Should I get a male Husky or a female Husky?

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Male husky or female husky? Both male huskies and female huskies make good pets – however, male Siberian and Alaskan Huskies are more dependent on their human “pack”, and female Huskies are more independent. For example, if you and your family are sitting in the living room, a male Siberian will probably prefer to be in the room with you, while the female will probably sleep in the other room and just come in and check on you from time to time. 

Housetraining Male & Female Huskies

Females also housetrain easier, mature sooner and are less dominant than the males. Female Huskies are not as strong as their brothers, and while more independent by nature, they also won’t challenge your authority as much.

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Temperament Between Husky Genders

Some people claim that male Huskies have a better temper than females. The same could be said of any dog breed, but it comes down to what “personality type” the owner prefers. Male Siberian Husky pups might be more outgoing with people and more affectionate with their owners. Your boy’s actions and intentions are all directed outward, for the world to see. Male dogs seem to be less prone to mood swings and more apt to act like overgrown children. These characteristics make male dogs quite easy to love.

Husky Gender Dominance

However!! A male Husky may be more difficult to train due to the dominance issues that they like to engage in. Male dogs can also tend to be territorial which can make them more aggressive than their female counterparts. This territorial feature is what draws male dogs to mark all vertical elements of their environment, including telephone poles, trees, washing line poles, your car, your house walls, and your favorite roses.

Male Siberian Huskies are usually the leaders of the pack, meaning your male pup may have an interest in butting heads with you to see who’s boss. It is very important to establish your status as the Alpha Dog right away with a male Siberian Husky pup. This can be done by entering rooms before your dog, eating before he’s fed, and calling your Husky to you for a pat or a cuddle. These procedures are called Alpha Dog training, and become very important when establishing pack order with a dominant male Siberian Husky pup.

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Male Husky vs Female Husky Training

Female Siberian Husky pups, like most breeds (some might say humans as well!) tend to learn quicker and focus better during training sessions. A female Husky is also more likely to be fickle with her affections and emotions, preferring to come to you for attention on her own terms instead of yours. While female Siberian and Alaskan Huskies disdain direct power struggles, unlike her male counterparts, she may resist your rules and boundaries in more passive ways. This can present a challenge for training your female Siberian Husky pup.

For more info on obedience-training your naughty Husky, check out some handy tips here.

The New Husky Pup In the Pack

Another consideration when choosing the gender of your Husky pup is whether there are other dogs in the house. Often having a male dog with a female is more compatible than trying to encourage two or more territorial males to live together harmoniously. If in doubt, you can ask your breeder for advice in selecting the best gender of dog for your family.

Husky Medical Expenses

Don’t forget that there will be different medical costs involved in buying a female Husky – she’ll need a more invasive and expensive op when it comes to getting spayed. In a huge majority of cases, most girl pups recover very quickly and won’t have a clue what happened to them – but it’s worth bearing in mind. Young female dogs also experience a form of menstruation, until they are spayed. You can find out more about neutering here.

Alpha Dog

Since female Siberian Huskies are generally not the Alpha Dog of the pack, your female puppy is likely to submit to your authority quicker than a male would. Many of these characteristics would make you think that training a female Siberian Husky puppy would be easier than training a male pup. While this may be true in some cases, every puppy and each situation is quite different.


Perhaps the choice between male or female husky simply comes down to personal preference, and your own personality.

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