Chusky

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40-65 lbs
18-23"
North America
Chow Chow
Siberian Husky
Chowski, Husky Chow, Chow-husky

The Chusky is a medium to large breed dog that can weigh anywhere from 40 to 65 pounds. This hybrid is a cross between the Chow Chow and the Siberian Husky. A fun and curious dog, he will be high maintenance due to his heavily shedding coat. Quite friendly and playful, he will make a great addition to households with children;  however, bear in mind that they can be quite stubborn and demanding, so a firm, experienced pet owner is required. These dogs do well in colder climates as they have relatively dense coats, they are also great dogs to have if you have other smaller pets.

Purpose
Companion, Working Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Chow Chow and Husky

Chusky Health

Average Size
Male Chusky size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 40-65 lbs
Female Chusky size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 40-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Missing Teeth
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Dental Examination
  • Blood Tests
  • Ophthalmologic Examination

Chusky Breed History

The Chow Chow is an ancient breed of hunting, guarding and herding dog that likely originated back as far as 150 B.C. Considered to be one of the ancient dogs of fourteen specific breeds, the Chow Chow is thought to have been a part of nomadic tribes known to move within the regions of Mongolia and China during the Han Dynasty. Once owned by emperors in China, the breed made its way to Europe in the 1800's via British merchant ships. Queen Victoria, a lover of dogs of many breeds, owned a Chow Chow. Other notable owners have been Sigmund Freud, President Calvin Coolidge and Martha Stewart. The breed has had some success at the Westminster Kennel Club show and was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1903. The Siberian Husky is a class of working dog that is often said to have a wolf like appearance. These dogs originated in Siberia, and like the Chow Chow, were faithful companions of a nomadic group, the Chukchi. The Siberian Husky was said to be an excellent companion for children as well, since when they weren’t working (sledding) they were cared for by the women and children, contributing to the non-aggressive behavior of the breed. A courageous, strong canine, the Siberian Husky has performed heroic deeds such as the transport of serum to a village over run with diphtheria. The trek was taken in 1925 over treacherous terrain in terrible weather conditions. The pack of Huskies led the way, guiding the men on the sleds toward the village in unbelievable time. Today, both the Chow Chow and Siberian Husky are widely recognized by the American Kennel Club and many other clubs for their agile, powerful nature. The hybrid however, has very little known about its origins but is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Chusky Breed Appearance

The Chusky is a broad, deep chested dog breed that can weigh about 40 to 65 pounds on average. Their muzzle tends to be medium in length and the ears are erect and straight upright. The nose of this hybrid is black, though the muzzle can be either long and tapered like the Husky or it may be quite broad as is seen in the Chow Chow parent. Often the eyes have an almond shape and will resemble the eyes of a Husky. His eyes may be brown, blue,or hazel, or he may even have two different colored eyes. The feet are typically webbed and cat like, similar to that of the Chow Chow, and the body is long and muscular. His coat will be double coated, soft and dense and can range in color any where from dark reds and golds to a faded cream mix.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Chusky eyes
Blue
hazel Chusky eyes
Hazel
brown Chusky eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chusky nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
red Chusky coat
Red
brown Chusky coat
Brown
white Chusky coat
White
cream Chusky coat
Cream
pied Chusky coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chusky straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chusky Breed Maintenance

The Chusky is a heavy shedder. You may find yourself constantly vacuuming behind your Chusky. He will need to be brushed daily with a pin brush and during times of heavy shed the use of a deshedding tool will come in very handy to remove all of the loose clumps of fur. Some owners of this hybrid have their hair trimmed during the summer months in order to avoid heat stress that could be brought on by such a dense fur coat. Brushing  of the teeth several times a week, nail trimming on a bi-monthly basis, and ear cleaning to check for dirt and moisture should be done weekly. Start the routine when your Chusky is young and grooming will not be a troublesome time at all.

Brushes for Chusky
Pin Brush
Deshedder
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chusky requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chusky Temperament

The Siberian Husky is a hard working dog that is known for its “loud-mouth” behavior and occasionally destructive attitude, whereas the Chow Chow is a breed that is known for their stubborn, difficult to handle demeanor. These traits can be handled and toned down, though the Chusky is a canine best suited to experienced dog owners who are able to train and handle large breed dogs that have strong independent personalities. These hybrids can have a loyal, friendly persona and if trained well can make great companions for families with younger kids and other animals in the home. They may be cautious around strangers and can demonstrate a slight sense of protecting one's home. These hybrids can suffer from separation anxiety and may have the tendency to destroy household goods like pillows and bedding should they be left alone for too long.

Chusky Activity Requirements

These dogs are high energy dogs as they stem from active, working parent breeds. Due to their lineage, it is recommended that these dogs have large enclosed backyards to play in. They should be walked at least 3 times a day and should have free play time with other dogs. Activity needs can be met through running, off-leash park visits and doggy play groups to increase socialization and to expend energy. He may enjoy agility courses and  flyball competitions, and of course, obedience training should always be a part of his week. The Chusky is not recommended for apartment living - he needs a large home, an active family, and plenty of mental and physical stimulation in order for him to be happy.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Chusky Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Chusky Owner Experiences

Yuki
4 Months
1 People
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