Is a Siberian Huskey good for my family?

We live in southern Wisconsin where it gets to on average 10-30 degrees in winter and 85 in summer. (F) We don’t want it to get too hot!
We have two adult declawed (Don’t go saying this is immoral. It wasn’t my choice.) cats. (I’m concerned about this. I’ve heard that some Huskies are cat killers.)
We have an average/small home with a big back yard.
Our parents aren’t in good condition to walk it, but between my sister and I (15 and 13 years old) we can give it a 20-30 minute jog/run in the morning, and a 20-30 minute walk in the afternoon. Plus playtime on 3-4 days a week and weekends.
We can brush it plenty, but we’re somewhat concerned about heavy shedding.
There are young kids everywhere on our street. Plenty of other dogs, too. Will the kids and smaller dogs be safe?
I’ve also heard that Huskies aren’t as loyal as other dogs, and that running away may be a problem. We can’t put a fence around our yard.
How difficult are they to housebreak? Do they make a lot of messes?
Do they do better indoors or outside? I don’t like the idea of chaining it up when we can’t have a fence, but I don’t want it getting bored or potty inside.
How long can you leave it home in the case of an emergency?
Will barking be a problem?

You do NOT have to answer every question! I know there are so many. But any help at all is appreciated. Ecspecially from the owner of a Huskey or similar dog. My research has been giving me totally different answers! Please help us!

Unfortunately, your family is NOT a good candidate for the breed. I’ll tell you what concerns me the most:

1. No fenced-in yard. This breed MUST have a fenced-in yard. They will take off and run, and they enjoy being outside. If you don’t have a well-fenced yard, this means that your dog will be sitting outside on a chain all of the time. Siberians are escape artists, and the dog will likely be able to find a way out of its collar.

Then it will be gone.

I’m sorry, but no responsible breeder will sell a puppy to someone without a fenced yard.

2. The cats. Siberians are prey driven, and will kill cats. If they are raised from puppyhood with a cat that will teach them some manners, they can grow up to tolerate *your* cat (not necessarily the neighborhood cats, however). However, if your cats are declawed, the Siberian puppy will likely have no fear of them, and will come to see them as a toy.

When this puppy gets bigger, it will easily be able to hurt the cats.

Other issues:

Siberians shed in huge tufts of fur twice a year. Examples:

Daily brushing will help, but you will still have fur *everywhere* when they are blowing coat.

Siberians can be noisy and destructive if they are bored. Barking will not be a problem, as they don’t really bark, but howling and &quot:screaming&quot: will. Some Siberians make it sound like they’re having a leg cut off when they’re lonely or excited. This is what I mean by &quot:screaming&quot:.

They are friendly, and tend to love kids. I know plenty of people who have Siberians in WI — the climate is not a problem. They are easy enough to house train (no harder than any other dog), and wicked smart. The MUST have obedience training, or they will walk all over you.

I have lived with, raced, and shown this breed for more than 20 years. I’ve also done purebred rescue for about that long, and most of the dogs we get are from people who thought the breed was &quot:so pretty&quot:, but didn’t realize what kind of dog they were getting.

Don’t be one of those people. Do plenty of research. You will probably see that I’m right.


you should do some research on the breeds, and find one that is best for your family. From what I hear, it’s fine.
If you are getting a puppy, if you socialize the dog at a young age, let it meet the cat, people of different shape (fat, thin, handicapped, wear hats, etc), size (tall, short), color (race), service people (meter maid, mailman) etc.
Housebreaking is easy if you do it right from the start (do some research)
Most states now have laws that doesn’t allow you to chain up a dog. It’s consider animal cruelty so you shouldn’t chain it to your backyard. He can develop aggression from being tied up. Your dog won’t get bore if you give him something to do indoor and get plenty of exercise. (potty train your dog will eliminate peeing inappropiately, neutering will eliminate marking but accident can still happen. If you leave a dog inside for 10 hours, you are bound to find a puddle somewhere.) You can check out crate training to solve the indoor boredom/peeing issue.
Huskies are not barkers but they do howl. They are working dogs and will need lots of exercise to behave well.
FYI, just because you are asking about a specific breed doesn’t dictate your dog’s behavior. So keep that in mind. Training, the dog’s background/history, tempermant of the parents etc can affect the dog.
You got lots of research to do so good luck
PS you didn’t mention who’s going to pick up poop after the dog… you know they poop like a few times a day. Also think about vet cost, shots, office visits, accidents (check ASPCA’s website if you want to read about insurance for dogs.)

Huskies are very energetic, and really do need some kind of containment, such as a fence, as they tend to be escape artists. They also tend to have a high prey drive, which is why you have heard that they are known to kill cats. Not every Husky is a &quot:cat killer&quot:, but an unrestrained prey drive can be dangerous. In my professional opinion, they are not the best dog to have around children, just due to a variety of behavior issues. Depending on the breeding, they can be high strung, and the breed as a whole needs a tremendous amount of exercise. They do tend to do better outside than in, and they shed an incredible amount of hair. Our backyard used to look like there was small furry animals everywhere because of the wads of hair. I would suggest you contact a reputable breeder of huskies, someone who would not be opposed to you coming out and meeting some of their dogs. If it seems you have your heart set on this particular breed, try a breed rescue and perhaps adopt a mix, like a Husky/shepherd mix.
Good Luck

I’d be concerned about the prey drive issue and your cats. They are very high prey drive and I would not own one with a cat, especially a declawed cat.

Huskies are great but they are high energy and have a mind of their own. They need firm consistent obedience training early on. They also need tons of exercise – walks are often not enough.

They shed like no other breed. If you are concerned about shedding at all, this is not the breed for you.

You absolutely need a solid fence. Chaining up is not OK and this dog needs to be confined properly.

I’d consider a small breed you can keep inside and just take out on leash for walks and potty breaks.

I bought a husky dog nearly 2 years in the past and sure they’re lovely dogs however they are not protecting in any respect. They are lively, playful and love to do anything they may be able to get away with. They are able to be good with other puppies so long as their are appropriately socialized at a younger age. They’re additionally an awfully unbiased and wise dog that in many instances is not going to listen unless they think that there’s a excellent rationale too. In case you are when you consider that a husky make certain you do some research. Huskies are alot of labor however finally i would take my canine over another.

This breed tends to chase cats and any furry animal. However, I do have 2 dogs who are known to go after furry creatures and out side they do but any cat in my house they play gently with. It is one of those, general rule yes they do, but there is always some who don’t follow the general rule. It helps alot to get them as puppies, easier to train.
Because huskies are large dogs I wouldn’t reccomend them around small children as they could jump and knock them over. You have to remember they are a working dog so plenty of excersie is needed to keep them from getting bored. As far as the rest goes any dog is better indoors as long as you spend the time to train them. Evrything id up to the training time spent.

Huskies are great family pets!!
Winters will great for the husky but during the summer times leave him outside closer to the morning and night, avoid the high heat afternoons and make sure that he has plenty of water.
My husky does great with cats, we have 3 and he is really gentle with them, as long as the dog grows up around cats they should be fine together, same with the small dogs, there are small dogs that live with us, and Blaze (MY HUSKY) does great with them as well. and as for children…..husky are very very good with kids and toddlers, my husky is extremely hyper and bouncy but when my 2 year old niece is around him he is surprisingly calm and gentle.
I would have to say tho that you might need to make more room for exercise and play time, they are very very hyper and energetic dogs, so you have to keep them busy and well exercised.
Huskies do tend to run, they were born to run and pull things, as long as you keep him happy and well exercised he should be fine, Blaze runs away every now and then but always returns back home in the matter of a few hours, but I cant say that this will happen with your dog.
You will have to keep him chained up if you do not have a fenced in yard, because he WILL take off, and be aware that you will need to buy a new lead every 1 1/2 – 2 months due to him breaking it.
Huskys do better outdoors, they love to be outside and can become distructive if bored inside the house, they are also know the dig and dig and dig, thankfully Blaze grew out of that stage!!
Huskies are very very smart, but can also be extremely stuborn animals, you have to be very consistent with training and you better start of at a young age, your best bet would be enrolling him into puppy obedience classes.
They are fairly easy to housetrain, and are very clean animals.
I would suggest crate training the puppy and when you are not at home put him in his crate, but do not make him stay in there for excessive amounts of time, 5 hours MAX.
Huskies do not bark, they talk!! lol they make very strange noises and howl. they normally do not make noise while indoors, but when they are outside they do like to communicate a little bit.
Shedding really is not that huge of a problem, huskies will &quot:blow&quot: their coat 2 times a year, which envolves massive balls of hair, might I suggest that you invest in the furminator, it works great and gets rid of the loose fur in their undercoat, as long as you brush them 1-2 a weeks shedding should be very minimal.

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Like many other large dog breeds, the Siberian Husky is prone to hip dysplasia. Certain types of eye problems including juvenile cataracts, PRA, corneal dystrophy, and crystalline corneal opacities are also of concern. Some lines of this breed may acquire a skin condition called zinc responsive dermatitis. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.

For the most part, the coat of the Siberian Husky is easy to groom and take care of. This breed sheds profusely twice per year. During shedding season, their coat should be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.

The Siberian Husky can learn to live in a small household or apartment if it is sufficiently exercised and well-trained. They are a very active breed indoors, and they are most content with at least a large-sized yard. Because of their heavy coats, they prefer to live in cool climates. They shouldn’t be excessively exercised in warm weather.

The Siberian Husky is playful, affectionate, and kind. They form strong relationships with their family. They are clever, even-tempered, and docile, and they are very loving and sociable. They have a lot of energy, especially as puppies, and they have a mischievous streak. While they are very trainable and intelligent, they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they understand its purpose. They easily become bored and they may be difficult to housebreak. Lonely Siberian Huskies can become destructive. This breed is generally good with other pets and animals.
Siberians have a very high prey drive and may kill small animals, including cats and small dogs.

I have owned huskies

They are hyper and jump fence and kill cats and shed

No to all look into smaller non working dogs.

Dont get one just cause they are &quot:pretty&quot:

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