Yes, we love huskies. They are absolutely beautiful dogs and very popular too, thanks to John Snow and the Game of Thrones phenomena. Beauty isn’t just one of their traits, huskies are also independent, talkative, stubborn, and notorious escape artist geniuses.

Husky is also a very intelligent breed and unlike shepherds or other working breeds huskies are independent thinkers. So, what does that mean exactly? It means that they understand what you want them to do, and they know that they are not obligated to do what you telling them to. Independent thinkers, just like cats!

Huskies are very active dogs and it’s natural of the breed to run (far and fast). They can be miles away in a matter of minutes. For this reason, it’s strongly suggested to never leave a husky off-leash in an unsecured or unfenced area. It can take years to master off-leash training with a husky. Disclosure, as you can see the dog was on a leash for the entire photoshoot. And the leash and the handler were removed on post-process image editing. The dog’s safety is the photographer’s number one concern!

We believe that a slip-lead is the best option for all large breed dogs but especially for Siberian Huskies. As mentioned, they are known for being escape artists, and they can easily get out many different types of collars and harnesses. And harnesses as most of you probably know enable the dog to have more power to pull by utilizing their entire body. Therefore, a slip lead or a martingale collar and non-retractable leash are the best options for this breed.

Another important thing we should mention about huskies? Shedding!!!!! Siberian Huskies have a special double coat that helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Huskies shed two times a year for six months at a time.  Haha kidding, but it feels like that!

They do shed all year long with peak periods throughout with an undercoat that sheds twice a year. This is actually called “blowing the coat,” and it usually occurs in the Spring season as the temperatures rise to lead to Summer. And then they’ll shed again in the Fall season but this time a new undercoat grows in preparation for the cold temperatures.

Please NEVER shave husky! Their double coat helps keep their skin cool and a huskie’s skin has zero melanin pigments which makes them susceptible to allergies, sunburn, and cancers. Sadly, if shaved a husky’s hair may never grow back the same way again.

Now that you are more informed about the breed, I’d love for you to meet Izzy. She is 2 1/2-year-old Siberian Husky and she is such a goofball. She is extra derpy and loves cuddling. Izzy loves playing and she adores kids. She is also good with other dogs. Izzy is crate trained and knows her commands already too.

Because of all of the reasons mentioned above, Izzy must be adopted into a home with husky experience already. Are you ready to add a new husky to your family? Please apply online: EAST COAST CANINE RESCUE

Blog post in collaboration with Tiffany Justine, East Coast Canine Rescue volunteer, and a husky mom. 

Thanks for reading it. Until next time, all we need is love and a dog!

Alessandra Sawick

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