June 15, 2013
Husky dogs are a beautiful breed and many people are tempted to buy them because they look so striking. They bear a closer resemblance to their wolfish ancestors than any other breed and they are sure to attract curious and admiring attention from passers-by when taken for a walk.
They also make very good pets: affectionate and loving and very patient around children. They will get along with pretty much anyone, human or other dogs, and this can sometimes make owners feel as though their dog does not have a special relationship with them.
But this is a breed of dog that requires considerable time and energy from their owners. They are not easy to train and are notoriously quick to run away whenever something catches their attention that is more interesting than the sight of their own garden.
Siberian husky dogs are not content to sit at home all day and need a lot of exercise. They also need plenty of space to run around, so if you lack a large garden then you need to make sure that you can take your husky to a wide open space for exercise at least twice a day. If not, you are likely to find parts of your house in pieces when you return home. If you do have a large garden, it needs to be enclosed like a prison yard or your husky will make a run for it the first chance it gets. It can jump high fences and easily dig beneath them, so either supervise your dog in the garden and play with it, or take it for more structured exercise.
Husky dogs are often found lost or even injured or killed on the roads after running after something interesting and then not being able to find their way home. Even when taking them for their exercise at your local park, fields or woods you need to keep it on a lead to prevent it running away. If sufficiently fascinated by something (like a squirrel, say, or a passing car) it will probably not return when called.
If you already have a dog or dogs in your home, a husky would settle in very well because it is a pack dog, bred to work as a team with other dogs.
They are also large dogs and their coats need careful grooming. If you don’t have the time or the energy to care for a big dog with boundless energy and a thick coat then the husky is not the right breed for you.
If this article sounds as if it is trying to discourage you from getting a husky then perhaps it is – but only because so many huskies end up in the care of animal charities such as the RSPCA after being found lost or injured. Many others are taken by their owners to shelters to be rehomed after their owners discover that they cannot cope with caring for these energetic, Houdini-like dogs. It is very important for anyone thinking of getting a husky that they understand the pros and the cons of caring for a dog of this breed.
If you are prepared to learn how to properly care for a husky or are an experienced dog owner with the patience and skills required to train, socialise, exercise and otherwise care for a husky then please consider adopting one rather than buying from a breeder. There are more huskies in shelters than there are people willing and able to care for them. Breeding huskies to keep up with demand only increases the number of these dogs in the market for finding homes.