Dog breed: Siberian Husky temperament and personality

Dog breed: taking care of a Siberian Husky

Properly taking care of an amazing breed: the Siberian Husky

Our hearts melted when a post on Facebook featured a two-year-old female Siberian Husky that owners had to give up in adoption.  Interestingly, very few people offered to adopt them.  But, what was the reason the owners were giving her up?  Why nearly anyone wanted such beautiful breed?

The husky is a breed of dog used for sled-like activities in northern regions.  This means that huskies are snow dogs.  They are characterized by their fast pull on a sled.

Characteristics, temperament and personality 

Probably the most well-known type of husky is the Siberian husky.  These dogs have a thick coat with white and black layers.  Their grey or multi-colored eyes just add to the appeal of this beautiful breed.

These dogs are energetic and athletic, they don’t normally put on weight.  They are nice with children and are usually friendly with anyone, this includes intruders.

They are especially hard to train and are know for being escapists, so it is advisable to consult a dog trainer to make the most of a Husky.  Some of them had run away and disappear for days.  Have you noticed how common they are on “missing dog” posters?

Siberian husky’s behaviour

The Siberian husky howls rather than barks. They have been described as escape artists, which can include digging under, chewing through, or even jumping over fences.

Because the Siberian Husky had been raised in a family setting by the Chukchi and not left to fend for themselves they could be trusted with children. The ASPCA classifies the breed as good with children. It also states they exhibit high energy indoors, have special exercise needs, and may be destructive “without proper care”.

Siberian Huskies have a high prey drive due to the Chukchi allowing them to roam free in the summer. The dogs hunted in pack and preyed on wild cats, birds, and squirrels, but with training can be trusted with other small animals. They would only return to the Chukchi villages when the snow returned and food became scarce. Their hunting instincts can still be found in the breed today.

Should you get this breed

If properly trained, these dogs can make wonderful companions, particularly to go for long dog walking time.  Their remarkable beauty makes them pretty enticing.  If you want to adopt one, consider the following:

  • They are heavy shedders during the summer days.
  • Since they were bred for colder climates, if you live in a warm or tropical area, you must make sure they do not overheat.  Provide lots of water, or even a cold beer for dogs! As well as cool, dry ambients.
  • They are not recommended for apartment living.  However, if properly trained and exercised, they can thrive just fine.
  • Provide a place for him to dig in the backyard.  They can be very destructive inside and outside the house.
  • Do not let them run outside unleashed to avoid common diseases.  They will run away and chase after smaller animals.

Due to their beauty, too many people buy these dogs ill-informed about their nature.  You should not purchase one in the first place. Then, if you still decide to adopt a husky, make sure you are well informed in your local dog shelter or kennel about the breed’s temper and characteristics.  Ask yourself if you have the means to properly raise and care for one.

Not sure if you could take care of a husky?  Folllow us on Dogalize to find more useful dog information about this and other breeds.