The Miniature Husky will grow to 16 inches and weigh up to 35 pounds as an adult. So, their size is much smaller than the standard Siberian Husky.
But, the Miniature Siberian Husky personality should be the same as a regular Siberian Husky. They are active, playful, and outgoing dogs.
Unfortunately, there are some health issues to be aware of. Especially if your Mini Husky comes from a less reputable breeder.
So, let’s find out a little more about this small breed. From their appearance, and care, to how they are created.
Miniature Husky FAQs
This article will answer questions like:
- How big is a Mini Husky full grown?
- Where does a Miniature Husky come from?
- Does the Mini Husky size present any health issues for the breed?
We’ll also look into breeding practices. And what to look for when choosing a breeder.
If you want to jump to a specific section of this guide, just click one of the links below.
- History of the Miniature Husky
- Appearance and Size
- Ways to Create a Miniature Husky
- Potential Health Issues
- General Care
- Finding a Breeder
History of the Miniature Husky
As the Miniature Husky name suggests, this is a smaller version of the Siberian Husky. The adult Mini Husky is a much smaller dog than his standard-size counterpart.
A breeder in the 1990s, Bree Normandin, developed the Miniature Husky.
Normandin’s aim was to create a smaller, companion-sized version of the renowned sled dog with distinctive almond-shaped eyes.
Selective breeding among small Husky breed members created the Mini Husky dog.
So, to find out more about this breed’s history, we need to look at the Siberian Husky in general.
Siberian Husky History
Not surprisingly, the Siberian Husky originates in Siberia.
These dogs are believed to have been bred for thousands of years by the Chukchi people. They can travel long distances and are recognized as the lightest and fastest sled dogs.
The Siberian Husky became famous in 1925 when team of dogs pulled a sled for over 600 miles. They were carrying medicine to an Alaskan town suffering from a diphtheria epidemic.
Miniature Husky Appearance
The Miniature Husky looks just like the standard version of the breed, but smaller!
Distinguishing features include a wolf-like appearance, erect ears, and a medium-length, fluffy coat that comes in a wide range of colors. This wolf-like appearance is part of the appeal of these dogs.
Miniature Husky Size
A standard-sized adult Siberian Husky ranges in height from 21 to 23.5 inches and weighs between 35 to 60 pounds. So they’re medium-sized dogs.
But, a Miniature Husky is much smaller. Full grown, these dogs will stand from 12 to 16 inches.
Miniature Husky weight will vary between 15 and 35 pounds. This makes them more appealing to those who love the Husky, but perhaps don’t have the room to accomodate one.
Smaller dogs are also associated with less work and expense. Which is a massive pro for many people.
Miniature Husky Temperament
Don’t let the Mini Husky name fool you. Just like the standard version, this is a very active and athletic dog. It needs lots of daily exercise.
A daily 20 minute walk around the block won’t satisfy this dog.
The Miniature Husky loves to run. Without an outlet, they can become destructive by digging, chewing, and trying to escape.
Although it isn’t clingy, the Miniature Husky is a friendly, loyal dog who likes attention. So smaller size doesn’t necessarily come with fewer responsibilities. You should also be aware of destructive behaviors.
If you leave your pet alone for long periods, your home may suffer some damage.
Mischievous streaks are common. Mini Husky puppies in particular will be very playful.
Miniature Huskies are non-aggressive and good with children.
They are rambunctious, however. So always supervise time spent with little ones.
How do you get a Miniature Dog Breed?
There are basically three ways to miniaturize any dog breed. Let’s take a look at each of these in a bit more detail to see which is best.
The first is to mix a standard breed with a smaller different breed.
For example, the Mini Labradoodle is a Labrador Retriever crossed with a Miniature Poodle.
There is a debate on whether designer dogs like this are healthier than purebred dogs. You can read more about that here.
However, if you choose this option, it’s important to remember you can’t guarantee Husky traits. Your puppy could inherit personality or physical traits from either parent breeds.
The second way is to introduce the gene for dwarfism. Also known as achondroplasia.
Dwarfism is a genetic mutation that can arise in any breed. However, this can bring with it certain health problems.
For instance, there is a link between the gene that causes dwarfism and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
Breeding Small Huskies
The final way is to repeatedly breed from the runts, or the smallest of litters. This was how the Mini Husky was created.
Breeding from runts can bring similar issues to introducing dwarfism. Although some runts can grow to be healthy dogs, others can experience health issues.
They can miss out on valuable nutrients if they can’t compete with sibling puppies for milk. This can weaken their immune system and leave them more prone to infections.
The relatively new practice of creating miniature versions of large dog breeds is not without controversy. Let’s take a look at these problems.
What are the Drawbacks of Miniaturization?
It’s trendy and popular to own smaller versions of popular breeds.
But the quest to satisfy the trend has created health issues for many of these tiny dogs.
Studies show that breeding for extreme conformational traits has caused an increased risk of certain diseases. This includes breathing problems, ocular diseases, and dystocia.
We’ve mentioned there is a link between the gene that causes dwarfism and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
This condition affects the nerves in the spinal cord, causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.
Miniature Husky Health
Like any breed, the Miniature Husky dog is prone to some genetic health problems.
If small, unhealthy dogs are used for breeding, more health concerns could result. So what should you do if you want a healthy Miniature Husky?
Your best defence against this is choosing a reputable breeder. They should allow you to see the parents of the baby Mini Husky.
The Siberian Husky is known to be a generally healthy breed. It has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. But, there are still some health concerns to be aware of.
Eye diseases and the Miniature Husky
The Mini Husky dog breed is known for their striking ice blue eyes. But sometimes they may have one blue and one brown eye.
Unfortunately, a number of different eye problems are not uncommon for the Miniature Husky.
A Vogt‐Koyanagi‐Harada-like syndrome often results in blindness. It also affects the skin and coat pigmentation. Male dogs are more likely to have this disease.
Corneal dystrophy is a clouding of the cornea that always affects both eyes. Plus, depending upon the severity, it can lead to blindness.
Progressive retinal atrophy is also common and can lead to blindness. Fortunately, the Optigen test will identify dogs who carry the gene.
Cataracts affect around 10% of all Siberian Huskies. Juvenile cataracts can affect a dog as young as three months old.
The prevalence of cataracts in this breed is the subject of ongoing genetic research.
But, aDNA test should soon be available to detect dogs who carry the recessive gene for cataracts.
Skin problems and the Miniature Husky
Skin problems are another concern for this breed.
Huskies are at a high risk for follicular dysplasia. This is a genetic problem that causes patchy hair loss, abnormal hair growth, and scaly, infected skin.
Zinc deficiency is another skin problem that usually presents as itching and hair loss, among other symptoms.
Zinc deficiency is prevalent in the breed. But is treatable with a zinc additive from your vet.
Hip dysplasia and the Miniature Husky
Hip dysplasia is not uncommon in large dog breeds.
This condition is quite painful for the dog and treatment can involve costly surgery.
The Siberian Husky is not as affected by hip dysplasia as some breeds. But, it can still be an issue.
Hypothyroidism and the Miniature Husky
Hypothyroidism is another common ailment for the Siberian Husky. It is related to abnormal secretion of the thyroid gland.
Signs of thyroid problems include weight gain, lethargy, and patchy bald spots on their coat.
The recommendation is that all breeding Siberians be tested for thyroid disease.
Miniature Husky General Care
The Miniature Husky will need a level of general care each day. You should make sure to keep on top of the grooming needs of your mini pup.
Generally Huskies need grooming at least twice a week. But for more information make sure you read our Husky grooming guide.
You’ll need to feed your mini Husky a high quality food. Choosing the exact amount will depend entirely on the size of your mini Husky. If in doubt, your vet will give the best advice!
Avoiding bad breeders
When searching for the Mini Husky breed, you’re likely to come across some breeders who are less than respectable.
Deliberate breeding to create dogs that are smaller and smaller is a relatively recent development. And an extremely distressing one.
Dogs of any breed who are far under the normal weight range are in danger of serious health problems.
You may see Teacup Husky puppies or Micro Miniature Husky puppies advertised. But, avoid working with those breeders.
Make sure to also avoid choosing pet stores or puppy farms. These places breed for profit with a disregard to the health and welfare of their dogs or puppies.
Puppies from bad breeders are often cheaper than those from reputable ones. However they can be more costly in the long run due to their potential health issues.
Choosing a responsible breeder
A responsible breeder will be happy to show you where the dogs live and let you meet the puppy’s parents.
You should feel free to ask questions about breeding practices and the puppy’s background.
A reputable breeder will know the health and welfare issues surrounding miniature breeds. They will not shy away from a discussion.
Health tests for genetic problems are most important. The breeder should prove this.
Read more about choosing a reputable breeder here.
Other Breeds to Consider
If you love the idea of having a smaller dog, there are plenty of breeds to choose from. Choosing a smaller dog or a smaller mixed breed can be a good way to avoid serious health issues.
Take a look at some of the breed guides below to see if any of these dogs are better suited to your home.
Miniature Husky Summary
As far as the Siberian Husky Club of America Inc. and the AKC are concerned, the Miniature Husky breed is a name and nothing more. They do not recognize the Miniature Husky as a breed. Nor as a variety of Siberian Husky.
The Mini Husky size is viewed as a deviation. Due to their small size, they cannot be a working sled dog as described in the standard.
Do you have experience with small versions of this breed? Leave a comment!
References and further reading
- O’Neill, D., “Report on a discussion about ‘Animal Health and Welfare: Breeding for extreme conformations in dogs and cats’ at the European Parliament in Brussels,” The Royal Veterinary College UK, 2018.
- Stanley RG, et al., “Eye diseases in Siberian husky dogs,” Australian Veterinary Journal, 1991.
- Brown, EA, et al., “FGF4 retrogene on CFA12 is responsible for chondrodystrophy and intervertebral disc disease in dogs,” PNAS, 2017.
- Vercelli, A., “Canine Vogt‐Koyanagi‐Harada‐like Syndrome in Two Siberian Husky Dogs,” Veterinary Dermatology, 1990.
- Degryse, AD, et al., “Recurrent zinc‐responsive dermatosis in a Siberian Husky,” Journal of Small Animal Practice, 1987.
- Willis MB, “A review of the progress in canine hip dysplasia control in Britain,” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1997.