Are Siberian Huskies Good dogs?

I absolutely fell in love with Siberian Huskies the second I saw one. But I was wondering if they're good dogs.
Are they well-tempered dogs?
Do they chew constantly?
What are the health risks of having one?
Are they good with other dogs? i own chihuahuas
And do they need to be outside or can they be inside?

1. They need at least a 6feet+ fence! There escape ARTIST
2. Better for cold weather climites.
3, They like to be inside and outside RUNNING IN A SECURE LARGE FENCED IN YARD
4. They require LOADS OF EXERCISE AT LEAST 2 WALKS DAILY TOTALLING A MINIMUM OF 4KM DAILY AND PLUS LOADS OF MENTAL STIMULATION
5. Siberian Husky have a tendancy to be VERY vocal! Howling.
6. A bored Siberian Husky will chew alot.
7. Generally good with other dogs, however due to Siberian size, I do not recommend them to live with other smaller dogs such as Chihuahua as one quick shake fromthis dog can easily kill a Little chihuahua, as a Chihuahua is seen as PREY by a Siberian Huskies.http://www.thedogsbone.com/articles/38/1/Siberian-Husky-Dogs—Born-To-Run/Page1.html

8.Huskies are relatively free of breed-specific problems, apart from hip dysplasia,occasional eye problems (such as juvenile cataracts, PRA (eyes) primarily in male dogs, corneal dystrophy, crystalline corneal opacities and ectopy (displacement) of the urethra). Also, they sometimes have zinc responsive dermatitis (a skin condition which improves by giving a zinc supplements). Breeders can get hip screenings from the OFA and eye screenings yearly from a canine opthamologist (AVCO) and register the exam through CERF and SHOR).

Owner Level:
For experienced involved dog owners

Who should own this breed?
This fun loving, affectionate, outgoing, breed requires an experienced, committed, stable owner that has educated themselves well on this breed's needs. Siberian owners should be aware of this dog's amazing natural abilities and desires. They should also know that those abilities and desires, if not channeled and use will become a problem. The Siberian Husky attracts a lot of people because of it's beauty. They are also adorable puppies and win people's hearts in an instant. Many uneducated, puppy smitten owners soon find out this is not the breed for everyone. This is a fantastic, but very specialized breed that requires a special owner to be successful.

Siberian Huskies are high energy. Always look to a dogs historical roots and modern jobs for insight. These dogs were originally bred to run in sub zero temperatures for long distances and still do. Their endurance and desire to go is not the correct match for the average pet owner. But for many Siberian owners, this breed becomes a lifelong passion of the heart and they would own no other.
They need the company of other dogs or of people at all times. If you work all day, or have room for only one dog, don't get a Siberian. Loneliness for this breed equals TROUBLE. A lonely Siberian Husky will display a full spectrum of undesirable behaviors.

Siberian Huskies have a pretty common trait for digging holes in backyards. If you take great pride in your landscaping efforts, a Siberian is not for you.

While capable of strong affection for his family, the Siberian Husky is also very friendly with strangers and make poor watch dogs. A Siberian will not alert his owner to strangers. They are usually pretty happy to see just about everyone. Which I see as a positive for the Siberian. An owner is not bothered with irritating barking every time someone enters or passes by his property.

The breed in general is not good with: Cats or any small animals, rodents, birds or fowl, because of their prey drive instinct. There are of course exceptions, but don't count on it. If you desire to have or currently own such pets do not get a Siberian Husky.

Siberian Huskies are vocal. They rarely bark, but will whine, or moan, and also chirp and howl. Head held high, they will produce one of the most haunting song like sounds. Now this Siberian song fest may be music to the ears of a Siberian and the Siberian Husky fancier, but the neighborhood may not agree.

Siberian Huskies shed a lot. When they blow coat in the spring it is a lot like a doggie hair storm. Brushing helps and you can speed the shedding up with a warm bath. But if you don't like fur all over the house, the car, the furniture and if you don't want to match you wardrobe to you dogs coat color, you don't want to get a Siberian.

Siberian Huskies need a lot of exercise. They have a high endurance level and need a owner that wants to keep up with them. Huskies love to do what they were bred for, so being involved in Siberian Husky sledding, carting and other events or breed clubs is a plus for the dog and the owner. Obedience and agility are also good outlets and activities for the Siberian Husky and owner. They can make good walking/running partners, if the weather is not to warm.

Siberian Huskies have a tremendous desire to RUN. But the very first dash that a puppy makes could be it's last. These dogs should never be allowed to run at large. They face too many hazards in today's world: Cars, other dogs, guns, poison, antifreeze. In addition, they can come in contact with diseases: Parvo, distemper, corona, parasites. The clever Siberian Husky can surely add to that list, easily. They also have a strong prey drive. A gentle family Siberian Husky, at large can inflict, death or injury to livestock, fowl, cats, and wildlife. These mis-adventures could cost you some time in court , large sums of money and ultimately cost your dog, it's life. A Siberian, for their own protection, should be kept confined or under control at all times.

Siberians are escape artists. Some can be contained in 6 foot fencing. Others can clear an 8 foot fence like they have wings. Most Siberian Huskies require completely enclosed kennels to keep them where they are safe when they are not being supervised. Each Siberian Husky varies, but in general this breed is a lot of work to contain. The Siberian is the "Houdini escape artist" of the dog world.

Pros
Is medium-sized and furry, with a wolfish appearance
Is free-spirited and playful
Is athletic and agile and loves the great outdoors, especially in cold weather
Thinks that running full-speed, pulling carts and sleds, and/or carrying a backpack on a mountain hike is his purpose in life
Is usually good-natured with strangers and sociable with other dogs

Cons
Vigorous exercise requirements
Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
Massive destructiveness and howling when bored, left alone too much, or not exercised enough
Strong instincts to chase and grab anything that runs
Escaping from your yard in search of adventure
Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
Heavy shedding

7 Responses to “Are Siberian Huskies Good dogs?”

  1. Food Eaters back says:

    Yep. But dingoes are better.
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  2. Life is the Bullies says:

    I would highly reccomend you do more research on Sibes before just jumping into the boat.

    Yes, I agree, they are beautiful dogs, but they can be stubborn as all get out and can be extremely destructive and howl if they don't get enough excercise. They also cannot be trusted or left alone in an unfenced area.
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  3. Tulip says:

    1. They need at least a 6feet+ fence! There escape ARTIST
    2. Better for cold weather climites.
    3, They like to be inside and outside RUNNING IN A SECURE LARGE FENCED IN YARD
    4. They require LOADS OF EXERCISE AT LEAST 2 WALKS DAILY TOTALLING A MINIMUM OF 4KM DAILY AND PLUS LOADS OF MENTAL STIMULATION
    5. Siberian Husky have a tendancy to be VERY vocal! Howling.
    6. A bored Siberian Husky will chew alot.
    7. Generally good with other dogs, however due to Siberian size, I do not recommend them to live with other smaller dogs such as Chihuahua as one quick shake fromthis dog can easily kill a Little chihuahua, as a Chihuahua is seen as PREY by a Siberian Huskies.http://www.thedogsbone.com/articles/38/1/Siberian-Husky-Dogs—Born-To-Run/Page1.html

    8.Huskies are relatively free of breed-specific problems, apart from hip dysplasia,occasional eye problems (such as juvenile cataracts, PRA (eyes) primarily in male dogs, corneal dystrophy, crystalline corneal opacities and ectopy (displacement) of the urethra). Also, they sometimes have zinc responsive dermatitis (a skin condition which improves by giving a zinc supplements). Breeders can get hip screenings from the OFA and eye screenings yearly from a canine opthamologist (AVCO) and register the exam through CERF and SHOR).

    Owner Level:
    For experienced involved dog owners

    Who should own this breed?
    This fun loving, affectionate, outgoing, breed requires an experienced, committed, stable owner that has educated themselves well on this breed's needs. Siberian owners should be aware of this dog's amazing natural abilities and desires. They should also know that those abilities and desires, if not channeled and use will become a problem. The Siberian Husky attracts a lot of people because of it's beauty. They are also adorable puppies and win people's hearts in an instant. Many uneducated, puppy smitten owners soon find out this is not the breed for everyone. This is a fantastic, but very specialized breed that requires a special owner to be successful.

    Siberian Huskies are high energy. Always look to a dogs historical roots and modern jobs for insight. These dogs were originally bred to run in sub zero temperatures for long distances and still do. Their endurance and desire to go is not the correct match for the average pet owner. But for many Siberian owners, this breed becomes a lifelong passion of the heart and they would own no other.
    They need the company of other dogs or of people at all times. If you work all day, or have room for only one dog, don't get a Siberian. Loneliness for this breed equals TROUBLE. A lonely Siberian Husky will display a full spectrum of undesirable behaviors.

    Siberian Huskies have a pretty common trait for digging holes in backyards. If you take great pride in your landscaping efforts, a Siberian is not for you.

    While capable of strong affection for his family, the Siberian Husky is also very friendly with strangers and make poor watch dogs. A Siberian will not alert his owner to strangers. They are usually pretty happy to see just about everyone. Which I see as a positive for the Siberian. An owner is not bothered with irritating barking every time someone enters or passes by his property.

    The breed in general is not good with: Cats or any small animals, rodents, birds or fowl, because of their prey drive instinct. There are of course exceptions, but don't count on it. If you desire to have or currently own such pets do not get a Siberian Husky.

    Siberian Huskies are vocal. They rarely bark, but will whine, or moan, and also chirp and howl. Head held high, they will produce one of the most haunting song like sounds. Now this Siberian song fest may be music to the ears of a Siberian and the Siberian Husky fancier, but the neighborhood may not agree.

    Siberian Huskies shed a lot. When they blow coat in the spring it is a lot like a doggie hair storm. Brushing helps and you can speed the shedding up with a warm bath. But if you don't like fur all over the house, the car, the furniture and if you don't want to match you wardrobe to you dogs coat color, you don't want to get a Siberian.

    Siberian Huskies need a lot of exercise. They have a high endurance level and need a owner that wants to keep up with them. Huskies love to do what they were bred for, so being involved in Siberian Husky sledding, carting and other events or breed clubs is a plus for the dog and the owner. Obedience and agility are also good outlets and activities for the Siberian Husky and owner. They can make good walking/running partners, if the weather is not to warm.

    Siberian Huskies have a tremendous desire to RUN. But the very first dash that a puppy makes could be it's last. These dogs should never be allowed to run at large. They face too many hazards in today's world: Cars, other dogs, guns, poison, antifreeze. In addition, they can come in contact with diseases: Parvo, distemper, corona, parasites. The clever Siberian Husky can surely add to that list, easily. They also have a strong prey drive. A gentle family Siberian Husky, at large can inflict, death or injury to livestock, fowl, cats, and wildlife. These mis-adventures could cost you some time in court , large sums of money and ultimately cost your dog, it's life. A Siberian, for their own protection, should be kept confined or under control at all times.

    Siberians are escape artists. Some can be contained in 6 foot fencing. Others can clear an 8 foot fence like they have wings. Most Siberian Huskies require completely enclosed kennels to keep them where they are safe when they are not being supervised. Each Siberian Husky varies, but in general this breed is a lot of work to contain. The Siberian is the "Houdini escape artist" of the dog world.

    Pros
    Is medium-sized and furry, with a wolfish appearance
    Is free-spirited and playful
    Is athletic and agile and loves the great outdoors, especially in cold weather
    Thinks that running full-speed, pulling carts and sleds, and/or carrying a backpack on a mountain hike is his purpose in life
    Is usually good-natured with strangers and sociable with other dogs

    Cons
    Vigorous exercise requirements
    Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
    Massive destructiveness and howling when bored, left alone too much, or not exercised enough
    Strong instincts to chase and grab anything that runs
    Escaping from your yard in search of adventure
    Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
    Heavy shedding
    References :
    http://www.rescueeverydog.org/husky_breed.html
    http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/siberianhuskies.html
    http://www.saynotoanimalsinpetshops.com/
    http://www.petstorecruelty.org/14%20Day%20guarantee.htm
    http://stoppuppymills.org/pet_store_doublespeak.html
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/siberianhusky.htm

  4. ?Sweet Shih Tzu? says:

    Here is an information website for Siberian Husky's http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/siberianhusky.htm These dogs need ALOT of exercise so you will have to take it for LOTS and LOTS of walks.
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  5. kelekytryna says:

    We had a husky and had to give her to my brother. She could get out of every fence we tried, killed cats, ate the neighbors' rabbits, broke cable ties, and trampled the kids. They have a high prey drive, and will eat anything smaller than themselves. Your chis would likely end up on the menu. They are extremely energetic, and have to be ran hard or walked for hours to keep them out of trouble. A Pomeranian would be a better choice for you. They look like miniature huskies, and they get along with chihuahuas just fine.
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  6. Jenny~? says:

    Huskies are AWESOME dogs. We have owned & rescued Siberian Huskies the past 15 years.

    They are a very challenging dog to own. Containment is a constant battle as they are escape artists. Our Huskies could climb fences, dig under fences, open gates and break through any under wire electric fence – it just doesn't matter. Once they get free they are completely deaf. Our female Huskies would always come back after an hour or two – our male Huskies we would have to go look for (they each had their favorite neighbor to visit.) If you get one, be sure your neighbors will be friendly about visits and that they will call you when they are blessed with a visit. We had one neighbor that would call and say, "Juneau is here, right now we are eating breakfast together… I will bring him home when we're finished."

    They will keep your yard free of any 4 legged critter – you will find trenches dug as they follow the path of a mole. They also love to dig BIG holes to sleep in. You would have to get the Husky used to your Chihuahuas… even though they love to catch small animals they do understand not to catch another pet. Our Huskies got along well with the in-laws Boston Terrier, German Shepherd, Lab and even the cat.

    Now, having said all that they are the most wonderful dogs. They have very beautiful souls. They love everyone and welcome all thieves (not good guard dogs). They are wonderful with children – our 4 children couldn't do ANYTHING to upset them. Our rescued Huskies had horrible past lives – but still we never saw any kind of aggression in them to indicate it.

    Huskies do not bark, they will howl instead. The only time we heard anything out of our Huskies is if there was something (an animal they needed to catch) in our yard.

    Be prepared for serious shedding. You will find "tumbleweeds" of fur floating around your yard and house. The worst kind of shedding I've ever seen in a dog. I'm talking HUGE cotton balls.

    Huskies love to be outside. Ours would spend the majority of their time outside, they had the option to come in when they wanted. If they are outside you have to keep a watchful eye on them or they will be gone.

    Hopefully this will help with your decision making. If you decide to get one, be sure you're up for the challenge. As challenging as they are, they are also a very rewarding pet.

    Best wishes…
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  7. Wolf Femme says:

    Well-tempered — but stubborn and independent.
    Eye issues, hip issues.
    They're good with most other dogs, but they have a VERY HIGH prey drive. A Sibe might think your Chi is a rat/small animal, and want to chase/kill it.

    They're pack animals. They need to be around the family, but they also like their independence. NEVER leave a dog outside, though.

    http://www.shca.org
    References :

The Siberian Husky Manual