I will soon be moving to a house from the apartment I live in right now, and I'm planning to buy a Siberian Husky. I have done a lot of research and I know that they require lots of exercise and that they are escape artists, but just how much exercise do they need? And are they as hard to keep as everybody says they are? I have raised a dog before but she passed away and now I live with two cats.
A husky will be a great dog for you if you like distance running, cycling (especially mountain biking), or cross-country skiing. If that's not your style, your husky will be restless, and you won't meet your dog's exercise requirements. It's never a good idea to get an active dog, hoping to get active oneself. Best to find a dog that suits your activity level.
They should get at least one hour of HARD running every day. Some people I know lived by a dirt road, and the only way they could get their dog enough exercise what to hop in the car and let the dog run behind the car for an hour.
If you live in a warm climate, a husky isn't the best idea. They are uncomfortable in hot weather, and it's pretty difficult to run all those miles with a winter coat on in the middle of summer. They are not known to be swimmers, so that's not likely an option for the hot months.
They also require a fair bit of brushing, especially during shedding season, to take care of that thick, plush coat.
This said, if you have the space, and you are already a very active person, a husky will make a great pet.