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    04-29-2012, 12:38 PM
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What Can You Tell Me About Huskies?

I'm looking for information from the dog lovers out there in HF-land about Huskies.

They are gorgeous creatures for sure but I know nothing else about them! The reason I am asking, DH and I have just started to toy with the idea of getting a dog. And a friend of my DD is moving down south for work, has to give up his dog (I don't know why), and is looking for a loving home for him.

I'm not by any stretch saying that I want this dog at this stage. I want to do research and really think hard about if this is the best for the animal and my family.

A bit more info which could help. I live on 11 acres, we have 2 horses, 3 outdoor cats, no indoor pets and no children.

I do know that each dog is an individual and I know nothing about this particular dog other than he's gorgeous. I just didn't want to go down the path of suggesting we'd take the dog and then disappoint his owner. Hence I'm asking for some feedback on the general personality of the breed before I take any further steps.

I will also look round the 'net for info...but I'm thinking this would be a great source of ideas and opinions to start with. Thanks everyone!!
     
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    04-29-2012, 12:47 PM
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Huskies run. Period. I know, that stereotyping a breed, and I didn't believe it myself so when I found a really friendly husky I took him home. Well, everyone that told me they run was right. No matter how much we all tried to train him to stay home or even with us on a walk, he would run and we spent waaaay too much time apologizing to the neighbours and searching for our dog. I even went so far as to make a flourescent yellow vest for him that said, "SCOLD ME" on one side and "SEND ME HOME" on the other.

They also can be agressive. Mine killed every cat animal he saw: cat, bird, snake... whatever. I was also warned of this before I got a husky, but I was too stubborn to listen.

They are a breed that needs full time attention and lots and lots of exercise. I will never get another husky.

Check out this site for more breed specific information. www.dogbreedinfo.com Every breed I have ever owned has matched the characteristics on the site to a "T".
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    04-29-2012, 12:53 PM
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I will second the running. DH had one when we met and that dog was a houdini. Once he figured his way out, he was gone. He also had a funny quirk. He hated when he would leave him home. Wouldn't tear anything up but would drag Dan's clothes (only his, clean or dirty) from one end of the house to the other. Sweet, loving dog but he was a pita too.
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    04-29-2012, 06:53 PM
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Thanks for the info ladies! A husky doesn't sound like the dog for us. We're looking for something a bit more laid back, if indeed we get a dog.

Funny though, the kid who's trying to rehome him is my DD's ex boyfriend. She's coming over later for dinner and asked, after I posted this, if she could bring him along because he wants to see my DH and I. So I said sure! We like the kid. She calls me back later and asks if he could bring the dog.

So I will get to meet Bear, the Husky, anyway.
     
    04-30-2012, 03:57 PM
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I own a siberian husky.

If you want to know about them, here goes, and this is pretty typical of most of the breed.

If he gets out, you are not catching him for at least three hours.
He will dig under the fence in the time it takes you to look at a bird in the sky.
He will jump over a fence before you even know what happened.
He will counter surf anything you leave out.
He will chew anything you leave out.
He will kill anything small that moves in front of him, including lizards, birds, cats, and other small dogs.
They shed twice a year, for 6 months at a time, including "Blowing their coat" which can happen once or twice a year, and consist of it snowing in your house for 2 weeks up to 3 months.
You will have hair in your food, on your work cloths, and your guest will take it home with them, no matter how hard you try to vaccum it up.
They have built in alarm clocks, you will most likely not sleep past 6:30 am on any given day.
They can not be left outside un supervised for any reason.
They will have a heat stroke if left outside in the summer.
They can die from heat if left out in the summer.
They will chew through crates, so even crate training does not always work.
They will eat your carpet, wood molding, and eat your bathroom doors.
They ar enot loyal, so don't expect to go on vacation, and come back to a animal that missed you.
They are not good gaurd dogs, and hence why many are stolen right out of peoples yards. They will go with anyone who has thier leash, not caring who it is.
They will chase anything that runs from them, including deer and moose. They will chase them until they cannot chase anymore, meaning you have a lost dog that is miles away from where you ar elooking for it.

Even with all this, they can make a great dog with the right circumstances. They need alot, and I mean alot, of excercise. I am not talking about 2 30 minute strolls across the block twice a day. I mean they need miles and miles. I take mine to the dog park once a week, doggy day care once a week, and the rest of the time he gets let outside to play, supervised for the most part, about every 30 minutes. Most do better in pairs, sometmes having two to keep each other company can curb some of the behavioral issues. I am not trying to scare anyone out of his breed, but make sure you do your research, have lots of time to devote to the dog, and adopt from a rescue, do not buy a puppy from a puppy mill.

And that's all I have to say about that.
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    04-30-2012, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Jake and Dai    
Thanks for the info ladies! A husky doesn't sound like the dog for us. We're looking for something a bit more laid back, if indeed we get a dog.

Funny though, the kid who's trying to rehome him is my DD's ex boyfriend. She's coming over later for dinner and asked, after I posted this, if she could bring him along because he wants to see my DH and I. So I said sure! We like the kid. She calls me back later and asks if he could bring the dog.

So I will get to meet Bear, the Husky, anyway.
Get a labrador. They are the #1 dog for a reason. I have 3. They'll lay around and sleep all day if I do, they'll run around outside all day if im outside. They are personable, people pleasers and look to you for guidance. They typically arent a dog that is stubborn, a runner, or hard to handle. They are great all around dogs, athletic, kid-friendly and intelligent.

Huskies on the other hand can be stubborn, obnoxious, selfish, runners, full of excessive energy that quickly turns destructive due to bordum, mouthy and loud. But they sure are beautiful. They have a mind of their own and don't care what you say. Lol. If they don't wanna do it, it wont get done. Lol. I've been around many and practically pulk my hair out. They are almost as bad as beagles. Lmao.
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    04-30-2012, 04:11 PM
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Outoftheloop, that was the best breed description I've ever read. Im cracking up.

"They shed twice a year, for 6 months at a time..."

Best sentance ever!
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    04-30-2012, 04:34 PM
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Thanks so much for the additional information!

Definitely not a dog for us! We met the potential adoptee I was speaking of in my OP last night. A stunningly beautiful dog!! But...OMG. So very very high energy! My DD's ex BF was walking him around our back yard (which is a good 2 acres). Or rather, the dog was running him around. At one point, it looked like Bear (the Husky) was being lunged. He kept running around in circles at top speed on the end of his 20 ft retractable leash.

He was so exuberant and joyful running around exploring all the new smells. I don't think I've ever seen such a happy dog. We also have a pond and with no hesitation, Bear jumped right in.

He really is one of the most gorgeous dogs I have ever seen. But, not for us.
     
    04-30-2012, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Jake and Dai    
Thanks so much for the additional information!

Definitely not a dog for us! We met the potential adoptee I was speaking of in my OP last night. A stunningly beautiful dog!! But...OMG. So very very high energy! My DD's ex BF was walking him around our back yard (which is a good 2 acres). Or rather, the dog was running him around. At one point, it looked like Bear (the Husky) was being lunged. He kept running around in circles at top speed on the end of his 20 ft retractable leash.

He was so exuberant and joyful running around exploring all the new smells. I don't think I've ever seen such a happy dog. We also have a pond and with no hesitation, Bear jumped right in.

He really is one of the most gorgeous dogs I have ever seen. But, not for us.
I'm glad you were able to see past the beautie of the dog, to see the beast with in! So meny end up in the pound because they are just wild! Lol.

Maybe try the pound if you are looking into finding a dog? A lab, or lab mix sounds best for your family, if you want a big dog.
     
    04-30-2012, 04:53 PM
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We do want a big dog. And really are just in the first stages of discussing it myhorsesonador, so not ready to take any firm decisions. But in my mind, the very first place I would go is to a shelter if and when we decide to get a dog.

The only reason I considered Bear the Husky is the fact that my daughters ex just started to look for a new home for his and posted on fb. As I understand it, he is moving south in a few months to begin training for a job that will have him on the road fairly frequently. So that is the reason he'd like to re-home him.

I have to admit, I did waver a tiny tiny bit. He is that beautiful! But then realized neither Bear, nor I, would be happy in the long run.
     
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