Have you ever considered a Siberian Husky as a pet? Well Navas Huskies (@navas_huskies) are experts when it comes to this breed.
With almost 52,000 followers on Instagram, this pack of five Siberian Huskies have no shortage of adventures.
Based in England, Navas Huskies comprise of Sully, Bella, Skye, Indiana and Boo.
Here is helloBARK!’s exclusive interview with one of the most famous Siberian Husky packs on social media.
Why did you decide to create your Instagram account for your pack?
I’d been posting photos of them on Facebook for a while, but found that there was far less interaction on Facebook and other friends of mine were using Instagram, so I decided to create an account. Initially it was just to keep the photos for myself, but as our following grew, I realised people actually wanted to see photos of the pack and interact with us.
How much time do you dedicate to building your Instagram page?
Initially, less than an hour a day, then whilst the account was growing rapidly several hours a day spread throughout the day, interacting with followers and friends, but more recently due to pressures of work, an hour at most daily.
What are their personalities like? Do they differ a lot?
They are all completely different! Whilst some breeds have a stereotypical temperament and characteristics, ours are all different.
Sully is a very laid back, quiet husky, happy to laze around on his bed (he’s not one for furniture) but still with plenty of energy and enthusiasm when he thinks it’s time to go out for exercise or an adventure, whilst Boo (his daughter) is hyperactive, needy (always wanting attention and belly rubs), will happily climb onto furniture for a cuddle given half a chance and runs to the front door every time someone picks up a set of keys or puts their coat on.
Indiana (her brother) gives the impression of being grumpy and intimidating, but he’s a big baby at heart and loves to sneak upstairs at night to sleep on a bed if someone leaves a door open. He’s also very possessive of toys, food and humans, and is by far the most vocal of the pack. Bella is quiet, timid for the most part and will always wait at the back of the pack when there’s food or treats on offer, knowing she will never get left out. She’s also a real escape artist and tries to slip her collar whenever we’re out on walks (we’ve lost her in the woods on more than one occasion!)
Skye is our little rescue. She is also quite vocal, but less possessive than Indiana and will often sit and howl for treats if the humans are eating cake or pastries. She hates exercise and will actively hide if she sees her lead being picked up, (although she loves it once we’re actually out and about).
They all, as you can see from our Instagram, look totally different too (apart from Sully and Boo).
Your favourite memory with them?
Assisting Bella with having her puppies, and then caring for them for the next eight weeks (or in Indiana and Boo’s cases, for the rest of their lives!)
What do they do that makes you laugh?
When they talk, especially when they answer back if they’re being interrogated for something one of them has done), and when they get the zoomies!
What’s the best thing about owning a Siberian Husky?
Everything! They’re stunning looking dogs, very well mannered, always ready for action, incredibly loyal and friendly and totally devoted to us humans.
What advice would you have for people considering a Siberian Husky as a pet?
Do your research! They have a high prey drive (which cannot be trained out of them, despite what some people say), they are NOT off lead dogs if you plan on having more than one of them, and they do not like being left alone at home for hours on end. There is nearly always someone home in our house, and has been since they were pups. Huskies left alone get bored, and bored huskies can be incredibly destructive. I’ve seen huskies that have shredded entire leather sofas in the space of half an hour, chewed through doors, eaten shoes (ours have eaten shoes and socks on several occasions actually). AND THEY SHED AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF HAIR, ALMOST ALL YEAR LONG. IF YOU DON’T LIKE DOG HAIR ON YOUR CLOTHES OR FURNITURE, A HUSKY IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR YOU.
What advice would you give to pet owners who want to make their dogs Instagram stars?
Take good quality photographs, try not to be repetitive with themes (if you can avoid it) and make your captions funny or informative. Invite questions and interact with your followers.
What are the best ways you’ve found that can build engagement within your Instagram following?
Engagement groups (via private message) and inviting questions on your posts (and then making sure you answer them!).
Want to see more? Follow @navashuskies on Instagram