Geez I wonder if any of these people have even ever owned a Husky? So much is misconstrued about this breed... do your research. =/
Here's what you need to know about Huskies/Malamutes (YES, both breeds):
- They need at least 20 minutes of walking a day, EVERY day. They were bred and born to run. They are working class dogs and need an energy dump daily.
- They only need a bath 2-3 times per year, depending if they get muddy. However, both breeds only shed ONCE per year, usually mid-spring depending on your climate, but they shed for 3-5 months. They REQUIRE 15 minutes of brushing at least 3 times a week, if not more during their shedding season.
- They are pack animals. If they are not raised with children and other animals, it may not be a good idea to introduce them to kids and other animals after they reach sexual maturity. My Husky rescue is over around 3 years old and I have to be very careful with him around children, or don't let children around him at all.
- Here is a video explaining all the pros and cons to owning a Husky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRG5LDBcgUE
- Here is a video about MY rescued Husky's life. If you can meet the requirements a Husky needs, I suggest you adopt before you pay hundreds for a puppy:
Huskies are great companions, and can be great with kids too if they are raised with them. Huskies are energetic, playful, clowns of the dog world (they will make you laugh), have fun personalities, but are also very hard headed. This upsets first time Husky owners, but if you have PATIENCE, perseverance, and a stronger will than your bull-headed dog, Huskies are GREAT to train. I have had my Husky for over a year now and he already knows sit, stay, catch, come, shake (he learned on his own), and is learning to lay down now. My boyfriend and I wouldn't trade him for any other dog in the world.
As far as the other breeds are concerned, I STRONGLY suggest you do your own research on the breeds. While Huskies are my forte, there are countless organizations out there with TONS of information about specific breeds. But whatever you choose to get, I highly suggest looking to adopt the breed before you buy. Hope that helps.
[Correction: Huskies do not just bite people. The action of the husky is based on it's socialization and what it has/hasn't been taught. Huskies are not chained - those that are chained are usually those used for sledding and get normal exercise required of the breed through sledding OR from owners who are scared of their dog. Huskies do require at least 8 ft of verticle fencing (at least 2 ft underground as well) if kept outside, but can be kept on a long run. They are very intelligent. Because of this, they are also escape artists, as you will see in the first video posted.]