Popular as family pets and as show dogs due to their striking appearance and gentle temperament, Siberian Huskies have certain drawbacks. Although normally quite tractable, affectionate and docile with people, they have a strong hunting drive and will kill cats, rabbits, chickens, squirrels and other birds and small animals; they have been known to savage sheep. They should be kept in secure enclosures as they will not always come to call and will often disappear on long hunting trips; they cannot be allowed to run loose. Siberian Huskies are trainable to a certain degree, but patience is necessary. They are independent in nature and not given to blind obedience to every command.