Being a husky owner for a decade now, I’m honestly not pleased with their sudden popularity.
Because people are not taking the time to do their research about the breed. All anyone sees is the striking eyes and what they do in movies.
I currently have two at the moment, and they are extremely opinionated. Loki has chewed a small hole in the couch. We have to put the water bowl up at night because Baldwin is old and will have accidents in the night if we don’t.
I wouldn’t change any of it though because I’ve done my research and knew what I was getting into. Huskies shed, they need to burn energy, and can be extremely vocal. I also have nine month old baby that is very mobile at the moment. Silas thinks the dogs are hilarious and wants to be around them constantly.
I see too many stories about people giving you their pets because they had a child or because the dog reacted in a less than appealing manner. If huskies don’t burn their energy, then it comes out in other ways. If you don’t work with your pet, then they could become food aggressive, toy possessive, etc.
Reading books about the breed, talking to people that have huskies, or doing a google search would help with our shelter crisis. I say this because people would be more informed and would hopefully be more likely to keep their dog despite starting a family or because the dog sheds more than they envisioned.
Now, for me, I’ve never entertained the notion of getting rid of my pets because of my child. I believe that education is key to a lot of situations. I have worked with my dogs; however, I would never leave Silas alone with them. At the end of the day, my pets can’t vocalize if they are having a bad day or if something is hurting them.
You really just never know.
I kinda ranted this whole post, but I hope you walk away from this understanding how important it is to educate yourself. Don’t get caught up in the hype of a breed because of a tv show or a movie. Do your due diligence before making any hasty decisions.