The Husky Pitbull Mix, or the Pitsky is an interesting husky mix. Is it a match made in heaven or are owners looking for trouble?
In this article, we will dive into the details of the Husky Pitbull Mix, and help you make the right decision on if this is the right dog for your family!
Psst, and there are loads of cute Pitsky photos throughout!
History Of The Husky Pitbull Mix
The creation of the Husky Pitbull Mix is fairly new in the dog breeding world. Though this breed mixture may have existed for quite some time, breeders did not begin intentionally breeding the Pitsky until after 1990.
While at one point you may have only been able to purchase a Pitsky from a breeder, there are now many Husky Pitbull Mixes found in shelters or rescues.
While this can be due to the growing number of Pitskies around the world, it’s also due to their energy needs and potential to be a bit of a handful!
What Does a Pitsky Look Like?
The appearance of the Husky Pitbull Mix is one of the many reasons why this breed is so sought after. Though each Pitsky can range drastically in terms of appearance, most have a striking appearance that will always catch your eye.
With Siberian Huskies and American Pit Bulls sporting an array of coat colors themselves, this means the Pitsky can be a beautiful combination of infinite possibilities.
In general, Husky Pitbull Mixes can weigh anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds, varying based on the size of their parents. Their coats are typically a perfect combination of both Pitbull and Husky fur, meaning they often have a short, yet plush coat.
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Part of what makes Pitskies so fun is the variety of coat colors they can sport, as this is yet again a combination of their parent’s coat colors. Husky Pitbull Mixes can be black, gray, white, brown, brindle, and even a combination of all of the above.
One of the most popular features of the Husky Pitbull Mix is its unique eye color. While not every Pitsky will have colored eyes, some will have eyes ranging in color from light blue to dark hazel. In combination with their beautiful coat color, this can be a stunning trait.
Temperament & Personality
The Husky Pitbull Mix is known for being the perfect pup for an adventurous owner.
Pitskies are friendly and outgoing when socialized properly, and are always up to explore the world with their owners at their side.
Husky Pitbull Mixes are generally affectionate, playful, and extremely loyal to their favorite humans. These traits shine through most when a Pitsky is properly trained, as lacking to do so can make some of their undesirable personality traits shine through.
Is This Mix Protective?
When discussing any protective or territorial traits of the Husky Pitbull Mix, we must consider these traits in both Huskies and Pitbulls as a whole. Because the Pitsky is a combination of two dogs, this often means they possess personality traits from both their mother and father.
The Pitbull breed is known to become extremely attached to their owner, meaning there is always a potential for territorial aggression. However, when introduced to plenty of other people and dogs at a young age, this likelihood decreases significantly.
Huskies can be protective dogs that will alert their owners of any potential threats, but they are not often territorial by nature. Huskies tend to be a bit aloof and easygoing in terms of their home and loved ones, and are not considered one of the most protective breeds out there.
This combination of personality traits means that some Pitskies can be protective of their owners, but will likely be gentle and easygoing when properly socialized and trained.
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Is This Mix Aggressive?
We are diehard Pitbull lovers here, but we can’t ignore the stigma associated with the breed as a whole. Their history with dogfighting and irresponsible breeding does increase the chance of aggression, but this can be avoided with proper socialization and training.
Aggressive Pitbulls or Pitbull mixes are often a product of their environment, meaning a loving home with plenty of attention can take any potential aggression off the table.
Huskies themselves are not aggressive by nature but are known to be a bit mouthy when they are not receiving plenty of mental and physical stimulation. This is often just an attempt to gain attention in an improper way and can be corrected through obedience training and proper exercise.
When combining the potential for aggression in each breed, the answer is clear; socialization and obedience training is key. A well-socialized Husky Pitbull Mix is unlikely to be a danger to those around them, and will likely be a loving and gentle furry family member. As long as you are willing to offer our Pitsky the attention and training they need to thrive, you shouldn’t have to worry about aggression.
Husky Pitbull Mixes are not high maintenance when it comes to their grooming needs. Though you don’t need to schedule any regular grooming sessions to keep your pup looking dapper, you will need to factor in weekly brushing sessions to limit fur around your home.
With Huskies requiring daily brushing to limit their excessive shedding in many cases, this means the Pitsky can possess this need as well. Every mix will vary, but we always advise a Pitsky owner to set aside time a few times a week for a quick brushing session.
Exercise & Activity
The energy levels of a Husky Pitbull Mix is why this breed is only recommended for active and experienced dog owners. Pitskies are known to be energetic breeds with a daily need for exercise, and truly enjoy living an active life with their family.
Husky Pitbulls often require anywhere from 1-2 hours of daily exercise, or they may begin to display undesirable behaviors. A lack of daily stimulation can cause Pitskies to turn to destructive behavior, or their Husky mouthiness can begin to break through.
A lack of exercise can also cause a Husky Pitbull to be more vocal at times, which can be quite annoying for you and your neighbors. Pitskies are an extremely energetic breed and will be the best versions of themselves when they receive plenty of mental and physical exercise each day.
This can include going on long walks, playing fetch in the backyard, going on hikes, or even swimming in your local lake. No matter which activity you choose, your Pitsky will likely enjoy it. As long as they are by your side, this pup will be happy.
Husky Pitbull Mixes are considered fairly easy to train. Both breeds are eager to please their owners, making them keen to the idea of training when it is engaging and consistent. Both the Husky and Pitbull are considered intelligent breeds, meaning they can quickly catch on to basic obedience.
While the Pitsky is considered highly trainable, your training methods will need to be engaging and positive. Both breeds are known to take negative reinforcement personally and tend to shut down if your methods are not encouraging.
Huskies and Pitbulls can test their owner’s limits to see what they can get away with, so you will need to be consistent and firm with your training process. Regular refreshers and practice times will be necessary in keeping your dog’s obedience training fresh, and helping them be the best pup they can be. This further attests to the fact that Pitskies are not a breed for beginners, and will require a hands-on owner.
Are Husky Pitbull Mixes Clingy?
If you are looking for an independent pup that does not require much attention, this is not the dog for you. Both Pitbulls and Huskies are known to form close bonds with their owners and do not tolerate being left alone for long periods.
Husky Pitbull Mixes are high up on the needy scale and require plenty of daily love to thrive in their home. Whether your day is spent lounging on the couch or hiking a nearby trail, your Pitsky will want to do it with you.
If you are welcoming a Husky Pitbull Mix into your home, be prepared to have a shadow at all times. For the right owner, this is a wonderful trait to have!
When discussing potential health complications in our Pitsky friends, we will need to factor in health risks in both the Husky and Pitbull. While most Pitskies will live a healthy life of up to 14 years on average, there are a few potential health conditions to be aware of.
Husky Pitbull mixes are more at risk to developing the following health conditions:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Progression retinal atrophy
While not every Pitsky will develop any of these conditions, it’s important to always have these risks in mind as your Pitsky ages. You can stay on top of any developing conditions by keeping up with regular vet exams, and simply monitoring your pup’s daily behaviors. If you ever notice any changes in your pup, be sure to inform your vet from the moment any new symptoms develop.
How Much Do Husky Pitbull Mixes Cost?
With this breed being much more common than it used to be, the typical price of the Pitsky has gone down quite a bit.
You can typically find this breed for anywhere from $500-$2,000 these days.
PuppySpot is a good place to start to get prices and view options
It’s important to also mention that many Pitbull or Husky rescues have some mixes in need of a home, so we always suggest exploring that avenue as well.
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Is A Husky Pitbull Mix Right For You?
So once you have your heart set on bringing a Husky Pitbull pup into your home, how do you determine if this is the right dog for you and your family?
Researching breed traits is always recommended when choosing to purchase or adopt a pup, but let’s lay it all out for you to help you make an educated decision.
This Breed Is Right For You If:
- You have at least an hour a day to dedicate to exercising your dog
- You live an active lifestyle that welcomes the company of a dog
- You have owned dogs before
- You can set aside 5-10 minutes for daily brushing
- You are willing to learn the basics of basic canine obedience and implement these practices daily with your dog
- You plan to be a hands on dog owner
- You have a backyard, or at least an outdoor space that you can take your dog to each day
- You are not away from your dog for more than 6 hours a day, or someone can be home within that timeframe if you cannot
- You plan to dedicate the time needed to properly socialize your puppy/dog
If you can answer yes to the questions above, then a Husky Pitbull Mix can be a wonderful addition to your family. These pups need a dedicated and experienced dog owner, and you may be the perfect person for the role!
This Breed Is Not Right For You If:
- You need an independent dog that can go with the flow
- You are a first time dog owner
- You live in a small apartment and are unable to offer extended outdoor time each day
- You do not have an hour each day to dedicate to canine exercise
- You want a calm and easy going pup
- You work long hours, or are away from home for longer than 6 hours a day
- You do not enjoy spending time outdoors or participating in outdoor exercise
- You need a dog that requires minimal training
If you can relate to the statements above, then a Husky Pitbull Mix is probably not the best breed for you. Consider looking into small breed dogs that thrive in calm settings, or those that do not require consistent daily exercise. There are still plenty of dogs out there for you!
Are Husky Pitbull Mixes Good Dogs In Our Opinion?
In our opinion, Husky Pitbull Mixes are wonderful dogs for active owners that are happy with being hands-on.
When raised in the right environment, these pups are affectionate, playful, and loyal canine friends that anyone would be lucky to have. If you are able to offer them the tools they need to succeed, Pitskies can be the perfect pup for you.
All dogs are good in our opinion, and may just need certain owners to help them become the best versions of themselves. When given the necessary time and effort in terms of daily exercise and proper socialization, Husky Pitbull Mixes are an incredible canine companions.
Husky Pitbull Mixes are a stunning breed that have plenty of love to offer. Be sure to always choose reputable breeders when looking to purchase a puppy, or even better, reaching out to Husky or Pitbull rescues near you. Make sure to review the detailed information we discussed above, and you can be the best Pitsky owner possible!
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