Siberian Huskies, to those who love the breed, are the most wonderful dogs in the world! They are not a dog for
Husky puppies may fool you into thinking they are extremely obedient and can safely go off lead. Don’t believe it for a moment! Once they reach their “teenage” stage obedience will become optional and the legendary selective deafness of the husky will come into play. Too many
They are fierce and effective natural predators. During the summer, the Chukchi would let them loose to hunt for themselves and they have lost neither the instinct nor the ability. Life with cats and other small animals can sometimes be “interesting.” Many Siberians come into rescue because they have killed cats or sheep but they were, literally, only doing what comes naturally. Siberians are amazingly intelligent and can do anything a border collie can do (only better) – the difference is, a husky will perform a ‘trick’ once or twice and lose interest – a collie will carry on repeating it just to please its human! On the positive side, Siberians are the most wonderfully affectionate and loving dogs you could ever hope to meet. Unconditional love is what they do best. Whether you are in a good mood, a bad mood, angry, depressed, ill or well, your husky will still love you and show it actively.
Although they are working dogs and really love to work, they are just as happy to be walked regularly and live life as a couch potato. We often say that they have only two speeds – full speed and asleep! You will be amazed at how much exercise a husky can take without tiring, and how much sleep a husky is capable of!
Siberian Huskies are probably the world’s worst guard dogs. They love everyone (including burglars) and will sell their soul for a cuddle or a tasty treat. Their striking looks are sometimes their downfall as people are occasionally tempted to acquire a Husky without “doing their homework” on the breed. Then, later, when the puppy eats the sofa or destroys the garden, it is shunted off into rescue. If you are tempted by a Husky, take some time to talk to other Husky owners before you take the big step into ownership. Huskies usually live to 15 at least. Are you willing to make a similar commitment to having a child??? If you decide a Siberian Husky is