Huskies are beautiful dogs, but many times people do not realize how much attention they actually require. They are not like some other dog breeds that can just hang out at your home and be content. Huskies require a lot of care and attention and if you can’t provide that, a Husky might not be for you.
Today, we are going to dive a little deeper into what life REALLY looks like with a Husky. Read on to see if you think this breed could be a fit for your family and make an educated decision!
Huskies thrive in a stable, happy household.
If you are living in an unstable, unreliable environment, a Husky is not for you. They require consistency and they thrive on routines. They are incredibly smart and intuitive, and they pick up on emotions very quickly.
Huskies require a LOT of attention & activity.
Imagine how much attention you think a Husky would require and times that by 10. For real. We read about Huskies being high maintenance and it is pretty true. They require a lot of love, physical care, and activity. They are definitely not for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time, isn’t home much, or doesn’t have much energy.
Sibes are often better for people who have already owned dogs.
Huskies are very free-spirited and resolute. If you have never owned a dog, you may find Huskies stubborn or difficult to train and deal with on a daily basis. This is not to say you can’t have a Sibe as your first dog, but you should be aware of what you’re getting into. 🙂
Huskies do well in households that adapt to them.
Huskies were bred to be sled dogs and so a lot of their behaviors that you’ll have to work with or train through can be found to be difficult or bad. You’ll have to learn how to train a Husky and it’ll be different from training any other dog.
You may have to turn your AC down a degree or two so your Husky is more comfortable in your home. You may have to consider hiring a dog walker so your Husky can get exercise while you are at work.
You have to remember that you are bringing a Husky into your life, not the other way around, so it’s up to you to accommodate him or her as best you can.
Huskies do great in family environments.
This doesn’t mean single people can’t have Huskies – hundreds of thousands do – but Huskies are pack animals through and through. They thrive on being a member of a pack and so they do really well in families.
As you should with any other dog, be sure everyone in your family agrees on getting a Husky. It can be difficult if a child is afraid or not enthusiastic about a Husky.
My son was afraid of Sassy at first, even as a puppy. Through some reading and controlled encounters, we were able to get him past it. He and Sassy have a great relationship today and he looks forward to seeing her when he is at our house.
Huskies are not guard dogs.
If you are looking for a guard dog, get a German Shepard. Huskies are not guard dogs. They are super outgoing and friendly! They often love strangers and they rarely bark.
Siberians can be expensive.
You will have a purchase or adoption fee to start out, but there are many other costs involved with owning a Husky. Siberians have certain nutritional requirements and can require a higher-priced food. Boarding fees, vet fees, and training classes all should be considered along with crates, grooming equipment, and regular medication.
Huskies shed. A lot.
A Husky might not be for you if you want your house to be spotless at all times. Huskies require frequent grooming by their owners. You have to brush them regularly and sometimes twice a day if they are blowing their coats. Even if you do brush them, they still shed everywhere. Say goodbye to wearing black and say hello to your vacuum!
Even though they require a lot of brushing and combing, Huskies are a very clean breed and rarely require baths. They do not have the typical ‘dog smell’ most dogs have which can make for a less stinky home.