All About Huskies

by | Sep 20, 2020 | Dog Breeds, Dog Facts | 0 comments

Thinking about buying a husky? We’ve put together a guide to help you decide a husky is the right dog for you. Here’s what you should consider before adding one of these lovable dogs to your family.

Huskies have a lot of fur

husky surrounded by loose fur
Most dog owners have to deal with fur but huskies take it up to 11. If you do want a husky then you might want to invest in a vacuum and if you have carpeted floors then I wish you luck. But it is VERY IMPORTANT to know that cutting/shaving a huskies fur is a very bad idea. Their undercoat both keeps them cool during the summer and warm during the winter so if they lose that undercoat there are serious health risks that may follow. So unless a veterinarian tells you to do otherwise, don’t mess with the fur other than brushing it.

Huskies Are Stubborn

a husky sitting on a couch
You will hear from most sources that huskies are “non-trainable” and “unintelligent”. These sources are incorrect. Huskies are an EXTREMELY intelligent breed but are relatively difficult to train because of their stubbornness. While they may not want to sit when you want them to, if you are patient with them and train them right, they’ll be a wonderful and loyal companion.

Huskies tend to get very attached to their owners and can get very bad separation anxiety when said owner is gone for long periods of time. This could cause a multitude of problems including but not limited to; wrecking furniture, stealing food, barking and disturbing the neighbors, etc… This can be solved/avoided in a few different ways. Not overly pampering is a good place to start. If you coddle your husky too much it will start to rely on you too much. On the other hand not showing enough affection or just not helping them enough also causes problems, so you’ll have to find a balance that suits your companion well.

Huskies are Vocal

a pair of huskies howling
In most cases, Huskies prefer not to bark but whine. Similar to a child throwing a temper tantrum, when huskies don’t get their way, everyone will know. On the other hand, if they are in the right mood they will howl with their noses to the sky. This is referred to as the Siberian howl and is usually a sign of happiness or excitement.
However, not all huskies howl for the same reason. The reason could be anything from boredom to hunger and so on so be sure to pay attention when they do decide to yell at the ceiling.

Other Considerations Before Getting a Husky

husky on the floor with tounge out
  • If a husky starts running there is no guarantee they will return.
  • They love to dig. Digging is one way they get all of their energy out and not only will they dig outside but they will also dig inside. To avoid this make sure they get enough exercise daily. If you’re short on time, it’s a good idea to hire a dog walker.
  • Huskies are good family dogs not guard dogs. Huskies are generally very friendly and loving and while they can be stubborn they rarely get aggressive.
  • Huskies have endless energy. Huskies need an outlet for the massive amount of energy they have and if they don’t then, well (They love to dig). A good way to help spend that energy is to jog with them, play tug of war, and even spending time teaching them tricks is a good idea as well.
  • Huskies are not good in crates. Some owners use the crate as a way to punish dogs for bad behavior but this is a bad idea for huskies as they will get very anxious and it might make them act out more. So try and avoid using the crate.