Siberian Huskies sometimes get a bad rap due to their appearance, as their permanent expression can seem aggressive. However, with a second look, their faces are actually quite calm, with bright eyes behind their “mask” that are always playful but watchful over their pack. These two traits, instinctive to Huskies through their breeding, make them a fantastic choice as a family pet.

These aren’t the only reasons you should consider a Husky, and there are other factors you should keep in mind before bringing your new four-legged friend home to meet the kids. Let’s look at this fun-loving breed a bit deeper so you can make the most informed decision.

Siberian Huskies as Family Dogs

Huskies are the ideal family dog for many reasons. Their natural instinct to be part of the pack and protect pack members means they watch over the people they see as their family without being aggressive. In fact, they are not an aggressive breed at all. Instead, they are friendly and love to be around people. If you invite others to your home frequently, a Husky will gladly welcome them.

They are also bred to work hard and pull sleds. Even though your family dog won’t pull sleds, they will still have the same level of stamina so they can keep up with energetic children who love to play. Because they are a medium-sized breed, they aren’t so large that children are easily injured by accident when playing, although supervision is required anytime kids play with animals.

  • They love to be around people, even strangers.
  • They are pack-oriented and protective of their family but not aggressive.
  • They have an even, predictable temperament.
  • They love to play and have plenty of energy to keep up with kids.
  • They get along well with other dogs in the home and at parks.
  • They are a medium-sized breed, which makes them ideal for children.
  • They need less food than some other similarly sized breeds.
  • They are clean and need little grooming other than frequent brushing to reduce shedding.
Siberian Husky in winter
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Things to Keep in Mind

Every breed, including Siberian Huskies, has instincts and physical features that should be considered before adoption. The same breed features that make them a great addition to the family may also be why you would want to consider a different breed altogether.

Huskies roam in packs and rely on a pack leader for guidance. A dog owner must feel comfortable taking on the role of an alpha dog when owning a Husky. You should also be very observant since the dog’s strong prey drive will make them a cunning escape artist or quick runner once their mind is set on something.

  • They like to chase small animals and have a strong prey drive.
  • They shed a lot.
  • They can be destructive if they are left at home alone or become bored.
  • They are known as “escape artists,” especially if they are chasing something.
  • They are not the best watchdog, primarily due to their love of people and friendly nature.
  • They can be strong-willed and need a “pack leader” to take charge.
  • They don’t bark but like to howl and can be vocal, especially when being stubborn.

Training and Exercise

The Husky’s high energy level means that they get easily bored if they don’t get the necessary exercise. They will find ways to entertain themselves, which can sometimes be destructive. They can also become loud dogs, constantly howling, if the behavior isn’t addressed when they are young. Siberian Huskies are strong-willed and notoriously difficult to train, but strict training as puppies is required to reign in bad behavior as adults.

They aren’t recommended for apartment living or if you don’t think you can provide access to daily exercise. Huskies are wonderful companions for outdoor adventures like hiking and biking but should always be on a leash to keep them from chasing prey and becoming lost.

Wrapping Up

Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs and make excellent family pets due to their friendly but protective nature. With strict training as puppies and plenty of daily exercise, your new family member will become “one of the pack,” and you will become an honorary pack member.

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