The Siberian Husky is among of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world. The first things you’ll notice about the Husky are its unique eyes and the heavy fur coat around the canine. The Husky’s beauty has made it one of the most sought-after dogs today, and many families have a Husky as their pet. But the question many people ask before adopting one is — are Siberian Huskies good with kids? We’ll take a look at how Huskies behave around kids.
Are Siberian Huskies Suitable for Children?
Huskies are outgoing and loyal dogs that will seize any opportunity to bounce around. It means your children will have a willing playmate. And since the canine is pack-oriented, it would have no problems sticking around lots of family members and even playing games.
The average Husky is not unnecessarily aggressive. Since the dog’s temperament is easily predictable and they do not bark a lot, they are suitable for homes with babies and little kids.
Don’t be fooled by the dog’s wolf-like appearance; Huskies are a friendly breed, comfortable around people, and not hostile to strangers. This dog breed is a perfect choice for a family pet, provided they’re given the right amount of exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation.
Siberian Huskies and Newborns
Older kids match the dog’s energy levels better, but when it comes to newborn babies, that’s a different ball game entirely.
If you already have a Husky and expect a child, it is vital to start preparing your dog for the baby. A sudden introduction of a baby and the shift in attention will only make your dog jealous, so it is advisable to introduce the baby to your dog gradually.
Thorough training of your dog on how to behave around newborns would do all parties well.
Siberian Huskies and Toddlers
Toddlers and Huskies generally get along well, as the dog craves the kind of touchy companionship that many toddlers provide. One remarkable fact about Huskies is that they do not bark often. This is especially helpful, as many toddlers do not mix well with loud noises. In place of barking, the Husky howls a lot, and while this is a bit better than sharp barking, it might still upset some sensitive kids.
Huskies and Older Kids
If you already have older kids when you get a new pup, they will probably lay claim to the dog as their favorite buddy and may want to spend all day with the Husky. While the Husky enjoys this kind of company, do not let your child upset the dog. Even the friendly Huskies have a limit, and if pushed to the limit, the dog might take it upon itself to school your child. That doesn’t sound nice. Constant supervision is key to building an excellent relationship between your child and the dog.
Are Sibrian Huskies Aggressive?
Huskies are not known for aggression, but like every dog, certain circumstances can trigger a negative reaction. The dogs generally have a moderate temperament and will make excellent family pets. The ideal way to keep your Husky happy is by providing them with lots of avenues for exercise. The Siberian Husky can exhibit negative behavior when they are not giving the right amount of activity.
Playing with Huskies
Type of Games
Kids should not engage in games with Huskies, where they act like prey. The Husky is still a dog, and like with all dogs, anything could go wrong in a game where a kid is being hunted. Huskies should not chase children. When playing with the Siberian Husky, the ideal game should be hunting together, where they both form a team searching for objects.
Let your kids learn proper behavior around Huskies (and all dogs). Teach your kids to treat dogs respectfully and not to be rude to them. They should know some basics like No poking dogs, no taking away dog toys, and no pulling dogs. Also, teach your kids the proper way to take care of your dog, like brushing and feeding them.
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The Husky’s high energy levels mean that your kid will always get tired before they do. If your Siberian Husky had been at home all day and is probably bored, it is not ideal for kids to play with them. The dog will have much more energy to exercise, which is not a good scenario. Ideally, your kids can play with the Husky when its energy levels are relatively low. That way, they are on the same wavelength.
Supervising Your Kids and Huskies
While Huskies are fantastic dogs around children, it is vital to understand how communication works with your pup and show the children (if they are old enough) interact with the dog. It would be best if you never leave the Siberian Husky (or any other dog) around children for an extended period without supervision.
Kids come up with crazy ideas all of the time, and if left alone, they could cause severe pain or agony to the dog, especially a puppy. Older kids can stay alone with dogs for a while, but it is not a good idea to leave babies and toddlers alone with a dog, even for a short time.
Training Huskies for Kids
As a dog owner, training a Husky can be challenging, especially if you’re not the patient type. Huskies are an independent lot and would love to have their way most of the time, but with the right amount of patience, perseverance, and consistency, your reward will be a well-mannered Siberian Husky.
Apart from training your Husky to be obedient, they should also be trained to develop low food and toy aggression. Teaching them to imbibe bite inhibition will help prevent accidents that can happen while playing. Introduce your pet to lots of kids from an early age to make them comfortable around children.
Dogs, like humans, differ from one individual to another, and while we’ve talked about the general nature of Huskies, it is essential to understand the unique nature of your Husky. Although the Siberian Husky is mostly friendly and outgoing, they should always be supervised when kids are involved.
Dr. Belinda Hawks earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2006 and has been practicing veterinary medicine since then. Dr. Belinda currently works as a passionate rancher and mixed animal veterinarian in a rural town in South Carolina. When not practicing veterinary medicine or writing, she spends her free time with her lovely husband and three kids (2 boys and a lovely girl) in South Carolina.