Are you wondering if a Husky Poodle Mix puppy is right for you?
Welcome to our complete guide to the Husky Poodle Mix!
The Husky Poodle Mix is the result of a Husky Cross Poodle.
This cross is also known as the “Huskydoodle”.
This fascinating mix of husky and poodle has many names – Huskydoodle, Huskypoo, Poosky, and Siberpoo.
Unsurprisingly, this cross is as different as the names!
In the last few decades the term “Designer Dogs” has emerged, a burdened term that simply refers to a cross made up of distinctly different dog breeds. A designer dog is often the result of two pedigree parents.
The Siberian Husky and Poodle mix has been at the forefront of the wave of designer dog popularity because they’re sturdy and average intelligence makes them great companions.
Although traits can never be guaranteed in a crossbreed, a sled dog mixed with a poodle has the potential to make a great combination. Husky x Poodle usually requires less intensive grooming, which is a huge benefit for people who don’t have a lot of time.
Of course, the most influential reason for their popularity is undoubtedly the appearance of Husky Poodle puppies – there is no cuter puppy.
On the subject of pedigrees
No matter what the issue, whenever changes occur, there will be people who oppose them. Sometimes they have an interest in maintaining the status quo. other times they can lose something from change.
Dog breeding is not immune to this phenomenon.
Not long after we tamed dogs, people realized that if you bred a dog with specific traits, the offspring likely had that trait too. Fast forward over thousands of years and repeating this process a million times – the wolves we have now become friends with appearing as Chihuahuas, Great Danes, and everything in between.
Then where do family trees come into play?
People who really loved dogs (not all of them?) Got together and made up clubs that decided to classify dogs into breeds using (arbitrary) traits to define that breed.
To maintain the imagined purity of the artificially created breed standards, they began making lists of dog ownership. In order to have a “real” Siberian Husky or a “real” poodle, it must have parents who are on one of these lists.
After all, a family tree is a piece of paper. It has little to do with your dog’s health or happiness.
Designer Dog Controversy
For centuries there have been two types of dogs: purebred breeds and mothers.
This worked well for dog breeders – they enrolled their dogs in kennel clubs and their litters were pedigree babies that could ask for high prices.
However, in order to maintain the purity of the breed, pedigree dogs are subjected to a lot of inbreeding. That is, they mate with closely related dogs – often members of their immediate family.
We don’t do this as humans because we know this often leads to health problems due to genetic depression. We know that strength lies in diversity – and that goes for genetics too.
This brings us to the topic of hybrid power. There is a myth that hybrids, especially in the first generation, are somehow weaker and more susceptible to disease than pedigree dogs.
In fact, it’s just the opposite.
Centuries of inbreeding have often caused health problems in pedigrees. The stunning Siberian Husky is prone to various eye degenerative diseases. Plus, the body types of dogs like Chihuahuas or bulldogs practically ensure that they have brachycephalic respiratory disease.
Mutts, and more recently designer dogs, ameliorating some of these problems by adding genetic diversity, mitigating inherited health problems, and easily changing body types to less extreme conformations.
Don’t be told that designer dogs are any less healthy. This is wrong. Science will support you.
Origin of the husky and poodle mix
Despite its appearance, the Siberian Husky is actually not a hybrid wolf.
The breed first appeared in Siberia as a working dog, bred by the Chukchi. His main task was to pull sleighs laden with walrus meat from the district to the village.
Huskies have maintained this noble profession of sled pulling for thousands of years. They rose to prominence in 1925 when they supplied the Alaskan city of Nome with vital medicines that saved the city from being wiped out by an intense diphtheria epidemic.
Despite its attachment to France, the poodle is a breed that is believed to have evolved in Germany to hunt waterfowl. They are some of the best dog swimmers, even if we usually consider them pure and tidy show dogs.
Poodles are known to be very intelligent and active. They can attain levels of education and socialization superior to that of other races, which will help them be perceived by the public as presumptuous and suspicious.
Since the Siberian Husky and Poodle mix is not purebred, there is no record of the breed’s origin – official or otherwise. It is likely that many breeders started producing them around the same time designer dogs were gaining traction.
Physical Characteristics of the Husky-Poodle Mix
It is important to know that there are no guaranteed properties in a crossbreed.
The appearance, behavior, health, and all other traits of a Huskydoodle puppy are randomly inherited from both parents. It may or may not have the amazing blue eyes of a husky. He or she could have the poodle demeanor or the derpy that “talks” that makes huskies so adorable. It could have both or neither of these properties!
Because of this, it is difficult to generalize about designer dogs and crossbreeds.
There are traits that tend to be a combination of both breeds rather than just being selected by one strain or the other.
Size is one such quality. A Huskydoodle grows into a large dog, anywhere between 45-60 pounds and 14 to 25 inches tall. Both parent breeds are well-built, active dogs, so you should expect the same from the crossbreed.
Their fur is usually multi-colored with markings, especially on the head and chest. They tend to stay on a spectrum from black to white, and gray is a common color too.
While huskies often have erect ears, a husky’s ears are almost always floppy. Their noses are invariably black, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The temperament of a Poodle and Husky mix
A husky crossbred with a poodle is like asking for an espresso with a caffeine booster – it’s a lot.
They are very intelligent and very active. It’s not the kind of dog you can leave at home in a kennel all day. They make great working dogs – a Huskydoodle wouldn’t be a farm animal or farm.
A crossbreed like this one requires a lot of attention so make sure you can give it. At the same time, Huskydoodles are almost feline in their ability to lie down. Expect your dog to be lazy when you are available and jump off the walls when he has time to play.
A husky-poodle mix is always loyal to its family. You also want to form strong bonds with a person. Since they are generally friendly, happy cross, you can expect them to be around strangers who are not in a bad mood.
Huskydoodles, too, like their parents, can be stubborn and persistent. A firm hand is required to ensure obedience.
As mentioned earlier, crossing characteristics are difficult to predict and impossible to ensure.
However, when it comes to Huskydoodles, there is a trend towards having a husky’s coat markings and a coating quality that is similar to that of a poodle.
Huskies have a so-called “double coat”. The top layer of the coat is called the “protective layer” – it has long, thick hair that allows the skin to breathe but protects the layer below. This bottom layer or sub-layer has thick, soft hair that traps heat. Depending on the temperature, the undercoat is shed several times a year.
A Huskydoodle may or may not have the double layer of a husky. It will likely take on the poodle’s wiry, curly hair.
While both parent breeds are dogs that require intense grooming, the Huskydoodle sounds a bit down.
You never have to shave like a poodle (nor do you have to make your Huskydoodle look like a topiary). You don’t need to equip your dog like a sled dog in summer, as regular tooth brushing is sufficient.
That being said, they tend to have matted coats – a trait passed down from their Poodle parent. This can be avoided by brushing with a wire brush regularly. While this activity is a good time to glue, enjoy!
Is the Huskydoodle hypoallergenic?
Technically, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic as all dogs produce some amount of dandruff.
People like to market poodles as hypoallergenic, but that’s not entirely true. Their curly fur tends to shed hair and scales, which reduces the number of allergens in the air. However, the required brushing and shaving releases them and can cause allergic reactions.
Huskies are of course very rough with allergy sufferers.
The Huskydoodle is a cheerful medium – the curly hair reduces the skin, although it is still there. If you’re too sensitive to the allergens to have a husky but really like those aesthetics, the Huskydoodle might be for you!
Health issues in the Poodle Husky Mix
The Huskydoodle has a lifespan of around 10-13 years in good health. Proper diet and exercise can extend this period.
When trying to predict health issues a crossbreed (or designer dog) might have, look to the parents.
Huskies and poodles are known to often suffer from hip dysplasia, so you can expect a loss of mobility in the later years of a husky’s life.
This hip problem is the only overlapping medical problem the races share and therefore is the only one that’s still likely. As a crossbreed, your Huskydoodle will benefit from “hybrid power” – it should be healthier due to the increased genetic variation.
Also, watch out for skin problems such as irritation or rashes. These are usually caused by improper care. Stay tuned and your pup will be fine!
Both dogs are known to be very easy to care for in several ways. Above all, they require training and socialization. Large dogs have the potential to cause serious damage to property and people. So you have to be able to rely on your training.
In all fairness, Huskydoodles are not the first choice for dog owners (and neither are huskies or poodles). Training can be a long and difficult process for these breeds.
Start at a young age as their attitude (and ability to destroy) only increases with age. Ideally, you should sign up for obedience lessons within a few weeks of getting your dog. These lessons also help establish your dominant role in the relationship.
Because they can be persistent and have short attention spans, frequent training for short periods of time is a good strategy. Use plenty of praise and rewards to help convince your Husky Poodle Mix puppy that listening to you is worth your time!
Exercise for Huskydoodles
Daily exercise is a must for the Huskydoodle.
Ideally, they should have between 45 minutes and an hour of active outdoor time. They need space to run around and stretch their muscles.
An apartment is a bad place for a large, active dog like the Huskydoodle. You really need a back yard, even if it’s small. Daily walks to a dog park are a good substitute.
Kill two birds with one stone and sign up for some agility classes! They get your dog moving and ensure obedience. And it’s really cool when your dog can do tricks that humans have never seen before.
Is the Poodle-Husky Cross a Good Family Dog?
Is the Husky Poodle Mix a loyal, protective dog? Absolutely.
Is it a patient dog? Not always.
Neither sled dogs nor poodles are known to be very tolerant of the poking, poking, and pulling of infants and young children. You’re not a big fan of surprises or sudden, loud noises. Huskydoodles are quite similar in this regard.
If your house has young children, you may find yourself looking for other, more kid-friendly breeds.
Of course, if you train your dog (or children) very well this will never be a problem. However, in general, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Wait until you get a Huskydoodle until your kids are old enough to know that “sleeping dogs lie”.
How to Pick a Husky Poodle Puppy
With designer dogs ubiquitous these days, you shouldn’t have a problem finding powdered sugar. Check out certain crosses like a toy poodle husky mix or a mini poodle mix.
Make sure you do a thorough review of the breeder you are considering. Find reviews from third parties or sources you trust.
Since pedigree is not important to you, you can consider having a wider range of breeders.
If possible, meet the parent dogs to get an idea of their temperament and appearance. Inquire (and if possible with a veterinarian) about the parents’ medical history.
Always have your puppy checked by a veterinarian for current health and congenital issues, especially if the breeder says it is not necessary. This is suspicious. Even if the parents had the picture of good health, making sure you are getting a healthy pup is important.