I'm considering adopting an adult Siberian Husky - is it possible to train her how to behave around cats?
I own two Rhodesian Ridgebacks - high energy levels, and the need for discipline and training is not new to me.
I raised my ridgies from pups, and taught them to get along with my cats. I dont know much about huskies - I know they have a high prey drive, but so do ridgebacks . . .
Would it be possible to train an adult female, approximately 1 + year old, to get along with my cats??
on Apr 20th 2012
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It really depends on the dog- many Huskies are indeed incorrigibly predatory, but some are not. Ginger, my Alaskan Husky, was totally safe with cats and livestock, but death on squirrels and a repeat offender on deer.
Bruno, my current dog, is a primitive breed mix of some kind, and very, very predatory. He came to me as a two-year-old so I couldn't shape his upbringing. We also have cats, and it's been rough. He is still trying to hunt them after two years here, though he's more subtle about it now.
So it really could go either way.
Bruno CGC answered on 4/20/12. Helpful? / 0
I have three huskies and a cat and they all get on fine. Mishka was our rescue dog and we got her when she was three years old. At the time she was used to chasing cats but with careful controlled introduction (took 4-6 months) she has accepted that she is not allowed to chase her. We know when the cat is around by mishka's reaction as she is very wary of the her as she has also discovered that cats have claws! Yesterday there was a neighbours cat across the street and Mishka looked at it but didn't chase (she would've when we first got her) and came back to me when called. As the one you're adopting is still very young you should be OK