Misha is our studio mutt, well she's not really a mutt - she's an AKC registered Siberian Husky . We rescued her off the streets when she was 2 years old and she's been with us ever since. Huskies are not only beautiful, but they have excellent temperament as a general rule. She greets all our clients as if she'd known them for years.
While huskies are absolutely beautiful dogs, many people don't look beyond that and can be disappointed with the breed. Huskies are very communal and require attention - if you value your grass and furniture, they are not an animal to leave in the backyard or alone in the house all day. Texas is simply TOO HOT to leave them outside in the heat and when left outside, Huskies can die from our intense summers. They also don't make good guard dogs because as a general rule, they don't bark. We won't even talk about the amount of hair they shed, enough to consider making several comforters if you must know, but she's all worth it.
Still think you want a Siberian Husky?
Before you consider purchasing a Siberian from a breeder, I urge you to consider adoption - Husky Haven is a wonderful organization in the Houston area and they are committed to finding these unwanted animals excellent and permanent homes. Huskies lend themselves well to adoption due to their kind nature and ability to fit into almost any environment. They tend to get along very well with other dogs and family members (including children), but generally do NOT like cats,
as they have a predatory instinct to chase. Huskies are a working breed and as such, they love to run and run and run and run; fences and leashes are a must.
The Siberian Husky originated in Russia, where they were bred and raised by the Chukchi people for thousands of years. The Chukchi, a tribe of Siberian nomads, needed dogs that could provide fast, economical transportation over the vast frozen land. Unusually strong and agile, this medium size dog was able to swiftly cover long distances on a minimal amount of food. Known for their gentle nature, the Chukchi dog often served as a soft, furry beds for the tribal children. Chukchis knew many a "three dog night".
View additional information from the Siberian Husky Club of America.
As with all decisions to make any animal a part of your family, please think it over carefully, animals are for life.