The Pitbull Husky Mix, also known as the Pitsky, is an extremely popular cross breed between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky or the Alaskan Husky.
The The Pitbull Husky Mix dog is recognized as a designer mixed dog by the Dog Registry of America (DRA) and not as a purebred dog.
Pitbull Husky Mix Appearance
It’s never an easy task to pinpoint what your Pitbull Husky mix will exactly look like because it will greatly depend on the appearance of its Pitbull and Husky parents and on which of the two parents it gets most of its genetics from, but here are some of the things you could expect to get with your Pitsky.
Size: The Pitsky is most often a strong and muscular, medium to large sized dog, weighing between 35-70 lbs on average and standing somewhere around 19-24 inches tall.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog which stands between 17-21 inches high, while the Husky is a bit larger sized dog which stands at somewhere along the lines of 20-24 inches tall, and the Pitsky could be anywhere in between both of its parents’ heights.
Color: The color of the Pitsky will very much depend on the colors of its parents, however Pitskys most often come in darker colors than light colors.
Coat: The Pitbull Husky Mix dog could either get its short, shiny coat from its Pitbull parent, or it could get its longer, thicker coat from its Husky parent.
Pitbull Husky Mix Temperament & Character
To be able to best determine what the temperament and character of a Pitsky is, do a quick search on the temperaments and characters of its parent breeds, the American Pitbull Terrier and the Siberian/Alaskan Husky.
Most importantly though, you should know that even though the Pitbull and the Husky dog breeds are labeled by many as “aggressive” in nature, the Pitsky isn’t like that at all.
Most Pitsky owners will tell you that their Pitsky is very well behaved and doesn’t act agressive at all.
Watchdog: The Pitsky is an excellent watchdog that does an amazing job watching over your house and family members and protecting them from harmful intruders.
And this is very good news if you’re looking to bring in the Pitsky to a family with children in it, as this dog can watch over your children as they play and protect them from any harm.
With that being said, some problems can come along, such as this dog excessively barking at strangers that are harmlessly walking next to your yard.
However, these problems can be easily fixed with proper training.
Socialization: The Pitbull Husky mix dog is an absolute sucker for people (children and seniors alike) and other household pets.
So, if you’re getting a Pitsky to a house that has children or other pets, rest assured that they can get along perfectly fine.
Sometimes though, Pitsky’s do like to chase other animals around (such as rabbits and squirrels), but this can be adressed by training them not to do so and properly socializing them from a young age.
Sometimes, the Pitsky can be a little shy when meeting new people or new animals, however it sooner rather than later warms up to them and opens up.
As far as the Pitsky’s love to its owner goes, just know that if you don’t spend adequate time with it every day and leave it alone for prolonged periods of time, it will start to destructively chew on everything it can get hold of and will dig holes as well, all this to make you aware that it’s not happy you’re gone.
Training: When it comes to training a Pitsky, there’s good news. Pitsky’s are very good in listening and understanding what you exactly want from them.
With that said, they are known to have problems with excessive chewing, digging and “potty accidents” more than other dog breeds, so you’re going to have to stick through the hard times when they arrive and remain consistent with your training.
Always remember that just like with any other dog breed, it’s ideal if you start training them as young as possible, because that’s when they are the most receptive.
Using positive reinforcement training methods with this dog is an excellent idea, as it always strives to please its owner.
Exercise: The Pitsky has two parents that are both notorious for being very active dogs, which unsurprisingly rubs off on their offspring.
Generally speaking, the Pitsky needs around 2 hours of exercise and playtime (both physical and mental stimulation) a day.
If you fail to give it the adequate amounts of physical exercise and mental stimulation it needs, it’ll start going into a digging and chewing fest in no time.
It’s best if you’ve got a fenced yard at home, because Pitskys are really good at escaping from their designated areas.
So, whether it’s going for a jog together, going long walks in the dog park or playing around in your backyard, the Pitsky will love any and all of these activities.
One word of caution though, you have to make sure that this dog is properly hydrated during exercise in hot weather conditions because its moderate to large size often means it needs a good amount of water during activities!
Pitbull Husky Mix Health Issues
When you mix a Siberian/Alaskan Husky with an American Pitbull Terrier, both of which are known to suffer from specific health problems more than other dog breeds in their lives, you get an offspring which is at higher risk of suffering from these same health problems.
However, before you go ahead and get a Pitsky back home with you to add to your family, you must make sure that you’re dealing with an ethical breeder.
Ask your breeder for health clearances for both the Pitsky’s parents so you can be sure that they don’t suffer from serious health problems that (almost always) make their way to the offspring.
Here are some of the most common health risks your Pitsky faces during its lifetime:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Specific allergies
- Eye problems
Other than that, as long as your Pitsky is living in a healthy environment, living a healthy life and is getting all the right care it needs, there’s no reason for you to worry about things, as chances are very high that your Pitsky will go on to live its expected lifespan of around 12-15 years.
Pitbull Husky Mix Grooming
When it comes to how much the Pitsky sheds, this greatly depends on whether it takes more from its American Pitbull Terrier parent or its Siberian/Alaskan Husky parent.
Huskies have much more of a thick coat that tends to shed a lot, so that means that your Pitsky would need much more time for stuff like bathing and brushing if it takes its coat from its Husky parent.
However, if the Pitsky takes its coat from its Pitbull parent, then the time you need to spend bathing it and brushing its coat is drastically reduced, simply because Pitbulls have a much shorter coat that tends to shed a lot less than Huskies.
Either way, you’ll still have to cover the rest of the grooming basics for your Pitsky, which are brushing its teeth, cleaning its ears from wax buildup and clipping its nails.
You can choose to do the grooming yourself (if you’re competent enough and know what you’re doing that is) or delegate it to a professional groomer, both will work just fine given the right circumstances.
Pitbull Husky Mix Other Names
The Pitbull Husky mix dog also goes by some other names, such as:
- American Pit Bull Terrier/Siberian Husky
- American Pit Bull Terrier/Alaskan Husky