Q. Are Siberian Huskies good guard dogs? A. Absolutely NOT. The Siberian Husky is a naturally friendly, outgoing dog that loves to meet new people and dogs. They very rarely exhibit possessive behavior over their home or family and are highly unlikely to accost an intruder in their home; it is often joked - very accurately - that they would sooner show a burglar where the valuable goods are than chase them out of the house.
Q. Are Siberian Huskies good with kids? A. Yes and no. As mentioned, they are extremely friendly and you probably will never have to worry about your husky intentionally doing harm to your child. However, the Siberian Husky is an excitable dog who may not always realize his strength compared to that of a small child. The concern is that he would accidentally knock over or jump on a small child, not bite or maim them. Children and huskies can coexist in a household so long as they are supervised together.
Q. Are Siberian Huskies vocal? A. YES! If you do not want a talkative dog, this is not the breed for you! The Siberian Husky rarely barks but they make a very wide range of other sounds that are hard to describe in simple text. They like to howl and whine and 'woo' to communicate their feelings at any given time and yes, most of them will be very expressive of these feelings! The voice of a husky is unmistakable!
Q. Do Siberian Huskies shed a lot? A. Twice a year. Like most other arctic breeds, they 'blow' their coat in the spring and fall in preparation for the coming season. During this time, they will literally shed clumps of hair and the total amount of hair they lose will seem like far more than they could possibly have on their body at any one time! Thankfully, because they do shed twice a year and blow the whole coat at once, it is possible to minimize the amount of hair that gets all over everything by a few good, thorough brushings during shedding season.
Q. Do I need a yard to own a Siberian Husky? A. Yes. Siberian Huskies are a high-energy breed. Taking them out for a walk once a day for exercise is not going to satisfy their desire for exercise. They do need room to run and play at home. Siberians are notorious escape artists and so a 6' fence above the ground and some manner of underground digging prevention is strongly advised, as yes, they do tend to dig.
Q. Are Siberian Huskies good with other animals? A. For the most part. They are not aggressive, no - they do, however, usually have a strong prey drive. They are not typically recommended for homes with cats for this reason, and small pets such as rabbits, chinchillas, and guinea pigs should not be allowed to roam free near the husky. They will definitely control the population of small wildlife in the yard, though, and do fine with other dogs!
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