About the Breeds & Guidance
About the Breed
Absolutely never off lead.
Some of the most important things you should consider when you think about getting this breed is how you are going to exercise them. Siberian Huskies should NEVER be let off their lead in an unenclosed area such as a park or a field. They have very high prey drives which mean that if they see a squirrel or a bird they are going to run off and chase it. If they do it’s unlikely you’ll get them back as they will chase it until it’s gone and then think ‘oh dear where am I?’ Some people may say,I have had my husky for years off the leash and have never had a problem. The sad thing is one day that prey drive will just take over.
The thing I’ve found is many people do let their huskies off lead and yes they may come back with recall training, but one day a squirrel comes along, darts across the road and your husky will end up injured or worse. If they get into a field and worry sheep, your dog will end up shot for doing so.
So are you willing to risk it? We are not, this is why we send out all our dogs with a adoption contract and this is one of the terms in which we will foster them to you. You must be aware that we do not want our dogs being returned to us due to being let to run around off lead.
You can find areas like Tennis courts to let your dog off lead. There are also special dog parks in some areas of the country which are good for letting your husky have a good run. You can also get 100ft leashes to give your dogs a run around while out on a walk.
High Prey Drive.
Siberian Huskies originally were left by the Chukchi to fend for themselves in the summer months and because of this their natural instinct stayed within the breed. They will chase small animals. Cats are a big no no, although some people have successfully kept a cat that they’ve raised with their husky since it was a puppy and sometimes it does work. But I’ve known people to have a cat in the pack for years and all of a sudden their husky kills it for no apparent reason. Small caged animals like rabbits, ferrets, etc would need to be extremely secured and in an area that your husky could not go or not to keep them at all.
Huskies do not have a reliable recall because of their High Prey Drives. This is something that should be worked on as if you are ever going to have a chance of getting your dog back if the lead should snap etc (these things happen). You should teach your husky recall even though it won’t be let off in an open area.
Exercise is really important for any breed of dog, but huskies are working dogs. There are many things you can do. Most people invest in a walking belt because it can take a lot of time to teach a husky not to pull as this is in their nature. Many people work their dogs in harness which is what the breed was bred to do, but just because you can’t doesn’t mean your dog can’t be happy. You can use 50-100ft leads which can be brought from ebay or a horse training lunge line which can be brought from an equine store. These give the dogs much more freedom to run. Also sports like canicross (running with your dogs attached to you by a belt) are very fun. You can try things like agility, fly ball (for the few huskies that love a ball) etc, but make sure your training classes are held in a secure area.
Pros and Cons.
The Siberian Husky blow their coat two times a year (often you will be wearing your dog). Now when we say blow the coat we mean fur everywhere. They are very friendly and are more likely to lick your burglar to death, show them the valuables and then run off with them. This can be seen as a lack of loyalty but not necessarily the reality. They are very pack oriented and because of this you will likely end up with more than just one. Many of us have 2-3+ and are fostering. I have known people with double digits of huskies and it’s not uncommon.
Because the Siberian Husky loves people, they do not make good guard dogs, so if you are looking for a dog to protect you or your property they will NOT do this. If a husky becomes bored, they will become destructive this can include excessive chewing, destruction of furniture, your house (yes they could chew though walls) and/or garden.
Huskies also like to dig so if your proud of your garden they may not be the breed for you. Mine ate all my flowers and dug huge holes in the garden within a week of being with me. They can also not be left alone for long periods of time. 4-6 hours is usually ok, depending on the dog.