Prey Drive In Siberian Huskies

7 Feb 2024, 2:59 p.m. by Tracey McLennan


Bred as sled dogs, these dogs had to be able to run for long distances, pulling a sled. They had to get on with their fellow dogs as they would work together to pull. They also had to get on well with humans as they would often sleep with their human families to help them stay warm at night.

The breed are famed for having a high prey drive and this is thought to be due to the dogs often supplementing the diet they would get from their human families by hunting for small animals.

Keep Your Husky Happy

This is a breed that is likely to have a high requirement for physical activity. They are also likely to appreciate the company of other dogs and their human families. They will also appreciate having mental stimulation as the breed was originally expected to be able to solve problems and at times work independently of their human handler.

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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Siberian Huskies. The graph shows the percentage of Siberian Huskies in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Siberian Huskies intensely interested in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 53%

Orient: 47%

Eye: 24%

Stalk: 29%

Chase: 41%

Grab-bite: 53%

Possess: 24%

Kill-bite: 29%

Dissect: 41%

Consume: 29%

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I am the founder of Best Dog Learning and Stuff and a massive prey drive enthusiast. I've lived with high prey drive dogs for over 20 years and I love them. I run the awesome High Prey Drive Club where I help my members learn to have fabulous walks and happy lives with their high prey drive dogs.

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