I am interested in getting a Siberian Husky, but would like some information on "temperament" from people who have in the past, or have now. I was looking to rescue/adopt, but noticed "must have previous experience w/Huskies", hence I was wondering what it is that stood out about this breed. I've had big dogs with double coats, but I'm baffled about the previous experience, anyone have any ideas?
In my experience they are very strong willed.You will probably neevr be able to let them off leash.They are loving dogs if raised right.They need obedience classes and they need a bit of exersize a day.We fostered a husky one time and she had to be put down because she attacked my old dog and bit me 3 times.Now MOST are NOT like this.We also fostered a malamute and he had the best disposition.He was nore dependent than the husky was.She was very independent and could live without you easily.She was not here to serve you,you were their to serve her if needed.Now not to say she wouldnt give affection every once in a while,she would.But in my experience they are not as loving as the Mals.They take alot of patience and time.Do as much research as possible.
Does any of this make sense?
***Edited By: cockerlover on 4/4/2006 6:01:38 PM*** Reason: add
I have no past experience with Siberian Huskies, although I have heard that they can be extremely rambunctious and mischievious as puppies and are strong willed through out their life. Also, they cannot be left alone. A lonely and bored Sibe will probably be destructive.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 4/4/2006 6:09:03 PM*** Reason: sp
I have 3 Sibes. Huskys are very loving but very pack (family) oriented. Some basic rule for people who are owned by huskys (believe when I say it is not the other way around) 1. Never let them off leash 2. You must have a fenced yard and be willing to supervise. They WILL dig out. 3. NEVER let them off leash 4. Don't leave a husky alone. If you do you will have no flooring/furniture/woodwork left when you get home and the entire neighborhood will know how unhappy your sibe was. 5. NEVER LET THEM OFF LEASH
If you break 1, 3, or 5 your husky will run until he gets tired in a direct line away from everyone who is calling him. Remember huskys are bred to run.
ok, the part about Digging out changed my mind. But it w/explain how this "Rescue" found this dog roaming. I do have a BIG fenced yard, but dont need a "digger" to make a getaway spot for my other dogs. I dont have a problem w/them trying to get out. Thanks for the info everybody.
thumpers - now I feel bad. I didn't mean to turn you off to huskys and I didn't have a lot of time to write back yesterday. They are really great dogs, but can try the patience of a Saint. My three are all under 2 years old, so are still very much puppies. Make no mistake, everything I've read says they own you. An older dog might be content in a fenced yard. Mine certainly are not. I have a dog run inside my fully fenced backyard. I still have to crate one of my girls. The dog run is concrete bottom and chain link fencing and she can still get out. I have to supervise them in the backyard or the get into mischief. They are not content to run and chase each other or just play. If not watched, eventually one will decide to dig by the fence (the other holes in the yard are apparently just for decoration). They are the biggest loves I have ever had. I wouldn't change much, but I could do without the driving around (and around and around and around) the neighborhood looking for the escapee. They have a very large vocabulary although they seldom bark. They whine, howl, woo-woo, yodel and quite a few more that I can't think of at the moment. That's what I meant when I said "if your husky is unhappy the whole neighborhood will know". They are very smart which means you have to be smarter. If you are serious about adopting a husky, maybe I've now given you enough information to ask the right questions of the shelter or rescue. Huskys are a breed apart and they take a special person to adopt them. They end up in rescue way too often in their first two years of life, simply because they can be a handful. I found the book "Siberian Huskys for Dummies" to be very informative. You said in you first post you've dealt with the double coats before, so you know about Spring blow and having enough fur for another dog. Hope all of this helps.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 4/5/2006 2:48:08 PM*** Reason: sp
Wolf, you guys, dont feel bad, you havent turned me off, so to speak. I still and have for a very long time wanted one, but to be fair to the dogs, & do the right thing by them, one needs to do research beforehand, as we all know too well, people "get" a certain dog, because its the "flavor of the month", or they saw it in a magazine, TV, whatever. I live on a busy street & already have one dog (lab mix), who "digs", doesnt dig out, but digs down, then tunnels, I usually find these when I'm mowing the yard. I admire the Huskys, & think they are beautiful, some things have to be admired from a distance, & I'm OK w/that. I am very greatful for all the info you guys have shared w/me, thats why I asked here, you cant get any better than someone who has actually had hands on experience. The one I found close by being fostered, is a 2 year old female, & was found on an extremely busy 24/7 street here, & she is soooo pretty! I didnt realize they were such good escape artists! Again, thanks to all for the info, & god bless you & your little (for now) furbabies!
It's possible that the previous owner didn't know about the off leash problem or didn't bother about a fenced yard. A two year old female should be begining to mature. Wish I didn't live at the opposite corner (so to speak) of the U.S. I might consider adopting another dog (dh would probably disown me). Here is the dogster link for my girls:
Raja is actually more of an Isabella white then a true white. If you get her in the right light you can see a little off white patterning, or is that pure white spotting. I can't give you the whole genetic bit but basically a white husky has the white/white gene. If the white gene had not doubled up she would have been red and white. She is my White Witch Houdini (the escape artist) and probably the biggest love of the three. Riki likes to nibble when she kisses (we are constantly saying no teeth). Romi is the talker. She tells you you're not paying her enough attention, but then won't come near you for it. lol
If you google Husky Colors you can see the chart of all the wonderful colors and combos huskys can come in.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 4/5/2006 4:03:20 PM*** Reason: ++
i got a huskey 4 years ago and she was the best thing ever...she was bad sometimes but only being rotten....i got so attacted to her she sleep with me and everything she was a wonderful dog..well about a year ago she bite my cousin, not hard...what we thought is they were just playing bc she loved to play around..but sometimes it did hurt...well she bite a few more times..about 2 months ago a black mutt(lab and something else) came and breed with her while we werent home...we had her aborted bc they would be mutts..well the other day she got real agressive with us...well we had to put her down and that really hurt she was my baby... and wew didnt understand why but the vet told us that it would be safer for us and better for her..bc in my heart it wasnt my baby..soemthing had to be wrong.. and it was funny bc after we aborted her puppys she found a couple stuffed lil animals of mine and thought they were her puppys she treated them like they were real....well a friend of ours came over to see how we were doing and we got my baby off his uncle and he told us that her dad was mean... now why wouldnt they tell u if the parents are mean..jsut so u know...i mean i thought that was ignorant..so advice b 4 u get a husky make suere you know its blood line and u trust the people you get it from...bc loosing her hurt...
I have four huskies and also breed them. We have a huge fenced in yard and they each have their own kennel for at night and feeding time. If a husky is left alone they will get into trouble - only if they do not have something to keep them occupied (bones, toys, etc.) Huskies do like to run and shouldn't be let off leash, as was stated previously. A fenced in yard will keep a husky in if the fencing is 6 feet tall or more as they can jump high to get out. We have one escape artitst who can get herself out of anything, even a locked, enclosed room. (I think she morphs human when we leave) But if they are exercised daily and given attention and affection, then you shouldn't have a problem with them trying to wander off. But be careful when you introduce one to your other dogs...they are pack animals and will try to establish seniority over your other dogs. We just added the fourth husky to our kennel this weekend and it is an adjustment time for our dominate guy. He wants to teach her he is the boss, and she has gotten one good lickin already. Introduce one slowly to your other dogs. If you don't have means of doing this....then I suggest beware.
I must be the luckiest Siberian owner in the world, with all the terrible things people say about sibes I probably would have never got one either, but I researched the breed for 3 yrs before I got one, and the first one I got was for my 17 th B-day, she was my pride, and joy; Her name was Olympia, she was so ill when I got her that I spent2 months of my senior year in highschool living in the basement with her cuz she had to be bottle fed every 2 hours, it took 3 months for her to pull through did I mention the poor thing had to have a blood transfusion ;long story short I had her for 12 years, and she was perfect, not one issue ever, she died of cancer. Then there was Hailey she was a little hyper when we first brought her home but I did agility, and lots of walking with her, I trained her to behave like a seeing eye dog, she passed when she was 10 yrs old due to complications from epilepsy That brings us to Mariya she was the smartest of them all she was potty trained in 1 afternoon, meaning she tinkled in the house 1 time I took her out, and that was it she never pooped in our house not once,This dog was never crated at night, she never got into anything, Then theres Jonah the puppy, he took til he was 6 months old to potty train, but have never had a problem with these dogs we have a 4 foot fence, and they never try to dig out, or jump, they each have their own pool, a toy box, and water dishes, they can come in whenever they want, and this past winter we started mushing with them, we also have springers attached to our bikes so we can train with them during the warmer months, you just have to go really early or late when it's cooler outside, maybe I've had such great luck with them because I spend so much time doing things with them, don't get me wrong I know people have issues with these dogs, thats why so many are in rescue, you really need to research the breed, and research the breeder. ( Oh , and through all this I was raising my son , and working I was just lucky enough to have a job that allowed me time in between shifts to spend time with each of them.