15 Husky Mix Breeds That’ll Woo Your Heart
By Alicia Kort
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It’s not surprising to see Husky mixed breeds cropping up on the streets and on social media feeds. With their stunning light blue eyes, beautiful fluffy coat, and wolf-like appearance, no one can deny that the Husky is a handsome breed. Huskies have become exceedingly popular, so it’s only natural for people to start daydreaming about all the cuteness that could come from mixing them with another breed.
But like any mixed breed, genes can manifest in many ways, so the height, weight, coloring, and coat length of these Husky mixed breeds can vary wildly depending on which parent the pup takes after. It’s all genetics, so just because you see a Golden Retriever and Husky hybrid with blue eyes and golden fur doesn’t mean that’s what you’re going to get. And you don’t need to go to a breeder to get one of these designer dogs, you can find Husky mixes in shelters all over the country.
Some of these mixes might have short, low-shedding fur, while others are small enough to stick in your bag and carry around. But these dogs are likely highly active, pretty stubborn, and require a lot of grooming, so they aren’t for everyone. Below, you’ll find all the Husky mixes out there.
Types of Husky mix breeds
Pomsky (Pomeranian Husky mix)
The Pomsky is a fluffy, double-coated, and affectionate pup. They will be somewhere along the small and medium scale, depending on how large their parents were. These pups may inherit a high-prey drive from their Husky parent and a protective tendency from the Pomeranian parent, which means that they aren’t the best-suited dog to families with small children and other pets. It’s important to train them early on, because they can be willful and stubborn, but that’s not to say that they’re not huge snugglers.
Estimated size: 20 to 38 pounds • Search for adoptable Pomskies on Adopt a Pet
Horgi (Corgi Husky mix)
The Horgi, also called Siborgi, are a popular mix between Corgis and Huskies. This breed of pup may inherit the Corgi’s herding instinct and the Husky’s prey drive, so unless you want to be herded around your kitchen, they will need to be trained out of that behavior. But because both breeds are considered working dogs, your Horgi will be eager to learn. This type of pup will have plenty of energy, so they’re a better pet for active pet parents, who enjoy long walks, hikes, and plenty of playtime.
Estimated size: 25 to 50 pounds • Search for adoptable Horgis on Adopt a Pet
Goberian (Golden Retriever Husky mix)
The Goberian is a medium-to-large mix of the Golden Retriever and Husky. High-energy, playful, and loving, the Goberian can be a great pet for families with yards. This pup does love to be around their pet parents, so they can be prone to destructive separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They’re highly intelligent, sometimes becoming mischievous, especially if their personality is more like a Husky than a Retriever, so mentally stimulating dog toys are also a necessity to keep them calm and happy. This mixed breed also is prone to perpetual shedding and pet parents should be prepared to commit to A LOT of grooming and vacuuming.
Estimated size: 40 to 80 pounds • Search for adoptable Goberians on Adopt a Pet
Shepsky (German Shepherd Husky mix)
The Shepsky, a crosbreed between a German Shepherd and Husky, is the ultimate working dog. Combining these two high-energy, devoted, and intelligent breeds resulted in a mix that needs lots of mentally stimulating activity or a job and a confident, experienced pet parent. These pups are best for active pet parents. This mixed-breed dog can live with other pets and older children, but needs to be socialized early in order to keep the overprotective behavior at bay. The Shepsky does vary in eye color and fur color but one thing is for sure — these cold-weather pups will shed continuously as well as go through a few big shedding seasons.
Estimated size: 45 to 88 pounds • Search for adoptable Shepskies on Adopt a Pet
Pitsky (Pit Bull Husky mix)
The Pitsky, a combination of a Husky and a Pit Bull, is the first short-haired Husky mix on this list (though they can sometimes have longer hair). This pup is a better choice for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort when it comes to grooming. That said, the Pitsky is an affectionate family dog with boundless energy. They require at least two hours of exercise, so they’re a better fit for an active pet parent who they can go on adventures with. If socialized early, they can be good, loyal, and snuggly additions to families.
Estimated size: 35 to 80 pounds • Search for adoptable Pitskies on Adopt a Pet
Chisky (Chihuahua Husky mix)
The Chisky, also called a Huskhuahua, is a Chihuahua and Husky mix. This is a very rare breed of pup for reasons that likely don’t seem surprising and, like the Pomsky, usually requires the female dog to be artificially inseminated. Compared to many pups on this list, this breed is on the smaller side and can be either a small– or medium-sized dog. The Chisky can inherit the Husky’s signature blue eyes, though the fur length will be determined by the Chihuahua you’re mixing the Husky with and whose features are more dominant, so you can end up with either a short- or long-haired pup. This breed can thrive in apartments if they get enough exercise, though they do have a tendency to bark. This pup might be better in a kid-free home as a single pet, because they are more likely to get injured if mishandled due to their size.
Estimated size: 15 to 40 pounds • Search for adoptable Chihuahua mixes on Adopt a Pet
Huskydoodle (Husky Poodle mix)
The Huskydoodle, a mix between a Husky and a Poodle, is usually bred for their low-shedding coat, though it’s not guaranteed that pet parents will get a Huskydoodle with a low-shed coat. These mixed pups can vary widely in appearance, depending on which parent has the more dominant traits. High-energy and intelligent, the Huskydoodle requires a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. The Huskydoodle loves to cuddle typically and is generally good around children and other dogs.
Estimated size: 40 to 60 pounds • Search for adoptable Poodle mixes on Adopt a Pet
Labsky (Husky Lab mix)
The Labsky, which is a mix between a Lab and a Husky, is known as a fun-loving pal who needs plenty of playtime. Their ideal home is a house with a big backyard to run around in (or parks nearby) because both parent breeds are very active working dogs. This pup might even take after the Lab and enjoy swimming. The Husky can be independent and stubborn but usually, the Lab’s mellow nature does balance this pup out, making them good for families with kids.
Estimated size: 40 to 60 pounds • Search for adoptable Labrador mixes on Adopt a Pet
Ausky (Australian Shepherd Husky mix)
The Ausky, or Aussie Siberian, which is an Australian Shepherd and Husky mix, is most likely going to have those coveted bright blue eyes. This dog is typically medium-sized, and thanks to their working parents (sled dogs and cattle dogs), they are going to need about two hours of exercise per day. They’d be happiest with a family of outdoors enthusiasts because they want to spend a lot of time with loved ones while being active. Both parents also boast quite the heavy, double-coat, so potential pet parents should know that this breed will go through several shedding seasons and require grooming.
Estimated size: 40 to 65 pounds • Search for adoptable Aussie mixes on Adopt a Pet
Border Husky (Border Collie Husky Mix)
The Border Husky is a hybrid mix of the Border Collie and Husky. This pretty medium-sized pup is a combination of two of the smartest dog breeds out there, so any pet parent should be prepared to have some spirited arguments with their pet and come up with some ideas on how to keep them mentally stimulated. They require at least 90 minutes of exercise a day and should have plenty of space to run around in — they aren’t suited to small-space living. Although they are very affectionate with their family, they can be standoffish to strangers.
Estimated size: 30 to 45 pounds • Search for adoptable Border Collie mixes on Adopt a Pet
Boxsky (Boxer Husky mix)
The Boxsky is a mix of a Boxer and a Husky. This medium- or large-sized pup might get the Husky’s blue eyes and a slightly shorter coat, which still requires some grooming but not as much as the Husky’s blowing coat. Expect this tall pup to be willful, goofy, affectionate, and protective. The Boxsky requires at least 90 minutes of exercise per day and is happier at homes that have yards.
Estimated size: 40 to 80 pounds • Search for adoptable Boxer mixes on Adopt a Pet
Dobsky (Doberman Pinscher Husky mix)
The Dobsky, or Siberian Pinscher, is a hybrid of the Husky and the Doberman Pinscher. Usually a medium to large dog with a shorter coat, the Dobsky is a loving, loyal, energetic dog that requires plenty of exercise. The Dobsky may be goofy and family-oriented, so they will require training and socializing at a young age to help combat overreactions to strangers (both human and animal).
Estimated size: 40 to 90 pounds • Search for adoptable Doberman mixes on Adopt a Pet
Huskita (Akita Husky mix)
The Akita Husky mix is a very fluffy Husky hybrid that is a medium- to large-sized pup. This breed is high-energy and would benefit from a job, as Huskies used to pull sleds and Akita used to guard Japanese Royalty. Due to the latter’s history, the Akita Husky mix may be a one-person dog. Akitas are known for being better off as the only pet, while Huskies grow up in packs, so it’s a toss-up on how these pups will behave toward strangers. There is one thing that is for sure: They shed a lot.
Estimated size: 50 to 75 pounds • Search for adoptable Akita mixes on Adopt a Pet
Beaski (Beagle Husky mix)
The Beagle Husky mix, also called a Beaski, is a medium-sized combination of two working dogs. While the Husky was pulling sleds across the tundra, the Beagle was using their famous nose to sniff out prey and point hunters in the right direction. This highly intelligent hybrid will need a lot of mental stimulation like nose work and games. They need plenty of room to run around as well as plenty of training — they can be both stubborn and sensitive, so need to be trained thoughtfully. This pup generally gets along with other dogs, as both breeds are pack animals. Their hair length and shedding can vary widely, depending on which parent they take after.
Estimated size: 35 to 50 pounds • Search for adoptable Beagle mixes on Adopt a Pet
Rottsky (Husky Rottweiler mix)
The Husky Rottweiler mix, also called a Rottsky, is a rarer Husky hybrid. These pups are athletic, have high exercise requirements, and have working dog backgrounds. The Rottweiler was bred to pull carts and herd livestock, so with that in mind, it’s so important to keep this hybrid mentally stimulated. They are not recommended for inexperienced dog pet parents, because both breeds have a stubborn streak. It’s also important for this pup to have plenty of space inside the house and out, so they can get their energy out.
Estimated size: 40 to 110 pounds • Search for adoptable Rottweiler mixes on Adopt a Pet
Other Husky mixes you might find include:
- Husky Malamute mix
- Great Pyrenees Husky mix
- Husky Pug mix
- Samoyed Husky mix
- Cane Corso Husky mix
- Shiba Inu Husky mix
- Blue Heeler Husky mix
- Chow Chow Husky mix
- Dalmatian Husky mix
- Husky Great Dane mix
- Belgian Malinois Husky mix
Things to know about Husky mixes
Before opting to commit to a Husky mix, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:
- Husky mixes are high-energy dogs: When we say high energy, we mean it. These working dogs require at least an hour of exercise per day, but some of these mixed breeds need as many as two hours. If you are not an active person or don’t see yourself having time to throw a ball around to your pup for an hour a day (plus walks), a Husky mix isn’t the right dog for you.
- Husky mixes are medium-sized dogs: While most Husky mixes are medium-sized, some may be smaller due to genetics while others might be larger. It all depends on what breed the Husky is mixed with and whose genes are more dominant. For example, a Husky and Doberman mix is going to look very different from a Husky and Corgi mix.
- Husky mixes might have blue eyes: Husky mixes could have the blue eyes that you’ve been hoping your pet will have, but it’s not a guarantee. Husky mixes could have one blue eye and one brown eye or both brown eyes. It all depends on the genetics of their parents.
- Husky mixes come in a variety of colors: Huskies are typically a black-and-white or brown-and-white mix, but with other dogs, like Labs and German Shepherds thrown into the mix, we really can’t be sure what color or colors your dog’s fur will be. It’s best not to have expectations going in.
- Husky mixes may have high prey drives: Husky mixes will likely have a strong urge to go after animals that they would consider prey or are smaller than themselves. This means that Husky mixes might not be suited to homes that have cats or small dogs. They might need to be paired with pets who are about the same size as them. They can be trained out of this behavior if socialized with these pets when they’re puppies, but this natural instinct can be hard to get a handle on for pet parents without professional assistance.
Are Husky mixes good pets?
Absolutely! Husky mixes are wonderful pets. Huskies are pack animals, so they love to spend time with their families and are very loyal. Husky mixes, like other dog breeds, need plenty of physical and mental exercise in order to keep calm and happy. If their needs aren’t being met, they can become destructive and start acting out.
Are Husky mixes healthy?
Yes, Husky mixes are generally considered healthy dogs, especially because they don’t come with the host of health issues that purebred pets can face. That being said, Huskies are predisposed to cataracts and other eye issues like progressive retinal atrophy and corneal dystrophy, due to those beautiful blue eyes of theirs.
They should have their eyes checked yearly to catch any potential issues quickly. Huskies can also be prone to hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Other issues might arise based on what the other breed has a predisposition to.
How long do Husky mixes live?
Husky mixes can live anywhere from eight to 20 years, depending on the life expectancy of the breed that they’re mixed with. For example, a Husky Chihuahua will live longer than a Husky Boxer.
Consider Adopting a Husky Mix
Although these Husky mixes are considered to be “designer dogs,” that doesn’t mean that you need to buy them from a breeder. There are plenty of Husky hybrids that are in shelters, unfortunately. Some pet parents who have adopted these high-energy breeds are not prepared to take care of them, so they languish in rescues or shelters, waiting for their perfect forever homes.
Where can I adopt a Husky mix?
You can adopt a Husky mix from local shelters, local rescues, breed-specific rescues, and of course, Adopt a Pet. There is no shortage of places to find Husky breeds looking for a family.
Alicia Kort is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She’s currently the senior commerce editor at Apartment Therapy. She’s been published in StyleCaster, Electric Literature, Newsweek, Interview, Brooklyn magazine and more. In her free time, she runs, reads, and spends time with her dog-nieces, Maya and Lady, and her cat-niece, Pepper.
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