Australian Shepherd Husky Mix – Two Hard-Working Breeds

Australian Shepherd Husky Mix Size:

The average weight of an adult male is around 50 pounds (23 kg). The average weight of an adult female is around 40 pounds (18 kg) and they are usually between 12 months and 16 years old. A young dog will weigh less than 20 pounds (9 kg), but most dogs will not reach their full potential until they get older. They have been bred to work hard and endure hardships.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX BREED STANDARD HEIGHT WEIGHT AT TIME OF BIRTH (POUNDS) AGE AVERAGE WEIGHT TODAY (POUNDS) Average Weight Today (lbs.) Male Female Adult Male Female Adult Male Female Average Height at Time of Birth (inches) 24.0 25.5 26.4 27.1 28.2 29.3 30.6 31.8 32.7 33.6 34.2 35.0 36.0 37.0 38.1 39.2 40.3 41.4 42.5 43.6 44.7 45.8 46.9 47.9 49.0 50.1 51.2 52.3 53.4 54.5 55.6 56.6 AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX BREED STANDARD

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: AVERAGE AGE OF DEVELOPMENT

The various ages and stages are as follows:

1 weeks – The puppies will whimper, sleep a lot, and feed a lot.

2 weeks – The eyes will begin to open, the puppies will start to respond to noise and start to move about a little.

3 weeks – The ears will begin to perk up and they will become more active.

4 weeks – Walking, but wobbly, barking, skin starts to thicken, teeth begin to appear.

5 weeks – Walking better, loving nature emerges, opening eyes, begins to respond to surroundings.

6 weeks – Eating solids, walks well, more teeth, leaps in your arms.

7 weeks – Teeth complete, leaps from floor, rolls over, wags tail.

8 weeks – Very active, sleeps a lot less, responds to name.

9 weeks – Almost no wobbling, likes to play with toys.

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10 weeks – More playful, jumps in your lap (if you have one!).

11 weeks – Getting coordinated, better balance.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: AGE OF MATURITY

The age at which a dog reaches maturity depends upon the breed and the size of the dog, but is generally between 1 to 3 years for most breeds. Some large breeds take as long as four years before they reach full maturity. Smaller dogs mature as early as one year.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: GENERAL HEALTH

The general health of a dog depends upon several factors including the breed, care given to it, and its surroundings. Dogs generally have good health if they have been properly cared for and fed. It is a common misconception that dogs are prone to diseases and other illnesses, but this is untrue. In fact, dogs can fend off most of these illnesses and conditions with their strong immune system and resilient bodies. There are some illnesses which are particular to certain breeds (such as hip dysplasia in German Shepherd Dogs), however, the incidence of such diseases is rare.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: Origins

The origins of the Australian Shepherd are a little sketchy which only adds to its allure. But what is known is that most of the population of this unique breed can be traced back to three dogs, Old Bob, Old Buck and Old Dan. These dogs were essential in developing the breed.

The question is where did these three dogs come from?

The most popular version of their origins can be found on the internet site for the American Kennel Club. It states that they descend from a mix of herding dogs and sight hounds, brought to the United States by Cortez that were then bred with Mexican ranchers dogs in the 1800’s. The “Australian” in their name most likely comes from the breed’s popularity in that country.

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AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: Behavioral Characteristics

The most popular and widely used working dog of the United States is the Border Collie, but the Aussie Shepherd is gaining ground fast. This dog has become increasingly popular as a working ranch dog, but it also makes an excellent family pet.

These dogs love to work. If they are not provided with something productive to do they will get into mischief around the house. If you want a couch potato, the Aussie Shepherd is not the dog for you.

These dogs are natural herders, tending to nip at the heels of other animals and urge them in the desired direction. They are also notorious for herding children. This can be a problem if the children are very young or slow to respond as they may get nipped at as well. These dogs need constant activity and attention.

It is important to start training as soon as you bring your Aussie Shepherd home. They are highly intelligent and extremely active, which means that they can easily get bored. When an Aussie Shepherd is bored, everybody around him gets annoyed. Training these dogs will reinforce the leadership role of the owner and will keep the dog content.

These dogs should be well socialized when they are young. Aussies tend to bond closely to just one person, which can create problems if there are other people in the family. It is necessary to take the dog everywhere with you so it learns that there are many different people in the world and all of them are okay.

The Aussie Shepherd can make a good watchdog, but again this trait needs to be reinforced through training. These dogs are fairly good at barking when the need arises, but again, they need guidance from the owner on what is and is not an appropriate time to do so.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of a Aussie Shepherd is between 10 and 15 years.

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AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: Grooming

The coat of the Aussie Shepherd only requires an occasional brushing. Too much grooming can actually damage the coat and strip the natural oils, which can have a tendency to make the coat rough.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HUSKY MIX: Activity

These dogs need a lot of exercise. They have a lot of energy and if they are not provided with proper outlets they will become destructive. They need to be taken on long walks at least once a day and it is even better if you can jog with them or take them running alongside your bicycle. They also love to play fetch. You will need to give them time to run around and exercise on their own, however, if this is not possible you might want to think about getting two Australian Shepherds rather than just one.

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