Post # 1
We have a 2 year old husky, Remus, who is the furry love of my life. We recently moved and signed a 2 year lease and after our lease is up we plan on buying, so we figure now is a good time to get a second dog. our landlord gave us the greenlight for any dog and we won’t have to worry about a second landlord not approving of 2 dogs or not approving of the breed. A few things, I have 2 daughters (4 and 5), we have a 2 acre backyard that we just installed an electric fence on, I stay home so they will get plenty of energy out. Now as much as I love Remus, a second husky is not happening. The energy, running, escape artist and separation anxiety are a bit too much x2. So any suggestions for a little brother for him?
Post # 3
@ShutterbugCait: Perhaps since you have the issue of him taking off/escaping, a dog that is more likely to stick close to home would be a good fit. Hopefully they would keep eachother near by. I dont suggest anydog that has a tendency to wonder. No hounds, labs, etc. they are natural hunters and they may pick up a sent and then the both of them would be gone.
Post # 4
My brother has a Husky that just turned a year old. My parents’ two farm dogs are an older Beagle/collie mix, and (we think) a black lab/possibly pit mix. My brother is at the farm pretty much 24/7 as is his dog and he and the lab get along really well. The Beagle “tolerates” both of them, he just doesn’t have the energy to run with those two these days!
Labs seem to be great dogs to have around kids, too 🙂
ETA: whoops, saw you don’t want as energetic of a dog! Well maybe no lab then!
Post # 5
I have 2 huskies. When I got the second one, the separation anxiety disappeared and the extra energy was gone. They do a great job of wearing each other out. But there is the issue of twice as much shedding…haha
Post # 6
@Brightlight: I agree with this, I think that you need another high energy dog or you will end up with a very unhappy match. Often dogs like Huskies (I have a Samoyed so I know what you mean about escape artist!) get those issues from being bored or lonely. No matter how much exercise and attention you give, it won’t be as much as having an equally high energied friend to play with all day. Just make sure they get along and don’t have dominance issues I’d say!