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Q: What is needed for a husky

September 17, 2009 | By Anonymous | 7 answers | Expired: 1906 days ago

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This question is mainly for all you husky owners..
I am looking to adopt a husky from a shelter
i have been reading books on them trying to get as much info as i can...but this would be my first time owning a husky,
They say it needs exercise, i can give him that, they also say they need a fence, i don not have a fence but i do have a iinvisable fence, will that work..
And any othe rinformation...such as medical problems, advice for a first time husky owner, needs, wants and so on....
And if you are a Husky owner i would like to talk e-mail me at Logan132@hotmail.com

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Lisa B.
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Sep 20, 2009

www.akc.com has rescue sites for purebred Huskys. good luck!

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Tricia L.
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Sep 18, 2009

I know that they are prone to run away! They like to wonder and hunt!!!!
Good luck!!!
=) they are beautiful doggies!

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Jillian
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Sep 18, 2009

i don't have a husky, but i've always wanted one {or a malamute} so i've done my research. all dogs do need exercise and a husky needs exercise that will physically challenge them. when adopting a dog, you want to take notice of what that breed was originally bred for so you can then provide them w/what activities they need. dogs that are used to pull sleds are extremely strong and a brisk walk doesn't cover what they need. you can use a doggy backpack, but you can also get more inventive and actually use a sled or a mule cart w/a light load placed on it. on warmer days, stick to the walk. huskys have thick fur and can overheat in higher temps.
the husky and the electric fence do not mix. for one, huskys like to roam and electric fences are cruel in that they sharply shock the dog when he or she attempts to walk through them. electric fences are not only cruel, but they're ineffective depending on the breed you have and a husky is likely to disobey the fence as passes. huskys are also apt to dig if they're unable to get through a fence. if you adopt one, your dog may just crawl through a hole in the ground to do what comes natural to them - which is roaming. having a dog fixed will help decrease this desire, but it doesn't eliminate it entirely. electric fences work by imposing fear in the dog and when you use fear-based methods, you begin to psychologically damage the dog. this breed can become dangerous when these methods are used, any dog can, but the husky is strong and willful, making them candidates for physical aggression if you use cruelty to train them. have you ever seen a dogs neck who has been wearing an electric fence collar they didn't want to abide by? the shocks burn right through their fur and into their skin, which can get infected badly.
another thing you will want to know about huskys is that they're not for novice trainers. you must know what your doing and be confident about doing it. you can't ask them to do something, you must tell them. training dogs takes practice and if you're still practicing w/this breed, they will see that as a sign of weakness.
you should wait on getting any dog until you have a real fence in place. i can't stress enough the problems, physical and mental, that are caused by electric fences. they're so unhealthy, they really should be banned.

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Mary C.
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Sep 18, 2009

Please find your Husky through a reputable breeder, preferably one that certifies their hips. I have owned Huskies all my life but sadly my last choice was not through a breeder that cared to much about her lines and was breeding her dogs that had hip problems. Mine that is only 5 had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and it is awful what he has to go through. It's an expensive surgery and a lifetime of medications. Aside of health issues with the breed they also have a very strong prey drive you should take into consideration, they are escape artists as stated above and most people leave them to be outside dogs, mine have never been and if that is the case with you be prepared for a lot of hair in your house! Grooming is a huge part of owning these dogs! And please check into a good high protein diet and huskies are also prone to having zinc dificencies as well.

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Ethel02
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Sep 18, 2009

I don't have a Husky but my neighbor does, the only thing I'm sure of is Cody is never let off his leash cause he's off to have fun on his own, I have greyhounds & a Black Lab, greys are never left off lead either & the Lab stays on a leash too jst cause thats what I'm used to & it only takes 1 run for horrible things to happen, and my neighbor had an invisible fence & it didn't stop Cody at all & he now has a fence but he still keeps an eye on him, he's getting a little older now & it's not as easy for him to jump, but when he was younger I think most neighbors had a visit to Codys mom & dad, he would be found wandering around very happy to be on his own & grooming is important, they have that undercoat that can get clumps in a week if not taken care of properly, and he is just one big bundle of love.

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Norrie
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Sep 18, 2009

Yes, they NEED excersise, lots of it and YES they are escape artists!!!

My granddog, Sultan was / is a Siberean Husky and he escaped every fence & gate. He had 2 tags w/ name, adress & phone plus he was chipped. He was hard to capture because he enjoyed the chase even on busy streets. Unfortunately he's MIA since spring. My son-in-law tried to locate him every which way but is now just hoping that he's w/ a new owner and will escape from him and come home which he often did when he was tired. They now have a Spaniel pup that requires much less excersise and has no inclination to run.
As far as health & up keep, Sultan had no health issues, just needed some grooming and oh yes. hated rain, an otherwise quiet dog, he would sadly howl if it rained on him.

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Kris
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Sep 18, 2009

My dog is only part husky. I have been told they are escape artists and my dog was able to go under my fence without digging. Training your dog will be very important along with exercise. They love to run. If you like cross country skiing you might look into skijoring. Grooming will also be important with the undercoat they have. I am adding a link that gives some information on them. www.dogbreedinfo.com/siberianhusky.htm They are beautiful dogs.

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