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So... You Think You Want a Siberian Husky?

Then, you've heard how wonderful they are. I'm here to tell you that they have their shortcomings, and are not the best pet for everyone they appeal to. Siberians are a pack animal and need the company of other dogs or people at all times. If you work all day (and who doesn't) or can only have one dog . . . do not buy a Siberian.

Siberians are capable of strong affection for a family, they are also very friendly with strangers. So, if you want a one-man dog . . . do not buy a Siberian.

The Siberian Husky does not a watch dogmake although people not acquainted with his true nature may be frightened by his wolf like appearance. If you want a dog that has guard-dog instincts . . . do not buy a Siberian.

More than once a year Siberians will shed their coats. If you are content with fur all over the house and in the air you breathe, then fine. On the other hand, if you value neatness always .. . . do not buy a Siberian.

Siberian Huskies love digging holes in the yard. If your landscaping brings you great pride . . . do not buy a Siberian.

Of all the Siberians' shortcomings, the most hazardous to the pet owner is their tremendous obsession to RUN. That first run the puppy makes across the road could be the last run he makes, anywhere. For his own protection a Siberian Husky should be kept under control at all times, on a leash or in a confined area. If you are someone who thinks it is cruel to put a dog in a kennel, or confine him in his own backyard . . . do not buy a Siberian.

I believe that any dog will be better off in a proper kennel than galabanting over the countryside. Agreed a kennel dog could be missing a lot in life: the chance to be run over by a car; the thrill of getting dirty, covered with burrs, and infested with worms; the chance of other dogs attacking him; the joy of illness from eating garbage contaminated with bacteria; the pleasure of torment by nasty kids; the thrill of being game for a farmer in his farmyard; and in the end the comfort of never realizing where he belongs or how he should behave. I don't want to see any Siberian become a TRAMP.

If you read this far, honestly feel that you understand all counts, and still want to own a Siberian, then I take certain pleasure in welcoming you in knowing that we own the most beautiful, the smartest, the most nearly ideal dog in the world . . . the SIBERIAN HUSKY!

Groomed to the Max!

  • Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.
    Frankly just about everything you should know about the breed standard, origin and history, breeding, etc. can be found on this website so if you are seriously interested in a Siberian Husky I'd recommend you read all that is found SHCA's site.

One of the most rewarding activities you can do with your Siberian is called Skijoring - you don't need a whole team of sled dogs for this, one will do!

And you don't need snow to do it either! Click on Source to learn about rollerjoring!

And you don't need snow to do it either! Click on Source to learn about rollerjoring!

Of course if you get bit by the skijoring bug the next step is ...

As you can see Siberian Huskies, not to be confused with Alaskan husky (which is a slang term given to any Siberian mixed breed used for sledding, not a specific breed of dog) just love to run, were bred to run, and if they get loose, especially if more than one, you'll be lucky if you don't find them miles away from home. They do not find their way back and a pair will compete with each other running farther and farther into oblivion!!

Speaking of Alaskan huskies, there is a breed started from Alaskan huskies known as Alaskan Klee Kais! Yes this is an actual breed developed by breeding Siberian Huskies to small breed dogs to create a type of miniature husky. Although these dogs can have traits that go along with miniature breeds (like incessant barking) if you like the look of a husky without the size this may be the breed for you! "Klee Kai" was taken from Alaskan Athabaskan and means "small dog" and was created to have an apartment size dog with appearance reflecting it's northern lineage.

Most Siberian Huskies do not bark at everything like German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers and other breeds. Of course the exception is when a pack of sled dogsare hooked up and ready to run but held back - that can be a pretty noisy bunch, but as pets they like to observe and watch and wait. After all they weren't bred to be watch dogs. They prefer to "talk", sometimes howl, whine or whimper ... but whatever they do it is always more interesting than the non stop barking of some other breeds! Just watch this video and you'll see what I mean....

---- I also like this video from ----

I hope you noticed Mishka didn't seem enamored with the guy's request and refused to speak until the woman's voice chimed in. You could even see in her facial expression it looked like she wanted to say "leave me alone" to the guy and she even yawned like he was boring her - She definitely responds to the woman, and that is typical of how these dogs are - they are very intelligent but have short attention spans and often have a mind of their own when it comes to performing....a dog trainer told me she tried to train her friend's young Husky for her to show and although the dog was shown everything it needed to know it would not perform for her and it seemed she just couldn't be trained...they gave up. A year later the friend brought the dog back and to both their surprise it performed everything it was taught without flaw - I guess the dog was just bored to death in the beginning but it is evident that it was learning all the time.

For those of you near Toronto, Canada whose Husky won't heel off leash!

This dog in the video on the right would run away for hours at a time as soon as she got off leash and it was near impossible to get her back. She would pull on leash as if she was pulling a sled in a championship race. After only two sessions this professional dog trainer, TOM of The K9 Dojo Inc. in Richmond Hill, Ontario (near Toronto) was able to get her to walk off leash.



Genetically working breeds are the best of the pure breeds

Dog breeds are not totally free of inherited genetic defects, but the Siberian Husky has had more good fortune than most. Siberian Huskies are generally healthy and of good temperament and there has not been a lot of genetic issues. However, in the interest of fairness to mutts, the video to the right points out some facts about purebred dogs vrs. mutts as pets.

---- And when I say Huskies love to dig, this is no exaggeration ----


Two of my Huskies


For some great laughs...


The Logician (author) from then to now on on January 25, 2016:

Me too! If you win the lottery let me know, Ill do the same - we can joint venture, put the dog whisperer to shame! Not to knock him, just to out do him.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on January 25, 2016:

Very good content. Yep, loads and loads of folks just look at the pictures and think that specific breed of dog is exactly what they've always wanted.

Of course I feel the same way about it - the dogs are beautiful, and I'm over fond of dogs that look as close to being wolves or coyotes as possible.

It's always saddening to me when someone gets a dog and finds out later on they were never equipped to handle that dog. If I had the money and space...gosh, I'd take every dang rescue there was.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 01, 2015:

Excellent hub! Everything you have said here is so true! We have owned 4 huskies over the last 20 years. They are a wonderful breed, but they do have their draw backs.

Suzie from Carson City on January 01, 2015:

Wow tsad....we could almost be FRIENDS! Thank you so much for this beautiful message. I didn't want to brag, but in fact Sir, Border Collies ARE the most intelligent dog in the world. In case you're interested, I have a Border Collie hub.

I'll tell you just one story (of the hundreds I have) about "Taz".....his Christian name is "Tazmanian Devil." Their hearing and overall perception of surroundings is like nothing from this world. No way could I get out of this house without him at my heels in an instant. Impossible. I got so desperate, I thought about going out the bedroom window.

One day I had some errands to run and of course he was in his position on the passenger side. I knew at some point I had to take him home because I was going somewhere for quite a while and didn't want him in the car all that time. I pull in the drive way, get out of the car & hop up to the it and Taz is not with me. So I call him...."C'mon boy...let's go in the house...C'mon Taz....come with Mommy." He sits there staring at me, looking ahead, looking away, looking back at me.....would NOT budge. Then it hit me. I went back to the car, turned it off...took the keys out, put them in my purse and got out of the car again. This time he followed me...CLOSELY....Stood in front of the door blocking it from me....and I'll be damned if I didn't have to slip my shoes off and sit down on the couch before he would get away from the door. This dog held me captive in my own home. He has a cocker spaniel brother....not too terribly bright. In fact he's about as clueless as it gets. There's balance in our home.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on January 01, 2015:

Your comments about picking a pet are so appropriate. I'm not surprised that ~you~ have a Border Collie. The Border Collie sits at the top of the list of most intelligent dog breeds, and some people believe they are the smartest dog in the world. I need not tell you a bored Border Collie is capable of almost anything, because he will find something to do to entertain himself. That is something I'll bet you can relate to!

Paula, you have taught me to always pay attention to your observations. Be they good or bad, you encourage me to strive for more than just a passing grade and for that I am grateful! Thanks.

Suzie from Carson City on January 01, 2015:

tsad......You are most definitely a Husky expert. This is so important for people to know....about any breed they are "thinking" about making a member of their family. Unless you intend to adopt a mutt, which is perfectly commendable, the first thing we should do is absorb as much information about the particular breed as possible.

Quite a bit of your in-depth explanation of the Siberian Husky sounds much like my Border Collie. They're working dogs (herders, of course) and they NEED a job 7 days a week to be happy.

That was a big attraction for me, because I sure as heck have no intention of working 7 days a week. Someone around here needs to pay the bills.

That video of "Mishka" the talking husky? Too cute. I loved it. She (he?) actually said most of those phrases as well as a human child...especially, "I love you." Funny how she sort of sassed when she was asked if she is stupid!

Really great Hub Mr. tsad..........Peace, Paula

Katherine Franke from Indiana on October 30, 2014:

No problem. Thanks for all the info. You've been a big help!

The Logician (author) from then to now on on October 30, 2014:

Thanks Katherine! As with people individual dogs of any breed may have different quirks in their personalities so it is hard to generalize on a question such as yours. Two dogs that should normally get along might each have a quirk that the other contends with.

I will tell you this, you can test a puppy for temperament (google and you'll find different methods like this For a pet and companion to a little dog, you do not want a dog that tests aggressive or difficult.

Puppies imprint as early as 2 weeks old to 16 weeks so with huskies whatever animal you want it to get along with, if you can put it with the puppy as soon as they open their eyes for most of the day every day it will get along with and tolerate that animal, (eg kittens, small animals, birds) even as an adult. This can be difficult to do if mama dog is around so separate her except for feeding the pups and remove the animal during the feeding time.

A good rule of thumb for two dogs to get along is to have opposite sexes. I'll tell you also, Huskies are very quiet dogs. They will howl at sirens or talk to you in moans and wales but they generally don't bark unless extremely frustrated.

Klee Kais, not so much. This is really not a pure breed but a miniaturized Siberian Husky made from interbreeding several different small breeds of spitz dog with Siberian and Alaskan (not actually a breed but Siberian crosses) huskies. Consequently, like most small breeds they tend to be incessant barkers which is very annoying, at least to me (as I like my quiet Huskies) and the neighbors.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

Katherine Franke from Indiana on October 30, 2014:

Would a Siberian get along with a smaller dog? (If the Siberian grew up with the smaller dog, of course.) Or would you not recommend having a husky and a smaller dog in the same home? If not I will probably get a Klee Kai instead. If only you could get them for a decent price. Anyway, cool post. Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on January 28, 2014:

Interesting and informative. The video of the dog saying "I love you," was amazing. Lots of good information anyone thinking of adopting a Huskie should know regardless of which huskie they're considering.

Elizabeth from ATLANTA,Ga on February 16, 2013:

They would not be the breed for me, I can't take that much fur. Plus, there need to dig holes would drive me mad. NO bueno!! They are very beautiful creatures though. :)

The Logician (author) from then to now on on January 30, 2013:

I can't disagree with you and the whole point of this hub is they are not for everyone, for some of the very reasons you mention. Most likely if the owners of those dogs you have experienced had read this hub before getting a Husky you'd have a different opinion or maybe they wouldn't have chosen a husky.. As with most breeds problems with pet Huskies are 90%the fault of the owner... the K9DOJO video demonstrates they can easily be trained to do anything - he is an awesome trainer.

Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on January 30, 2013:

I like husky's dont get me wrong here, but I do not believe they make good pets I currently work in a grooming saloon and I cringe when i see a husky walk in almost all i have worked with are poorly trained and snap at you when you try to do anything with there feet, and shed awful. This breed of dog should only be owned by some one experianced in dog care. great hub

Naomi's Banner from United States on January 06, 2013:

Outstanding Hub! Everything you wanted to know about a Huskey nd didn't know to ask...ha ha . I enjoyed this very much. I have always been fascinated by Huskys but after reading this Hub know that they wouldn't be happy in my home as I work and am gone a lot. Further more we don't get much snow here and they would be bored to death. This was funny, interesting, informative, catchy and fun. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Loved the dog show video.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on November 08, 2012:

Ain't that the truth! Just look how well they can be trained by an exceptional trainer.

Kalpana Iyer from India on August 15, 2012:

Isn't this dog breed the cutest? Your hub enlightened me about their shortcomings but who wouldn't fall for that pretty face. Thanks for sharing !

The Logician (author) from then to now on on August 14, 2012:

Yes, they can be soooo beautiful and their glamorization in movies makes many people desire them...more often than not people (for whom they really aren't a suitable pet) find they have purchased a nightmare!

WhydThatHappen on August 14, 2012:

Good things to know- no one ever told me about their problems with huskies before.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on August 14, 2012:

Yeah - me too! I have noticed that sometimes a husky will settle down and not run as he gets old like over 8 or 9 but it depends on the dog. If the husky comes from a bloodline that hasn't been worked for several generations the desire to run can be bred down and then there is always the exception to the rule, though rare that it is.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on August 14, 2012:

We have a rescue dog that appears to be either pure Siberian or nearly so. She is a good dog but I am getting a bit old to keep up with the exercise, grooming etc. I would have passed but my wife insisted she wanted a Husky. Our previous dog was a cross of Husky and I think, German Shepherd. Oddly our current dog does not have the tendency to run off like the previous dog did.

Most of what you said in this hub I learned from experience.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on August 09, 2012:

"...more than instinct?" What is that supposed to mean - they intellectually plot ways to kill and maim prey? Sounds like a little projection going on with that anthropomorphic comment. But yes, I agree with the rest of your comment. For a husky dog proof means "indestructible"!

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 09, 2012:

It is more than instinct. Another great line would have been "If you want to raise chickens, want to raise geese, or even breed rabbits in dog-proof hutches (which are not really dog-proof for a husky) DO NOT BUY a Siberian Husky." But, other than that, and all of your other reasons...

The Logician (author) from then to now on on May 01, 2012:

Yeah, that's right - I didn't mention they have two eyes, two ears, teeth and four legs either - oh or that they are a dog and dogs are believed to be descended from a type of wolf.

Marion on May 01, 2012:

You fogot to mention they have the instinct to kill small animals eg:,cats,rabbits, lambs,sheep,goats,pigs etc.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on April 14, 2012:

Yeah - that is the first and (if not anything else) the only thing you MUST do when they are young. You will have to find a treat she just craves and gets excited for. Keep her on a leash at all times and train her to sit and stay (give a treat and praise)and then come to you on command and sit (give a treat and praise). Do this methodically everyday until you can remove the leash and have her perform without the treat, just praise - this training is important to accomplish.

Kudos to you for rescuing her - a noble deed that will not go unrewarded if you train her well.

Judy on April 14, 2012:

I just rescued a beautiful Siberian husky...She sits and shakes...

I cannot get her her to come to me when I call?


The Logician (author) from then to now on on July 23, 2011:

Thank you for your comment! Huskies are great if they have something to do -they are a working dog, not a lap dog so things like skijoring and sledding are really great activities for the dog and his master.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on July 23, 2011:

Love the Rochester video - what an intelligent creature! I took care of a mix Husky once, good Lord what handful! They are a little too aloof for my taste, I like a clingy dog like the Cocker Spaniel my family had - just wanted to be touched all the time, never leave your side. Not to say the Husky is a bad dog, but it really needs a special owner to love it and handle it right - a lot of potential. This was an educational and insightful hub, helped me to understand my friend's Husky better and appreciate Huskies more now.

I have to add, the Husky may be the perfect dog for me because you have to work for its respect and love. I knew instinctively not to antagonize my friend's Husky or dominate him but work with him and be very patient with him.

Thanks for making me rethink the Husky - they are beautiful animals.

SanneL from Sweden on July 21, 2011:

Great Info!

To put a breed like a Siberian husky in the wrong environment, its just cruel! Hopefully by reading this hub, it will stop some Huskies to become a pet to someone who doesn't have the time nor the energy.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on June 30, 2011:

Thanks "Stotinka5" and "E E" It takes a husky owner to really appreciate this info, doesn't it!

Eternal Evolution from kentucky on June 30, 2011:

Nice hub! I am owned by a Siberian Husky, noticed I said owned not own hehe. They are great dogs when owned by people who know what to expect and can handle the breed's needs. Like most dog breeds huskies are not for everyone. A great site for those who own a husky or would like to learn more about them is

Again great hub and hope it helps some people decide the breed isn't right for them. A lot of people who rush into husky ownership or ownership of any breed without doing research often end up re-homing their dog or putting them in a shelter.

Stotinka5 on June 26, 2011:


I have one his name is Sibir! that's the best dogs for me!!! I dont bought it only because has nice vision - Sibir is full with energy, has his own vision on the thinks :D and is perfect friend:)

hah and u r right - siberian dogs love diggin holes:D and...he loves the water:DDD even when outside is around 0, he is in the pool :D

The Logician (author) from then to now on on June 23, 2011:

Been over 20 years with this breed and I can attest to what you say - once you understand they have short attention spans and you vary training to the extent it stimulates their interest and keeps them from getting bored, half the battle is won...yeah, only half. :)Thanks for visiting.

Suzzy Nichols from Chaplin,CT on June 23, 2011:

This is great, I work with dogs and Huskies are one of those breeds that mot folks just shouldn't own. They are stellar dogs but take a ton of work.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on June 22, 2011:

Thanks kims3003 ! I thought so too but my score doesn't show it!

kims3003 on June 22, 2011:

Very well thought out and written hub - nice work!!

The Logician (author) from then to now on on June 21, 2011:

Well the whole point of the hub is to keep you from buying a Husky just for the way they look!!! Oh my, I guess I have failed! :) But I'm glad you enjoyed it....Thanks rorshak.

rorshak sobchak on June 20, 2011:

I would buy one of these dogs just for the way they look. They are beautiful. I enjoyed the hub.

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