1. Are you active enough?
All dogs need exercise, but sled dogs are super active. Huskies, malamutes and utonagans have lots of energy and stamina because of the jobs they were selected to do – for example huskies can pull sleds across hundreds of miles of icy terrain. They are not happy with simply slobbing in front of the telly after a 10 minute plod round the block.
They need a considerable amount of exercise – upwards of two hours a day once adult - and, if you’re not able to offer this, then you may find that you have one unhappy, bored and frustrated dog. To ensure that their needs are met and, providing the weather is not too hot, we recommend owners cycle or run with their dog regularly. Many need to be on-lead at all times, because of their strong desire to run and high chase drive. Canicross and bikejoring are excellent sports for arctic dogs and their owners to get involved in.
If you can’t give them this level of physical activity then we strongly recommend choosing a different type of dog, as without it, you are likely to be dealing with problem behaviours caused by frustration.