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Aussie Husky (Australian Shepherd & Husky Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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Height: 20–23 inches
Weight: 35–65 pounds
Lifespan: 10–13 years
Colors: Black, brown, cream, gray, or white combinations
Suitable for: Active and experienced families
Temperament: Free-spirited, stubborn, intelligent, loving, loyal

Also known as the “Aussie Husky” or the “Aussie Siberian,” the Australian Shepherd Husky is the result of breeding an Australian Shepherd with a Siberian Husky.

First showing up on the market about two decades ago, this gorgeous and unique crossbreed boasts all of the exquisite aesthetics of the Husky and Shepherd, including the ice-blue eyes and thick, shiny coat. Highly intelligent and inquisitive, the Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is a show-stopping stunner that is best suited for active and experienced pet parents.

Huskies and Aussie Shepherds are the 14th and 15th most popular dogs in the US, respectively, and their puppies are equally as coveted.

Not only is the Australian Shepherd Husky Mix a gorgeous designer dog breed, but he also harbors tons of intellect and a killer work ethic. While all that sounds amazing, this clever crossbreed also does have its drawbacks. Let’s explore everything you need to know before you make a commitment to one.

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Australian Shepherd & Husky Mix Puppies

Australian Shepherd & Siberian Husky Puppy
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As with any pet, buying an Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is a decision that you shouldn’t make impulsively. A lot of time researching the breed, along with reputable breeders in your area, should be taken into account. Quality breeders will show you around the facilities, let you meet the puppy’s parents or siblings, and share all necessary information regarding the pup’s health.

Remember that these beautiful dogs tend to be very energetic. You will be committing lots of time and energy to this dog his entire life to ensure he thrives, both mentally and physically.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Australian Shepherd Husky Mix 

1. They’re Mischievous

An Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is a curious, intelligent pup that is constantly on the go. If you bring one home, be sure to make your home and backyard escape-proof. This includes fixing your fence and doors because this crossbreed will do everything in his power to escape.

2. Australian Shepherds Aren’t from Australia

Despite its namesake, Australian Shepherds were actually bred from Collie varieties in the early 1900s to herd sheep in the western United States. They gained fame during the 1950s and were often seen in old Western movies and rodeos.

3. Bi-Colored Dog

Your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix’s coat will typically be made up of two colors. One will cover the chest and stomach while the other color will dominate the rest of his body.

Parent Breeds of the Aussie Husky
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Temperament and Intelligence of the Australian Shepherd Husky Mix 🧠

Active families and hikers, please step to the front of the line if you’re considering an Australian Shepherd Husky Mix! These dogs are active, devoted companions that are overflowing with energy and curiosity.

Hailing from a line of working parent breeds, your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix always wants a job to do. Whether it’s fetching your morning paper or playing a doggie puzzle, they flourish on both mental and physical stimulation.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Active families, yes! The Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is a ball of energy and loves frequent walks or playing fetch out in the yard. If left alone for hours on end, he will definitely get into trouble due to boredom and pent-up energy. This can result in unwanted behaviors such as chewing and howling.

If you want a family-friendly dog that is great with your kids, it’s vital to start socializing your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix from an early age. Visits to your local dog park, walks around the neighborhood, or enrolling him in an agility class are all great ways to introduce him to new people, places, and animals.

It’s always wise to educate your kids about how to act around dogs. Teach them to never approach a dog while it’s eating or to try and take their food away. And never leave your dog alone and unsupervised with your child.

Siberian Husky and Australian Shepherd
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Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Absolutely. If socialized from a young age, your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix will get along with all of his four-legged roommates.

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Things to Know When Owning an Australian Shepherd Husky Mix

As we mentioned before, owning a pet is truly a long-term commitment. Here are some things to consider before bringing an Australian Shepherd Husky Mix home.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix’s diet should be formulated for a medium-sized breed that has high energy. How much you feed your dog will depend upon his size, age, and activity level. Generally, we recommend feeding him a cup of dry kibble in the morning and one cup in the evening. You can also add fish oil to his diet to fend off obesity.

As with all dogs, your dog’s diet will change with age. Ask your vet for recommendations about your dog’s diet to ensure he’s getting the right amounts of vitamins and nutrients.

Australian Shepherd & Siberian Husky
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Exercise 🐕

The Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is a livewire dog that constantly wants to go, go, go. If you don’t provide him with an outlet for all of his energy, trouble can occur. This mix-breed dog adores being outdoors. Whether lolloping through meadows or hiking up a mountain with you, Australian Shepherd Husky Mix dogs are always up for exploration and adventure.

Not only should your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix be physically challenged, but they enjoy mental stimulation, too. Buy him some doggie puzzles to figure out, or enroll him in an obedience course where he is constantly learning.

Training 🦮

Thanks to his two super-smart parents, your Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is very trainable and eager to learn new things. He’ll master the basics with ease. Due to Australian Shepherd Husky Mix dogs being high energy, you should aim to train yours after a long walk. This way, he’ll be more attentive and less hyper.

Grooming ✂️

Due to their medium coat lengths, Australian Shepherd Husky Mixes are not recommended for folks with allergies. In the spring and summer months, they will shed out quite a bit. The Australian Shepherd Husky Mix requires a good brushing a few times a week. Only bathe when needed so that you don’t strip his coat of its essential natural oils.

These hybrid dogs are better suited for colder weather conditions. In fact, the Siberian Husky hails straight from Russia and thrives in the snow!

Australian Shepherd & Siberian Husky
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Health and Conditions ❤️

The Australian Shepherd Husky Mix dog is predisposed to some of the same health concerns that its parent breeds suffer from. While mostly healthy, some health conditions to look out for include:

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
Serious Conditions
  • Blood disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia

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Male vs. Female

As with most dog breeds, the Australian Shepherd Husky Mix male will be much larger than the female. The females tend to be just as energetic and intelligent as the male, and a bit more docile too.

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Final Thoughts

The Australian Shepherd Husky Mix can make a superb addition to an active family that has sufficient amounts of time for their new pup. This dog would do best in the suburbs or rural areas in a home with a big backyard. He should be walked multiple times per day and groomed weekly.

Australian Shepherd Husky Mix dogs love to hike, explore, and learn new things. Keep yours stimulated by teaching him new tricks or enrolling him in an agility class. If you are seeking a bundle of fun and energy with exquisite coloring, the Australian Shepherd Husky Mix is definitely the dog for you.

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