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16-07-2017, 01:35 AM

Husky mixed with what? Any guesses?

Hey everybody,

I'm posting some pictures of my best friend, Hunter, to get some input from outside sources about his breed.

I was told Hunter was a Husky mix and I read up on Husky temperament and training Huskies, etc. Nothing I read would prepare me for how difficult this little monster was, though, which makes me think he's mixed with a more difficult breed.

Even with proper socialization and training as a puppy, he became uncontrollable at around nine months old. I adhered to what I call "the best friends' promise", which has three parts.
1. I love you for who you are.
2. I'm proud of you.
3. I will never give up on you.
Now, at the young age of four, he is a semi-well-adjusted dog. He still has his quirks, which I'll explain, but now we can experience life together and go on all of the adventures without incident(with a little planning, of course).

Here are some of the challenges we had(and some we still have):
1. resource guarding - food, socks, anything - growling, baring teeth, hissing(NO idea), high-pitched barking
2. destructiveness - not your average destruction - I'm talking eating holes in drywall, chewing wooden molding, ripping electrical sockets out of walls through his metal crate(moved the crate after that one), eating furniture, dismantling every single toy I've ever bought, yeah.
3. extreme wariness of strangers and even people he met after one year old
4. aggression towards strangers and other dogs while on a lead
5. extreme prey drive - pouncing on bushes and pulling out snakes, birds, mice, etc; then I have to pry them out of his mouth
6. taking socks off your feet and burying them with invisible dirt in corners
7. digging
8. fear of vacuums, fireworks, thunder, guns(not the noise, but the actual gun) even though he has never seen a gun before, statues, gas pumps, bags of tortilla chips, things he hasn't seen before
9. rarely barks
10. hides under/in/behind everything, sometimes sleeps under the bed instead of at the end of it

Also, he's about 65 lbs and has a weird raccoon tail pictured in one of the photos.

Have a look and see what you think. If anyone has any similar experiences with Huskies, I'd love to compare stories. And if anyone has any guesses maybe that would help me chip away at the residual aggression and overall weirdness.

-Sara and Hunter
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16-07-2017, 09:15 PM
Jeez! You have sure kissed the Blarney Stone!
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16-07-2017, 11:59 PM
A: Four years is not young. Why have you left it so long to sort these problems? Did you never think of getting a qualified trainer or behaviourist to help you correct these behaviour quirks as they arose?

B: Possibly GSD cross, but there is no reason why this should be more difficult to deal with.
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17-07-2017, 08:13 AM
Possibly crossed with GSD or Malinois, but that's a total guess - I'm not brilliant with breed recognition .
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