Shih Tzu Husky Mix: Everything You Need to Know About This Unusual Hybrid

What Is A Husky?

Husky (also known as Alaskan Malamute) are a large breed of dog with a medium size. They have short legs, thick fur and long bodies. Their coats range from white to black and they usually weigh between 25 – 50 pounds. They are very loyal dogs that love their families dearly and will do anything for them!

Why Should I Consider Getting A Husky?

They are friendly, affectionate and loving. They make wonderful family pets. They are good watchdogs, but not so much for protection as they tend to bark a lot when excited or nervous. They are great companions for children and other small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs etc. They can be trained to fetch things and go through doors if necessary. They are excellent guard dogs and can easily protect your home.

How Much Do Huskies Cost?

The price of a husky varies depending upon the breeder, quality of the puppy and whether it is male or female. There are many different types of huskies available including: Siberian Husky, Arctic Foxhound, Samoyed, Australian Cattle Dog and others. All these types have their own unique characteristics which makes them desirable to some people while undesirable to others. Most breeders will offer the puppies with limited registration, papers and sometimes even full breeding rights. The price of a full breeding rights husky is usually more than that of other types. It is normally illegal to buy or sell dogs without registration papers in some places. It is also common for registration papers to state whether the dog is suitable for guarding or for hunting etc.

How Long Do Huskies Live?

The average life span of a husky is between 10-13 years. It really just depends on the health and happiness of the dog. A dog that is kept in a large space, kept as an only dog and provided with regular long walks will often live longer than one that is kept in a small apartment all the time with little exercise.

What Is The Difference Between Male And Female Huskies?

There is little to no difference between male and female huskies apart from their abilities to reproduce. They both have the same amount of energy, intelligence and loyalty.

How Much Exercise Does A Husky Need?

Huskies are a lot like cats in that they will always find something to do to entertain themselves. However, just like a cat, if you do not give them any physical exercise they will get bored and potentially destructive. We recommend at least 2 walks per day along with large play spaces such as a field or garden.

How Much Grooming Does A Husky Need?

Huskies do not need regular baths or haircuts like most other breeds. They only need to be bathed when particularly dirty or smelly. They also shed their undercoat twice a year (similar to humans getting a seasonal change) and will usually lose large clumps of fur all at once when this occurs. You will also need to brush them every day to remove dead fur and prevent hairball buildup.

Puppies vs Adults

Puppies are always adored more than adult dogs by most people. One of the greatest difficulties of owning a pet is knowing that you have to train it. This can be a very long and frustrating experience, especially when you do not see results. Although this holds true for puppies, the reward you get from training an adult dog is much greater. Dogs are not only more mature but also have a better understanding of human communication, allowing them to learn quicker and more efficiently.

Adults also do not have the energy that puppies do and will usually be content with shorter walks and playing for shorter periods of time. The main advantage of puppies is their affection. No matter how old we get, we cannot help but be overcome by the overwhelming joy elicited by the furry little faces of puppies.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of a Siberian Husky is around 10-13 years. This means that you will be able to enjoy your new pet for around that period of time. Although this may not be the case for all dogs, it is still common for most owners to develop some sort of emotional connection to their pets, making it hard for them when they pass away.

Coat care

The Siberians are known for their beautiful soft coats, that do not usually cause many problems. Although regular grooming is recommended these dogs are very easy to maintain.

A few times a week you should brush them to get rid of dead and loose hairs. Although you will find the occasional hairball this does not happen very often.

General Exercise

These dogs have great stamina and energy and need space to run around and play. Without this they can become bored and destructive. We recommend walks, jogs, hikes and runs at least twice a day to allow them to use up all that energy. A large yard or space is best as they are hunters by nature. If you do not have the room or time for this then we suggest you choose a different breed of dog as a Siberian Husky cannot be content with just sitting around inside all day.

Special Care

Although the Siberian Huskies are not known for having any major health issues they can still suffer from diseases and conditions that can be expensive to treat. Most of these problems occur with the eyes, skin and joints. There are tests and measures you can do in order to prevent these but they do not always work. We recommend getting pet insurance to protect against these problems.

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Does It Bark a Lot

These are working dogs and as such have evolved to be able to communicate with their owners and other canines over great distances. Although they are quieter than other dog breeds, they do like to make noise. We still recommend that you look into training methods to curb excessive barking as this can become irritating to your neighbors.

Grooming

These dogs have double coats of fur. The undercoat has thick, short hairs and the longer guard hairs on top. This protects them in the colder weather as it traps air close to the skin and keeps them warm. They also shed their coats twice a year, once in the spring when they grow out and again in the fall when they prepare for winter. During these periods you will be required to brush them daily to get rid of loose hairs.

We also recommend trimming their fur.

If you’re interested in adopting a Siberian from us but need more time to think about it, simply fill in our waiting list application and we’ll be in touch if a dog becomes available in the future that suits your requirements!

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