Q: Are Siberian Huskies good dogs?
Are they known to be aggressive or vicious? I have always LOVED Huskies. I thought they looked amazing, but I'm not so sure on how they are with people. I kind of have a "fear" of dogs ever since my father bought a German Shepherd and it was extremely vicious.
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Answer by tomo
i have always wanted a siberian husky and two factors put me off. one being that they are not good off the lead and tend to be very independent so if they want to run off they will. another factor was that they have known to chase and ven kill cats. as i have cats and will probably want more in the future this was a big no no.
that said im sure if the dog was brought up with them it would have been fine. all dogs can be vicious if not brought up properly. the german shepherd you were referring to probably wasnt socialised at an early age which all dogs need to be. my german shepherd was a real softie! you need to socialise the dog early, take him/her to classes and get him/her used to cats, other small animals, children, dogs as you would with all other dogs.
they are beautiful animals but need training!
Answer by lovethem;)
They can be very aggressive. They are kind of like chows. They need lots of exercise and they can be 'vicious' its known in the breed.
Answer by Dogs and Death Metal
aggression isn't something found in a breed, its something found in an individual
as for Huskies, they need a strong person, as a leader and tons of exercise/stimulation
Answer by YMRNR Mom
If you have never owned a dog before and you are looking for a Husky to be your first dog, DON'T. Yes, Huskies if not properly trained can become very aggressive, especially if you are not the dogs pack leader. The pack leader status must be taken from day one and maintained throughout this dogs life or they will take over and you won't like when they do.
Huskies are very big shedders so if you are looking for a low maintenance animal, this is not it. They require tons of exercise and failure to provide this dog with enough will result in a very destructive and bored husky.
Husky's and Pits seem to be the popular breed at my dog park, every husky I've met have been wonderful dogs, but rather aloof with people, they aren't your cuddly I love people type dogs they tend to be rather independent thinkers and independent dogs. My friend has a husky and in all the time I've known her Sammy has probably allowed me to pet him only a handful of times, not because he's aggressive far from it, but because he's a snob...and not a cuddly type dog.
Personally from what I've heard and read, a husky is not a good breed for first time dog owners. Try something easier like a Lab.
Answer by Aphrodite ☼Dobe walks 4 Bullies
Sounds like your dad has no idea how to handle a dog. You cannot go out and try to make a dog a guard dog yourself - a real guard dog is worth THOUSANDS of dollars due to the strict breeding and training.
If I were you - I would try and deter your family from getting another dog. Your dad will be able to make any breed vicious/aggressive if he was able to with the GSD. The only one that really ends up suffering is the dog because the dog always loses once it makes contact with human flesh - and you have your dad to blame for that.
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Answer by Jasmer
The Siberian Husky has a WONDERFUL temperament. They get along great with just about anybody. However, there are several things about the breed that many people don't realize before getting one, and they often wind up on the streets or in shelters.
1.) The Siberian Husky is a hardcore working dog. Even the show-line only dogs have a very strong working drive. The husky that does not is an exception, not the rule. They have a strong desire to run, and run, and run, and can be difficult to leash train. They are deceptively strong for their size. They cannot be trusted off leash, at all, ever unless they are in a securely fenced area. Recall training rarely works with huskies.
2.) They require an obscene amount of exercise. The siberian husky that is content to lie about the house quietly is rare. They were bred to pull light loads for upwards of 20 miles or more in a 24 hour period, and as such require a lot of exercise. If you aren't willing to take up at least a one hour long run or bike ride with this dog every single day, it is not the dog for you.
3.) They are notoriously difficult to train. The siberian husky, like most spitz breeds, is a serious working dog. An innate stubbornness, confidence, and decision-making ability is paramount to a good sled dog, and as such many huskies possess these traits. They are willful and will walk all over you if given a chance. They take advantage of any lax in leadership. Again, a husky that does not do this is more the exception, not the rule. Proper training will make an excellent companion, but consistent, firm training is a must.
4.) They are notorious escape artists. As I said, they were bred to run run run! They can dig out under the fence and they can easily scale a fence up to 6'. Some will climb a higher fence. If you intend to leave the dog outside at any time unattended then a securely fenced yard is a must. If they can get out, they will, and take off to run and snoop. More often than not they are picked up by animal control, a benevolent stranger, or are never seen by the owner again. A heavy wire buried 2-3 inches underneath the fence line will discourage digging.
5.) They are notoriously destructive. A bored dog is a destructive dog and the siberian husky has this down to an art. They often dig, chew, howl, destroy furniture, yard fixtures, drywall, you name it. Fail to exercise this dog properly and you may wind up pulling your hair out in frustration and replacing half your home.
You cannot yell at or hit a sibe, they do not respond well to negative punishment. They are likely to bite or just take off if it happens. They require at minimum one hour of intense physical exercise every day, ran or shine, without fail to be truly happy and well-adjusted. They must be socialized extensively with children and small animals as they have a very, very high prey drive. They usually see cats and even small dogs as toys or prey and will chase and kill them. Occasionally a child may also trigger the prey drive if the dog has not been properly socialized. As with all dogs, it should be supervised with children. They blow their coat twice a year--this means it falls out in large clumps twice a year, all over your house, so get a good heavy-duty vacuum. :P
The Siberian Husky is not an aggressive breed by nature. They can be made aggressive, but they are not inherently so. They also can be socialized with cats and do very well with them. I've known huskies who ate cats and some who don't. The ones who don't were brought up as pups around cats and kittens. My own rescue husky was a cat eater when I got him, and quickly learned what "no cats" meant. :P
They can be aloof toward strangers, or they may be very friendly and happy to greet them. There is almost no loyalty in a husky, though. They'll often times wander off with anybody who has food, a leash, or a car so they can go on another adventure. They must be watched closely for this reason. Their friendliness, ambiguous loyalties, and desire to go out on a new adventure at every waking moment is what makes them so frequently and easily stolen.
And if you don't have a fence and wish to instead tie the dog outside for a little while each day, don't. They can snap those long cable leads with supernatural ease. Mine snapped two cable tie-outs, a thick leather collar, and two nylon leads. Not the clasps, but the cables and nylon themselves!
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