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06-24-2014 10:40 AM
wolfie13 He looks very cute and adorable. I think as long as you exercise him he should be fine. How old is he?
06-01-2014 07:14 PM
HappyFurKid Awww...he might be a mix but he's 100% adorable!! You did a good thing in saving him from the shelter! He just makes you want to pick him up and hug him!
05-19-2014 10:13 PM
Lwilley What is his name.
05-19-2014 08:02 PM
Chip18 From what I have heard on here and looking at a Husky site... if the dog will come when did good!
05-19-2014 07:16 PM
vicky2200 Also, it wouldn't be fair for me to not include that she is a GREAT dog now that she is older. Very loveable and loyal. Still stubborn, but I wouldn't trade her for anything. Also I have heard of many people who have this mix and have no issues. Your puppy is so cute!
05-19-2014 07:15 PM
vicky2200 I can tell you that I have an Alaskan Husky (Siberian husky, Shepherd, other breeds) and she can be very difficult. HOWEVER, I don't think living in an apartment would make it worse. She just is very stubborn and requires a ridiculous amount of exercise. If you exercise the dog and train it, you will be fine.
05-19-2014 04:38 PM
Muskeg This is a terrific mix. I see many of them around here. I think you'll be fine. He is super cute!
05-19-2014 01:42 PM
Oliver'smom My previous dog was a shep/husky mix and we started out with him in an apartment (although he was 2 when adopted, not a puppy). He did just fine in the apartment, luckily we lived near a large park with trails and with an off leash area so he got lots of exercise. I suppose the big difference is you have to commit to going out with the dog and since you don't have a "backyard" to default to. You have to get up, get dressed and do your walks rain, shine, middle of the night. Nothing wrong with that. In fact you may find you both benefit from that instead of defaulting to the backyard. The only time the apartment/dog life was tough was when the dog got into some garbage and had diarrhea with a need to go out a lot. Then it was kind of a pain to not have a convenient backyard. If any dog gets the right amount of exercise, I'm a believer that any dog will do fine living in an apartment. It is up to the human to ensure the exercise happens like clockwork.

As far as what to expect from that mix, shedding lots of shedding. Get a furminator now and expect to do a lot of brushing. Also ours got hot during the summer and didn't want to do much in the heat. He didn't like water, which would have been a big help. I would try to get your pup interested in water (kiddie pool, streams, etc) so you can help him cool off.

Personality wise, who knows if you will end up with more shepherd traits or husky traits. A lot will depend on you, training and socializing. Our was a gentle giant, observant, but not aggressive. Very good and patient with kids. He liked to sing for his super like husky's do, but was otherwise not a barker.

Best wishes on the new pup.
05-18-2014 11:40 PM
katieliz well, there ya go. you got yourself the best characteristics of a german shepherd dog. he's probably gonna continue to astound you.
05-18-2014 09:21 PM
BePrepared well, the last 3 days has been great. I don't know if my dog is freakishly intelligent, or if my expectations were just massively lower than they should have been.

He is now halter trained and runs on a leash with absolutely no incident. He's crate trained and slept 6 hours without a sound last night, but woke me up when he had to go out at 8am. He is now willing to go up and down the stairs without any whining, and he was a perfect gentleman when i took him with me to an outdoor cafe for lunch.

Considering that he had never been around people other than the guy who owned his mother, had never even seen a collar or leash, had never touched a stair, and had never been in any sort of crate or box, I'd say his learning curve has me pretty dang impressed
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