A designer dog is a crossbred baby of two purebred parents that belongs to two different breeds registered in the AKC (American Kennel Club) or UKC (United Kennel Club). The goal is to create an animal that combines its ancestors’ best physical and psychological characteristics, more predictable than in mixed breed dogs.
Nowadays, you can find a designer breed registry, but its standards for verifying quality and originality are not well-established yet. Shiba Inu Husky mix is a cross between Siberian Husky from Russia and the Japanese dog Shiba Inu well-known for an extraordinary physique and unique appearance. If you want to have this particular dog, check its positive and bad traits first. Let’s see.
Unfortunately, there are not much historical data to Shiba Inu mix Husky, which has become a common breed in the last 20+ years. The goal was to get a unique dog and make a quick buck without much thinking of the offspring’s quality.
The only way to better understand what to expect from the Husky Inu mix is to check both parent dogs’ primary characteristics. Since they are very different in temperaments and physical attributes, no one can guarantee you the exact inherited personality of the puppy you want to adopt.
Shiba Inu was an ancient breed kept as Japan’s national treasure until the 1950s. One military family imported this dog into the US in 1954, and it became the 45th most popular breed in North America in 2020.
After being nearly exterminated after World War 2, modern dogs were bred from only three surviving bloodlines:
- Shinshu Shiba
- San’in Shiba
- Mino Shiba
Nowadays, we have only one breed made in the mid-20th century by combining these three strains.
This ancient canine originates in Siberia, Russia, that probably arrived in Alaska, the US, in 1908. The entire world stayed astonished by this breed after 150 sled dogs ran 674 miles (1,084.7 km) in 5.5 days to bring life-saving serum from Nenana to Noma in 1925.
Since this dog is loyal, dedicated, and outgoing, it is not surprising to find it in the 12th place of the most popular dogs in the US in 2020.
It is always hard to predict the dominant and recessive personality traits of these hybrid dogs. Since they can show behavioral problems like possessiveness and aggressiveness, you should start with socialization on time. If you do the job well, your new furry friend will get along with other pets without any problems.
Unlike most dogs, Shiba Inu Husky mix is an independent dog that doesn’t need much attention and enjoys being left alone. However, this curious and alert animal also likes to be a part of the family and participate in fun activities. It is not aggressive toward kids, but it is better not to adopt this dog before your babies grow up.
This challenging breed is not a recommended choice for first-time owners or mild persons. Thanks to the high IQ, the Husky and Shiba Inu mix is highly dominant and often stubborn and manipulative.
It will need a master who will set clear boundaries, include obedience training from the start, and teach the puppy how to behave. A well-socialized animal will be an excellent companion for the entire family.
In most cases, it is a problem to convince this dog to accept the leash. Never expect it to share food and toys that it considers its property. Plus, it is likely to see your pet escaping whenever the opportunity arises.
Once you decide to bring your new buddy home, you should be prepared to provide at least an hour of vigorous exercise for it daily. Any inactivity will result in boredom, and you can expect this highly-energetic dog to start destroying your furniture.
3. Size And Look
The muscular, medium-sized, and well-proportioned Shiba Inu mix with Husky is approximately 18 inches (46 cm) high and about 18 to 30 pounds (8 – 13.6 kg) heavy. However, it is crucial to consider the size of each parent, which means the size of the offspring can vary significantly.
|Shiba Inu Husky Mix|
|Height||13.5 to 24 inches (34 – 61 cm)|
|Weight||17 to 60 pounds (7.7 – 27 kg)|
There are still no standard dimensions, and the appearance of this mix, so each member of this crossbreed can look differently. In most cases, you will find these fox/wolf-like animals with black and white-colored double-coat.
However, red and white, grey and white, black and tan, red, and white variations are also available. The cream and white combination is not desirable and represents a flaw in the breed.
The primary characteristics include a sickle-shaped tail and eyes in different colors, including blue, amber, and brown.
You won’t have too many problems with sturdy and clean Shiba Inu and Husky mix. It probably won’t shed like its parents, but you should regularly groom its mid-length hair and occasionally bathe it. Add usual nail clipping and ear cleaning, and that will be enough.
5. Diet and Nutrition
A high protein diet is an excellent solution for athletic Shiba Inu mixed with Husky. Since its body genetically inherits the potential to store fat, it will be enough to provide two to two and a half cups of food daily, divided into two meals.
You won’t make a mistake if you feed your dog with fresh, raw, and home-cooked food. Keep in mind that this breed craves treats, so be careful to prevent overweight.
6. Possible Health Problems
The Husky Shiba Inu mix is usually a healthy dog, especially when both parents are in an excellent health condition. They may suffer from:
- Patellar luxation
- Hip dysplasia
Keep in mind that this is not a hypoallergenic breed. Typically, this unusual dog lives from 11 to 15 years.
In A Nutshell
If you are convinced that Shiba Husky mix is the perfect puppy for you, it is time to find the reputable breeder. Be prepared that it won’t be an easy task, so be careful and always double-check them to get a healthy dog with positive traits from both parents. Since it is quite a rare breed, you won’t see it often in rescues and shelters, either.
My name is Jovanka Panic. I am a writer, translator, veterinarian, humanitarian, and a passionate traveler. After playing with white bears and elephants in the Belgrade ZOO and dealing with Rabies virus in the Institute Pasteur, I enjoy writing. My five beasts are my ultimate love, including three cats (Clementine, Josephine, and Sophia) and their ‘mom’ American Staffordshire terrier (Malena).