The Collie Husky Mix, is a hybrid mix breed dog created by breeding the Collie and the Siberian Husky. Both of these are long haired dogs bred to withstand cold temperatures and both have a high energy level. It is always hard to tell what a mixed breed dog will be like, but if you continue reading below we will dive into this hybrid deeper. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Collie Husky Mix.
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As mentioned above, all hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so. A lot of times the breeding of two dogs such as these is just done to make something very unique and to make a quick buck, completely regardless of what the offspring might be like or have to endure. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills and those who breed dogs for money. 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. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below.
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. Both Rough and Smooth collies hail from Scotland and Wales. They both descended from a localised variety of herding dog. Both were bred to herd sheep, the Scottish variety was a large, strong, aggressive dog. The smaller variety came from Wales, herded goats, and was much more nimble. After the industrial revolution, in the 20th century owning these dogs was more for status than working. These early collies were believed to have been crossed with the Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) to get a more "noble" head (longer muzzle). This longer muzzle is one of the defining characteristics of the Rough Collie.
They were further transformed into a status symbol, when Queen Victoria became a proud owner. Continued breeding for show purposes drastically changed the appearance of the dogs; in the 1960s, it was a much taller dog than it is today (in the UK; in the US, the size standard has not been revised downward and dogs have remained between 24-26"). The earlier breed of dogs were tough, hardy, and sturdy. They were reportedly capable of covering up to 100 miles in one day. The Collie isn’t quite the herding dog it used to he, having been replaced by the Border Collie.
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 50 - 100 lb.
Lifespan: 14-16 years
Height: 20 - 23 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 60 lb.
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Trying to predict the personality traits of hybrid dog isn’t always that easy to do. Sometimes the mix takes more from one of the parent breeds than the other. However, both of the breeds have high energy and will probably require a lot of exercise. Both of these dogs, as well as the mix will also prefer to be in a cool climate. They have very thick hair and prefer to be cool. The best thing you can do for any puppy or young dog is to socialize it as well as possible. This can’t be stressed enough as socialization is extremely important. This is an alert, curious, and very intelligent, lively, fun-loving dog. They can become depressed if they don't get the right amount of attention as they really like to be a part of the family.
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.
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.
Like I have stated a couple of times, this mix is going to have a higher energy level and need to be with someone who isn’t a couch potato and that will want to walk and exercise the dog. I Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! 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 Husky 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 tired dog is a good dog.
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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