How much space do huskies really need? We know they’re an energetic breed, so does that mean they need a large living area? This article answers all of your questions…
Huskies do not need a huge amount of space as long as they receive a sufficient amount of exercise twice a day.
As long as their exercise requirements are met, huskies are not bothered by a small home or yard.
Do Huskies Need a Lot of Space?
Of course, many of us have a different idea of what a small, medium or a large amount of space is so how do we really know? well, to put it clearly, it almost doesn’t matter what size of home or yard you have.
It’s typical to believe that because huskies require so much exercise, it means they need a big open space to live in too. This isn’t true and I know many people who have very happy huskies, living in apartments.
It all depends on you as the owner, how you look after them and your daily schedule.
Sure, if you have a big home or yard that’s great and it will help you exercise your husky whilst staying at home. However, if you don’t a big home or yard, you’ll just have to exercise your husky outside.
If your husky is receiving a great amount of exercise, preferably 1 hour in the morning and another in the evening, of high-intensity activities, they will likely be happy to rest in between.
The way we can come to this surprising conclusion about huskies and space is because we’ve also come across owners who do have a huge house and yard, but yet, they report that their Husky doesn’t use it as they had anticipated.
If you go out to play with your husky in the yard, then yes, having a lot of space is great, but if not, your husky will likely just rest or sleep.
Can a Husky Live In An Apartment?
Siberian Huskies are an amazing breed, so it’s no wonder that so many people want to own one, but what if you live in an apartment?
Huskies are perfectly capable of living in apartments and if you do live in an apartment, you shouldn’t let the space issue hold you back. This is only achievable if you provide your husky with extensive exercise on a daily basis.
It would help if you have a yard, at least for taking your husky out to potty, but if you don’t you can train them to use a corner of your home, or take them outside regularly throughout the day.
Of course, you have to be fair and honest with yourself. I would never recommend having a husky in an apartment if their needs are not going to be met.
Huskies don’t do well alone, so apartment living may only suit people that are able to work from home and tend to their husky frequently.
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Do Huskies Need a Big Backyard
I’ve spoken to so many people who have been advised that “they can’t own a husky because their yard isn’t big enough” and it’s a shame!
Huskies do not need a big backyard, in fact, huskies can happily live with no yard at all. Whether or not it’s possible all depends on how much exercise you give your husky per day.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a husky but are unsure due to your yard size, don’t worry about that. The question you should be asking yourself is how much exercise are you able to give your husky every day. What’s your schedule like?
As long as you can provide your Husky with the kind of exercise they need, your yard size isn’t an issue.
What Huskies Need Instead Of Space
So by now, you know that huskies do not need a lot of space to be happy, and a big home or yard is not required.
If you do have a small home or yard, or even an apartment, the most important thing is to ensure you give your husky enough exercise. I have an entire article all about huskies and exercise that you should check out https://www.myhappyhusky.com/how-much-exercise-do-huskies-need/
On top of exercise, huskies require a lot of attention and do not do well when left alone. If you work long hours, leaving a husky alone is not a good idea and they will often become bored, frustrated, destructive and even worse, develop anxiety. These negative effects will likely be enhanced if your Husky is in a smaller space.
That’s pretty much it, as long as you can provide enough exercise and are regularly with your husky. It honestly doesn’t matter how big your home or yard is.
How To Own a Husky In The City?
City living has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the challenges that all dog owners face is walking their dogs in the city.
When it comes to exercise, Siberian Huskies are on a whole different level to most other breeds and they require a lot of it.
So if you live in a city and are considering getting a husky, you must first think about how you can exercise your husky on a daily basis. Don’t worry about the apartment size or lack of a yard, if exercise is an issue, a husky isn’t the breed to get.
Depending on where you live in the city, will pretty much make the decision for you. If you live near a park or if you’re willing to travel far to visit the park then it’s ok. If your location is far enough away to make daily visits unrealistic, unfortunately, you shouldn’t get a husky.
Search on Google for local dog parks, woodlands, hikes, trails and ensure you’re allowed to take dogs there. Remember that huskies should receive around 2 hours per day of intense physical exercise. This, of course, can’t be done on concrete. You do need grass or mud.
So there you have it, if you were hesitant about getting a husky due to your home or yard size, fear not! As long as you’re able to provide everything else that a husky needs, your husky will be a happy husky 🙂
If you have experience living with a husky in a small place, let us know about it in the comments below!
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