Hello, Everbody! I’m Halen. As you may know, I am the mommy of two Siberian Huskies. And while Phoenix and Falcon are the best dogs ever, adopting a Siberian Husky may not be for everyone. People are drawn to them because of their pretty eyes and pretty hair and it’s poufy and adorable, but sometimes people don’t realize how much work and time it takes to raise dogs like these.
So, unfortunately, a lot of them end up in animal shelters. Here are five things you should know before adopting a Siberian Husky.
Number five: They shed a lot
Every dog sheds, but the amount a Siberian Husky shed is astronomical. It’s so much that I can’t wear socks in my house because I will attract little husky hairs on my socks, and then when I put those socks in my shoes, I will have hair in my shoes. Huskies are meant to withstand really, really cold temperatures so they actually have double coats. They have this dense, fluffy undercoat that’s kind of like the stuffing you find in stuffed animals, and they have this long coarse top coat.
The undercoat protects them from the cold, the top coat protects them from sun’s rays so they don’t get sunburn on their skin. They do this thing twice a year called “blowing their coat” where they shed the undercoat so that new undercoat can grow in, but that doesn’t mean they only shed twice a year. It just means it’s really extra special very bad two times a year. And it doesn’t last for like a day.
Phoenix has been blowing her coat for two months and I can’t wait until it’s over. Pretty much, I have to vacuum the house every other day if I don’t want to see tumbleweeds on the floor. And I have to vacuum the couch. So, if you do want a Siberian Husky, be prepared for their hair to be your new favorite accessory and also condiment.
Number four: They can be loud
A Husky’s howl can actually be heard 10 miles away. 10 MILES AWAY! That’s really loud! I used to live in an apartment in Phoenix and my neighbors when I came home from work, would ask me, “Is your dog okay? Does she need anything? Is she lonely during the day?” Because it turns out, when I was at work, she would sit there and like, sing them a song through the walls.
Besides the howling, they also talk. They’re a breed of dog that likes to talk to you. You’ll hear talking like that ‘I love you’ husky. Phoenix’s talking is more of a grumble because she’s just the most disgruntled being on the planet. Phoenix! What! What is it?! But we got lucky with Falcon. When she wants our attention, she just spins around in circles. So, if you live somewhere where the walls are paper thin, or if people may be mad if you make a lot of noise, maybe a husky is not for you.
Number three: They need a lot of exercises
They’re working dogs so they need to work, and if they don’t work. They’ll find other ways to use that energy like chewing up your shoes or putting a hole in the wall. and Phoenix and I lived in that apartment in Jersey City. We lived a block away from the dog park. So I took her there every day. But even after, we were there for hours. I still couldn’t catch her to bring her home.
It would be getting dark and I have to run around the dog park and trick her into coming home. So if you do want a husky to make sure you have the time and the energy to keep up with them. They can be really good running partners really good hiking farmers my girls are excellent hikers. But you just have to make sure you exercise them otherwise, your house is going to look like a crime scene. More than you should know they enjoyed eating the Taste of the Wild, Canine Formula and I think this is the best dog food for Huskies.
Number two: They can be difficult to train
They’re actually pretty intelligent but they just have this attitude. That’s like what’s in it for me basically every command. I give you mix in Falcon likes it. Let me down come here any of those things. They take them as suggestions. if I have a treat my hand. Because they’re gonna get a treat out of this. But if I don’t have anything in my hand like I see that command.
You’re giving me and I will take it into consideration both of my dogs went to basic training. Both of them graduated. Both of them know what everything means. It’s just if they want to do it for you or not. So if you want your authority challenged every single day then maybe a Huskies for you. But if you don’t have time to train them or you don’t have the patience and you probably need to look for another dog.
Number one: They’re runners
We know that Siberian Huskies like to run. Because they were bred to run pull sleds and things but they will run away from you and they’ll just keep running until they don’t know where? They don’t know how to get back home. That’s how dogs get lost neither of my dogs can be trusted operation. It doesn’t mean the bad dogs. We’re bad dog parents. It just means they like running and whatever I have to offer in my pockets for my hands is not worth more than the amount they like running.
I’ve actually seen Phoenix squeeze herself out of a full harness a full harness. She like folded her bones on top of each other and squeeze herself out and then ran down the street and I had to get a stranger to grab her by the scruff. So I could take her home. She was a very bad girl in my life. I’ve only ever seen one whiskey taking off leash and as soon as the owner sauce approaching.
She clicked the dog in. I was amazed. I was like what is your secret the ad like what you do magic have you done to make? It’s impossible. Nothing’s impossible. I’m just saying it’s really really rare so those are the five things. I hope some of that stuff help. I hope it makes you think really hard about the decision to adopt a Siberian Husky. They can be the best dogs ever anyway. I have to go vacuum the couch for the second time today hope that helped happy adopting.