I want another Siberian husky

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  1. Doggie07

    Doggie07 New Member

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    I want another siberian husky, I really loved Lucy and the type of dog she was. I am just wondering, do I need to leave this place when I do get one? I don't want to be flogged by the people who disagree.
     
  2. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    What do you mean by you 'loved the type of dog she was'?

    What part of owning a husky appeals to you because if I recall correctly it didn't go very well the first time? What would you do to make things different THIS time?

    I think that is the most important question to ask yourself. And you need to be honest with what you can and cannot handle. Sometimes the breeds from our past are not the breeds we need now, regardless of how much we loved our past dogs.
     
  3. Doggie07

    Doggie07 New Member

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    It was going well the first time. Why I rehomed her had nothing to do with her.

    Actually, I could have kept her, but I wanted her to be happy so I let someone who could bring her inside their home get her.

    What would I do different this time? Well, when I do get a husky, a long time from now, it'll be an inside dog. That is the major and biggest difference.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    I would assume the problem was you. Almost always the owner failed the dog, not the other way around.

    Sit down, think about how you can change yourself and your priorities and commitments to ensure you won't fail another dog.

    Dogs can be perfectly happy outside and miserable inside, its not where a dog lives its about the quality of interactions it obtains from its family.
     
  5. milos_mommy

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    Didn't you live in Florida? And rehome her because your parents wouldn't allow a dog in the house?

    I think if you remain somewhere with a hotter climate, you can have a husky if you're willing to make a lot of adjustments. It's a decision you really wouldn't be able to make unless you're living in a stable place somewhere, and know both where you are and your schedule. Huskies need a lot of exercise. So even if you can keep her indoors in air conditioning most of the day, will you have the time and space to give her most of her exercising during the cooler hours? Even if it means getting up at 5 am before the sun to walk her or run around with her? And so on.

    A husky isn't an easy dog, and having a puppy for a few weeks or months is not going to give you a good idea of the hardships that will come from owning one. However, as with any breed, if you meet enough of them and know what they're like, and decide you absolutely should have one in your life, and you're willing to make adjustments and give things up for the dog, there is a good chance it could work out.
     
  6. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I couldn't remember why she was rehomed. But I do agree having a puppy for a short amount of time doesn't tell you much about the breed or if they're a good fit for you truly. Puppies are all pretty much similar when they're really young.

    If I were you, I'd sit down and start thinking about what you want and expect in a dog. Be completely honest with yourself about it too. It may or may not be a husky that is right for you now. I LOVED my german shepherd but I have come to face the realization that I probably will not have another, at least not now. Different stages of life and I have different needs and wants in a dog now.

    You never did answer with what part of owning a husky in particular appeals to you. I think that's important to think about too. Why a husky in particular? What specifically about huskies is it that you want?

    Also, even though there definitely are breed trends, I would not get a husky expecting it to be the same 'type' of dog as Lucy. I've had seven papillons and while they do share some breed characteristics, they're all individuals. Rose and Mia in particular are close to polar opposites. If I got Mia expecting her to be just like Rose, I'd be very disappointed.
     
  7. Kat09Tails

    Kat09Tails *Now with Snark*

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    There is no lack of need for fosters in Husky rescue. Maybe you could volunteer to see if a husky is really a good idea for you?
     
  8. DougGeneration

    DougGeneration D0G TR41N1NG N00B

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    Sort of reminds me about weighing the wants and needs in economics. lol

    If you really want to, then you'd do anything to safeguard that decision of having one.
     
  9. noludoru

    noludoru Bored Now.

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    I'm probably going to be flamed for being harsh, but I think you need to hear it.

    If you live in a subtropical climate and you can only have outside dogs, a husky is not the breed for you. Don't get another one, it would just be the same situation all over again, except this time your heart might win out, and instead of being fair to the dog and re-homing it to a suitable owner, you might keep the husky in awful living conditions.
     
  10. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    I don't think that is unreasonable Noly. Its an arctic breed. If the OP can't look after the dog then no they shouldn't get one. If things have changed and now the dog can come into a cool house, then sure.
     
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    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    Yep. The only reason my mom has a saint in FL is because some idiot brought one down mom found out that they were going to dump it and brought her home to protect her. Never found a suitable home so we kept her. But NEVER again. Even inside during the summer she is miserable because she cant get out much at all. Its just TOOOOOOO hot.
     
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    That's not harsh at all that's totally realistic.

    I live in Canada. I wouldn't get a whippet and expect it to live outside.
     
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    I do believe the OP is a younger person, who has been living with their parents, and plans on eventually living on their own and keeping their dogs inside.

    I think seeing about fostering, or fostering-to-adopt, a husky, when the time comes when you believe you're in a situation capable of owning one, would be a great idea.

    I also wanted to say, I'm not sure how long you had Lucy, but if she was only a few months old when you rehomed her, her personality, traits, and requirements were probably not at all what they would be in an adult husky, and like Lauren said, even then, traits within a breed can vary greatly as well.
     
  14. Doggie07

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    But I'm not shooting for another outside dog, my next dog, whether husky or not, will definitely be inside with me.

    Now, what in a husky or what did I love about Lucy?

    The number 1 thing was affection. I loved that dog and I felt she loved me and she showed it. She loved everyone. She'd lick you in the mouth face and she loved to play. Other things include: her beauty, how easy she was to train, and overall I really liked Lucy as a dog. Now, there are some things I didn't like, but they didn't outweigh the positives. She would jump up on people no matter what and was hard to leash train. However, I feel like if I knew better, I could have managed those things better.

    This is what I look for in a dog:

    Size: Medium to large
    Ease to train: medium to easy
    Living requirements: Can live in apartment or house
    Fur: Not too thick like a chow chow
    Looks: Decent, doesn't have to look pretty on the same level as a pom
    Temperament: doesn't have to get along with cats, but dogs maybe
    Versatility: Prefer it, but doesn't have to be able to do therapy and drug sniffing

    I know a lot of dogs fit that, but what I was saying was I really liked the kind of dog Lucy was. But like you guys said, she wasn't old enough to where her breed traits come out. Someone had already told me that and I had forgot.

    Either way, I have plenty of time to pick my next breed. Won't be getting a dog for a long time.
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    ok they are that

    Huskys are by far NOT easy to train. They list among the most difficult of breeds to train.

    Not too many of them are going to be ok apt dogs.
    Their fur is very very dense, they are an arctic breed. They can stay warm at -40 if they are acclimatized to it.

    Thats subjective. I personally don't find poms pretty.. what you find decent is all in your preferences.

    you are good there.

    Versatility.. does this mean you might want to do dog sports? If so stay far away from a husky. They are not known for their ease of training.
     
  16. Laurelin

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    How about things like energy level? How much exercise are you willing to do? Does the dog ever need to be off leash? Shedding bother you? Looking at any specific sports or do you just want a pet?

    etc
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    I'd say coat alone, your requirements do not equal a sibe.
     
  18. noludoru

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    Huskies are also not typically a friendly breed. They are more aloof in general. They like their people, but her temperament was unusual in that she loved everyone.

    Why don't you get an adult rescue Lab or Golden? Sounds like they'd fit the bill perfectly, down to super friendly and easy to train.
     
  19. AllieMackie

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    A Lab or a Golden sound perfect for you. Super friendly, easy to train, good looking, good with dogs and cats, can live in apartments with a bit of effort, and very very versatile.

    And there's always labs and goldens (and mixes thereof) in rescues.
     
  20. nikkiluvsu15

    nikkiluvsu15 Wild At Heart

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    What Nolu and Allie said. There are always plenty of Labs, Goldens or mixes in shelters/rescues/etc.

    Harleigh is a rescue Lab and she's awesome (& pretty good lookin' if I do say so myself, lol) :p
     

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