|Barked: Fri Dec 7, '07 11:29am PST |
|Top 5 like, "Please consider these before going out and getting one?" Or just general breed traits?
I guess with Huskies they're pretty much the same . In no particular order:
1. They're extremely intelligent, but also have a mind of their own. It's difficult to train them because you have to put a lot of effort into convincing them that doing what you want is worthwhile for them. This goes back to their working days - For example, when you're on a sled running over a frozen river and your lead dog feels the ice under him start to give, his life, your life, and the lives of the rest of the team depend on him ignoring the command to go forward and finding a way off the ice.
2. They are mouthy creatures with high prey drive. They play with their mouths (chase and grab is a favorite game), they tell you they don't want to do that with their mouth, they talk all the time about everything... This can make them a poor choice as a family dog. They can certainly co-exist with children, but they aren't the proverbial let-the-kids-climb-all-over-them family dog. And they will probably kill the neighbor's cats.
3. They blow coat. With a good diet and routine brushing, I don't think it's really that bad. But definitely not a breed for people who have an issue with fur.
4. They have no problem with that strange human or dog, but they probably don't love them, either. They like to socialize, and they pick their friends (they have a fantastic memory - they won't forget a friend, ever). They're by no means guard dogs. The surest way to get one to ignore you is to actively seek their attention... They'll say "hi" if they feel like it. (It seems there are some lines that are extremely outgoing, but I have found them to be the exception.)
5. They are total escape artists. If you bore them, they will get out and make their own fun. They will probably come back, if they aren't hurt, stolen, or picked up by animal control in a town 40 miles away. Even Vance, who accompanies me everywhere in my busy life and will stay inside a 3 foot fence for me, was given up for going over, under, and through a 6 foot fence, chewing through all manner of tie-outs, slipping his collar, chewing his collar off... All because his first owner was unable to fulfill his need for exercise. Odds are if you just let them off leash, they'll take off.
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