We all know how beautiful Huskies are! They’ve got striking eyes and plush coats, paired with a friendly and loving temperament. But what happens if you want a Husky without the size, or a Husky who doesn’t need quite so much intense exercise? Consider a Husky cross, of course!
The great thing about Husky crossbreeds is that there’s a pooch to suit everybody - whilst still retaining some of that classic Husky beauty and friendly, intelligent personality.
So, let’s not waste any time - first, let’s dive deeper into the Husky’s history and personality. After all, they are 50% of every Husky cross!
History of the Husky
“Several thousand years ago, primitive Eskimo-like tribes in Siberia used dogs for specific functions in everyday life. The dogs were essential to humans’ survival as they performed vital tasks, which included accompanying the hunters, scenting trails and helping to transport food back to the village” says Lorna Winslette in Siberian Husky: A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for Your Dog.
“At some point, all of the dogs had been bred with Arctic wolves. Of course, this was thousands of years ago, and through careful breeding and maintenance of pure bloodlines, the ‘wolf’ was bred out of the dog” she continued.
Fast forward to today, and the Husky is still known for is sledge dog past. But now, they’re mostly adopted as a loving companion or family pet, ranking 18th in the AKC’s most popular dog breeds.
What are Huskies like?
The Husky is a fairly muscular and athletic medium-large sized dog, growing to around 50-60cm and weighing between 20-40kg. They’re well known for their dazzling blue and brown eyes - often one of each colour!
Huskies have a thick, dense and plush coat which keeps them toasty in even the warmest of conditions but can become difficult in the summer months. Their coats are often a mix of black, grey and white, though colours do vary.
Husky dogs are extremely intelligent, friendly, loving and affectionate. They can sometimes be stubborn, which makes training even more important.
Huskies are natural pack dogs, which means they value company and don’t enjoy spending too much time alone. Huskies and Husky crossbreeds will need an owner or family who can spend the majority of the day with them.
A husky is always energetic - they were bred to drag sledges, after all! They also have a strong prey drive, which can pose a problem with cats and smaller animals.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider before adopting a Husky or Husky cross is their need for exercise. Yes, all dogs need daily exercise - but the Husky needs a lot of it!
Bred as strong, enduring and powerful working dogs, Huskies need a few hours of exercise every single day. It doesn’t matter what it is - walking, running, swimming, or fetch - as long as they get it! Without it, they’ll become unhappy and frustrated, leading to behavioural issues.
As already mentioned, Arctic breeds such as the Husky are prone to separation anxiety if left alone for hours at a time. Before committing to this breed or a Husky cross, ensure you’ve got the time for them.
Popular Husky crossbreeds
So, now we know how much exercise a Husky needs and that they’re prone to separation anxiety. Though these issues could affect any Husky cross, they may be minimised slightly in a mixed breed, which might make them a better match for you.
Let’s check out some popular (and super cute) Husky cross dogs!
Corgi cross Husky = Horgi/Corgsky/Siborgi
Love Huskies but live in an apartment? The Corgi cross Husky might be the pooch for you (providing they still get adequate exercise). They quite literally look like miniature Huskies with the tiny legs of a Corgi - yep, cuteness overload.
Corgi’s and Huskies are both intelligent breeds - and together, they’re extremely smart, if not slightly assertive and stubborn. The Corgi almost matches the Huskie's need for activity, too - so you’ll still need to walk them a couple times a day. Without it, Horgi’s are prone to obesity.
Golden Retriever x Husky = Goberian
We all know how friendly and affectionate Golden Retriever dogs are! This Husky cross is undeniably beautiful, combining the lush long coat of the Golden Retriever with the bold, wolf-like eyes and features of the Siberian Husky.
Loyal and playful, Goberians are great for families or those with children. With training, they can even learn to monitor and take care of them. However, they do share the Huskies need for constant company and exercise. They need a garden to roam around in, regular walks and lots of affection.
Pomeranian x Husky = Pomsky
Imagine a tiny Husky in your head… well, the closest you’ll get to it is the Pomsky! This Husky cross is fluffy, cuddly and supremely cute - but that doesn’t mean they’re low maintenance.
Pomsky’s still need a good amount of exercise and regular, if not daily, brushing - as they are heavy shedders. Despite their small size, they’re very smart and need lots of playtime to keep them mentally stimulated - especially if they’re kept in an apartment.
Husky x Beagle = Beaski
Everyone loves a Beagle, right? This Husky cross is a popular one, with the sweet, floppy ears of a beagle combined with the Husky’s classic markings creating an adorable looking pooch.
The Beaski is friendly, gentle and very attached to their family. Both parent breeds are active, so good daily exercise is essential - though still slightly less intensive than a pure Husky. This Husky mix can sometimes be a little stubborn, owing to their Beagle genes - but with adequate training and socialisation, this can easily be tackled.
Other popular Husky crossbreeds to consider:
- Irish Wolfhound x Husky = Wolfsky
- Rottweiler x Husky = Rottsky
- Akita x Husky = Huskita
- Pitbull x Husky = Pitsky
- Dachshund x Husky = Dusky
- German Shepherd x Husky = Gerberian Shepsky
We hope this article has helped you discover the perfect Husky cross pooch for you! Whether you're looking for a sweet, tiny pup such as the Pomsky or a loving and loyal friend such as the Goberian, we're certain there's a Husky cross to suit you.