Today’s article looks at the rise in popularity of the Husky Pitbull Mix.
Interest in Pitbull Husky mix puppies is growing.
Striking looks? Check.
Cute mash-up name? Check again.
Heritage which would make even the most experienced dog handler feel a little bit faint?
Let’s find out what happens when you play the genetic lottery with two of the dog world’s most high-octane breeds.
- Introducing the Pitbull Husky Mix
- The Siberian Husky?
- The American Pit Bull Terrier
- What do Pitskies look like?
- Pitsky Size
- Pitskies and children
- Pitsky socialization
- Pitbull Husky Mix Exercise
- Pitbull Husky Mix Grooming
- Pitbull Husky Mix Health
- Finding a healthy Pitsky puppy
- Is a Pitsky right for your family?
We’ll also help you decide if you’ve got what it takes to bring such an energetic puppy home.
Introducing the Pitbull Husky mix
In this article, husky means Siberian Husky. Pitbull means American Pit Bull Terrier .
Both breeds are smart, lively, loyal and noted for being gentle and affectionate with their human family.
The two breeds don’t exactly look alike!
So when their features come together, it often has eye-catching results.
Think dark coloring and bright blue eyes.
Or a Husky’s markings and large triangular ears with a streamlined short-coated silhouette.
First take a Siberian Husky…
Siberian Huskies have come a long way from pulling sleds across Siberia.
Indeed they are now one of America’s favorite pet dog breeds.
Siberian Huskies were originally bred as working dogs by the Chukchi people.
Chukchis are nomadic hunter gatherers who needed dogs with great power and endurance. Pulling their sleds was an important job.
But Huskies also needed a gentle disposition.
This was because they were trusted to live in close quarters with their families.
Our complete guide to the Siberian Husky breed is right here, but we’ll continue picking out the most relevant things you need to know in this article too.
… then add an American Pit Bull Terrier
Many people associate Pitbulls with words like ‘fighting’ and ‘biting’. They have a bit of a reputation
We’ll take an honest look at that in a minute.
Let’s find out where Pit bulls come from.
Pitbulls were created back in the 19th century by mixing English terriers and English bulldogs. Popular breeds of the time.
The idea was to harness the enthusiasm of the terrier and the power of the bulldog.
The results were strong and versatile dogs.
These became the ancestors for the modern day Pitbull.
Unfortunately, people also began to use these dogs to take part in illegal dog fights.
Dogs which displayed high levels of aggression were purposefully bred from.
They were also mistreated to make them even more aggressive.
Inevitably, they gained a reputation for being dangerous (which is exactly what the dangerous people who owned them wanted).
Turned away from the AKC
Following this, the American Kennel Club distanced themselves from Pitbulls.
They refused to accept the breed onto it’s registry. Eventually recognizing the American Staffordshire Terrier instead.
Pitbulls and American Staffordshire Terriers are very alike.
So similar in fact that some people consider them to be the same breed.
And this article can be applied equally to Husky-Amstaff crossbreeds.
… and voila, a Pitsky!
Now crossbreeds have been bred deliberately and accidentally since the beginnings of domestication.
Mixed breeding was once the norm.
The Pitbull x Husky mix is not something new. Pure breeding on the other hand, is a fairly recent trend.
However, crossbreeds are enjoying a lot of extra attention and popularity at the moment.
Many pretty mixed breeds have arrived on the scene
What does a Pitbull mixed with Husky look like?
I’ve already said the results can be eye-catching, but what features are guaranteed?
The short answer is, none.
In terms of coloring, Huskies and Pitbulls are both quite unusual. With most pedigree dogs the breed club has a limited number of agreed colors.
But in both Huskies and Pit bull many colors are allowed.
When it comes to fur on the other hand, the two breeds are not at all alike.
Very different coats
Huskies are immediately recognizable by their thick long coat. They have a dense undercoat covered with long guard hairs.
They are, in a word, fluffy.
Whereas Pitbull’s have very short, sleek coats, which are stiff to the touch.
In addition, Huskies and Pitbulls have very different body shapes.
They also differ when it comes to eye shapes and colors, different ears… and so on
So when a Pitbull and a Husky mate, there’s no way to predict what appearance the puppies have until they’re born.
They could look very Husky-like, very Pitbull-like, or be any combination of the two.
If looks are important to you, this is something to bear in mind.
How big will a Husky Pitbull get?
Male Pitbulls typically are around 18 – 21 inches tall, and females slightly smaller at 43 – 50cm (17 – 20 inches).
Male Pitbulls weigh in at 33 – 60lb and females tip the scales at 13 – 22kg (29 – 49lb).
Huskies are a bit bigger.
Male Huskies should be between 53 and 61cm (21 – 24 inches) at the withers and 20 – 27kg (44 – 60lb).
Female Huskies grow to 51 – 56cm (20 – 22 inches) and 16 – 23kg (35 – 51lb).
That’s a lot of numbers to take in, but a Pitbull and Husky mix dog will end up any where on the scale between the smallest female Pitbull and the biggest male Husky: so, a compact 43cm, 13kg (17 inch, 29lb) female, or a strapping 61cm, 27kg (24 inch, 60lb) male.
What is the temperament of Husky and Pitbull mix dogs like?
The American Kennel Club describes Huskies as loyal, mischievous, outgoing, friendly, dignified, alert, and not aggressive.
And the United Kennel Club (which does accept Pitbull registrations) describes Pitbulls as confident, intelligent, willing to work and eager to please, brimming over with enthusiasm, and extremely friendly, even with strangers. They also note that the breed is gentle, and good with children.
As with appearance, a pitsky puppy can inherit any quality of either parent.
But, there are a lot of personality parallels between Huskies and Pitbulls, so putting them together is perhaps likely to have a more predictable outcome than mixing breeds with more disparate temperaments.
Good with children?! I though Pitbulls were dangerous?
The UKC’s description of Pitbulls may well have caused you to do a double-take.
So now let’s turn to concerns over Pitbulls, and whether they should stop you getting a Husky Pitbull cross.
Dog aggression is an area of significant public interest, so there are a number of studies we can use to inform us.
In a special report in Veterinary Medicine Today in 2000, 244 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States between 1979 and 1996 where the breed of the dog had been recorded were examined. 76 were caused by Pitbull-type dogs or Pitbull crossbreeds.
They were the type of dog responsible for the most deaths.
(Interestingly, the second most responsible type was the German Shepherd, the breed Americans trusted enough to make their 2nd favorite breed of 2016, and Husky-type dogs and their crossbreeds were responsible for 21 deaths – the fourth most responsible breed overall.)
In 2014 when an American Veterinary Medical Association literature review found that Pitbulls are not disproportionately aggressive towards humans.
In fact, they found Collies, Spaniels and toy dogs are all more likely to bite humans.
This is backed up by a 2008 study into breed differences in canine aggression, which found that breeds with the greatest percentage of dogs exhibiting serious aggression towards humans were Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Jack Russell Terriers, Cocker Spaniels and Beagles.
So Pitbulls aren’t as disposed to biting people as their reputation suggests. In fact all of the studies agreed that breed alone is a poor predictor of aggression.
But the reality is that when Pitbulls do bite, their sheer power, and gripping style of bite, means they are likely to cause much more harm than a smaller dog.
And the 2008 paper specifically noted Pitbulls for being more likely to display serious aggression towards unfamiliar dogs.
The importance of socialization and obedience training for Pitsky puppies
Socializing puppies with other dogs and people is a crucial part of shaping their attitude towards unfamiliar encounters as they grow up.
You can find out more about the importance of early socialization with our article 12 Great Places to Socialise your Puppy.
As your Husky cross Pitbull grows, you’ll need to be confident you can can control him in any environment, and recall him to your side from any situation.
How much exercise will a Husky Pitbull mix dog need?
Huskies and Pitbulls are both athletic dogs bred for heard work and stamina.
So when they breed, one outcome is for sure: a Husky mixed with Pitbull is going to have SO. MUCH. ENERGY.
How they want to channel that energy might vary a bit from individual to individual.
Some Husky mix Pitbulls might feel the Husky’s instinct to run for miles, whereas others might enjoy jumping or weight pulling games drawing on their Pitbull skills.
Be prepared to spend up to two hours a day exercising your Pitbull cross Husky so that they don’t become bored and destructive.
Having some Pitbull proof dog toys will help you to keep him happy at home after he’s had his exercise.
Bear in mind both Pitbulls and Huskies are enthusiastic diggers, agile jumpers, and nimble climbers. So if you want your crossbreed to take some of his exercise in your yard, make sure your boundaries are high enough and deep enough!
Will my Husky and Pitbull mix need much grooming?
This, at least, is one area where the Husky Pitbull is slightly more low maintenance than average.
Huskies are noted for their fastidious self-care, so much so they often completely lack that “doggy” smell.
However, they do shed constantly outside of Siberian climates and “blow their coat” completely twice a year.
To keep on top of this they need regular brushing, and it’s likely any puppies they have by a Pitbull will do too.
Are Pitbull Husky mix puppies healthy?
On the whole, crossbreeds typically enjoy better health than pedigree dogs.
This is because out-breeding expands their gene pool.
But like any pedigrees, Huskies and Pitbulls are prone to certain health problems, and any love puppy of the two is at risk of inheriting them.
Potential joint problems in Pitskies
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals identify Pitbulls as prone to hip, knee and elbow dysplasia.
Huskies usually have quite healthy joints. This is not a surprise when we bear in mind that they were built for running long distances.
However, we always recommend you ask for their hip scores anyway.
Our article about hip dysplasia will help you understand the hip scores when you receive them.
Skin conditions in Pitbull Husky cross breeds
Both Pitbulls and Huskies are vulnerable to some nasty skin conditions.
Pitbulls are more more likely than other breeds to suffer from Demodex canis mites.
These tiny creatures live on skin and cause mange. Sore, itchy, skin and loss of fur are symptoms.
Mites naturally live in small numbers on the coats of most dogs. However, something in Pitbulls’ genetic make up means their immune system is more easily overwhelmed by them.
Huskies are prone to a hereditary skin condition called follicular dysplasia which causes patches of hair loss and dry skin.
This skin disease can’t be cured, but it can be managed.
Pitsky puppies can suffer from either of these skin complaints
Husky Pitbull mix eyesight
Sadly both Huskies and Pitbulls are more than usually afflicted with eyesight problems.
Around 10% of Huskies are thought to have eye problems, in particular cataracts. A cause of blindness in pet dogs.
Finding a healthy Pitbull cross Husky puppy
Luckily, good breeders screen their dogs for joint and eye problems these days.
The right breeder should be happy to provide the results of health tests. And it is very important that you ask to see these.
Will a Pitbull Husky fit in with my family?
Both Huskies and Pitbulls are noted for being exceptionally devoted and affectionate to their owners.
Like either of their parents, Husky Pitbull crosses will need lots of your time.
You’ll need to provide games, training and plenty of exercise.
These activities are needed to prevent your puppy becoming bored and destructive.
You will also need lots of very chew proof dog toys, and ideally a chew proof dog bed too. Both Pitbulls and Huskies are notorious chewers.
Active people who spend a lot of time outdoors make the best Husky Pitbull owners. If that sounds like you, a Husky Pitbull mix might be a pet suited to keeping pace with your lifestyle.
Pitskies and kids
Pitbull Husky mix dogs will love to play, but bear in mind they are fairly heavy dogs.
Small children can easily get knocked over by bouncy young dogs.
However older children and teenagers may love having such a loyal fan.
They will also be able to help you provide your puppy with the stimulation they need.
Breeders Of Husky Pitbull mix puppies
Many of the Pitbull’s behavioral problems are caused by reckless and irresponsible breeders.
This means that you must be ultra careful when looking for a Pitbull puppy.
Or any kind of Pit bull mix
Unlikely crossbreeds are enjoying a period of being very fashionable.
Designer mixes can fetch high prices; Therefore, there is a risk of Pitbulls bred for aggression in the past, being used for pet breeding.
Simply to make a quick profit.
It’s therefore especially important that you know how to recognize a responsible breeder.
Insist, without exception or excuse, on meeting both parents.
If the adult dogs are not delighted to meet you with wagging tails, walk away.
And if you think you would struggle to control either of them, then walk away.
See those certificates
And that you ask your breeder for a full medical history for both parents, including hip scores and eye certificates.
Not just for health reasons. But because a breeder that cares about health is more likely to care about safety too.
Also, be prepared to answer lots of questions from your breeder.
A responsible breeder will want to make sure their puppies are going to the right home with the right motive for buying them.
Where to find Husky Pitbull mix puppies
It’s not hard to find Pitbull Husky mix puppies for sale online, but be extremely cautious of their background.
Remember, you want a Pitbull parent that has been bred for show or for the pet market.
Not for unsavory activities!
The United Kennel Club, and the breed associations for Siberian Huskies and American Pit Bull Terriers all have breeder directories on their websites.
It’s a long shot whether these breeders would ever produce crossbreeds.
However, they might be able to help you find a reputable breeder by word of mouth.
Pitbull husky mix price
A puppy of two healthy parents with good temperaments shouldn’t be cheap.
Health tests are expensive. So is veterinary care and good nutrition for mother dogs and growing pups.
Be wary of litters being offered cheaply online.
And be prepared to pay a fair price to a breeder who has taken their responsibilities seriously.
Important note: Pitbulls outside the United States
Pitbulls are a heavily regulated breed outside of the United States.
In the United Kingdom the Pitbull is a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
It is illegal to breed from one or sell or give away their puppies.
There are also rules on owning or breeding Pitbulls in Australia, New Zealand, much of Europe and many other countries.
What next for the Husky Pitbull mix?
Okay, so I’ve deliberately made Pitbull Husky crossbreeds sound a bit intimidating.
And with good reason.
Either breed taken on its own is already a big commitment.
And whichever way you put them together, you’ll have your work cut out for you with a Pitbull Husky mix.
The traits they inherit and to what degree may be a lottery, but any combination will be super intelligent and have bottomless reserves of energy.
A bad reputation..
There’s no denying that Pitbulls have been badly bred, mistreated and misused in the past. Those responsible have tainted the reputation of the whole breed.
A report from the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy in 2000 looked at attitudes to Pitbulls. It found that the “vast majority” of Pitbull owners felt their dogs were stigmatized due to their breed.
This in turn caused tension with other people.
It is also true that when a Pitbull type dog bites, the damage is often serious. And sometimes fatal.
However, Pitbulls have many admirable qualities.
If you’re looking for a big-hearted active dog.
If you are the right person, with the time to socialize and train your dog.
Then, a Pitbull Husky cross could be a rewarding, one of a kind companion for you.
Tell us about your Husky Pitbull mix
Do you have a Pitsky at home?
Please tell us about all about them. What you like, the challenges you faced. And give us your tips in the comments section below.
For more information about choosing a breeder follow our step by step guide to finding a puppy
Alternatively, you can find all the information you need in Pippa Mattinson’s puppy search guide book. It’s called: Choosing The Perfect Puppy
And is available worldwide from Amazon and in book stores.
Siberian Husky Club of America
United Kennel Club