The Siberian Husky has a delightful temperament, affectionate but not fawning. This gentle and friendly disposition may be a heritage from the past, since the nomad tribes of Siberia held their dogs in great esteem, as the dogs assisted the people with their survival, transport and hunting. They housed their dogs in the family shelters and encouraged their children to play with them.
The Siberian Husky is alert, eager to please, and adaptable. They are not an aggressive dog – if they were aggressive as a team dog they would have made terrible sled dogs for the tribes. They are independent and highly intelligent, can be extremely stubborn and easily get bored. This trait of the Siberian can test your limits and ingenuity. The Siberian is a great companion to people of all ages and varying interests. However, this is not a breed that is typically recommended for first-time dog owners, as mistakes are easy to make and sometimes difficult to fix with this remarkably intelligent and opportunistic breed.
Siberian Huskies are a gregarious lot and need the company of other dogs and people. While capable of showing great affection for his family, the Siberian Husky is not usually a one-man-dog. He exhibits no fear or suspicion of strangers, and will greet all cordially – he would probably greet a potential intruder with a big lick! This is not the temperament of a watch dog, although a Siberian Husky may unwittingly act as a deterrent to those ignorant of his true hospitable nature.
The Siberian Husky is a very inquisitive dog and you will find this aspect endearing but extremely challenging. Curiosity not only killed the cat, it has killed a sizable number of Huskies as well. The desire to seek out a scent, to hunt, to chase and to discover that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, is a part of their heritage and is deeply inbred. These traits can be overwhelming.
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