Post # 17
@Emma20130601: I grew up with little Shi Tuz’s and my Fiance and I have a 5 year old Husky. He is the BEST dog I have ever had. No barking. No biting. ABSOLUTE BEST family dog! So great around little kids and when I’m babysitting babies he is extremely guarded and lays right next to the crib. I can’t wait for us to have our own children! He can be very playful, but he’s great to go running with and he is extremely loveable. He is off his leash alot and he has never run away from home. We did puppy training with him and we were told to always make sure they know who is the boss and who is in control. It’s amazing how dogs have their own personalities but my pup is my baby and it’s amazing the type of relationship I have with him.
Post # 18
We had a husky growing up….so I can maybe help:
1) A farm is a great place, as they love to run/be outside/etc, however they have a very LARGE radius as far as how far they will run/roam. Ideally, ensure they are in an enclosed area – which can be large – via a fence of some sort.
2) They are stubborn. They want in their way or no way, so consistent training for their lifetime is important!
3) They are loyal, which is an awesome safety net for their family 🙂
4) They talk to you. They often vocalize thru howls and barking. If you want a quiet dog, this may not be the dog for you!!
5) The hair…this dog sheds, pretty much all year around from summer to winter coat, back to summer, etc. Be prepared to vacuum/clean A LOT. Grooming is important too.
6) I would never recommend this breed for a first time dog owner, but rather an owner that is skilled in training. They require patience and a lot of attention!!
Those are the big things I can think of, which sound negative, but honestly our husky was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loyal, and MOST FULL of personality than any other dog we have had. It made her incredibly special, and a lot of fun, and if presented with an opportunity to own another one, I would not turn it down!!
Post # 19
Obviously every dog is an individual, but PPs have hit the nail on the head in terms of things to be prepared for/watch for – namely, the exercise need, the prey drive, the coat maintenance/shedding, and the intelligence. These are dogs that were bred for, and need, a job (like Border Collies and shepherds) – without one, they can be destructive and/or temperamental. The canine sport of weight pulling was actually developed for huskies and other sled dogs, to give them an outlet during non-snowy seasons/climates. Definitely look into training classes, and do some training work every day! They can be a little more aloof than the average ‘pet’ dog, but if you know that going in, I think you’ll be able to develop a great bond 🙂
Post # 20
@Emma20130601: I’ve had two huskies! One pure bred, and the other was a Shepherd mix.
BOTH were BIG wanderers. The husky/shepherd use to wander from our place to my grandparent’s farm! She was spooted more than 20 miles away from our home on more than one occasion–luckily, people knew it was our dog and everyone left her alone!
The purebred wanted to explore! But she was a little dippy, and would get lost. So she needed a fenced yard.
BOTH were ultra-social! Both dogs LOVED people and LOVED other dogs! At one point, the husky shepherd amassed a “pack” of neighborhood dogs, and they would go wandering, with my dog leading the six of them!
BOTH had MAJOR attitude. They did what they wanted when they wanted, and no one was telling them otherwise. The pure husky figured out how to open the door to let herself outside (No problem, dog! Just let yourself out. That’s fine…). The shepherd refused to use a leash. She would just sit her 80 pound self down, and no one was going anywhere. But she would walk next to you (never ahead), and never ran or chansed or anything.
And BOTH of them would have LOVED to live on a farm!
Post # 21
So! Here she is our husky!! She’s on a trial basis. I figured at least she wouldn’t be going to a shelter and if she doesn’t mix well with our chickens, etc. then we can at least find her a good home 🙂
Sorry for the big pictures – for some reason, it won’t let me resize them!
Post # 22
Yay! I am so glad you saved her. You will have to keep us updated on how it goes 🙂
Post # 23
@Ms.Dachshund: I will!! Right now, I think we’re both trying to get used to everything. I think she is well-trained but she’s so excited she doesn’t listen very well. I tell her to sit and she sit’s for about 2 seconds then tries to jump up on me. Oh well! Something to work on! 🙂
The horse and her seem to be getting along alright. However, the cat is not impressed AT ALL. He was sitting just out of reach from her all evening until I was finally able to shoo him away.
Post # 24
@Emma20130601: I am so glad you saved him! What a beautiful dog.