Huskies are some of the most beautiful and most recognizable dogs there are. These dogs were bred to be worker dogs, originally used by Native Americans, pulling sleds and working in the cold, and were eventually trained to pull mail sleds. They are very hearty dogs and can withstand very cold temperatures, and are now also often found in sled races in the Northern territories. The breed comes in multiple color combinations with the most popular being the black and gray, but here are some of the others; black and white, gray and white, red and white, and pure white. The pure white is a strikingly beautiful dog, often boasting piercing blue eyes. They are a familiar breed and many people would love to own one, however, before you run out and purchase or adopt one, here are seven things you didn’t know about the white Siberian Husky.
1. Stubborn and headstrong
Beautiful and loving; that is what white Siberian Huskies are. But they are also stubborn and headstrong. This breed is one that wants what it wants and they will typically do what they want, so if you are not accustomed to dealing with stubborn dogs, this breed may not be for you. You must be able to show them that you are the pack leader and take charge, or they will take charge of you. One thing that is very difficult to train this breed with, is housebreaking. You must be consistent, and the best form of training for housebreaking, is with crate training.
Due to their history of being sled pullers, this breed is also known to be a pulling breed. This means that when you put your white Siberian Husky and any other type of Husky on a leash, you can expect that he will be yanking and pulling. They have the need to pull and it can be difficult to control. Training and lots of practice is necessary to teach your pet obedience on a leash. You must be patient and high praise when they do what is expected, is one of the best things you can give him to get him to do what you want him to do.
3. Need lots of exercise
Worker dogs typically have an incredible amount of energy. The Husky breed is no different. They have energy to expend and need a way to get it out, so if you plan to become a Husky parent, you will need to plan to give your pet plenty of time to play, run, jog, fetch and other activities. If you plan to let your dog out in the yard to run and get his energy out, you will need a fence that is secure and able to hold your dog in, as this breed is also a runaway breed. If given the chance, he will escape and take off, and good luck getting him to listen and come back.
4. Can be destructive
Huskies need the love and attention of people. These are pack dogs and need to be around another dog, humans, or both. They don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time, which means that Husky homes where there are two career owners who are gone all day long, they Husky (Huskies) can get bored and agitated very easily and as a reaction to their emotional neglect, they become destructive. This can include, hole digging, getting into garbage, chewing up belongings and other things. These dogs need to be with you as much as possible, and especially not just left in a backyard to fend for themselves.
5. Should live in colder temp areas – they prefer it
Huskies do not do well in warm temperatures. They were bred to withstand very cold temperatures and have several coats of fur to protect them from the low temperatures. They should not live in warm climates, as it is dangerous to their health. They can actually handle temps as drastic as 75 degrees below freezing, which means that too hot of temperatures, and they are miserable and at risk of health problems associated with overheating. Huskies really should not be run or worked unless the temperature is 60 degrees or less, and they should also have access to a pool and plenty of water.
6. Not always great with small animals
White Siberian Huskies are not a breed that readily accepts small dogs or other small animals. They are known to be aggressive toward cats and other small animals, whether in a home or in the wild. If they are not brought up to be around other animals, especially small pets, they can be a danger to them and may even kill them. The white Siberian Husky would need to be socialized well and have a lot of training in order to learn to accept small pets in the home. That being said, they do however, prefer to have another dog around; another Husky or bigger breed, since these are typically known to be pack dogs.
7. Not good guard dogs
Although this breed does love his owners, they are not necessarily good guard dogs. They aren’t a breed that is naturally highly suspicious of strangers, and they do not typically latch on to just one owner or family member like some breeds. When certain breeds do that, they will become fiercely loyal and protective. Siberian Huskies do not have this instinct, so if you are looking for a dog that will alert you to strangers, or guard your home the way some other large breeds are known to do, this is not the dog you will want for that type of job.