Why I chose the Siberian Husky

looking out window
Keisha looking out the winow

When I started looking into which breed I should train I was set on getting another yellow lab. Sophie is great, and labs. are mostly used for guide and service dogs because they are great at it. Then I started exploring other breeds because I didn’t want Sophie to feel like I was replacing her (just bringing in another dog of the same breed), and I would feel uilty about it.

I looked into the working dogs group, for obvious reasons, and started looking at different breeders in my area. A Siberian Husky breeder’s site came up, and as I read it I became very interested in teh breed. I spent weeks researching them, and found out that they have been used as guide dogs and service dogs.

They have all of the qualities I was looking for. Siberians are extremely intelligent and independent, which are both qualities you need in a guide or service dog. They need to be able to make up their own minds and be able to learn difficult things like “intelligent disobedience” where if the handler gives the dog a command and it would be dangerous to do it, the dog disobeys. If I tell her “forward” at a curb and a car doesn’t stop, then she should stay at the curb and not walk out into the street because she was told to do it. I kept reading about how “stubborn” huskies are, but whenever I read that I was thinking “it’s perfect”! I’m not looking for a dog that will do everything I say without thinking about it!

Living in Canada it can get cold! I was looking for a dog that could handle the cold eather. In the winter I have a coat for Sophie. When it gets down to -30c Labs get cold! She also has boots, but this is because the salt used on roads and sidewalks can burn dogs paws.

I need a dog that has a lot of energy so they can keep up with all of the work and not get tired easily. I also needed one that could pull and wasn’t too big. A Siberian Husky is a great size for fitting into tight spaces like under the seat in front of me on an airplane, or under a table when we go out to eat.

I do want kids in the future, and will be working around kids. I wanted a dog that would be good with them, and friendly with people. In other words, a dog that thinks everyone she meets is a new friend!

They are really healthy compared to most of the breeds used for guide and service work, and from what I’ve read they don’t have a “doggy odor” when they get wet like a lot of other breeds. This can come in handy when out in public!

They are very adaptable dogs, and have the intellegence for the job.  Another small bonus is that they are more likely to “talk” and howl than bark. It’s easier to stop a dog from howling than barking, and as long as Keisha doesn’t “talk” too loud while working and doesn’t howl then she can “talk” all she wants when we are at home.


7 Responses to “Why I chose the Siberian Husky”

  1. Koda Bones Says:

    Interesting choice and you have a lot of good reasons but mom says GOOD LUCK! There is that one little flaw we have of not wanting to pay attention when there are many other things we must check out.

    Mom says the reason we don’t stink is cause we don’t keep our hair long enough. We just toss it on the carpet and grow new stuff. Be sure to get a furminator and a dyson 😉

    You have chosen the best dog, well next to a malamute of course. We will be checking in to see how you progress.

  2. Kim Says:

    Hehe, that’s great because the best guide dogs are the ones who want to pay attention to everything around them. When Keisha is outside she wants to see everything, but as soon as I speak she looks up at me. That’s why you always say your dogs name before any commands with a guide dog. So they will pay attention to you when the command is given.

    Keisha is shedding a little bit, but Sophie, my yellow lab. is shedding more right now. I was thinking about getting a furminator, but I have to make sure there is no rubber on it first. I( have a latex allergy. LOL, and believe me our Dyson is one of the best things we ever bought! I wanna hug James Dyson! (As I was writing that, there was a Dyson commercial on! How odd is that?)

    Funny you mentioned the malamute. I was also looking into that breed. They are a bit too big though! Siberian’s are the right size to fit into tight places and are just the right height for me.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Laurin Says:

    I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes! I met a lady with a 2 yr. old. male like your Keisha, and he was in a department store as a service dog. The lady told me he can pick up pencils for her, and “helps her drive”–which I’m still trying to get my mind around. Our husky, a wooly, is amazing, but not for her obedience skills. (Ha!) Yes on independent and smart though. I hope more effort is put into Siberians as service dogs. They are amazing animals.

  4. Angel Cauffman Says:

    I would have to agree, I train Siberian Huskies for almost every line of work!! Keep in touch and let me know how it goes 🙂

  5. Angel Cauffman Says:

    I couldn’t agree more!! I raise Siberians and train them for all types of service work 🙂

  6. Mardi Says:

    I use a wheelchair and I am leagally blind. I use a siberian husky as my guide dog. This is my second husky guide dog and I think they are the best dogs for this job. Both Lily (my first guide husky) and Nala have saved my butt on a number of occassions. I am so glad that people are finally realizing that these dogs can do just about any thing.and are not just sled dogs!

  7. Euro Puppy Says:

    Great reasons for choosing a Husky as a guide dog. Wish more people would know about this!!!

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