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Thread: A question for those who own Siberian Huskies

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    ​I have heard you should always get 2 beagles but I don't know about other breeds.

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    I pondered this too...DH was against 2...our yoyo goes on the golf cart with us and loves her cat playmate but I was really hitting for a #2 dog but glad he talked me out of it...
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    We rescued a beagle and she was so lonely we rescued a companion for her. Worked out great, they're inseparable. We love to see them playing together. But it's double the expense for vet fees, vaccinations, boarding, etc. The expense wasn't an issue until now that we're approaching retirement and less income.

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    There is a huge benefit with having two dogs instead of one. Dogs are pack animals, so always enjoy the company. When they have energy, they help wear each other out. A bored dog is a destructive dog. They always have someone to play with when you are busy. Not a lot more work, not a lot more time, but it does make for an easier household.
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    I think you have plenty of humans to deal with, IMHO. If the dogs are left alone all day long five days a week, perhaps...but not sure what your household would be like with toddlers, etc. in the home. Which dog do you currently have? Quite a size difference between the ones mentioned. "Who" really is pitching the 2 dog household? I am suspecting other agendas here. Think this through and since it sounds like YOU are the head of the household, your vote counts more. Sorry.

    1/4 acre is not a lot of space for a husky. They are bred to RUN. Not fair to a sled dog to be confined. Electric fences are not foolproof either. I suspect that the Husky is not the dog of the house nor is it living there already if you are considering accommodating a request. Hmmmm.

    Btw, it is just me and my DH, two dogs of similar size, large fenced in yard with a dog door. Works for us. But we are not sharing our home with adult children (who come and go as they please...likely) and small children who need to be watched around pets for safety reasons. You have a lot of human dynamics in your home.

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    ha, ha. i have three cats but now think cats are fine being an "only" cat. Dogs however seem to like a playmate

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    I have one dog and it is a happy little fellow who will be five next month.

    He loves to meet other dogs and would probably love a buddy at home (other than the cats), but it is not an option for me at this time.

    My aunt had a husky and lived in the same house as my mum who has a small fluffy dog. The dogs pretty much ignored each other. But at the time we had a border collie cross who loved mum's small dog. They loved to go for walks together, and spent about 10 hours a week together. They were the same age and the husky was older.

    Now mum still has her small dog, but at 15 he is not too interested in playing with my new dog.
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    Two dogs can be twice the fun, but are also twice the work and the expense, and they need to be properly introduced and socialised. I work with german shepherd rescue scotland and you have to accept that dogs have personalities and likes and dislikes. Huskies can have a high prey drive, which makes them unsuitable for homing with a small dog. I have had charlies in the past and my son and his girlfriend currently have two. Georgous dogs, but they can be wilful disobediant and destructful. Huskies can also be destructful if not given enough exercise and stimulation. When I am home checking for a gsd adoption, we generally won't rehome if a dog is going to be left regularly more than 4 hours at a time, dogs are social animals and like and need human stimulation. Huskies are also great escape artists and wil dig under fences, can climb fences as high as 8 feet.

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    Daughter has been on the phone twice, near an hour each time, with the reputable, registered breeder in VT, two hours from here. Breeder says most homes she places pups with have adults that work all day, rare that there is one person home unless a SAHM or retired. The two dog idea was mine, but I don't know that I picked the right combo because although they will be fine together raised as pups, I don't think the spaniel will be able to keep up with the husky, but maybe she won't have to. Daughter also hikes and jogs and son has a mountain bike, there are plenty of trails and fields here in NH so open space won't be an issue.

    Last dog we had was 15 years ago, a lab, and before that had dogs for 20 years. Ex raised, bred and ran AKC beagles and we had a cocker for a house dog and he also had a hunting dog and dd basically grew up with pups. And birds, hamsters, bunnies, and few other critters. Now we have two cats, hers, one 16 the other 7, and going back to dogs will be interesting, so not sure if I want to go from 0 - 2, lol.
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    Well, I've decided to go with the husky only, I think that's a smarter move. When they do get their own place the dog will go with them and by then I may be happy with a break.
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    my niece has a siberian husky that came from a rescue. She's a very beautiful dog, but they do run. When my niece lived in Cary, the dog would get out of her fenced in back yard and just run all over the neighborhood. Whe we moved in together, I was always taking the dog for walks and the got got to know the neigborhood, so when she did get loose, she would eventually come home (after she wore herself out). When you take them for regular walks, they get to know the area and will come back.

    Siberians do shed a lot in the summer, and need cooler temps, but they get along well with other dogs and even cats (our one cat would go for walks with the Siberian). Their blue eyes are just beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBQUILTIN View Post
    The American Eskimo is a miniature and I absolutely love mine. She is so gentle and loving and is always doing something funny for us to laugh at.(Like not knowing what to do with her tail when she finally catches it) She needs a lot of brushing, but that is our quiet time each day. I am sure that the larger Husky is just as gentle if given lots of love and a good hairbrush in warmer weather. They are so pretty
    You reminded me that a long time and another life ago we had an American Eskimo. She was a great little dog - good with the kids. She shed a lot but we didn't mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19 View Post
    So I've been talking with you all and with coworkers who have dogs and some have mentioned that when you work all day, it's better to have two pups to keep each other company. I'm sure there's truth in that, but TWO?

    The two pups would be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Siberian Husky. I have a small New Englander style house but about 1/4 acre that could be electric fenced, with a treed area and open area where they could run free. I also live in New Hampshire so the husky would love these winters. It's me, my 27 yod, her 3 yos, and my 21 yos who live here.

    Those of you who have done this, or who have a menagerie of pets, please tell me your stories.
    I had two Saint Bernards at once ( litter mates) , I loved every minute having two ... and I thought it was easier as they loved to play with each other .... but do understand the relationship changes when you have two... they don't need you and you will need to assert who is the pack leader. So there is value in having two... but in order for it to really keep each other company they need to be able to be close to each other when you are gone. So what happens when they get playing and no one is there?.... I lost a whole roll of batting to playing while Mom was gone. SO there are benefits and drawbacks to having two.

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    I have had bad luck with Huskies. My neighbor had one that got out and attacked my dog. And at a dog park a Husky attacked my dog. Don't care too much for them, I think like most dogs they need to be able to do what they are bred for.

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