Did you see that Siberian Husky puppy in the shop window? Those bright blue eyes and furry coat that make it the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Don’t you just want to take her home?
Siberian Huskies are some of the most enjoyable pets that you could ever own. But there are 5 major factors that you MUST beware of before choosing to own one. Huskies are some of the most majestic and beautiful dogs in the world, but at the same time they come with a very peculiar set of characteristics and behaviors that can drive the owner CRAZY.
After reading the following list, you can decide for yourself if the “sibe” is the right fit for you. But as any experienced owner will tell you… once a sibe owner, ALWAYS a sibe owner!
So let’s start the list:
1. Shedding a Mountain of fur
Siberian Huskies shed very little fur practically all year round; while also at the same time they maintain themselves very clean as would a cat, therefore require infrequent baths. But what is of issue is that Huskies shed ALL their fur twice a year over a 3 week period each time.
These dogs have both a short undercoat as well as a longer overcoat, and it is this overcoat that they shed all at one. You can expect to sit with your dog, comb in hand for an hour while you take out clumps of fur at a time. The amount of fur they shed will be enough to make you an extra cushion.
2. Propensity to escape and RUN
Siberian Huskies are very clever and have a mischievous personality. They will take every opportunity to escape in order to go off exploring and discovering. Huskies are known to open door knobs, dig under fences, and climb gates in order to escape. But the biggest issue that you must be aware of that a Husky has the propensity to RUN. Whenever outside, a Husky must NOT be taken off it’s leash. Even championship trained Huskies have been known to run out the gates. This make the Siberian Husky one of the most commonly lost dogs in the world, unfortunately making them a common sight at rescue centres.
3. Predatory instincts
Siberian Huskies have an ancestry of dogs that survived using their hunting skills in the Siberian environment. To this day, these dogs are born with a predatory instinct that makes them chase and hunt small animals including rabbits, birds, squirrels and even CATS. Does this mean your Husky can’t get along with your pet cat? Yes he can. As long as the Husky is bought up from a young age amongst smaller animals like your cat, your Husky will learn to accept the animal as “part of the family”. In fact your Siberian Husky may treat your pet bird inside the house as part of the family, while chasing other birds out in the back yard.
4. Digging up your garden
Back in the day when Siberian Huskies used to live in sub-zero temperatures in Siberia, they survived by digging themselves a whole big enough to curl up inside and protect themselves from the harsh outside climates.
This ancestry has given the modern Husky the tendency to dig, dig and DIG! If you have a well-manicured garden in the back yard, then don’t expect it to be recognisable later if you let a Siberian Husky free to roam. Your pot plants are not safe either, and neither are small plants or shrubs. Some Husky owners choose to provide their dogs with a patch of dirt as a “digging area” in the back yard while also fencing underground to stop their dogs from escaping.
5. Destructive when bored
Siberian Huskies are very intelligent and social animals therefore they make the most enjoyable and cheerful family pets. The flipside is that due to their need for socialising, these dogs are prone to getting bored, especially if left by themselves. When a lone Husky becomes bored, you can expect your furniture to become the target of some “husky treatment”. Siberian Huskies have been known to damage furniture, walls, carpet and anything else when left to their own devices.
When left indoors by themselves, a Siberian must be temporarily contained in a suitable dog crate in order to ensure the safety of the dog itself as well as safety of your house and furniture.
So there you have it! The 5 factors that you MUST beware of before becoming an owner of a Siberian Husky. If considering owning a Husky, it is recommended that you learn as much as you can about the species first before making the purchase.