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General Chat Thread, Dogs. Yes, i said it. Dogs. in General; Would reiterate what has been said about these breeds. Both need daily grooming and lots of exercise. Being working dogs ...
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    Would reiterate what has been said about these breeds. Both need daily grooming and lots of exercise. Being working dogs also have lots of energy.

    Lots of rescue organisations out there. That are looking for owners like you :-)

    ( I do home checks for several in my area)

    I have two dogs a Suluki and a lurcher. Spend about 25 on food a month and 100 on boosters a year. Mine are to old to insure but need to budget for that as well. Vets are expensive my last visit for an injury cost 150.

    Good luck and hope you find your canine companion.
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    First off, little bit of a rant There is no such thing as dogs 'dominating' the household, they are either badly trained, have anxiety issues or are just bored and play up. The Cesar Millan is total rubbish, it's all based on some research done on wolves in captivity where wolves had been mixed up from different packs and so there was inter pack fighting just as there would be in two wolf packs in the wild met. When the research was redone on wolves from the same pack, there was no attempts at 'dominance', they all socialised and operated as a family unit. Plus we are dealing with dogs, not wolves, who over the many hundreds of years have been bred to be human companions and domesticated. The 'dominance' theory may work in the short term, but you end up with a dog that is unstable in the long term.
    Anyway, rant over
    The two breeds you have mentioned are both difficult to train and need lots of exercise, but when trained and properly socialised they are great dogs. They are also not suitable if you have other small pets, they will chase them. If these are the first time you've had these breeds of dogs then I would really recommend you do some research and find a trainer who has experience of training these dogs as they can be a complete nightmare if not trained properly. If the trainer mentions 'dominance', 'dog whisperer' or 'Cesar Millan' as their basis for training then run a mile, you want someone who uses positive reinforcement.
    There are also a lot of these breeds in rescue as they've become a trendy breed and when they end up with a dog trashing the house and being aggressive because they haven't put in the effort to train or exercise them properly then the dog gets blamed and off to a rescue it goes. The only problem is they do come with baggage that has to be trained out, which takes a lot of commitment and time, but is highly rewarding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Not to sound heartless, which i am, but not in this case, i've ALWAYS wanted one or the other of the two i've listed. Always. If there are some Siberian Huskey / Alaskan Malamute rescue dogs, i'd take 1 or 2.
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    I have a Siberian Husky - while they really are a wonderful, loyal breed (to be fair - this is true of most dogs) there are a number of things to look out for if you're going to get one...

    If you get a pup then you need to be on them from day one as regards pulling - they're bred to be able to pull for a blummin' long time without getting tired. You need to let them know (while they're still a pup) that they're not meant to pull while walking on a lead, otherwise they'll be the one walking you.

    They also can be a bit difficult off the lead - they're very headstrong and mixed with their tendancy to hunt, they'll often charge off heedless to your calls to chase that smell of rabbit/fox/mouse/whatever. Recall can be a bit troublesome as a result.

    On the subject of walks - you'll need a LOT of them. We take ours out at least three times a day. They like to play as well and they play rough - so any toys you buy for them need to be able to stand up to the punishment.

    They also have a double layered coat - so summer means you'll often spend quite a lot of time chasing them around with various brushes / moulting combs. But NEVER shave them - they'll not be able to regulate their own temperature and you'll end up with an ill dog. Some Huskies (mine included) have a pink section on their nose - this is known as snow nose and means they are more suceptible to sunburn.

    Also - as with other dogs, make sure they don't get bored. While Huskies are somewhat lazy (when there doesn't seem to be food about or the prospect of a walk), they can be incredibly destructive when bored and you may find yourself coming back to find your sofa is somewhat more spread out than you remember - as in all over the house.

    I'll put up more as I think of it (and when I get home!)

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    About Huskies in Need - Huskies in Need

    AT the moment their are alot of Huskies being given to Dog shelters due to the fact the previous owners cant handle the amount of care they require, have a look at all the re homing sites local to you. If you do want your own from a pup which most people will then please see both Parents of the pup, make sure they are not puppy farmed, get a vets opinion if your not sure, make sure they are over 10weeks old and also make sure they are fully vaccinated. and with the breed your after make sure you Insure the pup from day 1.

    Good luck!

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    http://www.malamuterescue.org.uk/

    http://www.sharerescue.co.uk/

    As a home checker there are a lot of things we look for.

    Such as security, experience suitability etc. one of the major questions is length of time left during the day. Most resuce require that they are left no longer than four hours. I know that dogs trust are very strict on there home checking policy.

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    Please consider a rescue dog? They really need a good home and if you are set on a Husky or Malamute then you can still get a rescue - even a puppy if you want one. I have always wondered how those breeds don't overheat in this country as they are made to be able to stay outside all night in sub-zero temperatures - surely they must be uncomfortable most of the time?

    I have a rescue mongrel who is now 14 and will live longer than most pedigree dogs.
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    To chime in with Witch (and others), a rescue dog is a great idea - I know a couple of people in my area that have rescued Huskies, and once they've been given the proper love and attention - they're just brilliant dogs.

    And now (because I can't resist) a couple of Kymme (my Husky) pics...

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    Step-daughter has a Malamute. Completely neurotic (dog not step-daughter!) Scares the life out of me.......

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    Make sure you are prepared for the sleepless nights if they are a crying type (not sure if different types tend to cry at night more), and also for picking up the mess off your floor before they are house trained. Lots of people buy pups and don't think about this sort of thing, and then end up getting rid of it. So horrible for this to happen. If you put in the effort you will get a friend for life (The dogs life).

    Oh and don't try and take food from them lol.

    My dog passed on last year, she was 14. They are like a member of the family.
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    Update.

    I can now confirm that i would want a Siberian Huskey Pup. All of the rescue centers i was shown, and looked at myself, do not have any pups? I'm looking for a black and white with blue eyes. Male to start off with, and a female would be bought in when i've got the 'jist' of things.

    Can anyone explain why on so many males, owners 'snip' their parts? I heard it's to calm them down? Or lower their sex drive Would this be a solution if it happened to us men for women!?

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    It calms them down, and it reduces the chance of them getting a random dog in the park pregnant - which is a risk that no responsible owner should take. All dog owners should have their pets spayed or neutered IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    I have a Siberian Husky - while they really are a wonderful, loyal breed (to be fair - this is true of most dogs) there are a number of things to look out for if you're going to get one...

    If you get a pup then you need to be on them from day one as regards pulling - they're bred to be able to pull for a blummin' long time without getting tired. You need to let them know (while they're still a pup) that they're not meant to pull while walking on a lead, otherwise they'll be the one walking you.

    I got this a lot when i was helping my family member train up their doberman. It's frustrating, and sometimes i felt i was being a little harsh. Has paid off now though, so i will definitely bare this in mind. If all else fails, SLEIGH IT TO WORK!


    They also can be a bit difficult off the lead - they're very headstrong and mixed with their tendancy to hunt, they'll often charge off heedless to your calls to chase that smell of rabbit/fox/mouse/whatever. Recall can be a bit troublesome as a result.

    Outdoors, unless i've got them fully trained, i probably won't let them off the lead. I'll have a strong strap too, but non the less, i know the power of dogs, so i'll have to be alert non the less.

    On the subject of walks - you'll need a LOT of them. We take ours out at least three times a day. They like to play as well and they play rough - so any toys you buy for them need to be able to stand up to the punishment.

    Not an issue the walks. Plus, we've bought some strong toys for family dogs before, still in cracking condition!


    They also have a double layered coat - so summer means you'll often spend quite a lot of time chasing them around with various brushes / moulting combs. But NEVER shave them - they'll not be able to regulate their own temperature and you'll end up with an ill dog. Some Huskies (mine included) have a pink section on their nose - this is known as snow nose and means they are more suceptible to sunburn.

    Yes, i was told this by a fellow malamute owner. Damn well hard when they're so energetic for so, so, SO long. Grooming kits looks like the best option, rather than a few combs here and there.


    Also - as with other dogs, make sure they don't get bored. While Huskies are somewhat lazy (when there doesn't seem to be food about or the prospect of a walk), they can be incredibly destructive when bored and you may find yourself coming back to find your sofa is somewhat more spread out than you remember - as in all over the house.

    *Cuts out games* Will be impossible for it to get bored, apart from when were at work. 4 people in the house to have a good brawl with it!

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    My OH's brother has a husky, beautiful looking dog, but if he leaves the room she is in, even to go to the loo, she starts pining and making a racket, even if other people are in the same room with her.

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    this turned up in a search http://www.shwauk.org.uk/available_dogs.htm could get in touch to see if they have any pups. (and please offer to redo their website while you are at it!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Will be impossible for it to get bored, apart from when were at work.
    This is what I mean - To be honest, Kymme usually lazes around - and she's fine around the house when she's on her own while me and wifey are out at work, but we built her up to this (and still do to a degree) over school holidays.

    Basically, we ensure she has toys - and when it's coming back to term time, we nip out for an hour, then the next day a bit longer, then later a few hours to make her back to being used to having the house to herself.

    We did get the occasional bit of chewing on an odd shoe at the start, but put a stop to that by getting her a 'friend' (actually an old Simba stuffed toy that I won yeeeaaaars back). She actually carries her 'friend' around and it makes great company for her and stops damage from happening in the house.

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