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Husky Adoption

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What do you need to know before you adopt a Husky? We asked the experts!
 

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue says:

A free spirit, non-conforming, sometimes aloof, and at the same time gregarious and friendly…you will love the Siberian Husky if you can accept the independent nature of this wonderful breed.

Positive Traits:

  • Siberian Huskies are intelligent and adept at problem solving.
  • Most Siberians love people and make excellent family dogs.
  • Siberian Huskies are athletic and make good walking/hiking/jogging partners in cool weather.
  • Siberian Huskies have a pronounced sense of humor. They usually use it to humor their owners!
  • Siberian Huskies are attractive dogs with an exotic look.
  • Siberian Huskies are poor watchdogs. They love everyone!
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Negative Traits:

  • Many Siberian Huskies possess a high prey drive which manifests itself as chasing small animals, such as cats. Even a Siberian who lives with a cat indoors may chase a cat or other small animal outdoors, causing injury or even death.
  • Even trained Siberian Huskies, when off-leash, usually will not come when called. Some Siberian Huskies are escape artists. Once free, they may take off for hours…or they may not even return at all.
  • Some Siberians require a genuine fortress in place of a regular fence.
  • Siberian Huskies have lots and lots of fur that sheds at least twice a year.
  • Siberian Huskies are gardeners. They dig really big holes!
  • Siberian Huskies are poor watchdogs. They love everyone!
  • Huskies are very pack-oriented. They cannot tolerate long periods of isolation.

Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue says:

Siberian Huskies are high energy working dogs who play rough and have a high prey drive. They are known to run, jump, dig, and chew and should NEVER be off leash. They must be contained in a fenced yard and in the house; they should not be left alone or unattended for long periods of time.  They will get bored easily and quickly and if left to their own devices, they will find something to do which probably won't make you happy when you come home.

Routine is the best management tool. Having a routine daily walk, consistent meal times, play time, and time to rest will make a Siberian a wonderful companion. The anticipated daily walks give the Siberian an outlook that can deter him from howling, chewing, digging, jumping, and running. They have magnificent personalities and will make you laugh and cry and pull your hair in frustration, so it’s best to be prepared and educated!

11 Things to Know About Siberian Huskies:

1:  Assume that your husky will find an escape route.  They have the ability to squeeze through the smallest of holes, break or chew their way out of a tie out, run through electric fences, just for the sheer joy of it.   Think your husky won’t open your door?  Think again.

2:  Huskies typically have a high prey drive.  We hear all the time, “my cat is very dog savvy”.  A husky is pretty savvy at hunting so that’s usually not a combination that we believe to be safe.  Even with huskies that were raised with cats, extreme caution should be exercised.

3:  Never, never, never allow your husky off leash!  (repeat 100 times)   

4:  We strongly recommend crating your Siberian when you are not at home to cut down on escape (and destruction from boredom) opportunities.

5:  Siberians have a natural tendency to dig.  If left to their own devices, they may dig large craters in your yard (or dig an escape route under the fence, see rule number 1 and 4).  

6:  Invest in a good vacuum--or two--they shed a lot.  Their undercoat will fall out in clumps 2 times per year, but expect to have fur on your clothes and carpet year round.

7:  Do not shave your husky in the summer.  They need their undercoat to insulate them and keep them cool.  It also protects them against harmful UV rays.

8:  Huskies are not meant to be left alone for long periods of time.  They are pack animals – that may include humans or other dogs.  They require companionship of others and if left to their own devices, howling will begin, the escape route will be started, or something will be destroyed.

9:  Invest in an alarm company or service; your husky will be useless as a watch dog.

10:  Train your husky, but be prepared for a challenge.  Siberian huskies are intelligent and stubborn which can be difficult when training.  Be consistent, have patience and a good sense of humor, Use lots of positive training.  Don’t train for too long, maybe 10 minutes at a time as your husky will become bored.

11:  A tired husky is a very good thing.  Your husky is an athlete and requires a lot of daily exercise.

More about the Husky

Thinking about adopting a Siberian Husky puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:

1. You have kids.

Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Siberian Husky puppy (or, gasp! find a Siberian Husky puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Siberian Husky puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears.  Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order.  Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display.  When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals.  This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.

2.  You value your possessions.

Puppies teethe.  They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos.  Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Siberian Husky (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.

3.  You work, or otherwise leave the house.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old Siberian Husky puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Siberian Husky rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a Siberian Husky

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Siberian Husky adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

  • You CAN find purebred Siberian Huskys for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Siberian Huskys and Siberian Husky puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a Siberian Husky puppy. Siberian Husky puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Siberian Husky, even a Siberian Husky puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a Siberian Husky puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Siberian Husky if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your Siberian Husky would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  Siberian Husky rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Siberian Husky you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Siberian Husky to their family!

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