Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs, with their wolf-like appearance and athletic build. They also have a good reputation for being loyal and faithful companions, who are good with children and other dogs. As with all dog breeds, the Siberian Husky has certain traits that not everyone finds favorable. Before purchasing or rescuing a Husky, you should ask yourself whether you are willing to look past some of the following characteristics.
Siberian Huskies require a lot of exercise
All sled dogs have an inherent desire to do work, whether that be to run, pull, carry, or obey. Without an outlet for their hard-wired excessive energy, a Husky can become depressed, anxious, and destructive. With their medium-to-large size, Huskies can easily destroy your couch, drywall, or yard. Popular forms of exercise include hiking (bonus: they love to carry gear!), running, and sledding. If you do not plan to devote at least an hour per day to exercising your dog, a Siberian Husky may not be right for you.
Huskies are not meant for warm weather
The thick double coat of a Husky can withstand temperatures as cold as -50o F. Although they shed the under-layer in the summer, they are not meant for tropical weather. If considering a Husky, but live in the southern part of the country, a Siberian Husky will require extra special care. Combined with their outdoor exercise requirements, warm weather can be dangerous for this breed.
Young Siberians are rambunctious
A Siberian Husky does not begin to “calm down” (note: calm for a Husky is still quite energetic in comparison to other dogs) until he or she reaches approximately two years of age. Until that time, a Husky wants to bounce, wrestle, play, and roughhouse all day long. A young Husky may not be right for you if there are many children or elderly living in your home, as it can be difficult to tell a Husky not to play.
Siberian Huskies shed. A lot.
These dogs have a lot of fur, and are constantly shedding. They are not hypoallergenic, so someone with even the mildest of dog allergies will suffer around this breed. Daily brushing, vacuuming, and lint rolling will become a way of life, as will finding hair in your food.
Dogs bred to run have a high prey-drive
Siberian Huskies love to run and chase, and will happily follow anything fleeing in the opposite direction, including cats, deer, other dogs, and cars. Given their size and strength, they can easily injure or kill other animals if not properly socialized. For this reason, Huskies are not recommended for homes with cats or other small animals.
Siberian Huskies are loud
Besides their destructive and escape-artist tendencies, a Husky should never be left alone in the yard because he or she will howl. They will do so loudly, and until your neighbors report you for disturbing the peace. With proper exercise and mental stimulation these anxious habits can be minimized, however, owning a Husky can sometimes be a full time job!