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Huskies are NOT "starter" dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They REQUIRE a very experienced owner!
Huskies are a special breed that most definitely is not for everyone. Yes, they are beautiful. Everybody loves them until they get one and find out how much work they really are. Then they wind up in a shelter or worse due to no fault of their own.
They have many good points as well as bad.
Some of the good points:
1. They love all people of all ages.
2. They love company.
3. They are extremely intelligent.
4. They are easygoing and forgiving.
5. They are clean with little or no doggy smell. Some people who are allergic to other breeds can live with Huskies.
6. They are generally quiet. They rarely bark except in playing, but will talk
or howl like their wolf ancestors for no reason.
7. They dont require a lot of food. (get good fuel mileage)
8. They are honest. Their body language and voice can be taken at face value
9. They are not fussy eaters and will eat pretty much anything that doesnt eat them first. But they do require a proper diet. (see # 6 below)
10. They usually get along with other well adjusted canines but they will take up a challenge if offered.
Some of the bad points:
1. They love people . any people. This is sometimes seen as a lack of loyalty.
2. I do not believe that there is a type of dog that could be friendlier than a Husky. A Husky may alert you by his actions (running to a door or window etc) but he is not a watchdog by any stretch if the imagination. On the contrary, he will invite the bad guy in and show him where the good stuff is. And then help carry it out! It`s in the breeding and I doubt that you can train them otherwise. Even if you abuse them (we have several that were very abused) they do not become mean ... they will just shy away from you. It`s possible that they may (or may not) defend you against an attacker (more likely with an animal attacker). He very well may be a deterrent to someone looking to do bad stuff .... a hungry wolf looking dog looking back at them through the window ....
3. They have a STRONG desire to run. This was bred into them over many hundreds of generations. It cannot be trained out of them in a few months of obedience classes. They MUST be kept in a secure area. And taken out in open areas on a leash. They are escape artists like a hairy Houdini. They have been known to jump or climb over 6 foot fences. If they cant go over it they will go under it.
4. They are extremely intelligent and mischievous. You have to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. Dont laugh. Its true, they are smarter than
5. They are too independent and strong willed to make it through obedience training. (see # 4 above). They will know and understand the command but if they dont see the point in carrying it out they wont.
6. They are very keen and efficient hunter / killers.
7. They must be kept occupied. A BORED HUSKY IS A DESTRUCTIVE HUSKY! (see # 10 on below)
8. They shed. A LOT! Year round. Then twice a year or more they will blow their coats. This takes shedding to a whole new level.
9. They dig . A LOT! You could rent your yard to NASA to train astronauts on.
10. They play ROUGH! Very rough. And they sometimes can draw blood. But it is still play.
11. They need company, either human or canine and will be miserable without it. Though they can survive outdoors they really need to be inside with their pack. YOU!
12. They can live 12 to 14 years. Maybe longer. This is not a bad thing. But can YOU live with a 2 year old that long? Thats what its like with a Husky in your life.
Again DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Know what you are getting yourself into. If you can`t handle the challenge unfortunately it will be the Husky that pays the price.
If you do decide that you can handle the challenge, go through a rescue group. DON`T go to a pet shop or a back yard breeder.
ADD: A well bred and socialized Husky is NOT aggressive. PERIOD! Any of these clowns that tell you they are, are totally unfamiliar with the breed or are full of dung. Most likely both!
25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 16 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didnt know what they were getting into.
The Golden Retriever`s kindly expression says it all. This is one of the finest family dogs in the world: cheerful, demonstrative, trustworthy with everyone, and forgiving of any mistakes made by inexperienced owners.
Give this breed two brisk walks each day, play fetch games, and take him out for a good run once a week, and he is adaptable to almost any lifestyle.
Friendly with everyone (strangers, children, dogs, cats, smaller pets), his bark is welcoming rather than protective.
You must control his tendency to chew on objects and to mouth your hands -- provide a box filled with toys so he can carry things around in his mouth.
A Golden Retriever remains enthusiastically puppy-like for many years, so early obedience training is required to instill calmness and good manners.
Eager to please and wonderfully responsive, he is nonetheless distracted by exciting sights and sounds, so you must be both patient and persistent.
The mind and heart of a Golden is sweet and gentle, but his body is robust -- until he`s taught not to pull on the leash, you`ll need good biceps to walk him.
If you want a dog who...
Is large, athletic, and natural-looking
Has a pretty feathered coat
Has a cheerful, tail-wagging nature
Is steady-tempered and dependable with everyone
Is peaceful with other animals
Is eager to please and very responsive to training
A Golden Retriever may be right for you.
If you don`t want to deal with...
Providing a goodly amount of exercise
Exuberant jumping, especially when young
Mouthiness -- chewing on things, carrying things around
Regular brushing and combing to avoid mats and tangles
A distinctive doggy odor
Concerns about a multitude of serious health problems
A Golden Retriever may not be the right for you.
well ive had both dogs and it is true about both chaacteristics i dont know which one to get my friend as a present he likes both but which one do your guys prefer.... the old golden retriever on the picture his name was jake he was 16 years old when he had to be put to sleep =[ but he was good dog and lived long