Pitsky

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45-60 lbs
16-21"
Unknown
American Pitbull Terrier
Siberian Husky or Alaskan Husky

The Pitsky is a designer dog, the intentional cross between the sturdy and powerful American Pit Bull Terrier and the free-spirited and enduring Husky; the result is a very active and quick-thinking dog with a great deal of both strength and endurance. While this crossbreed is typically trustworthy with people when provided with ample socialization, some lines of both Pit Bulls and Husky dogs may have aggressive tendencies, so it is important to do as much research as possible regarding their heritage. This particular hybrid is usually a combination of the Pit Bull and the Siberian Husky, but in some cases, contributions from the Alaskan Husky are used instead. 

Purpose
Guard Dog, Sled Dog, Family Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Pitbull Terrier and Husky (Siberian or Alaskan)

Pitsky Health

Average Size
Height: 17-22 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Height: 16-21 inches Weight: 45-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Ichthyosis
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Pannus
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Thyroid Panel

Pitsky Breed History

The Pitsky is a hybrid dog, a combination of the American Pit Bull Terrier, a loyal and sturdy canine with a true zest for life and the athletic and enduring Husky. This particular crossbreed is being developed with contributions from the American Pit Bull Terrier as it is recognized by the United Kennel Club of Britain. The history of this breed is a bit muddled and somewhat contested in certain circles. The prevailing theory is that the Pit Bull was a descendant of fighting bulldogs bred to sporting terriers, a combination known at the time as bull-and-terriers, but there are experts who believe that there is very little terrier contribution and this breed more closely related to the bulldogs of the 1800s. While the United States, via the American Kennel Club, does not have any breed recognized as a Pit Bull Terrier, they do recognize the American Staffordshire Terrier, a dog similar enough that some individual canines have been registered as both an American Staffordshire in the United States and as an American Pit Bull in the United Kingdom. The Husky referred to in this combination is most likely to be the Siberian Husky, a dog that was originally developed by the nomadic Chukchi people of Russia at some point in prehistory. The earliest ancestors of the Siberian Husky dogs were likely used to hunt as well as to pull the sleds that contained their homes and lives. They were hard-working dogs that were integrated deeply into the everyday lives of the Chukchi people, bred for their endurance and their companionable natures. In some cases, the Husky contribution is an Alaskan Husky rather than a Siberian Husky. When breeds like German Shorthaired Pointers, Greyhounds, and Siberian Huskies were mixed with the dogs that were found in the Inuit villages in the early 1900s, they proved to be excellent sled dogs, much like the Siberian Husky. These dogs were frequently employed in the cold, frozen landscape of Alaska, where dog sleds were frequently the best option for transporting people and goods. In 1925, when a diphtheria epidemic hit the small town of Nome, both Alaskan and Siberian Huskies were plentiful among the dogs that transported the life-saving medicine through 658 miles of blizzard conditions from Nulato to Nome. 

Pitsky Breed Appearance

Both of the parent breeds are athletic animals, but they differ quite a bit in both appearance and structure as they were bred for very different purposes. The Pit Bull has a stockier, more muscular build with short back and short, low set tail. Husky dogs tend to have leaner physiques, particularly the Alaskan Husky, with long legs, a long back, and well-furred, fox-like tail that they carry high up over their backs. The American Pit Bull is known for its broad, blocky head, and square muzzle where both varieties of Husky have a more moderately formed head with a longer, tapered muzzles and while both have triangular ears that are set high up on their heads, Husky ears stand upright and uncropped American Pit Bull ears fold forward. Even their coats are completely different, with a short, single-layer coat for the Pit Bull and a longer, double-layer coat for the Husky. The Pitsky may take their characteristics from either parent breed, leading to a great deal of variation from dog to dog. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Gray
Brown
Red
Cream
Fawn
Blue
Silver
White
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pitsky Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for this dog will vary depending on which coat characteristics that they may have inherited. Baths are likely to be infrequent with either coat, but if your dog has inherited the thick undercoat of the Husky, it is particularly important to ensure that this layer gets completely dry to prevent molds or mildews from growing. Both coats will require regular brushing, but the longer coat, like that of the Husky, will require more frequent brushing, usually daily, whereas the shed hairs of the shorter coat of the Pit Bull can be managed with weekly brushing. This hybrid will shed fairly heavily, although shorter haired dogs may shed more moderately than longer haired individuals. 

Brushes for Pitsky
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pitsky Temperament

Although they are typically very energetic and can be a bit rambunctious, the Siberian Husky does tend to be good-natured with everyone, and the Pit Bull Terriers are often the biggest of sweethearts. Both of these dogs have the intelligence and the attitude of a working dog, however, and the Pitsky is likely to inherit this trait, so this dog requires a great deal of both mental and physical exercise to be at its healthiest and most stable. This hybrid is typically quite good with people of all ages, and when properly socialized, an excellent companion for older kids due to their high energy and their overall cooperative natures. Constant supervision is a must when it comes to interactions between small children and canines, however; these dogs are extremely powerful and may not always recognize their own strength. The American Pit Bull Terrier can aggressive towards other dogs, particularly those of the same gender, and Huskies have an intense prey drive and may not be able to resist chasing cats and other quick-moving animals, so as even-tempered as the Pitsky hybrid is with most people, they may not get along with other animals as easily. This is a highly intelligent dog, but they can be both stubborn and independent when it comes to training, and consistent, firm, and energetic training sessions will help your dog to be at their best. This is not a dog that is well-suited to apartment buildings. 

Pitsky Activity Requirements

The Pitsky crossbreed is a very athletic animal and requires a great deal of exercise each day, usually at least an hour and a half of vigorous or strength enhancing exercise per day, although most would prefer two or more hours. Pitskies that do not get enough daily exercise and attention may become both destructive and vocal, and sometimes even take to howling in frustration. Fortunately, these high-energy dogs are also multi-talented and they may enjoy and even excel at several different types of activities. Along with long walks, jogs, and runs, these dogs may also enjoy sports like competitive frisbee competitions, sled pulling or skijoring, and agility training. 

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

Pitsky Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Pitsky Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Height: 18 inches Weight: 52 lbs

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