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Old 01-17-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Siberian Huskies

I've been thinking about getting one of these dogs for awhile so I've been reading about them on the internet. I've never owned a dog and I never had a dog growing up. I'm looking for some extra tips and advice from people who actually own one, and I'm guessing there's probably a few on here that have one.

I run into a few things though that might not make one a good fit for me right now.

I live in an apartment complex, and I don't have a yard for one to roam around. It would be an inside dog for the most part.

I work 8-10 hours a day so it would be home alone while I'm at work. The general consensus is they LOVE to chew stuff up when left alone. So to keep it from chewing it would have to be in a kennel while I'm at work.

That also brings up the issue of it using the bathroom during the day. I would think they wouldn't want to be cooped up in a kennel with their poop and pee all day.

I live in Texas and everyone knows it gets HOT during the summer. like I said before it would be mostly an inside dog so this isnt a real issue, and I see Siberian Huskies all the time around here in town so this isn't huge issue, but something to keep in mind.

So any huskie owners out there? What do you think, good fit or not? And any tips and advice about owning a husky?


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Old 01-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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Huskies are tough dogs for first time dog owners. They require a lot of attention and training. They like to dig, chase everything and they are masters of escape. Just beware.

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:26 PM   #3
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Yeah - nothing in your OP points to a Huskie being the right dog for you.
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No....no, no, no, and NO.

That is pretty much the exact opposite of what would be good for a Huskie.

There are few dogs as hyper as a pure Huskie.....they are bred to have a boatload of energy (for obvious reasons).
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Ya I agree to the others... If ur dead set on a large breed dog I'd have to say a lab...they r breed to sleep in a blind for hrs on end then jump out with the sound of a gun shot they r very loyal dogs...

But once u get home u will need to take him/her for a good long walk/fetch session daily for it's first couple yrs of life
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I've been doing dog rescue for 15 years and I'd say your home is not compatible at all for a Huskie. You'd have a very frustrated, outdoor-oriented dog with a ton of energy being cooped up in an apartment for 10 hours a day (does that include commute time?) and that's just asking for trouble. There are breeds that would be much more compatible and easier for a first-time dog owner. Also, adopting an adult dog that has some home experience and has already passed through the destructo-drama puppy stage is generally a good idea.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:58 AM   #7
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A Huskie in an apartment is not a good idea. A friend of mine had a Huskie, and he owned a house, with a fenced yard. I think it was a 4 foot chain link fence, and that dog was always getting out. He tried keeping him inside, but the dog tore the house up. He ended up giving the dog to a family that owned as farm.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:24 AM   #8
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I've been doing dog rescue for 15 years and I'd say your home is not compatible at all for a Huskie. You'd have a very frustrated, outdoor-oriented dog with a ton of energy being cooped up in an apartment for 10 hours a day (does that include commute time?) and that's just asking for trouble. There are breeds that would be much more compatible and easier for a first-time dog owner. Also, adopting an adult dog that has some home experience and has already passed through the destructo-drama puppy stage is generally a good idea.



Thank you that was the kind of answer I was looking for. The commute is included in that time, but I'm pretty well convinced that a husky is a bad idea right now. I think I'll hold out on one until I have a real house and a yard.
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Yes they'll get bored find anything to just fiddle with chew,dig etc.
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No....no, no, no, and NO.

That is pretty much the exact opposite of what would be good for a Huskie.

There are few dogs as hyper as a pure Huskie.....they are bred to have a boatload of energy (for obvious reasons).
+1 Agree.

They also need a lot of training because instinctively they want to be the Alpha male in the house. A great dog I loved mine, but they need space and a lot of it.
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I think you should get a cat because they're great pets and better suited to your lifestyle anyway. If you really want a dog think about a boston terrier, they're very intelligent and better suited to an apartment though they do need access to open space to run and catch stuff because theyre energetic too. Since you havent had a dog before you need to understand that theyre like kids and youre taking on a lot of responsibility. Its going to want to jump on you when you get home from work and play when all you want to do is sit and relax and with your 8 hour day you would need to devote a significant amount of time after work with the dog to keep him from becoming depressed and living a sad dog life. Its going to bark and annoy your neighbors (cats can meaowrl just as loud) and its going to whine and whimper for things and get on your nerves. Oh and there arent any breeds of dogs that wont chew up your furniture and dig up your carpet. Actually if I could discourage you from getting a dog at all in an apartment I would just because its not whats best for the dog. I am an animal lover and miss having dogs but refuse to keep one in the apartment I live in now. I dont mean to preach or to sound like the dog authority but I see too many people who think of a pet as some new fun experience then decide they dont want the responsibility after a while and neglect them or set them loose. There is a big difference between what you have to do just to keep it alive and what you have to do to make sure it has a good quality of life. Something else people forget is that its alive and may live a long time and you may have to move with it and have surgeries performed on it and buy it medicine... Of course you may not have needed to be told this at all... I dont know you, but want to give the best advice I can from what I do know... dont get a huskie unless you NEED to sledge through the arctic, if, IF you are choosing a pet because its cute or "looks cool" you should seriously reconsider having one at all... I hope I helped...
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if you are dead set on a big dog, then get a mastiff. they make great door stops. lol i know two people with them and thats all they do is lay around. but fun as puppies. i would also stay away from an elkhound, they are beautiful but just like a husky they are very head strong and need lots of stuff to keep them busy. we had two of them in an apt and it just plain sucked.
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He needs a big stoopid dog. A Newfoundland should fit the bill

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