So... you think you want a Siberian Husky?
My Siberian Huskies
Then, you've heard how wonderful they are. I'm here to tell you that they have their shortcomings, and are not the best pet for everyone they appeal to. Siberians are a pack animal and need the company of other dogs or people at all times. If you work all day (and who doesn't) or can only have one dog . . . do not buy a Siberian.
Siberians are capable of strong affection for a family, they are also very friendly with strangers. So, if you want a one-man dog . . . do not buy a Siberian.
The Siberian Husky does not a watch dogmake although people not acquainted with his true nature may be frightened by his wolf like appearance. If you want a dog that has guard-dog instincts . . . do not buy a Siberian.
More than once a year Siberians will shed their coats. If you are content with fur all over the house and in the air you breathe, then fine. On the other hand, if you value neatness always .. . . do not buy a Siberian.
Of all the Siberians' shortcomings, the most hazardous to the pet owner is their tremendous obsession to RUN. That first run the puppy makes across the road could be the last run he makes, anywhere. For his own protection a Siberian Husky should be kept under control at all times, on a leash or in a confined area. If you are someone who thinks it is cruel to put a dog in a kennel, or confine him in his own backyard . . . do not buy a Siberian.
I believe that any dog will be better off in a proper kennel than galabanting over the countryside. Agreed a kennel dog could be missing a lot in life: the chance to be run over by a car; the thrill of getting dirty, covered with burrs, and infested with worms; the chance of other dogs attacking him; the joy of illness from eating garbage contaminated with bacteria; the pleasure of torment by nasty kids; the thrill of being game for a farmer in his farmyard; and in the end the comfort of never realizing where he belongs or how he should behave. I don't want to see any Siberian become a TRAMP.
If you read this far, honestly feel that you understand all counts, and still want to own a Siberian, then I take certain pleasure in welcoming you in knowing that we own the most beautiful, the smartest, the most nearly ideal dog in the world . . . the SIBERIAN HUSKY!
Not the breed for you?
- Dog Breed Questionnaire : Dog Breed Selector : Animal Planet
Animal Planet's dog breed questionnaire will help you find the right adoptable dog breed for you! Visit Animal Planet's dog breed selector to learn more!
Groomed to the Max!
A highly recommended website.
- Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.
Frankly just about everything you should know about the breed standard, origin and history, breeding, etc. can be found on this website so if you are seriously interested in a Siberian Husky I'd recommend you read all that is found SHCA's site.
One of the most rewarding activities you can do with your Siberian is called Skijoring - you don't need a whole team of sled dogs for this, one will do!
Of course if you get bit by the skijoring bug the next step is ...
As you can see Siberian Huskies, not to be confused with Alaskan husky (which is a slang term given to any Siberian mixed breed used for sledding, not a specific breed of dog) just love to run, were bred to run, and if they get loose, especially if more than one, you'll be lucky if you don't find them miles away from home. They do not find their way back and a pair will compete with each other running farther and farther into oblivion!!
Speaking of Alaskan huskies, there is a breed started from Alaskan huskies known as Alaskan Klee Kais! Yes this is an actual breed developed by breeding Siberian Huskies to small breed dogs to create a type of miniature husky. Although these dogs can have traits that go along with miniature breeds (like incessant barking) if you like the look of a husky without the size this may be the breed for you! "Klee Kai" was taken from Alaskan Athabaskan and means "small dog" and was created to have an apartment size dog with appearance reflecting it's northern lineage.
Most Siberian Huskies do not bark at everything like German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers and other breeds. Of course the exception is when a pack of sled dogsare hooked up and ready to run but held back - that can be a pretty noisy bunch, but as pets they like to observe and watch and wait. After all they weren't bred to be watch dogs. They prefer to "talk", sometimes howl, whine or whimper ... but whatever they do it is always more interesting than the non stop barking of some other breeds! Just watch this video and you'll see what I mean....
---- I also like this video from ---- http://www.rochesternydogs.com/
I hope you noticed Mishka didn't seem enamored with the guy's request and refused to speak until the woman's voice chimed in. You could even see in her facial expression it looked like she wanted to say "leave me alone" to the guy and she even yawned like he was boring her - She definitely responds to the woman, and that is typical of how these dogs are - they are very intelligent but have short attention spans and often have a mind of their own when it comes to performing....a dog trainer told me she tried to train her friend's young Husky for her to show and although the dog was shown everything it needed to know it would not perform for her and it seemed she just couldn't be trained...they gave up. A year later the friend brought the dog back and to both their surprise it performed everything it was taught without flaw - I guess the dog was just bored to death in the beginning but it is evident that it was learning all the time.
For those of you near Toronto, Canada whose Husky won't heel off leash!
This dog in the video on the right would run away for hours at a time as soon as she got off leash and it was near impossible to get her back. She would pull on leash as if she was pulling a sled in a championship race. After only two sessions this professional dog trainer, TOM of The K9 Dojo Inc. in Richmond Hill, Ontario (near Toronto) was able to get her to walk off leash.
To summarize: Just a couple brief videos on the E-How links below.
Are Pure Breeds or Mutts the best choice for a pet?
Genetically working breeds are the best of the pure breeds
Dog breeds are not totally free of inherited genetic defects, but the Siberian Husky has had more good fortune than most. Siberian Huskies are generally healthy and of good temperament and there has not been a lot of genetic issues. However, in the interest of fairness to mutts, the video to the right points out some facts about purebred dogs vrs. mutts as pets.
---- And when I say Huskies love to dig, this is no exaggeration ----
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