Australian Cattle Dog
Siberian Husky
The Ausky is a cross between an Australian Cattle Dog and a Siberian Husky, both intelligent, active and enduring breeds. The resulting cross is an intelligent and active dog that does best with early socialization and plenty to do. Fortunately, there are many activities that they are suited to, including running and agility training, along with the pulling and herding activities enjoyed by the parent breeds. This breed of dog requires a great deal of vigorous activity on a daily basis and can become uncooperative and destructive if not kept busy. They may inherit a tendency to be somewhat nippy from the Australian Cattle Dog, and they have the high prey drive of the Siberian Husky, making some Ausky dogs inappropriate companions for small, fast moving children or pets.
Purpose
Gaurding, companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Bulldog, Siberian Husky

Ausky Breed History

The Ausky is a recent designer breed and is sometimes referred to as an Australian Husky. Unfortunately, this name is also employed to refer to a mix of Husky and Australian Shepherd, making record keeping even more challenging. The Ausky hybrid is a mix of two very strong and agile canines bred to work closely with people in order to handle jobs that were tough and rigorous, sometimes even downright dangerous. The Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd cattle in Australia by nipping at their heels, which means they also had to be exceptionally quick and agile to avoid being kicked by those same hooves. The Siberian Husky was developed in Russia by an indigenous people known as the Chukchi to carry supplies and sometimes people over the vast stretches of ice and snow in Siberia. Although the Siberian Husky has a wolf-like appearance, it was bred to live alongside its family, and it is traditionally a very friendly breed; the addition of the Australian Cattle Dog gives the Ausky a more protective nature than the Husky, making it more appropriate as a watchdog or guard dog. Although they work closely with people, both of the parent breeds are known to have an independent nature, and it was the independent and sometimes stubborn nature of this breed that inspired Sharon Delarose to write her book titled Bad Dog to Best Friend about her rescue dog, a tough to handle Ausky that had been abandoned by its previous owners.

Ausky Breed Appearance

These are medium sized, athletic dogs that are both strong and agile. They tend to be slightly longer than they are tall and are typically compact and well-muscled. They generally have a broad skull with almond eyes and a powerfully built muzzle of medium length. Their eyes may be blue or brown, or they may have one of each, and the Ausky should have triangular ears that are held upright and may be heavily furred on the inside. Dogs that are introduced as Auskies that have floppier ears may be a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Husky rather than an Australian Cattle Dog. Both of the parent breeds for the Ausky have a double coat, a dense undercoat covered with a protective coat of straight guard hair. If the dog’s coat favors the Australian Cattle Dog side of their heritage, then the undercoat will be more kinky than downy, and the guard hairs will be short, whereas those that take after their Siberian Husky roots will have the downier undercoat covered by a longer top coat.

Ausky Breed Maintenance

The grooming for this hybrid can vary somewhat from dog to dog. Although both dogs have a double layer coat that is made up of a dense undercoat protected by a coat of straight guard hairs, the texture of the undercoat is quite different, and the top coat of a Siberian Husky is considerably longer than the Australian Cattle Dog. This means that if your dog takes after their Australian parent in coat types, they will require only occasional bathing and regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush or slicker brush. If your dog inherited a coat more reminiscent of the Husky line, bathing needs might still be infrequent, but brushing is more likely to be a daily requirement. Dogs with a more Husky type coat will also shed more and may have periods of significant shedding during the spring and fall.

Ausky Activity Requirements

Hybrid dogs like the Ausky are not always a fifty percent cross, and the overall personality traits can vary from dog to dog; however, there are some traits that are fairly consistent. The Ausky is a vigorous breed, in both physique and in temperament. They are also highly independent in nature and without early socialization and training these dogs can become stubborn and very difficult to train. They are, however, a highly intelligent breed and are quite capable of learning a variety of commands when they are not busy getting into mischief. These are not animals that like to be confined, and they can inherit the instinct to nip from their Australian Cattle Dog side and a high prey drive from their Siberian Husky genetics. These traits may make some members of this breed unsuitable to have around small children and smaller or fast moving pets, depending on the dog’s individual personality traits and early training and socialization.

Ausky Owner Experiences

Tucker
8 Weeks
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He is only 8 weeks and we have had him for a week
1 month, 1 week ago
Sammi
5 Years
2 People
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Found my girl when she was only 2 months old and she is the most lovable dog ever
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Stormy
10 Weeks
2 People
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I got my Ausky a couple weeks ago and she’s literally the smartest and best dog ever so far:)
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Rocky
14 Weeks
2 People
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My stepson's Husky/Aussie mix had puppies March 1,2020. He's a truck driver and had to go back on the road when they were 1 week old. So Mama (Athena) and her 4 pups came to live with us. At about 8-9 wks three of the pups went to their forever homes. We kept "Rocky". He is a loveable guy, loves to have a job & work, and is so smart. Training has gone well. Consistency is key and as Cesar says "Be the pack leader, calm & confident".
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Gypsy
15 Months
3 People
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Gypsy is Very constant in a few bad behaviors. Loves kids and adults. Strong body and very hard headed. Incredibly protective over pack members. Loves to constantly please owners.
5 months, 1 week ago
Comet
8 Months
4 People
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Comet is hands down the absolute best dog I have ever had. Loyal, super smart and just a blessing to our family.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Skye
2 Months
5 People
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My experience with my Ausky is really good, she is doing great and i love her but she is very crazy and she loves to go on a walk with me and she loves her toys, and she loves to sleep and eat alot. She is just a great puppy
7 months ago
Lucy Brown
6 Years
2 People
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We don’t have cattle, so Lucy makes a game out of empty cat litter jugs. She chases them when they are thrown or kicked, she herds them into a group then lays down and guards them. She has 9 acres upon which she can roam but has chosen an area from which she never strays. She is never leashed on hikes running slightly ahead,slightly behind but ever aware of every scent, animal movement and especially my whereabouts. She is the most intelligent and amazing dog I have owned in my 84 years. By the way, she is identical to the lead in picture on this site.
7 months, 1 week ago
Fluffy
7 Months
5 People
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She's been a really great dog, very loving and friendly, but also very protective.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Elton
4 Years
2 People
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Elton is very sweet and stubborn He is super high energy and loves to howl. He is obedient to my husband and very bossy with me however he never leaves my side and is very much a good companion. He learns tricks very fast and is one of the smartest dogs I have met, intuitive and kind.
8 months ago
Daisy
9 Weeks
2 People
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She learns really quick, within 10 minutes she mastered the paw technique and sit. Although she is still learning how to potty train
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Menorah
3 Months
5 People
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She is very lovable, this is my first dog and she is the best decision ever!
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Ryder
6 Months
5 People
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At first very crazy but now he is a total sweetheart. Loves people especially children and plays well with other dogs and our cat. Very smart and knows a dozen tricks. He has more of his mothers husky coat than his father. Having trouble with leash training though.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Luna
3 Years
4 People
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Luna is very intelligent. She has been taught to hug you upon command by jumping up on her hind legs and leaning against your chest with the side of her head and body. She knows that her feet are not to go against your body. She loves to run and if she ever gets off her leash in the neighborhood she will be gone until she decides to come home. On the family farm she will run until you absolutely force her to relax. She likes to chase the horses or any other animal. Fetch is a game she loves to play (non-stop) and she is always asking someone to throw the ball for her. She likes to chew on things, but she knows she is only allowed to chew on her toys and/or bones. She was very easily house trained within a week or two after we got her as a pup. She has one blue eye and one brown eye. One ear is erect and one barely flops over at the tip. She sheds more than we expected but she is an absolute pleasure to be around. Couldn't have asked for a better dog, plus we got her for free since her (Australian) mother was accidentally impregnated by a neighbors husky.
11 months, 1 week ago
Charlie
5 Months
4 People
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Loves to be around my other dogs Taking walks
1 year, 2 months ago
Snickers
10 Months
3 People
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Very full of energy and never stops playing with the ball,even if he is really tired so if I want,I would never be bored with him around cause I could play fetch with him all day long. He is somewhat of a dog with his own ideas,so I just have to mean what I say.He learns quite easily and seems to enjoy making us laugh at him.
1 year, 4 months ago
Shasta
7 Years
3 People
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High energy and extremely loyal. An escape artist who loves attention. She breaks out of the fence to lay in the driveway. She is always protecting and on the hunt. If I don’t get ready at the trailhead quick enough I get nudged in the calf to move quicker. She loves running, snow, water, will swim in freezing water and bury herself in the snow. She sheds like crazy, she smiles and she loves to greet me when I come home.
1 year, 5 months ago
Gourry
3 Years
2 People
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Gourry was a rescue puppy my husband and I adopted just days before Hurricane Harvey during a zero cost event at the local shelter. Initially he'd been called Stannis due to a slightly wolfish and noble appearance. He came from an abused background, and was missing most of his fur, severely underfed, part of his ear had been bitten off, and his jaw was crooked and suggested that it had been broken and never set right. He was shy and scared, but super lovable from the get-go. Over the last two years he's opened up to show us that he is a generally very calm but absolutely goofy boy. All our cats were raised with him, so he loves them all as his kitties. Because of his submissive nature he'll let you put your hand in his food bowl without growling, but he will let you know when he's had enough. For the most part he wants to be near us, but not in our laps, coming over for occasional affection and reassurance and the being content again. Like many northern dogs, he rarely barks more than an alarm bark at the door, but mostly howls and roos. He's a bit neurotic and high-strung, and prone to bad separation anxiety, even though he has another fully grow dog with him and kitties to play with. He needs his people and can be a little clingy sometimes, and is prone to stress chewing and licking. Gourry loves treats but isn't fond of puzzle toys, but would much rather get belly rubs, run in the yard, and get treats on the merits of being cute. He's kind of a derp. You definitely can't be hard-handed with this mix or yell if you can avoid it. A firm 'no' will do, as well as rewarding the habits you want to encourage. I really suggest crate training during the puppy stages and fear stages, especially while they're still chewing on all the things. And I do mean ALL the things. The sofa, the carpet, the chairs, the coffee table, the clothes, the Christmas presents... Crate train until you know they'll mind themselves, and even then, mind yourself to not leave things hanging around that are tempting if they're understimulated. Long walks are a must, and in good weather games that encourage running off all that energy. He can be a handful, but I wouldn't trade him for the world. <3
1 year, 7 months ago
Maverick
9 Years
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Maverick was, and is still is, a little naughty. He is very food motivated, and will search it out. He's always been very friendly to other dogs. He has always had another dog in his life. Now that he's 9yo, he pretty calm and chill. But as a puppy he was a lot to handle. He used to great people by whining and 'biting' their hand/clothes/etc. Now he grabs a toy do stop the 'biting' but still cries (very husky like) when he sees people he hasn't seen a while (aka if I go on vacation for even 3 days). Nowadays, he can be found lounging on the couch (with a pillow), and always been a great cuddler.
1 year, 9 months ago
Ollie
12 Weeks
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Just getting to know each other. Swift learner. Very smart. Gets along with all other dogs here. Seems like he’ll be great work dog and learning the ropes quickly from the older dogs.
2 years ago
Marcus
4 Years
1 People
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Separation anxiety. Loveable, loves children and attention.
2 years, 3 months ago
Sadie
10 Years
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Doesn’t like small fast moving children or loud ones for that matter. Loves to cuddle, give hugs. Too stubborn to train however, is very smart. She knows the names of the people she loves; she is a protector.
2 years, 5 months ago
Rowdy
2 Years
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I got Rowdy from a friend of a friend who found that he'd been abandoned in the neighbor's trailer for close to the three months that they'd been moved out. They left him to his own with a couple bags of dog food just laid open and a giant water tank in the living room of said trailer. I took him out to my farm with me to try to help him get back on his feet, and make him more appealing for adopting out down the road. He was in bad shape. Afraid of anything that moved toward him, even if it was just a leaf. He was bald from his mid spine down to around his little doggie ankles, I suppose from boredom or anxiety from being left behind and cooped up in such a all place for so long. What was left of his fur was matted and coated in filth, and grime, and more than likely feces and urine. He was very scared and he was a little sick as well. I took him to the washing block and gently let the water run over him for at least 30 minutes before I even grabbed any dog shampoo. I washed him well, and toweled him off, and then took him in to blow dry the rest of the way. I doctored his hotspots and rashes from the chewing, and bought a large kennel to put him for the night since I didn't know how he'd be in the house while I slept. The next day, I took him to the vet, got him up to date on his shots, got him a rabies vaccine and was able to get him on a heartworm preventative, as well as some flea and tick medication. I went to tractor supply afterward, and bought him some actually nutritional food, high in proteins to be able to get him feeling better sooner, and bought him some toys a supportive harness so it'd be easier to leash train him since he was clueless about a leash,a longer more sturdy leash, and a proper dog brush. I took him to back out to the farm, and sat quietly in the floor with him, afraid, in my lap. I brushed him for about an hour and a half. Being gentle and just talking to him while he screamed at me and whined, much like his husky parent. I didn't know then just how full my hands were gonna be. I continued to work with him on a leash, and tried to play with him and his toys as much as I could when I brought him out of his kennel everyday when I got off work for about a week before I started noticing a change in his behavior. He stopped the nervous chewing and began getting more excited about me coming home every day. Living on a farm, away from dreadful things like roads, I decided one day when I was off work to let him off the leash and come walk the back forty acres of my property with me. He was yippy, and could barely contain his excitement at being able to roam freely. He zipped back and forth across the property as I followed as best I could. Any time I almost couldn't make him through the mess of mesquite I have on my property, he'd circle back around and look up at me with his tongue lolling from the side of his mouth and a goofy grin on his face, almost like he was making sure it was okay to keep exploring. We spent most of the day in the pasture that day, just walking and becoming good friends. That evening, as I was laying on the couch watching TV, he came and sat in front of me on the floor. I looked down at him and he hopped up, tail wagging, and dropped his favorite toy at my feet, and began yapping uncontrollably, letting me know he wanted to play. I smiled and shook my head as I looked down at his adorable, goofy face. I laughed out loud and said "calm down, you rowdy boy, I'll take you back outside and play with ya." And we went outside to play fetch until the sun set completely. That night, when it was time to put him in his kennel and turn out the lights, I decided to leave the door open and see how he did with the ability to roam the house. I got in bed and turned off my lamp, and he watched me, head cocked to the side, from his kennel. As soon as I got comfortable, he let out a yip and I felt him land next to my feet. He stepped over my feet and curled up into the bend of my knees. When I woke up the next morning, he was in exactly the same spot, wagging his tail and looking at me, like he'd been waiting for me to wake up. I got up and he ran for the door. I let him out, made my coffee, and went to sit in my porch swing and watch him zig zag all over the yard. Chasing anything that blew across his path. I smiled to myself at his transformation. I still didn't know at this time, what type of dog he was, though I did suspect he was a husky mix from his ice blue eyes and coat type, nor did I know exactly how old he was, so when I went to the vet for his check up later on, I asked the vet to do one of those dog ancestry tests I had read about in an article and asked about how old she thought he was. She said he was around 8 months to a year old at the time. And when his test results came back in, I was told they were a certain high percentage positive that he was an Australian cattle dog and husky, which they then said was also known as an ausky. I thought that'd be good to know when I put him up for adoption, thinking, foolishly, that I was going to actually have the heart to live without him. I never truly picked his name, I just always called him a rowdy boy. As time went on, he and I became inseparable. His fur grew back everywhere, and he was just this solid red husky-looking dog. He helped me with my farm animals, we played together. We took every trip into town together, and every night, he curled up in the same spot in the bend of my knees. He is now a loud mouthed, goofy-grinning, fully-furred, rambunctious, mischievous little turd that makes me laugh daily, keeps me company through out my daily life, loves me unconditionally, and is as protective of me as an overbearing father. Any time I have a date over, he's polite to them, but he'll sit close to me, and his eyes never leave my date. I love him more than anything on this earth. He'll be my partner in crime for the rest of his life. I've had him for a little over a year now, and I couldn't imagine life without him. I am so very happy that I found him, and that he warmed up to me as quickly as he did. My life would be boring if it wasn't for my Rowdy boy! And the funny thing is, I wasn't even a dog person before he came along. To anyone considering adopting an Ausky, I'll tell you this. They are very mischievous, and hard headed when they want to be, but if you train them right, excersize them enough, and love them always, an Ausky is the best dog you will ever EVER have the pleasure of calling your best friend.
2 years, 6 months ago
JAX
6 Months
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Good but its hard to train jax trying to run away is hard for him not to do
2 years, 6 months ago
Gracie
4 Years
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I adopted Gracie after fostering her and she was returned because the wife thought she looked like a wolf. It has been a cold icy winter activities were limited to backyard play. It's warming up though! She is very affectionate but does nip at my foster dog's legs. She is the sweetest girl!
2 years, 6 months ago
Kyta
2 Years
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Love them very smart playful great dog just got another name kera
2 years, 6 months ago
Kylo
2 Years
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He is stubborn but very sweet and friendly. Love giving kisses. Hates confined spaces and walking up stairs. He can get anxious but loves people and other dogs. Very curious. He also has been having accidents in the house but we just recently adopted him so we are hoping it is just nerves and not a behavioral issue.
2 years, 7 months ago
Valentino
10 Years
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My pup was rescued off the streets, so I didn' even know there was a name for his type of mixed breed! I've lived alone my whole adult life and couldn't have asked for a better guard dog or companion. The puppy years involved lots of long daily walks and crate training, but it paid off early as he picked up on training immediately.
2 years, 7 months ago
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