Aussie Siberian

United States, United Kingdom, Ireland
Australian Shepherd
Siberian Husky
An Aussie Siberian is a combination of a purebred Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky. Aussie Siberians are bred to be active companions that offer security because of their energy, large size, and intelligence. Though the breed is known to be highly trainable, it can also be hyperactive and stubborn. Aussie Siberians are explorers and they need access to outdoor spaces and significant exercise. Accordingly, Aussie Siberians have a double-coated, weather-resistant coat that equips them to be outside in all climates. They have an average life span of 11 to 13 years and average weight of 40 to 65 lbs. Known to be loyal and sweet pets, Aussie Siberians are great family dogs if they receive enough exercise and affection.
Purpose
Companion, herding, hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Australian Shepherd, Soft Coated Wheaten

Aussie Siberian Breed History

The name Aussie Siberian is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds, the Australian Shepherd, known as an “Aussie”, and Siberian Husky, often referred to as simply a “Husky”. The Australian Shepherd, despite its name, does not originate from Australia. In fact, these dogs were likely bred from Collie varieties in the early 1900s to herd sheep in the western United States. The Australian Shepherd’s popularity boomed during the 1950s and they are now employed as handicap guides, therapy dogs, drug detectors, search and rescue workers, and, of course, as beloved family pets. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1993. Siberian Huskies, whose lineage dates to over 3,000 years ago, descended from “Spitz” dogs that were bred to be sled dogs in arctic regions of the world. The breed came to North America at the beginning of the 20th century, served in the United States Army’s search and rescue teams, and was recognized by the AKC in 1930. Today, the Siberian Husky is one of the most popular arctic breeds. Although there is no exact date of origin for this breed, Australian Shepherds and Huskies are thought to have been bred together for decades. Generally, breeders have found that Aussie Siberians retain the high energy levels and stubborn attitude of their Husky parent and the protectiveness and affectionate nature of their Shepherd parent. Aussie Siberians are not purebred, so they are not recognized by the AKC. Because of this, Aussie Siberian breeders should be researched thoroughly if you are interested in purchasing from them.

Aussie Siberian Breed Appearance

Aussie Siberians tend to look like shaggier Huskies due to their Shepherd lineage. They are large dogs and have a muscular, solid build. An average male weighs between 40 and 60 pounds and an average female weighs between 35 and 55 pounds. Males are generally 20 to 24 inches tall, while females are 18 to 21 inches tall. The breed’s short to medium length coat is usually dominated by two colors. One color covers from the chest to the stomach, as well as its legs and paws. The other color dominates the rest of its body. Generally, the base color is solid and can be white, black, brown, cream, or gray. Their coat is also quite dense and water-resistant. Aussie Siberians have curious and alert expressions, triangle-shaped ears that flap over, a tapered muzzle with a level bite, and oval eyes that can come in many colors. Their paws are wide and durable, while their tail is proportional and covered in a full coat.

Aussie Siberian Breed Maintenance

Aussie Siberians are generally low maintenance pets. They are not hypoallergenic dogs, but their short to medium length coat does not require cutting or styling. This breed does shed heavily at least twice a year. Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush will help reduce ongoing shedding. Owners should aim to bathe this breed as needed, as well as clean its eyes and ears regularly. As with all breeds, Aussie Siberians should have their teeth brushed daily and nails clipped once a month or so. Owners should, however, take special care to inspect Aussie Siberians for outside debris or ticks that might get caught in its coat while roaming outside.

Aussie Siberian Activity Requirements

Aussie Siberians are known to be hyperactive and stubborn dogs. They have excessive amounts of energy that can be destructive if they aren’t exercised properly. Many Aussie Siberian owners have found that because of the breed’s intelligence, strict training at a young age can help counteract these undesirable traits. Aussie Siberians are also known for being very good with children, making it a particularly great pet for an active family. Beyond this, Aussie Siberians have an excellent guard dog temperament. They are not only smart, but also very protective of their territory and people. They tend to howl or growl more than bark in situations where they sense a threat. Additionally, Aussie Siberians are independent, despite developing strong attachments to their owners. They are known to escape confined spaces and opt to roam free from their owners if given the chance. Overall, Aussie Siberians can be very obedient and calm if they are trained from an early age and exercised properly.

Aussie Siberian Owner Experiences

Obi
12 Years
6 People
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My pupper is really nice.
4 months, 1 week ago
Bohdi
5 Months
2 People
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He is awesome! he is still young, so he spends the night in a crate to keep him safe. His internal clock is incredible he wakes within 5 minutes of 5 am every morning. He has to give hugs and kisses to both of us first thing. He also gives hugs and kisses right after feeding time. He has bursts of energy and rockets through the house a few times a day. So far there is no indication he will have the typical aussie-siberian thick coat. He is so curious and extremely smart. He is eager to please us even at his young age. He is highly food motivated yet in just a week we were able to teach him to sit in a specific spot while we are preparing his food and will stay there until we say okay. He is almost completely house broken. He is 19 weeks old and we have had several accident free days in a row. He goes to his leash, paws at the door and if we don't notice him he barks to let us know he needs to go outside. He is a little impatient, but he is getting better. He accepts kisses without nipping now and loves to give kisses. I am disabled, and he has gone from taking advantage on days I don't feel well to trying to be helpful even if that is just cuddling and kissing and hugging. He is friendly with people that come over but if there is strange activity outside that we would need to be alerted to he lets us know in no uncertain terms. He likes baths, we give him a bath about once every two months. One issue is he likes to steal slippers and socks. at 16 weeks he swallowed a whole bootie sock. The vet was able to make him vomit it up. Thankfully it did not take surgery to retrieve it. We give him grain free puppy food and his only treat is peanut butter. He loves it and it has been an effective reward for training. I spend about 15 minutes a day “working” him on different commands. At 19 weeks he knows sit, stay, lay down, stand up, go to bed, hush, inside voice and of course food and peanut butter. He loves it when he has been good. We give him tons of praise and he responds very well to it. Every dog has their specific quirks, Bohdi loves to be upside down. He sits on the sofa and turns himself upside down and sits like that chewing on his toys. He also loves a game we call upside down puppy. He knows what it is and gets excited when we play it. I just put my arm under his hind quarters and hold him around his shoulders and turn him upside down. He loves to have a pillow of some kind whether it is a toy or a foot. He is a massive chewer. In the 10 weeks we have had him he has destroyed no less than 18 toys. We got an all natural shed of elk antler for him. I researched it and this is something they would naturally chew on in the wild. He loves it. We call it his bone and he knew after calling it his bone twice what it was and where we keep it. You have to limit their time chewing on it because the rich proteins in it can upset their stomach. Overall, he is a wonderful puppy and there is no doubt he will be an awesome dog.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Harley
1 1/2 years
3 People
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She is extremely jealous. Has to always have our attention.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd