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Siba

Alaskan Husky

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Male

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train

3/5

Emotionally stable

3/5

Family oriented

4/5

Child safety

4/5

Safe with small pets

2/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

1/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

1/5

Great watch dog

5/5

Great guard dog

5/5

Siba Sheeba

By

United States

Posted March 18, 2015

Siba came to me through a network of friends. I got the dog from a professional breeder but the breeder was arrested for some unrelated crime and the dogs were taken to the pound. A friend of mine had me go by the animal shelter and pick up the dog because I was the only one with adequate room for the dog. I never regretted it.

First a foremost, Huskies are chewers. Anything of value, like, tables, lamps, clothes, chairs, shoes, carpets, toys, books, computer parts, or cars should be kept away from these dogs until they out grow their chewing age (about 2).

That was a comical statement for the most part, but the Husky I had did chew some things up. After a few disciplinary procedures (lock-up), I think he got the hint.

Huskies are natural explorers and great service dogs. If you live on a farm and have the patience to teach them how to herd, they can become very good at moving cattle.

In the cold, their thick fur helps keep them warm but be mindful of this in the summer because Huskies don't shed as fast as they should (naturally) and a routine trimming is required.

For diet, my husky liked most off the shelf brands of dog food, just not the cheapest of the cheap stuff (dollar store brands). They require a lot of water so at least a gallon of water a day somewhere they can get to is adequate.

Obedience training and house breaking takes a little patience. DO NOT FORCE their nose in their poop. I've always been against this and Huskies will defend themselves if you force them into something they don't want. Mine didn't but a friend of mine lost some meat on his forearm for doing this. The best way to house break a husky is to 'guilt-trip' the dog until they understand. I broke Siba by walking him to the accident, having him sit down, and talk to him like 'oh this isn't good', 'we made a mistake here', and 'where did that come from?' in a rhetorical tone.

Huskies are VERY intelligent and they know when they've done something bad. If you can provide a doggy door - great! If not, then the best way is to walk them from the accident, have them sit at the door with it closed, and use their paw to scratch at the door. There are scratch resistant covers made for this and cost three or four dollars.

Huskies are naturally good with children as long as they are with the children as a pup. Children have to be taught how to properly treat a dog and you can't expect that a husky will allow a child to climb on it or sit on it. They don't like this kind of treatment.

GREAT guard dogs. These are very territorial and protective animals and have been known to fight to the death to protect their family. Very good travelers too and they have great memory for finding their way home if they get lost. I've heard stories of a husky traveling hundreds of miles home after the owner took him off.

For the most part, these are great pets for a small family or single person. Like the German Shephard, no one will get past this breed of dogs without you knowing.

Unfortunately these dogs aren't immune to Rattle Snakes and that is what got the best of Siba.

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