If you need a new best friend, you will want to put some thought into the dog breed that you will prefer.
There are many breeds, and each of them has their own sets of pros and cons. Today, we’ll be looking at the Huskimo, and I’ll be covering everything you want to know about it.
The Huskimo consists of a mix between the Siberian Husky and the American Eskimo, two similar dog breeds that are optimized for the winter.
Like the Alaskan Malamute and many other northern breeds, the Huskimo will excel in places where the winters are cold, and the summers are mild.
So why are we here today? Throughout this guide, I’ll be going over everything that you may want to know about the Huskimo, from its looks all the way to its behavior in the house.
Enough with the delays though, let’s get right to the info that you came here for.
Huskimo Puppies – Before You Buy…
Puppy shopping is exciting for nearly anyone.
With all their playfulness and cuteness, it is very easy to get sidetracked and forget about important details about the dog breed before you go out and buy a puppy.
They are a huge, serious commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. That being said. Let’s look at Huskimo puppies.
What Price are Huskimo Puppies?
The usual cost for this dog breed is $800 to $1800.
The price you will pay for your puppy all depends on who you are buying from, the pedigree of the puppy and that of its parents, immunization records, age, and gender.
When you opt to purchase a younger puppy, you will find that they are more expensive than older dogs.
Also, if you want a female, expect to pay a little extra than you would for males in the litter.
The breeder that you buy from will also greatly affect the price of the dog you are interested in, which I will discuss in the next section.
How to Find Reputable Huskimo Breeders?
Finding a breeder that is trustworthy and treats their dogs right is crucial in the puppy shopping process.
You will want someone who is certified or has years of experience in the dog breeding industry. These types of breeders are knowledgeable about the dog they are trying to sell to you.
If you find a breeder that has the immunization papers that I mentioned earlier, they are instrumental in establishing trust.
You will also want to check the breeder’s home and the way the animals react to the breeder’s presence.
If you notice anything suspicious, no matter how small, it is likely that they are not good dog breeders.
3 Little-Known Facts about Huskimo Puppies
- The Huskimo is a crossbreed that is a little younger than most. They were initially bred in the 1990s with the Siberian Husky and the American Eskimo. Both of their ancestors had a coat built for the harsh, chilling terrain, making them the perfect companion for those that live in very cold climates.
- With the Siberian Husky as a parent breed, this dog is extremely athletic. It’s ancestors used to pull sleds over ice and snow in Alaska. They transported things like medicine and goods for people who were affected by disease outbreaks during that time.
- The Siberian Husky also participates in Arctic dogsled races in Alaska that are 408 miles long. If your pup grows up to be as fast as an Olympic track racer, then you know they have inherited these genes!
Physical Traits of the Huskimo
The Huskimo has a double coat, meaning that they have an inner and outer coat. The inner fur is smooth and soft to the touch, and the outer set of it is rough.
The double coat is what enables them to be able to endure harsh and extremely cold temperatures. The fur is also very close to their skin, helping trap in crucial heat during the winter.
With this type of coat, it is important to try and give them daily brushing to keep their shedding under control since these dogs can shed a lot, especially when the seasons change.
Their coat can be either black, gray, red, or white, and is medium in length, very dense, and straight in hair texture.
They all have dark brown, blue or black eyes, and Huskimos have noses that match their coat color, pinkish for lighter coats and black for dark coats.
This breed’s ears stand erect on the top of their head like that of the Siberian Husky. They also have a beautiful tail that curls upwards, hangs to the side, and is incredibly fluffy.
How Big is a Full-Grown Huskimo?
The Huskimo is in between the medium and large dog category, reaching a height of two feet tall and weighing between 40 to 60 pounds.
If you are looking for a dog that is pretty big but not huge, then this dog might be the perfect match for you.
They reach their full height and weight at 18 months, where the puppy stage ends for this dog breed.
There is no significant difference in the size of the male and female. Dogs that have other breeds in the mix may grow to far larger sizes, though these will not be pure Huskimos.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Huskimo?
When buying a dog, you will want to ensure that it will be with you and your family for as long as possible, and there are few things more tragic than a pet’s premature death.
If you don’t cope well with the loss of your pets, you may wish to pick a dog breed that has a longer than average lifespan.
The lifespan of the Huskimo is between 10 to 14 years, which is the average amount for most dog breeds this size.
Some of the factors that influence the lifespan include their overall health and their exercise needs.
As long as you properly take care of your Huskimo, it is guaranteed that it will live out its best life with its loved ones.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Huskimo
The Huskimo is a hyperactive dog, which means that it is incredibly energetic and loves to play and be active.
Without this, your dog will find other ways to spend its time destroying things in your house. This type of dog needs exercise no matter what.
Huskimos will quickly grow unhappy if their exercise needs are neglected, so you will have to stay on the ball with them. Keep your Huskimo out and running to avoid any potential anxiety from it.
This is why it is critical to train your Huskimo effectively. Other than that, as long as you teach them and give them the exercise they need, Huskimos will be very easy to keep happy and obedient.
The Huskimo’s Diet
Being a larger dog, the Huskimo will tend to eat more than most small pets, and you can also expect it to be hungrier than most dogs of a similar size.
The constant need to regrow their fur while shedding will give the Huskimo a voracious appetite, and they will not be afraid to steal food.
On average, a Huskimo can eat up to 2.5 cups of food per day, but many can have even 3 cups and keep going.
These dogs will also love other types of food, including raw meat, fish, and many other foods that some other dog breeds may not be too fond of (even including vegetables!).
How Much Exercise Does the Huskimo Need?
The Huskimo is a highly energetic dog breed that will bounce around the house at a young age, so they need quite a bit of space to grow.
You will want to take out the Huskimo very often, as they were originally bred to pull sleds, and they will quickly become fat if they are not worked out enough.
Your Huskimo will need around 17 miles of exercise per week which can be split up into about 3 or 4 smaller jaunts per day.
Keep in mind that if you live in a snowy area, you won’t have to run your dog for as far as the snow will result in more energy used over the course of a run.
Huskimo Health and Conditions
The Huskimo is a relatively healthy dog breed that does not suffer from too many debilitating conditions.
Like many relatively large dogs, the primary issues with Huskimos revolve around their joints.
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye issues
- Skin cancer
- Skin rashes
In terms of grooming needs, the Huskimo is a high maintenance pet owing mainly to its long, thick coat.
As is the case with nearly all long-haired breeds, Huskimos will shed quite a lot throughout the year.
To keep stray fur and pet dander at may, you should make it a habit to brush your pet very regularly with the right kinds of combs and brushes.
Brushing is recommended to be done daily, but if your schedule does not allow you the time to do so every day, you should ideally take out time for at least two to three sessions a week to cater to your pet’s grooming needs.
Use a slicker brush for regular grooming and a de-shedder when your Huskimo seems to be shedding more than usual.
Comb away any loose fur with a wide-toothed comb.
Fortunately, your Huskimo won’t have special bathing needs unless it is needed, so you can simply give it a bath every few months.
Additional care should be given to its teeth and oral hygiene to ensure that your pet is safe from health issues down the line.
Dog toothpaste is quite readily available in the market and must be used to brush your pet’s teeth at least twice or thrice a week.
Do not take this part of its cleaning routine lightly because any bacteria in the mouth can lead to other serious health issues.
Additionally, regular brushing of the teeth will also guarantee healthy and strong gums.
Similarly, you must make sure to keep ear infections at bay by cleaning out the excess wax and other buildups from the dog’s ears at least once a week.
Since the Huskimo is an active dog, you won’t need to trim its nails more often than one or two times in a month.
Once in a while, your Huskimo will surprise you with its obedience or go out of its way to please you. In such situations, it is important for you to treat your pet to delicious foods to encourage it.
Also, a special treat is an excellent way to bring your dog closer to you. Not only that, but you can use it for positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog.
Furthermore, your dog must get bored of eating the same kind of food every day, which is why a special treat is in order every few weeks.
With an average height of 2 feet and an average weight of 40 to 60 pounds, the Huskimo is a very large and hefty dog with a high dietary requirement which is why its treats must also be full of nutrients.
A Huskimo would love a healthy treat made of meat or fish but make sure it is properly cooked and you do not serve it raw.
Fish options include cod, herring, or salmon, and fully-cooked fish is an extremely nutritious treat for a Huskimo.
Another tasty option is a sweet potato jerky which will be a treat for your pet’s taste buds.
Moreover, your Huskimo can also safely consume peanut butter so a chilled peanut butter popsicle will also quickly become a top favorite of your dog.
Also, fresh fruits make for very refreshing and delicious treats. However, make sure you do not feed your Huskimo any grapes, raisins, or prunes.
Additionally, low in calories but high in vitamins and fiber, raw or cooked carrots are greatly enjoyed by a Huskimo.
It is important to note that giving treats too often can lead to obesity, so you should be careful about giving away special treats to your Huskimo.
3 Important Training Tips
The Huskimo is definitely among one of the most intelligent and excitable crossbreeds of dog out there – and it means that training these dogs is often pretty easy, even for more inexperienced dog owners.
However, it’s always a good idea to keep a few extra tips in mind when training your Huskimo for the first time. Here are three to get you started.
- Make things exciting
The Huskimo is a pretty high energy dog breed, so it’s very easy for them to lose interest in your training session just when it feels like you’re starting to make good progress.
Therefore, the best course of action is often to mix things up and keep things energetic enough to stay interesting to your pet.
A simple way of doing this is suddenly throwing a ball to fetch for your Huskimo every few lessons or so, to keep them on their toes.
- Keep the praise coming
Well, certainly don’t feel the need to lavish praise on your pet for no good reason, but the Huskimo is an emotionally sensitive breed of dog.
Negative reinforcement just makes them sulky, in other words – while positive praise makes them glow.
You might find you have to be almost overdramatic in how you lay on the praise when it comes to training your Huskimo.
It might feel awkward at the time, but stick with it, and this pet will learn new tricks faster than ever.
- Go easy on the treats
A big dog with a big personality and a big appetite – it’s frighteningly easy to overfeed a dog like a Huskimo, especially when he or she is doing well in training.
Of course, a smart dog like this soon works out that doing really well means getting lots of snacks, but this can cause an upset tummy and other long term health effects if the two of you aren’t careful!
My Final Thoughts on the Huskimo
If you live in a colder climate and you would like a relatively small winter dog, the Huskimo is an excellent choice.
While this is still a big dog by most standards, when it is compared to other options like the Alaskan Malamute, the Huskimo starts to look a little smaller.
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Huskimo Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Huskimo
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Huskimo
- The Huskimo’s Diet
- Huskimo Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Huskimo