Hey all you Husky fans, stand up and clap your hands

We know. Sometimes, dog bios can look a bit like online dating profiles. Take the Siberian Husky, for example. His bio might read, “If you’re looking for a pup to snuggle up on the couch with and spend evenings watching TV and take a leisurely stroll throughout the neighborhood when the mood strikes, then swipe left faster than my tail can wag. But, if you want an independent thinker and are excited to have a regular serious exercise companion for adventures and like problem-solving as much as I do, then swipe right now!”

Regardless of breed, when you’re looking for a new companion, finding the right fit for you, your family and lifestyle, including the personality and energy level of an individual dog, is essential for a relationship to succeed. So, let’s learn more about huskies and see if there’s a match.

Huskies were originally bred for endurance. They are one of the fastest dogs and are incredibly athletic. While the breed combines power and endurance, huskies are quick and light on their feet.

Huskies are a medium-sized dog and are recognizable by their thick double coat (more about that in a minute), facial markings and typically pale blue or multi-colored eyes. Now, about that coat … huskies originated in Siberia, which, of course, has long, harsh winters. These types of dogs have a top layer of fur that protects them from the elements and then a soft, dense undercoat that acts as an insulator and helps to regulate their temperature. On the positive side, their coat doesn’t require much care, and they are very clean animals. On the little-less-than-positive side, they shed. Throughout the year. Especially in the spring and fall when they undergo a process called “blowing coat,” which is just what it sounds like. Regular brushing will help, and you’ll want to become BFFs with a shedding blade or a coat rake. (A basic brush just isn’t going to make any headway when the fur flies … or falls.)

Fun fact: did you know that the phrase “three dog night,” meant it was so cold that you needed three dogs to keep you warm in bed on a given night?

At the Dumb Friends League, huskies are relinquished or transferred from one of our partners on a fairly regular basis. Occasionally, the League receives huskies from law enforcement cases, as well, through the Colorado Humane Society, which is a program of the League. So, it’s not uncommon to see huskies available for adoption on our website.

Huskies are very social, fun and entertaining, and to round out their personality, they are also incredibly intelligent and mischievous. Maybe think of Yin and Yang. It’s impossible to make a blanket statement about a husky’s behavior (or any dog, really) because each one is unique. Some are fearful, and others are not; some don’t get along with others, while some do; and some have separation anxiety, but others do not. Huskies are independent and can be challenging for an owner not prepared for their needs, and they do have some general characteristics that potential adopters must be aware of before adding a pup to their family. Things to know about huskies include:

  • Huskies are known to have strong prey instincts, and many can live with cats and small animals, but special consideration must be given before bringing one into a home with these animals.
  • While huskies are known for being working dogs, they are not guard dogs. So, a husky may let you know someone is at the front door, but he’s not going to protect you in the sense you many want.
  • It cannot be stressed enough, huskies need physical exercise daily, say a long run/jog, a hike or a run in off-leash park—somewhere enclosed and safe.
  • In addition to physical exercise, huskies need mental stimulation. These pups like to problem solve whether it’s how to get a treat out of a toy or how to escape from the yard either by digging or jumping because both are possibilities with huskies.
  • Huskies are known to be expert escape artists, so a secure house and yard are essential for any husky. Using coyote rollers on the top perimeter of your fences can help prevent your little escape artist from making a mad dash through the neighborhood.
  • A bored husky likely will be a mischievous and destructive husky. Before leaving, say for work, you can prevent these behaviors by going on a long walk, providing puzzle and/or treat-dispensing toys, having your pup work for their food by trying a scavenging actively like tossing their food nuggets in the grass and giving chew-approved toys. And, just like kids eventually get bored with their toys, so do dogs. Bring toys into and out of the rotation to stave off disinterest.
  • A husky’s instinct dictates he dig for shelter and a place to bury things. It’s in their nature but keeping your husky mentally stimulated and managing their environment can stop your yard from having more holes than Swiss cheese.
  • On the topic of training, huskies are quick learners, which is fantastic when they learn good behaviors and not so much when the action is less desirable. However, huskies excel with positive reinforcement training and want to be an involved, active part in the training process. These pups are smart enough to quickly identify which behavior gets rewarded and choose to do it on their terms.
  • Huskies can be very vocal but not in the traditional way. They are known for yodeling, howling and not necessarily barking. Let’s say huskies make their own music, and, in the process, they can even sound human-like. Not kidding, either!

Huskies have so many qualities that make them fantastic companions, but they need the right environment to thrive. Their ideal family is active, engaged and has a good sense of humor to match their own. While huskies are intelligent and enthusiastic, they don’t take life particularly seriously, and they’ll help you feel that way, too!

To learn more about pets available for adoption, visit our adoptions page or call 303.751.5772. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID, 30 days of free pet insurance and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.