Whether or not you agree, mixing pedigree dogs is here to stay. And why not? The results can sometimes be stunning good looks and the best personality traits of both dogs in the mix.
For instance, who wouldn’t like to see the Doberman Husky mix produce a Doberman lookalike, but with the brilliant blue eyes of the Siberian Husky. Now that would make for a great-looking dog. And a very interesting talking point around the local dog parks.
Is there a right or wrong in deliberately cross-breeding two pedigree dogs? Does it make the resulting offspring purebred or as many breeders say merely a mutt?
Let’s dive in and look at the focus of this article, the Doberman Husky Mix, also known as the Siberian Pinscher.
The Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman is a protection dog, fearless, and very intelligent. They are a beautiful, sleek dog with powerful muscles, and reach heights up to 28 inches. Exceptionally quick and agile, no burglar in their right mind would risk running into one of these dogs.
Dobermans excel at police and military duty, through to very able therapy and service dogs for the disabled. They are affectionate towards their owners, but just hate being on their own, while the parents go out, for long periods. They are good with the family, children, and visitors providing only positive reinforcement training is the norm. But they have high levels of intelligence and surprisingly easy to train.
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The Siberian Husky
The Husky has a medium-sized build, thickly coated, compactly built sled dog. Their breeding enables them to pull sleds over great distances.
They stand between 20 to 24 inches. Famous for having bright blue eyes. Although, some are born with brown eyes and some with one blue and one brown or hazel.
They are intelligent, but they have a stubbornness about them, making it harder to train them. They love their family and are good with children. Handle training and socialization carefully. They are not the best breed for first-time pet parents.
They are also professional escapologists. Unless you make sure they cannot get out of your yard, they will up and disappear. Remember, they can jump very high fences.
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Everything you need to know about the Doberman Husky Mix:
1. Doberman Husky Mix Personality
If you had to pick what the primary personality of this mix would be, you would undoubtedly fail. A puppy can take from both parents in differing degrees or even just one. Some traits are present in both dogs. For example, they are both loyal, love their families, are alert, intelligent, brave, and very sociable dogs.
The Doberman is everyone’s idea of the perfect guard dog, the Husky not so much. The Husky is stubborn; the Doberman wants to please.
One thing they both have in abundance is an enormous amount of energy. They both love to run. It’s a fair bet that any Doberman Husky mix will have those genes. So an apartment loving couch potato this mix is not.
2. Doberman Husky Mix Health
It predisposes every dog breed to various genetic illnesses. It doesn’t mean that every dog will suffer from those diseases, but there is that possibility.
Supposedly buying puppies from reputable breeders means reducing those risks. They have screened the dogs they breed with for these illnesses before breeding. And they should show you proof the parents passed the tests.
Some diseases they may be prone to are elbow and hip dysplasia, *osteochondritis dissecans,* eye diseases (including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, cataracts, entropion, and cherry eye).
3. Doberman Husky Mix Appearance
As with their personality, it will be difficult to predict their appearance. But, as both parents are medium to large dogs, then the mix should be of a similar size.
Their eyes are likely to be brown, hazel, or blue. The nose can be brown or black. The coat can vary from fawn through to white with mixtures. The coat could be short too long. There’s no way to tell until the puppies are a few weeks old.
4. The Doberman Husky Mix Breed Maintenance
Again, it will depend on what genes the puppies are inheriting from their parents.
The Doberman has a short coat; he requires grooming once a week and sheds regularly, but not heavily. A good brush down with a slicker will keep his coat in the very best condition and reduce hair fall, a little.
The Husky has a long thick coat, requiring regular brushing, shedding during spring and fall is substantial. Have you ever seen those images of Husky owners building a fake dog from the hair they brush out of their dogs? Gives you some idea of the amount they lose.
The Doberman Husky mix will most likely come somewhere between the two. This is going to depend on how much of the traits of one or the other the puppy inherits.
5. Doberman Husky Mix Temperament
Looking at the parents of this puppy, it would be a surprise if the Doberman Husky mix doesn’t require a tremendous amount of exercise.
And not just any exercise. He’s going to need games for mental stimulation, hikes, and runs. I would put his daily exercise in the 90 minutes range, covering distances of 14 to 15 miles each week.
If you’re not a fitness fanatic yourself, then possibly give this dog breed a miss. Unless you hire a dog walker or know someone you trust that will take this workload from you. Because these are not the dog that does well without this exercise. They can get bored and destructive quickly.
It’s easy to see why the Doberman Husky mix is starting to be popular with pet lovers. They have immense good looks, a great temperament, intelligence, and make a great family dog. Having a Doberman as one parent will give them a protective nature and not welcome any intruder near your home.
Because of their energy requirements, they are going to eat a reasonable amount every day. The average monthly cost of excellent quality and grain-free diet will be near $40 to $50 each month.
Are you considering a crossbreed mix? If so, does the Doberman Husky appeal to you? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you and any current owners.
Brad Davenport would love to live in a world where dogs rule (a kinder more caring society). As an experienced writer about dogs he’s been published on numerous websites. When he’s not writing about dogs you can find him with his wife and son on long walks with their feisty, little Havanese, Biscuit.