Siberian Husky Ownership: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Updated on April 23, 2016

Siberians really are a beautiful breed of dog.

Sophie, my 8 year old Siberian Husky.
Sophie, my 8 year old Siberian Husky.

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 and 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, other can view as adorable or cute. 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, gray and they can even be tricolor.



Sophie begging for fries.

Sophie is very proud of her muddy paws!

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. The Siberian Husky really needs 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 the Siberian Husky is NOT a 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. The Siberian Husky has 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.

Sophie playing in the snow.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Suhail and my dog profile image

        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

        Beautiful breed, but I will never like to have them as pets for I will never be able to match their level of energy. Even my teen aged son will fall short on that count lol.

      • Shawn Scarborough profile image

        Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

        The Siberian Husky is a beautiful dog. They seem to have one thing in common with Rottweilers: they get destructive when they are bored. Rottweilers are also know for eating couches. I enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)