Husker

35-71 lbs
18-25"
Unknown
Boxer
Siberian Husky
Boxsky, Bosky
The Husker, also known as the Boxsky or Bosky, is a large hybrid, the result of a cross between a Boxer and a Siberian Husky. While their general appearance tends to lean towards the Boxer with its shorter hair and highly-muscular build, it certainly takes traits from both. They are known to be a high-energy breed, needing a massive amount of exercise daily to get anywhere close to tiring them out, which is one large reason why they revel in playtime both indoors and out and do much better with active families. They are extremely affectionate, people-oriented dogs that love to be the center of attention and will sometimes go to great lengths to be the focus. While those tendencies can often be innocent, they can also quickly turn into negative behavior if they are left alone too long. Outside, they may try to escape a tall-fenced yard or indoors may become loud or destructive if they are bored or frustrated by being left alone. They are inherently good with children and moderately good with other dogs, both of which can be improved upon with early training and socialization. Training itself won't be the easiest, as these highly-intelligent dogs have a tendency to be stubborn, so they will need at least a moderately experienced owner with patience and firm hand to help them along.
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Boxer and Siberian Husky

Husker Health

Average Size
Male Husker size stats
Height: 18-25 inches Weight: 35-71 lbs
Female Husker size stats
Height: 18-25 inches Weight: 35-71 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cancer
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Canine Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Tests

Husker Breed History

Because the Husker is such a new breed, little is known about its history, but both the Boxer and the Siberian Husky have long-established themselves in their regions of origin. The Boxer's ancestors were originally bred to be bullbaiting dogs centuries ago, but by the 19th century were soon transitioned into that of a herding dog, as they were marvelously efficient at moving cattle through slaughterhouses and keeping them in line while out grazing, making them useful for butchers and cattle owners alike. By 1895, their popularity had risen so much that a German club had formed and the first true breed standard was written. Only a few years later, they arrived to the United States and were quickly recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 and since, their popularity has continued to rise. The Siberian Husky's history is considerably longer, reaching back thousands of years to the Chukchi people of Siberia, who bred and raised this breed to be the ultimate all-purpose dog that could not only pull sleds but herd their livestock and protect their homes from both animal and human intruders. This dual-coated utility breed thought to be partially wolf-descendant finally came to America in 1908, not surprisingly through Alaska, for the purpose of sled dog racing. While they are still frequently used as sled dogs in the the region, they have also become popular companion animals throughout the United States and world. Even though hard to train, they are quite affectionate and make great guard dogs. 

Husker Breed Appearance

From the few that have been documented in any public fashion, these dogs tend to look more like Boxers in their general build and hair, keeping the short to medium length, denser coats of the Boxer while gaining the waterproof element of the Husky. They range in size from 18 to 25 inches tall at the withers and generally average around 50 pounds in weight, although they have shown variance down to 35 and up to over 70. They can have a wide variety of facial looks, from the dark bold eyes of the Boxer to the piercing blue eyes of the Husky. Their ears may be half-cocked, folded, or fully upright and their facial hair length can also vary as much as their coat. Their coats themselves can also range in both length and color and can be nearly any combination of black, white, gray, fawn, and brown.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Husker eyes
Blue
brown Husker eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Husker nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Husker coat
Fawn
brown Husker coat
Brown
white Husker coat
White
gray Husker coat
Gray
black Husker coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Husker straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Husker Breed Maintenance

While they don't need much overall maintenance, their coat alone can make them a daily chore. Depending on what type of coat they get, they can be average to heavy shedders and may need daily brushing with a rubber or slicker brush to take care of most of the loose hair, but may also need a deshedder, especially during high shedding seasons and coat blowouts. If they end up with folded or half-cocked ears, they will need to be checked regularly for excess  moisture buildup that may cause ear infections, but fully pricked ears will seldom have issues. Their nails should be monitored and trimmed to prevent cracking and breaking and their teeth should also be brushed on a regular basis, at least once a week, to help maintain good oral health.
Brushes for Husker
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Husker requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Husker Temperament

Giving the highly-lovable nature of both parent breeds, Huskers usually end up being the same. They are affectionate, playful, high-spirited and people-oriented dogs that like company and attention and will often do as much as they can to secure both, learning ways in which to become the focus, even if it turns into bad behavior. Despite their size, they are known to be quite good and even gentle with children and generally do pretty well with other dogs as well. With proper socialization, they usually end up being great with both, as it only adds to their social needs. If left untrained or unsure of how to react to exterior stimuli, they will instinctively warn their owners with a bark or howl when they see or feel something amiss, including strangers, but can be trained out of it. They tend to be hard to train, as they are exceptionally intelligent and therefore can also be stubborn, choosing to follow their own desires over the command of others. But once thoroughly trained, are extremely loyal and generally follow orders once they know they can reap some sort of benefit like attention, treats or just even just praise. They are high-energy animals that can become easily frustrated, so they should ideally be with an active family with a place to run such as a large yard, dog park, or open field and receive plenty of mentally and physically stimulating exercise. If they aren't given enough, they can become bored and frustrated and it may translate into loud or destructive behavior. Personality-wise, they are a high maintenance breed but owners with the patience and firmness to endure the rough early stages of ownership will reap the benefits of a loving, attentive dog that can do most anything asked of them.

Husker Activity Requirements

Huskers are considered very high energy dogs, needing daily exercise of at least 2 to 3 miles of running and walking or around 60 to 80 minutes of exercise. To tire them out, they will need an open space to run such as a large yard, open field (if well enough behaved), or dog park and an owner that will actively try to get them running, either by having them chase and retrieve something or running with them themselves. They almost always enjoy playtime as well, so any home with a large enough room to allow them to move will help aid in exhausting them indoors, as they generally don't fully calm down even inside the house unless they're actually tired.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
70 minutes

Husker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$45.00 - $60.00

Husker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Husker size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Husker size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 38 lbs
12 Months
Male Husker size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Husker size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Male Husker size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 53 lbs
Female Husker size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 53 lbs

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