Thinking about buying a puppy?
Are you sure? Have you researched the breed? Probably two questions that you don't want to hear, but believe me they are worth thinking about. Getting a Siberian Husky puppy or adult may be easier to DO than DEAL with!!!
They are a lovely breed, beauty can be their main downfall, they can be affectionate and if they are well exercised great to have around, providing that you have plenty of time and space for them. On the downside they can be boisterous, destructive, demanding and have little to no re-call, SO IN MY OPINION (and others) NOT TO BE LET OFF THE LEAD, they moult and moult and moult some more, so if you're very house proud you might want to think again. If you like your garden you will need a safe and secure area for your husky with safe access to and from the house, if you want to share your garden space with him then it will need to be safe and secure and he will design it himself, holes everywhere and probably very little grass. He will jump over fences, dig under fences and try to escape past you if you open a door or gate. Even with one Siberian Husky your lifestyle may change. There's plenty of information out there, please, please, please research this beautiful breed before thinking about buying, too often now I am having conversations with people about friends of their's having to re-home their husky because it was too much hassle, things like escaping from the garden, being destructive, boisterous with their children, etc, etc, etc. Sorry but that's just what they can be like, you can't change them, just like you can't change their strong hunting instinct, some are better behaved than others, usually after lots of training, but there's no guarantees.
I couldn't imagine life without mine, but they are worked in harness through the winter and have space to do what they want during the summer, they also have just about all of my time, they do like to have you around.
If you still feel that a Siberian Husky is for you, and when I say you I include all your family, I think you all have to be committed, then start to look for a GOOD breeder. Not just a breeder that puts two of his huskies together when his bitch comes into season, I would find it hard to believe that someone that does nothing with their dogs would have a suitable pair of quality Siberian Huskies to put together, even if they have a few, but they do it, and these are the ones along with the puppy farmers that you have to be wary of. A poor quality Siberian Husky can often cost the same or MORE than a well bred one.
My opinions are strong, but only because I care about the breed, which is a Working Breed not a novelty or a fashion accessory, good Siberian Husky puppies come from good Siberian Huskies, ones that have the ability to work in harness and as far as possible conform to the Breed Standard.
They are a slow maturing breed and anyone that is having a litter from his bitch before the age of three I would question as to why he is breeding such a young bitch, also anyone having litters from a bitch with less than eighteen months inbetween, I would have to question their motives, only my honest opinions, I also don't think it's necessary for a bitch to have more than three litters, it must be enough for her.
If a breeder emphasizes that the pedigree has a few show champions or good kennel names (affixes) in it, he could be using that line to impress you and make a sale, it's not always as good as it sounds. A lot of pedigrees will have Show Champions or good kennel names within five generations. Ask what the parents of the litter have done in the show ring or on the trail, don't be afraid to ask questions, you also need to ask about health checks, have both parents got a clear eye certificate? and have they had their hips scored? Is the hip score low? What's their temperament like?
Most reputable breeders will not let a pup go from it's mum until at least eight weeks of age, it's too early before this, the pup still has a lot of social skills and discipline to learn from it's mum, ten weeks is even better. If they are breeding for profit alone then they will want to offload the pups as soon as possible and probably the full litter.
Siberian Huskies are passed around all over the place, adverts in the Free-Ads, adverts in the pet shop, passed on to friends and husky welfare organizations are full of unwanted huskies of all ages, registered and un-registered, through no fault of their own, don't let yours be the next just because you didn't do enough research.
Thanks for reading this and if you still want a Siberian Husky puppy I hope that you find a well bred one.
Alternatively you might want to think about rescuing a Siberian Husky if so you could contact one of the Welfare Organizations listed below who will discuss the pros and cons of rescuing a Siberian Husky in more detail.
http://scottishshc.org.uk/section_welfare/welfare.htm Scottish Siberian Husky club