Huskies have a lot of resemblance with wolves. For this reason, most people tend to think that the huskies can make good guard dogs. But is that the case? In this article, I’ll cover everything you need to know including what makes a good guard dog.
Can huskies make good guard dogs? In one sentence, huskies can’t make good guard dogs. Their friendly and less aggressive nature makes them unsuitable for this kind of demanding task.
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Why do people mistake huskies for guard dogs?
Huskies have a number of similarities with the wolves, which can easily make you think that they would behave and act in the same manner. The first is their physical resemblance. For a person who doesn’t know much about dogs, it might be hard to tell apart these two animals.
The shape of their faces looks somewhat the same and this is indeed confusing to many. However, besides the physical appearance, there isn’t much that can enable the husky to function as a guard dog.
Also, as I wrote in my previous post, many people think that the husky has a mean and angry face. Without proper understanding, they end up using this baseless belief to conclude that huskies are fierce.
However, that can’t be further from the truth. The first thing I need to clarify is that huskies don’t have angry-looking face. Their appearance is due to some markings on their faces that make them look as though they’re mad or angry at them.
The reasons why huskies can’t make good guard dogs
In this section, let’s explore the reasons that disqualify huskies from being the perfect guard dog.
Huskies aren’t suspicious or aggressive
One of the defining characteristics of a good husky dog is aggression and suspicion. Guard dogs will treat anyone stepping into their territory with aggression and suspicion. If you had any ill motives, you wouldn’t move anywhere near the dog. In fact, it would dare you to move near it.
Huskies are anything but that. If they see an intruder or stranger coming towards them, their typical behavior would be to run towards them. They’ll jump up and down as they lick the person while displaying other forms of playfulness.
You can’t blame that on them. Naturally, the breed is friendly and affectionate. It will want to show everyone love to the extent that it would trust even the person that might have the intention of doing harm to it.
That’s not something you want in your guard dog. A guard demands that you must prove that you can be trusted before they can let you off their hook. Without such instincts, it’s impossible for the dog to do a perfect guard job.
The huskies don’t possess great protective instincts
A good guard dog wouldn’t let you move anywhere near its property or family members. Before we move on further, let me clarify the difference between protectiveness and possessiveness.
Huskies are possessive and that means they can get jealous if they realize that you aren’t giving them the attention they want.
They’ll let you know that in ways that aren’t aggressive. For instance, if you’re playing with another pet, they’ll not show aggressiveness by fighting the other dog.
Stubborn and independent
A good guard must demonstrate the ability to obey commands and follow instructions at all times. Of course, I’m not saying that huskies don’t obey commands, but they can be quite predictable at times.
What if the dog decides to have its way when you need it to cooperate the most? That’s just the thing about huskies. You don’t have the assurance that it will obey your commands.
Naturally, huskies are divas and they sometimes want to have their way. For that reason, it’s not easy to train to be obedient. That kind of scenario might not be so good especially if you find yourself in an emergency.
What other dog owners think
I’ve shared my opinion based on my experience with my three huskies, Laika, Nova, and Leki. But so that you might have a different perspective, I asked other husky owners to give their personal experiences as to whether or not they can’t make good guard dogs. What would you say about your dog as a guard dog? That’s the question I asked my friends who have huskies.
Let’s now look at some of the responses I received:
Feedback 1: from Amy
I’ve never even thought of my husky as a guard. He’s everything to me except that. In the first place, that wasn’t my inspiration for getting the dog.
As such, it will be cruel and unrealistic for me to expect Jayda, my husky to play that role. Whenever Jayda sees visitors at the entrance of our gate, he’s always the first one to run towards them.
And it doesn’t run to bark at them or repulse them. He’s always licking and jumping up on visitors whether strangers or regular visitors.
Feedback 2: Mark
Guard dog? My Moss? No way. He’s too friendly. I’ve seen my husky angry or irritated at the sight of intruders. The worst I’ve seen is him chasing around small animals like cats.
But even so, it doesn’t chase them with the intention of causing harm. It’s just that they grew together and that’s how they spend their time together running up and down as they play.
Even when the dog is at its worst, I can’t really say it can ever come close to harming a human being. As such, you can’t really expect that kind of dog to make the ultimate guard dog.
Feedback 3: Andy
My two huskies are too soft for a guard dog. They’ve got more love to share with everyone that comes their way such that I doubt they would show any form of aggressiveness towards people, even intruders.
At some point, I tried training them into being guard dogs. Needless to say, it was a frustrating process that didn’t even last for a single week. From that time, I learned to accept my dogs as they’re and train them in other areas that are more realistic.
For instance, I was able to do successful obedience training for my dogs when they were still adults. To this date, they’re able to replicate the desired responses most of the time.
Also, my huskies do quite well in recall training. As you can see, my dogs are not that bad when it comes to responding to training.
Given the difficult nature of huskies, I’ve come to appreciate my huskies for their remarkable progress. Of course, I’ve had to put down my foot and prove to the huskies that I’m a leader that deserves their respect and obedience.
Feedback 4: Johnstone
I’ve got three beautiful huskies. But I can’t really tell for sure if they’re good guard dogs since they’re still puppies. However, I’m currently doing socialization and obedience training for them.
I can tell you for sure that training them to become guard dogs has never been a priority for me.
As a matter of fact, I did my research before adopting the dogs and found that one of the things you can’t really expect the dogs to perform well in that area.
So, I knew exactly what I was getting into when I made up my mind to go for them. Even when I was growing up, I always desired to have a husky for a pet. I always liked their wolf-like appearance but I never wanted them to play the protective function. That tells you as I raise them, I’m not keen on pursuing that route.
If someday I see the need for a guard dog, I’ll simply do my research and see the breed that can do well in that regard. But for now, I’m quite content with the huskies as they seem to be serving just right.
Feedback 5: Audrey
It’s unfair for anyone to expect that a husky can be a guard dog. I come from a military background and so I know quite a bit about guard dogs. I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that in my training and experience, I’ve never encountered this breed anywhere on the list of potential guard dogs.
I have several breeds of dogs that I keep and for me, a husky serves more of an aesthetic function than anything else. The region in which I live demands that I have serious dogs to provide security.
For that reason, I have several german shepherds who seem to do well when it comes to this function. I can confidently vouch for them german shepherds as good guard dogs but not huskies.
That’s it for this post. I hope I’ve not just answered that huskies can’t make good huskies, but also demonstrated to you with reasons. Finally, be realistic with the expectations you have for your dog.
Before acquiring one, start by listing your expectations and do research to see if the dog matches those expectations.
If not, you need to decide whether you’ll compromise on your expectations. You can also change to a breed that will meet your standards with relative ease.