When you breed a Siberian Husky with an Akita, you get what is commonly known as the HUSKITA. There are many husky mixes out there, all with quirky names, but “huskita” definitely rolls off the tongue nicely.
In most cases, the Huskita will be an affectionate, family-loving, and loyal breed who will desire your attention. While purebred huskies will be everyone’s friend, the Akita can be a little more unpredictable. Training is always important to ensure proper behavior.
The Huskita is a large to giant breed with a striking physical appearance. You find yourself with an intelligent, courageous, intimidating dog that will boast ultra-impressive hunting skills. Both The Siberian Husky and Akita separately have the hunting instinct, but the Akita is more aggressive, powerful and will not back down from challenges. Mix these two together and you have something special (or scary…)
Appearance, Personality, and Traits of the Husky Akita Mix
The combination of these two big characters leaves you with the ultimate Alpha Dog. The Huskita will be a large-giant breed that is muscular, powerful, courageous, highly energetic and also intelligent.
The personality of a huskita in most cases will be, a loyal, protective and affectionate dog. The Akita is more protective compared to a Husky, at the same time the Husky is more affectionate and loving. Both are loyal and capable of being great family dogs.
Despite the great traits above, both the Siberian Husky and Akita are considered to be “too much” dog for any novice dog owner. This is due to their difficulty in training and stubbornness (especially the husky). Extra caution also needs to be taken due to their size, strength and strong prey instinct present. Proper training is imperative and the huskita should be monitored at all times throughout puppyhood.
However, with consistent and firm training, you can definitely end up with an amazing family dog who will protect, obey and love your family.
Appearance, Traits, Temperament, Recognition, Price:
|Size:||Large (in some rare cases, giant)|
|Weight:||30kg to 55kg (70-120lbs)|
|Height:||22 to 26 inches|
|Coat:||Thick double-coat, rough, medium to long in length|
|Breed Recognition:||Still unrecognized by the American Kennel Club|
|Average Puppy Cost:||$500 – $1500|
|Eyes:||Likely brown, but can have blue eyes commonly seen in Huskies|
|Ears:||Pointy, triangle-shaped. Not as big as the Huskies typical ear size|
|Head:||Stocky, square head more alike to the Akita|
|Markings & Color:||Markings will likely be a combination of both typical Akita/Husky markings. Colors will be either grey, white, tan, amber, brown|
|Shedding:||Will typically shed twice per year. With constant grooming needed year-round|
|Life Expectancy:||10-14 years|
|Training Ability:||Difficult to train, but can be trained to a high level of obedience|
|Good with Kids:||when trained, Yes (but should still never be left alone with a child)|
|Good with other Dogs:||Moderate to well behaved. Play fighting may prove too rough for most other breeds|
History of the Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky was originally bred by the Chukchi, a nomadic group of Siberians, thousands of years ago in the Chukchi region in Eastern Siberia.
The Husky breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family, easily recognized by their thick double-coated fur, distinctive markings, and erect triangle shaped ears.
Huskies were bred by the Chukchi people to help them with their hunter-gatherer lifestyle that includes constant moving and traveling. Never settling for too long in one place, the huskies would be used to transport goods and people across long distances. This was also done in extremely harsh weather conditions, and on little food. This is what gives the Siberian Husky their ultra-high energy levels and desire to run.
In 1908 the first pack of Siberian Huskies were imported to Alaska, where they soon became sled dogs during the gold rush, then they were used as sled racing dogs, which would soon become a national sensation that was loved by many.
In 1925, the small Alaskan town of Nome was in the middle of a deadly Diptheria epidemic. The town’s population was literally saved by an elite team of Siberian Husky sled dogs, which were the only way to transport the life-saving anti-toxin quick enough. In just 6 days, the pack of huskies covered 674 miles in some of the most extreme weather the country had seen in decades. Two of the lead huskies were called Balto and Togo. Balto has his own Statue in Central Park, New York.
History of the Akita
The Akita is the largest Japanese breed of dog.
Originally bred in the Akita province in Japan in the 1600’s as a working/hunting dog.
The Akita, alike to the Husky both fall under the Genetic Spitz Family and have somewhat similar physical features. Thick double-coats, pointy triangle ears and distinctive markings both belong to the Akita and Husky.
Most people believe the Akita was bred for hunting large animals like wild boar, deer and black bears. Akita’s are very large, muscular, and powerful. Mix this with courage and aggression and you have one of the most recognized hunting dogs in history.
It was also believed that the Akita was used for pit-fighting, however, when the sport of dog-fighting lost its buzz and popularity, hunting was their main use. Although in the late 19th century, other breeds that were better at hunting were imported into Japan, which ultimately made the Akita population suffer. In an attempt to preserve this amazing breed, the Japanese government named the Akita a “national monument”
The Akita nowadays is commonly used as a police dog or for personal guarding.
Should You Get a Husky Akita Mix?
You may be interested in actually getting a Husky Akita mix or HUSKITA but there are some important things you really need to think about carefully beforehand.
Firstly, should you be worried about the “too much dog for a beginner” talk?… Well, maybe yes, if you are not prepared, committed or have enough time. I won’t be the one to say any one person is not capable of owning a dog, even you’re a beginner. Although you do need to be honest with yourself, do you REALLY have the time and willingness to take on this beast of a dog? If yes, that’s great.
Due to the potentially aggressive nature and power of this breed you should think carefully if you have young children. Your huskita puppy will soon quickly grow to be much bigger and stronger than your child. Mix this with difficult training and independent thinking, it could be a little risky. It’s something to think about…
The strong prey drive in the Huskita could be an issue if you already have a cat or any other small family pet. Both the Husky and Akita are serious hunters, with a strong prey drive. Any quick darting movement from your cat could trigger their built-in hunting instincts and who knows what could happen next. Training against this is possible, but it takes time and experience, and can never be fully trusted.
Exercise is something that will be required in abundance. You should take your huskita out for intensive exercise for 1-2 hours per day to satisfy their high energy levels. This will also be extremely important when it comes to their behavior and training abilities. If you aren’t in a position to provide a lot of serious exercises, this may not be a good breed for you.
If you’ve seen any funny memes about Siberian Huskies, you’ll know most of them are about shedding… The insane shedding season will also happen for the huskita as well. This isn’t too much of an issue, but it just means you’ll be sweeping up and grooming your huskita a lot, all year, every year.
These are the important things to think about before getting a huskita, Siberian Husky or Akita. Although the list is long, it’s not to deter anyone from the huskita. This is truly an amazing breed and with proper training will be an amazing addition to anyone’s life or family.
Husky Akita Mix Puppies For Sale
If you are looking to buy a Huskita puppy then you will likely need to use the internet to find them. As you can imagine, the huskita is not as well known or popular as the Siberian Husky or Akita alone.
One BIG word of caution is to always do your research on the breeder. Unfortunately, there are many illegitimate breeders out there trying to make a quick buck from popular breeds and hybrids. The breeder should have a good history, be able to tell you a lot about the Huskita puppies they have for sale, AS WELL as their parents.
The breeder should have some good references from other people, and if it’s possible, try to find information on them from other breeders nearby, vet’s and online.
Siberian Huskies and Akita’s are fairly high-status breeds, therefore a mix of these can be lucrative for breeders. Always keep this in mind and make sure your puppy is coming from a good breeder that has given great care for the health of the puppy and the parents.
To find a Huskita puppy, first, try asking your local breeders and veterinarians for references. This is the best option as you’ll likely be led to a trusted breeder.
After this, you’ll have to go online. Here are a few websites that you can check out:
USA websites: Huskita availability changes fast.
Canadian Websites: Huskita availability changes fast.
UK Websites: Huskita availability changes fast.
It can be difficult finding a huskita online, and further research on the breeder should always be carried out.
Husky Akita Mix Health Problems
Both the Siberian Husky and Akita are generally healthy dogs, but they are both prone to similar health problems. This doesn’t mean to say that a Huskita will be even more prone to these health problems, but it should be anticipated in the worst-case scenarios.
The most common health problems found in the Huskita can include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Cataracts (more common in Huskies)
- Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
There are further, more generic health issues that are present however the above are the most significant.
What does all this mean?…
Well, it does not cause for too much concern, ALL purebreds like the Siberian Husky and Akita separately are prone to many different kinds of health issues and this can never be avoided.
The best thing you can do is to make sure you provide the healthiest lifestyle you can to your dog, throughout puppyhood and adulthood. It would also be advisable to get some good pet insurance from a trusted company like Embrace who does very good pet insurance for Huskies and Akita’s.
Husky Akita Food Requirements
The Husky usually doesn’t need a tonne of food and when they feel even slightly full they will simply leave their bowl. However, the Akita, has a bigger appetite, due to their larger size and muscle mass.
So what about the Huskita? The Huskita will likely need about 3 cups of high-quality dry kibble per day. Each dog is different, but this will be the average amount for a well-exercised large huskita.
Portion size will also matter and you should follow the instructions from your veterinarian after your huskita puppy has had some initial check-ups. Portion sizes will usually be affected by the current growth, size, and weight of your huskita puppy.
What about the raw food diet? This is a big topic surrounding Siberian Huskies as well as the Akita. While many dog owners will swear by this diet, it can be challenging to get right, and for some Huskies, Akita or Huskitas, it won’t be ideal. At least for puppyhood, you should definitely avoid it, as most puppy’s stomachs are very sensitive, and the immune system is not yet fully developed. Once your huskita reaches adulthood, you can think about the raw food diet with your veterinarian’s guidance.
I would say that one of the best food brands for a Huskita puppy would be Wellness Large Breed Complete Health Puppy Deboned Chicken, Brown Rice & Salmon from Chewy.com
This has hundreds of great reviews and provides excellent nutrition for your puppy’s growth needs. It is formulated especially for Large breed puppies, exactly what the Huskita is. It contains DHA which is one of the most important fatty acids also found in mother’s milk. Flaxseed for additional healthy fats, something that Huskies and Akita’s need in abundance. The protein is from real chicken and salmon, two excellent, high-quality sources that are needed for the Huskita. It is slightly expensive, but it’s high-quality.
Husky Akita Mix Exercise Requirements
It’s very safe to say that your Huskita will need 1-2 hours of intensive exercise per day. Both the Siberian Husky and Akita alike are very active, energetic breeds that need intense physical exercise to be properly stimulated and healthy.
The best type of exercise for a Huskita will include:
- Agility training
- Sled pulling
- Chasing their ball
- Any other form of intensive exercise
A casual walk on the leash will not suffice for any grown Husky, Akita or Huskita.
It’s best to exercise a Huskita in the morning and evening, out of the midday heat (if you live somewhere hot) If you live somewhere cold the time of day should not matter too much. But always keep in mind direct sunshine. Despite their thick double-coat being a great body temperature regulator, you should always help your huskita stay cool, and avoiding direct sunshine one of the best ways to do this.
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