HUSKY TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY
The Husky is a unique and endearing dog. But behind their big beautiful eyes lies a strong temperament. Huskies have been very popular as family pets for years, but is their character suitable for everyone?
What are the Pros of the Husky's Temperament?
The Husky has a lot to offer. This didn't become one of the most popular dogs in the world for no reason! Keep in mind that the advice here is general to the breed and that every dog is unique. If you’re looking for a specific quality in your dog, ask your breeder for advice. They should know all their puppies well and be able to direct you to the one that’s best for you.
The Husky is an affectionate dog who seeks the presence and attention of its master. These doggies are particularly affectionate and kind to their family. They love children, for whom they make wonderful playmates. Huskies can be extremely gentle when the circumstances require and make wonderful companion dogs for all types of families, with or without children.
Huskies are known for developing a close attachment to their masters. This is a particularly loyal dog breed. Although training a Husky is not always easy, these dogs do enjoy making their owners happy. However, a Husky needs an experienced master who understands the breed well and can handle a dog of this calibre.
Like all good pack dogs, Huskies love meeting new people and licking new faces. Provided your Husky has been socialised properly from an early age, they will never be aggressive. These dogs can, however, make good watchdogs and be protective if they sense their family is in danger. The large size of the Husky is a deterrent in itself.
The Husky is a big teddy bear with lots of energy. This dog needs a long workout every day and could get miserable quite quickly without it. Huskies are the ideal pet for active owners, who enjoy jogging, hiking, or cycling. Your Husky will accompany you anywhere outdoors: walks on the beach, hikes on the mountains, they love it all! After all, these sled dogs are quite used to extreme conditions. Don't hesitate to sign your pooch up to canine activities, such as mushing, for example!
What are the Cons of the Husky's Temperament?
Like all dogs, Huskies also have a few flaws, which it’s important to know about before you adopt one:
Barks a Lot
Huskies tend to bark a lot, which is very characteristic of the breed. This trait could be especially concerning if you plan on living in an apartment with your Husky. It can quickly become disturbing to your neighbours and create neighbourhood conflicts. To prevent your Husky from barking too often, be sure to train your dog well, as well as take them out often enough that they don’t feel bored.
Doesn’t Get Along Well with Cats
Although not hunting dogs by nature, Huskies have a pretty strong predatory instinct. And cats especially can arouse this instinct in a Husky. You need to be aware of this if you already have a cat at home or you plan to adopt one in the future. This problem also applies to all exotic pets. Of course, cohabitation is possible but, for it to work, you must begin to socialise your dog around the age of 2 months old, as soon as you welcome your new puppy home.
Needs a Lot of Exercise
This can be a good or bad quality, depending on how you see it. Huskies, as we’ve established, are very athletic and need to run a lot to feel happy and healthy. If you don't allow your Husky to exert themselves enough, they will be miserable. Rather than a flaw, this is a specific characteristic that must be taken into account before you adopt a Husky. An inactive Husky will be unhappy and depressed, and that’s no life for this gorgeous dog!
Tends to Runaway
Huskies will not hesitate to run off if the opportunity presents itself, especially if they have not been trained properly and/or exercised sufficiently. Unfortunately, this situation can be particularly dangerous, because there is always the risk of an accident occurring, in particular a traffic accident. If you leave your Husky alone in the garden, make sure it’s securely fenced. Also, avoid letting your pooch off the lead during walks, unless you’re in a secure area, like a dog park. This particular character flaw can seriously affect your Husky’s life expectancy, as it makes them more vulnerable than most to accidents.
Is a Husky the Right Dog for Me?
Despite the popularity of the breed, Huskies are not suitable for everyone. We don’t recommend a Husky for first-time dog owners, due to their strong character and special requirements. The Husky needs a master who can be firm and authoritative, but never violent. A solid understanding of dog training is essential for training a Husky. Don't hesitate to ask a professional dog trainer or behaviourist for help.
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