If you are a dog lover as I am, you may have a specific breed in mind. Ever since I was a young child, I fell madly in love with huskies from the very first time I saw a picture of one. They, to me, are the most beautiful of all the dog breeds. Okay, I know there are millions out there will disagree, but for those who do agree, I suggest you do some real research before you decide to purchase one for a pet, especially if you have never owned a husky before.
Huskies live in a different universe than the rest of the dog breeds out there. They are very focused and extremely determined. They are considered a working breed because of their high endurance and energy. If you are not an outdoor person, you might consider another type of dog to own.
I have bred AKC Siberian huskies for over 20 years. I no longer show my dogs; I found that to be very expensive and time consuming. I just want a good pet that I can love and will love me. So what is it about owning huskies (that come with a warning) that is so challenging? Well, if you want one of those dogs that can run free in the back yard and come as soon as you call, forget about huskies. They have very strong, independent minds. Most dogs hover on every word of their owner, huskies hover over the open road. These dogs love to run and 10 miles is just a warm up. They are energy-packed canines. If you do not allow these dogs to get the exercise they need daily, you may find some reconstruction going in and around the house that you did not expect.
Here as some or the pros and cons of owning a husky:
-Loyal and loving, (on their terms).
-Soft fur with a thick undercoat
-No shedding, except the yearly molt.
-No strong dog smell, even after rolling in the dirt.
-Fun loving and adventurous.
-Do not eat very much in relation to their energy level.
-Great for letting us know someone is coming to the door. They bounce around happy to have the new attention.
-Need bathing only once a year after molting.
-Do not bark when outside.
-Extremely intelligent and train quick when a pup.
-Totally deaf until the refrigerator doors opens.
-Runners-can go for miles on a tank full.
-Only come when bribed.
-Great diggers. Would be a great aid in putting in fence poles, if they only dig where you want them to.
-Extreme concentration on anything that moves-except you.
-Chase any thing that moves-except you.
-Love to serenade in groups howls.
-The yearly molt consists of reams of fur flying around for weeks.
-Totally forget all training after 7 months.
The secret of owning a husky is making your home a place where a husky will want to be. If given the energy release, affection and attention they need, they are the best pet anyone can want.
So if you love challenges, are adventurous, and love the outdoors, these dogs are for you. If not, back to research!