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Siberian huskies and malamutes aren’t good matches for everyone, despite their cuteness and friendly disposition.
They need attention and companionship.
One big factor in making the decision to adopt a Northern Breed is how much time and energy you have.
This is a working dog that are bred for extremely strenuous work, including hauling dog sleds in very difficult terrain and weather conditions. If you do not have time to exercise this dog, or to keep it adequately occupied and if you do not have time to be a companion to form a pack bond with this dog, this is not the breed for you.
Siberian huskies have a natural drive to run and roam, making them excellent travel buddies. However, the negative to this is that it means your husky “will travel on its own if given the chance.” They can’t be taught “never to run, any more than a retriever can be taught not to retrieve or a border collie not to herd.”
More than any other breed, the Siberian husky must be either on a leash or in a well-fenced area, and supervised at all times. “Siberian huskies are escape artists, aka hairy Houdinis. A Siberian husky will climb fences, leap fences, dig under fences, wriggle under gates, slip through doors and windows, slip out of collars and harnesses, all in the name of an opportunity to explore the world — and get into whatever trouble it can find.”
They might be working dogs, but watchdog is not one of their skills. “Siberian huskies are not inclined to give early warning barks upon approach by a stranger, no matter where they are, not even in their own homes.”
They shed all the time, with the fur flying worst in spring and to a lesser degree in the fall. “If you value neatness at all times, then don’t adopt a Siberian husky. If you can tolerate fur all over the house and in the very air you breathe, then you are a candidate for a Siberian husky in your home.”
They dig. “If your lawn and flowers are the joy of your life, don’t get a Siberian husky. If you have a Siberian husky and a landscaped yard at the same time, you must provide an area where your Siberian husky can excavate without damage to your plantings and lawn.”
“Training a Siberian husky can be an exercise in patience. They do not react well to coercive means of training and need a strong and intelligent owner who shows leadership.”
Our Rescue requires any adopter to have: 6 ft or higher fence, a yard, and a dog door if home alone all day. We do not adopt our Huskies/Malamutes to anyone living in an apartment or condo. If you are a renter, we require a letter from your landlord stating you are allowed to have a husky/malamute on property.