Siberian Huskies were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. While Siberian Huskies are wonderful loving companions for the right person, an exuberant Siberian Husky is not always the right choice for everyone. An overview of their characteristics may help you decide if a Siberian is a good choice for you and your family.
Siberians are intelligent and independent spirits. Obedience training is highly recommended. Patience is required. Siberians are athletic and require a fair amount of exercise. Siberians are diggers and jumpers. An unattended Siberian may dig up your yard in a matter of minutes when left to their own devices. A Siberian can easily clear a four foot fence. A six foot fence that is reinforced at the bottom will keep the average Siberian contained. Additionally without careful supervision a Siberian can open child proof locks and destroy chain link fencing.
Siberians are friendly, family oriented dogs; therefore they are not suited to be watch dogs. They also know no strangers and therefore are naturally trusting animals. Siberian Huskies are pack animals by nature. They seek company of the canine or human sort. On the way to find that companionship they may be unable to find their way home. Siberian Huskies have an intense predatory instinct. They may chase small wildlife within their yard or even the family cat.
Siberian Huskies are good house dogs for those who like minimal odor and don’t mind dog hair. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner…or two. Siberian Huskies are double coated. They shed their top coat year around and shed their undercoat twice per year.
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