About Huskies and Are They Good Pets?

The Husky originates from Siberia. Three thousand years ago, Huskies were used by a semi-nomadic tribe in Siberia to help expand their hunting grounds. They helped pull sleds over long-distances. The ability of Huskies to tolerate cold temperatures and survive on minimal food makes them the ideal sled dog.  Scroll down to learn more about Huskies and the advantages and disadvantages of owing one.

All About Huskies

Huskies Have Thick Coats

Originating from subzero climates, Huskies can tolerate and work in extreme winter weather. Huskies are blessed with a thick coat that comprise an undercoat, which enables them to trap body heat and stay warm. Their natural almond-shaped eyes protect them from snow and the sun’s rays. Furthermore, wrapping their long, bushy tails provide extra warmth while sleeping.

Huskies Have Blue Eyes

The beautiful glacial-blue eyes of Huskies cause love at first sight. However, some Huskies may also have “Heterochromia,” or eyes of two different colors. Huskies having Heterochromia often have blue, gold, or orange-colored eyes.

Huskies Can Have Colorful Coats

We usually think Huskies coats have limited colors; gray and white or black and white coats. However, Huskies can come in various colors. According to the American Kennel Club, Huskies’ coats can be one of six colors—black, agouti, gray, red, sable, and white—but there are tons of variations out there.”

Huskies Have an Incredible Metabolism

Did you know Huskies can survive for hours without food? Their bodies have been built to perform without experiencing fatigue. It is incredible how they can burn tons of calories by regulating their metabolism while working.

Huskies Are Talkative

If you love talkative dogs, then a Husky may be perfect for you. They are famous for jabbering, groaning, and grumbling.

A Good-Natured Breed

Along with being irresistibly appealing, Huskies are friendly and gentle breeds of dogs. Unlike other dog breeds, Huskies do not show any signs of aggressiveness or hostility against people or other dogs if taken care of properly, and they can be quite friendly with them.

According to the American Kennel Club, Huskies have an agreeable and outgoing temperament.  These gentle creatures are extremely intelligent and show signs of hard work and dedication, making them suitable for work purposes. Along with that, they can be great playful companions tp you and your pets as well.

Playful and Dynamic

Huskies are born to run! With their high stamina and activeness, they absolutely love being outdoors. These agile creatures love to exercise and can prove to be a great company at hiking, running, camping, or biking trips.

Huskies are capable of performing vigorous exercise during the cold weather. They can help you travel long distances by pulling your sleighs. If you live in a country that is snowing all the time, Huskies can be very useful.

Independent and Free-Spirited

Huskies are independent dogs and suitable for people who want their own space from dogs. The “Husky” breed, unlike other dog breeds, can stay away for longer periods having minimal contact with their owners. They seem to do well as long as they are with their pack.

However, the independent and free-spirited nature of Huskies prevents them from becoming the loveable lap-dogs many people want. They can be stubborn and will do things their way rather than obediently abiding by house rules.

Siberian Huskies Are Friendly With Strangers

According to The AKC Standard, the Siberian Husky “does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor is he overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs.” The aggressive-free nature of Huskies is what makes them gentle and friendly with strangers; they make strangers feel welcome.

Siberian Huskies Are Tolerant of Other Dogs

If you own other breeds of dogs, having a Husky around wouldn’t be a problem unless your Husky socializes with other dogs from a young age. The friendly nature of Huskies enables them to do well in multi-dog homes. However, making a Husky nervous and agitated might get him to a point where he may display aggressive behavior.

The following list shows the various breeds of dogs that get along well with Huskies:

  • Labrador
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Australian Shepherd Dog
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Dalmatian
  • Border Collie
  • Standard Poodle

Masters of Escape

It is vital to train Huskies if you do not want them to escape. Untrained Huskies can break out at the smallest chance of escape. Even if you keep them in their dog cages they would still find an opportunity to find their way out. Hence, it is preferable not to leave your Husky outside to play without any supervision.

Strong Predatory Drive

The strong and fiercely predatory drive of Husky’s can pose a threat to other pets in your house. Some huskies have been reported to have killed pets within the house due to their instincts to hunt. According to The American Kennel Club, “Predatory instincts are strong, so Siberians should be supervised around small animals in and around the home.” Hence, it is best to be safe and keep your pets far away from Huskies.

Stubborn Behaviors

If you own a Husky, you would have noticed how this breed stares blankly right at you as if they haven’t heard a single word you said. This breed can be a challenging one to train. Hence, it is crucial to use positive reinforcement to help your Husky stay focused while training.

Stamina and Bounciness

Huskies are loaded with stamina. If you want to adopt a Husky, you should be active enough to fulfill their daily exercise dose.

A great way to fulfill a Huskies needs is to take him on regular walks or play dates with other dogs. Always remember, a tired Husky is a good Husky; failing to provide a sufficient amount of exercise or mental stimulation can lead to a disastrous situation.

Noise Levels

Have you ever heard a Husky howl?  A Huskies howling can be heard across 10 miles. Your neighbors might have to call some cops.

Poor Guardians

If you think Huskies can guard your home. You think wrong. Due to their sociable and friendly nature, Huskies will befriend anyone. Your Husky might greet a burglar as a guest or accompany the burglar for a house tour. However, their size and looks might be sufficient to scare away the burglars.

There is no definite answer to the question, “Are Huskies good pets?” Owning a Husky has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the end it all depends on the owners desires.

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Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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