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The Limits To Siberian Husky Obedience

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Siberian Huskies are valued for many excellent temperament and physical characteristics; among those are intelligence, endurance, strength, friendliness, speed, and agility. What is not among those characteristics is extreme loyalty, and hence, Siberian Huskies are known to have limits to their obedience.

In fact, Siberian Huskies are not classified as "obedient" by dog standards at all. Siberian Huskies do excel at feats of athleticism and agility, but would only be expected to do so under controlled conditions. Only the most skilled obedience trainers have a prayer of succeeding at making a Siberian Husky obedient, and even for them the success is often tenuous at best. The average owner is simply not up to the task of fully mastering the Siberian Husky.

None of this is to say that the limits to Siberian Husky obedience are necessarily bad; in fact, there is perfect logic to the limited nature of Siberian Husky intelligence.

  • Siberian huskies were bred over many generations to be team players; while this means they are happy to participate and serve, it also means they are very social animals that are ready to serve the needs of anyone-man or beast. It also means they thrive on companionship, especially dog companionship, and are not strictly dependent on humans for love or affection.

  • Siberian huskies are valued for their intuition, and hence, the trait was proliferated through breeding. The result is a hard-working, intelligent dog that does not need to be told what to do; it is often said that Siberian Huskies know what you need of them before you as "master" have a chance to tell them.

  • Siberian Huskies were born and bred to run-under harness; an unharnessed Siberian Husky cannot resist this urge. In fact, he needs to run to maintain health and agility. This means that Siberian huskies will go anywhere with you on a leash, and anywhere without you off a leash. And they will continue to go regardless of how long or loud you call them.


  • Siberian huskies are well-behaved dogs when appropriately controlled, but they are also easily bored. These dogs have to have an outlet for their innate energy and athleticism. In homes, Siberians are often known to be destructive diggers and chewers of yards and furniture; not because they are disobedient because they have needs that are not met. Practically, this means that a Siberian is not a dog that can be left for long hours alone, and that they should be kenneled in a safe enclosure when they are left-no matter their age.

    To be sure, Siberian Huskies do have strict limits on their obedience. But the things that make the Siberian husky such a valued and loved dog are the things that bring those limits upon him. Any dog owner who hopes to reap the rewards of owning a Siberian Husky must also be willing to understand the dog's nature, and prepare and live life accordingly.


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