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    Default Rough Collies Vs Siberian Huskies

    My husband and I are considering adding a dog to our family, but we disagree on what breed. He wants a Siberian Husky and I favour a Rough Collie. I have told him some of the reasons I don't favour the Husky, but he has a friend who owns a Husky and that dog does not appear to be representative of the breed, so he disagrees with all the breed information I have found on Huskies.

    We currently have two cats, a horse and no children but we are planning on having children in the near future. We have a fenced yard, but live on a reasonably main road. Someone is usually home at least half the day as my husband works shifts. He wants a dog that he can take walking, running or cycling with him.

    I am wondering what people's view are on the pros and cons of these breeds? Any information would be appreciated. I have already done my research and I am looking for more personal experiences.

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    Husky's are independent animals - it's like a cat in a dog suit

    if it's for him - go with a husky!

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    Personally I prefer Collies. Much easier to train than Huskies and usually reliable around other animals. The Smooth Collies are lovely as well. They are high on my list of "dogs I would love to own".

    There are many canine athletes out there so it should be easy to find a breed you both agree on.

    If you want to adopt an adult dog from a pound or shelter you are more likely to find a Husky than a Collie.

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    He thinks it's for him, but so was our first cat, and guess who feeds it and cleans up after it...

    I understand huskies can sometimes chase and kill cats (and that there are no guarantees, it can be very hit and miss) so that worries me.

    We'll get a puppy not an adult dog to better socialise it with our cats.

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    I know little about the Husky, But I do know a little bit about Collies.
    They are a wonderful playful breed, they are also easy to train and are great around children...if you plan to have children of your own in the future, I would definatly go for a Collie. hope this helps. Good luck in choice and keep us informed of your desision.

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    I remember reading something about exercising huskies using some weird term related to either bicycles or sleds on wheels (go carts). It said you could never let a husky off lead because they run in a straight line forever. This is another page with info about off lead husky.
    Common Husky Questions - Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain - Huskies UK

    I'd be worried about a dog that grows that big with children or small animals like cats. Their instinct would be to kill anything small and squeaky or that runs, and it would take a lot of dedicated training to override that kind of instinct.

    For a dog to go running, biking, live with horse and children and cats - what about a dalmation or a kelpie? If rough collies are like border collies they'd be ok too. Hmm google shows something that looks a lot like Lassie. So you're not worried about a lot of grooming either? With small children you're unlikely to have that much time to spare. Why a Husky? Do you live in the snow? Is it going to be an outside dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I'd be worried about a dog that grows that big with children or small animals like cats. Their instinct would be to kill anything small and squeaky or that runs, and it would take a lot of dedicated training to override that kind of instinct.
    Terriers were bred to hunt small squeaky things and Sighthounds were bred to chase and kill. If properly raised most are fine around children and cats. The main problem with all the Spitz breeds but especially Huskies and Malamutes is their independent nature. This makes them a difficult breed for inexperienced dog owners.

    For a dog to go running, biking, live with horse and children and cats - what about a dalmation or a kelpie? If rough collies are like border collies they'd be ok too. Hmm google shows something that looks a lot like Lassie.
    Yep. Google got it right. Pal, the original movie Lassie and his many clones were all Collies.

    So you're not worried about a lot of grooming either? With small children you're unlikely to have that much time to spare.
    Collies have a surprisingly easy care coat. Brushing twice weekly, except when they are moulting when it becomes a daily chore, usually keeps them looking good.

    Why a Husky? Do you live in the snow? Is it going to be an outside dog?
    Angwen has already told us that her husband likes the breed. Most people choose a breed they like.

    This question is the same as me asking you: Why a Cattle dog x? Do you live on a Cattle station? Are you going to work your dog on cattle?

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    whenever people talk bout the spitz breeds they always seem to bring up the independant streak. and yes they do have it. they arnt the please cuddle me type of dog, but if properly trained from the minute they come into your house they are great. just like any other dog, most times its how your raise them, not their breed.

    a husky would be more likely to chase things, but rarely chase to kill, its a game not a hunt. the idea that you can never let a husky off lead is silly. sure they tend to run alot but thats were training comes in!! not letting a husky run is like not ever playing a game of fetch with a retriever.

    though i do not know much on collies i no that they are more of a dependant breed, meaning they have been working closely with humans for years, thats what they were bred for. im sure a collie would make a great family pet, but so would a husky.

    i think you should sit down with your husband and go through the reasons why each of you want your breed and not the others, and remember any dog, if raised well, will fit into a family

    good luck .. sorry for the long post
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    Send some emails to breeders of both, and see if you can go and visit with some of their dogs.

    Siberians are lovely but probably more challenging if you don't have much experience with dogs and training. If you have a good dog club or training school nearby that you acn utilise it wouldn't pose much of a problem though.

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    Further to Nattylou's excellent suggestion here is a link to some reputable Collie breeders Australia wide.

    Robgai Collies

    Sorry I can't help out with the Huskies. The only people I know in this breed used to do rescue in Vic. but not sure if they are still involved.

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