Is A Husky The Best Dog Breed For Me?
There is no doubt about it, Siberian Huskies are a magnificent breed. We frequently feature them in Fit Dog Fridays and Fit Dogs Rock videos as they are so athletic. When you see one walking down the street, or at an event, or sledding, or even in a photo, it’s hard not to stare at them. The big soulful eyes, the lush fur….they look almost wolf-like.
Beautiful Maya and Ashley performed with us at Canadian Pet Expo in April. Ashley dedicates many hours a week to training and exercising Maya.
We also met gorgeous rescue Charlie and Vanessa at The Canadian Pet Expo (Fall Canadian Expo is coming up this weekend in Toronto)
Charlie is a six-month-old female husky who was looking for her forever home (UPDATE: pleased to announce she found her forever home and is very happy – yay!). Sadly, Charlie had spent the first months of her life stuck in a crate before the SPCA stepped in and she was placed in rescue.
Properly researching the breed is key for happiness down the road. Charlie’s previous owners didn’t know how to care for a husky puppy. They kept her in isolation, fed her junk food and were too busy to socialize her.
Charlie is also hearing impaired, but that doesn’t stop this playful puppy. She’s learning sign language and is proving to be a very intelligent girl. She is another inspirational rescue dog that proves they aren’t broken, they can learn and they make amazing pets.
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Siberian Huskies are a medium sized breed known for being, strong, graceful, and tenacious sled dogs. They are naturally very handsome, energetic and dignified. While they aren’t the largest of dog breed, they are extremely strong and able to pull light loads at moderate speeds for long distances over snow.
If you’re thinking adopting a husky, there are a few things you should know, so we asked our friend Jenna, who has three huskies as well as kittens and kids, to give us some pros and cons of owning or being owned by huskies.
1. Huskies are very friendly, loving and lovable.
2. They are playful and there is never a dull moment with a husky. They also like a job.
3. Huskies make great bed buddies (and they are quite odorless so don’t require too many baths).
4. Huskies have a way of getting us out of the house and keeping us active. If you like jogging, hiking and sports, they can be great companions.
5. They are a beautiful looking and intelligent breed.
1. They can become destructive if not trained and exercised mentally and physically or if left alone for long.
2. They are a high energy breed and they can be “escape artists” and “diggers” (Jenna mentions on her blog that she walks her dogs at least twice a day and is always outside with them in the yard).
3. They can be somewhat noisy (they “talk” rather than bark).
4. They shed…. ALOT! They have a double thick coat and grooming is a constant job.
NB There are organizations (such as the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund at www.SOS-SRF.org) who will accept Husky fur sheds to weave into some wonderful items, or you can spin and create your own, to sell and raise funds to help homeless Huskies. via Five Sibes.
5. They have a higher prey drive than some breeds so often enjoy chasing things.
“Before you decide to adopt a Siberian Husky, my biggest piece of advice is to do your research. As wonderful as this breed is, they are not for everyone. Far too many huskies end up in shelters because owners simply do not understand the breed or do not have the time and energy. Sibe’s can make a great addition to any family, but it takes a lot of time, work, energy and consistency in positive reinforcement training.” Jenna
Bringing A Husky Puppy Into Your Family
Providing your Siberian Husky with ample mental and physical exercise, and lots of love will definitely get you started!
Television personality Brad Smith was joined by 10-month-old Husky puppy Laika while we filmed segments for our TV series “Fit Dogs Rock” and “Rescues Rock” in Toronto’s beautiful High Park.
Laika was adopted from Moosonee Puppy Rescue. This group that focuses on helping dogs in isolated northern Ontario communities where there are no veterinary services. Many dogs are kept outside and over-breeding has led to over-population. For many years, the only solution to the over population problem was the dog cull where stray dogs were rounded up and shot. Thankfully Laika was rescued and adopted. She jogs and walks and plays with her new family and gets lots of reward-based consistent training.
Siber Rescue* is just one of the many organizations fighting for the welfare of the breed. Located in Aurora, ON this rescue saves, rehabilitates and rehomes huskies in need. They recommend a large well-fenced yard as the breed is known to jump very high when motivated. They do not generally recommend their rescues for families with small children and cats. Having prior experience with northern breeds is also an asset. This ensures that owners will understand the level of energy and commitment these dogs require. As we mentioned above, properly researching the breed is key for a happy adoption.
Nikita is a very active 1 1/2-year-old spayed Husky gal! She’s a beauty and she knows it. She loves to chase balls and occasionally likes to bring them back (true Husky). This lovely girl is very active so she’ll need an active home to keep up with her. She will not be suitable for a home with small animals or children. Other dogs may be fine with her, but an introduction would be best as she can be picky about her canine friends.
If you are interested in meeting this gorgeous gal please call Ann and Pete at 905 939-2692
Shadow is a striking, long-legged, male Siberian Husky looking for his forever home. He is very sweet and loving but can be a little nervous of new, unfamiliar situations. Because he is so tall and agile, he will need to go to a home with a secure, high fence. He can jump when he is motivated.He is neutered and up to date on all his shots. We are seeking a home with previous Husky experience.
If you think you are the family for Shadow, please contact: Vanessa at 647-205-2665
*Siber Rescue website is currently under construction if you are interested in adopting any of these dogs contact the phone numbers listed or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adopt A Husky!
There are so many huskies waiting to be adopted. If, after careful research and planning, you are considering the breed, please adopt and don’t shop! Visit one of the rescues listed above, use Pet Finder or check your local Shelters and Humane Societies. Rescues Rock!
Do you have a husky? Is it the best dog breed for you? Share your photos and stories below.