We have a 9 month old Siberian (mix- 75% husky), whom we adopted at 8 weeks old. I too, heard all the stories and got a little worried. Although Casey definitely has the Siberian traits (digging, likes to chase, pulls on walks, independent minded)- he is a great dog. He is very smart, and is learning commands well. He gets along with our cats. We always have him in a fenced yard, or on a leash, so running away isn't an issue. Our biggest gripe with him now (which is not really a gripe) is he can be so excited when he sees people or other dogs- but that is with a lot of puppies! He is starting to calm down now. They do need to have exercise- our usual routine with Casey is one-two 15 minute walks, and a 10 minute bike ride; plus some playing in the house. When the weather warms up, we'll go longer. Have fun with your puppy!
I own three siberian huskies, one 5 years old, 1 7months old, and 1 3 months old.
They are a ton of fun. If your five year old is going to walk your new pup make sure you teach him/her how to walk on a leash w/o pulling. I am 6'2" and my dogs could easily pull me off my feet if they wanted.
my pups have been alot of work but its very rewarding. But you have to ake sure to keep them exercised otherwise they will occupy that time doing something a little less desireable. But thats true for any breed.
be prepared for hair! Lots of hair! We have a bissel vacum made for pets that has a lint brush on the front, and we use our furminator constantly, but it seems we still have tons of hair everywhere.
If your up to the challenge they are a BLAST! All three of mine love to talk to you. They are very vocal. I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures with the new pup
But she must do the holding of the leash too, all the family must.
That's why YOU must train him how to walk on a loose leash and how to heel as soon as you get all his shots done.
Self control also comes in handy with Huskies.
They are a bit nippy at first, and love to destroy things when bored (ask me how i know) and sometimes they even become bored to play things over and over in a daily basis, so try to do some changes in his playing rutine, buy him alot of toys, specially those that stimulate his mind (like kongs)
I wish you alot of luck with your siberian, treat him well please
oh no worries here we will treat it very well. We are all excited about our new addition to our family and all the new adventures we have ahead of us. We have already started buying toys/kongs to have a good choice of things to have it enjoy and keep busy with.
Congrats on getting a husky pup! Yes, all the stories are true so you will be in for a challenge and exciting adventure. While you will want to train your husky not to pull on normal walks, I would never let a child walk mine, ever. They are too strong and all it takes is one incident to spell disaster for the child or dog or both. I'm 5'5" and 100 lbs and my 55 lb husky can easily drag me or knock me over if he really wanted to...and he has! Huskies are generally very good with kids but always supervise, huskies have a tendency to play rough and can easily hurt someone, especially a child, unintentionally while playing. I should know, mine gets me all the time.
So when do you get your pup and is it a male or female?
My Sib, Kiki aged 1 year and 5 months, she is one of the greatest dogs I have ever come across. My biggest advice would be to socialise your pup with as many people, places and things between 8-16 weeks old as whatever they come in contact with during this time they will remeber their whole life. Reward your pup for reacting calmly to everything and ignore the pup when they are afraid, simply stand there and wait until they have calmed down, when they have reward the pup for it.
Socialisation is one of the greatest things you can do with your pup becuase if it is well socialized as a pup then it will be able to deal with most of the things it comes in to contact with the rest of its life.
Also a lot of training will go a long long long way. Setting up a strong base of training when the pup is young will help later on in life, especially in their naughty 'teenage' years.
Also perhaps look around for a good training centre near you so you have people who you can go to for help if you really need it
good luck with your pup, im sure itll be everything you want it to be
Do not, under any circumstance, believe your Sibe if he/she acts like its the end of the world and whines, cries, and looks pitifully at you when you don't give them the dog biscuit. He/She will survive, even when they sound miserably tormented when you told them 'no'. Keep one eye open, because if there's a will, a Sibe will cleverly figure out a way even poking you with their cold wet nose pretending they want to go outside... to only lead you to the doggy biscuit jar followed with a pouty face. If it is not a doggy biscuit, it may be a car ride.
They are so dramatic... and mine seems to be a little attention starved because he kept laying on top of the cards in the middle my kids rummy game on the floor.
I think I'm going to rename Ilya to Troubles...He seems to have so many. He sometimes gets separation anxiety even when his sister, the terrier, is sitting right there in front of him trying to comfort his nervousness when we leave.
I'm still very fond of him... I think he reads people's minds.
I have had 3 Siberian Huskies and even though they could be a challenge they were well worth it.
The male Siberian my family had was the most loyal dog I have ever seen. He was a bit aggressive with his food but that's only because his previous owner mistreated him, and he was also afraid of thunderstorms and loud noises like gunshots (again, I think that goes back to him being mistreated). He was territorial with other male dogs, but we never had a problem with introducing other dogs into the family after a couple days.
Our second one we got from the animal shelter and she was such a sweetie. She loved children and never offered to be rough with them. The only problem we ever had with her was when one of our cats had kittens and one of them was sick. Somehow she got to it and killed it, and after that she never offered to hurt another cat. She would even sit and lick on our pet cats.
The Siberian Husky we have now is the smartest we've had but also the most mischevious. Mischa was also a dog we got from a shelter and her previous owner had let her kids beat on her (it was a nasty divorce from what we heard, there was also a Saint Bernard that came in with Mischa that the lady had starved to the point that it had to be put down since both the dogs were her ex husband's) but Mischa loves children as well and actually plays really gentle with all of the kids she's met. Our main issue with Mischa is that she doesn't like farm animals. Allegedy she's killed our neighbors goat (could have possibly not been her since our neighbor has a boxer that has been know to get goats down and try to kill them), and she has gotten into our other neighbors' chickens--three times. Now she's a house dog, and is incredibly smart. She was already trained when we got her and knows how to sit, lay down, go to the door on command. She's never had an accident in the house.
Sorry for the long post, but I absolutely love all the Siberian Huskies we've had over the years and love the breed. The can be challenging but it's well worth the work.