Husky Mixes: The 20 Best Crossbreeds (Compared)
According to the American Kennel Club, Siberian Huskies are the 16th most popular dog breed in the United States.
Their icy stares, exotic look, and oftentimes hilarious personalities have certainly earned them quite a lot of attention over the years. They have starred in popular movies and television series while continuing to make headlines for their athletic ability in sporting events such as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
And, of course, they make great pets! In recent decades, more and more breeders of designer dogs have been mixing the Siberian Husky with other breeds. In fact, the Siberian Husky is now one of the most popular parent breeds in the United States, with nearly 30 types of Siberian Husky mixed breeds.
Below, we highlight 20 of the very best Husky cross-breeds.
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The Ausky is a popular cross between a Siberian Husky and an Australian Cattle Dog.
Because both parent breeds are extremely athletic and energetic, it is imperative that Auskies end up in homes prepared for lots of exercise and activity.
This includes mental stimulation because Auskies are very intelligent. Agility training, herding, and sled sports are common uses of Ausky dogs. Many Auskies inherit the high prey drive of the Husky, along with the habit of nipping apparent in many herding breeds. For this reason, an Ausky isn’t usually the first recommendation for families with small children.
The Belusky is the result of breeding a Siberian Husky to a Belgian Malinois.
Many Beluskies inherit physical characteristics from their Malinois parent. This includes a strong, compact body and the typical color patterns of a Belgian Malinois.
Both Belgian Malinoises and Huskies are very energetic dogs, and Beluskies are no different. In fact, they often require two or more hours per day of exercise in order to maintain their mental health. Like their Malinois parent, Beluskies are also fiercely loyal, with natural protective instincts.
This means it is vital that your Belusky puppy receive thorough, professional training in order to set boundaries. Socialization is also an important part of this training.
Breeding a Husky with a Boxer results in the adorable Boxsky! Boxskies typically weigh between 35 and 75 pounds and stand as tall as 35 inches in height.
Many inherit the characteristic square muzzle of the boxer, though certainly to a lesser degree.
Like so many Husky mixes, the Boxsky is very active and energetic. Physical exercise is a must, as are opportunities for your Boxsky to use his brain. They are very affectionate dogs who enjoy feeling like they are a part of the family. Boxskies also make very good watchdogs.
A Chusky is a mix between a Chow Chow and a Siberian Husky.
Chuskies are usually large dogs, weighing in at anywhere between 40 to 65 pounds. They also stand about two feet tall. Like both parent breeds, Chuskies are very fluffy, and benefit from regular grooming sessions.
Chusky dogs can be very stubborn so they may be better suited to more experienced dog owners. They are also very smart and active, and require regular exercise in the form of hiking, swimming, or walking and running. A Chusky can also be called a Chowski or a Husky Chow.
A Dusky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a standard-sized Dachshund.
Duskies tend to be both heavier and taller than you might expect: between 24 and 53 pounds, and between 10 and 20 inches in height. Because of the variety of Dachshund coat types, Duskies can have all types of coat lengths, textures, and even colors.
Dachshunds need a moderate amount of maintenance when it comes to grooming. However, training and socialization may require more attention. Dachshunds can be aggressive and difficult to train, so some puppy lessons and lots of socialization will be very important for your new Dusky.
6. Gerberian Shepsky
The Gerberian Shepsky is the result of breeding a German Shepherd to a Siberian Husky.
These large Husky mixes can weigh anywhere between 45 to 72 pounds. They also tend to inherit the blue eyes of their Husky parent. Gerberian Shepskies have a ton of energy.
They are also dominant and require both training and a firm pack leader (you!) to keep them in line. Gerberian Shepskies can be very protective, and make good guard dogs. However, they tend to show some aggression towards other dogs and other small animals. The Gerberian Shepsky is also called the Husky Shepherd and the Siberian Shepherd.
The Goberian is the result of breeding two of America’s most beloved dog breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Siberian Husky.
Goberians can be very large, weighing up to 90 pounds! Perhaps as expected, Goberians are very friendly and loyal dogs.
Like Siberian Huskies, they like to follow a pack leader. Goberians are smart and have a big desire to please. They are also playful, energetic, gentle with people and pets, and easy to train.
A Horgi is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Corgi.
Also called Siborgi or Corgsky, this mixed breed is full of fun. The typical Horgi ends up medium-sized, with shorter legs a la its Corgi side. Usually, Horgis weigh about 20 to 50 pounds.
Corgis are well known for their herding instincts, and Horgis seem to inherit this. They also inherit the energy and alertness of their Husky parent breed. Above-average intelligence is also common amongst Horgis. A Horgi can be an ideal family pet. They are typically good with children who are respectful, and with proper socialization are friendly to anyone they meet.
Whether you want it or not, a Hug is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Pug.
This designer dog breed is both cute and affectionate and is an ideal choice for active families. Hugs are much larger than their Pug parent, weighing in at anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds.
They are also taller, at 16 to 22 inches in height. Comparatively, these pug and husky mixes require a moderate level of maintenance. Some grooming will be required. Hugs are suitable for apartment living but will need daily exercise and stimulation.
Because its Husky parent is known to be a little stubborn, basic training and an alpha attitude may be necessary. A Hug can also be called a Hugsky.
The Huskimo is certainly in the running for most striking dog.
These beauties are a mix between the Siberian Husky and the American Eskimo. They typically weigh between 40 to 60 pounds, making them medium to large-sized dogs.
Not surprisingly, Huskimos are well suited to colder climates. Their thick double coat will require regular appointments with a professional groomer. They are also very active and energetic dogs who enjoy having a job to do. Huskimos are good with kids, but can also be hard to control, so it’s important that a Huskimo’s human know how to exert authority.
The Huskita is a mix between a Siberian Husky and an Akita.
Huskitas can weigh anywhere from 50 to 65 pounds, so they are large Husky mixes. Physically, Huskitas inherit traits from both of their parent breeds. They have thick coats, can have Husky-like mask markings, and come in various colors and patterns.
Many Huskita owners report their dogs have the energy of the Siberian Husky and the loyalty of the Akita. Proper training and socialization is key for Huskitas, who can sometimes be wary of strangers and unfamiliar children. These high-energy Husky mixes.
12. Husky Inu
Another striking-looking Husky mix is the Husky Inu, also known as the Siberian Shiba.
They are a cross between the Shiba Inu and the Siberian Husky. These small to medium-sized dogs weigh in at just 15 to 30 pounds, making them well suited to apartments or smaller households.
Like both of their parent breeds, Husky Inus are bred for colder climates. Because of their thick coats, they don’t always do well in extreme heat. They are strong dogs who need attention, but who can also be aggressive towards other dogs. It is very important to ensure your Husky Inu receives training. Still, with authority, a job to do, and lots of exercise, Husky Inus can make for a fun companion.
The Muskiff is a cross between a Husky dog and a Bullmastiff.
Also called a Bullsky or Bullsky Mastiff, the Muskiff is a very large dog. They can often weigh up to 100 pounds! Despite their size, Muskiffs are very sweet with their family, but also good guard dogs.
The typical Muskiff has a high energy level. For this reason and their large size, Muskiffs need large yards in which to play. Daily walks and exercise are also vital. Due to their size, they have a shorter life expectancy than some other Husky mixes: 10 to 13 years.
A Pitsky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a pit bull-type dog.
These medium-to-large-sized dogs can weigh anywhere from 45 to 60 pounds. Because of the variations in pit bull-type dogs, Pitskies can have any number of physical features.
It is not uncommon for them to inherit the blue eyes of their Husky parent, and the unique colors and patterns of their pibble parent. It is also common to find a pit bull-type dog crossed with an Alaskan Husky or an Alaskan Malamute.
In either case, you can expect your Pitsky to be highly active and intelligent. They are strong dogs, who enjoy endurance activities. Some pit bull-type dogs and Huskies can have aggressive tendencies, so formal training and lots of socialization is necessary for keeping your dog and those around it safe.
If you are keen on the idea of a smaller Husky mix, then consider the Pomsky.
These Husky/Pomeranian mixes usually weigh in at just 20 to 26 pounds. This makes them an ideal choice for apartment living. Expect your Pomsky to have a beautiful silky coat that will require regular appointments with a professional groomer.
Socializing your Pomsky puppy will be very important, as they tend to inherit the high prey drive of the Siberian Husky. Otherwise, Pomskies are known to be clever and playful little dogs.
The Rottsky is a mix between a Husky dog and a Rottweiler.
These large dogs can weigh up to 80 pounds and stand 24 inches in height. Like their parent breeds, Rottskies are very strong dogs. Their natural athleticism makes them ideal candidates for agility, sled pulling, guarding, and even police work.
Therefore, Rottskies need lots of exercise. They are very loyal and protective, and regular mental stimulation, a routine, and some foundational training will go a long way towards making sure your Rottsky lives a healthy and fulfilled life.
17. Siberian Boston
A Siberian Boston is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Boston Terrier.
This cross-breed usually results in a medium-sized dog weighing between 20 and 40 pounds, and standing up to 20 inches in height. Many inherit the black-and-white pattern of their Boston parent breed.
Siberian Bostons are very intelligent dogs, though they are also known for their stubbornness. Mental and physical exercise is an important part of a Siberian Boston’s day. Like both of its parent breeds, the Siberian Boston enjoys being part of the family and is always eager to please.
18. Siberian Pyrenees
If you’re a lover of the big fluffy dogs, then you will definitely want to consider a Siberian Pyrenees!
Also called the Pyrenees Husky, this giant dog is a mix between a Husky and a Great Pyrenees. Though they average just 18 to 20 inches in height, they typically weigh between 75 and 95 pounds.
Siberian Pyrenees are very active dogs. They descend from working dogs, so enjoy tasks like hiking, running, and agility. Though they can be stubborn, they also make excellent rescue or therapy dogs.
19. Siberian Retriever
Mix a Labrador Retriever and a Siberian Husky, and what do you get?
A Siberian Retriever! A Siberian Retriever — also called a Labsky or a Huskador — is a large dog. They can weigh up to 55 pounds, and usually stand 20 to 24 inches in height.
Like purebred Labradors, Siberian Retrievers are excellent companions and family dogs. They are used more and more as working dogs, most notably as service dogs, guide dogs, or police dogs. When properly socialized, Labskies make excellent family pets because they get along well with children.
Siberian Retrievers come in a variety of colors, including black, chocolate, gray, white, and blended.
A Siberpoo is a cross-breed between a Siberian Husky and a Poodle.
They are large dogs, usually weighing in at around 55 pounds. Their height can range from 13 to 22 inches from toe to shoulder. The blend of a Siberpoo’s coat makes them uniquely suited for both cold and warm climates.
Like most poodle mixes, Siberpoos are usually very friendly dogs who get along well with both humans and other pets. However, they are energetic and will need an ample amount of daily exercise. Separation anxiety is also common in Siberpoos.
The Siberpoo is also known as a Huskydoodle, Huskypoo, Siberian Poodle, Poosky, and Huskapoo.
A Final Thought:
Whether purebred or mixed, Siberian Huskies and their cross-breeds make great pets…for the right people. Siberian Husky mixes are usually medium-to-large-sized dogs. Most inherit the long, thick coat of the Husky, and so it is important to factor in regular grooming sessions in order to take the best care of your Husky mix.
Training and regular exercise will also be important, as most dogs that include Husky are active and enjoy working both their body and mind. You can also expect your Husky mix to enjoy a lifespan of 10 to 16 years. Whether you choose a Boxsky, a Siberpoo, or something else altogether, you’re bound to find your best friend in a Husky mix.