15 Most Hated Dog Breeds of All Time
10. Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are beautiful canines, but they also have a bad reputation. They aren’t overly muscular or sleek, but they are very energetic. This is a great benefit on a sled team but can be troublesome in a residential setting.
Huskies have caused multiple deaths in past years, which makes many suspicious and nervous when they see one. A Husky that isn’t well trained and given adequate exercise can be a handful at best and dangerous at worst.
To some degree, the Siberian Husky is plagued by the same issue that Pit Bulls and other bully breeds are.
The media often misidentifies dogs simply based on a few basic physical traits. In this case, animals that have pointed ears, curly tails and longer fur may be considered a husky when they are actually a different breed or mixed breed.
Huskies are smaller than other dangerous breeds, usually males weigh between 45 and 60 pounds while females weight between 35 and 50 pounds. Their lighter size makes them agile and fast. Bred to pull sleds in harsh conditions, the Husky has an inclination to roam and wander. This quality, along with their trademark howl, comes from their wolf ancestry.
The Husky also picked up another trait from its lupine heritage which contributes to its hated status: a strong prey drive. Energetic Huskies will pursue smaller animals like cats, or even children, if they see them running away. What seems like playtime to a small child could quickly turn deadly if the Husky’s prey drive kicks in.
Huskies are otherwise good dogs who desire the companionship of people and other canines.
A healthy Husky pup that’s properly socialized and trained will grow into a gentle companion. Owners must remember to provide the exercise and training the Husky needs and avoid situations that could trigger the dog’s prey drive.