Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to know more about the breed and our adoption process, review Q & A below
How much exercise does a Siberian Husky need?
A young husky has high energy and will generally require 1-2 hours of exercise per day.
Older dogs will still need to be exercised daily, but the duration might not be as long.
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How much grooming does a Siberian Husky need?
Huskies have beautiful coats which do require a lot of maintenance, you need to be prepared for at least weekly brushing, and more frequently at a change of seasons. You cannot shave or clip their fur, as their undercoat serves as in insulating layer to keep them protected not only from the cold but also the heat in summer months.
Why can’t I let the husky of the lead?
Huskies are known for their poor recall, excitable nature, high level of energy and high prey drive. If they are let off in an unenclosed areas you are only likely to see their furry butt disappear into the distance.
Are huskies good with children?
The Siberian Husky is a breed that generally is good with children however due to their high energy the younger dogs can be unsuitable to families with young children. Another aspect to consider is the amount of exercise this breed requires (generally 1-2h per day), and if you are able to provide that due to family commitments. You might want to consider a slightly older husky, that is more settled and will needs less exercise.
Why do all of the dog profiles say no cats or pocket pets?
Siberian Huskies as a breed have a very high prey drive. Unless they have been raised in the household with cats or small pets, they are very unlikely to see them as a companion but more likely to confuse it with a small prey animal. Usually when dogs come into our care, we do not know enough about their upbringing to comfortably place them in homes with smaller pets. On occasions when he have this information, we will ensure it is included in their profile.
Why do I need to have a yard inspection?
Siberian Huskies and other arctic breeds can be expert escape artists, so we need to make sure your yard will be able to keep them safe and secure. For example, some dogs require higher fencing, others are more likely to dig. By inspecting your backyard, we can provide you some guidance on how to husky proof your yard.
Why do you require 6+ft dig proof fencing?
Siberian Huskies are known to be experts at escaping, they can jump and/or climb fences that other dogs would not even consider. It is important that your fence is secure and strong, and also cannot be dug under.
How do you find dogs their forever homes?
All Siberian Huskies that come into our care are advertised on our website. We ask interested people or families to submit an application which is reviewed by one of our members. Our priority is to make sure that dogs in our care find homes that are suitable for them, so the they never have to be rehomed again. When we speak to interested families we aim to ensure that their lifestyle and dogs personality are a good match. The process also included a yard inspection, meet and greet with the family and their dogs, and if all goes well a two week adoption trial just to make sure everyone is happy and the forever home is a perfect match.
How to adopt a Husky with Homes for Huskies
Choosing to adopt a husky is a great (and very ethical) decision to make! Start by ensuring you have the space, home, yard and lifestyle suitable for a husky (or two) in your life. At the minimum, you need a secure and safe yard with 6ft or higher dig-proof fencing (we can offer advice on this), and in most cases, no cats or pocket pets.
Next, we recommend you read the profile of our available huskies and choose a husky or two that will suit your lifestyle best. Sometimes, we have bonded pairs which are perfect for people who want a ready-made set of best friends. Senior dogs are a great option too. And some huskies just want to run, and run, and run, and are perfect for people who love to run or skijour! So have a good read, choose your favourites, then fill out an application form.
I have some questions about the adoption process - how do I get advice?
We’re always happy to answer questions about the adoption process, or specific dogs. You can email us directly on email@example.com and ask away!
Is there an adoption application form to fill out?
There sure is! This helps us to understand who you are, your lifestyle, and the kind of husky that will suit your household best. We want the best outcome for everyone – both you and the husky – to find the perfect furever home. To adopt one of our gorgeous furkids, please complete an adoption application, including yard photos in the space provided in the application. Click here to access the form.
I've sent in my application form - what's next?
Once we have received your application, we will be in contact to chat with you further about your application, and step you through the rest of the adoption process. We will send one of our experienced volunteers out to conduct a yard inspection at your home to ensure your yard is secure to hold a husky safely. Don’t be worried if it’s not up to scratch yet! We’ve been dealing with these furry escape artists for years, and can offer handy advice to get your yard husky perfect!
Once we’ve completed the application, interview and inspection process, we’ll let you know if the adoption will proceed.
A meet n greet
We always have a meet n greet where one of our experienced volunteers will bring the husky out to your house (or neutral ground, depending on circumstaces) to meet everyone! This is especially important if you’ve already got a dog (or two) or younger children. We want to make sure the husky is a good fit for everyone!
Let the adoption trial commence!
At the end of a successful meet n greet, we’ll make arrangement to start the final stage of the adoption process. This involves paying the adoption fee and welcoming your new husky into your household.
Trials last for two weeks, and at any time, you can talk to us for advice, help and more! We’re here to support the process, you, and your new husky. If the adoption isn’t working out – and this can happen for a range of reasons – we’re here to support you, and we will re-take the husky to find them a new furever home.
Ongoing support and advice
Everyone in the Homes for Huskies family is invited into our private Facebook group, where you’ll get to know our volunteers and your fellow husky adopters! We share funny videos, hints and tips, arrange play dates, share good advice, and we’re all happy to help you work through any questions you have around everything from food to training, bedding to harnesses and leads and beyond!
The support from Homes for Huskies doesn’t end when your adoption trial does!
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