The Pros and Cons of Owning a Siberian Husky

Dogs October 19, 2015 Admin 0

Siberian Husky:  “breed of sled dog developed in northeastern Siberia; they resemble the larger Alaskan malamutes.” A dog truly is a man’s best friend. ... The Pros and Cons of Owning a Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky:  “breed of sled dog developed in northeastern Siberia; they resemble the larger Alaskan malamutes.”

A dog truly is a man’s best friend.  Dogs never hold grudges and always forgive.  They never talk back and always understand. Not all dogs are good for all people, however, so it is important to research breeds to determine compatibility.

Siberian Huskies are one of the most gorgeous, mid-size dogs that are bred to work hard and pull sleds through thick snow.  These beautiful dogs, with light blue eyes, are extremely intelligent but just as shy.  They would certainly not make good guard dogs.

There are some things people need to consider if they are thinking of owning Siberian Huskies.  They are definitely not the dogs for everyone.

1. Pros

Siberian Huskies are extremely intelligent and easy to train.  They never cease to amaze their owners with the way their minds work.  Huskies have the ability to figure things out and problem solve.

These beautiful creatures have wonderful temperaments, which make them perfect for homes with children.  Siberian Huskies have gentle natures and are very patient with the little ones, allowing children to pull their hair and tails without getting upset.  According to the American Kennel Club, the Siberian Husky “does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor is he overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs.”

These dogs are also pack animals so introducing them to babies at young ages is a good idea. They will then have a tendency to protect and look out for their little human friends.  As pack animals, Siberian Huskies do well in groups.  They love being around other dogs, but need to be introduced carefully to other types of pets.  Once they are accepted, other pets can get along very well with these striking dogs.


Since there never was a reason for Siberian Huskies to bark, they don’t usually do so, at least not on a regular basis.  Unlike other dog breeds that are trained to protect and attack, Huskies don’t typically bark when strangers approach.  In fact, due to their shy personalities, many of them are more like to run and hide.  For communication, these dogs prefer to howl than bark.

Unlike many other dog breeds, Siberian Huskies are extremely clean and are often compared to cats in this regard.  They don’t like to be dirty and are able to keep themselves pretty clean.  This results in huskies being parasite and odor-free most of the time.

2. Cons

Like some dogs, Siberian Huskies love to chew and dig.  If not tended to, they can leave a trail of destruction as they chew up anything in their paths.  Chew toys and similar products are important to have around the house to fulfill the need of these dogs to chomp away.  By the same token, they also like to dig and hide things, so laundry piles should be left around.

Although some Siberian Huskies behave perfectly off the leash, most of them would rather just take off and run.  Once they are on the loose, these graceful creatures are difficult to catch, especially the ones who don’t want to stop running.  They are bred to run for miles, pulling dogsleds, so they are just playing out their instincts.

It is important that Siberian Huskies have a restricted space if they are going to be off the leash.  Fencing them in the backyard is a great idea, although it is interesting to note that these strong dogs are able to jump very high from a standstill over fences if they are not very high.  There is also caution that fences need to be close to the ground because huskies have a tendency to dig if they see any gaps.

Finally, about twice a year, Siberian Huskies shed like mad, causing their owners to develop intimate relationships to their commercial-strength vacuum cleaners.  Their fur-like undercoat sheds by the handful, making them far from hypoallergenic.

Overall, Siberian Huskies are considered one of the most intelligent and beautiful dogs in the world.  Their wolf-like appearance is appealing to dog-owners.  For the right people, these amazing creatures can bring much joy and companionship.