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picDennis has a dog (Rocket, the Lab, featured in an earlier Backstage entry). And I want a Siberian Husky (pictured, right), hopefully in the next few months. Since iLounge has the greatest readers out there, I figured I’d pose this question to people with good taste: anyone out there have a Husky? If so, any breeder recommendations? Other comments?

While comments from S. California users are most useful, any and all comments are appreciated.

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I have a couple friends with huskies, and know that they’re great dogs.  That’s all.  Good luck.  Yeah.

Later,
TC

Posted by supercarrot900 on August 19, 2004 at 10:38 AM (CDT)

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I have a Husky and can tell you that they are great dogs, very inteligent (sp?) almost to a fault. They are very easy to train but you really can never break them of thier free thinking ways. There are two things that i would warn you on in your thoughts of getting one. First they shed. and when i say shed i really mean shed, you have to keep up on the brushing daily especially in the summer months, as you will find that you have a new dog every day that you brush them (that much hair) second because they are free thinkers and very inquisitive (sp?) they are rather difficult to train off leash. I have been working with mine since i have gotten him (3 year old that i adopted at the young age of 4 months) and still can not get him to not run. When working off leash with them make sure that you are in a controlled environment, any noise especially when they are young will find them running off to see what made it. Other than that they are absolutly a great dog, very friendly, and when they look at you thier eyes seem to want to talk to you. again one of the most inteligent breeds out there (breed that way on purpose)

Posted by Andrew on August 20, 2004 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

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Thanks to both of you (and those who have e-mailed) for your comments… based on an e-mail comment I received, I wanted to ask a follow-up: have you (or anyone you’ve known) had a husky kill a small animal of any sort, like hunting for rats or something like that?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 20, 2004 at 3:39 PM (CDT)

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Jeremy,
As with any working dog be prepared to take plenty of exercise - Huskies love to run - its what they’re bred to do - so you may need to buy some roller blades to keep up!!

Couple of shots our dog - iPodlounge Hound UK style
http://www.pbase.com/image/11851353
http://www.pbase.com/image/23954480

Posted by MadPict in UK on August 22, 2004 at 4:04 PM (CDT)

5

I’ve personally never heard of huskies killing small animals although…

My friend has four huskies.  One night she forgot to lock up their pen properly.  They escaped and in the morning she found a small deer in the backyard that had been killed and dragged back to her house by the four dogs.

Posted by iPodedge12 on August 22, 2004 at 5:02 PM (CDT)

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I had one Husky in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Let me tell you some things…

Andrew is Right… They Shed, so be prepared !

They can be trained all right, but they have a mind of their own, so don’t think they submit to your orders only because they’re trained… They’ll do it but they must see an advantage on the deal…

Yes, YURI had killed several opossum, and used to bury all of them.

They love outdoors and they can run… Man… they can run.

Once my Husky ran away for two weeks, he travelled something like 20 Miles over hills, I ended up finding him trough billboards, he was kept in a poor man’s house in chains… They were afraid of him, but as soon as he saw me he was a puppy again…

Therefore, you can count on the fidelity issue… Once you’re good to him, the dog will be your friend all his life. Remember, he is not the most affectionate dog in the world (Now I have a Golden Retreiver).

Don’t let him alone much ! He will definatelly seek for a way to find you (That’s how mine ran away…) Fences normally don’t do much, as strong as they can be…

Hope I’ve helped.

 

Posted by Guilherme Figueiredo on August 24, 2004 at 12:21 PM (CDT)

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Madpict - whoa. First, stunning pictures (especially the very colorful shot). Second, your “hound” looks like a mixed breed Spitz of some sort, or a wolf… what is he? (she?)

And now everyone else has me worried about a dog that will kill animals. :-) Thanks all for your comments.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 25, 2004 at 7:41 PM (CDT)

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Jeremy,
Thanks - it was shot in the very orange glow of a late afternoon winter sun, hence the colour.
She is a Tervueren which is one of four varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dog.

Posted by MadPict in UK on August 28, 2004 at 5:16 PM (CDT)

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Jeremy

Huskies are awesome dogs, but it depends on the climate where you reside.  I wouldn’t keep a husky in arizona for example as the heat would be too much and I wouldn’t want the dog to suffer.  As for the temperment of the dog it’s all in how you train it.  I have a 120 lb rottie.  People see my dog and cross the street and give me plenty of room, even tho my dog is a big baby.  Now don’t get me wrong, he will hurt someone or an animal really bad if provoked but that’s something you have to watch out for.  Besides that you will have years of unconditional love from your best friend.

later.

Posted by toothpaste in NYC on September 1, 2004 at 7:40 PM (CDT)

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