Let's Get a Siberian Husky!
"They're so pretty!" "They're so cute!" "I love the blue eyes!" "What nice fur!" "My neighbor has one, maybe we could have puppies!"
All of the above are reasons you may have heard for getting a Siberian Husky puppy or adult. All of the above reasons are the WRONG ones for getting a Siberian Husky!
As with any breed, get to know the pros and cons about the Siberian Husky by reading books, talking to owners and breeders, and even by attending dog shows. This will give you a realistic view of the breed. Look at your situation objectively. Do you have around 14 years of time, space, finances, and love for a dog?
Now that you have a realistic view of yoruself, you can ask...
Do I want a Siberian Husky?
A good Siberian Huksy IS a cute puppy and a beautiful dog, but here are some facts to consider:
The Siberian Husky is not a watch dog. Their tempersment is not suitable for guard dog or protection duties, they do not have that fierce loyalty of a "one-man" dog.
Siberians are friendly, curious and playful. They enjoy and thrive on attention by humans or other animal friends. They are easily bored.
Siberians LOVE to run (and run away), dig and chew. They will test your patience and your stamina. They need regular exercise and LOVING discipline. A firm word and ignoring them is usually all that is needed, but it will be needed more than once.
Siberians have a double coat and when they shed the thick undercoat (usually in spring), it may seem like a cotton factory has exploded!
Many Siberians like to howl at sirens, other sounds, or to answer other animals.
A Siberian Husky may cost from $200 to $1,000 dollars.
Siberians should be tested for two genetic problems - cataracts and hip displasia - before breeding and buying (check the parents of the puppy).
Siberians are intelligent and fun.
They are good companions and love children and adults.
They don't require much grooming.
They love the outdoors and outdoor sports (sledding, hiking, etc.) and can live outside very happily.
They are the most beautiful breed around.
Do you still want a Siberian Husky?If you said YES, then welcome to the club..of Siberian Husky lovers!