SO YOU WANT A SIBERIAN HUSKY?
Interested in adopting a Siberian Husky? Then you’ve already heard how marvelous they are. We think you should also be told that they do have their differences from other dogs, and may not make the ideal pet for everyone who is attracted to them.
Siberians are a gregarious lot and may need the company of other dogs or of people at all times. If you work all day, or have room for only one dog think twice before adopting a Siberian.
While capable of strong affection for his family, the Siberian Husky is also very friendly with strangers. So, if you want the fierce loyalty of a one-man dog--Do not ADOPT A SIBERIAN! The Siberian Husky will likely be as friendly with any stranger as to a family member. No, the Siberian will not protect your home or stuff. If you desire a loyal and protective dog, do not adopt a Siberian.
We say that twice a year Siberians shed their coats--for 6 months in the spring, and again for 6 months in the fall.
If you like fur all over the house and in the very air you breathe and sometimes in the food you eat, then fine. If, however, you value neatness at all times, then--*do not* ADOPT A SIBERIAN!!
Many Siberian Huskies have a natural proclivity for digging holes in back yards. If you take great pride in your landscaping efforts or value a neat and beautiful yard--do not ADOPT A SIBERIAN!!!
Many Siberian Huskies love to chew on whatever they find interesting. They generally out-grow this by age 3 or so. If you have no tolerance for this, and prefer to not monitor your dog so closely, they do not adopt a Siberian!
Of all the shortcomings to be found in a Siberian, the most dangerous to the pet-owner is their tremendous desire to RUN, but the very first dash that a dog makes across the road could be the last run anywhere. A Siberian, for her/his own protection, should be kept confined or under control at all times. If you are one of those people who think it is cruel to kennel a dog, or keep her/him on leash at all times when not confined securely, then--do not ADOPT A SIBERIAN!!!! Siberian Huskies are high energy dogs. They are a working breed, used to an exuberant expenditure of energy-- preferably with a loving owner. If you prefer the lifestyle of a couch potato, and hate long walks, hiking, biking, jogging, or other outdoor activities that require your participation, then please, do not adopt a Siberian.
We just happen to believe that any dog is better off in a proper kennel or securely fenced yard than running loose all over the countryside.
Yes, a kennel dog is missing a lot in life--the chance to be hit by a car, the fun of being dirty, full of bum and loaded with worms; the opportunity of being attacked by other dogs; the joy of being sick on garbage and infested with disease; the pleasure of being tormented by mean kids; the thrill of being shot in a farmyard; and finally the great comfort of never knowing where he belongs or how to behave. We do not want to see ANY Siberian become a TRAMP! If you want a dog who will never stray, who, on the porch will stay, content--even when you are gone away--then do not adopt a Siberian! If you have read this far and honestly feel that you qualify on all counts, and are still determined to own a Siberian, then we take great pleasure in welcoming you to the fold. Join the rest of us in the smug complacency of knowing that we own the most beautiful, the smartest, and the most nearly ideal dog in the world.
It is hard to be humble when you have a Siberian sharing your life.