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Dalusky (Dalmatian & Husky Mix): Pictures, Care Guide, Temperament & Traits

Melissa Gunter

By Melissa Gunter

Parent Breeds of Dalusky

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Is there any dog out there as unique as the Dalmatian with its spotted coats? What about a dog that is more beautiful and striking than a Husky? Now, can you just imagine the perfection of bringing these two dog breeds together in one? Yes, it’s a real thing. Meet the beautiful, and slightly naughty, Dalusky! Read on to learn more about this cool dog breed that is winning over our hearts.

Breed Overview

Height: 16–24 inches
Weight: 35–70 pounds
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Colors: Black and white spotted
Suitable for: Active families with or without children, active singles with yard space, experienced pet owners
Temperament: Very affectionate, loyal, energetic, and good with kids and pets

The Dalusky is a crossbreed of the Dalmatian and Siberian Husky. These dogs can have the sleek, Dalmatian appearance or the long hair of the husky with the Dalmatian’s spots. While it’s unclear when these dogs were bred, we do know they are growing in popularity thanks to their loving natures and energetic ways. Check out the info below to learn more about these amazing dogs so you can fall in love like everyone else.

Dalusky Characteristics

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

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Dalusky Breed Puppies

One thing is for sure, you cannot deny the cuteness overload when seeing a Dalusky puppy. However, seeing one of these pups may not be the easiest thing in the world. Stopping by your local shelter or pet rescue will most likely result in no Dalusky coming home with you. To get one of these energetic, loving puppies you’ll need to reach out to a breeder. As with any dog breed, it’s crucial that you ensure any breeder you are working with is reputable. Backyard breeders are a real issue and result in many dogs being born with health issues and our shelters filling up with pets that have no home to call their own. Any breeder you work with should be able to give you background information on the lineage and health condition of the pup in question. If they can’t, you should continue your search for a better breeder.

Parent Breeds of the Dalusky
Image Credit: (L) Annabell Gsoedl, Shutterstock | (R) Saira Sustaita, Unsplash

Temperament & Intelligence of the Dalusky

The Dalusky is an all-around fun dog. They love activities and have lots of energy to spare. You’ll also find that they are very devoted and loving to their families. This breed, like its parent breeds, is highly intelligent. However, you will find a stubborn streak and a bit of mischievousness in these dogs. Like Huskies, the Dalusky will need a strong alpha presence. If no one in the home steps into this role, the dog will. You’ll find these dogs to be escape artists and great at getting into things. Leaving them for long periods in confined spaces without something to do can result in damage thanks to boredom.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, the Dalusky is great for families. However, you should keep in mind that these dogs are extremely active. They may get excited and jump on small children. This could result in injuries. If you plan on having a Dalusky in the home with little ones, the dog should be trained on how to interact and a close eye should be kept. Other than that, your Dalusky will love running in the backyard or going on adventures with the family.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Yes, in most cases the Dalusky gets along well with other pets. Like with any dog, the key is socialization. This breed is friendly and easygoing. Take time introducing your Dalusky to new animals. You can also introduce them to new situations at the dog park or other areas to ensure they are ready if you plan on bringing other dogs into the home later on.

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Things to Know When Owning a Dalusky

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

You Dalusky will be eating roughly 3 cups of food a day. This food should be divided up into two or three meals per day. Make sure you choose a high-quality dog food that is high in protein to keep up with the energy levels of these dogs. You’ll also find that they do great on raw food diets as long as you ensure their nutritional needs are met.

Exercise 🐕

This is where you’ll be spending a lot of your time when it comes to this dog breed. Both Dalmatians and Huskies are full of energy. This crossbreed is no different. Taking your Dalusky out into the backyard for fun games like fetch, hide and seek, or tug rope is a daily requirement. These dogs also love outdoor adventures like hiking or running. Always remember, this breed needs mental stimulation as well. Make sure you buy lots of toys that challenge your dog. Try to avoid leaving them alone for too long as they do bore easily and may act out when that happens.

Training 🎾

Daluskies are very intelligent dogs. However, they can have a stubborn streak. Huskies are known for wanting to be the alpha in any home. If you want to be successful in training these dogs, start young. You should also be firm and show your Dalusky you are the alpha. If you establish this early on, your dog should fall in line and pick up on your expectations easily.

Grooming ✂️

Your Dalusky may take after the Dalmatian side or the Husky side. Either way, shedding will be involved. If your pooch leans more toward the Husky side of the family, you can expect a lot of hair that needs to be taken care of. Brushing your Dalusky is the best way to do this. According to which variation your dog favors you may get by doing this once a week. If not, plan on doing it a lot more. Other than that, they will need baths when needed, their ears kept clean, their nails trimmed, and daily cleaning of their teeth.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
Serious Conditions
  • Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

Male vs Female

In general, most male dogs will be active and playful. When it comes to the ladies, they’ll be calmer and stick with the family a bit more. However, this isn’t set in stone. You’ll often find that the females can be just as active as the males. You will need to spay and neuter your Dalusky, however, as agitation and aggression can be an issue with unaltered pets.

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1. Every Coat Is Different

One of the most unique aspects of these dogs is the coat. Oddly enough, no two coats of a Dalusky will be exactly the same. The spot pattern of these dogs is as unique as the fingerprints of human beings.


2. Puppies Are Born Without Spots

Just like full-blooded Dalmatians, Daluskies are born without spots or patches on their coat. It can take up to 2 weeks before any patterns begin to emerge.


3. Unique Blue Eyes

In Dalmatians, the appearance of blue eyes is often associated with deafness. That isn’t the case with Huskies, or Daluskies for that matter. These dogs are one of the rare breeds that can have piercing blue eyes without any adverse effects.

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Final Thoughts

The Dalusky is a beautiful, spotted wonder that is a great addition to the home. If you have the experience to handle one of these dogs, and the room to deal with their energy, being one of the lucky few to own one of these dogs should be a pleasure. Keep in mind, though, that these are strong-willed dogs. You must stick to your guns if you hope to keep them out of trouble.

 

Featured Image Credit: (L) Maria Ivanushkina, Shutterstock | (R) Sbolotova, Shutterstock

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