thielgrad04 is an animal lover who shares her home with a Husky named Molly and a kitty named Lily.
Pros and Cons to Owning a Husky
With any long-term investment, weighing the pros and cons is the first step in deciding on whether the choice you are making is right for you.
Siberian Huskies are an amazing breed of dog, but they are not like just any dog. So, if you are interested in giving a Husky a good home, but are not sure what is involved, then continue to read. I will list my experiences with the pros and cons of owning a Siberian Husky.
Here are a few reasons why choosing a Husky may not be the right choice:
- They are extremely high-energy dogs. They have a constant need to be active.
- If Huskies are not able to let out some steam, they are prone to chewing and rowdiness in the home.
- Not only that, but they will get into everything, from the wastebasket and toilet brush to your favorite pair of socks.
- If you are the type of owner that is gone from home all day (more extreme than a typical 9-hour workday), does not have time to take the dog for walks, runs, or trips to the dog park just about every day, or the patience to teach them on a treadmill, then be prepared to have your house destroyed when you are home.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Husky
Extremely loyal and loving
Fun and energetic
They shed a lot
Can be violent around other animals and other pets
They need lots of exercise each day
Taking Your Husky Out for a Walk
I have found that taking my Husky to the dog park for an hour several times a week and for moderate walks on the other days make an enormous difference in the temperament of the dog. She is much calmer overall and less likely to chew on toys, furniture, or me.
Secondly, Huskies have two thick coats. They are sled dogs after all. There is a reason they are called Siberian Huskies (or even Alaskan Huskies, for that matter). They are cold-weather dogs. In other words, they will not fare well in heat and are prone to heatstroke. Taking them out for a run when it is ninety degrees is probably not a good idea, so it is better to not own a Husky if you live where it is hot year-round. There are alternatives to exercising your dog even if you live where there are seasonal changes.
The Cons to Owning a Husky
Let's take a look at some of the drawbacks to owning a dog of this breed.
Taking Care of Your Husky's Coat
With the aforementioned two coats, Huskies shed. A lot. They blow their coats two times a year and if you do not brush them, your home or yard (or wherever the dog stays most of the time) will look like a winter wonderland. There are some good brushes and combs out there, so check out your neighborhood pet store or talk to other dog owners to get some advice on which ones work best. Brushes or combs that will get the undercoat are ideal. I recommend the Undercoat Rake as it gets the job done and it is very durable.
Huskies May Attack Other Animals
Some Huskies tend to attack other creatures such as rabbits, gophers, and other woodland creatures. They may even attack your cat, should you have one of those. They are said to do well with cats if the Husky grows up with them from the start, but in my experience, it is proving to be a hard habit to stop. Mine likes to bite the cat. It seems like she is playing. She does not make any sounds to indicate aggression, but the cat does not like it. I am working every day with my pup to teach her that the cat is off-limits. It is a lot of work and sometimes I do not feel like dealing with it, but I love my cat, and I love my dog. In the end, I really do not mind the work. Overall, these traits are not lacking in other dogs.
Unless your lifestyle matches my descriptions, I would not let these deter you from owning a Husky. In fact, some of these traits could also be seen in a positive light. Since Huskies are working dogs, they are very strong. If you want to have some fun with them in the winter, let them pull you on a sled. Or they could be your ticket to a healthier lifestyle. Get a bike and let them pull you. They make contraptions that allow the dog to pull you without running the risk of it being run over by your bike when it stops and causing an accident for you.
The Positives to Owning a Husky
Now let's look at what makes dogs of this breed so wonderful.
Huskies Are Very Loyal
Now that we have gotten the not-so-great stuff out of the way, let's move on to just why a Husky is such a great choice for a pet. They are extremely loving and loyal. They will give you unconditional love. Huskies like to cuddle with you, so if you let them up on the couch or in bed with you, they will lay there for hours. It is the sweetest thing when they put their heads up in the crook of your neck and snore softly. They are also very good with people of all ages and other dogs. However, they are companions, not guard dogs.
Huskies Are Highly Intelligent
While they are a lot of work, they are like one of the family (or one of the kids). Because they are highly intelligent, they can learn all the same tricks as any other dog can, and sometimes catch on faster. During our obedience classes, my Husky is always the first to learn the lesson of the day. The key to a well-trained dog is consistency and patience.
Having a Husky Can Change Your Life
They are such beautiful animals, with the prettiest striking blue eyes (though some have brown or even one brown and one blue). They have typical patterns such as white in the face, white feet, and white on the tip of their tail, but their markings are almost as unique as your fingerprint. Think of owning and raising a puppy Husky as if you are raising a child. You must provide them with time and attention, love, nourishment, activity, and rest. I guarantee you that your life will never be the same. Even if you become busier and have less time for yourself, I am confident that once you hold that snoring puppy in your arms or watch it chase its tail for five minutes straight, you will wonder how you ever got along without a Husky.
© 2011 thielgrad04
Val on October 19, 2019:
Ive had two huskies and my second is a rehome and I must be lucky, he is an absolute dream. He loves dogs and people, so gentle, never chews anything, in fact he snuggles his toys!! The only trait he has is he can't go off lead in an unenclosed park, he's the typical run away!
Filip on September 29, 2019:
Hello, internet! I already have a cat she is about 4years old and I was wondering, what if I get a young puppy (Husky) and train/tell it not to hurt my cat will that work?
Brandi Burkhardt on May 12, 2019:
I dont know how i would live without my husky Demon and Yellow lab Micha. I had to show him that i was alpha. Show no fear. I have anxiety and depression. So if i have a panic attack. He's right there for me. And when im done he doesnt leave my side the rest of the day. Bless his heart
thielgrad04 (author) from Pennsylvania on April 29, 2019:
I'm sooo sorry. Mine are 8 years now, and just thinking about that day happening breaks my heart. Our first female is like no other dog I've ever met. I can't imagine her not being in this world. I don't know how I will cope. Just reading your response does the same. Why can't they live for ever, or at least longer than us? I love that your daughter wants to start a Siberian husky rescue. I hope she does, and I wish her the best of luck in its success!
Bobbi on April 25, 2019:
We lost our beloved husky, Dakota, a year & 1/2 ago. He was the sweetest boy, unless you were a bird or mouse. I was worried about bringing my daughter home with him as we had been told Huskies aren't always accepting of new family members. Dakota took one look at my baby girl & decided she was his. When we had to put our boy to sleep my daughter was heartbroken & sobbing, but she wouldn't leave her 'Kota. Dakota used the last of his strength to try to get to her. He couldn't stand her being that upset. He left this world with his head in her lap. It was the most heartbreaking, yet beautiful thing I've ever seen. We miss our boy to this day. My daughter now wants to start a Siberian husky rescue.
Y sullivan on February 05, 2019:
Do not shave your Huskys fur they need the fur to stay warm in winter cool in summer feed well exercise exercise exercise love will be your friend and protecter watch Husky Squad
G.Allen on January 05, 2019:
Greatest dog I've ever had. Mine is 7 years old and I've had her since she was 6 weeks old. Great personality and a true friend. Mine only sheds once a year. All year lol.
Kritika on December 06, 2018:
Judy Cipriano on October 15, 2018:
We are on our 3rd. Husky. She is soooo beautiful, I get stopped everywhere in admiration og her"Lucy". My husky to me is like any other dog, she even likes to lye in the sun. They are picky eaters also. I agree they need daily walking, and when you dont they let you know it. Yes heavy shedders all the time. Mine has never chewed anything up and is now 7. But im with her al the time, retired. Very loving with our cat to. But she did kill and bring in a chipmpnk once! She loves everybodyn not just loyal to us. Very good temperment this one has. My best husky yet. Once you have one, you will always want one.
Lace on May 16, 2014:
Our relative gave us two syberian husky pups (male & female) They are 2 months old. I am a bit worried on how to take care of them since we only used to have small pups like shitszu. Do you have any advise for the first timers? we are located on a tropical country, Philippines. tnx
jase albes on May 19, 2012:
my drake also wants a wet ground. here in philippines a tropical climate
Eternal Evolution from kentucky on June 30, 2011:
Lots of great information. As with any breed it's important for potential owners to do some research and as you said weight the pros and cons. Not every breed is right for every person nor does every breed fit into every lifestyle.
We have a Siberian Husky that was a re-home from someone who could no longer care for him. He is a great dog.
thielgrad04 (author) from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2011:
Aw that is sad. I'm sorry to hear that happened to Icy. :( Icy is a good name for the Husky. Mine starts panting right away. She'll love it in the winter.
Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on May 24, 2011:
Icy was our first Siberian Husky, given to my sister last year. He want a cooler ground, we have to use electric fan to cool him off (since I live in a tropical country, Philippines). Unfortunately, a risky driver overrun our dog. What a pity!
Still, I have Brownie, a cross between Alaskan Husky and Asian wolf, much smaller than Icy. He occasionally howls at night, causing amusement to my cousin-neighbor.