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Old 04-20-2008, 07:07 AM   #1
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Question Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute or Rough Collie?

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Lately my mum and I have been thinking of getting another dog, but are not quite sure what breed type we should get. We have a large backyard with fairly tall fences. My mum works and I go to school so we will not be with the dog 24-7 but are wondering if having our current dog with it would slightly alter this. We have come down to 3 breeds, The Siberian Husky, The Alaskan Malamute and The Rough Collie.
I would like as many opinions as possible on which dog we should get and what each breeds ups and downs are.

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Old 04-22-2008, 09:49 AM   #2
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Hi, you recently asked about having a rough collie in a city. I'd say that if you have concerns about that then don't even entertain the idea of a husky or a malamute!!
I wanted one as I think they are beautiful, but I did my research into the breed characteristics and decided they are not suited to my lifestyle at present. I personally do not believe that a husky or mal would be an easy dog to keep happy in an urban environment, everyone I spoke to who knows the breed told me the following:

1) you will NEVER tire one out, EVER
2) A walk is no good, they need to be out running, either with you or by a bike, or pulling something to absolutely drain any energy
3) They rarely are able to be let off their leads especially in a public place as they are harder to train for obedience than other breeds and a reliable recall is quite elusive in all but the most experienced husky handlers

I have a collie because I don't want a dog that won't happily relax after 45minutes-an hour exercise. I also like trainability in my dogs as I like to relax in the knowledge that they do as they are told. I hate having to keep dogs on a leash when they could run around and play. Simba will happily run around for an hour, then snooze for the evening.
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I would opt for the rough collie rather than sled dogs. They are high energy dogs for the city. In fact I would never choose one of those breeds as heat is a real problem sometimes for some, they love cold, snow, ice and working alot.

If any the collie would be better, but any dog you so choose is going to need daily activities and exercise. Brisk exercise as a dog cannot live inside all the time, it will need things to learn, do and work at. The Best.
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Sorry I don't know much about the collies, but I wouldn't consider the mal or sib. As has been said before they are high energy dogs, intelligent and noisy! I have 2 dogs that have mal and sib in their mix, they love to talk, howl and bark. If they are in your back yard during the day they can dig to Australia in no time, a 6foot fence they can scale easy. I have my 2 in an enclosed run and shelter made from galvanised metal with a concrete floor for 4 hrs a day. I know some dogs look striking, there are several I've got my eye on, but unfortunately now isn't the right time for them. You need to find a companion that suits your routine/lifestyle first. If you still like these breeds try spending time at a breeders to get a 'feel' of what they are like. A reputable breeder shouldn't turn you away, they should vet you as much as you do them. Hope this helps,
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I am now the proud owner of my second husky/mal mix, and my experience of these two guys is that one of the biggest myths spoken of sibes and mals is that they can rarely if ever be let off the lead! I was repeatedly told this by various owners of pedigree sibes in particular, which made me even more determined to continually let my dogs off in order to prove them wrong !!. My own experience is that whereas you could never have described my first husky/mal cross as obedient, (his recall was in fact appalling), he never ever ran away, he was never more than a few feet away from me, he just wouldn't always come straight to your side. My current husky mal cross is totally obedient, the opposite really of the first one, but wasn't when we took him on as a rescue. We had to work at it using Cesar Millan's calm assertive methods.

It is also a myth that they don't cope well with the heat. Surprisingly, both my dogs did and do cope extremely well with the heat, better than any other breed of dog I have ever had ... including such short coats as German Shorthaired Pointers. The secret is to keep them slim, and this is best achieved with the BARF diet ... bones and raw food. They both had and have a very heavy double "wolf type" coat, with a cotton wool type undercoat, and the longer hair top coat. Particularly my first one, but my second one too copes admirably with the heat. My first one hardly drank, the second one, who is much heavier and thicker set, although slim, drinks a lot more water.

I would say that as long as your husky or mal is not left Home Alone, and is with you constantly, both breeds would be suitable in any location, although of course the countryside is far preferable for obvious reasons. They do need an awful lot of exercise, but that can be achieved easily in a city by putting the dog on a leash and taking him out cycle riding, which we did and do with our dogs. Scootering is also possible in any location, roller blading, jogging. They are inveterate diggers, so you can't be too proud of your garden, and both breeds are useless as guard dogs. Neither of our dogs are barkers, it is my experience that sibes are only noisy when in a pack of say more than 2 dogs.

They are very intelligent, wilful, strong-minded and inveterate escape artists, but provided you don't go out to work all day, I would recommend a sibe or a mal to anyone who has the ability to train a challenging dog. They learn extremely quickly ... the challenge is making them WANT to do what you want them to do! Our first dog couldn't have cared less about pleasing us as he was an alpha male, our second dog only wants to please us, so is a lot easier ... but to my mind, not a patch on the first one !

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Getting a Mal is not a good idea if you already have a dog. They're not very sociable and don't get along with with other breeds, in fact, they barely get along with their own breed! I own a Mal myself and it's just luck that she gets along with my Dal (who she adopted when we got him as a pup)

If you haven't owned dogs similar to Huskies and Mals and aren't prepared to dedicate time and money, don't buy one. You need to be willing to change your house (fences etc) let them sleep indoors if the weather is hot, house train and obedience train, regularly groom and pay the vet bills (more pricey due to their size) as well as exercise them for up to an hour a day.

While the Rough Collie is also not for beginners, I think it would be the best pick for you out of the three.

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