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    Husky and/or German Shepherd

    So, DH and I are trying to figure out what our second dog should be (we currently have the most beautiful Newfoundland in the whole world) and he's leaning towards husky (as that's what he is familiar with) and I'm leaning towards German Shepherd (as that's what I'm familiar with) though we're both fine with either.

    I've done some research with what's available readily online on both breeds, but I wondered if husky owners or german shepherd owners would chime in some anecdotes about health issues, personality types, that kind of thing that are particulars to the breeds but I might not find readily.

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    well what are you looking for in a dog, Huskies and GSD's are very different dogs in more ways than one.

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    I guess my only issue with the husky is the trainability. My Newfie was super easy to train (well... sort of... the result of my work in training was that I have a dog that will come when called, which is necessary since where we live there are poisonous snakes and that kind of thing and I don't want her putting her curious nose in everything; we're also training her in water rescue) and is active. Both the husky and the GSD are active, but I'm REALLY wondering how... reasonable it would be to have a husky who could go hiking with us and be active in that context and not make me completely neurotic. I know GSDs are highly trainable...

    Basically I guess I'm looking to get sold on a husky so that DH will be happy, and the only thing I'm really concerned about is whether or not I could take a husky places with us, or what training a husky results in, because what I've read is that even with vigilant training they run off and they don't come back...

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    I'm sure you know about HD and GSDs. I don't believe it's common in Huskies. Though I could be wrong, I definitely haven't heard of it.

    Do you plan on going the breeder route or rescue route? I've found more rescue Huskies are more laid back and GSDs are more crazy and quirky, while I find the opposite energy wise in well bred specimens.

    Grooming's going to be about the same. GSDs are more velco-y and Huskies are more independent, so you could have potential seperation anxiety problems with a GSD if you did not purposely avoid it. I know I wound up in that situation accidentally. Likewise, a velcro dog is usually more eager to please IME, and is therefore easier to train.

    ETA; don't think that you can't train a dog to come when called just because of the breed. People say the same things about Beagles, yet mine has a great recall. That said, every dog is different and you could have the same issues with a GSD just as much as you would with a Husky. If you have the issue of them not being able to be trained reliably in recall, keep them on a long line or drag line for quick recovery if they decide to dart.
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    I do know about HD. Poor GSDs.

    Huh, that's interesting about the rescues. I always try to go rescue, and in fact my Newfoundland is my first purebred dog; all the rest were just mutts from the shelter. I'll definitely keep this in mind.

    DJEtzel, how did the GSD develop its separation anxiety, and how does one prevent it? I've never had much trouble with that, but I would like to be more aware.

    Also, thank you for the end bit. I was just put off because EVERY. SINGLE. ANYTHING. about huskies was this warning about their running behavior and while of course I'd be vigilant about it no matter what, I don't want to be afraid to open my front door to let in visitors or such things. But you're right, any dog can be trained.

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

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    I do know about HD. Poor GSDs.

    Huh, that's interesting about the rescues. I always try to go rescue, and in fact my Newfoundland is my first purebred dog; all the rest were just mutts from the shelter. I'll definitely keep this in mind.

    DJEtzel, how did the GSD develop its separation anxiety, and how does one prevent it? I've never had much trouble with that, but I would like to be more aware.

    Also, thank you for the end bit. I was just put off because EVERY. SINGLE. ANYTHING. about huskies was this warning about their running behavior and while of course I'd be vigilant about it no matter what, I don't want to be afraid to open my front door to let in visitors or such things. But you're right, any dog can be trained.
    Keep in mind, that bit of info about rescues is only in my experience, it could be different in different areas I suppose.

    I'm assuming my GSD developed SA because of the fact that for the first many months of his life someone was always home with him, then my boyfriend starting working more and his schedule changed. Then it got hot and we couldn't bring him with us as much and had to leave him home. Basically, for the first 7 months of his life he wasn't crated while we were gone, which was a huge mistake on our part, and we're lucky it's not worse. He's destroyed his crate a few times, but we're managing it well. He just wasn't used to being crated while we were gone for so long and acted out, basically.

    I definitely don't think you'd have an issue with door running if you trained them from the very start. There are two huskies at the shelter I work at right now whom I've trained in their short time there not to rush the kennel door and they'll stand back for me to leash them just fine. If I'm cleaning out their kennels or moving/cleaning things I can leave their cage doors open and they don't dart. Then again, they're the calm, shelter type huskies.

    Still, with training from and early age and exercise, you shouldn't have any issues. Like with anything else though, consistency is key.

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    Both are great dogs with the right owners. I am not saying you are bad owner at all.

    GSDs aren't that velcor-y, well the ones I own aren't velcro-y. Yes, they are prone to HD, they can separation anxiety, but it can be helped. They shed alot. Also if you plan on going the breeder route you need know what you want in a dog(temperament,drive, etc.), also what lines(Show line or Working line), good GSD breeders test for HD and such. GSDs are great companions and very protective, they are loyal and smart. If socialized properly they will do great with your Newfoundland. If you go the rescue route, there are GSD rescues.

    GSDs will be great for hiking, they are active dogs and hiking is a great idea.

    Huskies are very high energy active dogs, but there are some not so high energy ones. There were 2 at my shelter recently and one was very high energy, the other was pretty mellow. They are escape artists. Also these dogs were bred to run(hence they are sled dogs) so hiking and etc is a great way for them to burn off their energy. Don't be deterred not to get a husky.Also since they are cold weather dogs that can be factored depending on where you live. There are also Husky rescues as well.

    It all comes to the research you have done the kind of dog you want, and what you will be doing with the dog.

    Both are great dogs. I would love to own a husky in the future. Just do your research, talk to owners of both breeds.

    Oh BTW, I own 2 GSDs. They are in my siggy.


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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    GSDs aren't that velcor-y
    I must disagree with this, as being "velcro" is kind of a hallmark of the breed.

    German Shepherd Dogs are naturally predisposed to separation anxiety just because of what they were bred for. They are an all purpose utilitarian dog, but the vast majority of things the breed is used for involves the dog being with the handler 90% of the time (or more).

    They work very closely with each other as a team, day in and day out, and so when the handler has to go away for a little while....well, bad things can ensue of the dog has not been properly conditioned to accept time away from his handler.

    The differences between the GSD and Husky are VAST. Do you want a dog that comes running to you when you come home, or one that barely acknowledges your presence?

    Do you want an independent dog that is happy to do what he wants whenever he wants, regardless of whether or not that's what YOU want, or do you want a dog that is almost co-dependent, follows you everywhere, and is more than happy to do your bidding?
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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    Maybe this girl is what you are looking for...If I were in the market for another dog, I might consider her. She is sooooo beautful, and sounds very sweet!

    http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/15805607

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    Our Dixie is mostly german shepard, but with some greyhound or saluki thrown in.
    SA is an issue but with practice she is getting better.
    IMMENSE prey drive!
    Squirrels, rabbits, cats, crows, ducks, geese, bumblebees, flys, flirt pole....

    Sometimes she's aloof, sometimes clingy, it really swings back and forth with her.

    Also, Dixie likes to pull when harnesed and I'm on roller blades, so the higher energy can be a plus.

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    Why not get a GSD Husky cross? There are usually plenty of these mixes around.

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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    Well I know they can be velroy dogs, just not that velcroy, well the ones i have met.

    Yes, you may even go to a Husky rescue or GSD rescue and they may have a Husky/GSD mix.lol. My neighbors had one they got from a shelter, she was very pretty and super sweet.


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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    If you can find a GS and Husky mix, you might be pleased with them. I'm pleased with mine, although she's quite shy when meeting new humans. When meeting new dogs, she's not shy at all!
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    Re: Husky and/or German Shepherd

    I don't know much if anything about GSDs so I'll say a little on the husky side. Our girl is a rescue. She can run, pull and chase about whatever. She hasn't demonstrated an excessive prey drive but she is under close supervision around the cat and the cat always has an escape route. She is never allowed outside of a fence without a leash right now and probably never will be without a very long drag line. She is very affectionate butcan be very aloof and "doing her own thing" across the yard. She is stubborn and intelligent. She is not going to sit unless there is a good reason in her eyes. She blows out her coat twice a year at least and sheds the rest of the year. Lint rollers, pet hair pick-er-uppers are all around at our house. She gets "furminated" and brushed several times a week. Hair is eternally around. She is very high energy so we have let her run around the house/yard in the morning to wear her down a tad before we can train her and then a long walk and a few hours at the dog park several times a week. Our mini aussie gets tired about 1/2 way through running our sibe's energy out. Even as big of a handful as she is, I can't wait to get another husky. They are a unique dog and I have fallen in love with them.

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