Siberian Husky Temperament

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Siberian Husky Temperament

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Siberian Husky Temperament

Siberian Husky Overview

Even though the Siberian Huskies look like wolves, the Husky Temperament is a lot different than that of a wolf. The Siberian Huskies Temperament is known to be friendly, and they are wonderful companions. They are a great family dog but they are not meant to be guard dogs. They will probably greet the stranger at the door with excitement and want to play with them.

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Are Siberian Huskies Good Family Dogs?

Despite their large appearance, the Husky Temperament is very sweet and they are very affectionate. They are very curious and require a high level of activity everyday since they have a high level of energy. They were bred to be working dogs and so they are extremely energetic. They love to run and to pull on their toys. They need to have a large backyard or some other fenced in space where they are able to get rid of all their pent up energy. While they do need to be in a yard, Siberian Huskies are curious and will not think twice before jumping the fence if they hear a sound or can sniff a smell that makes them feel curious. This is why the fence needs to be dug in properly and needs to be at least 6 six feet high. Siberian Huskies are known to be diggers so do not be surprised if you find holes in your yard.

If this is not provided for them, Siberian Huskies can become destructive and chew up your furniture, sofas, table legs, etc. They can also dig holes in the yard or do anything else that will relief them of their energy. This is especially true when they are still in their puppy phase.

The Husky Temperament also includes a high prey drive. This is, again, because they were bred to be curious work dogs. It is natural for them to want to attack and prey on small animals, such as squirrels, house cats, rabbits, and birds. They are swift, cunning and very unpredictable at times. This is why it is important for them to learn to share a home with others when they are still very young puppies. This socialization will make it possible for them to be in the same household as a smaller dog or a cat.

White Siberian Husky

Are Siberian Huskies Easy to Train?

Siberian Huskies Temperament is very intelligent but they are a little harder to train. This is because they are very bright but very stubborn. They are not always eager to please unless they know that they have an incentive to do so. A simple command such as “sit” might not win a Siberian Huskies’ heart unless they know that they are about to get a lot of treats or a lot f affection for it.

Siberian Huskies do not bark as much as other breeds of dogs. They will instead howl as a way to express their excited sentiments from time to time.

In conclusion, the Siberian Huskies Temperament is well suited for active families or single people because they love to run. That is their favorite thing to do. If you cannot put up with a very active dog and run with him up to two hours a day, this might not be the dog for you. They are very sweet and gentle to human beings, but have a strong predatory instinct and might not always be safe for other small animals around them. They are keen, social, docile, relaxed and casual with all people. They are also very good with children. They are not major barkers but do make other noises when they are excited. They are very intelligent and trainable but you will have to be a strong leader of the pack to get them to comply since they have a stubborn, independent streak that needs to be tamed.

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  1. I have a male husky mix about 7 months old. I also have a 10 year old dog, Chubb, that will only bark at the pup but not bite. Sometimes we help our dog chubbs when pup won’t stop fighting with him. Chubbs is allowing the pup to take leadership in the home but not sure if we should stop the fights or let chubbs eventually (maybe never) defend himself. Chubbs won’t seem to dominate at all only barking and this pup is dominant.

  2. Your pup isn’t showing dominance, he is a young exited pup with a lot of energy to spare. Chubs is still in charge, think if your boss got angry and lashed out all the time, he wouldn’t be a very good boss right? The leader remains calm under stress. If however you think dominance is still the issue, try giving chubs his food first then your husky’s 10 minutes later or so. Eating is a big factor in the pecking order. Let chubs have the comfyer spot while at rest and sleeping etc. are you giving your pup as much excersise as you could?

    Hope this helps.

  3. hey there.. i have an 11 year old husky mix and my boyfriend wants to get a himself a puppy, but im a bit worried about how he is going to react. he is quite possibly the biggest suck in the entire world. he was not really socialized when he was younger because i was also very young and afraid he would get hurt or hurt another dog(dumb move, i know) but the last few years ive been taking him to go play with other dogs and hes come around and seems to enjoy being around them. anyways my question is, is there anything i should look out for? how do i make sure the new puppy will stay safe? and is there any way to make this an easy transition for him?

  4. Hi, has anyone got a cat as well as their husky? was wandering how they get along? we have a 10 year old indoor cat and are thinking of getting a husky puppy but worried they wont get along. Also anyone had any trouble with their husky? thanks

    • I have two cats, two chihuahua mixes, and a nine month old husky. She loves the cars and doesn’t understand why they don’t want to be best friends. If you get a husky, it’s the cats socialization you need to worry about.

  5. Hi Mandy,

    I have a 2 year old Australian Shepherd and we adopted a one year old husky pup. She LOVES my shepherd and gets along great with everyone else. She has separation anxiety but other than that shes a wonderful fun loving cuddle dog! Like the article stated, if you don’t have a proper fenced in area or don’t have the time to help exert the pups energy, you should reconsider adopting one.

    I know someone who had an older cat and later adopted a puppy and the 2 get a long just fine.

  6. This describes my 3 year old white Siberian husky to a T! He’s stubborn, so when going for a “walk”(turns into a run very quickly), he has to use a face harness to keep him from pulling my shoulder out of my socket;) His energetic playfulness turns any gloomy day to one full of sunshine and laughter. Getting a dog may not be the best choice for some people but for my family it’s the best thing to ever happen! My parents were totally against getting a dog, but after taking one look at him(Koda) they couldn’t say no and now they can’t imagine not having him! Dogs are totally worth all the work, they’ll love u unconditionally! Thanks for a great and amazing description of this awesome breed of dog!
    PS: He isn’t exactly nice to all strangers, women and children he instantly loves but older men he’s extremely wary of, he also is a great judge of character! He knew that my parents boss was not a good man and wouldn’t go near the guy, I laughed so much when my parents boss tried to bribe my dog with bacon but my dog only growled and jumped away from the guy! Dogs are very intelligent!

  7. I don’t know what to do about my husky’s temperament. He is all those things you describe but he has snapped and bitten and threatens to bit when scolded. He is 5 and I took him from someone who couldn’t have him anymore. I love this dog, but don’t trust him. Any advice?

  8. we are now without a dog … last three where pure bred border collies..the last one we had to put down because of bone my 23 son ..has saw a 2 1/2 yr old husky who was given up for adoption .. after reading the work that will be needed to have him come to our family ..has me anixous as i am due retire in 18 months … and even though my son says dont worry.. what issues am i looking at as all we have left in our home is a cockatel bird..thougths thanku as always when bring in a new member i dont want to see it blow up..

    • Hi!

      Thank you for your question. While we are no experts, we always suggest you invest a lot of time researching the breed you are wanting to bring in before you even look at breeders or adoption places. If you have already had a dog that you put up for adoption, I would highly encourage you to think about how different the situation at your (in terms of time and ability to take care of a canine) house is now than it was before. If things have not changed, you should wait. It is extra stressful for a dog to be adopted and then given back because their owners could not care for them. Bringing any new member into your family will require lots of time and effort spent training, exercising and loving them. We have a pug- super low key and hardly needs exercise- and we STILL need to spend A LOT of time with him. Hope this helps.

  9. I recently got a 5 year old husky from some lady who got her from a rescue. She seems to be getting better about asking me what she needs but some times at night when I let her out to go potty she will run and hide under the deck. She won’t come out when I call her so I go under and tug a few times on her collar. When she come s out she will run in the house and hide in the basement or under my bed. She did this last Sunday and would not even come out to eat
    There were storms around noon that she doesn’t like but this was like 10pm. Also, now that I keep her shut up when I am at work I have had no reason to yell at her. It’s been weeks. Any thoughts to why she acts that way sometimes.

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