First, ask yourself, why do you want a Husky?
Does this sound like you?
I want a Husky because of a few of movies I saw with them in it?
I want a Husky because they are beautiful?
I want a Husky because they are loyal?
I want a Husky because my friend has one?
If it does, then it sounds as if you need to do MUCH more homework on the breed.
They are NOT "starter" dogs by any stretch of the imagination.
They REQUIRE a very experienced owner!
Huskies are a special breed that most definitely is not for everyone.
Yes, they are beautiful.
Everybody loves them until they get one and find out how much work they really are.
Good points vs. Bad points:
1. They love all people of all ages.
2. They love company.
3. They are extremely intelligent.
4. They are easygoing and forgiving.
5. They are clean with little or no “doggy” smell. Some people who are allergic to other breeds can live with Huskies.
6. They are generally quiet. They rarely bark except when playing, but will “talk”
or howl like their wolf ancestors for no reason.
7. They don’t require a lot of food (they get good fuel mileage).
8. They are honest. Their body language and voice can be taken at face value
9. They are not (most times) fussy eaters and will eat pretty much anything that doesn’t eat them first. But they do require a proper diet.
10. They usually get along with other well-adjusted canines but they will take up a challenge if offered.
Just SOME of the bad points:
1. They love people…. Any people. This can be seen as a lack of loyalty.
2. I do not believe that there is a type of dog that could be friendlier than a Husky. A Husky may alert you by his actions (running to a door or window etc.) but he is not a watchdog by any stretch if the imagination. On the contrary, he will invite the bad guy in and show him where the good stuff is. And then help carry it out! It's in the breeding and its highly doubtful that you can train them otherwise. It's possible that they may (or may not) defend you against an attacker, but, it will most likely be an animal attacker. He very well may be a deterrent to someone looking to do bad stuff .... i.e. a “hungry wolf looking” dog looking back at them through the window.
3. They have a STRONG desire to run. This was bred into them over many hundreds of generations. It cannot be trained out of them in a few months (or years) of obedience classes. They MUST be kept in a secure area, and must ONLY be taken out in open areas on a leash. They are escape artists like a hairy Houdini. They have been known to jump or climb over 6 foot fences. And, If they can’t go over it they will go under it.
4. They are extremely intelligent and mischievous. You have to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. Don’t laugh. It’s true; they are smarter than most people.
5. They are too independent and strong willed to make it through obedience training. They will know and understand the command but if they don’t see the point in carrying it out, they won’t.
6. They are very keen and efficient hunter/killers and have a VERY high prey drive.
7. They must be kept occupied. A BORED HUSKY IS A DESTRUCTIVE HUSKY!
8. They DO NOT do well living in apartments. They NEED a large, securely fenced in yard where they can ‘burn off some steam’ on a daily basis...one or two walks a day just isn't enough!
9. They shed. A LOT! Year Round. Then twice a year or more they will “blow” their coats. This takes shedding to a whole new level.
10. They dig …. A LOT! You could rent your yard to NASA to train astronauts on.
11. They play ROUGH! Very rough, and they sometimes can draw blood. But it is still play.
12. They need company, either human or canine and will be miserable without it.
Though they can survive outdoors they REALLY need to be inside with their “pack”……. YOU!
13. They can live 12 to 14 years, maybe longer. This is not a bad thing. But can YOU live with a 2 year old that long? That’s what it’s like with a Husky in your life.
Again DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Know what you are getting yourself into.
STOP - think long and hard! NO dog stays a sweet little puppy for long!
If you can't handle the challenge, unfortunately it will be the Husky that pays the price.