Huskita

50-65 lbs
22-24"
United States
Siberian Husky
Akita
Siberian Akita
Huskitas are a mix of two ancient dog breeds: the Siberian Husky and Akita. As such, they inherit qualities from both breeds. Generally, however, they are known for being loyal like their Akita parent and active like their Siberian Husky parent. Huskitas have an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years, weight of 50 to 75 pounds, and height of 22 to 25 inches. Their rough and dense coats range from being short to medium in length and come in various color combinations, masks, and markings that are common to both parent breeds. Huskitas are a common hybrid that has likely been bred since the late 1900s when both Siberian Huskies and Akitas were relatively popular in the United States. Still, Huskita standards are not stabilized and the breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebreds.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Siberian Husky, Akita

Huskita Health

Average Size
Male Huskita size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Female Huskita size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Hemophilia
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Pemphigus
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
Occasional Tests
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Coagulation Analysis
  • Throat Exam
  • Abdomen and Blood Tests
  • Ocular Exam
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • X-Rays
  • Blood Tests
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies

Huskita Breed History

The name Huskita is a combination of the names of the dog’s two parent breeds: the Siberian Husky and the Akita. 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, enabling the tribes they served to travel faster and farther. This sled pulling ability combined with great speed; in 1925 the Husky made possible a life saving event. Instrumental in the saving of lives during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska, the Husky pulled the sleds that transported much needed serum to villagers at risk - in a grueling snowstorm at that. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1930. The Akita originated in the Odate region of Japan. They were originally used in Japan to hunt mammals such as elk, boars, and small bears. They have a long history of being highly regarded in Japan. Even today, Akitas are considered spiritual symbols of protection, health, happiness, and longevity. In 1931, Akitas were designated as one of Japan’s national treasures. The American historical figure, Helen Keller, is credited with bringing the first Akita to North America. Legend has it that she was enamored with the famous Akita named Haichiko, who met his owner at a train station every evening after work. The owner died on the job one day and did not return on the train; nonetheless, Haichiko continued to go to the station every day for the next ten years, waiting for his owner come home. The Akita grew in popularity over the next several decades in the United States and was recognized by the AKC in 1972. There is no known date of the Huskita’s origin, though it is likely that Akitas and Siberian Huskies were mated during the late 1900s. Since Huskitas are not recognized by the AKC, breeders should be researched thoroughly if you intend to buy a Huskita.

Huskita Breed Appearance

Huskitas are longer than they are tall and have a muscular build. They grow to be 22 to 25 inches tall and 50 to 75 pounds. This breed has a wide chest, arched neck, and powerful hind and forequarters. Its distinct ears are triangular, erect, and sit high on the head. Huskitas also have a double coat that is short to medium in length, straight and rough in texture. These coats come in solid variations or multi-color combinations of white, black, gray, red, sable, agouti, brown, fawn, and silver. There is also the possibility of pinto, black, and/or a white mask, as well as black and/or white markings. Huskitas have a soft and dense undercoat that sheds almost completely in warm seasons. Overall, these dogs have a friendly and curious expression that is emphasized by their wedge-shaped eyes and heavy brows. They also have medium-sized oval feet that are heavily padded for outdoor activities.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Huskita eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Huskita nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Huskita coat
White
black Huskita coat
Black
gray Huskita coat
Gray
red Huskita coat
Red
sable Huskita coat
Sable
brown Huskita coat
Brown
fawn Huskita coat
Fawn
silver Huskita coat
Silver
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Huskita straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Huskita Breed Maintenance

Huskitas are not hypoallergenic dogs and thus are not suitable for owners with allergies. Their rough coats do not require much grooming. They do, however, shed quite a bit – especially during seasonal changes – and have a high tendency to drool. Owners can reduce uncontrollable shedding by brushing their pet with a firm bristle brush on a weekly basis. Additionally, this outdoorsy dog only needs to be bathed occasionally. Huskitas do, however, need their ears checked regularly for wax build up and nails clipped once or twice a month to prevent painful overgrowth or nail splitting. Like all breeds, Huskitas should have their teeth brushed daily.
Brushes for Huskita
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Huskita requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Huskita Temperament

Huskitas are high energy and alert pets. They love being active and are hyper sensitive to their surroundings. Too many changes at once can invoke anxiety and exacerbate this breed’s occasionally aggressive temperament. These dogs do best with when they are busy and have a consistent daily schedule. Huskitas are also very loyal and protective animals. They demonstrate their loyalty by showing affection and submitting to their owners. By nature, however, Huskitas value independence. Unlike lap dogs or retriever breeds, Huskitas do not need constant attention or tending if they receive enough exercise. Consequently, Huskitas can be wary of strangers and other dogs – especially small ones – at first. Owners can encourage their Huskitas to be amicable by socializing them at an early age. Nonetheless, Huskitas are friendly and playful if they are in a comfortable and familiar environment. Additionally, this breed is highly intelligent and easy to train, making them a great option for new dog owners.

Huskita Activity Requirements

Huskitas have an above average energy level and need quite a bit of exercise to remain happy and healthy. They love long runs and hikes and should get about 45 to 90 minutes of such exercise every day. Huskitas thrive in suburban or rural areas where they have access to lots of space. Huskitas can acclimate to any climate, but they prefer cooler temperatures due to their heavy coats. Additionally, this breed has a high impulse to wander, so keeping Huskitas in fenced areas is a must. It’s important to note that affection and quality time indoors is also important for this breed’s mental and emotional health.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Huskita Food Consumption

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

Huskita Owner Experiences

Kimmi
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
ball games
Laying in the sun
Hide & Seek
Rambling
Walking
Very protective of close family. Extremely friendly to those who have entered the home and been introduced, but wary of anyone else. Excitable,playful, boundless energy, selective hearing and stubborn ball of floof!
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Kilo
8 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Explore the woods
Walk
Kilo is our first Huskita and we love her. She is so loyal and soo clever. Also very alert. She patrols our little plot very well but also loves a cuddle on the sofa
1 month, 1 week ago
Loki
8 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
These dogs are complete geniuses literally within an hour I can teach Loki a new trick and he masters it. this little guy is 8 weeks and already has mastered sit, paw, and down, and almost roll over. he does really well with recall as well most of the time. his desire to please me overshadows any puppy curiosity. he has also shown protective nature for his family but also is sweet and gentle to guests after a bit of time. I think they are a wonderful breed
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Kuma and Kayla
5 Months
7 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
very hard to retrain to use bathroom outside after using potty pads, Kuma totally understands but Kayla is quite the opposite. Kayla will poop in the street and holds in her pee. They do know to sit and can easily learn tricks. They are also inseparable but when they are together, Kayla always wants to play fight with Kuma... he doesn't like it. Also it isn't 24/7 but they have diarrhea a lot more then most dogs. makes things very hard. overall they are pretty good dogs, I wouldn't suggest having litter mates or at least brother and sister.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Cota
6 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We just got Cota but she is a friendly dog. She has lots of energy, and loves to play. Despite her size she is harmless and very playful. When we first met she was a little hesitant, but in my opinion she is a wonderful dog. We also have another small dog and she loves her. She also does great with kids. Overall nice dog.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Zeus
6 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He is the sweetest. He can be lazy. He's terrified of thunderstorms. He loves my daughter. He's saved my life more times than I can count.
4 months ago
Luna
8 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing catch
Terrible! She digs everywhere and doesn’t listen. We tie her up when she does something bad and she doesn’t care she unites herself!! I don’t know what to do anymore
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Kidagakash
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Play
Hike
Tug-of-war
Look out the window
Walk
Our Kidagakash is a joy! She is likeable, friendly and very talkative. She loves playing tug, ball and going for hikes with my husband & I. She has a sensitive tummy so no people food, but she loves the homemade PB dog cookies I make. Incredibly intelligent, I can start a new trick with her on Monday and by Saturday she's mastered it. Overall, an amazing breed, 12/10 would recommend for anyone wanting a dog for the first time!
7 months, 2 weeks ago
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