I ve always wanted a Siberian Husky. They re so beautiful, with there blue eyes and all. My husband works 3rd shift and I am home alone alot. I want a protective, loyal good family dog. Should I consider getting a Siberian Huskey? And are they good with other dogs, I have a cocker spaniel! Are they hard to maintain?
Hate to burst your bubble, but Siberian Huskeys are not loyal or protective. I have no idea where you would have thought they were.
I bought a husky puppy almost 2 years ago and yes they are beautiful dogs but they are not protective at all. They are energetic, playful and love to do whatever they can get away with. They can be good with other dogs as long as their are properly socialized at a young age. They are also a very independent and intelligent dog that in many cases will not listen unless they feel that there is a good reason too. If you are considering a husky make sure you do some research. Huskies are alot of work but in the end I would take my dog over any other.
For a watchdog (a dog that isn’t necessarily vicsious but will warn you of an inturder) that is very loyal, I would suggest a few breeds. One would be a border collie (very intelligent and loyal), a Puli, or a German shepherd, but all (including a husky) have really LARGE exercise needs,
I don’t know if I would recommend a siberian husky for a watchdog. They would probably bark to let you know there is an intruder, but as one site said, “They do well with children and will welcome everyone into their home–yes, even intruders.” I don’t know how true that is, I have never owned a husky. But all the ones I have met have been extremely friendly and not at all cautious about letting their owners near me. That could have been the individual dogs though. Also, I have heard that they are not a good choice for a first-time dog owner… which I don’t know if you are or not, but I thought I should mention it.
Well let me just tell you, I just bought an Akita 3 weeks ago. I debated between an Akita and a Husky for about 2 years. I researched and researched for a long time (dogs, breeders etc.) I have owned several dogs and large dogs, and this new dog is a ton of work. I work from home and have a ton of free time to spend working with a dog. Even with all my free time it is so hard to keep up. I have a Pomeranian and a cat also, my Akita pup is hands down the most well tempered dog I have ever encountered. Great with my other pets as well as children. I can tell he is going to be an excellent guard dog. He is extremely loyal. I personally believe a dog is what you make it. If you do decide on a Husky or any other large breed be prepared to have a TON of work (and cost). Do your research and don’t buy just because they are pretty to look at. Large dogs eat more, poo more (pooper scooping 5+ times a day), and require much much more work than a smaller dog. Also another tip research your breeder, I sorted through about 75 Akita breeders. I decided on one who had an excellent health and temperament record with her dogs. Lets just say it truly paid off. My new pup is such a great dog!
You should really check out an AKC website to find the right traits for a dog that will suit you instead of asking people on here. You can’t rely on these answers. I will tell you that everyone I have known that has had a Huskey has had problems with either aggression, or hyperactivity. I was attacked by one when I was a teenager, for no apparent reason. So I’m biased against them. They are beautiful dogs, but I would not have one in a home with small children.
Husky’s are very beautiful… However, their more likely to run out the door when the “burglar” comes in than attack, or even act in any way intimidating.
German Shepherds are WONDERFUL loyal dogs that will protect you. They however, can protect you also from people that you dont need to be protected from, ie: the neighbor or family members that dont live in the house. I’ve always had a Shepherd and would trust them with my life. I sleep well at night knowing that we are safe, and that my dog would lay down his life for mine. As long as they are properly trained, you should be good to go. If you get a puppy, the transition should be fine. If you have a cocker, then you know that they get every medical condition in the book. Just go to a GOOD shepherd breeder (ask local vets for breeder names) make sure the hips are fine, and feed a quality food *cough* royal canin large breed puppy *cough* you should be fine. I also HIGHLY reccomend spaying and neutering.
PS – All dogs should go to obedience training, as its mostly training the owner, because the dogs smarter.
Sorry to break it to you, but “loyal” (at least the stereotypical ideal most people consider loyalty) is NOT a typical husky trait. Northern breeds, including huskies, are stubborn, highly independent, and notorious for their escape artist tendencies and wanderlust. They are also not what most people would consider “protective” even though they frequently end up towards the top of the list of “breeds that bite” on insurance companies lists. As for good with other dogs, that depends on the individual dogs involved. Most northern breeds tend to be fairly dominant dogs and they *can* have difficulty getting along well with other dogs if the other dog doesn’t back down. Of course, everyone is an individual and some huskies are quite submissive themselves. Northern breeds are also more likely than some other types to have high prey drive…which may make them incompatible with cats and very small dogs.
I truly hope you are a VERY experienced dog handler. Huskies are not good for novices. I see so many Sibes and Mals come in to the rescue, because they were “too much dog” for their owners. Sure, they are beautiful, and you have probably seen them in movies, but you REALLY need to think hard about whether this is the dog for you. They are escape artists, so you will need a 7 to 8 foot fence, so it cant jump or climb it, and If they canвЂ™t go over it they will go under it. They are extremely intelligent, and will be smarter than you at times. They are too independent to make it through obedience training.They might know and understand the command, but if they donвЂ™t see the point in carrying it out they wonвЂ™t. If they get bored, they become extremely destructive. They shed A LOT, and need tons of exercise. I’m talking, running at least 2-3 miles a day. Also, it is their natural instinct to pull when they’re on a leash or harness. It’s important to make sure that you can handle a very strong dog pulling constantly. You have to have a lot of patience and be willing to spend a lot of time with them. Try to just adopt a mutt from your shelter. But, if you are set on a husky, and think you can handle one, try a local rescue.
if you want protection don’t get a Husky. they are not a protection dog. they don’t bark and will more than likely help intruders carry out anything they want. you will have more protection from your Cocker.
i would get a young Shepard or a cross. check the shelters in your area and have your Cocker and children meet the dog before you decide.
most dogs will be protective of their families and territory but are still good family pets.
Siberian Huskies require luggage full of training, money, vet bills, grooming bills, and dedication. They need strong, educated, /experienced/ owners because they are independent, intelligent, and challenging dogs. They must obtain plenty of exercise and have to be very well socialized at an early age.
I would say rescue one or purchase one from a reputable breeders. Pet stores are never, ever to be trusted. http://stoppuppymills.org
I would honestly recommend a clumber spaniel, beagle [they’re still hyper, mind you], Labrador/Golden, or a Shiba Inu. German shepherds don’t require as much as Siberian Huskies, and are a little more “beginner friendly,” but the guardian dogs are not for novices. They need a lot of work and must attend obedience classes. Is your dog ready for another one?
Try taking this quiz http://dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm to see what dog best fits your lifestyle. Google also offers an array of dog quizzes if you see fit.
Be sure that you are financially ready to care for two dogs – it’s not easy work.
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