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Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies

 
By Eduarda Piamore, Expert in canine and feline psychology, education and training.. February 27, 2019
Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies

Animal file: Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, in addition to being incredibly beautiful. But, as with all dog breeds, there are some advantages and disadvantages to Siberian Huskies that cannot be ignored. And when we refer to disadvantages, we mean, ‘‘things to seriously consider’’ before adopting one of these gorgeous and playful dog breeds.

Logically, for us dog lovers, adopting a dog is synonymous with pure joy, regardless of breed, gender, age or color. However, it is always important to emphasize that before adopting a dog, you need to make sure that you can meet its financial needs and required care. When we speak of "disadvantages", we are referring to the aspects that can make raising a certain dog breed more difficult. One cannot disregard the fact that some dogs need more attention, care and/or training than others.

So, are you thinking of Siberian husky? For more about owning a husky pros and cons keep reading here at AnimalWised.

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Siberian Husky facts: advantages

In this first section, we’ll first be listing the pros of adopting a Siberian Husky. The positive characteristics of Siberian Huskies will give you a better understanding of one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. The benefits of having a Siberian Husky include:

1. Siberian Husky: health

Did you know that Siberian Huskies are considered one of the healthiest dogs in the world?

Although their life expectancy is not very high (being between 10 and 13 years old), Huskies hold a remarkable physical resistance as well as excellent health. Compared with other breeds of its size, the Siberian Husky has a low predisposition to developing hereditary diseases., thus making it one of the healthiest dogs in the world.

Of course, there are some common Siberian Husky diseases. To prevent and avoid them, it is essential to provide your husky with the essential care and adequate preventive medicine. For more, we recommend taking a look at our breed file where we discuss everything you need to know about the Siberian husky.

Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies - 1. Siberian Husky: health

2. Siberian Husky and climate

The Siberian husky dog breed originates from one of the coldest regions in Russia: Siberia. A Husky’s body is prepared to withstand harsh cold winter climate and its beautiful cloak is a clear demonstration of this. In addition, these dogs love playing in the snow.

However, one of the most interesting husky facts is that they can adapt to different climates and environments. The temperatures in native Siberia vary radically, therefore, a husky’s body has evolved to be able to adapt to these varying climates. Siberian husky dog breeds are one of the few Nordic dogs that can adapt to higher temperatures in warmer regions.

This contrasts radically with other Nordic races, such as the Alaskan Malamute dog breed, which can suffers greatly if kept in a warm climate or tropical type. Do you know the difference between Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes? These dogs are incredibly similar in physic and are often confused, for more, read differences between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky.

3. Husky howling

Huskies are incredibly vocal dogs, another benefit of adopting a Siberian husky. Huskies are known to have a very special vocalization ability. Did you know that Husky dogs are able to assimilate about 100 words? Incredible right?!

The Siberian husky stands out for having a special ability to emit a wide variety of sounds. So much so that many tutors claim that their huskies can sing and/or establish long conversations with them. Also, we cannot forget a husky’s howl, so powerful that it can be heard about 15 kilometers away!

For more about the husky facts, we recommend reading our article where we list 10 things you didn’t know about Siberian Huskies.

Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies - 3. Husky howling

4. Siberian husky temperament: unique

The Siberian husky is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, so it has a somewhat independent temperament. One cannot forget that in a land with such adverse conditions such as Siberia, only the strongest and most prepared specimens manage to survive.

Huskies have an incredibly unique personality. Within their family nucleus, they are extremely loyal, affectionate and docile, able to adapt to different types of people and families. In addition, they tend to be quite social and, if they receive adequate socialization training, they can get along very well with other dogs and animals.

5. Huskies and children

Historically, the Siberian Husky accompanied the Chukchi tribes of nomadic habits, which used to migrate from northeastern Asia to the extreme north of Russia. In addition to helping men on hunting days, Huskies used to stay with women and children to protect them from possible attacks by predators.

For this reason, the Siberian Husky holds a great sense of responsibility when it come to protecting their family and children. Of course, like any dog, your Husky must be properly educated before playing with children of any age. In addition, it is essential to teach your children to respect dogs, comprehending that dogs and animals are living and sensitive beings, not toys.

With the proper precautions, training and physical/mental development, Huskies can be excellent dogs for children. For more, read about our 6 best dog breeds for children.

Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies - 5. Huskies and children

Siberian Husky facts: disadvantages

In this second part of our article about the pros and cons of Siberian Huskies, we will be analyzing the ‘cons’. We will be discussing which Husky dog characteristics demand the most attention and care. These following points are incredibly important to consider before adopting a Husky dog. If you cannot provide your husky with these following needs, you could jeopardize your Husky’s health and well-being.

1. Husky exercise: requirements

Huskies need A LOT of exercise! The Siberian Husky is a very active dog that requires a good amount of daily exercise. This exercise allows your Husky can expel energy, maintain a healthy weight and sustain a balanced temperament. Siberian Huskies are also incredibly fun dogs that enjoy family outings and adventures.

So, why would this be one of the disadvantages of Siberian Huskies? This is because it is a responsibility that one has to consider before adopting a Siberian Husky. Huskies need to be walked at LEAST 3 times a day, in addition to practicing canine sports. If you do not have the time or means to do this, we recommend adopting a dog breed that doesn’t require as much daily exercise.

And if you already have a Siberian Husky, you may find out article about dog agility interesting!

Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies - 1. Husky exercise: requirements

2. Husky shedding: coat care

For those people who do not have a lot of free time, the care that a husky’s abundant mantle requires may be a disadvantage. When it comes to husky coat maintenance, their coats need to be brushed daily with a card brush.

In addition, it’s important to know that Husky’s shed their undercoat twice a year (double molting). In these periods, your Husky dog will lose a little more hair than usual, so brushing should increase to two daily brushes. However, this hair-loss should not be excessive, if you notice that your husky is losing more hair than what is usual during molting seasons, we recommend consulting a veterinarian. For more about caring for a Siberian Husky’s coat, we suggest reading our article where we discuss, do Huskies shed?

3. Husky walking time

Huskies are known as "walking dogs", and they can walk for hours on end, exploring new stimuli around them. As they are naturally curious, active and social, they may be "tempted" to escape, in aim of stimulating their senses and interacting with other individuals.

Therefore, it is very important that, if you have a Husky, you put a microchip and/or a ID tag on its collar. For more, we recommend reading everything you need to know about tracking your dog in our following articles:

Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies - 3. Husky walking time

4. How much attention do Huskies need?

A LOT! While independence is an important feature of their temperament, Husky dogs do not adapt well to loneliness. As we mentioned, the Siberian husky used to shelter women and children, spending long hours in the company of humans.

Therefore, Huskies adapt optimally to family routine and love the company of their tutors. Huskies need a lot of attention. If these dogs do not receive the necessary care and affection, they can suffer from stress, loneliness and separation anxiety. If you do not have time to offer your Husky, we consider adopting a more independent dog breed. Take a look at our most independent dogs breeds list to find a suitable dog breed for you and your family.

5. Are Huskies hard to train?

Siberian Husky training requires patience, dedication and perseverance. Although they are intelligent and sensitive dogs, they can also be strong and stubborn. Funnily enough, this stubborn trait only seems to shine in times of training. Huskies respond very well to positive training, therefore, we recommend using positive reinforcement to stimulate your Husky’s skills and reward their efforts. For more, read our article where we discuss everything you need to know about positive reinforcement in dogs.

If you have just adopted a Husky you HAVE TO make sure that it is well trained. If any dog breed is not trained or socialized, especially Huskies, it can result in aggressive and distributive behavior. For more about training dogs, take a look at our article where we offer obedience training in dogs: methods and tips.

Pros and Cons of Siberian Huskies - 5. Are Huskies hard to train?

Siberian Husky pros and cons

If you love the Siberian Husky dog breed as much as we do, you’ll love our video below where we discuss: All about the Siberian Husky - History and Care.

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