Is a Sibe for You?
Author: Dave Lundberg
I feel it is necessary to
give you the pros and cons of a husky.
- Smaller than most northern breeds -- Adult females average
between 40-50lbs and males average between 55-65lbs.
- Very Smart
-- Smart does not mean easily trainable, but they are
- Not a Hound or a Retriever -- Will chase the ball once, to
determine species, and will then ignore it. They also will not be waiting for you on the
porch when you come home, if not secured they will probably be waiting on someone else's
porch 10 miles away.
- Very Friendly -- Except for their wolfish looks
they will not scare off friend or enemy.
- Seldom Bark
-- They will bark excitedly for a greeting, and that's
about it. (Well, almost it, they will have a couple 2 minute howling sessions daily for no
- Seldom Smell
-- Huskies do not produce the same glandular smell that
many dogs do and thus are fairly odorless. (However, run them through a swamp and they
will smell like a swamp).
- Beautiful Coats -- They prefer the outside, and
they do shed so you will prefer them outside.
- Like to Dig
-- Huskies have a tendency towards excavation. Solutions
are patio block kennel bottoms and training them in the right places to dig. Its in the
genes so it is hard if not detrimental to train them not to dig. I have trained mine where
to dig (and occasionally where not to).
- Love to Run
-- This is the main reason to want a husky. If you are a
distance walker, runner, cross-country skier, or a bike rider, they are a wonderful
companion. I have a dog sled for my main dog exerciser in the winter, and I also go
skijoring (which is attaching one or two dogs to a waist harness and cross-country
skiing). In the summer, I have them pull a cart, I take them bike riding, (you can
purchase a spring action unit that is hooked to your bike that keeps your hands free and
you in control), or of course just running (they will keep up). Huskies are a working dog
and they need their exercise. I have 6 adults of my own and they get 4+ miles a day; which
is not even close to what they are capable of. Case and point: a little 1100 mile jaunt
made by 16 dogs in 9 days called the Iditarod.
- Also, as logic would have it, if they do not
get their exercise they
become less smart, act more like a hound, are less friendly, bark more, smell more, coats get dull, and they dig more. Except for the
digging part I guess that can apply to humans too.
* Dave (Author) & Bonnie Lundberg --
* web -- http://my.pclink.com/~dlund/ (mushing
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Revised: February 16, 2003.
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