Australian Shepherd Husky mix, have you ever stopped for a moment to think about this mix.
Or even better have you ever wanted to own one?
You might not have heard about this mixed dog but you sure would love him if you laid your eyes on one.
He was bred from two popular dogs and is slowly becoming popular as a mix.
Also known as the “Aussie Husky” this is a mix between two working dog breeds, the Siberian Husky and the Australian Shepherd.
You will not only love the appearance of this hybrid dog but also the high intelligence that he exhibits.
But before you make any decisions about this pooch it would be better if you got to know what he has to offer first.
We will go deep on all you need to know about this dog and get to know if he is the right fit for you.
So, without wasting any more time let us get right into it.
About the Australian Shepherd Husky mix
The Australian Shepherd Husky is a medium-sized and beautiful mixed dog breed which results from combining the genes of the adorable Siberian Husky and the incredible Australian Shepherd to create a marvel you could look at all day.
Siberian Husky is ranked as the 14th most popular dog in the US and the Australian Shepherd is ranked as the 15 most popular dog.
This is why it is why to see why they would be a perfect match for each other.
With the rise in popularity of designer dogs it is not a surprise that this hybrid doggie came to be. It is believed that he was first bred in 2004 which makes him a fairly recent breed.
A “designer dog” is a term that is used to describe a dog that is a result of crossbreeding two purebred dogs.
You as a potential owner need to keep in mind that with this pooch you are not always guaranteed to get a 50-50 blend between the two dogs.
Even in puppies of the same litter, there may be slight color, personality, and size variations.
It is also common to see multigeneration crosses. More on that later.
These dogs are extremely energetic and playful with a love for being outdoors like no other.
You should, however, be warned that this hybrid may not be suited for all dog owners, especially if you are not ready to deal with his mischief or if you cannot meet his daily stimulation needs.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize this dog as he is not a purebred dog.
However, both the parent breeds are recognized and have breed standards.
Although the AKC does not recognize this dog other clubs recognize him:
- The International Designer Canine Registry
- The dog Registry of America
There are no registries or rescues for this dog as an individual.
The Aussie husky not only has stunning looks but also has a work ethic and great intelligence just to mention a few.
Pros and cons of the Australian Husky
✓ These dogs get along with other pets and children alike.
✔ They are intelligent and are very trainable.
✓ These dogs make great watchdogs.
✘ They have an independent streak and can be very mischievous.
✗ These dogs shed a lot and are not suited for allergy sufferers.
✘ They are a high energy breed and can be too much, especially for novice dog owners.
General Characteristics and appearance of the Aussie Husky
|Australian Shepherd Husky mix summary table|
|Height||20 to 23 inches|
|Weight||35 to 65 pounds|
|Lifespan||10 – 13 years|
|Breed Type||mixes and more|
|Purpose||Companion and working dog|
|Suitable For||High-energy and active families|
|Grooming requirements||May require heavy grooming|
|Color Variations||Brown, gray, black, silver|
|Health concerns||skin allergies, eye problems, and Joint Dysplasia|
|Temperament||Eager To Please, Intelligent, Independent, Protective, Affectionate, Trainable, maybe stubborn, Out-going, Loyal, And Energetic|
|Other Names||Aussie Siberian or Aussie Husky|
Height and weight
These are medium-sized dogs.
Typically, these dogs have a height of 20 to 23 inches and weigh anywhere between 35 to 65 pounds.
The Aussie Shepherd physical appearance
Predicting the size and appearance of a mixed dog can be quite difficult. This is mainly because there are no official breed standards that have been set for this hybrid.
However, the Aussie Siberian is usually described as a “Shaggy Husky” keeping the Husky physique with the coat of an Australian Shepherd.
They have eyes that are alert and curious with an intelligent expression on their faces.
The Australian Shepherd Husky mix may have brown or blue eyes. This is because the parents have blue eyes which is the dominant color of the Aussie husky eyes.
These dogs have triangular-shaped ears with stocky bodies. The bodies are solid and well-muscled.
Coat appearance and shedding
The coat of this adorable hybrid can be short to medium in length and can also be very dense and can come in several colors and color combinations.
This pooch usually has a double coat that is weather-resistant as well.
The Aussie Husky has a bi-color coat with the belly and chest areas having one color while the rest of the body has another color.
Speaking of colors the Australian Shepherd Husky mix may come in several coat colors such as white, black, cream, gray, or even brown.
This dog sheds lightly throughout the year and blows the coat seasonally twice every year.
Multi-generation Aussie Huskies
Like we mentioned earlier in this post, you can have Australian Huskies that are from multiple generations.
What does this mean?
I will explain. You must be aware that not all Australian Shepherd Husky mixes are from a 50% purebred Aussie and 50% purebred Husky.
Breeders can have mixes that are from multi-generation crosses.
When you mix a purebred Australian Shepherd with a purebred Siberian Husky what you get is an f1 generation cross. This generation is said to have the most vigor of all generations.
As you go down the generation chain the crosses slowly lose vigor.
However, there are some benefits to having multi-generation crosses. This may increase the chances of having certain traits that help in the establishment if breed standards.
To better help, you understand let us look at the other generation crosses.
You can also have an F1b puppy which is a backcross puppy. What this means is that the puppy is bred from an F1 parent and a purebred Aussie or Husky.
By doing these certain traits in the mix are strengthened.
Then there is an F2 generation puppy which is a second-generation puppy. An F2 pup is got from crossing an F1 parent with another F1 parent.
You can also have an F2b pup which is a second-generation backcross puppy. This pup is got by mixing an F1 with an F1b parent.
This goes on and on to the F3 that is a combination of two F2 Aussie Huskies.
Below is a summary for you:
- Purebred a x Purebred b = F1 Hybrid Dog
- F1 x Purebred-A = F1b Hybrid Dog
- F1 x F1 = F2 Hybrid Dog
- F1b x F1 = F2b Hybrid Dog
- F2 x F2 = F3 Hybrid Dog
This information is important when you are about to get a designer and it is good that you have a basic understanding of the same.
However, no dog should be disposed of just because they do not meet your expectations for certain traits.
Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment and you should not do it if you have not completely made up your mind.
Aussie Siberian temperament and personality
Since these dogs are quite new it is hard to be very accurate on the personality that the mixed Husky is going to have.
However, you can have a prediction of how your adorable pup is going to turn out by looking at both of the parent breed traits.
These dogs can be very independent, work-oriented, smart, and active.
They can also be aloof to strangers too just like the Australian Shepherd. This does not mean that they are not interested in those good cuddles.
They are just interested in doing their things.
More on the Aussie Shepherd
Aussie huskies, however, make great family pets and are active which makes them suitable that enjoy activities.
Provided that you provide these dogs with the correct socialization from a young age they will do well with dogs and other pets.
You should, however, keep in mind that these are herding dogs and if they get stimulated they may be inclined to herd other pets and even children.
Despite this, they do well with young kids and can play with them for hours on end.
If you are also looking for a guard dog this is the perfect Pooch for you. You just have to make sure that you give them the correct guard dog training.
They are just the suitable watchdogs for your home considering that they are protective to the people that they love and they do this with determination.
The intelligence of the Australian Shepherd Husky mix makes them easy to train.
They catch up with new commands and tricks very quickly. You can train them for whatever you want them to help you with. Whether it is for being rescue dogs, service dogs, or even therapy dogs.
Remember we said that the Aussie Siberian has a lot of energy. Well, that means that he also needs a lot of space and an apartment may not be the most comfortable setting to bring up this pooch.
They will need space like a yard where they can explore and that will be most convenient for them.
Australian Shepherd Husky mix puppy
Because both of the parents are of the same size, it may vary in which parent will be the mother or the father.
The size of the litter will also depend on the size of the parent breeds. If the parent breeds are larger then the litter size will be bigger and vice Versa.
The puppies from this mix tend to be low on demand although the parents are very popular which affects their prices.
Australian Shepherd Husky mix puppies can cost you anywhere between 500 dollars to 1000 dollars depending on the breeder.
You should also remember that other costs come with this dog such as visits to the vet which could add up to $1000 per year.
I would not recommend buying puppies from pet stores and it would even be better if you got your puppy from a dog rescue.
You should always make sure that the dog you get is from a reputable breeder.
So, how do you get about finding a reputable breeder? Visit our guide on how to find a reputable and responsible breeder to learn more about that.
Reputable breeders should be able to do the following:
A reputable breeder should also ask questions about yourself and how you live. He may also ask to visit your whole family.
The same breeder should be able to follow up on the hybrid dog even after you have already taken the dog home.
You should allow your breeder to keep the Husky mixed with Aussie Husky puppies until they are at least 6-8 months old.
The breeder should also be able to provide information on how you should raise the puppy, train it, and even how you should feed the Puppy.
Good breeders have a refund policy and should be willing to replace or refund your money in case some genetically linked illness occurs when you are with the Australian Shepherd and Husky mix puppy.
You should be wary of Ausky Puppies that come at a cheap price
You may come across a litter of puppies that have very low prices as compared to other puppies in the market.
As mentioned earlier mixed hybrid dog puppies do not come cheap and this is because they are not cheap or easy to breed.
So, if you see a breeder that is selling his/her puppies at an extremely low price they are probably not good.
They are also the chance that the puppies had been poorly bred leaving you to deal with the consequences.
Grooming an Ausky
Australian Huskies are heavy shedders and are not suited for people that suffer from allergies.
The thick coat of this Husky mix needs to be groomed regularly and should be done every day if possible.
Grooming is a good way to make sure that your dog has the best physical appearance.
You are also able to check if your dog has any infestations and establish a greater bond between you and your dog.
To start, brushing is an essential part of the Australian Shepherd Husky mix.
Brushing this dog should be done 3 to 5 times every week.
When you are about to brush your dog you should have the necessary tools to help you in doing exactly that.
You may use a slicker brush that can run through the thick coat layers for you to have effective brushing.
This brush helps in removing the mats and tangles that your dog may have.
Grooming can be a terrible experience for some dogs and you must make sure that the dog gets used to the process.
You can do this by starting grooming when the dog is still a puppy or through desensitization training for your dog. We will talk about this in the dog training section in this article.
Other grooming requirements
You should bath your dog only when it is necessary. This is when your dog becomes dirty or smelly.
When you are bathing your dog you should use products that have neutral pH like aloe vera.
You should never use human shampoo on your dog and only use a shampoo that is formulated for dogs. The shampoo should also be one that does not dry the skin of your dog.
Apart from making sure that the coat looks great, you should also do other grooming processes.
Check your dog’s ears and clean them if they are dirty. Use a cotton bud or a that has been dipped in an ear cleaning solution and use it to clean the dog’s ears. Cleaning the ears also gets rid of bad odor.
For the eyes, you can also use a microfiber cloth or a cotton ball that has mineral oils to clean them.
You can choose to visit a professional dog if you are not comfortable doing the processes by yourself.
Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming.
Brush your Australian Shepherd Husky mix teeth a few times in a week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.
Some dogs may not want you to touch their teeth, so make him get used to the process.
Make it a gradual process. The process of brushing a dog’s teeth is just the same as how you would do it on your teeth.
The Ausky is a very food-oriented dog and it is a very important part of their day and their favorite part.
You should always make sure that the pooch gets the calories he needs to keep him going.
This will be approximately 1600 calories in a day but will depend on the size of your dog and the activity level.
Every dog needs about 30 calories for every pound that he weighs.
The Australian Shepherd Husky mix will, therefore, need about 4 cups of high-quality kibble in a day.
Dry food helps your dog to have stronger teeth and also cleans gums.
These meals should be divided into two portions. One portion should be given to the dog in the morning and the other in the evening.
For proper bone development, your dog should get some essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.
These minerals help in muscle development and reduce blood disorders.
Apart from making sure that your Aussie Husky gets enough to eat you should make sure that he stays hydrated.
There is also the problem of increasing obesity in dogs that you need to check out for.
To prevent this you should make sure that your pooch gets enough exercise and gets healthy snacks such as vegetables that are healthy for a dog to eat.
Australian Shepherd Husky mix exercise requirements
The Australian Shepherd Husky mix is a dog that loves being outdoors and it is a great opportunity for the dog to get exercise.
This is the setting where they are happiest.
That is why we had mentioned earlier that the Ausky does not do well in closed spaces as they love to explore and play.
This pooch is known to be mischievous when he gets bored and therefore the yard should be as secure as possible.
You need to provide the dog with stimulation both physical and mental. This is also a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
There are several ways that you can do this like playing fetch and going for walks and jogs.
Training an Aussie Siberian
The Australian Shepherd Husky mix is a smart dog that is very trainable as a matter of fact.
This adorable pooch inherits this intelligence from the parent breeds that.
However, their urge to be independent can make them somewhat stubborn. They tend to do what they are in the mood for and you will need to watch their mood when you are about to train them.
Train them when they are most active like after a walk as this is when they will give you most of the attention.
House training would be a great place to start your training.
Desensitization training for an Australian Shepherd Husky mix
Is your Ausky scared of something?
Many people do not understand desensitization training for a dog and what it entails.
Let me break down this for you.
Let us say you have a sensitivity to something and you detect the slightest changes.
Dogs with emotional issues are usually abnormally sensitive to a stimulus that can cause them to react in a way that is not appropriate like being aggressive.
Desensitization is a way of reducing the sensitivity gradually until there is no response at all to the stimulus.
You do this by introducing your Australian Shepherd Husky mix to small portions of that stimulus so that he can get used to it.
You can do this by counter conditioning or operant conditioning which are very similar and important in desensitization.
The difference between the two is that in counter-conditioning the pooch already has a negative association such as pain to a certain stimulus and you will need to create a new association with the stimulus.
Counter-conditioning will require you to have more repetition, diligence, and patience.
There are always a few health concerns that you have to look out for even if the dog was crossed to outbreed any health issues.
The Australian Shepherd Husky mix is no exception to that as this dog is prone to inheriting some of the health problems from the parent breeds.
Luckily some of these problems can be treated as long as you keep a close eye on your dog.
You can schedule a test with your veterinarian to determine the possibility of any inherited health issues.
There are recommendations and diet requirements that you will require to follow to keep your pooch in a stable healthy state.
These are just concerns but it does not mean that your dog will suffer from them.
Some of the health concerns are;
- skin allergies
- eye problems
- joint dysplasia
It the Aussie Husky the right dog for you
This dog will never get tired of you which makes him a great pet for families that enjoy outdoor activities.
He is also a great pooch for families that are looking for a guard dog.
If you are willing to get this dog you must also be willing to make sure that you spend a lot of time making them feel useful as they like to have a sense of purpose.
Exercise is a must if you are adopting the Australian Shepherd Husky.
What do you think about this adorable mixed dog? leave us your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below.
There you go, WOOF!!!!
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