Huskimo Owner’s Guide

By Julie •  Updated: 07/25/21 •  6 min read
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Have you ever heard of a Huskimo? If not, then that’s OK! Not everyone has heard about these beautiful dogs! In this article, we’ll take a look at what Huskimos are and more! Let’s get started!

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What is a Huskimo?

A huskimo is a hybrid dog that’s a mix between a purebred American Eskimo dog and a Siberian husky. They’re considered to be designer dogs and are not recognized by the AKC. The dogs were first bred back in the 1990s.

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The American Eskimo dog originates from an ancient German Spitz dog, which was bred to be working dogs. American Eskimo dogs, also called Eskies, have been used for sled pulling, hunting, herding, tracking, and more. They’ve also become popular companion dogs all around the world. They come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard.

The Siberian Husky originally came from Siberia, where they were bred by the Chukchi people. These dogs were also bred to be working dogs, especially for pulling sleds. These dogs have also become popular as companions around the world.

So, the Huskimo is a beautiful blending of the American Eskimo dog and the Siberian Husky.

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What Does a Huskimo Look Like?

Huskimos are beautiful dogs that resemble both the Eskie and the Siberian Husky. When it comes to size, a huskimo is classified as a medium to large dog. A huskimo can stand between 21-24 inches and weigh between 40-60 lbs. They have an average lifespan of between 11 to 15 years.

A huskimo has long, thick fur that comes in colors of black, red, white, gray, and yellow. These dogs also have a double coat, which means they have a long outer coat with a soft undercoat, which sits closer to the skin. A huskimo generally sheds twice a year.

The dog’s head is a medium size, which is in proportion to the rest of their body. Their ears stand up, and the dogs have almond-shaped eyes that are dark. They also have a tail that fluffy tail that curls up.

Huskimo Temperament

Huskimos are expressive, highly intelligent, and affectionate dogs. They’re friendly and loving with everyone. These dogs are also naturally happy, curious, and intelligent. One thing huskimo pet parents appreciate is that the dogs are easy to train. Having said that, these are not the best dogs for first-time pet parents. A huskimo needs a pet parent who will be in firm control without using harsh training methods.

These are dogs that also bond closely with their families and don’t do well when left alone. Huskimos are prone to separation anxiety when left alone for long periods.

What’s more, huskimos are full of energy and are hard-working. They make excellent working dogs, enjoy participating in agility contests and dog shows. Huskimos are also used as therapy and service dogs, as they make loving companions.

Huskimos are also great family dogs and tend to get along well with kids. However, they should not be left unsupervised with young children. This is true of most dog breeds, however.

Because these are extremely active dogs, they don’t do well with living in small apartments. And they do better in a home with a fenced yard.

Huskimos tend to be friendly; for this reason, they don’t make great watchdogs. They will be friends with everyone!

Are Huskimos Aggressive?

Huskimos tend not to be aggressive. However, if they are poorly socialized or mistreated, they can become aggressive.

These dogs also need a lot of activity and exercise in order to get rid of excess energy and to avoid unwanted behaviors.

When it comes to other pets, huskimos generally get along with other dogs. If the puppy is raised with small pets, they are OK around these animals. However, when not properly socialized with other animals, the huskimo could see other animals as prey. This means a huskimo may not deal well with cats, small pets, and more.

Huskimo Exercise Requirements

Huskimo dogs require a lot of exercise and activity in order to stay happy and healthy. A pet parent must be ready and willing to spend at least two hours a day exercising their dog. This could be divided into a one-hour morning walk, with another walk in the evening. However, more exercise is better.

These dogs excel at agility & obedience training, hikes, long walks, and more. However, it’s important to remember the dogs were bred with very thick fur. This means they are not well-suited to warm, humid climates. They tend to overheat easily. So, activity in the warmer months should be moderated to accommodate the dogs.

Training Huskimos

Huskimos are easy to train and are very smart. They want to be a part of their pack family. The dogs are very strong and born to run. So, it’s a good idea to use the dogs’ energy in activities such as sled pulling, obedience training, or agility training. The dogs excel at these activities.

Huskimo Health

Because these dogs are fairly new, there’s not much information on the types of health issues common to this mixed breed. One thing noted by some pet parents is that huskimos do seem to have a tendency for hip dysplasia, which is a common issue in sledding dogs and large dog breeds.

Huskimo Grooming

These dogs do tend to shed all year-round; however, they shed more twice a year, with the changing of the seasons. For this reason, huskimos should be brushed daily. Not only will this cut down on the amount of fur that’s shed but brushing daily also keeps the dog’s coat tangle- and mat-free, as well as clean.

When it comes to bathing, they only need to be bathed about once every couple of months. However, a huskimo can be bathed if they become dirty and smelly.

How Much Does a Huskimo Cost?

To buy a huskimo puppy, you could spend anywhere from $800 to $1,800. The yearly costs for food, training, dog license, treats, toys, and grooming will cost between $930 and $1,000. Annual veterinary bills could range between $485 to $600.

So, there you have it! Huskimos are beautiful, smart dogs who make loving and loyal companions. These dogs are best for active families who will spend every day with their fur babies!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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