Facts About the Pitbull Husky Mix
If you have never met a Pitbull Husky Mix in real life or even seen a picture of one, then you need to bust out your smartphone and do a quick search right now. The level of cuteness that this mixed breed exudes should be in the Guinness Book of Records. From little puppies to fully matured adults, there is no denying that this dog, aptly called the Pitsky, is popular amongst pet owners. Not only are they a sight for sore eyes, they also boast all the characteristics of the perfect canine companion.
Exactly what breed is it?
So what exactly is a Pitsky? This breed is a lovely cross between the American Pitbull and either a Siberian or Alaskan Husky. Like most other mixed breed dogs, they embody the best of both worlds, making for a pet that is unflinchingly loyal, great with kids, smart beyond belief and with enough stamina and strength to play the role of both guard dog and man’s best friend. Even so, it is important to get to know the characteristics of both Pitbulls and Huskies in order for you to full understand exactly what your Pitsky represents.
Pitbulls are known to be very loving yet fiercely protective of their charges should they sense any danger. They love human contact, are strong creatures and very obedient if trained well. Not just that, they are very eager to please and tend to face anxiety issues when separated from human contact. Like Pitbulls, both Alaskan and Siberian huskies are attention seekers. They relish human-time and are very devoted to their masters. Not only do they have incredible stamina, they are also great with kids, making them the perfect addition to a family no matter how large or small.
Things you should know before owning a Pitsky
Whether you already own one or are thinking of getting one, there are many things that you should know about being owner, master and best friend to this canine breed. Here are five of the main things to pay attention to when it comes to owning a Pitbull Husky Mix.
What do they look like?
General aesthetics such as color will of course depend on the dog’s parents. As for its coat, it could swing either way so you should prepare yourself for either a short Pitbull-like coat or something more shaggy and long that is typical of huskies. As for the dog’s build, it will stand somewhere between the medium and large scale. This all comes down to how large or small the dog’s parents are. You can expect your Pitsky to weigh somewhere in between 35 to 60 pounds with a height of up to 24 inches tall. In general, these mixed breed dogs have a compact body shape and size with a broad head and pointy ears. You can expect them to look stout and strong, even more so if you give them sufficient exercise and feed them the right diet.
What characteristics do they embody?
Most mixed breed canines showcase the best of their parents’ worlds. Not every puppy born into the same litter will exhibit the same tendencies so how your dog behaves will come down to a careful balance between nature and nurture. In general, Pitsky dogs make great family pets as not only are they loyal and protective, they are also very friendly and are great with everyone from kids to seniors. Although they tend to have a very mild temper, there is no denying that should anything provoke them or their family members, they will not hesitate to show their protective side.
As these dogs boast a strong balance of strength and stamina, they make the perfect outdoor companions and do well in cold and warm temperatures. From hiking the mountains to playing fetch by the beach, these dogs love spending time doing stuff. You have to regularly exercise your dog as the last thing you want is for your pet to use its excess energy to destroy your home and garden. Play time is very important to Pitsky dogs as they love attention and human contact. Leaving them alone for long periods at a time will cause them to feel anxious, so if you are unable to dedicate time to look after a Pitsky, opt for another breed instead.
Socializing your Pitsky is also very important as you have to teach it the importance of being calm around other creatures. Keep in mind that this breed has plenty of energy and will have no qualms chasing little creatures like rodents, trespassing cats and even other canines. By exposing them to other animals from a young age, you will train them to understand that other creatures are meant for socializing with and not to be chased or attacked.
How should I groom them?
This all comes down to whether your dog takes after its mother or father. If it takes after the husky side of the family, then you can expect plenty of shedding and extra time spent bathing, brushing and grooming. If it takes after the Pitbull side, only normal grooming is required. Even so, be sure to conduct the necessary ear cleaning, teeth cleaning and nail clipping aspects of grooming. Many pet owners choose to get these done professionally and although it will cost a lot more than doing it yourself, there is no denying that this alternative is the best and simplest way to keep your pet clean and neat.
Is training necessary?
Like owning any other dog, training is a definite must. Whether you choose to do it yourself or send your pet to a professional canine training school, it is important that you do so. Keep in mind that the younger you start training it, the better and more effective it will be. The great thing about Pitsky dogs is that they are very smart creatures and can take instruction very well. They are quick learners and respond very well to their masters, making it relatively simple to train them. They do have a stubborn streak though, so be sure to address this accordingly by asserting yourself as the pack leader.
What about health problems?
A problem that both the Husky and Pitbull have in common is hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include wheezing and breathing problems. Besides that, it is hard to determine exact health problems that they will meet with but so long as you treat your pet to enough exercise and a healthy diet, they should live to a ripe old age. Contact your vet right away if anything out of the ordinary crops up. Like its parents, Pitskys have a life expectancy of around 15 years.