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Best Reasons to Get a Siberian Husky

Learn all about why you should (or shouldn't) get a Siberian Husky as a pet.

Learn all about why you should (or shouldn't) get a Siberian Husky as a pet.

Are Siberian Huskies Intelligent?

Dr. Coren, a veteran canine researcher and specialist who wrote The Intelligence of Dogs, says they're not so intelligent. Does the Siberian Husky really deserve to be rated low on Dr. Coren's intelligence list? Well, since his intelligence ratings are mostly based on a dog's willingness to accept training, I would say that the answer has to be yes. Siberians are not “into” dog training.

For thousands of years, any Husky who showed aggression to a human was killed on the spot. Any Husky who was not able to pull a sled and obey the commands for right and left was unhooked and thrown to the wolves. Do you think the residents of Siberia cared if their dogs did not “sit” and “stay”? Did it matter if their dogs did not respond to a recall command? These dogs learned what was important and also learned to ignore whatever didn’t matter.

So, why would anyone get one of these dogs?

Why You Need a Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies love to talk.

Watch a few of the videos if you do not believe me. It takes a lot to get the whole group barking but a good howl every now and then is just what the vet called for. A Husky will howl at the moon, howl at the horses he cannot chase, and howl just because. Any Husky owner will agree that it is a special type of music.

They love to wrestle.

According to Dr. Patricia McConnell, the animal behaviorist, wrestling is almost always a guy thing. Well, it is a Husky thing too. Huskies really enjoy a romp, be it with another member of the pack, or even with that strange animal that walks on two legs. They will growl, pretend to bite, and do their utmost to flop you over and rough you up.

They love to be outside and run.

Do you have an extra lump of money sitting around in your bank account? No? You had best forget about getting a Siberian Husky. Invisible fences and boundary markers might work with some other breeds; a Husky will laugh at them as he trots across the line and starts his daily exercise. My Huskies always came back, but not before they had angered all of the livestock farmers in the region.

Reasons Not to Get a Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies love to kill.

Wrestling is just not meant to be for all types of animals. If you are a bantam rooster, a rabbit with a delicate neck and a quiet personality, or a Pomeranian who has forgotten the proper dog submission signals, there are Siberian Huskies lining up to make your acquaintance. “The Siberian Husky breed has a strong predatory drive”. Talk about an understatement! Huskies love to kill so much that they will figure out how to open a “dog-proof” cage.

They love to shed.

Well, maybe they don’t love it much, but they are really good at it. The hair comes out in clumps. Some Husky owners will recommend you collect the undercoat when the dog blows its coat, as it can be mixed and spun with wool. Well, do not bother with collecting, unless you want to smell like a wet dog. It is useful in your compost pile, though, so there is that option.

They love visitors, even when they are robbing you.

They are big, they have long wolf-like teeth, and they are adept at killing. You would probably put them in the “Best Guard Dog” list, right? The problem is that Huskies are happy to see anyone new and would like nothing more than to lick, smell, and rub their ears across your local home invader.

They love to dig.

A digging pit will not do it for these dogs. They have thick coats, they cannot sweat, and the only way they can cool off is by digging a hole. Of course, the hole they dug this morning is already warm, so they will dig another one. And another one. And another one. Siberian Huskies are not the ideal breed to keep if you care about your garden.

The Siberian Husky will love his owner.

The Siberian Husky will love his owner.

Why So Many of Us Get Siberian Huskies Anyway

Siberian Huskies love their owners. It does not matter if you are not the nicest person in the world, if you are having a bad day, or even if you are not into dogs anymore. A Siberian Husky is going to love you no matter what. That is the best reason to own a Siberian Husky. Find someone else to talk you out of it!

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My student Ziggy  paying close attention to his obedience lesson.

My student Ziggy paying close attention to his obedience lesson.

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you want a husky or do you already have one?

Answer: Life in the tropics is not comfortable for a dog like a Siberian, so no, I do not have one at this time. I bought my first Siberian in 1975, and had Sibes for many years after that.

Question: Why do Huskies dig?

Answer: I think that is very normal behavior for these dogs. They dig to find a comfortable spot to lie down, they dig to escape and go for a run, and then sometimes they just dig because they are bored.

It is probably impossible to teach a Siberian never to dig. It is possible though to teach him to only dig in one area. If you want some ideas on how you can train him to limit his digging, check out

© 2012 Mark dos Anjos DVM


Heather on May 21, 2020:

I've had siberians on my farm. GREAT with the horses. they do need tons of exercise!

jrrobena on November 23, 2016:

Huskies rule the world.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 08, 2013:

Hi Crystal, they are night and day as far as small prey animals go. My Pitbull will share a coconut with the chikens, lie around with the geese, and even allow my parrot to climb around on here.A Siberian would dive into them all! Good luck on your new puppy; I hope you both have lots of fun together.

Crystal Milligan on June 08, 2013:

I can live with the hair.. I knew they were ornery..Im getting a tad nervous about the whole chicken/garden thing. But ive raised and trained Pitts..and The people of the world have a lot fo negative things to say about them too. My very first Husky pup will be here July 10th..There is NO changing my mind..I like the challenge. I plan on learning as much as i can in the meantime though

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 03, 2013:

Man oh´Man! I guess that should be part of the interview "Can you live with 5 kilo of hair scattered around your living room every spring?"

Tom Schumacher from Huntington Beach, CA on June 03, 2013:

Having owned a Siberian Husky I can honestly attest to their beautiful sense of life, playfulness, intelligence, and loyalty. They're great dogs! The only downside occurs with the change of seasons - when the weather gets warm - and the hair begins to fall. Oh'man! ; )

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 03, 2013:

I've seen the talking (singing) video before, it's awesome! If I was in the market for a dog you talked me into a husky, but I'm not. I did enjoy getting to know them. I'm not much "into" training either, more of a hands on person. Great hub!!

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on June 03, 2013:

Interesting hub. voted up!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 03, 2013:

Hi Mary! Only the photo on top is my dog, and he passed on many, many years ago. The bottom two were in my obedience classes. Siberians are smart but they are a challenge to train!

I loved your comment about "property". Maybe if you had the state of NY that would be enough. Otherwise, probably not. Thanks for the sharing!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 03, 2013:

Hi sgbrown thanks for those observations. I have read your great hub on Siberians and remember the pictures of your beautiful red dog. I got my first dog at 13, which was fine since I loved to run on our back roads and through the woods, but I do not think I could keep up anymore, and my male would be gone in a flash. Not for everyone, and not even for me anymore! Thanks for sharing this.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on June 03, 2013:

Very nice and informative hub. Thanks for sharing this. Votes up and shared.

Mary Craig from New York on June 03, 2013:

I think its the blue eyes that totally mesmerize people. Huskies are just beautiful dogs, however, your points are well made and hopefully well taken.

Your dogs are so beautiful, I could hug them both! Loved the photos and videos. IF I had property I would consider a Husky but that's not the case so I'll continue to admire them from afar.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned...this is information everyone should know.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 03, 2013:

We have owned 4 Siberian huskies over the last 20 years and dearly love this breed, but you are right, there are some reasons not to own one. The males are much more aggressive towards small, furry animals than the females. We have lost a few chickens ourselves. The males also like to "wander off" more than the females also. We have lost 2 that way. I think their shedding is the biggest problem for me. Living in southern Oklahoma, our Siberian husky, Meisha, spends a lot of time indoors. When she "blows" her winter coat, it is EVERYWHERE! I vacuum everyday and brush her daily, outside! It looks like someone sheared a sheep.

Despite their love of chasing smaller animals, digging, shedding and wandering off, we think they are just awesome dogs. Meisha loves to "talk" and her personality makes her the favorite dog of all our friends. I loved your videos, especially the one of the baby and the dog, singing. It sounds just like Meisha and our little granddaughter.

Huskies are awesome dogs, but you do need to know what you are getting into by owning one. I have written a hub on the Siberian Husky myself and would like to add a link to this hub. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 12, 2013:

She sounds really great. One of my clients has a Sibe/GSD cross and the dog guards her every time she walks alone. Really great to see them walking on the beach.

Down here we call them mestizos! My Pit Bull cross is a mestizo, but we start calling them mutts when a few more generations and mixes are thrown in.

Thanks for leaving the interesting comment.

John David from Middle America on May 11, 2013:

Great Hub!

I have a 5 year old German Shepard/Husky mix and she is amazing. The Husky shows through much more- looks nearly identical to the picture of Felix up above. She speaks like a drunken sailor with a deep howl, loves to play and bite all while playfully growling. It is so strange. Though do not try to take a bone from these dogs- survival instincts kick in quick.

Sam sheds like there is no tomorrow and takes off into the cow pastures nearby often. She is great on energy out of the gate, but slows down pretty quick. Well, unless rabbits are involved.

The only time I see the Shepard in her is with her long and slightly bent ears and her intelligence(sharp as a tack), yet stubborn as a mule. She has the ability to be stern when she must. She sits tall and proud like a German too. Will lick any human to death though.

I guess she would be considered a mutt considering the split breed, but I swear you would ask if she were purebred. Her hair is not quite as long as pure huskies, however.

My gal has all the attributes and negatives you stated, which I find hilarious. Sam is sadly a bit on the skinny side, but healthy as can be. Being a girl, her head is much smaller than a male but adorable to boot.

Again.. great hub and now I want to wrestle with my Sammy Girl!!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 10, 2013:

Thanks saveahusky. I am looking forward to reading your articles here on HP!

Emily from Maine on May 10, 2013:

Siberian Huskies is the only dog breed I have and will ever have. They are the best dogs.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 08, 2013:

I agree on the "best dogs" comment, but I have a house full of feathered, furry, and scaly animals. What is a Siberian fan to do?

Keely Mahaffey from Maine on March 06, 2013:

I couldn't imagine NOT having a husky.. They are definitely not like any other dog out there ~ primitive and undpredictable at times. Yes, she likes to wander, is an escape artist, digs holes, and would like nothing more than to kill every squirrel within a ten mile radius, but she's loving, smart, and gentle (I have a pomeranian, and yes, they play!). Love the howling, or "talking" as we call it... Best dogs ever!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 24, 2013:

Sounds like you have the ingredients to create a Pomsky in your house (a Siberian/Pomeranian designer dog).

I enjoyed your comment.

Sleet on February 24, 2013:

Have an all white one myself. Wouldn't trade her in for any other breed, though she does love my male pommie and so do I (even though he isn't all that submissive to her). I really do love being followed around the house with her talking to me, it's something I don't think I could to without.

Haven't had her go after small animals - yet. But she is curious about the wild rabbits outside. But great info and accurate from my experience and my aunts (as she owns one as well).

Love the pics and the video.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 03, 2013:

Thanks for the comment. I think they are great, as long as you don't care about training, gardening, or having chickens!! Super dogs for the arctic, but for the farm, not so much.

Jef from Philippines on January 03, 2013:

I too didn't have luck with huskies. They are not same as ordinary dogs. More knowledge is required to be able to train and raise huskies well. With proper knowledge and skills, a pet owner can turn them into lovely pets!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 28, 2012:

Shibashake (a hubber and Siberian Husky owner) has a great hub on all of the reasons not to own a Husky. He still has a Siberian!

H Lax on October 27, 2012:

Thanks, my son has been wanting a husky for a long, I know I better not get him one! Great info...Thanks for sharing.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 26, 2012:

That sounds great. You need to take pictures!!!

MissDoolittle from Sussex, UK on October 26, 2012:

I love huskies! Where I take my Irish Setter out there is a group of them, I'd say 4-5 and it is wonderful to watch them play together. Most of all though, I love the blue eyes!

Eiddwen from Wales on September 29, 2012:

I loved this hub;and this breed so beautiful.

I now look forward to many more by you.


Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 28, 2012:

This is the breed of dog you should never have! I can't tell you how hard it was to come home and find another dead animal every time my dogs got out. They were even able to work in teams--one dog would hold the cage opened and the other would reach and pull out a rabbit. Give your ACD/BC a big hug and thank her for not being born a Husky!!! (Of course I still love them-whats up with that?)

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania to Minnesota on September 28, 2012:

Beautiful dogs! I always kind of wanted one, but I guess it would be pretty dumb of me to get one! bye-bye geese and chickens, and probably piglets, too. Maybe someday :) Cool hub, great pics, and awesome info. Voted up and more!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 28, 2012:

And the only way to raise chickens and geese is far, far away from a Husky! (As Jerry Seinfeld would say "not that there is anything wrong with that")

wetnosedogs from Alabama on September 28, 2012:

I love this. And the only way to be in the snow is with the siberian husky leading the way.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 28, 2012:

Thanks for the comment Bobbi. Can you imagine not wanting one of these dogs around???

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 27, 2012:


These are beautiful animals and I enjoyrf their history minus the abuse they had to endure.

This hub was awesome.


Bobbi Purvis