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The Huskimo is a mixed breed dog the result of a breeding between the Siberian Husky and the American Eskimo Dog. She is medium to large in size and is multi-talented taking part in search and rescue, obedience and sledding. She has a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years and is a very affectionate expressive and devoted dog.
|Here is the Huskimo at a Glance|
|Average height||21 to 24 inches|
|Average weight||40 to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Dense, long, thick|
|Shedding||Moderate to high when seasonal|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Excellent|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Higher than average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Low to moderate|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to good because of training difficulty|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly high|
|Tendency to get Fat||Fairly high|
|Major Health Concerns||Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, eye problems|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, obesity|
|Life Span||11 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$800 to $1800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$930 to $1000|
Where does the Huskimo come from?
The Huskimo being a hybrid or mixed breed and part of a recent trend in so called designer dogs does not really have an origins story that we know yet. They were bred sometime between the 1980s and 2000s but what thought was behind the mix is as yet unknown for sure. Keep in mind that as mixed breed the Huskimo could receive any of the traits of either parent, she could be more like a Husky or more like an Eskimo dog, a mix of the good stuff, a mix of the negative stuff. There are no guarantees in this kind of breeding, behavioral and physical traits can not really be controlled or predicted, even within the same litter. To get a feel for her we can look at her parents the Siberian Husky and the American Eskimo Dog.
The Siberian Husky
The history of this dog is somewhat unclear as is the case for many dogs, but it is thought they come from a tribe of nomads from Siberia called the Chukchi. DNA testing has shown though that is one of the oldest dogs around. They were bred to pull sleds and be family dogs. In fact the children of the tribe would sleep with these dogs who would give them warmth, comfort and protection. When the gold rush happened in Alaska in 1908 the Siberian Husky was used to pull sleds and were entered in dogsled races. The borders to Siberia were closed in 1930 so no new Huskies came over since then, but those already over here have thrived.
Today this dog is still a pack dog, and he will need his owner to act as a firm and clear pack leader. If you do that well training will be easy though he may test you now and then. He can high energy and needs ways to let that energy out or he can become destructive. He likes to dig too so when in the yard it may be a good idea to just design an area for him to dig in. He has a playful and mischievous personality, is social and loves to show off and charm family and guests. He is not a baker but he does howl so early socialization and training are key.
The American Eskimo Dog
This dog is from the family of dogs called Spitz who are Nordic dogs. More specific origins are unknown for the American Eskimo Dog. Basically Spitz like dogs were common in German communities in America. In the 19th century the American Eskimo Dog was used as an entertainer in circuses performing tricks. At the time he was called the American Spitz but the name was changes to American Eskimo Dog in 1917 though we do not really know why!
Today the dog is admired not just for his looks but also for his personality. He is smart, full of energy, strong willed and very happy. He loves activity and needs plenty of vigorous exercise to avoid boredom and destructive behavior. He needs a strong pack leader but if he has it trains well and loves to it. You need to really keep him bus though so he is best in a super active family or with a very active owner. He does not do well being left alone as he suffer from separation anxiety. He is not a dog you can trust with smaller pets even with training and socialization as he tends to see them as prey and chase them.
The Huskimo is a very affectionate and expressive dog. She is loving and friendly to everyone and is full of joy, curiosity and intelligence. She is easy to train with owners who establish themselves firmly as pack leaders. She is a great family dog but her bond with her family means she is not good when left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety. She is devoted and loyal, playful and energetic too.
What does a Huskimo look like
The Huskimo is a medium to large dog weighing 40 to 60 pounds and measuring 21 to 24 inches tall. She has a thick and long coat that comes in common colors of red, gray, yellow, black, white and red. She has a medium sized head that is in proportion to the rest of her body and has erect ears, almond shaped dark colored eyes and a tail that curves up and is fluffy.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Huskimo need to be?
She is a fairly active dog and it is important she gets enough mental and physical stimulation to keep her fit and healthy and well behaved. She would enjoy trips to the dog park, going on walks, running and jumping high. She could join you when you go jogging, for a brisk long walk or running. She should get at least an hour if not two a day of exercise plus play time. Keep in mind she does have sled pulling instincts so she may be inclined to try and pull you along when you go out. Training will control that instinct though. Preferably she would be better in a home with access to a yard.
Does she train quickly?
She is not the easiest dog to train so first time dog owners might want to try a different mixed breed. She will need an owner with experience in handling dogs who knows how to make it clear they are pack leader. As long as you are the clear dominant one she will listen to you, and using positive methods such as praise, rewards like treats and toys are effective. She will still sometimes try to test your leadership, it is in her nature. Be firm and consistent. Early training and socialization are very important for all dogs.
Living with a Huskimo
How much grooming is needed?
She has moderate grooming needs though they can go to high during the shedding seasons. She sheds constantly and it just gets worse during those time. You will need to be prepared for the clear up after her, and brushing her daily. Her coat is easy to brush though. If you live in a colder climate she will shed a little less. Bath her when she needs it using a dog shampoo. Her nails will need clipping if they get too long and her teeth brushing at least three times a week. Wipe her ears once a week using damp cotton balls or cloth, or using a dog ear cleaner. Do not insert anything into her ears.
What is she like with children and other animals?
They socialize quite easily so do this with some basic training when they are young and you can get their best temperament and behavior with children, dogs and pets. With children they are good and like to play and are affectionate towards them. She should do well with other dogs too. When raised with other pets she should be fine. If the Husky is strong in her she could view them as prey to chase.
She is not a great watch dog because she is friends with everyone! She will bark occasionally and should be fed 2 1/2 to 3 cups of high quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals at least. Watch her food and her treats as she is prone to obesity. She can adjust to most climates but does better in cold weather than hot. In hot weather she can actually suffer from heat stroke so it is important you consider this carefully.
If you buy from a good breeder there is less chance to her having health issues, you should also ask to see health clearances for her and for her parents. She has the potential to inherit issues her parents have and these include Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, eye problems, Hip dysplasia and obesity.
Costs involved in owning a Huskimo
Puppies for this mixed breed cost between $800 and $1800. Some breeders include things like chips, blood tests, shots, and a start at basic training. Some do not. If it has not been done you will need to have your vet do blood tests to check her health, have her spayed, chipped, dewormed and also you will need to her a crate, a collar and leash. These will cost between $450 to $500. Yearly costs for food, training, license, treats, toys and long hair grooming come to $930 to $1000. Yearly medical costs for vaccinations, check ups, flea prevention and pet insurance come to between $485 to $600.
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Huskimos are clever dogs and need strong owners and experienced owners. If you can offer that plus an active lifestyle and the shedding is not a problem she could be a wonderful loyal companion, expressive and rewarding.