While the American Pitbull Terrier and the Husky might be two breeds that would not normally cross your mind at one time, the Pitsky is actually a Pitbull Husky mix that is easily one of the most popular crossbred dog breeds in the world!
Officially recognized as a designer mix breed, you cannot consider a Pitsky a purebred dog, but you can consider them to be purely loveable!
Appearance & Grooming
As with any crossbred dog, there’s not a set answer that can be given about what they look like. Due to differences in family lineage and the dependence of appearance on a dog’s parents, the only thing we can provide is some generalizations about their appearance.
The Pitbull Husky Mix is a very strong dog. Both Huskies and Pitbulls tend to be muscular, so you can expect the same from this medium to large sized dog.
Their average weight is between 35 and 70 pounds. Their average standing height is between 19 and 24 inches. This range is identified by considering the ranges of height and weight that can be found in either parent breed and averaging them out for the Pitsky.
Overall, the color of Pitskies tends to be darker rather than lighter. This means darker browns, sables, or blacks can be expected. The color depends on the parents.
Pitbulls have short, shiny coats while Huskies have longer, thicker coats that can even be double layered coats. The Pitsky will have one or the other, but it’s impossible to predict which it will end up with.
It’s important that we touch on what type of grooming needs the Pitbull Husky mix has, though there is once again not a cut-and-dry answer we can give you. Since this is a crossbreed, grooming needs of both parents need to be considered.
Consider which parent your dog takes after more.
Husky: If your pup is more Husky than Pitbull, they will have a thick coat that sheds a lot. You will need to spend a lot of time brushing, dematting, bathing, grooming, and generally caring for your dog’s coat to ensure it stays nice. Feeding your dog lots of omega 3 fatty acids will be important.
Pitbull: If your dog leans towards the Pitbull side of things, you will not have to spend as much time doing these things, but you’ll still need to deal with some shedding and general bathing.
No matter which type of dog your Pitsky takes after, you’ll still need to follow these other basic grooming requirements:
- Brushing teeth
- Cleaning out ears to prevent earwax buildup
- Clipping nails
Many of these things you can do at home, but consider seeing a professional groomer from time to time to make sure everything is being properly taken care of.
A Series Of Pitsky Names
The Pitbull Husky mix has a few names. Most people (including me!) prefer using Pitsky, but here are a few more options:
- American Pit Bull Terrier/Siberian Husky
- American Pit Bull Terrier/Alaskan Husky
Pitsky Health Risks
Every breed of dog has its health risks. Unfortunately for mixed breeds like the Pitbull Husky Mix, they can take on issues from either (or both!) of their parent’s lineage.
Before you even consider buying a Pitsky from a breeder, talk to the breeder about the health conditions of the parents. Some conditions are hereditary, so it’s important that you know what kind of conditions may arise. Health clearances can avoid scary situations down the road.
Here are some of the most common issues known to affect Pitskies, Pitbulls, or Huskies:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Specific allergies
With the right amount of care, exercise, and love from their owners, Pitsky dogs can be expected to live for around 12 to 15 years.
What A Pitsky Is Actually Like!
Now that you know about the Pitsky’s body, look, and overall health bill, it’s time to learn more about what the Pitbull Husky mix is actually like! Learning about the stereotypical temperament of a dog breed is a good start to knowing if they are the right dog to add to your family.
The Pitsky Attitude
First, let’s get to know what Pitbull Husky temperament.
While there are some stereotypes about both Pitbulls and Huskies, the Pitsky is not known to be an aggressive dog in any way, so you don’t have to worry about that. Rather, they’re very well-behavee and like to learn new things.
Additionally, Pitskies are a great choice for families that are looking for a watchdog type pet. Pitbull terriers were originally known as nanny dogs, and the Pitsky takes on this role very well. They will watch over playing children and do their best to keep them out of harm’s way.
This “watchdog” attitude can lead to excessive barking at strangers and in unfamiliar situations, but proper training and socialization can prevent this.
Speaking of socializing, remember the following when working with your Pitbull Husky Mix:
- This dog loves people and other household pets! Make sure you introduce them to each other gradually.
- They may enjoy chasing yard critters (such as squirrels and bunnies). Don’t encourage this behavior, and prevent it from a young age.
- They can be shy when first meeting other pets, people, or homes. Socialize them slowly.
Pitsky Training Plan
Here are some useful tips on how to make sure that you are prepared to appropriately train your Pitsky.
- If you leave your dog alone for too long or don’t give them enough attention, they may start to chew on things out of stress and frustration. Be sure to always pay enough attention to your dog and exercise them.
- This breed is prone to digging, accidents, chewing, and barking. This means that you will want to correct and work on these behaviors from a young age if possible. You may want to consider going to puppy or training classes to help work on them.
- A Pitsky is very good at listening and following training commands once they have learned them. Be patient throughout the training process, and you will be rewarded with a well-behaved dog! Positive reinforcement will lead to great success.
- Remind: start training a Pitbull Husky mix as young as possible. The earlier they learn the correct behavior, the less likely they are to get stuck in bad habits.
Before you make any dog a part of your family, you need to be sure you have the time and means to give them enough exercise! Exercise is an important part of your dog’s physical and mental health, so make this a priority.
When it comes to the Pitsky, remember that both of the parent breeds are very active dogs that exert a lot of energy every single day.
This means that your dog might need up to 2 hours of activity a day! Without this, they may become frustrated, misbehaved, and generally out of shape.
Fenced in yards are a great option for Pitsky owners. If you don’t have yard space, visiting a local park or dog park for playtime after a short walk will be sufficient for exercise. Always make sure you give your dog enough water in hot weather as large dogs are prone to dehydration.
The Pitsky Is A Great Pet
No matter what you take away from this article, I’m sure that you’ll agree that the Pitbull Husky Mix sounds like a great pet.
In addition to having a relatively easy going personality, they are easy to care for and love to protect their families. Who wouldn’t want a dog like that?