This is what Maya’s foster carer writes:
Due to their beauty, Siberian Huskies are one of the most wrongly purchased breeds around. Many do not take into consideration their temperaments and particular quirks and are often left with an unruly, albeit beautiful, dog. Many Siberian Huskies are lost, killed, or given to shelters due to uninformed owners.
Maya is a very small Siberian Husky, although she still has all the instincts and attributes of a normal sized Husky.
We know very little about Maya’s background, apart from her having been ‘given up’ to the SPA… The story is that she was kept in an apartment and this was not suitable for her.
We do not think she has been abused but she has been neglected, both nutritionally and socially. The lack of proper nutrition in her early stages is likely to be a contributory cause of her small size but she is now on a healthy raw diet and we are seeing big improvements – she will never be normal size but she is filling out. At the time of writing she is 11 kilos.
Huskies do not cope with being left alone for long periods, or as in her case, even short periods. She has slight tooth damage (not her canines) due to her trying to eat her way out of some kind of confinement – she must have been desperate to escape and prepared to suffer great pain. The damage is not very noticeable and does not cause her any problems now, but it will be very important for her new owner to feed her correctly and not place her in a situation where she is confined and alone again.
After initial nervousness when she joined our existing Husky pack of two, Maya has shown herself to be well behaved, very affectionate and eager to please. Huskies are very smart and although this should make them easy to train, it doesn’t, as they are very stubborn and independent. However, every experience with a Husky can be a training opportunity and they love the interaction with their human that this involves.
Think of a cat crossed with a dog and you have some idea of a Husky’s personality and abilities, including climbing, prey drive and roaming. They are very clean dogs and spend a lot of time grooming themselves, plus, they do not get that wet dog smell!
What Maya needs to be happy and to thrive, is a family or an active solo person, who has done some research or has Husky experience. They need to be prepared to feed breed specific, be home and most importantly, have a fully fenced garden of a reasonable size. Huskies are so much happier when living with another dog. They love to play and they play rough compared to many dogs… it looks scary but it really is not, either another Husky or another active and friendly dog of a similar size would be perfect. If you have a very small dog then a Husky is not going to be an ideal companion, nor is a Husky suitable for a home with very small children or cats or other small animals and especially not free-range chickens!
It is recommended that your Husky remains on a leash outside of the home environment. So, if you are looking for a dog that trots alongside of you without a leash – a Husky is not for you.
Huskies are amazing dogs and if they are the right breed for your lifestyle they are incredibly loving and rewarding companions. Huskies are cute and goofy and endlessly amusing. Which sadly is why, so many people buy a Husky without researching the Breed and understanding what is involved.
So, if you are still interested in meeting the beautiful Maya then please contact her foster carer who will be very happy to discuss everything with you, arrange a meeting and help you to make the right decision for you and Maya. Available for adoption after 28th Oct.
Maya is chipped and will be sterilized. She is fully vaccinated and is up to date with worming and flea treatments. Maya is being fostered in 24140 Montagnac la Crempse.
Please contact Marilyn & Kevin on firstname.lastname@example.org or 06 12 50 28 40