- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Huskimo Breed Profile
A Huskimo is a cross between a Siberian Husky and an American Eskimo. This medium-sized dog tends to be energetic, playful, and friendly. They bond closely with their families and are affectionate with them.
Although the Huskimo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The Designer Registry of America, American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry, and more all recognize the Huskimo.
Huskimos are loyal dogs with a lot of energy and a playful personality. They tend to be very social and loving. They also tend to get along well with children and other dogs. As long as they are well-socialized, they even tend to be open and friendly with strangers.
They do have a high prey drive, so they will need some extra training and socialization with other smaller pets in the household. Like their Husky parent, a Huskimo will also vocalize a lot and they can be prone to barking if the behavior is left unchecked. The vocalizations will probably end up getting reinforced, but you can train your dog to stop barking early on to keep nuisance barking at bay.
Huksimos are moderately adaptable dogs. Their high energy and urge to wander tends to make them better suited to homes with fenced yards where they can run. They can adapt to apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise and mental stimulation, but they are generally not a good fit for them.
As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat. However, they tend to be one of the dog breeds that love winter. So, you may have trouble getting them to come inside when they are playing or lying in the snow.
Because they have an urge to wander, these dogs should only be let off-leash in secure areas. Otherwise, they may ignore your recall commands in favor of something they find more interesting. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in a Huskimo include cataracts, corneal dystrophy, hip dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. Reputable breeders will be screening their dogs to avoid passing preventable issues to puppies.
So, make sure you are asking the breeder about the health and genetic history of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests and clearances that have been done on the parents and the puppies.
The Huskimo is a highly intelligent dog that picks up on things quickly and will get bored easily. This, paired with their high energy and tendency to push boundaries, can be difficult for first-time dog owners. As such, puppy training classes are recommended for novice owners.
Puppy training classes are still a good idea, even if you don’t need them. Not only do they help strengthen the bond between you and your Huskimo and reinforce training, but many of them also host safe puppy play sessions for more socialization.
Huskimos have a double coat that consists of a dense undercoat and thicker, coarser guard hairs in the outer coat. Colors can be black, red, white, gray, or yellow. Regardless of the color combination of their coat, a Huskimo will shed year-round and more heavily as the seasons change.
Weekly brushing or brushing a few times a week is usually enough. Daily brushing is recommended during seasonal shedding sessions. Because they have a dense undercoat, an undercoat rake should be one of your dog grooming brushes. Bathing every few months or more often as needed is enough to keep their coat healthy and looking great.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Huskimo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nail trimming once or twice monthly keeps your dog’s nails from growing too long. Ear checks on a weekly basis with careful cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections. Brushing teeth every day or daily use of an enzyme toothpaste for dogs can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
A Huskimo is a high-energy dog that requires a lot of activity every day to stay happy and healthy. Daily walks plus playtime, time to run, and other activities are usually enough for this dog. But, you will probably run out of energy before they do and they will likely be up for more activity if you are.
A fully-grown Huskimo usually stands 21-24” tall and weighs 40-60 pounds.
Huskimos generally live for 12-15 years.