Siberian Husky Facts

Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs. They look like wolves, and have thick, soft coats, that make them infinitely cuddly. They have piercing eyes, and wonderful masks, that give them a roguish and unique look.

Siberians can make very good family pets. If properly trained, they can be very good with people, children, and other dogs. Indeed, Sibes are commonly known for their friendliness toward people.

Although they may look like fierce wolves, they have the heart of Casanova. All my Huskies want to do, is greet everyone and give them licks.

However, many people have trouble with this breed, and many Sibes get surrendered every year.

Consider these Siberian Husky facts, before going out and getting a puppy. The Siberian Husky is a very special and lovable breed, but they may not be the right breed for everyone.

Siberian Husky Fact 1

Siberians shed a lot!

Be ready to have dog hair all over the house – floors, carpets, clothing, furniture, everywhere.

If we are allergic to dog hair, or like our home to be very clean, then the Siberian Husky is not for us.

When I was looking for a Sibe, I talked to a few breeders in my area. The first thing they all said was, “Siberians shed a lot”. I mentioned that my other dog, a Shiba Inu, also has a double coat, and also sheds a fair amount. However, they all said, “Siberians shed a lot more”.

And they do! A whole lot more.

Therefore, it is very important to train our Husky puppy to enjoy the grooming experience.

  • I start with a soft brush, and lightly comb my dog’s body for a short period of time.
  • I do this often, and pair it with food rewards.
  • Once my puppy is comfortable with the brushing process, I very slowly extend the length of our grooming session.
  • Finally, I repeat the process with a more solid brush, such as the Furminator.

Frequent brushing is a good idea to keep our Husky clean, and clear out loose hair. The more hair on the Furminator, the less hair on the floor.

About twice a year, my Sibes blow their coat. During this time, there will be more fur than ever. To keep things under control, I try to brush every day. Remember to always keep brushing sessions fun, rewarding, and not overly long.

Siberian Husky Fact 2

Siberians make awful watch dogs.

Because Huskies look like wolves, many people assume that they are fierce dogs. Some people may even think that they are wolf hybrids.

However, a Sibe is more of a lover and less of a fighter.

When confronted with a stranger, my Husky will usually run up to him, give licks, and beg for food. As a result, Sibes do not make very good watch dogs. They will not only welcome everyone into your house, but will also give them the royal lick treatment.

If we want a dog that is only loyal to us and our family, then the Siberian Husky is not for us.

My Huskies are naturally happy and trusting dogs, who like to be with everyone. That is one of the things that I love most about them.

The Siberian Husky is not a watch dog, although those ignorant of his true nature may be frightened by his appearance. If you want a dog with aggressive guard-dog instincts . . . don’t buy a Siberian.

Leave your home in the care of a “guard” Siberian and he will most likely welcome an intruder with open arms, fetch (for the first time in his life) your valuables and show him the best route of escape–after all, Siberians are great escape artists.
~~[Siberian Rescue Site]

Note – This does not mean that Huskies will never be aggressive toward people. A dog’s behavior is determined both by genetics (breeding), as well as by training, socialization, context, and past experiences. A dog may become aggressive as a result of improper training, bad social experiences, insufficient socialization, and more.

For reasons of safety, it is important to ensure that our companion dogs are not people aggressive. Most companion dogs today guard us, by sounding an alert when unknown or strange people come close to our house. These dogs are not people aggressive. They do not bark, lunge, or growl at passers-by during walks. They are not aggressive toward guests and unknown visitors, who may need to work in or around our house. Their job is simply to alert us, when unusual events occur close to home. Anything more would quickly become dangerous and risky.

Highly trained guard dogs, such as those employed by law-enforcement, may be trained to attack or restrain an intruder. However, they are always under the control of their handler, are extremely well managed, and will only attack on-command or when they think their handler is in clear danger (as defined during training). They also do not bark or growl at pedestrians.

Siberian Husky Fact 3

Siberians have very high energy.

They are intelligent, athletic, and were bred to pull sleds for extremely long distances, in the freezing cold. Therefore, be prepared to provide a Husky with a lot of mental and physical exercise.

A young Husky needs activity almost all day round. At around one-year old, my Sibe puppy sleeps for perhaps 3-4 hours during the day, and about 10 hours during the night. That leaves about 10 hours during the day where she is on the go.

She drains her energy most by playing with my other dog, a Shiba Inu. However, even my Shiba cannot fully keep up with her.

In addition to the playing, she works for all of her food, has long walks in the park several times a week, has structured dog play sessions, dog obedience training sessions, and still has energy left over to explore and dig in our backyard.

If bored, a Husky can become unhappy. He will likely escape, or use our house and belongings as chew toys. Unless our backyard is extremely secure, he can easily jump over or dig under a fence, in order to find adventure elsewhere.

If we are away at work for most of the day, then the Siberian Husky is probably not for us.

Siberians like having company and activity all day long. It is possible that a Husky can keep himself occupied if we have other dogs, but he may also lead our entire pack into mischief!

Sibes do best when there is frequent human supervision, throughout the day.

Siberians are a gregarious lot and need the company of other dogs or of people at all times.

The Husky needs lots of exercise and entertainment. They love to run and play, but must be allowed to do so safely.
~~[Hillside SPCA]

Siberian Husky Fact 4

Siberians are independent thinkers.

They have a very independent mind and spirit, and will only perform, if we make it worth their while.

If we want an obedient dog that only lives to please us, then the Siberian Husky is not for us.

A Sibe is not a “yes sir, no sir“, kind of dog. To live well with him, we need to be fair, but firm. We need to consistently enforce our house rules, or he will take over the house.

The best way to train a Husky, is through the control of resources. Teach him that the best way to get what he wants, is to first do what we want. I use reward obedience training, and follow the Nothing in Life is Free program. Harsher techniques can make a Siberian distrustful, and ruin the natural free spirit of the breed.

Huskies are independent hunters. Their original breeders, the Chukchi of Northeastern Asia, would let their dogs free during the summer months to hunt for food on their own.

This has two very important consequences for living with a Husky today

  1. A Siberian is not to be trusted with cats or other small animals. He can be trained to live with cats, but his instinct is to hunt them;
  2. A Siberian is not to be trusted off-leash. If he sees a small animal, he will likely bolt after it, and forget about cars, commands, and everything else. By the time he comes to his senses, he may be lost and far from home.

I have gotten a few comments about cats lately, so let me be clear …

Sibes can be trained to live with household cats. However, they usually have high prey drive, and will likely want to hunt and chase small animals, including squirrels, mice, and cats. Just because a Siberian gets along with our house cats, does not mean he will treat other neighborhood cats in the same way.

Huskies are bred to run and pull. This makes them more difficult to leash train than many other breeds. To train a Husky to walk on a leash, we need to have an immense amount of patience. Always be firm and consistent with the no-pulling rule, and reward good behavior.

If we do not have a large backyard, bring our Sibe to an enclosed park or soccer field, so that he can have some nice off-leash time to run, run, run.

Siberian Husky Fact 5

Siberians are not the easiest dogs to potty train.

Certain dogs, like the Shiba Inu, are naturally clean and absolutely do not like soiling their living space. Because of their natural cleanliness, they are extremely easy to house train.

Sibes do not have that natural sense of cleanliness. In fact, they do not mind playing, and running around in their own waste products. Therefore, we must make it worth their while to potty outside.

Supervise our Husky puppy at all times, until he is fully house trained. Reward him well for pottying outside with high priority dog treats, play, and praise. If we are consistent with our puppy potty training, he will learn quickly, and be happy to go outside after a few weeks.

In addition, as Gigi points out, potty training difficulty is very dependent on what the dog or puppy is used to, in his previous environment. Puppy mill and pet store puppies are caged, most of the time. As a result, they will be harder to house train, because they are accustomed to going in their crates.

Where to Get a Siberian Husky Puppy

If we still want a Husky, then visit the Siberian Husky Club of America for a breeder list. Also consider adopting one from a local Husky rescue.

It really makes a BIG difference to get a puppy from an accredited breeder.

Please do not buy a puppy from online puppy sites or pet stores. Most of their puppies come from backyard breeders or puppy mills. Buying from them, will only help support and continue the dog cruelty of these unscrupulous puppy breeders.

If we are concerned about the initial cost of a puppy, consider that backyard breeders and puppy mills frequently produce unhealthy and unbalanced puppies. They will end up costing us a lot more, in terms of vet bills, dog training bills, and property destruction.

Siberian Huskies Are Wonderful Dogs

I love my Sibes. However, just because I think Huskies are wonderful dogs, does not mean that everyone else will think so as well; nor does it mean that they will fit into someone else’s lifestyle.

Clearly, each dog is an individual and will differ in terms of prey drive, energy level, obedience, and more. However, general breed characteristics and information from reputable sources, will give us a better idea of what to expect.

Often, there is conflicting information on the web. Therefore, one good place to start is with the AKC-recognized national breed club – The Siberian Husky Club of America.

Captivating in their beauty, grace and childlike demeanor, Siberians catch the eye of adults and children alike. They can be wonderful dogs for the well-informed or experienced Husky owner. However, they are NOT the breed for everyone and definitely not for first time dog owners. Too many wind up lost, in shelters, killed on the highway, abandoned or abused because the owner didn’t understand the breed and it’s challenging traits.
~~[Hillside SPCA]

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  1. jayden hamilton says

    I love siberians after reading this i feel in love with them i plan to get one in the futher because i am only 11 years old and what does casanaova never mind i’ll look it up. Thank you for your help

  2. valon says

    do husky pregnant with other dogs or just with husky beacus i have 1husky feamel she is 1year and i think he is in day of pregnant
    do husky pregnant with other dogs??

    • shibashake says

      Yes, Huskies can be bred with other dog breeds. In general, I spay and neuter all of my dogs. Here is why.

      In addition to the many health benefits, spaying or neutering your dog ensures that he or she won’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. Even an unsterilized dog who lives primarily indoors may escape or break away from a leash on a walk and could mate and produce puppies. Each year, millions of homeless dogs are euthanized or end up in shelters simply due to a lack of good homes.

  3. Mirza says

    Hi! We just got a male sibe from a couple that had 2 and had puppies. He had just turned 6 weeks and we took him ( too young maybe but needed to get out of that filthy house) I was scared he would develop some kind of disease living in that dump. Anyway! Niko is super healthy and energetic and we are crate training him. Still cries at night mostly because he needs to go out and pee. He is actually VERY good at letting us know he needs to go potty. He just walks to the back door and starts sniffing around. That’s the sign :)
    Also, I’ve had a male chihuahua flounce he was 2 months ( he is almost 5 years now) he is 2 lbs lighter than Niko hahaha and they play around all over the house. Niko can get a bit rough but does a good job on not hurting Ninja. I am just scared that eventually Niko will be too big and hurt Ninja while playing. Ninja will not grow heavier than 6.8 lbs Niko is already 8+ lbs
    Do you think it will be ok? I’m just concerned about little Ninja.
    Also, we have 2 cats. One is indifferent to Niko and the older one does not wit him near at all. I am not too concerned because they can always get away in high places in our house. Anyway, any advise?
    Thanks! Loved the article btw

    • shibashake says

      Hello Mirza,
      Congratulations on your new furry family member!

      He is actually VERY good at letting us know he needs to go potty. He just walks to the back door and starts sniffing around.

      That is awesome! I really love Sibes. They are wonderful, super smart, and absolutely amazing. :D

      In terms of play and interaction between my dogs, I set up clear play rules and dog-to-dog interaction rules. I have a three legged dog, so I am very consistent and strict about these rules. I teach each new dog what the rules are, right from the start. In this way, everyone knows exactly what to expect from each other, what to expect from me, and what I expect from them in return. This creates certainty, and certainty helps to reduce stress and conflicts.

      During play, I supervise closely and I manage the general level of excitement by throwing in many play-breaks. More on how I manage play-time.

      Small dogs can get accidentally hurt by a larger dog during play, especially an energetic larger dog. During puppyhood, my youngest Husky got a sprained ankle during play because I couldn’t stop them fast enough, and my Shiba accidentally bumped into her. It was an accident and it wasn’t serious, but a smaller dog is really at a big disadvantage because they cannot run as fast and are not in the same weight class. Therefore, I am very careful now when there is a big size difference and limit play to smaller areas where I can effectively supervise, manage excitement levels, and quickly stop play if needed.

      More on the first 10 days with my Husky puppy.

      Big hugs to Niko and Ninja! Please share some picture links with us when you have the time. :D

  4. Maja Lea says

    I got a husky puppy last week, she is 6,5 weeks old and her name is Lea. She is very cute and has two blue eyes.
    The first night me and boyfriend took her in our room, we make an improvised bed for her and put her there, she came out and walked around the room, then she peed all over the floor (luckily it is wooden so I could clean it easily right away!). She was very quite the first night and slept alone, but not in her bed but in the sofa in the room. The next day we took her in her place, we have a small garage in the backyard and we prepared it for our Lea, cause we want her to leave outside and be strong. We also work a lot so the house isn’t a wright place for her. The first day out in her house was dificult, she “cried” a lot, and was only calm when I was there with her. After two days she got used to living in her own “house” and finds her way of spending time while we are at work. After I finish working, I come home and spend some time with her in the backyard, I still don’t take her out on the street or in the park cause she recently got her injection.
    I only worry for this: I can’t spend all day with her, and I leave her sleep alone. Is it ok? I see her very active playing and running when we are outside, she learned to climb stairs. But she bites everything, she bites my hands, her toys, finds wooden sticks and chews them. I had the same problem with my doggy last year in the village, while he was growing he chewed everything.
    When my Lea received the injection she was really fine, she played all the afternoon, which made me happy cause she is healthy till now.
    She eats puppy food, I give her 100gr a day as the seller told me, but she wants more, Im scared to give her. Also I give her multivitamins, she loves it, but she can eat only one a day.
    I visit her many times a day after I come home from work, I feel really bed when I leave her alone, do you think she will love me when she grows up?

    About potty training, I think she is too small yet so I can teach her. She pees all around, only not in her bed, I’m planning on buying her a sand, but I’m not that worried about that cause she’ll leave outside. We build her a house now, when she is big enough we gonna place her house in the yard..
    Do you think my Lea will be fine this way??

    Sorry for the long msg.. Byee..

  5. stormy wilkins says

    I currently have a female husky shes about 5-6 from what the vet says, well we also got another husky his name is zues and hes almost a year old. I know hes still a pup and all but from my research hes able to breed.. well she is on her id say about week and a half of being in heat, but everytime he tries to mount her she gets very aggressive and basically shes like flat out no. ive been keeping them together almost constant…im wondering if she is too old and doesn’t want to let him or if its just not the right time…our neighbor dog came over and she was all over him like you know she wanted him, but does not act like that towards zues, also im worried about her age and her ability to get pregnant the vet says she should be able to but im still concerned, I don’t want to lose her just bc we want lil sassys running around, at her age how many do u think she can throw out…shes very motherly and everything idk im just worried I guess…any feed back would be very appreciated, just email me anytime…

    • shibashake says

      I do not breed dogs so I don’t know much about the area. Did you get your Huskies from a breeder? If so, perhaps he/she can help? Another possibility, is to contact a local breeder that is registered with the AKC.

      Here is the breeder list from the Siberian Husky Club of America-

  6. Mel says


    I have a husky girl who is about 1 year & 2 months old now (had her since 8 weeks from a reputable breeder). She’s my first dog and I’m thinking about getting another dog when she’s 2 years old or so. I really like Shiba Inu’s too! I can’t decide whether to get another husky or a Shiba. I’m worried because Shiba’s seem to be quite a bit smaller than huskies.

    I notice that you said your Shiba cannot keep up with your husky puppy? I think my girl can just play all day longggg and my friends dogs get sick of her after a while so I want a breed that can keep up with her. Would a Shiba be a poor match in this regard?

    Also, I have heard mixed things about same sex aggression especially with female dogs. My girl has never shown aggression towards any dog but she has also never lived with another dog. Your two Sibes look to be both girls, has there been any issues?

    Thanks for your help!

    • shibashake says

      Big hugs to your Husky girl!

      I currently have 2 Sibes (both girls) and 1 Shiba. My Shiba has a more dominant temperament, so for a second dog, I got a submissive Sibe female (Shania). Then, later on, I got another submissive Sibe female (Lara), because my Shiba is the one that has more constraints, in terms of getting along with other dogs.

      There have been no issues with my two Sibes. They both have more submissive personalities and I am very careful about supervision, especially in the beginning. In my experience, the temperament of the dog, as well as supervision and training, play a bigger role than male vs. female. However, for a second dog, I still got a female (for my Shiba-male), because I wanted to do whatever I could to set both dogs up for success.
      More on how I help my dogs get along.

      My Shiba (Sephy) plays very well with both of my Sibes. He likes wrestling, chasing, and playing rough, and my Sibes like that as well. However, he is male and a pretty big Shiba (about 32 pounds). Most Shiba males are smaller than that, and the standard has a male at around 22 pounds. Sephy plays with Lara in the mornings and evenings, almost every day.

      In terms of energy, my Sibes have more energy than my Shiba. They also like being outside more, so I take them on longer walks. I make sure Lara does not bother Sephy when he is not in the mood for play. Lara also likes playing with me, and she likes running, jumping, and digging in the backyard. :D

      More on Shibas vs. Siberians.

      What type of dogs does your girl like to play with? Sephy was my first, so I picked my second dog based on Sephy’s temperament, and his play preferences. He liked playing with larger dogs, and he liked doing wrestling and rougher play. Smaller dogs or dogs his own size usually get overwhelmed very quickly, and are not a good match for him. I think it really depends on the individual dog.

      More on how I picked my second dog.

      Hope this helps and congrats on your new Husky girl! Sibes are just awesome! :D

  7. Jasem says

    Hello, I just bought a husky 9 weeks old from the store. She’s a girl and I noticed while she running she cant keep her balance and also she sneeze all the time. What should I do?

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppy.

      I always take a new puppy to the vet for a check-up, to make sure that everything is ok, and see what the vet recommends in terms of vaccinations, Heartgard, etc. In general, I do not buy pet store puppies as they are usually from puppy mills, and may come with health and temperament issues.

      More on pet store puppies and puppy mills.

  8. caroliee says

    ive just brought home a 3 months old Siberian husky named Bowie. She’s a girl. First everthing fine, i follow the feeding instructions giving by the owner of Bowie , 3 times a day with two scoops soaked with the water. I put him into the cage and i let her out for poop n playing times about 30 minutes up to 5 times a day.
    Now my trouble comes.. i noticed her so hard to rise her body us8ng her rear leg, it seem like stiff..
    and now just started today, she look unhappy and not like to play.. i already started the supplement food glucosamine last week but not getting better but its getting worst today. do you have any idea of her rear leg problem? is she get in the cage to long time so cause her leg problem? can you help?

  9. Em says

    I’ve been doing some research as me and my boyfriend are looking into getting a husky. I’m very experienced with dogs on general but I’m worried about pack leader training. I understand that you have to work a being the alpha, however, I don’t really understand how I would do that? Also, I’d be greatfull if you could recommend some recall techniques as I feel this is very important.
    Thankyou for your time

  10. Kody says

    My gf bought me a husky puppy about a month back and this page has helped with so much thank you Niah. I only have one concern my dog is my companion and i take her everywhere i go if i can i travel alot and stay with friends all the time and they all love her shes as sweet as can be but when we get back or while at friends house i have to make sure i wake up eirlyier then everyone to clean up where she went at and she will never go in front of me only when noone is looking how do i stop this?

    • shibashake says

      How old is your Husky puppy? Is she fully potty trained at home? Is she crate trained?

      How I potty trained my Husky puppy.

      However, a dog, especially a puppy, may not generalize potty training rules across multiple different locations; especially if the new location has animal scents. For example, my dogs are fully potty trained for my house, but when we go to the pet store, they may try to pee, so I watch them very closely. They may also do this in training class, and other places that smell like dog or cat.

  11. KaYee says

    I just want to say according to the statement of huskies not being easily potty trained, all dogs can be potty trained depending on how well you keep up with their schedule. I have 5 month old siberian husky and she took about 2-3 weeks to fully understand potty rules in the house when I first got her at 2.5 months old. It would take longer for any dog if you do not follow a schedule. Siberian huskies actually HATES soiling their own sleeping area. They can learn to hate it or not mind it at all. It all depends on how well you keep track of their timing. If they are constantly taken outside at a timely schedule then they will learn to hold it until let outside. My husky would bolt to the door and make me run after her to open it so she can go potty outside in our yard. Afterwards she just walks back to me because I often praise her with a treat then she sits for me to calmly put her leash on. All dogs personality are different disregarding their breeds. They will have SIMILAR personality but that doesn’t mean they all have exactly the SAME personality. I’m just sharing my experience or at least what I believe. Still a great page of information regarding huskies.

  12. Abigail M. says

    I have 2 Huskies, both from the same litter and 10 months old. (They are both fixed since they are Brother and Sister we didn’t want any accidents). We found out very quickly on that they loved staying in cool/dark locations to sleep in, and would never sleep apart from each other. So, my Husband and I decided to crate train. This was a huge win for the overall house training goal and by the time that Maru (the male) was four months old, he would sit by the back door and whine when he needed to go. The key to crate training is to remember that place (the crate) is their haven. You never force them into the crate, and you never reach in and grab them out.
    As for leash training, as much as both my Husband and I never thought to use them at first due to the stigma surrounding them, we used training collars and it worked wonders.

  13. Thea Weir says

    I have a Siberian Husky, Skylar, who just turned 7. We have had her for 5 years now and I am finding she is starting to do some strange things that she has never done before. She refused to be outside all summer long and winter too but now, starting about 2 weeks ago, all she wants to do is be outside, but not loose, she will only stay out if she is tied to a lead. Also, when we walk her, well I don’t anymore since I landed on my face when she took off after a rabbit, she pulls pulls pulls. We had her trained to walk nicely with a bit of pulling but now she pulls from the time we leave the house until we get back. It is getting very annoying. And, she now will attack any dog that comes near her and there are a lot of people in the neighborhood who let their dogs roam free (they are there too) and the dogs come running up to her and she attacks. She has never done that before so I don’t understand why she is doing it now. My son and his wife have always brought their dog over whenever they visited and they always played together and we would take them for a walk together. Also, my husband and I want to quit smoking so to start we decided only to smoke outdoors, so we could cut back. Problem is if we don’t take her out with us every single time we go out, she will pee on the floor, almost as if to spite us. She is constantly licking the floors in every single room. We do not give her “people food”, only dog food which she seems to love and the occasional treat when she is particularly good. I am at my wits end with her. I suffer from chronic pain and I am finding it very hard to deal with her for about the past 6 months. The stress of her attacking other dogs, peeing on the floor and constantly licking the floors is causing my pain to get worse. We have had 5 wonderful years with her but now I really regret getting her. We have had dogs before including German Shepherds and Collies etc and I found that having a Husky is a lot more work but I found it very rewarding till recently. Is there anything I can do to change some of this behavior?

    • shibashake says

      Problem is if we don’t take her out with us every single time we go out, she will pee on the floor, almost as if to spite us. She is constantly licking the floors in every single room.

      Those sound like like stress/anxiety responses. Does this always happen when she is alone in the house?
      More on dog anxiety.

      Did anything unusual happen around the time when she suddenly refused to go out? Did the peeing and floor licking start at around the same time, or did that develop later? When was the last time she visited the vet? What was her daily routine like before the change in behavior? How did she act previously when other dogs run up to her? What was her body language like – was she stiff or relaxed? What type of training is she used to?

      When there are sudden changes in behavior with my dog, I rule out physical issues first. After I do that, I try to identify the source of the behavior change, by carefully considering what events could have contributed to it.
      More on how I deal with my dog’s bad behavior.

      However, dog behavior is very context dependent, and it sounds like there may be different things going on here ~ stress, separation anxiety, sudden changes in behavior, dog-to-dog reactivity, and more. Reactive behavior can also be triggered by stress and anxiety. Given the complexity of the situation, I would get help from a good professional trainer.

      ASPCA article on separation anxiety.
      How I deal with my dog’s separation anxiety.
      How I deal with dog-to-dog reactivity.

  14. Iulia says

    Hy ,

    I have a 8 month Husky named Skye and I really really need your help . I have two big problems:( . I have let my puppy off the leash in the park since he was 3 4 months and we used to cycle lightly with him and he used to follow us perfectly never went far from us but at the same time we used to let him go to all dogs and socialise which has turned him into such a good and friendly dog . Now when I go with him in the park and he has no leash he always follows me and never goes far but when he sees a dog he just goes so so far at the point where I can t even see him anymore so I have to run after him because he never comes back when I call him at all :( How can I train him to listen to me but also be free to enjoy the park ? Second problem is that he is very very fussy with food … He just gets sick of his dry food and wet food and he can be stubborn and not eat for days. I do not give food from us yet he is not attracted at all to eating it :( I am just worried he doesn t eat properly. He is over 20kg now . What can I do ? I am really sorry for the long message . Really looking forward for your reply. Thank you Iulia Neagoe

    • shibashake says

      This ASPCA article has a good set of recall training techniques-

      However, Siberian Huskies are an independent breed, so on-leash or on-harness exercise is usually recommended. Here is an excerpt from the Siberian Husky Club of America –

      There is one final characteristic of the Siberian Husky which we must point out — their desire to RUN. There are many breeds of dogs which, when let out in the morning, will sit in the front yard all day. Not the Siberian Husky. His heritage has endowed him with the desire to run and his conformation has given him the ability to enjoy it effortlessly. But, one quick lope across a busy street could be the last run that he enjoys, ever. Because of this, we strongly urge that no Siberian Husky ever be allowed unrestrained freedom. Instead, for his own protection, he should be confined or under control at all times. Sufficient exercise for proper development and well-being may be obtained on a leash, in a large enclosure, or best of all, in harness.
      [Siberian Husky Club of America]

      In terms of food, my Sibes also have very sensitive stomachs. Therefore I try to limit the type of foods that I give them, and I pick their dry food carefully. I also make sure not to overfeed them.

      I am currently using Wellness CORE original for both of my Sibes and they seem to be good with that. I also give them some Trader Joe’s chicken jerky treats, which have limited ingredients and are made in the USA. China made jerky treats have had problems with contaminants and recall.

      I recently started giving probiotics to my younger Sibe, who has the most sensitive stomach. I am currently using the Mercola probiotics. It is still too early to say for sure if the powder has had a clear positive effect.

      More on how I pick my dog’s food.

      Big hugs to Skye! He sounds like a wonderful boy. :D

  15. Savannah says

    My Siberian husky puppy whines ALOT! We just got him and he went into a room and pooped In there, I cant let him in that room because every time I do he will bend down and poop in the room, I try to take him out but it doesn’t work. is it normal for puppies to poop in the house a lot? Im starting to get worried when he whines and I don’t know why. Any tips that might help my problem?

  16. Cassie says

    So, about a year ago a coworker of mine was moving and wanted to know if I wanted his two dogs – a 3 year Siberian Husky and a 3 year old Lab. Also, I have a 5 year old cat, that had NEVER been around any type of dog, and two hamsters . I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. Well, first thing I did was take them to the vet. She told me that they were both underweight and the lab had a bb (like from a bb gun) lodged in his hip bone and the bone had healed around it and that it would cause more pain to remove it at that point. Well, before I took them home, I called my coworker and asked if either had been around cats. He said no. Okay, so I took them home to meet Pipa (the cat) and my fiance. Barney (the lab) went first, and it didn’t go well. He growled and barked and she hissed and tried to claw him. So my fiance took him for a walk so I could introduce Naughty (the husky) to Pipa. It was FANTASTIC. Neither one wanted to attack. I was a little cautious when Naughty went to sniffing Pipa, but all was fine. It was very clear that neither one of them had been leash trained, nor were they taught any commands; they also weren’t potty trained. So I took a week off from work and set about the task of training. Every morning, I took each on a 1 hour long walk, we live in the country and have nothing but woods and farmlands around the house, and I also took them on a walk later in the afternoon. Naughty did amazing, by the time our walk was over the first morning, she was no longer pulling nor was she trying to get off the leash. Barney was a little harder, he was only worried about getting the food out of my pocket and not grasping doing good got him the food, but he learned by the third walk. Barney did the best with potty training, but they both had it down by the end of the week. Next came commands, first I started with the basics – sit, stay, lie down, come, and talk. Naughty was AMAZING. It kind of surprised me because I had done some research and mostly Huskies and harder to train than Labs. But not in my case. Naughty had all of them down on the first day. Barney knows them now, but it took about a month for him. By now, Naughty can do all the basics, and she can “stand up, turn around, give hugs, dance with me, and play dead”. They have been together all their lives, and they’re still best friends. They won’t go anywhere unless the others with them. They get along great with Pipa, all three of them sleep at the foot of my bed. And Naughty “mother-hens” her all the time. I haven’t had a problem out of either one of them, nor have I had a problem with Naughty escaping, or trying to “hunt” Pipa or the two hamsters. Naughty tells me when it’s time to brush her hair, because she’ll grab her brush from my bed-side table, come to where ever I’m at, drop the brush and lie down on my lap. When we go to work, I leave Barney and Naughty in the back yard. The front half of it is wooded and the back connects to the farm. I haven’t had any trouble with either one of them getting to the cows; HOWEVER, Naughty does like to hunt. She is always bring dead things back up to the house. She’s brought birds, deer, raccoon, field mice, and she’s even brought us a coyote she killed. It amazes me that she’s such a fierce hunter but is she gentle with our cat and my 2 year old nephew, she’ll lie down in front of him and he’ll get on her back and she’ll walk around with him holding onto her ears. Best investment I’ve ever made.

    • TJ says

      Please do not allow your nephew to do this to your Husky. Your dog may seem OK with it but then again may be sending out subtle signals that are being missed. No dog should EVER have to put up with any child riding on it and pulling its ears!

  17. Angel says

    I’ve got one husky male, named Cerberus, who is almost a year old. My partner and I love him to pieces, even sometimes our cat Licorice does too. An important tip for any cat/husky owners is that your kitty has a high spot where he or she can relax, just like a dog should have a bed (my preferred option) or a crate.

    I met Cerberus at 5-6 weeks and couldn’t wait until he hit the 8 week mark so I could bring him home. He kind of chose me and I couldn’t leave without calling him mine. I often visited the breeder and played and trained with him. He literally learnt the sit command (by treat training) in 5 minutes. Don’t underestimate their intelligence because a smarter a dog is, the more independent they are, and will be more of a challenge to train. I found treat training, especially when they’re tired, several times a day for about 10 minutes was the quickest and most effective method.

    Potty training was hell, especially for my partner because when I’d clean up his messes I’d end up vomiting so my poor partner was stuck with the majority of it. I found that potty training pads at the back door worked well overnight, as well as taking him outside and treating him when he went potty outside. However when we moved houses Cerberus was much better as he now has a bigger backyard.

    We will soon be getting another husky puppy as a companion for Cerberus. They really need a lot of company with both other dogs and humans or they can become depressed and/or get up to a lot of mischief. In the mean time we’ve been having puppy play dates with other male dogs including his older brother, whom Cerberus absolutely adores. In the mean time we are puppy proofing the house and backyard because we learnt the hard way – I once had to jump in front of a car to stop Cerberus from being hit or ran over, thankfully no one was hurt and nothing was damaged but I quickly learnt to keep a very close eye on him. Especially while I’m hopping out of the car to quickly run in and grab some food!

    Huskies are very cheeky, playful, loving dogs and are definitely part of the family. Cerberus adores children, especially babies and will happily lick them till they’ve got drool falling off them. Many of my friend’s children adore Cerberus and he them. It’s important that other animals and children are introduced correctly to each other to avoid any mishaps.

    One major thing I will be doing differently is leash training our new pup much earlier on, even if up and down the hallway or around the backyard, before he becomes stronger than me so he doesn’t end up running me instead of the other way around.

    All in all having a husky has been a wonderful, but not an easy, experience. Cerberus is now very well behaved, of course when he wants to be, and knows several commands and tricks. He loves to show off, and he loves attention and treats for rewards. With our new husky puppy I think I’ve definitely learnt a few ways to make it easier, many of which were mentioned in this article. I will definitely be recommending it to any friends of mine who are thinking of getting a husky!

    • shibashake says

      Thanks for sharing Cerberus’ story with us. He is a lucky boy! I would love to see pictures of him as well as his new sidekick ;), so please post us some image links.

    • Anonymous says

      With my Husk’s piercing two blue eyes, I rarely can get half a block without someone wanting to stop, ask about his breed, pet him and often spend a few minutes playing with him. In fact, Buddy (my Husky) is the only dog that I’ve ever owned where the mailman actually spends sometimes up to 5 minutes playing with him when dropping off my mail. Is Buddy A TON OF WORK because of his shedding and my home always looking like I’d prefer un-announced guests? Yes! But I would not trade him for the world. He is so loving – he truly is my best friend! If you are willing to take care of a Husky (grooming, vet visits), I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND A SIBERIAN HUSKY AS A PET!!

    • Terri says

      I also have a Siberian, He has been the best, I have had other gogs but I think Deeks has been the best so far, He goes almost every where with me, The minute the keys rattle he is on his way to the car, I keep a gallon of water in the car all the time and refresh it almost every day so I know its fairly fresh. I think if anything were to happen to him that would be it. I would never get another pet, thats how good of a mate he has become

  18. Carolann says

    I have a one year old huskie called spike. We got him from a rescue centre when he was 7 months old. He is hard work and everything you have said is totally true but he is worth all the effort. He is so lovable, funny and loyal. His best friend is our 2 year old GSD, they are inseparatable. Thank you for all the great advice on your site, especially around training as Spike is one strong minded fella.

    • shibashake says

      Thank you Carolann.

      His best friend is our 2 year old GSD, they are inseparatable.

      Haha, yeah, I love it when my dogs cuddle up next to each other. Best thing ever. :D

      Big hugs to Spike and his best buddy!

    • John Diulus says

      I forgot to mention something that I found important (I’m the anonymous poster above)! Not only is the care of Buddy important, but I found his protection equally important. I had to put a lock on my gate as in my first two years of owning Buddy (he I’d 4 now), I had 5 (yes FIVE) attempts of people trying to steal Buddy from me. My vet suggested to me that some people see him and his two blue eyes as an item of value and not a pet! He telos me that people steal Huskys for the purpose of breeding them and then selling the litters for literally thousands of dollars. My vet also noted that since Bud has TWO BLUE EYES, that he alone would fetch a nice dollar for someone wishing to sell him. So even though he has one of those implanted chips with my ownership info, PLEASE PROTECT YOUR BABY FROM THE BAD PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!!!

  19. Steve says

    Excellent information re: Huskies. Got my beautiful girl from a shelter–previous owner didn’t do their homework. Please post this information on every relevant website. Thank You!!!

  20. briar says

    thank you for talking about my favorite dog but i want to train my poppy could you send me a video of how to training it .. and thank you again :)

  21. Dan says

    I was a cat person growing up. My mother had several cats, but we never had a dog. When I moved in with my girlfriend (now wife), she wanted a dog. A bit naively, I suggested a husky because I always thought they seemed very interesting and friendly.

    This is where the story gets interesting. We looked into rescuing a dog first and foremost; and used several websites to further this goal. One night while browsing one such site, I offhandedly mentioned “If we get a very young dog, who hasn’t grown too attached to his name… I think “Loki” would be a good name for a husky”. Within a minute, my wife made a squealing noise, to which I naturally looked over to discover that she had found a BEAUTIFUL 2 year old rescued husky who’s rescuer lived a mere 10 minutes from her mother…. the dog’s name? Loki.

    We took it as a sign, and within a week, he was living with us. Boy was the responsibility and work involved in owning a husky (and a rescue to boot) unexpected. We didn’t do our research and dove in prematurely. But we grew into the role quickly. Loki is the best decision we ever made. Within 6 months he was the friendliest and most outgoing animal I’ve ever seen. He LOVES his walks, but doesn’t like to be out for too long, and oddly, isn’t too energetic. I fear his abuser may have left him locked in a cage for most of his puppyhood. We got him a crate (not sure of the dimensions, but it’s insanely large, at least 8 feet long) and we never force him to stay in it, we leave the door open and keep his bed and food/water bowls in there. Just so he has a private area to call his own… he uses it often, but more than not, he’s laying in his ‘sad spot’. The side of the couch with an armrest to lay his head on while the wife and I are at work. I only work part time so that I can make sure he’s not alone all day

    To anyone thinking of getting a husky; this article is nearly PERFECT. They are not a breed for someone who wants a cute, low maintenance animal running around. They are a lifestyle in the purest sense of the word. Despite never expecting, or indeed, even WANTING this lifestyle initially. I wouldn’t trade it for the world now. He’s the best friend I never knew I wanted and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

    • shibashake says

      They are a lifestyle in the purest sense of the word.

      That is a great way to put it! I will have to include it in the article.

      Big hugs to Loki! He is a very lucky boy. :D

    • Anonymous says

      It’s funny you say he’s not energetic… I also have a male husky(jake) got him around 6 months old and he is the laziest dog I’ve ever seen!!! My female has all the energy in the world.. I have wondered so much y he’s like tht… But I was told he was in a cage with allll his brothers and sisters from birth to a couple days before I got him… So maybe tht is y.. Thanks for sharing bc it’s bothered me since I’ve had him:(

    • Anonymous says

      Also let me add tht I live in Louisiana so when I take him out for a walk/run it may be the heat tht makes him want to go right back inside… But even a night (the time I run them) he doesn’t like to run for very long before he’s wanting back in… I just don’t know … maybe we have the only two non energetic huskies in the world???

  22. Colin says

    First let me thank you for taking the time to read and possibly give me your best input for my current situation. To attempt to keep this short, I am currently active duty military stationed in Texas. I recently purchased a husky and am set to pick her up from her breeder next Friday. This is my first dog on my own and I want to be sure to give it the most loving and nurturing environment I can possibly provide. I know much about husky’s since I grew up around them all my life but that was up in my home state of Ohio. I guess my main concerns are the different climate, the fact that I live in a apartment and that the uniform requires me to be away from home 9 hours at a time with the exception of a hour lunch break in which I spend at home and plan to. I know for the first few months she will be my main priority and will be accompanying me where ever I go as much as possible, but just fear since this is my first time raising a puppy by myself that I will not know everything that I should or should do to acclimate to it’s needs… Again thank you for the your time and any advice is appreciated.

    • Colin says

      Forgot to mention that she will be 6 weeks old this up and coming Wednesday as well. Have already set up and appointment with a vet to start her vaccinations the following Saturday as well :) thanks again!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your upcoming puppy!

      A few puppy things-
      1. Puppies learn useful social skills and boundaries from their mother and siblings when they are young. For this reason, it may be an advantage to leave puppy with her siblings until about 8 weeks old. A bit more on why.

      2. In the beginning, my Husky puppy needed to go potty pretty often. She is still pretty small and can’t hold in much liquid. I needed to be around a lot to supervise and potty train her. Here is a bit more on potty training.

      3. Puppy Lara was also a bit afraid of being alone. A new home and suddenly being away from her siblings was a big change, so she needed a lot of people time at the start. When alone, she would get stressed and start to cry/vocalize. I slowly desensitized her to alone time, but that took some training. Getting a friend/neighbor/relative to help pet-sit in the beginning can be very helpful.

      4. My Huskies can’t really take the heat. During the summer, they prefer to be indoors on some cool spot. We have a fan blowing on their favorite rest spot/s. They are also a lot less energetic when it is hot outside. When we go on walks, I make sure to bring a lot of water and have rest stops in the shade as necessary.

      5. Take lots of pictures. They grow up very quickly. :D

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppy.

    • Anonymous says

      Hey Colin if you are at good fellow I have a husky who needs a playtime buddy he is ten but still enjoys chase so please let me know I’d be up for a play date

    • Pamala McBrayer says

      Bad breeder, bad breed choice for you!
      Siberians require a human contact presence in their environment MOST of their day. They are extremely human social, bonded, and pack oriented. They MUST have companionship, they MUST have exercise. Therefore, they are like Lays potato chips…you cannot have just one. Another dog keeps your dog company, but also may become a partner in crime! We have 8 here at home…I rescue them from shelters after people learn the hard way how difficult they can be. Please reconsider your choice and choose a GSD, ACD, or Labrador for active lifestyle dog that can adapt to apt living, long human absences, alone. Otherwise, if you must have a Siberian, I recommend choosing a trained, senior…about 7-8 years old. They are plenty active, but calmer, and more patient, and ready for more napping, extended separation. DO NOT GET A PUPPY!!! Disaster for you just waiting to happen. Period.

  23. anonymous says

    I have a friend who has a male husky and a female husky and said they would give me one of their puppies once they give birth. My problem is that I have a female cat who will be 2 years old in July. I’ve heard that huskies have a high prey drive and I’m worried for my cat. Can anyone give me some advice on this.

  24. Stephanie Mestizo says

    I own a husky and its such a wonderful dog it gets along with everyone in the family and they are great with kids and It also gets along great with my cat

  25. Wendy Harrison says

    Hi there!
    I’m currently fostering a sibe mix 2 yr old female (I suspect there’s a little German shepherd in there too). She is the sweetest girl, although she does have a mind of her own – typical sibe!
    She came into the rescue I foster for already pregnant, and tonight it’s time…her temp has dropped and she’s nesting up a storm!
    The suspected sire is a purebred Sibe and rumour has it there was only 1 actual mating snuck in. I think she’s got at least four in there, possibly five (I guess I’m about to find out, lol). Is this a standard litter size for these lovelies? And is this breed prone to easy deliveries? I’m actually a English Springer gal myself, so this is a learning experience, lol. I love her sweet attitude…will her temperament change drastically post-whelp do you think?
    One more thing…is there anything in particular I should look for in a prospective adopter for her? It appears I need to keep an eye out for an experienced dog owner, and not one who’s at work all the time…but is there anything else I should be on the lookout for so that when the time comes to put her up for adoption?
    Thanks so much…your info here is well thought out and extremely helpful & insightful. Thank you for this site and also thanks in advance for any answers!
    Kind regards,
    Wendy & “big momma-to-be”, Ebony

    • shibashake says

      Hello Wendy, How did things go? How is your mommy girl doing? What size litter did she have? My breeder had a litter of 3 and 7 last two times. She said 7 was on the high side. :D

      I am not a breeder, so I am afraid my experience is limited in this area.

      In terms of prospective adopters, one important thing is to make sure that the backyard is secure. My Sibes love to dig, and they have high prey drive. One of them dug under the fence once and escaped into my neighbor’s yard while going after some earth critter. We now have concrete blocks all along our fence line to prevent dig escapes, and a 6 foot fence to prevent jump escapes.

      Another thing my breeder emphasized was the need for a Husky to be on-leash (when not in an enclosed space) because of high prey drive. Since your girl has some Shepherd in her, I am not sure which side will be more dominant, but it is something to look out for.

      Big hugs to your girl! Would love to see pictures of her puppies if you have some online.

  26. krissy says

    We have a deposit on a husky pup in a future litter, have hallways wanted a husky and my husky mix at home is getting older now so decided it was time to add a new dog. In researching the breed several sites have suggested that this is a dog that needs a job to be truly happy, and may need excessive amounts of excercize. Now while I’m not aquireing an Iditarod champion, actually a pup from a line of smaller dogs, I’m couriouse of how much excercize I need to be prepaired to provide on a dayly basis. Dog will go everywhere with me, even to work for most of the year but should I expect to have to add a mile run along side the bike every morning to start the day(once pup gets older) or will long walks and tons of play in the afternoons (evenings when the weather is too warm) going to be enough?

    • shibashake says

      With Lara (3 years old) we walk her for about 1.5 hours daily, and she usually has two short but high energy (supervised) play sessions with my other dogs. She also works for all of her food through good behavior during walks, play-sessions, grooming, and whatever is left over we put in interactive food toys.

      Shania (over 6 years old) is a three legged dog, so I walk her a shorter distance, although I am usually out with her for longer because we take long breaks in our walks.

      Both my Huskies love being outside, especially in cooler weather. Lara, especially, needs to go on a good-sized walk every day. When it is hot during the summer, they have a lot less energy and tire more quickly, so we go on shorter walks and bring water with us. I try to observe them closely and adjust our walks and other activities accordingly.

    • john says

      My boys get 4-6miles a day hooked up to a mountain bike in any weather, if you dont they will kill your house big time, i have the short and tall siberians my oldest are 8 and 9 years old the shorter husky isnt as strong, cant run as fast and eats more than the larger type ( thats what ive seen anyway) and cannot keep up no matter what, in the U.K most of the huskies are the small and inbred when they see a real racing stock husky, oh the hatred, you couldnt believe. If you feed them dog food you will be plagued with a shorter life time of bad health like yourselves with all that GM food etc, fish from the loch, and organic meat from the store is the way to go. My organic huskies never go to the vet no bad breath or skin probs. ive known people to have had two dogs in the time ive had one for 9 years and they still make jokes that i spend more than they earn just on non GM foods and Non GM Organic meat, yes GM meat look in to it. ( you should see what they feed the human kids) Have fun they will never let you down. save up for new knees and hips too.

  27. Paige says

    i have a 2 yr old male Husky called Locky, for some reason he has suddenly decided he’s going to mark certain areas in the house, nothing has changed in his routine or environment so i cant understand this behavior when he has never done it before.
    Some people have recommended neutering him to tackle this problem as well as the fact he goes mental and pulls on the leash trying to get to the next scent in his path while out for walks (ive tried numerous training techniques to stop this but his entire attention is focused on scent when he’s out for walks, and ive tried everything to distract him so his attention is on me but to no avail)
    So i have been wondering if neutering him will help, but then ive also had people tell me that neutering him could turn him vicious, my grandfather experienced this and his dog had to be put down after he became so bad that he was a danger to everyone, it was a shock to see this bouncy, happy and loving dog completely change and as you can imagine, i don’t want this happening to my bubbly, goofy and playful boy, what do you think?
    your advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks

    • shibashake says

      My male Shiba Inu is neutered and my two Husky girls are spayed. I did this early on, as soon as it was safe to do so. I did *not* notice any of my dogs becoming more vicious after the neuter or spay surgery. However, I made sure to lower their activity after the surgery, and made sure that everything healed properly. Just like people, pain and other physical issues, can cause stress to a dog and change behavior.

      I would consult a vet about your concerns and about after care instructions.

      Here is an excerpt from an ASPCA article on spaying and neutering –

      Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
      Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

  28. shawna says

    My huskies name is Jax(jumping jax, he greets people by jumping up on them and licking them). He’ll be 4yrs next month. He is more of a calm dog. He has no interest whatsoever in toys, but loves to run and he is fast. He is the escape artist. He also loves to go for a car ride and is a very picky eater. He is very loyal to me only. He follows me all around the house and goes crazy if I don’t pay him any attention. He will sit and stare at me til I look at him or say something to him, and he will only listen to me. And when he sheds his winter coat, wow I could stuff several pillows!

    All your facts are true! Every now and then I do catch him trying to hike his leg inside. He sees a squirrel while we’re out walking and he goes deaf and his blinders go up. He is a wonderful companion dog.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Shawna,
      Thanks for sharing Jax’s story with us. I love hearing about happy Huskies! My Sibes also love to lick and they love being with people. Big hugs to your awesome boy!

  29. Amy says

    Thank you so much for putting this information out there. One of our babies got loose and was caught in a snare trap overnight, He made his way home and after 2 weeks of care had his hind leg amputated Monday. Any suggestions
    on how to reintroduce his brother to him, they are used to rough play and Abrams is the dominant one, they will be one year on the 11 so still crazy puppy stage.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I am a lot more careful with Shania (my tripod Husky). She can get overwhelmed during over-rough play and can get accidentally hurt. With three legs, if she even just sprains one of her other legs, it becomes really difficult for her to get around. For example, I do not allow my other dogs to chase Shania. Shania can do the chasing, but not the other way around.

      I supervise all play sessions with her, manage excitement levels, and make sure that my other dogs are not over-excited.

  30. Francis coleman says

    Ok… Please can someone help. My mom boight a huksy from someone for 80 bicls and i have no clue what age he is.. Hes really small and had him for about two yeats now… I dont know if its tje food im givong him or hes not getting enough exercise i will show pictures if you know ablut huskies to give you a better look for him.

    • shibashake says

      Husky is commonly used to describe a certain class of dogs – which can come from a variety of breeds. The Malamute for example, is much larger than the Siberian Husky. Even within the same breed, there are variances in size.

      Has he been in to see the vet? What does the vet say about his general physical health?

  31. Jax2011 says

    I have a Sibe who just turned 2 in August. We got him for an inside dog but he got sick and as my now 9 yr old son said “hes pooping chocolate milk” gross i know but the best way to describe it. Ok so hes been outside ever since. Hes very loving and sweet. He loves people.he knows and loves jumping on them to give sugar. He will not jump on my 3year old son for any reason. Idk if he sencese that he has a blood disorder(hemophilia) or what for what ever reason is good. He is very protective over me.and my sons and somewhat over my husband. He also doesnt like strangers or strange dogs. We have 2 small dogs and he loves them. Also he pays no mind to cats and squirrels. Hed rather he doggie treats out of our hands and chase us or roll around on the ground and he loves his leash as long as one of my kids are walking him. Anyways my question is. Is he to old to house train. Id love be inside. But we have carpet in most of our house. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • shibashake says

      He sounds adorable. In terms of potty training, has he fully recovered from his diarrhea? If he still has it, it is probably best to deal with all physical related issues first.

      For potty training my dog, this is what I do. Adult dogs have better control of their bladder, so they usually do not need to go as often as a puppy. However, I still need to supervise my dog very closely during the potty training period so that I can catch the behavior, and teach him where to go.

      Also, during training, there will usually be some mistakes. I kept close supervision, but sometimes, I am not fast enough, so I make sure to have pet safe carpet cleaners around. I make sure to stay calm, be consistent, and keep close supervision.

  32. Tony says

    I went to get a Siberian Husky for my mom for Christmas. My mom already had a dog, 11 months old, the Sibe was a little over 3 years old… well they didn’t get along at all. The Sibe hated my mom’s dog, and I understand why too, my mom’s dog is very in your face, very wired with energy. The Sibe did NOT like this, which ended in a couple scuffles. In short my mom decided the Sibe was not for her. Now in the time the Sibe was here he bonded with me. He thought I was awesome, and I thought he was awesome too. Now here’s where I run into a problem. I returned him to the breeder I got him from but I’ve been weighing going back to get him. The thing is my wife has 3 cats, and we have a miniature Dachshund. Now I want to try to bring him home, but the issue is, if prey drive kicks in, scuffles would go deadly real quick with the cats, and maybe even the Dachshund. How should I introduce him to the pets already here. Should I even risk it? Can he be trained to get along with the dogs already here or am I better leaving him be.

    • Tony says

      According to the breeder he used to live with a family that had cats and when I was first introduced to him we were brushing him out so he wouldn’t shed all over the inside of my car. I didn’t mind if he did but the breeder wanted to brush him out anyway. Well while we were brushing him out there was a feral cat wandering around outside and he wanted to go check the cat out so he’d pull a little but pull back and he’d sit back down. So I think it was more of a “what’s that? I wanna check that out.” response as opposed to an “OMG I have to chase that down and kill it” Still all things considered I’d have a kennel for him at night until he’s used to the cats and they’re used to him just so we don’t wake up to something out of a horror movie. I’m just a little nervous about bringing him home cause I want to give him a home really badly but like I mentioned before my wife is nervous about the cats & even the Dachshund to some extent cause they’re so little and the Sibe isn’t. Biggest cat is 12 lbs. Dachshund is about 7 lbs, she won’t get over 10 lbs. since she is a miniature. The Sibe at the moment is 80 lbs. cause he’s got a little bit of a weight problem and he’s a wooley so he’s a LOT of hair.

    • Anonymous says

      I have my boy kobi who is1 year husky x malamute and havw a male cat too, they are not best of friends but they tolorate eachother, I had kobi from ten weeks my cat is 3 he does try to paw him sometimes but hes never aggrseive towards him, a few people I no have huskys and cats onw friend of mine has a malamute and twi cats and they sleep tigather, and mist husky get on with all dogs they love everyone good luck :)

    • Maddi says

      I have a 3 month old husky, I brought her home when she was 8 weeks old and I have 2 house cats (12 and 13 years old), the husky is very playful and does chase the cats quite a bit, but what we have learnt is to lock the puppy outside and show affection to the cats and then let the dog in supervised. We now trust the puppy with the cats as she likes to play and if the cat hisses the dog will back off. We also feed the cats first and make the dog wait to show that the cats are ahead of the dog in the pack and it has been working well so far.

  33. Josue Covarrubias says

    I recently got a husky puppy hes only about 5 months. I want to keep him inside the house with me and in my room. But my parents are against this totally. They think that this wouldnt be healthy for me? Im trying to see if you had any thing to say about this. What are your thoughts on this.

    • shibashake says

      When I was growing up, we also had a family dog that was an outside dog. I really wanted the dog inside the house, but it was my mom’s house, so her rules applied.

      My mom is a no-nonsense type of person, so discussion was out of the question. If I had a more open/communicative relationship with her, I would have talked to her about it, try to understand her reasons, and perhaps get her to try and understand my point of view. Unfortunately, that was not an option in my case. So it depends.

      Now I have my own place, and my dogs can be inside or outside as they choose.

    • Anonymous says

      I have a 10 week old husky . Her name is saydee she lives and sleeps in my room with me. But I do let her run in my huge back yard during the day to burn her energy off. I love her huskies are a special kindd of dog and they need alot of love but also have alot to give. I have lived with dogs all my life as long as your not allergic it will not hurt your health it will do the opposite its always healthy to have a good companion. Be tolerant with potty training you will get there

  34. Anonymous says

    I love my huskies. We rescued a very young kitten about three weeks old and Thor our Huskey loves her so much. They sleep together and she follows him everywhere. She even waits for him when he is outside.

    • shibashake says

      Whether a dog is good with other dogs depends on many things including socialization, training, temperament, past experiences and more.

  35. mandy says

    Hi just wanted to know of anyones experiences with huskys and cats. we have a 10 year old cat and are thinking of getting a husky puppy but ive heard that huskys have a high prey drive for small animals including cats so abit worried now! If anyone can tell me of there experiences that would be great! thank you :)

    • Kevin says

      We have a 10 yr old cat and I was pleasantly surprised with a 7.5 week old Sibe for my birthday on 11/27. Sadie is a beautiful dog and I have heard that if you raise the Sibe with a cat from the puppy stage, the relationship with the cat should be okay. Sadie tries to engage our cat in play (I think), but the cat wants no part of Sadie, constantly jumping to higher spots in the house whenever they are in the same room. Our cat (Chad) is pretty feisty with the puppy, but I do have concerns on how the two will interact as Sadie grows – they are natural predators. We will do our best to keep them compatible in and around our house.

    • Kate says

      I have a husky 12 months old, a poodle x jack Russell and 3 cats and they get on great together, one of my cats sleeps on the bed with me and the two dogs

    • Anonymous says

      I really wanted a senior husky but I have a chihuahua and cat. I took my chihuahua to the shelter to test with some of the huskies and it didn’t go well. I strongly suggest getting a puppy that way they can grow up together and try not to allow the cat to swipe at the husky In case he decides to respond the same. Very few huskies I’ve met in foster care were okay with cats.

  36. jenny says

    I have a 8 month old husky before he was fix he was really hiper he pulled he still does but not as much he jumps on people my kids love him especially the bb he’s 2 yrs old my problem is that he pees a lot I don’t give him much water cause we crate him but even at night when we don’t give him water he pees he’s kennel I don’t kno y oh and he’s poop is sometimes watery I don’t get y it stinks bad to wha can I do or do I have to take him to the vet thank you

    • shibashake says

      What is his daily routine like? How much does he drink? How much does he pee? Does his pee look normal? Does he seem to have problems peeing? How is his energy level? How long is he in the crate? When was his last vet visit?

      How long have you had him? Has he always showed this kind of peeing behavior or did it change suddenly? If it changed suddenly, when did it change? Have there been changes in his routine or environment?

      If I suspect that my dog has a *physical issue*, I give my vet a call. They have my dog’s health history and can advise me on the best course of action.

  37. luvmyhuskies says

    in regards to what From another Siberian Owner says said on Nov. 4th about puppies not going on cement.. That isn’t necessarily true. We have had sibs for 15 years and almost all of ours go on cement. Especially Duke our oldest. he has done it since he was a baby. In his defense he walks and poops for fear of not being let in as he might miss something that is going on inside the house. He is a huskie like no other. He gets cold lol and will not stay out when it is chilly out. We live in Wisconsin so our winters get quite cold. His brother on the other hand will stay out all day and night if we were to let him. But Duke is a social butterfly and needs to be where his people are. We have had all of ours since before they were a year old but all were either rescued or given to us by families who couldn’t keep them and we only had to fully potty train 2 of them. We have had 5 all together we lost our oldest just last year. :-( and we lost another due to cancer at a young age. and we are down to two now. Ours have always been “lazy” they will sleep all day if we didn’t get them out to exercise. We have yet to have a typical husky seems none of ours like to follow the husky but we love them all and wouldn’t trade our time together for anything..

  38. frank says

    Just bought a sibe. 3 months old. Got her 1 week or so ago.
    My question… is it normal for her to sleep 6 to 8 times a Day?
    Jumps on couch – falls asleep
    Jumps in lap – falls asleep
    Car rides – falls asleep
    Jumps on bed – falls asleep
    Take her outside, runs around a while, then lays down.
    She don’t chase or alert to anything either. Birds, cats, dogs, people… she’s just like, ” so what, I see you”
    However very affection and loving towards me and my girlfriend.

    I’m kind of confused about her actions. Is this normal? How so if yes or no?


    • shibashake says

      What is her daily routine? How many hours (total) does she sleep per day? Is she eating and drinking normally? Does she seem energetic while playing? Is her poop and pee normal? What was her background (where did she come from)?

      Moving to a new home with new people can be stressful for a dog, so they may be more quiet or cautious in the beginning. This is also known as the Honeymoon period.

      However, when I get a new dog, I always take him to the vet as soon as possible for a general check-up. In this way, I can make sure that everything is ok physically and set up a vaccination schedule.

      Once I rule out physical issues, then I can focus on other factors that may be causing the behavior.

    • Anonymous says

      Diabetes can cause extreme tiredness and mutch more than normal thirst and urination, if this is suspected have the vet test his blood glucose level, I am diabetic for over 30 years so these symtoms seem like high blood glucose. Normal range for humans are 80 to 120 but I do not know the normal range for dogs. High glucose levels in humans causes frequent urination, loss of energy, more apetite and hostility increase. Good luck, just some personal expereances that also affect dogs.

  39. Samantha says

    Hi I have a female Siberian she is a year old now I am wondering I feed her twice a day she regularly wormed and has all we vaccinations I am wondering why she is not putting on any weight, ever since her winter coat has started to come off she looks to thin, what can I do to fatten her up abit??

    • Samantha says

      And also we have tries to train her not to jump on people what can we do there to stop this as we have two young children

    • shibashake says

      My Husky Lara is also very slim. I think she was born with a slim build. She has shorter fur, long legs, and is very energetic, so she burns a lot of calories. I feed her a lot more than my other Husky and she weighs more, but she still looks much slimmer. I think the fur really adds a lot of bulk, so her short fur makes her look more thin and her long legs further accentuate the effect. My vet says that Lara is very healthy, so I am happy with keeping things as they are.

      Here is a picture of Lara at 1 year plus-

    • Brynn says

      Don’t worry mines a year old male. Hasn’t grown much recently. I know a lady down the road that’s got a four year old that weighs twice as much. They keep putting on weight until they’re three so just wait. They don’t usually put them in a team until they’re three is what I read. I give mine more food than they say on the packet because he’s highly active. Don’t know but most people I’ve met just fill the bowl when it’s empty. Mine isn’t greedy and will only eat when he’s hungry. If you want them to put on weight you can buy weight harnesses for walking or I have a friend who attaches a tire to his down the park and the dog loves it. Mines just over 20 kg but I’m not bothered. I know he’ll grow.
      Wish you all the joy I’ve had with mine.
      Brynn .

  40. Erin says

    My boyfriend and I just got an 8 month old Sibe. We were told that she was potty trained and crate trained. We can’t get her to go potty outside at all though. We go on multiple walks a day that are a mile at minimum, nothing. So we will stay outside in the yard for another 40 minutes or so, she’ll sniff, nothing. Then as soon as we go inside she’ll go on the floor. You can tell she was trained because she’ll let you know when she needs out, goes to the door, and as soon as she goes on the floor she knows she is in trouble. I’ve read stuff about Sibes throwing fits like that when they are rehomed but I would like to know what could help her become more comfortable. She has the same food and treats as before, she has plenty of toys, and gets lots of exercise and attention. We absolutely adore her but it’s definitely starting to test our patience. Does anybody have any tips or ideas for us? It would be very appreciated! Thank you

    • Erin says

      Also she does play and cuddle with us. She loves giving us kisses too. She seems comfortable with us but obviously something is wrong

    • shibashake says

      Changing homes and changing owners is a very stressful process for dogs. Dogs may urinate because of stress, which is also known as stress incontinence or submissive urination.

      Dogs may also urinate because of physical issues, anxiety, and more.

      What was her background like? Has she been to the vet for a checkup? What type of training methods are you currently using?

    • Erin says

      She was in a home with a couple and a 3 month old baby. They crate trained her. The reason they rehomed her is because the woman was working a lot plus with the baby she realized she wasn’t spending enough time with Jade (the Sibe). She has had all of her shots and been dewormed. The couple we got her from said that they had no problem with her going potty outside.
      I do think it is because of the stress of moving homes. The first 2 1/2 days we had her she refused to go potty outside. We would take her on 2-3 long walks (a mile or more) a day plus taking her outside to go potty constantly. We always go out with her and have a leash on her. We are still using the crate training. Plus when we go to take her out we say “Jade, go outside”, “go potty outside”, “outside” in a happy voice so she wants to go outside. She will sniff but not go potty. We will even stay outside for an hour trying to get her to go. When she doesn’t go potty outside we will keep her leash on her inside of the house to try and make sure she doesn’t go potty. She went potty 3 times outside Saturday night. Congratulated her and have her a treat. Now nothing

    • Erin says

      We have had her for about a week now and She is doing a lot better as she gets more comfortable with us. She has been going potty outside, besides having a few accidents in the house. She is playing with us more and sleeps with us most of the time now. I’m really glad because I was really getting worried. Now she is showing us how well she was trained (: Thank you!

    • From another Siberian Owner says

      This is for Erin – We got ours at 3 months and it took about 1.5 months to fully train. Ours did not do her business in the crate, but she always had accidents as we were not fast enough to take her outside and that is NORMAL. What you need to do is run her until she stops and wants to go. Puppies will not go on cement, or dirt – they need grass, and maybe that is not what you are providing to your puppy, i.e. a grassy area to go on?

    • Brynn says

      Do you walk her where there are other dogs. I’m only an amateur but sometimes if my dog sees another doing it they think it’s the norm. Makes it harder training then not to do things but interaction is a learning process for everyone. However I would give it time. When I went on holiday and got the dog back he pooed for the second time on my floor. First time was when I got him, first thing he did was go on the stairs. My huskies very sensitive to the mood so if we’re stressed sometimes he shows the same symptoms. (Restlessness after long walks, bringing bile up, picking up things that aren’t his.) I’m not in anyway judging you but with the level of care you’ve show then I’m sure the dog will be more than comfortable eventually. They can be persistent little buggers so we have to be too.

  41. Vivian says

    Hi, I just bought a 4 month old husky few days ago, this is my first time of owning a dog. I had read lots of articles regarding Husky, but is there anything I should be taking more attention? I have a question,my husky cant stay alone when sleeping and needs my company all the time. What is the best way that I can do to make him stay calm when I am going out?

    • samantha Dailly says

      I have a cross siberian husky, border collie, very hyper! She’s 7 month and when we first got her (5 month) she didn’t like being left in herself atall but we started her off by leaving her in for say 5 minutes herself, then a few days later 10 minutes, and slowly build up the amount of time you leave them in down over do it or you could create huge axiety problems for the dog. Hope this helps!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your Husky puppy!

      In terms of alone time, I slowly desensitized my Husky to it (similar so what Samantha describes). Here is more on what I did to get my Husky comfortable with alone time.

      A fixed routine and structured exercise also helps my Husky puppy to be more relaxed. Initially I do activities inside the house and in the backyard. I *do not* take my puppy for outside walks until he is fully vaccinated.

      For socialization, we did puppy classes and puppy socials at a nearby daycare. I checked both places out first, to make sure they are responsible, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. They both checked all participating puppies for vaccination records.

      Here is more on what I did to train my Husky puppy.
      Here is a bit more on socialization.

      Big hugs to puppy!

    • Brynn says

      Sams comment is really good. I leave the radio on when I’m there and when I’m not so he has an atmosphere he’s used to. Filmed him before and he was fine for at least 4 hours whereas before he was honking quite a lot. You can also buy doggy electrical devices you attach to the wall that do all kinds of things like give out treats and play music. I wouldn’t bother though as a radio was a lot cheaper and I can manipulate his musical taste. He likes rock.

    • Alex says

      Hi try giving him something to amuse him a ‘kong’ toy is good they are a little pricey as dog toys go (though notably cheaper on amazon) but they are great toys for intelligent dogs like huskies. Find something yummy to put inside it because they’ve got very sensitive stomachs I recommend something fish based my husky goes nuts for anything fish! And it’s good with his tum too. :)

  42. Anonymous says

    Hi, I have a question. My husky puppy is only 6 weeks old. I don’t know how much to feed her and how many times a day should I feed her. Yesterday she throw up and her had loosed bowel. Could you give me some suggestion? Thank you!

    • shibashake says

      6 weeks is really young for a puppy. Most breeders I know do not recommend separating a puppy from his mother and litter-mates until he/she is at least 8 weeks old. Here is why.

      When I get a new puppy, I usually take him to the vet as soon as possible. In this way, I can make sure that my puppy is healthy and also get him started on their recommended vaccination schedule.

      As for food, I usually get some food from the breeder so that I can slowly move my puppy over to her new food. I start with 3/4 of the old food and 1/4 of the new food for a few days (3-4 days). If things look good, I move on to 1/2 old 1/2 new and so on. Here is more on how I pick my dog’s food. I use puppy formula in the beginning and switch over to adult after my dog is about 1 year old.

      In the beginning, I feed my puppy many times throughout the day. My breeder recommended at least three times, but I ended up feeding Lara more often than that. Food is also very useful as a training tool, for grooming, interactive toys, and more.

      Different types of food have different nutritional value, so how much we feed will depend a lot on the types of food that we are using. I would consult with the vet.

    • Brynn says

      My huskie had very poor bowel movents and was vomiting a lot and that was with Origen huskie food. I then changed to Arden grange hypo-allergenic. It’s half the price and really crunchy bigger bites. He still brings up bile occassionally but that is because he has a tight throat. His poo is solid and there’s no food vomiting now plus he loves it. The most expensive food isn’t always the best for our dog.

  43. Mo says

    I have a 6 week old husky and he’s currently on Pedigree puppy food but as he is growing I’m trying to figure out how much he should eat. He’s healthy and a little over 4lbs.

    Also he is in the stage of wanting to bite on everything and he barely uses toys rather use people or anything else he think he can chew. Suggestions?

  44. Shieba says

    Hi i have a problem. I have a husky her name is shieba she’s 8 and a half months old. Around 1month ago she had stoped from her piriod and just now she had bleeded 2 dark red spots blood :/ do you know what it could be ? Can it be something of piriod?

    • shibashake says

      Both my Huskies are spayed so I don’t have experience with this. It is probably best to ask her vet.

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