A large, wolf-like dog with white and grey fur, short, triangular, alert ears and a big, bushy tail is walking along a wooden bridge, covered in a few inches of snow, leaving a pawprint trail behind.


Looking to learn about a striking and strong-willed dog? The Husky is certainly that. This energetic dog breed will need plenty of exercise and an experienced owner. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed.

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What is a Husky?

The Husky may be one of several types of northern sleigh-pulling breeds or mixed breed dogs - the word “Husky” is actually a general term used to describe the fastest and lightest types of sled dog. The Siberian Husky is perhaps the only “purebred Husky” and is a working dog originally from Northeast Asia.

Keeping Husky dogs as pets has become particularly popular since the airing of TV series, Game of Thrones, in which Direwolves are played by Siberian Husky crossbreeds. In the series, the dogs appear much larger than they actually are. Unfortunately, animal charities have also seen a rise in the number of abandoned Huskies as they can become too difficult for inexperienced owners (see more on training below). Husky puppies are undeniably cute but it’s important to remember that they grow into strong, outgoing dogs...That said, they are extremely loyal dogs, who are described as friendly, gentle and alert by the Kennel Club.

How much exercise does a Husky need?

Huskies are extremely active dogs that need more than 2 hours of exercise a day, according to The Kennel Club. Due to their hunting nature and exceptional endurance, you may sometimes find it hard to get a Husky back once they have been let off the lead. They’re also known for their ability to dig holes and jump over high obstacles - so a big garden with a high fence is a must.

Alaska is a classic husky, with a thick white and grey coat, large triangular ears and a wolf-like shape. He's sitting in a garden.

“Dexter is a typical Husky - he has very high energy levels and loves nothing more than going out for very long walks.” - Tamsin, Owner of Dexter

What is the temperament of a Husky?

According to The Dog Breed Centre, Husky dogs are happy-go-lucky and very loving, gentle and playful. They are an energetic breed that will need plenty of exercise and entertainment. They can make good family pets, especially in active homes, and get along well with children.

Bolto has ginger and white markings on their thick coat and is relaxing on a bench.

“Scooby is a high-energy Husky who is full of bounce and personality. He loves meeting new dogs and people and he’s very, very smart." - Dario, Owner of Scooby

Are Huskies easy to train?

This popular dog breed must come with a word of warning for less experienced dog owners or borrowers. The Husky is described by The Kennel Club as a ‘specialist’ dog, who really needs an owner familiar with the breed. Patience is required when training a Husky, and you may find that if you are not the dog’s sole leader, they could take advantage of you.

“Nanook is very obedient and knows quite a few tricks. She is a registered Pets as Therapy dog who regularly visits care homes and spends time with the elderly." - Kim, Owner of Nanook

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Emma, Owner of Noelle:

Noelle loves cuddles and fuss! She will paw you to tell you she wants fuss and then if you stop, she'll tell you off by pawing you again.

Naomi, Owner of Loki:

Loki is an extremely skilled counter surfer with a penchant for human treats.

Jo, Owner of Simm:

Simm will never, ever say to no a tummy-rub. He’s a bit of a hunter-gatherer on walks and will often grab discarded food and tissues.

Most common Husky names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Loki
  • Skye
  • Sasha
  • Luna
  • Shadow
  • Blue
  • Nanook
  • Maya
  • Storm
  • Bella

Huskies are quite fluffy, cuddly dogs - so you might end up with fur all over your furniture and rugs... Here's a quick, simple clean up trick :)

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Huskies. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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