The Akita Husky Mix, also known as the Huskita is a hybrid or designer dog between the Akita and the Siberian Husky. He tends to be a very loyal dog that is rather aloof at times. The Huskita has almond shaped eyes with a very stout stature, sturdy legs and a curly, bushy tail. They are a high energy, playful dog. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Akita Husky Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Akita Husky Mix puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible.
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Being that the Akita Husky Mix, or Huskita is a recent designer dog and is really a mixed breed, there isn’t much to go off of when looking at it’s history. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. Please sign our petition to stop puppy mills. Here is a brief history of both parent breeds.
The Siberian Husky is a medium size working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia, Russia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family and was originally bred to pull sleds over long distances rather quickly. They are known to be escape artists that will dig themselves out of the strongest fence. Being that they were bred to pull things you can imagine that they aren’t the easiest dogs to walk.
The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members. They were originally bred to hunt wild boar, Sika deer, and Asian black bear. They tracked large game, holding it at bay until hunters arrived to make the kill.
Height: 23 - 25 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 110 lb.
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Height: 20 - 23 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 60 lb.
Lifespan: 12-15 years
The Huskita is a very independent, but loving and protective dog. They are extremely alert so might make a good watchdog. Sometimes you might feel like they are very detached due to their independent nature. They can be fierce but also extremely affectionate. How he deals with strange people really depends on which of the parent breeds he takes after. The Akita is typically much more aggressive and the Husky is much more welcoming to strangers.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Husky mixed with Akita might be prone to Bloat, eye problems, SA, Hypothyroidism, Hip dysplasia and obesity.
Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.
The Husky Akita mix is going to need a lot of exercise and might not make the best dog for being cooped up in an apartment. They are going to need room to roam.They are really going to need an active owner that likes to take long walks and preferably hikes to get this guy in the outdoors and moving around. They should be relatively easy to train but might have their stubborn moments and might not be the easiest dog to walk on a leash. Due to the long hair and the arctic background of both dogs, they are more than likely going to shed a lot. So get ready to brush them often and have a good vacuum handy to clean up their hair. Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him. The Akita Husky Mix can be a great escape artist so if left in the backyard (temporarily of course,) they will be tough to keep in. You will need to make sure the fence is extremely secure and buried a couple of feet in the ground. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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