Today’s article looks at the rising popularity of the Husky Pit Bull Mix.
Interest in Pit Bull Husky Mix puppies is growing.
Striking looks? Check.
Cute mash-up name? Check it again.
A legacy that will make even the most experienced dog handler faint a little?
Let’s find out what happens when you play the genetic lottery with two of the highest octane breeds in the canine world.
We’ll also help you decide if you have what it takes to bring home such an energetic pup.
The Pit Bull Husky mix is presented
In this article, husky means Siberian husky. Pitbull means American Pit Bull Terrier.
Both races are intelligent, lively, loyal, and known for being gentle and loving to their human family.
The two races don’t look the same!
When their properties come together, it often has striking results.
Think of dark colors and light blue eyes.
Or a husky tag and large triangular ears with a streamlined, short-haired silhouette.
The attractiveness is easy to see, so find out more about their origins.
Take a Siberian Husky first …
Siberian huskies are far from Pit Bull sleds across Siberia.
In fact, they are now one of America’s most popular dog breeds.
Siberian huskies were originally bred by the Chukchi as working dogs.
Chukchi is nomadic hunter-gatherers who needed dogs with great strength and endurance. Pulling their sleds was an important task.
Huskies also needed a gentle disposition.
This was because they were trusted to live in close proximity to their families.
Our complete guide to the Siberian Husky breed is right here, but we’re also going to single out the most relevant things you’ll need in this article as well.
… Then add an American Pit Bull Terrier
Many people associate pit bulls with words like “fight” and “bite”. You have a certain reputation
We’ll look at this honestly in a minute.
Let’s find out where pit bulls come from.
Pit Bulls were created in the 19th century by mixing English Terriers and English Bulldogs. Popular races of the time.
The idea was to use the excitement of the terrier and the power of the bulldog.
The results were strong and versatile dogs.
These became the ancestors of the modern pit bull.
Unfortunately, people also started using these dogs for illegal dogfighting.
Dogs that showed high levels of aggression were purposefully bred.
They were also mistreated to make them more aggressive.
Inevitably, they acquired a reputation for being dangerous (which is exactly what the dangerous people who owned them wanted).
Turned away from the AKC
The American Kennel Club then distanced itself from pit bulls.
They refused to add the breed to their register. You may recognize the American Staffordshire Terrier instead.
Pit Bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers are very similar.
So similar that some people mistake them for the same race.
This article can equally be applied to Husky-Amstaff crossbreeds.
… And voila, a Pitsky!
Since the dawn of domestication, crossbreeds have been purposely and randomly breeding.
Mixed breeding was once the norm.
The Pit Bull x Husky mix is nothing new. Pure breeding, on the other hand, is a fairly new trend.
However, at the moment, crossbreeds are enjoying great attention and popularity.
Many pretty mixed breeds have arrived on site
The name Pitsky was coined sometime in the last seven years to join this trend.
What does a Pit Bull look like with a husky?
I said earlier that the results can be noticeable, but what features are guaranteed?
The short answer is none.
Huskies and pit bulls are both quite unusual in color. For most pedigree dogs, the breed club has a limited number of coordinated colors.
But many colors are allowed for both huskies and pit bulls.
On the other hand, when it comes to fur, the two breeds are not the same at all.
Very different coats
Huskies are immediately recognizable by their thick, long coat. They have a dense undercoat that is covered with long guard hair.
They are, in a word, fluffy.
Whereas Pitbulls have very short, sleek coats that feel stiff.
In addition, huskies and pit bulls have very different body shapes.
They also differ in terms of eye shapes and colors, different ears … and so on
So, when there are a pit bull and a husky buddy, there is no predicting what the pups will look like until they are born.
They could look very husky-like, very pit bull-like, or a combination of the two.
If looks are important to you, this is the place to consider.
It’s something to consider if you’re ever attempted to deposit an unborn puppy.
How big does a husky Pit Bull get?
Male pit bulls are usually between 18 and 21 cm tall and the females are slightly smaller at 43 – 50 cm.
Male pit bulls weigh between 33 and 60 pounds, and the females weigh the scales at 13 to 22 kg (29 to 49 pounds).
Huskies are a bit bigger.
Male sled dogs should be between 53 and 61 cm and between 20 and 27 kg (44-60 lb) at the withers.
Female sled dogs grow to be 51-56 cm and 16-23 kg (35-51 lb).
That’s a lot of numbers to take with you, but a Pit Bull and Husky mix dog will end up somewhere on the scale between the smallest bitch pit bull and the largest male husky: so a compact 17 inch, 29lb bitch, or 43cm, 13kg (29lb) a 61cm, 27kg (24 in, 60lb) male.
What is the temperament of husky and Pit Bull mixed dogs like?
The American Kennel Club describes huskies as loyal, mischievous, outgoing, friendly, dignified, watchful, and non-aggressive.
And the United Kennel Club (which accepts pit bulls registrations) describes pit bulls as confident, intelligent, ready to work, and willing to be satisfied, enthusiastic, and extremely friendly, even with strangers. They also find that the breed is gentle and good for children.
As with appearance, a Pitsky puppy can inherit any quality of a parent.
But there are many personality parallels between huskies and pit bulls, so combining them is probably more predictable than mixing breeds with more different temperaments.
Good with kids ?! I thought pit bulls were dangerous?
The UK’s description of the pit bulls may have led you to take a double punch.
Now, let’s turn to concerns about pit bulls and whether or not they are supposed to prevent you from getting a Husky Pit Bull Cross.
Dog aggression is of great concern to the public, so there are a number of studies we can use to educate ourselves.
A special report in Veterinary Medicine Today (2000) examined 244 fatal cases of dog deaths in the US between 1979 and 1996 in which the dog breed was recorded. 76 were caused by pit bull-type dogs or pit bull crossbreeds.
They were the type of dog that was responsible for most of the deaths.
(Interestingly, the second most responsible type was the German Shepherd. Americans trusted the breed enough to make it their second favorite breed of 2016, and husky dogs and their crossbreeds were responsible for 21 deaths – the fourth most common breed overall.)
In 2014, when a literature review by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that pit bulls are not disproportionately aggressive towards people.
In fact, they found that collies, spaniels, and toy dogs all bite people.
This is backed up by a 2008 study of Breed Differences in Aggression in Dogs, which found that breeds with the highest percentage of dogs showing severe aggression towards humans were Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Jack Russell Terriers, Cocker Spaniels and Beagles were.
So pit bulls aren’t as prone to bite people as their reputation suggests. In fact, all studies agreed that breed alone is a poor predictor of aggression.
The reality, however, is that when pit bulls bite, their sheer strength and gripping bite style mean they are likely to do a lot more damage than a small dog.
In the 2008 publication, Pit Bulls was specifically advised that they were more likely to exhibit serious aggression towards unfamiliar dogs.
That brings us very clearly to the importance of socialization and obedience training for your Husky Cross Pitbull puppy …
Socializing puppies with other dogs and people is an essential part of adjusting their attitude towards unfamiliar encounters as they grow up.
To learn more about the importance of early socialization, check out our article, 12 Great Places to Socialize Your Puppy.
As your Husky Cross Pitbull grows you need to be sure that you can control him in any environment and that you can call him by your side in any situation.
If you don’t have a lot of experience training dogs, the best place to learn these skills to the standard you need is in an obedience class.
How Much Exercise does a Husky Pit Bull mix dog need?
Huskies and pit bulls are both athletic dogs that are bred for hard work and endurance.
When they breed, one of the results is certain: A husky mixed with pitbull will have SO. A LOT OF. ENERGY.
How they wish to channel this energy can vary somewhat from individual to individual.
Some Huskys Mix Pitbulls may feel the husky’s feeling of running for miles while others like to jump or pull weight using their pit bull skills in the process.
Be prepared to train with the Pitbull cross Husky for up to two hours a day so they don’t get bored and destructive.
Pit Bull proof dog toys can help keep him happy at home after a workout.
Remember, pit bulls and huskies are both avid diggers, agile jumpers, and nimble climbers. So if you want your crossbreed to exercise in your yard, make sure your boundaries are high and deep enough!
Will my husky and Pit Bull mix need a lot of grooming?
At least in this area, the Husky Pitbull requires a little less maintenance than the average.
Sled dogs are known for their demanding self-care so that they often lack the “doggy” smell completely.
However, they constantly lose outside the Siberian climate and “blow their coat” twice a year.
To keep this up, they will need to be brushed regularly, and so will likely any puppies they have from a pit bull.
But that should be all.
Are Pitbull Husky Puppies Healthy?
In general, crossbreeds tend to be better healthy than pedigree dogs.
This is because out bringing expands its gene pool.
But like all pedigrees, huskies and pit bulls are prone to certain health problems, and any love pup between the two is at risk of inheriting them.
Possible common problems in Pitskies
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals identifies pit bulls as prone to hip, knee, and elbow dysplasia.
Sled dogs usually have fairly healthy joints. This is no surprise when we consider that they were built to travel long distances.
However, we always recommend that you ask about their hip scores anyway.
Our article on Hip Dysplasia will help you understand the hip scores when you get them.
Skin diseases in Pitbull Husky crossbreeds
Both pit bulls and huskies are prone to uncomfortable skin conditions.
Pit bulls are more likely to suffer from Demodex Canis mites than other breeds.
These tiny creatures live on the skin and cause mange. Sore, itchy skin and coat loss are symptoms.
Mites naturally live in small numbers on the coats of most dogs. However, something in the genetic makeup of pit bulls means that they are more likely to overwhelm the immune system.
Huskies are prone to an inherited skin condition called follicular dysplasia, which leads to hair loss and dry skin.
This skin disease cannot be cured, but it can be treated.
Pitsky puppies can suffer from any of these skin conditions
Husky Pitbull Mix Eyesight
Unfortunately, both huskies and pit bulls are more affected by visual disturbances than usual.
It is believed that around 10% of huskies have eye problems, particularly cataracts. A cause of blindness in dogs.
Pit bulls are prone to a uniquely inherited form of retinal dysplasia that is inherited through a dominant gene.
Find a healthy Pitbull Cross Husky puppy
Fortunately, good breeders, these days check their dogs for joint and eye problems.
The right breeder should be happy with the results of health tests. And it is very important that you ask to see these.
The skin conditions described above shouldn’t affect a dog’s quality of life as long as you know what to look for and act quickly to treat them.
Is a Pitbull Husky right for my family?
Both huskies and pit bulls are known to be extremely devoted and affectionate to their owners.
Husky Pit Bull Crosses, like your parents, take up a lot of time.
You need to provide games, exercise, and plenty of exercises.
These activities are necessary to keep your puppy from getting bored and destructive.
You will also need a lot of very chew-proof dog toys and ideally a chew-proof dog bed as well. Both pit bulls and huskies are notorious chews.
Active people who spend a lot of time outdoors are the best Husky Pitbull owners. If that sounds like you, a Husky Pitbull mix could be a pet that will keep up with your lifestyle.
Pitskys and kids
Pitbull Husky Mix dogs will love to play, but they are pretty tough dogs.
Young children can easily be knocked over by jumping young dogs.
However, older kids and teens may love such a loyal fan.
They can also help you provide your puppy with the necessary stimulation.
Breeder of Husky Pitbull Mix puppies
Many of the pit bull behavior problems are caused by ruthless and irresponsible breeders.
This means that you need to be extremely careful when looking for a Pit Bull puppy.
Or any kind of Pit Bull mix
Unlikely hybrids are enjoying a very fashionable period.
Designer mixes can fetch high prices; Hence, in the past, pit bulls are at risk of being bred for aggression as they are used for domestic animal breeding.
Just make a quick profit.
It is therefore especially important that you know how to identify a responsible breeder.
Insist on meeting both parents without exception or excuse.
If the adult dogs are not pleased to meet you with their tails wagging, walk away.
And if you think you would find it difficult to control any of them, walk away.
See these certificates
And that you ask your breeder for a full medical history for both parents, including hip scores and eye testimonials.
Not just for health reasons. But because a breeder who cares about health also cares about safety.
Also, be ready to answer many of your breeder’s questions.
A responsible breeder wants to make sure their puppies go home with the right buying motive.
Where to Find Husky Pit Bull Puppies
Finding mixed pitbull husky puppies for sale online isn’t hard to find, but be extremely careful about their background.
Remember, you want a pit bull parent who was bred for the show or for the pet market.
Not for unsavory activities!
The United Kennel Club and the Siberian Huskies and American Pit Bull Terriers breed associations all have breeders’ directories on their websites.
It’s a long time if these breeders would ever produce crosses.
However, they can help you find a reputable breeder through word of mouth.
Pitbull Husky Mix Price
A puppy from two healthy parents with a good temperament shouldn’t be cheap.
Health tests are expensive. This also applies to veterinary care and good nutrition for mothers and growing puppies.
Be careful when litters are offered cheaply online.
And be prepared to pay a fair price to a breeder who has taken their responsibility seriously.
What’s next with the Husky Pitbull mix?
Okay, I purposely made Pitbull Husky crossbreeds sound a little intimidating.
And for a good reason.
Each breed in itself is a major commitment.
However you put them together, Pitbull Husky does the job for you.
However, the traits they inherit and to what extent they can be a lottery are very intelligent and have bottomless reserves of energy.
A bad reputation…
There is no denying that pit bulls have been poorly bred, abused, and abused in the past. Those responsible have tarnished the reputation of the entire race.
A 2000 report by the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy looked at attitudes toward pit bulls. It turned out that the “vast majority” of pit bull owners felt that their dogs had been stigmatized because of their breed.
This in turn created tension with other people.
It is also true that when a pit bull-type dog bites, the harm is often serious. And sometimes fatal.
Pit bulls, however, have many admirable qualities.
If you are looking for a big-hearted active dog.
When you are the right person, there is time to socialize and exercise your dog.
Then a Pitbull Husky Cross could be a worthwhile companion for you.