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Question by Stacy
Submitted on 5/18/2004
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I am interested in buying a husky pup. We both work full time but pay allot of attention when we are home. I also already have a Labrador female adult dog. We live in the suburbs and walk our dogs allot. Would a husky be suitable. Would it get along with our lab and are they really as naughty as made out to be if kept entertained. Our local pet shop owner told us never to get a Siberian husky without even asking our situation. Is this justified?

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 5/19/2004
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I don't know what the pet shop owner is talking about! Huskies are some of the most patient, loving, beautiful dogs in the world! Here is a list of answers that I hope helps you:
1. Huskies don't do well with other animals unless introduced young. So if you get a puppy, you shouldn't have any trouble with putting the dogs together. As with any dogs, there will be scuffles over who is in charge but otherwise it'll be fine.
2. The exercising sounds good too. Huskies have a high amount of energy and are always ready to run!
3. I did think about it that you'll be gone all day and huskies don't do well alone but if you have another dog, then that isn't as big a deal either.
4. Now, huskies do get bored easily and shouldn't be left alone all day in a house. They'll get bored and start to dig and chew on everything. So, if you get one, make sure you have and outdoor pen to hold them.
4.(a)That's another thing I should warn you of. Huskies are very hard to keep in pens if not taught young. I let my huskies run around until they were several months old and when I started penning them up they weren't used to being in a pen so they tried everything to get out. They chewed, dug, climbed, jumped, and everything else to get out. So when I got my next pup, I put him in a pen for a little bit each day to get him used to it. I don't think he's ever tried to escape in his life! And if you have trouble with them climbing over fences, an electric wire will take care of that right away! :) Just thought I'd mention all that so you don't have to learn it the hard way.
5. The reason people think huskies are naughty is because they don't know how to handle them. Huskies were bred for intelligence and it shows! They can think their way out of anything. But, if used right, their intelligence can be used to your benefit.
6.http://www.siberianhuskysecrets.com is a site I think you should check out. It gives you a book on huskies and is good to have if you are getting a new husky. It gives you all the info you need on care, training, feeding, and everything else you'll ever need to know about your husky.
  I also thought I'd mention. Huskies aren't suited for hot weather all the time. If you live in a place where it is hot year round then the husky is probably not right for you. However, if it is only hot in the summer/spring time then that's OK. Just make sure they have shade and water.
  And another helpful hint I've learned from experience. Colored huskies shed about twice a year and they shed BUCKETS of fur. However, a pure white one seems not to shed at all so if you don't want to spend alot of time grooming, then get a husky that has alot of white.
I hope all this info helps you come to a conclusion better. Good luck! stanishas@aol.com


Answer by Meekas Mom
Submitted on 6/7/2004
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Tanisha provided alot of excellent advice.  I would also like to suggest that you consider a Siberian Husky Rescue.  I've had wonderful experience placing many adult huskies with other adult huskies and a Rescue can help you with that.  They will also be sure that they only suggest a dog that has been in their foster care system and is thoroughly evaluated, as well as spending significant time at your home introducing the dogs.  
I would also like to mention that I know of two white huskies that actually shed worse than my black and whites.  I'm almost amazed at the tufts of white fur rolling across their owner's floor!  


Answer by smithy
Submitted on 11/25/2004
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what is the best puppy feed for a siberian husky?


Answer by Harutun
Submitted on 5/5/2005
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How do you know if a Siberian Husky is happy?


Answer by dr ????
Submitted on 8/21/2005
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huskies are great! next time you see that shop owner say that you should get your brain checked... then run for your life 'cause i don't think he'll appreciate that very much. so what i'm tryin' to say is that huskies are wonderful, your local pet store owner is crazy, and tanisha knows his/her dogs. no offense tanisha. if anything i said to day was useful it is that tanisha really, really knows a lot about huskies. o yea. wear running shoes when you are about to tell the shop owner crazy. hope i helped.

dr ????

and please call me dr
i didn't spend 20 years in medical school to be called mr or sir :>


Answer by Paige
Submitted on 9/2/2006
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Stacy, I saw your comment on here and am just now recently having to sell my puppy.  He is a purebred Siberian husky, 2 1/2 months old, sable/white with blue eyes.  The reason I am wanting to sell him is because it wasn't the right time & almost to soon to be true.  He is a great dog, but I was never home enough also to cater his needs.  They definitely have a boost of energy & he does get a long with dogs very well.  I live in lawrence, kansas...if you are interested anymore, e-mail me @ Cr8zy_Blonde003


Answer by Sienna
Submitted on 2/17/2007
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I have owned a Siberian Husky for the last 7 years, lately i have been working longer hours so i've just added a 6 week old Siberian to our family. I found huskies are very naughty at puppy stage, but as soon as they are out of that they are the most wonderful and rewarding dogs you will ever own. Thats where people get confussed, its only the puppy stage that is hard, both me and my 7 year old Husky just cant wait for her to grow up!! I dont recommend leaving them alone at puppy stage til they are a few months as said above they destroy everything if left in the house alone and if left outside when so small your lab might accidently hurt it and they are excellent escape artists. But if you can get past the few minor trouble when they are young i promise you wont regret your descision to buy a Siberian Husky. To add to the comment above about Husky Rescue i tried to get a rescue dog for over a year, as i wanted to skip the puppy stage :) and also "save a life". I got treated really badly. I think they thought i was "weird" or something because my dogs have their own room and i am overly "babying" towards my girl, but every single Husky i wanted to look at (around 13 at the end of it) i got a simple answer. Not For You! I also told them that i did work 9 - 4 Monday to Friday and come home for lunch. If they expect someone who is home all the time then i think its a hard thing to find because i dont know about other people but i have to work to get money to feed my girls. It was one of the most disappointing and heart breaking things i went through. Im also 26 years old, married, so im not a kid, and i dont have any children. Hope this helps.


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