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crowkillr1
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PostSubject: New to siberian huskies   Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:28 am

We are patiently waiting till April 27th to bring home our Tika, she'll be almost 8wks old then. We have 3 chihuahuas and 2 cats that aren't going to know what hit them but they'll adjust. We hope we'll be able to bring her on our horse back rides on the trails when she is older. My wife will post pics when we have some of her. So much to learn it seems with this breed?
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PostSubject: Re: New to siberian huskies   Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:03 am

Well, to be honest with you, I can't really imagine a husky going with you on horseback rides. First off, they aren't really off leash dogs, and secondly they have a super high prey drive, so trying to imagine him or her staying with you while you're on a horse and not chasing the horse is a stretch. I'm not trying to be mean or harsh, but given your lifestyle, what made you decide you wanted a husky over a more traditional farm dog, like say an aussie, or cattle dog? With a husky, I'd say snowshoeing or hiking on the trails is more likely than horseback rides. I think you need to do a ton more research before you bring your puppy home, because some of your expectations are out of line with their inherent breed traits.
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PostSubject: Re: New to siberian huskies   Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:46 am

I too second the suggestion to skip horseback riding with your sibe. I live next to several show horses that have been subjected to everything under the sun and at least once a week Kenzi stirs even them up. She has been around cattle and horses and nipping and chasing is all she wants to do and the traditional style of breaking a dog from chasing livestock doesn't work with huskies as it does with normal farm dogs. Are your horses used to dogs? Even if they are huskies have a different energy level that even a dog friendly horse may not respond to well. I had a husky mix once that set off a horse that had never been dog aggressive in her life, but the dog was high energy and sent off a different vibe than average dogs and my horse attempted to stomp the mix on multiple occasions. You are going to have to work hard just to get your sibe to be good with your small dogs and cats that it will be with all the time. Setting boundaries and acclimating it to life with horses is a whole other level. If the cats don't like what your sibe does they will scratch it. If a horse doesn't like what your sibe does it will kill it.

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PostSubject: Re: New to siberian huskies   Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:10 am

Everything Jen said. Smile Siberians are GREAT at being friends. They have the best personalities by far (in my biased opinion) but they are not the type to follow you around or be subservient. They have minds of their own for sure... I think of it like having a big cat (kind of). You wouldn't have a cat around a mouse and you certainly wouldn't expect a cat to follow you around unless you had some sort of restraint to encourage it. Smile They are VERY active dogs, love to work (run, pull) , but don't like to be subservient... at all....which is what I love about them but it certainly isn't for everyone. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New to siberian huskies   Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:23 am

Misunderstood wife she doesn't want to have her go on the trails with us,but to go to horse events so she isn't left alone at home. We'll see how she handles growing up around horses,knew we would have some problems maybe with the cats and the other three dogs being small.
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PostSubject: Re: New to siberian huskies   Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:46 am

As long as you properly socialize, the cats and small dogs shouldn't be much of an issue. It takes training and consistency at the beginning, but we have 2 Huskies living with 2 cats and a Cocker Spaniel Smile

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PostSubject: Re: New to siberian huskies   Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:53 am

I think someone may have had a cell phone finger flub and clicked bad advice on the first post. Smile I just evened it out... I don't want crowkillr1 to think that someone looked down on him for asking a question. Smile
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