The Siberian husky is a breed unsurpassed by any other, except their relatives. The more familiar you become with this breed, the more you will grow to love his independent, intelligent, and free-spirited nature. Unfortunately, there is another side to the Siberian because of the very nature of his personality. People often take ownership of these dogs because of their unique blue eyes and intriguing wolf-like looks – only to discover very soon that they require hard work and dedication. The Sibe is a companion animal with special needs, and as a result is a very misunderstood breed. People do not research the nature of this breed adequately before owning one, and are then often not able to cope as the Sibe matures. As a result, the Siberians end up abused and neglected, chained up, caged or simply abandoned. Alternatively, they find themselves locked up in animal shelters. The tragedy of this however, is that they are one of the two most euthanized breeds of dog in shelters throughout the world because of their inability to cope with confinement for indefinite periods. (The Pitbull is the other breed)
Currently there is a worldwide crisis with the Siberian as they are being over-bred by unscrupulous backyard breeders because they have gained so much popularity in recent times. Movies like 8 Below and Balto have contributed towards their popularity but recently Game of Thrones has severely impacted on the crisis of unwanted Sibes. We recently received a Facebook message from a UK shelter asking us for advise because they could not cope with the influx of unwanted huskies. The US shelters are overflowing as well, with many huskies coming in with the actual names of the dire wolf dogs from the series Game of Thrones.
There are five dedicated Husky Shelters in South Africa, and this alone should tell you the crisis we have with unwanted huskies. We are all constantly full, and sadly having to turn dogs away.
Please do your breed research first before taking on a husky – and once you take on a Husky, this should become a life-long commitment.
We currently have over 50 huskies in our care so will appreciate any help you can provide us!