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HelloBeautiful
January 21st, 2009, 05:17 PM
i am new here and I was wondering about the breed Siberian Huskies.
I have a few questions for owners of Siberian Huskies:
-Are they good with cats ?
-Are they good with children ?
-Are they good with farm animals ?
-Do they bark/howl alot ?

thanks.

shuttermom
January 23rd, 2009, 12:42 AM
I'm new here, as well. In fact, just tonight I joined! I had a Husky for 14 years and can tell you they are an incredible breed. However, they are explorers! They will roam whenever they get the chance, especailly males. My husky was fantastic with children. The younger, the better! They cannot tolerate the heat, obviously with their double coat. I wouldn't consider them a "farm dog." I also had a cat at the same time and he was very gentle with him. Overall, a husky is a wonderful breed, just remember a husky cannot tolerate the heat. Hope this helps!

shuttermom
January 23rd, 2009, 12:46 AM
Oops, one more thing. Huskies don't bark, they do howl. My guy would only howl when he wanted something, to go outside or eat. Other than that, he really never made a sound. So if you're looking for a dog that will alert you to strangers or unwanted activity, don't get a husky! The husky doesn't have a mean bone in his body. They do look very intimidating with their mask and blue eyes so most people back away when they see one.

mona_b
January 23rd, 2009, 10:40 AM
My sister has 3 Huskies.

-Are they good with cats ?
Yes they can be..More so if they are raised with them as pups.


-Are they good with children ?
Again,yes if you socialize them with children.


-Are they good with farm animals ?
My sister is on a farm and her dogs are great with the cattle..Again,socializing them as pups to different things helps.

-Do they bark/howl alot?

That can depend...You need to control that in the begining..They do like to "talk" alot...And yes Huskies do bark..Ever watch 8 Below?..LOL

As for the roaming, none of my sisters dogs roam..They stay on the property and are unleashed..Sydney(f) is 12 and Mandy(F) and Kellie(M) are 11(not related to Sydney) have never once tried to take off....It's all in the training.

For a male to roam I would say because he is not neutered and looking for females....;)

BenMax
January 23rd, 2009, 10:58 AM
Researching the breed is extremely important. Remember that these dogs aswell (beyond popular belief) should not live their lives outdoors.

The best practice is to ask a rescue group that re-homes huskies. They are specialists within the breed and can help you tremendously with information. If they and you find that this breed will suit you - then they may have one deserving soul that requires a new loving forever family.

mona_b
January 23rd, 2009, 11:40 AM
Researching the breed is extremely important. Remember that these dogs aswell (beyond popular belief) should not live their lives outdoors.

The best practice is to ask a rescue group that re-homes huskies. They are specialists within the breed and can help you tremendously with information. If they and you find that this breed will suit you - then they may have one deserving soul that requires a new loving forever family.


So true.:)

rainbow
January 23rd, 2009, 01:50 PM
So true.:)

I second that. :thumbs up

And, I would just like to add that they are not a breed for a first-time dog owner.

Sib.HuskyMom
January 23rd, 2009, 02:07 PM
I have 2 sibes, but they're still just pups (5 months old).
However my in-laws had a sibe for 9 years, until he passed away from cancer :rip:.
He was a beautiful dog, and very friendly. He was really great with children, however he was also quite protective of them (which could be good or bad I guess, depending on your opinion).

Husky websites always say that you can never have your dog off-leash as he will run. However Nic was always just hangin around in the yard, and never took off - I think it's more of a training issue than anything.
You just have to work harder at training a husky then other dogs maybe - they can be very stubborn!

As for getting along with cats, it should be fine as long as the dog was raised with them. My in-laws also had a rabbit which the husky always played with and was fine. However he was also a big hunter of squirrels and chipmonks and was always very proud of what he caught and killed :yuck:

Good luck on your decision, but make sure you do lots of research first. Huskies are a beautiful, loving and loyal companion, but they are also very stubborn and full of mischif. Definitely not for a first-time dog owner.