|Barked: Fri Aug 30, '13 9:08am PST |
|I wanted to put in a separate post for Huskies, because it is a different topic and I do have a lot to say.
I believe the issue with Huskies is not so much that they are bad dogs for beginners, but that they are very different than the popular perception of what a dog should be. I have known loving, dedicated, people who have had dogs for decades, who should not have Huskies. This is part of why so many rescues ask for BREED experience, rather than general dog experience.
In that regard, I have seen first time owners do BETTER with Huskies than people who have had breeds like Golden Retrievers or German Shepherds for decades. The beginner has no preset expectation of loyalty, trainability, or off-lead behavior. Of course it can and often does go the other way too - Hence why I have all 3 of my Huskies.
The biggest "not for newbies" issue I can think of is the tendency toward mouthiness and resource guarding. There are other things, but these are a matter of research. If you want a cat-like companion to hang out with you all day after your on-leash, 5 mile morning run, and while you go hiking in the evening, then a Husky may be just fine with you.
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