AKC Standard says 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."
free-spirited Siberian Husky is usually good-natured with
He is also very playful, athletic, agile, and light on
his feet. He loves the great outdoors and
requires vigorous exercise, especially in cool weather. He should
be taken running, hiking, and/or biking every day, always on-leash,
for he is independent and born to run.
If something catches his interest, he'll be gone. Teaching him to
pull carts and sleds gives him a purpose in
Without such exercise, mental activity, and lots of
companionship, he can be incredibly, massively
Most Siberian Huskies
are sociable with other dogs, but he has a very high prey drive and
may destroy cats if not raised with them. Siberians should not be
kept around rabbits, ferrets, or birds. Fencing must be high and
secure, for he can be an escape artist, and once loose, he may run
deer and molest livestock.
Training is a challenge because the
strong-willed Siberian Husky is inclined to use his intelligence in
clever ways that suit his own purposes.
Use food rewards -- jerking this breed can result in melodramatic
theatrics, including screaming. Digging and howling are favorite
If you want a dog
Siberian Husky may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal
A Siberian Husky is
not the right dog for
- Unless you specifically want an
athletic dog for sledding, carting, backpacking, or other
outdoor-related activities, preferably in a cool climate, I do not
recommend this breed. Siberian Huskies were never intended to be
simply pets. Trying to suppress their "hardwired" drive to work,
without providing alternate outlets for their energy, can be
If you have small children, or if you or
anyone who lives with you is elderly or infirm, I do not recommend
Siberian Husky puppies. The temptation to play roughly is too
strong in many young Siberian Huskies.
- To keep your
Siberian Husky in, and to keep other animals out, fences should be
high, with wire sunk into the ground along the fence line to thwart
digging. Gates should have the highest quality locks. Many Siberian
Huskies are clever escape artists who will go over, under, or
through fences in search of adventure.
- NEVER show any kind of "mental"
weakness when training..
- Frankly, most Siberian
Huskies are "too much dog" for the average household. Very few
people can provide the types of athletic activities that keep this
breed satisfied.Show them this too.. I am sure they can be wonderfull Husky
owners, as long as they take these few things seriously.. The breed
is a wonderful companion when trained the right way.. They will
have a friend for life.. But the
dog can - and will be - their worst nightmare if they are not