This mix has been recently recognized by the American Kennel Club as it is own breed and not just a mixed breed.
Mixed breed dogs are often the result of breeding two purebred dogs together, in this case, the Alaskan Husky and the American Pitbull Terrier.
It is rare that the American Kennel Club will deem a “mixed breed” pup as it is own dog breed and welcome them into the club.
The puppies born to these parents can have various personalities, coat types as well as potential health conditions.
However, with training and adequate socialization they can grow up to be superb family pets.
History of the Husky Pitbull Mix
As far as mixed breeds go, the Pitsky is not one of the newest.
They seem to have been developed and welcomed into our homes for quite some time now.
However, the Husky Pitbull mixes that are available today may not be from a direct Husky Pitbull litter.
They may very well be pups from two Pitsky parents. The best way to find out is to visit a reputable breeder and meet the parents yourself.
If one parent is an Alaskan Husky and the other is an American Pitbull Terrier, then you know that you have a first generation Pitsky litter.
If both parents are Pitskies, then you may want to look elsewhere.
It is not uncommon for breeders to use inbreeding as a way to continue certain appearances or characteristics.
Inbreeding is also a way that these irresponsible breeders can make a quick buck.
Personality and Temperament of the Husky Pitbull Mix
The Pitsky can be a very hyperactive dog. To resolve this, make sure you are providing adequate exercise and attention each day.
Training and Socialization will be contributing factors as well.
Their energy level and size (fully grown) would not make them the best choice if you live in a city or apartment setting.
They will also become bored very quickly if you are a couch potato type of family.
These dogs are the perfect companion for families that love the outdoors and every activity possible.
These pooches are very loyal to their families.
Their loyalty can potentially become a fault if they are left alone for extended periods of time and therefore suffer from separation anxiety.
Their boredom will transform into destruction. Crate training can help minimize the damage but may heighten the separation anxiety.
However, they are loving, loyal, and affectionate dogs that can make excellent family pets.
“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his Heaven, not man’s.”-Mark Twain
Feeding the Husky Pitbull Mix
Most Pitsky puppies will grow up to be rather large dogs.
They are full of energy at most stages of life, and this amount of energy requires a quality healthy diet that has been formulated for them.
Throughout their puppyhood, it is important that you continue feeding them a high-quality puppy food.
Many pet parents will continue to use the same puppy food that the breeder used. By doing this, you reduce the risk of upsetting your new puppy’s stomach.
You may also want to consult with the veterinarian about what brands, quantities, and frequency he/she suggests.
If your veterinarian offers you specifics about these factors, then it is his/her word you should follow. After all, she knows your pooch better than almost anyone else.
As your puppy enters adulthood, he should be fed an appropriate age food that satisfies his energy level as well as his size.
Most dog food brands have a “Large Dog Breed” formula that may work just fine.
Keep in mind that these are energetic dogs that require a specific amount of calories in his daily diet.
The Pitsky will likely burn off more calories than he is consuming if he is not fed the correct food.
Caring for the Husky Pitbull Mix
Exercise: These pooches require a lot of exercise. They are the perfect companion for runners, hikers, or swimmers because your pup will not hesitate to join you!
If your Pitbull husky mix does not get the right amount of exercise each day, then he will be hyperactive and likely attempt to release his energy indoors.
This often leads to broken lamps, garbage being removed from the can and dispersed around the house, as well as chewing and digging your carpeting and furniture.
Being outdoors is essential for dogs as it is not only their area of play and exercise but, it is also where he relieves himself.
Pitsky pups can grow to be rather large dogs.
They would be much happier in a house with a fenced in backyard than they would be if they were stuck in an apartment with nowhere to go.
Early training and socialization are key factors to a well-rounded and well-mannered dog.
Take advantage of their intelligence and see how many tricks, commands, and tasks you can teach him to do correctly. You are likely to be surprised by the result!
You may find that your Pitbull Husky mix will not only run, play and work hard for you but, that he will also end his day by snuggling up to the family cat.
This, of course, may only happen if your pooch has been raised around the cat and has been trained to perform tasks and tricks.
In addition to the tricks, commands, and tasks that you can teach your dog, you should also show him that his crate is a safe place for him and that solitude is not a punishment.
If your pooch is not trained to understand that he is not being abandoned or punished every time you leave the house, then he will likely suffer from separation anxiety.
They may also discover various things in the house for them to destroy if they are left alone for too long (untrained).
The amount of grooming will depend on how long or how short of a coat your Pitsky has.
Long hair Pitskies often take after their Husky parent who require daily brushing to help control the shedding and prevent their fur from becoming knotted.
They may also require more frequent bathing than short haired Pitskies because their hair can become muddy or dirty much faster.
On the other hand, if your Pitbull Husky takes after his American Pitbull Terrier parent, then he will only require regular brushing to control shedding and monthly bathing.
Potential Health Conditions of the Pitbull Husky Mix
If you continue to follow the recommended daily feeding requirements set by your veterinarian, provide lots of exercises each day and treat your pooch immediately if he were to acquire a medical problem, then your pooch should live a long and happy life with you and your family.