Designed by crossing the Chow and Siberian Husky, Chusky is a cute-looking, fluffy dog, characterized by a well-proportioned, lean stature, erect, pointed ears, similar to its parents, the Chow-chow like almond-shaped eyes, and a black nose. It also has long and strong legs, along with a feathered tail which points up and curls up to its back. The Chuskies are gradually gaining popularity owing to their cuddly appearance and gentle disposition.
|Also known as||Chowski|
|Coat||Thick, heavy, soft, dense|
|Colors||Red, Black, White; Cream, Black and Brown; Brown and White;|
|Group (of Breed)||Working Dog|
|Life Span/Expectancy||10 to 13 years|
|Size and Height||Medium; 18 to 23 inches|
|Weight||40 to 65 pounds|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Alert, Intelligent, Loyal, Playful, Energetic|
|Good with Children||Yes, though adult supervision needed at times|
|Good with Pets||Partially that may improve with socialization|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||IDCR, ACHC, DRA|
Though not much is known about the history of origination of this breed, it may have been designed with the intention of creating dogs having an attractive appearance and working skills of their parents.
The Siberian Husky Chow Chow mix has a loving, affectionate nature, sharing a deep bond of love and affection with the members of its family, also remaining calm till the time they get everyone’s attention.
This strong attachment towards its near and dear ones makes it prone to suffer from pangs of separation anxiety when kept away from them for a prolonged period.
Being a perfect entertainer, these dogs are a fun to have around as they would entertain you to the core with their amusing nature and antics.
Though they are no avid barkers, the Chow Siberian Husky mix are extremely protective about their family, a trait inherited from their Chow Chow parent, raising an alert the moment they sense an intruder or anything unfamiliar approaching close to their household.
Just as their parents, the Chusky also gets along well with children, being their perfect playmate, but an adult supervision is necessary especially for the younger kids to prevent any unpleasant situation.
They generally do not share a very good rapport with other dogs which can however be corrected with proper socialization.
Though full of energy, you may at times spot the Chow Chow-type laziness or laid back nature in them. They might also be active and on their toes like the Husky. Therefore, to ensure physical and mental fitness it is necessary to give them a brisk walk in combination with some play outdoors or indoors like running, fetching etc. As they cannot tolerate hot weather conditions, it is advisable not to take them out when the temperatures are soaring high.
Being heavy and seasonal shedders like the Chow Chow, this breed needs to be brushed at least one time in a week. In the hot months there coats may even be closely trimmed for which a professional groomer would be a good option. These dogs are fond of water and will enjoying a bathing session though it is to be done only when required using a dog shampoo.
Brushing their teeth twice or thrice a week, as well as wiping their eyes and ears on a weekly basis are other hygiene measures that can be taken to ward off infections.
Though they are not afflicted by any known genetic disorders inherited from their parents, some of them might suffer from an uncommon dental ailment where their side teeth may fall out or be missing. In fact, some Chusky puppies may not have their middle teeth right after birth, thus requiring to be put on a special diet.
As these dogs are always eager to please their owners, they are mostly obedient, thus making the training process easier. However, the master should be firm and tactful enough to make the training sessions a positive and fruitful experience.
- To minimize their bouts of separation anxiety get your Chusky puppy adjusted to his crate. Start with a short span of time and increase the duration gradually. Arrange for a lot of interactive toys that may keep him occupied.
- These protective dogs need to be acquainted with different people as well as varied situations to help them distinguish the pleasant from the unpleasant, which in turn would prevent them from being indifferent to every stranger.
- Teach him how to greet people who come into the house, for which a greeting mat would be apt. Make any of your family member to walk in through the main door by knocking at first and teach your pet commands to “sit”, or “lay” on the mat as there is a knock at the door. Once he has calmed down, stroke and speak to him in a comforting way, also reward him for doing a good deed.
- You can probably teach your playful fellow a game of soccer. Make sure the ball is big enough so that your dog cannot carry it in his mouth. Leave the ball in front of him to explore it and praise your four-legged friend if he begins moving the ball. If he shows little interest encourage him to play with it by rolling it towards him. Regular practice will eventually make your dog dribble with the ball. Give him rewards in the form of treats as he begins fetching the ball that you have kicked at a far distance.
Apart from giving them two and a half to three cups of dry dog food, Chuskies can also be given a fish diet to help retain the oil in their skin. A special liquid diet is needed for those without a middle teeth.