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- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-13 years
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Dog Breed Information
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A Huskipoo is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Poodle. They are loyal dogs that are devoted to their families and tend to have energetic and playful personalities. Although they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry, and more.
Huskipoos are smart dogs that bond closely with their families and are loyal to them. Although they can be independently-minded at times and have an urge to wander, they also thrive on spending time with their favorite humans.
These dogs tend to get along well with children and other dogs. Because of their energy and exuberance, they tend to be a better fit for older children. They tend to have a high prey drive, so they will need extra socialization and training with smaller pets in the household. They may be initially wary of strangers, but they will warm up quickly once introduced as long as they have been properly socialized.
Like their Siberian Husky parent, Huskipoos tend to be vocal dogs. They aren’t necessarily prone to barking, but they will vocalize with you. They also can be inadvertently trained into barking and howling a lot, so you will want to start to train your dog to stop barking to prevent this from happening.
A Huskipoo is a moderately adaptable dog. They do better in homes with fenced yards where they can roam safely in a secured area and run. Their high energy level usually does not make them a great fit for apartments. But, they can adapt as long as you dedicate plenty of time each to making sure they get enough exercise and mental stimulation.
Huskipoos tend to do well in most climates and tend to prefer cooler weather. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat. Because they get bored easily and like to be around their families, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. Their high prey drive, urge to chase, and wanderlust means they should only be let off-leash in securely fenced areas.
Although a mixed-breed can sometimes be healthier than purebred dogs, it’s not a guarantee. They could inherit all, some, or none of the health conditions common to their parent breeds.
In the Huskipoo, potential health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and eye disorders. Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to prevent passing issues to puppies. Make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of both of the parents.
As a barrel-chested breed, a Huskipoo can also be at risk of bloat. Bloat in dogs can sometimes just be gas, but it can also cause gastric torsion where the stomach flips upside-down. Should this occur, it can become fatal quickly and requires immediate veterinary attention. So, it’s important to know what you can do to reduce the risk and to know the warning signs to get help.
Although Huskipoos are highly intelligent and pick up on things quickly, they can be a challenge for first-time dog owners. They can be independently-minded at times, are easily bored with repetition, and their high energy means they will be easily distracted if they haven’t had enough exercise.
Still, these dogs tend to be obedient with the right training and are eager to please in those situations. So, first-time dog owners can train them successfully, but puppy training classes are recommended. These classes are a great opportunity to reinforce training, strengthen the bond you have with your puppy, and also socialize a puppy.
Although any breed mixed with a Poodle could result in puppies that inherit the non-shedding Poodle coat, it’s not a guarantee. Most of the time, a Huskipoo ends up with a combination coat. They will have a soft undercoat and a longer, thicker overcoat.
They tend to shed a bit year-round and blow out their coat as the seasons change. Many Huskipoos require brushing a few times a week and the occasional bath. If they end up with the Poodle coat, they’ll need daily brushing and a visit to the groomer every 4-6 weeks.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Huskipoo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nail trims once or twice monthly are usually enough to keep nails from growing too long. But, you might need to cut your dog’s nails more often, or in between groomer visits, if they grow quickly.
Checking ears weekly and carefully cleaning them as needed can help prevent ear infections. Plus, if anything is happening, you can catch it early and get to the vet. When it comes to dental care for dogs, daily brushing or use of an enzyme toothpaste is ideal for helping to prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
The Huskipoo is a high-energy dog breed. They need daily walks plus playtime and some time to run every day, at least. They will also likely be up for more activity if you are and you may run out of energy before they do!
Thankfully, Huskipoos tend to be hardy and athletic dogs. So, once puppies finish growing and their bones are done developing, you can try more intense, higher impact activities with them. Your Huskipoo could end up becoming a big fan of running with you, swimming, going on hikes, and more.
A fully-grown Huskipoo usually stands 13-25 inches tall and weighs 45-60 pounds
A Huskipoo generally lives for 10-13 years.
Although this breed is most commonly referred to as a Huskipoo, they are also sometimes called a Huskydoodle, Siberian Husky-Poo, Siberpoo, or, more simply, a Siberian Husky Poodle Mix.