Is A Siberian Husky Right For Me?

I live in a small apartment with only 2 bedrooms. However, I'm willing to take him out walking every morning (I go to my bus stop at 6:45am). So that means I'm willing to wake up early to give him a walk. In the afternoons, I would walk him to the park behind our apartment complex (It's right by the graveyard, which is creepy) and maybe keep him entertained with disks or give him treats. I have also never owned a dog before. I'm 13 years old and I'm willing to give up video games just to take care of a dog (with the supervision and help of my parents of course) and I live in Southern California at least 50 miles from San Diego. Here is the link to the dog. It is also the only Siberian Husky puppies I can find in my area.

http://www.pennysaverusa.com/classifieds…


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  • <cite class="sig">GModica</cite>

    I wouldn't recommend a Husky for a first time dog owner – and especially a 13 year old one. Huskies are beautiful, but they are a very strong breed, can be a little stubborn and really require a bit of an experienced hand The also need more than a walk or two a day, and lots of room to run around. So apartment living is not impossible, but not ideal.

    Also, you have to remember, you will be in school – which will leave much of the daily training and clean up to one of your parents unless they both work. And, a husky puppy at home alone all day is very bad. Also, you will have homework, after school activities, chores around the house and that doesn't leave much time for your dog after school – especially with Fall and Winter coming and the fact that it's dark at about 5:00 p.m.

    Why not wait until school's out next year and opt for a softer breed such as a Golden Retriever, or a small breed dog. You can also check out the local shelter since they have cross breeds and even some purebred dogs there that are in desperate needs of a home.

    ADD: Are you wanting a puppy? Who would be home during the day with him? He will have to be let out, he will have to be fed 3 to 4 times per day, he will need some interaction with people during the day, etc. But, again, Huskies are a very hearty breed, can be difficult to handle and train. Not a good choice for a first time dog owner.

  • <cite class="sig">PISOBEL</cite>

    Huskies are like having a toddler, they require constant supervision. They have a very strong urge to run and will try to escape from wherever they are to do so. Mine ate my fence to escape. They are diggers and will dig up your carpet if they get bored or lonely. (One of mine has done this too)
    They are VERY destructive when bored so I would not recommend leaving a new husky unsupervised in your apartment.. you will come home to a huge mess.. Although you can teach them to be very good indoor pets in time, expect this massive destruction at first.
    You must also realize that huskies are not a dog to be trusted off leash. If you take him outside ALWAYS have him on the leash. They will run and not look back.
    Huskies are not for everyone, especially not first time dog owners. They will wear you out very fast just trying to keep up with their energy and destruction.
    They are GREAT dogs, but I wouldn't recommend them for an apartment.
    I would suggest you check out an American Eskimo dog. They have similar looks to a husky and they are better suited for an apartment. Here's a link http://www.akc.org/breeds/american_eskim
    What ever dog you choose do LOTS of research and see what you are getting yourself into before you choose!! Good luck!

  • <cite class="sig">J.Jemmett</cite>

    If you live in an apartment, huskies are not the dog for you. They've been bred to pull sleds for hours on end and require a huge amount of exercise (more than just a few walks a day). Without enough exercise, they can and will destroy your house. They will eat baseboards, furniture, walls, etc. They are very stubborn dogs that will test an owner and see how much they can get away with. They're loud and they shed. People that have them, love them, but if you can't provide almost constant exercise, they can be nightmares.
    If you really want a dog, look at something smaller. Go to your local shelters and look at their dogs. You can find great dogs that need a home at shelters.
    Avoid any large dog that is an active breed such as Labs, Huskies, Border Collies, or Beagles. Look into dogs like Great Danes, Greyhounds (I know they're sight hounds, but the ex-racers make great apartment dogs), or small toy breeds.
    Hope this helps.

  • <cite class="sig">ROSENDA</cite>

    That is a bigger investment of time and money than you think. It's easy to say that you will constantly walk the dog everyday. Huskys have a few known health issues that may need to be adressed at some point in their life, and can rack up a pretty big bill. They need to be walked EVERYDAY and have a lot of energy. They are however great loving dogs, you just need to be sure you can handle them. Consult a local dog trainer to ask their opinion on the subject.

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