Along the way, we have heard several things about Siberian huskies that are just not true, or if it's true does not apply to every single Siberian. Please keep in mind that each Siberian is an individual and the environment it grows up in can reflect its behavior throughout life. The following paragraphs contain what we have learned through the years. I hope you find this information useful.
Siberian Huskies Are Wolfdogs...
Siberian Huskies are most decidedly NOT wolfdogs. Siberian Huskies are no more a wolf than your friend's teacup chihuahua. The Siberian Husky breed has been around for a couple of centuries now, and is one of the oldest breeds of dogs around. Siberian Huskies have been bred to look as they do in order to survive the harsh climate they were bred to work in. Siberian Huskies have been discriminated against in several areas because they "WOO" instead of "BARK." Most Siberians do have a 'wolfish' appearance due to their color. It is best to be cautious, because you never know if your neighbor understands the difference. There are many people out there who will shoot first and ask questions later. We learned this the hard way when my own cousin shot and killed our beloved Tornado.
It drives me up the wall when people tell me they want a husky because they look like a wolf. (I don't answer those applications.)
Siberian Huskies Make Great Yard Dogs. . .
I laugh whenever I hear this one. Siberian Huskies were bred to RUN. Siberians will run at any opportunity, and it is not unusual to find them a mile or two away from home whenever given the chance. The desire to run is hardwired into their genetic make-up. Responsible Siberian owners need to keep their dogs in an enclosed area for their dogs' safety when they are not supervised.
Siberian Huskies Are Reliable Off Their Leashes. . .
Siberian Huskies Won't Dig Up Your Yard...
I found out this the hard way when I got my first Siberian. Siberians LOVE TO DIG. They will dig out of kennels, they will dig a hole because they are bored...Siberians really don't need a reason to dig other than they just want to. If you don't mind having unusual shaped holes in your yard, you might be ready for a Siberian. Look at the following series of pictures...these were forwarded to me by a fellow Siberian enthusiast.
On a mission!!!
NEVER underestimate the determination of a Siberian.
A plan of action!
Success ! !
Siberian Huskies Do Not Eat Flowers. . .
Siberians will be more than happy to help you prune your prized petunias, sweet williams, butterfly bushes, and rose bushes. I love having a flower bed, but I have pretty much given up on having a well manicured one. I haven't met a Siberian yet who doesn't like the taste of these plants, but I still haven't figured out how they don't get rose thorns in their tongues. If you love your flowers and don't want to see them chewed on, pulled up, or eaten, then make sure put a fence they can't get over, under, or through around your prized vegetation. Better yet, plant something hardy and non-toxic.
Siberian Huskies Can't Climb. . .
Siberians can and will climb if they think they can get out of a kennel. My Siberians have been known to climb 4-5 feet high, almost like a cat. The main prevention for this is to keep them entertained with something they won't get bored with.
Siberian Huskies Aren't Good With Kids. . .
I have NEVER had a problem with our Siberians around my children. I would trust them to be around my kids more than a lot of my own family members. Siberian Huskies are very good natured, and many mistake their growlings and woo-ings to be hostile behavior. Siberians are very vocal and love to talk to their owners. My Siberians will talk all the time, and sometimes it can be the best conversation of the day! It's just their way of expressing how they feel vocally. (Personally, I prefer a Siberian "woo" to the nervous yipping of a chihuahua!)
Siberian Huskies Make Good Watchdogs. . .
Siberian Huskies Don't Shed A Lot
Well....this one is both true and untrue at the same time. During most of the year, Siberians do not shed very much at all. However, twice during the year, they blow their coats. The thick undercoat comes out, and for awhile, your Siberian can look shaggy if the he/she isn't brushed a lot. A really good undercoat brush and patience will take care of this problem.
Don't buy a $60 furminator. Furminators strip the outer guard hair and damage their coats. By a $4.25 (online) undercoat rake at Wal-Mart. They are cheaper and do a better job.
After 10 minutes of brushing Shade...No, we aren't joking!
Siberians Must Always Have Wet Noses
Seriously? Obviously this has been posed to us more than once or it wouldn't be here. If you lived in Alaska and kept your nose wet, it would soon fall off from frostbite! Yes, all dogs in general keep their noses wet because it helps them smell scents better, but it's perfectly ok for them to have dry noses too. A dry nose is not necessarily indicative of anything other than the dog hasn't licked it lately.
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