Welcome to Husky Resources
Top tips for Husky and Sled Dog owners!
- Huskies have sensitive tummies, and might need grain-free dog food and grain-free dog treats
- Huskies need tough toys. Try a Kong or a Nylabone, or a rope toy for puppies who are cutting their teeth
- Huskies can be destructive, so invest in a dog crate to keep your house and your husky safe
- Huskies will chew up regular dog beds. Try Vetbed instead
- Bicycle attachments and running leashes are great for exercising your husky
- If your husky has a skin problem, it might well be Zinc Responsive Dermatitis. Make sure your vet is aware that this is common in huskies
Thinking about taking on a husky puppy or adult dog is a huge decision.
Huskies require a lot of company, interaction, exercise and general mental and physical stimulation compared to many other breeds of dog.
Huskies are particularly challenging dogs in that:
- They are very unreliable at recall, and cannot be let off lead in open spaces.
- Huskies have a high prey drive and like to eat small animals (including cats) if given the chance.
- They do not like being left alone, particularly as puppies, and need company for the majority of the day.
- Huskies are marvelous escape artists! They need a secure garden with a fence AT LEAST 6 feet high (our fence is 8 feet!).
- They will DIG in your garden! Maybe even dig their way out if you don't put slabs down around the edge, or sink your fence a couple of feet down!
- Huskies can be very destructive, particularly if left alone, and will literally eat your shoes/kids toys/furniture/walls of your house if not sufficiently entertained.
- Huskies instinctively pull on the lead when out and about.
You can train them to walk to heal but it takes A LOT OF TIME AND PATIENCE.
Even when well-trained, most huskies will pull on occasion when they see a small furry animal or something else of interest up ahead.
- Huskies shed LOTS of hair!
They 'blow' their undercoats once or twice a year when you will have great clumps of fluff around the house.
Huskies will shed lightly for the rest of the year.
All of these traits are due to the fact that huskies were bred as WORKING SLED DOGS.
They were selectively bred over many generations to RUN many miles a day PULLING sleds.
They were bred to THINK FAST to keep their owners safe on the trail,
To SECOND GUESS and IGNORE their owner's commands if told to 'go on'
when they knew the ice was too thin or there was other unseen danger.
They lived in harsh areas of the Arctic, where food was scarce, and at times would have been left to CATCH THEIR OWN PREY.
All of these traits are still present in the husky and other sled dogs.
If we want to keep them as pets,
we have to accept that along with their stunning appearance and gentle nature, come all the inherent traits
of the Sled Dog.
In our experience, there are two main types of Husky Owners;
- Those that accept the 'Sled Dog' in their usky and find ways to turn these 'difficult' aspects of the breed into positive points.
- Those who don't accept it, and spend most of their time in ongoing battles with their huskies, trying to turn them into 'other dogs'!
These second type of husky owners will always find husky ownership challenging, frustrating and hard work!
We are not aiming to be harsh in saying this - just realistic.
If you are willing to accept these traits in a dog, and:
- Have a sense of humor
- Aren't too house-proud!
- Don't mind fluff in your coffee (and all over your clothes/house/car...everything!)
- Don't mind holes in your garden
- Accept that you won't be able to let your husky off-leash.
- Don't have cats/rabbits etc (or if you do, can ensure that they will be kept separate).
- Are at home, or can provide company for you husky, for the majority of the day.
- Have a love for high energy, goofball dogs that will always keep you on your toes...
...THEN maybe you ARE the type of person who would be able to live a happy, harmonious life with a husky!
huskyresources.com is very much a work in progress, and will be regularly updated with new information and useful tips as we ourselves continue to
learn about huskies and sled dogs... Please bear with us during our construction and do check back often!