Question by Alex: Should i get a Siberian Husky?
hey everyone, i was wondering if i should get a Siberian Husky since i would like to have a companion by my side again from having my other two dogs die of old age. My other dogs were Welsh Springer spaniels so im used to having a dog that likes to run around. Im only 19 and i live with my two younger sisters and my parents in a house with about 3 acres of land with a fence in southern CT. Im taking a gap year from college to go on a trip to Russia with some students for a few months and i can take my dog with me. believe me, in not one of those new people who wants a dog while they have no experience taking care of animals. I grew up with three English Springer Spaniels and have had dogs around me my entire life. I understand that a Husky needs a lot of space and needs to be outside a lot and a lot of attention. Im fit so i guess i can enjoy running around with it everyday outside. Since im going to college in two years, il have to leave the dog at home with my family so i know that it will be hard to train in to obey me when i cant see it for like three weeks at a time.
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I have a few questions. Im knew to Huskies and i just wanted to know what sex i should get, male or female? is there a difference between the two and i would really like to get a white or tan colored husky, are they harder to get and do they cost more?
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Answer by ladystang
huskies need training and exercise 24/7
they need at least an hour of grooming every day
they need to live in house with family
Answer by Katie Jane
To be fair no I don’t think you should get a dog, your going away to college soon so your mum and dad would be stuck with it. Why don’t you leave getting a dog until you can afford to have your own house/flat and then get one?
Answer by jbrunotte91
Siberian Huskies are very loyal, affectionate, talkative, independent and they are not loyal. That means they love EVERYONE mostly. This should not be a problem for you and your family. They can become attached to people but in most cases they don’t mourn over you absence as long as they have lots of attention and love from the other household members. Keep in mind all dogs are different and have their own personalities but I think this should be more of a pro than a con for you. Honestly I’ve never had a problem with them needing space but they need plenty of exercise. You can have .10th of an acre or 100 acres, It doesn’t make a difference they need frequent extensive exercise daily. You must be committed to this as it will be a big part of your life for say the next 12-15 yrs. Please make sure you family is on board as they are going to need to be caregivers of this dog as well, They’ll need to walk him/her daily at least a few 20 minute walks. Keep in mind these dogs are GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST, I can’t tell you all the stuff mine have done to decrease our home and yard value. This is in general a problem with most Sibs and they also bore VERY easily. Make sure you keep up with this. These are not the kind of dogs that enjoy routines. I like to do hiking, swimming, jogging, jump training, weight training and climbing exercises with mine. Also be open to changing the scenes a bit. They love road trips! They are ”free roamers” this means they have a massive need to experience new things and explore. If you keep this down it should lower the damage rate to your home. They are extremely intellectual so make sure you giving them challenges or else they’ll be opening doors, opening cabinets, opening the gate latches etc. Also, SHEDDING, These dogs shed year round as they have a thick double layer coat. They also blow their coat twice yearly which can be very difficult to manage. During this time they are actually ridding the entire undercoat to make room for new hair and need constant brushing. It can be very aggravating, trust me! I wouldn’t say sex matters much, basically the size. Males are generally gonna weight about 55-60 lbs and females are 45-50 lbs. Colors do not usually cost more by a reputable breeder. There is a coat variation called ‘Agout’ Which is wolk like and a good agouti pattern Sib usually goes for more. When picking out a pup avoid ‘BYB’s!’ Back yard breeders are terrible and while they may save you money on a ”purebred” dog, All you have to show is a sweet like sick puppy that will most likely die and break your heart. (Personal experience) Try www.AKC.org to find local breeders. In your area the prices should range from $ 500-$ 1,000 for a healthy pup. Make sure to get all your health guarantees and paperwork. You can go here, (This is a great link with good information on how to buy a Sib puppy) http://www.ehow.com/how_2104216_buy-siberian-husky-puppy.html
Make sure to do all of your homework, I was overwhelmed when I first got my pup but i adapted and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t have fallen in love with Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. You can search online for two vids that are GREAT! 1st. ‘Breed all about it:Siberian Huskies’ 2nd. ‘Dogs 101:Siberian Huskies’
Most importantly when picking a Pup be OBJECTIVE, I can’t stress it enough. From personal experience I know how it is to see a gorgeous sick sib pup for so cheap and want to save it. This dog will be very large and expensive part of you life. Make sure the pup is healthy. It will only ever end badly, Trust me I know. Make sure to get your finances together because this dog will need a lot of things to start with. This is my personal puppy shopping list for a new addition.
List of New Puppy Supplies;
Collar [Something to grow into]
Tags [With your current Address & #]
Bedding [Make sure the material isn’t hazardous]
Crate [Not to big, Not to small]
Toys [Puppy Safe toys, Edible fibers]
Puppy Chow [Pick something with balanced nutrition for Puppies]
Bowls [I recommend ceramic for indoors and hard aluminium for outdoors]
Shampoo [Sensitive Skin! Safest bet in case of common allergies]
Brush [Sibs Shed! They blow their coats twice yearly.]
Puppy Pads [Don’t go Cheap, At least get Mid price brand, Trust me!]
Teething Ring! [He/She should start teething now, Its important to address it]
Training Treats [Soft and Easily broken apart, In case of choking.]
Leash [Don’t go to long or to short about 5-6 in to start with]
Puppy Gates [To keep out of rooms with hazards]
BEST OF LUCK! Congratulations!!!! =D
Answer by Morgan
I think that with your fenced in yard, a siberian husky would be greatfor you. I can tell you that they are hard to train (I have had experience) but once you have one, they are awesome!
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