Samoyed & Husky Mix

Height: 18-24 inches
Weight: 45-60 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: White, biscuit, cream, black, agouti, red, sable, gray
Suitable for: Active families, experienced dog owners
Temperament: Loyal but with an independent streak, energetic and fun-loving, can be vocal

If you’re looking for a large breed with a mischievous spirit and plenty of personality, then the Samoyed and Husky mix might be the perfect choice for you. This hybrid breed (also called the Samusky or the Siberian Samoyed) combines two of the best-known snow dog breeds, the Samoyed and Siberian Husky. The result is an energetic and intelligent pup that can keep up with you on the trails or over an agility course. In fact, they’ll probably beat you at both!

Plenty of people love the appeal of Husky mixes, and who can blame them? Those stunning eyes are often a piercing blue, and the proud stance of these pups makes them super appealing. That said, the Samoyed Husky mix is not the right breed for all families. They have a great deal of energy combined with a fierce intellect that needs an experienced handler to direct toward positive challenges, not digging holes in your yard!

This is a new hybrid mix, so if you’re keen to find out if you’d make the perfect owner for this eye-catching breed, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. From the price of puppies to what sort of food suits these floofballs the best, you’ll find it all here.

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Samoyed & Husky Mix Puppies — Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

We all know that any breed of puppy is seriously cute, and the Samoyed Husky mix is no exception. These pups are also sometimes referred to as Samuskys, or Siberian Somoyeds, but before you take the plunge and reserve your tiny bundle of fluff, remember that they’ll grow into powerful and sometimes opinionated adult dogs.

Samoyed Husky mixes combine two breeds known for their independent spirit. That means your dog may not always look to you for advice and clarity but will go ahead and solve problems on their own. Just bear in mind that the problem they’re solving could be that they’re bored, and their solution is to dig up your flowerbeds!

These puppies need experienced owners who know how to train puppies using methods that work with a dog’s strengths, not against them. Samoyed Husky mixes love to feel useful, so giving them a job can really help focus their attention. Whether that’s coming along for a day hike or doing advanced agility training, this breed wants to feel useful!

What’s the Price of Samoyed & Husky Mix Puppies?

Samoyed Husky mix pups are not that common of a designer breed, so you’ll need to spend a bit of time making sure you find a reputable breeder with experience of producing these pups. Their prices can vary quite a bit, depending on breeder location and reputation. You should budget for somewhere from $800 to $1,500.

While it might be tempting to choose the closest breeder with the lowest priced puppies, this is not a good strategy when buying a puppy. Sometimes what a rock-bottom price means is that whoever is breeding the puppies doesn’t actually know what it takes to produce healthy and well-socialized puppies. They might even be a backyard breeder who hadn’t intended to breed their dog and ended up with an accidental litter of pups to find new homes for. It’s unlikely that they’ll have done any health tests on the parent dogs, so you might be in line for expensive vet bills as your puppy grows up.

It’s always best to take your time to find a reputable breeder who can provide references from past customers, along with health tests for both parent dogs. If that means you have to wait longer or pay a bit more money, then remember that this pup is going to be with you for many years to come!

A breeder should be happy to let you meet both parent dogs, as well as answer any questions that you may have about the breed. Don’t be surprised if they ask you questions too! They may want to check that you’re a suitable owner for a breed that can be a challenge.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Samoyed & Husky Mix

1. Samoyeds are also known as “Smiling Sammies.”

The Samoyed has adorable good looks, mainly thanks to their upturned mouths that make them look like they’re always smiling. This led to their nickname of “Smiling Sammies.” While it’s definitely a cute feature, it also serves a practical purpose.

Samoyeds were bred to survive some of the coldest temperatures in the world. As sled dogs, they were expected not only to work in harsh conditions but also sleep in them. The upturned corners of their mouths actually prevent them from drooling. In sub-zero temperatures, any drool quickly forms uncomfortable icicles, so their smile keeps them comfortable and looks extremely sweet.

2. Siberian Huskies feature in the Disney film “Togo.”

This film is based on the true story of the Alaskan city of Nome that struggled through an outbreak of diphtheria in 1925. A team of Siberian Huskies and their musher, Leonard Seppala, took part in a relay covering 658 miles in order to deliver essential antitoxins to Nome.

Seppala’s lead Husky, Togo, led the serum run and along with this team, covered the longest distance within the relay. However, local reporters misreported the final musher, Gunnar Kaasen, and his lead dog, Balto, as the heroes of the hour, leaving Togo to be forgotten. There’s a statue of Balto in Central Park in New York, but no mention of Togo. The Disney film “Togo,” released in 2019, brought the story of these brave mushers and their Huskies to a whole new audience.

3. You’ll never know quite what you’re going to get.

As with any mixed breed, it’s difficult to predict the exact appearance and personality of a Samoyed and Husky mix. This is because the pups can end up with any combination of characteristics from both parent dogs.

What we do know is that it’s more likely for a puppy to inherit a characteristic that’s shared by both parent breeds. So, Samoyed and Husky mix puppies will usually have a thick double coat just like their parents, as well as the energy and intelligence that both Samoyeds and Huskies are known for.

The best way to prepare for your new pup is to read up on both parent breeds. If you already know their traits and feel confident that you’d make a good owner to either, then the chances are that you’ll also suit a Samoyed and Husky mix.

The parents of the Samoyed & Husky Mix
The parent breeds of the Samoyed & Husky Mix. | Left: DantasticImages (LRuss, Pixabay), Right: Husky (badamczak80, Pixabay)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Samoyed & Husky Mix

Samoyed and Husky mix dogs are loving and loyal, but they also have an independent spirit born from their parent’s histories as sled dogs. These pups are quite happy to make their own decisions without looking for support from their owners.

While they can be trainable, they do need an experienced handler who can pick up on subtle signs from their dog and adapt their training to suit. Otherwise, you may end up with a dog who thinks that they can do whatever they like because their training hasn’t been clear or consistent enough for them to pay attention.

Samoyed and Husky mix dogs are loyal and affectionate, but they also like to do their own thing. These active and clever dogs need plenty of mental stimulation, as well as a great deal of exercise. A bored Samoyed and Husky mix will be happy to make their own fun, whether that’s howling in the backyard or destroying soft furnishings. These pups thrive with plenty of attention, so you need to make sure that you can provide that!

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Samoyed and Husky mix can make great family dogs, especially since you might need to take it in shifts to make sure they get enough exercise! They are loyal and love to watch over family members, as well as be involved in as many activities as possible.

They’re an excellent choice if you’re looking for an active breed that can come along on outdoor adventures and road trips. They’ll always be able to keep up with you, thanks to their amazing stamina.

Samoyed and Husky mix dogs get along great with older kids who have been taught how to play respectfully with larger dog breeds. They have the patience and energy for endless games of fetch, which is always a bonus.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

They can, but it depends on the personality of both your Samoyed and Husky mix puppy and the other pet. These dogs do have a high prey drive, and once they’ve decided to chase something, then your recall will be pretty much non-existent. They can live alongside cats, but you have to introduce them carefully, and it’s best not to leave the two unattended together.

Smaller pets like rodents are also a possibility, but again, you’ll have to introduce them slowly and monitor them carefully. It’s a good idea to keep any cages in another part of the house from where your dog spends most of their time.

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Things to Know When Owning a Samoyed & Husky Mix

Owning a Samoyed and Husky mix takes plenty of time, dedication, and money. Before you go making that final decision, here’s everything else you need to know about this breed.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

As an active breed, the Samoyed and Husky mix will do best on a high-quality dog food with a good percentage of protein. If you’re keeping your dog as a working dog, then they may need more protein to compensate for the additional activity.

If your Samoyed and Husky mix isn’t that active, then you’ll need to lower their rations to reduce the chance of them becoming overweight.

Exercise 🐕

As an extremely active breed, a Samoyed and Husky mix dog will need regular exercise, and plenty of it! It’s not recommended to exercise them off-leash, though, as they will run if they get the chance to — after all, it’s what they were bred to do! Their recall is not that good, though, so if you let them off-leash in an open area, it may take you quite some time to get them back. That can also be a dangerous situation. The only time that your Samoyed and Husky mix dog should be off-leash is in a secure backyard, training facility, or dog park.

You’ll need to spend a minimum of an hour per day exercising your dog, although more is always better when it comes to this breed! Make sure you also give them plenty of mental stimulation and a chance to get their brain into gear. A bored Samoyed and Husky mix can create mess and havoc if they choose to make their own entertainment. Regular training sessions, challenging food puzzles, and activities like agility will all help keep your dog mentally and physically exercised.

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Training 🎾

Samoyed and Husky mix pups love to please their owners, but they also have plenty of independent spirit, which can make training a challenge. They need an experienced handler to pick up the subtle signs that they may be getting bored and to make a quick switch to a different activity.

As a true pack dog, the Samoyed and Husky mix does not enjoy spending time alone. They will soon become bored and start thinking of ways to entertain themselves. As they are a vocal dog, this often includes howling or barking!

Grooming ✂️

Samoyed and Husky mixes have a thick double coat designed to protect them from cold weather. They should never be clipped, as their coat also offers insulation against warmer conditions too. Daily grooming sessions throughout most of the year will keep on top of any shedding hairs, and these dogs will shed all year round. Twice a year, though, they will “blow” their coat, and this usually coincides with the change of the seasons. At this point, you’ll need to groom them more, and even then, you probably won’t be able to keep on top of the amount of hair coming out of your dog’s coat!

Their nails should be checked every month and trimmed as necessary. At the same time as your grooming sessions, be sure to check their eyes, ears, teeth, and gums as well.

Health Conditions 🏥

The Samoyed and Husky mix is overall a healthy breed, but they can suffer from the same health conditions that can affect their parent breeds. We’ve summarized these below, but it’s a good idea to speak to any breeders and ask for more information, as well as the results of any health checks that they’ve had done on the parent dogs and puppies.

Minor Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Retinal dysplasia (RD)
  • Oculoskeletal dysplasia (OSD)
Serious Conditions
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Heart problems

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Male vs Female

Maybe you’re convinced that the Samoyed and Husky mix is the perfect new addition to your family, and all that’s left to do is decide if you’d prefer a male or female pup. We’d highly recommend leaving that decision until you get to meet any litter of puppies that you’re interested in.

You might be imagining an outgoing and bold female pup, only to discover that the bravest pups in a litter are male. A pup’s personality will not be affected by their sex, so it’s best to choose a dog with the type of character that appeals to you most and then find out their sex later.

If you’re worried about a particular type of hormonal behavior becoming problematic, then most of these issues can be solved by having your pup spayed or neutered at an age recommended by your veterinarian.

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Final Thoughts

The Samoyed and Husky mix combines two of the best-known snow dog breeds into one beautiful new mixed breed. These pups are full of energy and enthusiasm, so they need a home where they can be allowed to get plenty of exercise but also plenty of training time.

You’ll need to set aside a great deal of time to make sure your Samoyed and Husky mix is made to feel like part of the family, as they don’t like being left alone for long periods of time. If you work away from home, then a dog sitter or walker is essential so your dog doesn’t start howling or destroying things when they get bored.

These large dogs are high maintenance in terms of exercise, grooming, and training. But if you’ve got enough energy and experience to match their needs, then you’ll end up with a loyal friend for life.


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