Siberian Husky Ownership: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Siberians Really Are a Beautiful Breed of Dog
The Siberian husky is considered to be one of the most beautiful breeds of domesticated dogs. Their trademark ice blue eyes combined with the mask that everyone is familiar with can make them appear to be a mystery. Nothing is further from the truth with this breed. Most of the dogs, male and female, carry a lot of the same personality traits.
The female Siberian husky will grow to an average weight of 45 to 55 pounds. Males are usually between 50 to 65 pounds. These dogs do continue to grow and fill out until around their second birthday.
The husky was originally bred to pull sleds across ice and snow. They have adapted very thick coats including fur that will grow longer on their feet to protect the pads from ice and snow in the wintertime. The mask and their blue eyes were probably developed as a shield against harsh sunlight bouncing up into their faces, they spent the majority of their time outdoors.
It is extremely important to set boundaries and declare yourself the leader of the pack early in your relationship with a Siberian husky. These dogs are extremely stubborn. If you do not establish dominance with them quickly, they will steam roll you and you will not have an enjoyable experience as a husky owner.
The things that some Siberian owners view as bad can be viewed as adorable or cute by others. It really just depends on the personality of the owner as well as the dog. Siberian huskies are great companions for some lifestyles but a nightmare intrusion for others.
These are extremely high energy dogs. They were bred to go long distances every day while pulling a sled. Just because you take the husky out of the frozen tundra doesn't mean you can take the frozen tundra out of the husky. They need exercise every day and a lot of it.
If a husky is left in a confined area for too long, they will become destructive. One of the most common complaints of a husky owner is that their husky ate their couch. They are great at digging. In fact, it is one of the things that huskies love to do and if they are bored and have a lot of pent up energy, your couch is the perfect place for them to dig!
They are equal opportunity destroyers of your personal belongings and things in your home, so anything laying out around a husky that hasn't had enough exercise is fair game for destruction. This is one of the reasons so many of these dogs end up in shelters and as strays. Owners do not understand the level of exercise these dogs really need.
The Siberian husky is a beautiful dog that comes in many different colors, not just the traditional black and white that so many people are familiar with. Other common colors are copper, brown, and gray. They can even be tricolor.
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Their trademark blue eyes can also be combined with brown and it's possible to even have a dog with a parti eye that contains both colors. It is a myth that if a Siberian husky does not have two blue eyes that they are not full blooded husky.
These dogs shed year round and sometimes the shedding is so intense that it will leave you wondering how it is possible that the dog is not bald. They have a downy undercoat that is designed to keep them warm in cold weather that is continuously renewing itself. These dogs really need to have a quick brushing every day or at least a few times a week to keep the shedding under control and out of your home. If you have allergies or are anti-dog hair in general, then this is not the dog breed for you.
They are beautiful dogs with interesting personalities. They do well with older children but smaller animals such as cats, ferrets, and rabbits are better left at the pet shop when you are a husky owner because of their desire to chase small prey. These dogs have a beautiful howl, an intriguing face, and are independent and sometimes extremely bullheaded.
If you are considering adding a Siberian husky to your family, please do your research before acquiring your new pet. Each dog breed has their own traits that are unique to them so you will want to pick the type that fits best into your lifestyle, your level of patience, and activity.