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Question by TINA
Submitted on 6/24/2004
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How much daily shedding does a husky do?
Can you see hair fall off as he walks??
Or where he has laid? I read that they don't have a doggy order? And they clean themselves? How true is this? How much do you recommended this breed? Thank you for your help.

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 6/26/2004
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I have noticed that my female Husky is very particular about how clean she is. She doesn't groom alot but she hates mud and prefers to lay in her shed on shavings.
Huskies do not really shed on a daily basis. They shed only twice a year. But when they do, they shed ALOT. For several weeks out of the year, they will shed all kinds of hair.
Their coat is so thick though that the shedding hair doesn't just fall off. With my dogs, It stays there unless you brush it out. If they are indoor dogs, it might brush off on the carpet they lay on. I don't know though because my dogs aren't house dogs.
     These dogs are some of the sweetest and cutest dogs in the world. With their pricked ears, curled tails and loving personality, they make you proud to be their owner. They are great with kids and not wary of strangers but not very good with other animals. They need companionship so if you have to be gone long parts of the day, a husky is not right for you. They are not excessive eaters but require lots of exercise. They will run as long as you will allow them and as soon as they catch their breath, they're ready to run again. They are extremely smart which makes them more challenging to train as they can think their way out of anything. However, if they know you are the boss and trust you, you have won more than half the battle. For all the info on huskies, you can go to http://www.siberianhuskysecrets.com
As for "do they have a doggy order" if you mean "pecking order" then yes, they do. They want to be the boss and they will fight to prove it. That is why full grown Huskies should not be put in with dogs they don't know. But if they know each other, it isn't a big deal. My huskies have had fights but nothing big and they've never hurt each other. I hope this helps! Tanisha (stanishas@aol.com)


Answer by Brad
Submitted on 12/28/2005
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I've had my husky Mishka since Sept. and now it's close to Jan.  she shed's constantly.  I am covered in hair all the time.  It's worth it to me though because I love her.  she's a very loyal dog and loves to play and cuddle.  She's a neat freak and will clean herself whenever she comes in from outdoors.  Mishka sheds where she lays, it falls off when she shakes, and also where she scratches herself.  They don't have much of an odor.  Only when they get wet or have been digging for a while.  She is an indoor dog.  I would recommend hardwood floors in most of the house.  I just use a swiffer and pick up enormous amounts of hair per day.  Keep on top of it or you will be sorry!  She's the best dog I've ever been around.  I can't imagine my life without her.  Make sure you have plenty of room in your back yard and don't care if they dig a few holes if you don't play with them.



Answer by Nunook
Submitted on 5/24/2006
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Well, I have a husky and she lives indoors. The best thing I can tell you is that I JUST made a pillow from an hour of brushing. And I had made another pillow on Sunday. I plan to make another one probably on Saturday. that's how much she sheds (today is Wednesday.).

She sheds all the time, all year round. You can pick the tufts of hair out like cotton and you swear you're going to make her bald, but where you pull it out from, it just closes back up like you never did anything.

Once, I just incessantly pulled and pulled hair out of ONE spot, and it kept closing back up like I hadn't pulled out a dang on thing. They do blow twice a year like the other lady said. When that happens, it's just worse. She has SO much fur that her cage, it looks like cotton is all in there. I have to brush my rug with a real hair brush and a flea comb and I STILL can't get all the hair out of the rug.

I swear I made some cookies the other day and they had dog hairs sticking out of them after I got them out of the oven. You know what I did? I ate them because I have had this dog for 6 years and I would eat her dog hair any day over trading her out for something else.

The hair is absolutely miserable and don't let anyone tell you differently. The one lady is right, it doesn't all fall off gradually, but in a way it does. It's hard to explain. The bulk of it doesn't, but if you watch my dog run down stairs, you can see hairs just flying off her in the light. A fine shedding is constant.

Like I said, she's indoors. So I don't know if it's different for outdoor dogs.

My dog is a pre-MaDonna also. She does her own nails. It's the cutest thing to watch her trimming them. I have to of course fix it, but her hobby is fixing her own nails.

You're right. She doesn't stink or they must have low odor. I hear you are not supposed to watch them a lot and I only do it about 3 or 4 times a year--seasonally.

I wish I could send you a picture of this pile of dog hair at my feet. Tell you this, I can definitely fill a small bathroom trash can in one brushing and that's pushing it down and making it flat in the can. When I'm done, she has all this stray hair all around her like a halo indicating to me that really, I'm not done, but that's it for the day.


Answer by sweetieash08
Submitted on 7/17/2006
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I have a one year old husky and they shed every day.  They might shed the most in the summer but I have to clean up after her almost every three days.


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