Welcome to All About Huskies!
Before we get started, some top tips for new Husky owners:
- Huskies need tough toys. Try a Kong or a Nylabone, or a rope toy for puppies who are cutting their teeth
- Huskies have sensitive tummies, and might need grain-free dog food and grain-free dog treats
- If your husky has a skin problem, it might well be Zinc Responsive Dermatitis. Make sure your vet is aware that this is common in huskies
- Huskies can be destructive, so invest in a dog crate to keep your house and your husky safe
- Huskies will chew up regular dog beds. Try Vetbed instead
- Bicycle attachments and running leashes are great for exercising your husky
Is a Husky the right Dog for You?
Huskies and Sled Dogs can be more challenging to own that other breeds.
The main issues people tend to have with Huskies are:
- Huskies are very unreliable off leash, and cannot be allowed to run free in open spaces.
- Huskies have a high prey drive and like to eat small animals (including cats and other pets) if given the chance.
- Huskies do not like being left alone, particularly as puppies, and need company most of the day.
- Huskies are skilled escape artists. They need a secure garden with a fence AT LEAST 6 feet high (our fence is 8 feet).
- Huskies will DIG in your garden, and will probably dig their way out of it if you don't take steps to prevent this.
You must sink your fence a couple of feet down or lay slabs around the edge.
- Huskies can be very destructive, particularly if left alone, and will eat your shoes/kids toys/furniture/walls of your house if not sufficiently entertained.
- Huskies instinctively pull on the leash when out and about.
Training them to walk to heal is possible, but it takes A LOT OF TIME AND PATIENCE.
Even when well-trained, Huskies and other breeds of Sled Dog will pull when they see a small furry animal or something else of interest up ahead.
- Huskies shed LOTS of hair. They 'blow' their undercoats once or twice a year when you will find great clumps of fluff around the house. They also shed lightly for the rest of the year.
Many of these traits are present due to the fact that Huskies were bred as WORKING SLED DOGS.
They were selectively bred over many generations to RUN many miles a day PULLING sleds.
Huskies were bred to THINK FAST to keep their owners safe on the trail, To SECOND GUESS and IGNORE their owner's commands (for instance, if they were told to 'go on' when they knew the ice was too thin or there was other unseen danger).
Huskies lived in harsh areas of the Arctic, where food was scarce, and at times would have been left to CATCH THEIR OWN PREY.
All of these traits are still present in the Siberian Husky and other Sled Dogs.
If we want to keep them as pets, we have to accept that along with their stunning appearance and gentle nature come all the inherent traits
of the Sled Dog.
Are You the right Owner for a Husky?
In our experience, there are two main types of Husky owners;
- Those that accept the 'Sled Dog' in their Husky and find ways to turn these 'difficult' aspects of the breed into positive points.
- Those who don't accept it, and spend most of their time in ongoing battles with their Huskies, trying to turn them into 'other dogs'
These second type of Husky owner will always find life with these dogs challenging, frustrating and hard work!
We don't mean to be harsh when we say this - just realistic.
If you are willing to accept these traits in a dog, and:
- Have a sense of humor
- Aren't too house-proud
- Don't mind fluff in your coffee (and all over your clothes/house/car...everything!)
- Don't mind holes in your garden
- Accept that you won't be able to let your Husky off-leash.
- Don't have cats/rabbits etc (or if you do, can ensure that they will be kept separate).
- Work from home, or can provide company for you Husky for the majority of the day.
- Have a love for high energy, goofball dogs that will always keep you on your toes...
...Then maybe you ARE the type of person who would be able to live a happy life with a Husky!
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