The Huskita is a large size cross, parented by the Siberian Husky and the Akita. They have a very stout, stature, with sturdy legs and a curly, bushy tail. The head and the jaws are strong, while the muzzle is short, ending in a round black nose. They are moderate to highly active dogs characterized by almond-shaped eyes, and large, widely set, erect ears, known to be very loyal to their families.
|Also known as||Akita Husky Mix|
|Coat Characteristics||Dense, harsh, rough, water-repellent|
|Coat Colors||Black, White, Brown, Gray, Red|
|Type||Companion Dog, Hunting Dog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||11-15 years|
|Height (Size)||Large; 22-26 inches (full grown male and female)|
|Weight||70-120 pounds (adults)|
|Personality Traits||Affectionate, detached, playful, alert, loyal|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good for First-time Owners||No|
|Barking||Average to rare|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA|
Video: Akita Husky Mix Puppies
Temperament and Behavior
The Huskitas inherit the hunting instincts from its Siberian husky parent along with the protective nature from the Akita. It is highly energetic, playful, but also an affectionate animal that is alert, ready to protect its household, by all means, thus emerging as an excellent watchdog. They are ideal for people living alone since they make good companions.
Besides being loyal to their family, they are also good with children and other pets. However, huskitas do best when it has only one fellow pet. They are territorial and can turn aggressive at times.
In general, this breed is not aggressive to strangers, but if the Akita gene rules them, they might not always be able to welcome guests in a calm mind. The Husky Akita mixes are somewhat detached and aloof , having an independent side, also considering their strength alongside, they might not be good for first-time owners.
They need vigorous exercise schedules every day for at least a couple of hours or three. Go out for long jogs or brisk walks. Let your dog play in the yard or with you in the dog park (but of course leashed).
They shed minimal, though, but their coat is dense. Use a brush to comb its hair 3-4 times a week, to sweep out dead hairs. You can also use dry dog shampoo to assure cleanliness. Bathe them only when necessary.
Because of their large size, they might develop certain issues related to bones, the most common of which is dysplasia of the hips. Inherited ailments like proneness to obesity, bloating, eye problems, SA, hypothyroidism should also be considered.
- Train your Huskita to socialize itself right from the puppy days to keep its wariness towards strangers at bay. Keep inviting people, like your friends or relatives to visit your house from time to time. Not a handful of same faces, but different people, who are complete strangers to your pup. Let your dog sit in the same room where the ‘stranger’ is. Let it accept the situation, and learn to believe that the person who was a ‘stranger’ to it, is dear to you, whom it must respect.
- Teaching your puppy the ‘follow-me’ command is essential to induce a sense of obedience to it. Ask it to follow your footsteps every time, no matter indoor or outdoor. Obedience classes also sound good.
- To keep a check on your Huskitas destructive habits and prey drive instincts, that is common with most large dogs, keep it busy with a lot of fun or exciting activities.
As a large dog, they need 4 to 5 cups of dry dog food every day, divided into two balanced meals.
- In January 2016, a 9-week old Huskita puppy named ‘Creed’ was stolen from a family in Wallasey, and its owners appealed to all people through Facebook to help them find it. After the post had gone almost viral, the pup was spotted being carried by a man but was never found even after police interference.
- A blue eyed, white huskita named Casper became famous through Instagram.