First of all, what do you expect from a ‘loyal’ dog? If you think that a loyal dog needs to be by your side all the time or be stuck with you at all times, then you have the definition wrong. While loyal dogs can stay by your side, clingy dogs will not always be loyal.
It is a part of a dog’s personality to like being around human companionship, but it doesn’t define their loyalty. Many dogs, who like human interaction, have been bred so, and this trait has been passed down from generations.
The loyalty of a dog is different from their need for being in contact with their humans. Loyalty means that the dog will always stay by their family’s side no matter what the circumstances or how tempting the other person may seem. Loyalty means that the dog loves their family and wants to be a part of their pack for the rest of their lives.
This does not mean that the dog has to be in physical contact with them at the time or stuck to their side; they would prefer being the same room or the same house as their loved ones. It is not necessary because they don’t ‘miss you’ much when you are gone, that they are not loyal.
Loyalty and husky
When it comes to huskies, this breed can be very loyal. But there will be times that you will feel that they are not, this is because of their nature.
The breed loves being around its family and its family members as well. The only reason that people tend to question their loyalty is that they tend to be extremely friendly, even with strangers. The AKC guidelines even state that a husky should be outgoing and friendly.
Huskies aren’t the best protectors, so in case someone does break into your home, they won’t chase the intruder away. They might just get friendly with them and expect treats from them as well. This is the major reason, along with the fact that they can be stubborn and are highly independent, which is why they are thought to be very disloyal.
Loyalty isn’t the problem
One of the most noticeable traits of the husky is that this dog loves to be independent, the second one being that they can be highly stubborn at times. While one husky sleeps with the owner on the bed, the other might sleep in the other room, it does not mean that the clingy one is more loyal than the other.
Training and loyalty
Huskies aren’t very good at obeying commands. They may listen to one specific person in the family, but probably won’t to the other family members. This is the reason why it is quite difficult to train huskies. If you are an experienced owner, then you might know how to handle the dog, but first-time owners will find it hard to manage.
Even though they can listen and obey their training orders from their owners, in the long run, they tend to ignore the commands. Some facts about this breed:
- They tend to use their eyes to influence the household members, which is why it is a must that everyone does not fall for their tricks.
- A purebred husky will not be aggressive neither will it be shy. But before getting this dog, you need to make sure that you do all your research so you know how to handle their attitudes.
- These dogs are highly independent and want things to go their way. They need owners who can understand them and give them what they need.
- When it comes to their pack, huskies are extremely loyal, more loyal than what they will be with their owners. A husky who is trained can get frustrated if it feels that its independence is being lost.
No doubt huskies can be very loyal and affectionate to their owners. But their personality traits and their need to be independent does not let them be ‘lap’ dogs. They are known to be stubborn and doing things their way, disobeying all the rules applied. Owners need to be unwavering, constant and patient when training a husky as it can be hard and may take time.
A very loyal husky may not be very happy with their life. These dogs are built to be affectionate, friendly, gorgeous, energetic and tough.