Huskies are beautiful dogs that are also incredibly friendly, despite their wolfish appearance. This breed can look majestic and fierce, but they can also have the appearance and disposition of a comedian or a clown.
The Siberian Husky is the twelfth most popular dog in the United States, according to the AKC, and its cheerful attitude, beautiful appearance, and friendly temperament continue to win hearts of dog owners throughout the United States.
This dog, originally bred for pulling sleds, is highly energetic, affectionate, and playful. Though it is not the best option for inexperienced dog owners, you may find the Husky an excellent choice if you want a friendly, active dog.
Despite its tendency to dig under fences and chew on household items, a Husky may fit well in a family that enjoys outdoor adventures and playing together.
Due to their alertness, Huskies can be watch dogs, informing you of the presence of someone on your property, but most are not suited to be guard dogs.
Traits of Huskies
- Huskies are energetic. This is a positive trait for watch and guard dogs, but this means a Husky is not a good fit if you have little space and do not want to exercise your dog for thirty minutes to an hour each day.
- They are curious. This is also a good trait for watch and guard dogs since they will likely investigate any strange noises or scents. However, this can be dangerous if your dog escapes.
- They are friendly. This is not always a bad trait for guard dogs, but Huskies are extremely friendly and not naturally suspicious of strangers. If you want a dog that will attack intruders, a Husky is not a good choice. However, this amiability does mean that this breed is a wonderful dog for families.
- They can be destructive. These dogs are known for digging, chewing objects, and escaping yards. If you own a Husky, you need to ensure that your dog cannot dig out of the yard and has positive ways to release this energy.
- They shed. Huskies are fairly large dogs with long, thick fur. Twice a year they “drop” their fur. If you want a Husky, you should be prepared to brush them and vacuum your house frequently.
- They are not aggressive, possessive, or suspicious. While you do not have to deal with the negative results of these behaviors, they don’t have these important traits that make good guard dogs.
- They look like wolves. Though they do not have the corresponding fierceness, a Husky in your yard may cause some would-be intruders to reconsider due to their frightening appearance.
Training Your Husky
Just like any other dog, you should teach your Husky basic obedience lessons and ensure that he or she is properly socialized. Proper socialization and training will prevent many behavioral issues.
Additionally, you should get your Husky from a reputable breeder to safeguard against genetic health and personality problems, as well as to guarantee that you are not supporting animal cruelty. Your dog should know that you are the alpha, and you should be firm and consistent.
You should teach your dog that his or her crate is a safe haven, not a punishment. This way, your dog has a place to go when he needs time to be alone.
Preferably, your Husky should have a place in your yard where he is free to dig. To teach your dog where his digging spot is, you should command him to sit and stay while you bury some treats or toys while he watches. You can use the clicker training method to teach him the basic stuff.
Then you can allow him to dig there. By repetition, your dog will learn to dig only in that location.
If you want your dog to be a watchdog, you’ll have to teach him to bark or howl when there are people on your property. You may be able to find success, though the suitability of Huskies as watchdogs is debatable.
Your dog will need to know the commands to bark and to be silent. Then you will need to train your dog to bark when someone knocks and to stop when you tell him to be quiet.
If you want to have a guard dog, you likely will need a different breed. While every dog is different, Huskies are usually too amicable to be guard dogs. They will probably not attack a burglar; they are more likely to welcome an intruder.
Still, if you train your dog like the person on the video below, you’ll make a good guard dog from your husky.
While Huskies can be difficult dogs to train, they are affectionate dogs and can fit well in a family setting.
Their alertness and vocalness can make them watchdogs, but they are not suspicious or possessive enough to effectively guard their owners or their territory. However, you may find that a wolfish watchdog is enough to scare off any evildoers.