My old AE was not good off leash until she reached 8 years old with lots of training. but I know every dog is different so Cassy might have been the odd one out.American Eskimo, maybe? Most sledding type dogs don't do so well off leash, but AE are also used as herders and tend to do better. Very, very different look, though.
and too add, Manna is a very velcro dog but I won't be trusting her off lead for at least another year or so, her training isn't there yet. I do suggest a long leash though that is comfortable in your hands or one you can hook onto your belt if you don't want to be holding a leash. (I walk Manna with my belt on a lot) at least if the pup is tied to your belt, you can still grab the lead if things turn wrong.Yes. Definitely seconding this for emphasis. It definitely takes training and work, regardless of breed. Just... some are more capable than others.
Looks pleaseSimilar in what way... in looks? Or in temperament?
Most of the spitz breeds tend to be bad off-leash unless extensively trained. Is there any reason you can't use a long leash when walking?
(I will also add that most dogs in general need training to be good off-leash. Recall training is a must. I would not advise letting any dog roam around free when you're not there watching them.)
1.As much as it needs.Spitzy breeds vary in temperament and exercise needs and all of that, so before we can suggest breeds, we need to know what you'd like to do with the dog. Few questions:
1. How often do you want to groom a dog?
2. How much exercise can you give the dog every day?
3. Will the dog live inside or outside? Do you have a fence?
4. Have you owned and trained a dog before?
5. Do you only want a purebred, or would a mix be fine?
Thank you for the advice it really helps!There are a few spitzy breeds that look like a husky, but are smaller... Shiba Inu (especially the black and tan ones, which have more traditional-husky-looking markings), Finnish Lapphund, Alaskan Klee Kai... then there are bigger guys like the Alaskan Malamute. Here's a list of spitz breeds. Most of these breeds aren't good off-leash, though, even with training. They tend to have a high prey drive and if they see a cat or squirrel or whatever, they're gone. If you truly want a husky, you'll probably have to deal with letting the dog wear a long thin leash and clipping it to your belt or something. You could look into husky mixes, though -- a husky/German Shepherd or a husky/border collie or some other kind of husky/herder mix could be easier to train for off-leash hiking. There are tons of husky mixes on Petfinder because most people can't handle the energy level.
A 5' tall fence will not contain most of the dogs suggested to you. You really cannot leave a lot of those dogs outside unattended, not for 30 seconds.1.As much as it needs.
2.Everyday - morning and night for about an hour. 3.It would be able to live inside and out and yes I have a fence about 5 feet tall 4.No.
5.Either would be fine.