How Much Exercise Does a Siberian Husky Need?

I will soon be moving to a house from the apartment I live in right now, and I'm planning to buy a Siberian Husky. I have done a lot of research and I know that they require lots of exercise and that they are escape artists, but just how much exercise do they need? And are they as hard to keep as everybody says they are? I have raised a dog before but she passed away and now I live with two cats.

A husky will be a great dog for you if you like distance running, cycling (especially mountain biking), or cross-country skiing. If that's not your style, your husky will be restless, and you won't meet your dog's exercise requirements. It's never a good idea to get an active dog, hoping to get active oneself. Best to find a dog that suits your activity level.

They should get at least one hour of HARD running every day. Some people I know lived by a dirt road, and the only way they could get their dog enough exercise what to hop in the car and let the dog run behind the car for an hour.

If you live in a warm climate, a husky isn't the best idea. They are uncomfortable in hot weather, and it's pretty difficult to run all those miles with a winter coat on in the middle of summer. They are not known to be swimmers, so that's not likely an option for the hot months.

They also require a fair bit of brushing, especially during shedding season, to take care of that thick, plush coat.

This said, if you have the space, and you are already a very active person, a husky will make a great pet.

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  • heb218

    If you do get one, please adopt it!!! there are hundreds of huskies looking for homes, and you will be saving there life! also, I would recommend getting a dog that is a little bit older, like 4-5 yrs old. that way they don't require as much exercise and they will be less likely to chase the cats. if you do get one you are going to want to walk or run it at least 2-3 times a day for probably about 30min to an hour. they are used to pull sleds and that requires a lot of stamina and energy, which you will need to get out of them! best of luck!

    remember don't breed or buy while shelter pets die
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  • raspberryswirrrl

    they need a LOT more than most other breeds.
    they are working dogs and they get bored easily.
    you will need to spend a LOT of time in training him….. get him plenty of toys, plenty of space…

    a tired dog is one that wont rip up your house and yard, which huskies have a habit of doing when they arent given enough exercise or mental stimulation.
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  • twosweethounds

    A husky will be a great dog for you if you like distance running, cycling (especially mountain biking), or cross-country skiing. If that's not your style, your husky will be restless, and you won't meet your dog's exercise requirements. It's never a good idea to get an active dog, hoping to get active oneself. Best to find a dog that suits your activity level.

    They should get at least one hour of HARD running every day. Some people I know lived by a dirt road, and the only way they could get their dog enough exercise what to hop in the car and let the dog run behind the car for an hour.

    If you live in a warm climate, a husky isn't the best idea. They are uncomfortable in hot weather, and it's pretty difficult to run all those miles with a winter coat on in the middle of summer. They are not known to be swimmers, so that's not likely an option for the hot months.

    They also require a fair bit of brushing, especially during shedding season, to take care of that thick, plush coat.

    This said, if you have the space, and you are already a very active person, a husky will make a great pet.
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  • Jupiter

    There is a good reason the Husky rescues are full and overflowing. They are very fun and smart and beautiful and clownish, but aren't good for most people. They are generally not cat friendly, and they do need lots and lots of exercise. 1 to 2 big walks a day is not stretching the truth. They can run and run, it's what they were bred to do. They are destructive if not given a job and a good energy release. They loose copious amounts of hair.

    If you are a very devoted dog person, are willing to do major socialization, who can handle the snotty bratty stage, willing to make an escape proof kennel/yard, willing to permanently keep your cats and dog separated if necessary, able to keep up with exercise (I suggest scootering or skijoring), put up with the hair, and still be able to laugh when he chews up your favorite alpaca crochet sweater, then go for it.

    I enjoy other people's huskies, but don't ever want one myself :)
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