SIBERIAN HUSKY TEMPERAMENT DEEPDIVE
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Most Common Behavior Problems:
One of the most common behavioral issues with the Siberian is separation anxiety. This is a breed that has a very high pack mentality. They have an almost constant need to be around people or other dogs. Because of this, separation anxiety issues can surface very quickly. This can lead to them being destructive or excessive howling when they are left on their own.
The next most common issue is excessive howling in itself. The breed does not bark often, but they do howl. This issue can arise from anxiety, as mentioned previously. Or even boredom if the Siberian is not getting enough physical or mental stimulation. Sometimes we even encourage this behavior without even meaning, too, which can lead to problems down the road.
Aggression towards small animals can also be an issue with this breed. Before the Siberian was a sled dog, some 4,000 years ago, they were used as a hunting breed to help track down Reindeer, and prey-drive in this breed is still very alive and well. This does not always make them the best fit with small animals, and they can have issues, especially with cats and rodents.
Food aggression can also develop in this breed. They can begin to resource guard food from other canines in the house or even people. Because of this breed's more primitive nature, it is especially important to remain vigilant, so food-related aggression does not develop.
Possible Downsides and Known Temperament issues:
Every breed is not for every person. All breeds of dogs can have tremendous advantages, but there can be some drawbacks too. Here is what to look out for with the Siberian Husky:
The Siberian Husky is not a breed that should be casually let off-leash in an insecure area. This is a breed that has been refined to run. When given freedom, they may do just that. They will go and go and go. This can lead them to becoming lost easily, and by the time they realize they have gone too far, they might not be able to find their way back.
The Siberian Husky is also a digger. If you have ever seen Eight Below or and movie featuring this breed, you will see that they instinctively dig down in snow and dirt when they are ready to bed down. Even if it isn't cold out and they are seeking a warm place to rest, this breed still has instincts to dig. So, it might not be the best choice if you have a nicely manicured yard and don't want to see holes starting to appear.
Temperament problems can appear in individuals of any breed. This is why it is essential to go to a reputable rescue or breeder when you are thinking about beginning any breed of dog into your home. The Siberian Husky is a more stable breed. But, there are still some issues that can be found in the breed. The Siberian Husky, as a breed, scored an 86.8% rating with the American Temperament Testing Association.
The most common issues in the Siberian Husky breed are dog aggression and people aggression. A Siberian with a stable temperament should be neither of these things. This breed is a friendly one, even to people they do not know. And because of their high pack mentality, a Siberian who is dog aggressive will have a hard time due to their high social demands, and it goes against a lot of their natural instincts.
With correct temperament and a high-level canine leader:
Now, it is time to get to the good stuff about this breed! With individuals with correct temperament and some guidance from a high-level canine leader, this breed can be an excellent addition to any household.
The Siberian Husky is a friendly one. They should coexist and do so happily, with all manner of people and other dogs. This is not a guarding breed, so they typically aren't suspicious of others. Making the Siberian an excellent choice for people who have other dogs, like going to the dog park, or have people over frequently.
This breed is also highly active. They love to run, play, and have fun. The Siberian will happily join you wherever you want to go, as long as it is on a leash, and participate in whatever it is you are doing. They also do exceptionally well with children due to their friendly nature. And they would be happy to accompany a child out into a fenced out yard and play with them until their hearts are content.
The Siberian is also an intelligent breed. Though they can be a little independent and mischievous, this just adds to their charm. They tend to be eager to please, as long as they see a point in doing whatever it is. If training can be made fun and enjoyable for both the Siberian and the canine leader, they will gladly participate and try to learn whatever is asked of them.