Siberian Husky – Outgoing and Cheeky

It is believed that the Siberian husky has their origin among a group of Siberian nomads called the Chukchi. The exact history of this dog breed is yet to be documented, but some DNA tests carried out by experts have revealed that this breed is one of the oldest dog breeds currently in existence.

People belonging to the Chukchi clan used these dogs for fast transportation and treated them as family dogs. The Huskies were often allowed to sleep with Chukchi kids; they were also given warm and comfortable beds to rest.

Siberian Husky – Outgoing and Cheeky
Siberian Husky – Outgoing and Cheeky

In the year 1908, The Siberian Huskies were imported to Alaska, where they were assigned the role of sled dogs. They were made to take part in the dogsled race called the Sweepstakes (a 408-mile race organized every year for assessing the running ability of dogs); these members of the canine family happen to be active members of the race even today.

According to records, the year 1930 saw the final importing of Siberian huskies from their motherland Siberia. That’s because the same year also marked the closing of the borders by the then Soviet government. However, these dogs kept thriving in the North American states. It’s true that some of their features have changed over the years, but they still maintain the majority of the amazing qualities the original Siberian huskies possessed.

Siberian Husky Personality Temperament

The Siberian Huskies, as a result of being pack dogs, require owners boasting the ability to act as the leader of a group/pack. Dogs belonging to this particular breed know how to respect their master. This feature of the dog makes training them an absolute cakewalk. However, it must be noted that often these dogs test the limits of its master’s position i.e. the position he or she is enjoying in the group. If you face a similar situation, you should ignore the pushiness of the pet and keep asserting yourself as the pack’s leader. Make sure you don’t end up hitting or bullying your husky. Your job should be sticking to basic rules with consistency and clarity.

Siberian Husky Personality Temperament
Siberian Husky Personality Temperament

One of the easiest ways of handling the above-mentioned situation and establishing yourself as the leader is making the husky wait for eating. The moment the husky will understand that you are the custodian of valuable resources such as food, toys, treats, etc. it will accept your leadership.

The Siberian huskies are high energy pets. They often cause destruction both outdoors and indoors. This happens mostly when they don’t get adequate exercise or feel bored. You should never leave a husky alone in the home; if you do so, you might find your house demolished when you come back. There are several instances where these dogs have chewed through cement walls.

However, with the right kind of company, these canines act quite charmingly showcasing their playful and mischievous nature. They are social dogs, who love exhibiting their talents.

Siberian Husky Puppy
Siberian Husky Puppy

One of the most surprising qualities of these dogs is that they never bark. While that’s might be good news; there’s also bad news. They love howling. That’s a habit that might be enough for leaving your neighbors frustrated. In other words, you should show the guts of keeping a husky in your apartment only if it’s well trained and properly exercised.

The Siberian Huskies are pretty lousy as watchdogs. Unlike the majority of the other dog breeds, they will rarely be suspicious of the strangers entering your abode.

Exercise needs

The above section must have helped you to understand that exercising regularly is a must for a Siberian husky. According to expert vets, these dogs must be exercised for 30-60 minutes each day. However, make sure that you don’t make your husk exercise when the weather is extremely hot. The energetic nature of the dogs, make them great jogging partners.

Suitability as a family pet

They are particularly good for families with kids. Other than being gentle and friendly, the Sibes are also highly outgoing and alert. These traits automatically make them great companion of children. Dogs belonging to this breed are also friendly with other dogs. However, remember that you cannot rely on huskies for taking care of your home.

Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky

Known health issues

The Huskies usually healthy, but are susceptible to some health conditions. You should get your husky checked regularly for cataracts. As much as 10% of dogs belonging to this breed get the condition. Siberian Huskies also develop skin diseases like allergies. Lupus and follicular dysplasia are also common among them.

14 thoughts on “Siberian Husky – Outgoing and Cheeky”

  1. Thanks! My husky is learning to stop peeing in the house and she is almost 3. She refuses to be crate trained and damaged her teeth on her crate. We are giving her medication for her high anxiety when we go to work. Any tips?

    • For anxiety, I tried all the products under the sun and nothing worked until I adopted a friendly and calm chihuahua. My husky (who is in dog heaven now 🙁 was very calm for the first time when we left them alone. Nothing changed until I understood that they really are pack animals. Hope this helps.

    • i would say as i have had my husky for 9 healthy years. walk her/him early in the morning, i usually do before work for about 30-45 min (great exercise and keeps you fit) so you develop a pattern/routine for your husky. then leave one of their favorite treats or toys out once you get back so they stay stay distracted while you are at work. Train them by walking out casually and not cooing them like “byeeeee see you later” that creates anxiety, if u walk out of the house like nothing they won’t even realize you have left. Also, they sell CBD drops for dogs, you sprinkle some in the water bowl if the anxiety is extreme. Hope this helped

  2. Get a large outdoor dog pen, put it in your home or garage, need cement floor…place toys, water bowl. Rope tie in knots anything to keep you husky entertained…if it’s more than four hours, have someone come and walk or exercise the dog for at least thirty minutes…these dogs are high energy, very intelligent ..also brush your dog once a day, for removing excessive hair as well as bonding,,,,,……you must be the pack leader, by providing both physical and mental games with your husky….

  3. How do you train for them to stop running away? And to walk properly on a leash. That was never addressed. Ours has issues with both. When he gets out he runs and it’s catch me if you can.

    • I have a 4 year old female husky and she is a wonderful dog in most respects. However, as Michele explained, if she get loose, then she comes back when she gets ready. The last two times she was gone for over 6 days each, but came back as if nothing had happened except she was really hungry the last time. Fortunately we live on a forested 160 acres property and she was reasonably safe while loose. I only worried about her getting on a nearby highway as she has no traffic sense.
      I have considered getting a shock collar, but just hate to subject her to that type of training, but everything I have tried so far has not worked.
      I exercise her twice daily with over a 1 mile run in front of my ATV between 15 and 22 MPH on a retractable leash. That does a good job of keeping her calm at home and we have never had a problem with her tearing up anything in the house. However, if something like paper is left on the floor accidentally, she will always decide it is hers and destroy it.
      She is also a puller on a leash when walking her. I always try to run her (see above) just prior to walking her and she is too tired at that point to pull very much.
      Great dog. Just hope I last as long as she does.

  4. While I am by no means a Husky Expert, I have raised 7 Huskies so that does make me fairly experienced with the breed.
    While many of the points made are generally correct overall, each dog has its own personality.
    Saying they never bark is not accurate. They certainly can bark and will bark when excited or want your attention. They don’t usually bark for no reason though which is one of the best qualities of the breed in my opinion. I have never owned any actual “howlers”, but they all love to “talk” and give their opinion on a situation.
    I also disagree with training them to be an “absolute cakewalk”. In fact, I don’t think anything could be farther from the truth. They tend to do what they want when they want. If obeying commands suits them at the time, they will accommodate, but they may decide they have no desire to mess with that foolishness and just sit and stare at you or wander off
    I don’t believe its ever a good idea to have a Husky off leash unless the area is enclosed. They are terrific escape artists. If there is an outside door cracked, or a way over, under, or through a fence they will find it or they will make their own. Some also love to dig holes…anywhere. I have twisted my ankle several times from unexpected holes in my yard.
    They are good with kids, however, they can be very rambunctious and small children can easily get hurt or knocked down when an excited Husky decides to do Zoomies through the house.
    They do generally tend to calm down as they get older, but they also tend to keep some of their puppy behavior throughout their life.
    They are much more intelligent than they are given credit for. They do best with routine. Get up at the same time, eat at the same time, etc. They get used to a steady routine very quickly. Mine will know if I’m 15 minutes late feeding them.
    While all mine love affection, they seem to be mainly treat motivated when it comes to training. I have never had one that was obsessed with balls or toys or playing fetch as a reward. Usually, if you throw a ball for a Husky, you will be going to find it yourself.
    I don’t recommend walking Huskies using a lead attached to a collar. Most pull instinctually and will choke themselves with a collar. I recommend a no-pull harness. Once you get one you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
    Although I have seen plenty of videos of Huskies living and playing with cats and other small animals, I have never had that experience. I believe all of mine would (and have) kill any cat, squirrel, or rodent they can catch. I think you would have to raise them as puppies with cats already in the house for them to get along. But, as I said, they all have different personalities.
    As stated in the article, be the pack leader. Huskies are a magnificent breed and a blast to live with. But they will take advantage of you in a heartbeat. Always assume they are up to something mischevious.

  5. Terry has it spot on regarding husky behaviour and personality traits, I have 2 boys who are both aged 3, it took me the best part of 18 months to train mine, they definitely need a consistent routine. Lots of breed research is required if you’re thinking about adding a husky to your family, they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time and they will destroy when bored or left alone for too long. I’d say you need to be an outdoorsy person for this breed, they need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise, a tired husky is a well behaved husky.

    • Hello janie. You’ve described my dog a pomsky to a… T… I am her leader and love her to bits. She tells me all the time.. I love you mam.. People’s amazed and what she is saying.. Clear as crystal..

  6. Terry, here above, has it dead on! Mine is a mix and my first dog, I’m not a leader and he knows it lol

  7. Terry did a great job explaining the role of the husky parent. They are amazing dogs once you understand why they act like such jerks. I am a happy husky momma. Life improved with our 3 girls after I had my first child, and the dogs became dogs rather than my children. The alpha dog balance was finally achieved when the family dynamics changed. There have been one male and five females in our household over the past 22 years. I have raised 3 from puppies and had 3 rescues. I currently have one female husky and 3 cats in the home, and we all get along quite well. Roxi is currently my one and only. She came to us last year at 2.5 years old, and we are her 5th family. Seriously. She is different than the others, so I know she must have had some issues along the way. She barks at other dogs but plays and has good body language. It’s embarrassing, but we go to the dog park anyway. She is a trained service dog. I never would have believed it was possible, but she is so well behaved when we go out together. Her sit, down, stay is perfect when she is in her special vest. She has several skills to help me and she loves to please.
    My puppies grew into wonderful loving members of the family, but there is something extra in the way a rescued dog looks at you that melts your heart. they know what it’s like to be somewhere else, and they’re thankful for another chance. I joke that they already had the butt kicking, so we didn’t have to do it. That could have very well been the case though. My hope is always that they were just with a family that did not understand husky speak. They have a special language and need a close connection with their people to thrive.
    Please take your time before bringing a husky (or husky hybrid) into your home. It’s not a cute little fluff ball that you can carry around and snoodle all day. They have a mind of their own and will crap on the floor and eat your stuff if not given proper socialization and activities. They are a hand full. “Always assume they are up to something mischievous.”

  8. I have a Siberian named charlie, I adopted him from a no-kill shelter, I was told that he was 5 years old and was found running the streets. he only weighed 32 pounds. my vet said he was more like 10 months old. he is my second Siberian. charlie is all of the above plus much more, he is more human than the dog and a lot smarter than a lot of people I have met over the years. at night his eyes keep everybody at bay they glow red when hit by lights. at 76 charlie keeps me young.old he is now 5 years

  9. Morton Arboretum IN Lisle IL is having a Siberian Husky Demo on Jan 25th and 26th 2020 sledding, skijoring, biking and it is wonderful. They do it every year. Also have dogs that are looking for furever homes. Worth the trip. Yes we have Huskies – they are everything you say and then some. Thanks for posting this

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