Ausky

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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

Sadie
10 Years
4 People
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Going for a walk; playing with a laser lighy
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Rowdy
2 Years
3 People
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Playing in the snow
Fetch
Play
Play keep away
Hike
Run
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 months ago
JAX
6 Months
4 People
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Good but its hard to train jax trying to run away is hard for him not to do
2 months ago
Gracie
4 Years
1 People
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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 months, 1 week ago
Kyta
2 Years
2 People
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Love them very smart playful great dog just got another name kera
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Kylo
2 Years
2 People
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Run
Walk
Hike
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Valentino
10 Years
1 People
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Hiking
Camping
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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