The Border Husky hybrid pup is very new on the designer scene, and as such there is currently very little information online about him compared to most other hybrid breeds. The information that is available about him is from the small pool of puppies that have been born so far, and as such the information may not be totally conclusive. As with any designer pup he may inherit genes from either parent, and as such it really is a gene pool lottery, so as long as you prepare yourself for all eventualities you will not be disappointed.
What is known is that both of his parents, the Border Collie and the Siberian Husky, are gorgeous and happy dogs who live life to the fullest, and there is never a dull moment with them around, and the Border Husky is no different. Huskies are popular designer dogs, as are Border Collies, so you have two great parent breeds.
So, read on for further information about the Border Husky hybrid dog, and hopefully you will find all the information you need to make a decision about whether he is the one for you and your lifestyle.
Parent Breed Overview
Designer dogs are currently very popular because it creates so many other options when it comes to dog breeds. The term ‘designer dog’ simply refers to the mixing of two purebred dogs in the hope of creating a perfect pup. In this case the purebred parents are the Border Collie and the Siberian Husky, and their puppy creation is the dog that we are going to outline in this article, the Border Collie Husky hybrid.
Unfortunately, there are a handful of purebred breeders that disagree with the notion of designer dogs, however, it is scientifically proven to have health benefits, and so as long as the puppy is healthy it can only be a good thing. It also allows families who are torn between two breeds to combine their appearances and traits in order to achieve the best of both worlds in one pooch.
It is important to understand a little more about his parents in order to fully understand the Border Collie and Siberian Husky mixed pooch. In this article he shall be referred to as the Border Husky.
The Border Collie’s ancestors date back to 43 A.D in Great Britain, and he is believed to be a mix of Roman herding dogs and the Icelandic Sheepdog. The Border Collie was engineered to be an agile and intelligent dog to herd his flock on the rocky terrain of Wales and Scotland. The Border Collie has repeatedly been tested by Veterinarians and researchers and proven to be the most intelligent dog breed in the world, they are quite simply the Einstein of dogs! Because of their similar looks, and energy levels, they are often compared to Australian Shepherds.
In 2019 the Border Collie has been listed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the 35th most popular dog in America. Border Collies also make popular mixed breed pups with other breeds, because of their sweet natured personalities. Some of the popular mixes are the labrador border collie mix, or the Shollie, which is a mix between the GSD and the border collie.
The Siberian Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds on the planet, and he was developed thousands of years ago in Russia. His purpose was to deliver supplies between various indigenous tribes in Siberia, he was favored for his limitless stamina and the ability to haul goods across large expanses of icy terrain. The indigenous tribes would then invite him into their family homes after a hard day at work, and because of his loyalty and love for his master, he would also enjoy the privilege of keeping his family warm at night.
The Siberian Husky was relatively unknown outside of Siberia, but this all changed when a pack of Siberian Huskies embarked on a 658 mile hike to carry a life-saving antidote to towns who were being ravaged by a deadly outbreak of Diphtheria. Since this heroic journey, he became famous across the world and he has been a popular family pet ever since. He was also listed as the 14th most popular breed in the US by the AKC. Huskies are also some of the more popular mixed breed dogs, getting mixed with other pups ranging from the pom-husky mix, to the Golden Husky.
Border Collie Husky Mix
This puppy is the offspring of two gorgeous dogs, so whichever parent he takes after you know that you are guaranteed to have a stunningly beautiful pup. The Border Husky mix inherits sublime intelligence, and stamina that cannot be beaten. Whilst he may inherit his Husky parent’s stubbornness, and he may inherit his Border Collie’s aloofness with strangers, but he is very loving and affectionate with his family.
He is a very sociable pup who loves to be the center of attention all of the time, and he is likely to inherit this trait from his Husky parent. It is likely that they will inherit the chattiness of the Husky breed as well, so you should be prepared for a lot of chirpiness and noise from your pup, but it is a very entertaining trait indeed.
His parent, the Collie, is often labelled as the best herding dog in the world, and for good reason! His herding instinct is so strong that often this trait is passed down from generation to generation, even if the dogs have never worked as herding dogs. This is fantastic news if you want to use the Border Husky hybrid as a working dog, but this is potentially not so great with young children and other animals. It is likely that their instinct to herd will be deflected onto young children and other animals, and it is also likely that he will deploy their nipping technique. For this reason, the Border Husky is not suited to other pets within the household, or households with very young children, so to avoid accidental injury.
Size & Appearance
The Border Husky hybrid is a medium sized dog and he measures between 18 and 22 inches tall, from paw to shoulder, and he weighs between 30 to 45 pounds. He is slightly more compact than his Husky parent, but taller and more muscular than the Collie.
Whilst most hybrid dogs tend to look like one parent more so than the other, the Border Husky mix commonly has the Border Collie black and white colorings, with a Husky appearance. He retains his wolfy and wild look, but with a less imposing aura. They also commonly have piercing blue eyes that he inherits from his Husky parent, and on occasion they also have two different colored eyes. Their ears are similar to his Husky parent and they are semi-erect and alert.
Coat & Colors
The Border Husky mix has a double coat, with a soft under coat. He enjoys a variety of outer coats, and it can take the form of short or medium length, smooth or rough, but the Border Husky tends to be silky to the touch. The Border Husky will tend to take on the appearance of both parents, rather than swing towards just one parent like many hybrid dogs.
The Border Husky is available in all the Border Collie and Siberian Husky colors, including black, red, white, sable, brown and gray to name a few. Rarely the Border Husky will inherit the rare colors such as blue merle, red merle and saddleback sable. Typically, the Border Husky will take the colors black and white.
Exercise Requirements & Living Conditions
The Border Collie and the Siberian Husky are high energy dogs who need intense exercise. The Border Collie requires at least 60 minutes of exercise and the Husky needs at least 90 minutes of exercise every day, therefore whoever’s energy they inherit, you know that you are going to have an intensely energetic dog on your hands. Expect to exercise the Border Husky mix for at least 90 minutes a day and you can be sure to have a happy and healthy pup. If he isn’t exercised and stimulated adequately, he will become restless and destructive, just like his parents.
He will also need mental stimulation throughout the day on top of his exercise requirements. Typically, the Collie is object driven, whereas the Husky is food driven, so once you work out what drives your pup, use it to your advantage. Playing fetch or tug of war, or using treat filled puzzle toys, will stimulate his mind, and allow him to interact with his master. Given the Husky’s ability to run for miles on end without tiring the Border Husky would make a great jogging partner. If you can’t spend time with him during the day then the Border Husky mix is definitely not for you, and you should consider a less energetic pup.
Because of his high energy drive this guy is not suited to apartment living, not only will he become restless, but he is also likely to get cabin fever. He really needs access to a yard and fresh air in order to keep him happy, considering his parent’s working past in the cold wilderness of Scotland and Siberia. Be sure to reinforce your yard, because the Border Husky is likely to become an escape artist just like his Husky parent if bored, and he is known to jump 6-foot fences with ease.
The Border Husky is an intelligent guy that is generally eager to please his master, however, on occasion he is known to be a little stubborn. For this reason early obedience training is key to ensure that he learns from an early age who is boss, and that there are boundaries that must be followed. Whilst his superior intelligence is a good thing, you will quickly learn that if you aren’t challenging him enough, or he isn’t getting worked as he should, he will get bored very quickly and he will get into the bad habit of ignoring you.
It is imperative to socialize the Border Husky as early as possible too; expose him to as many humans, animals and unfamiliar situations as you possibly can. Not only will this build his confidence as a pup, but it will also ensure that he grows into a well-mannered pooch when he is older.
The Collie is known to be slightly aloof with strangers, and so there may be a chance that the Border Husky will inherit this trait, and again, socialization will help with this. Positive reinforcement training is scientifically proven to be the most effective way of training a dog, so be sure to research this.
The Border Husky is a healthy pup who will share a similar lifespan to his parents, between 12 to 15 years. The Husky and the Border Collie share the same health issues, and whilst this means they are likely to inherit these predispositions, the silver lining means that there are less health conditions to learn about and monitor.
The Border Husky is likely to inherit, or at least be predisposed to, the following health issues, and whilst there are no breed standards as of yet due to being a newer breed, any reputable breeder should test for the following:
Hip Dysplasia – this is an abnormal joint formation in the hip joint which, overtime, causes pain and arthritis.
Eye conditions – the Border Collie is predisposed to a variety of eye conditions such as such as Progressive Renal Atrophy, Cataracts and Collie Eye Anomaly.
There are other health issues that concern both of the Border Huskies parents, and as such you should make yourself aware of them and the symptoms that are associated with them.
The Border Husky mix will need a dry kibble that is specific to high-energy medium sized dogs, and it is important to ensure that this food is age specific. He will eat between 2 ½ and 3 cups of food a day dependant on his size and energy levels. As with any dog, be sure to feed him the best possible nutrients to keep him healthy and be sure to monitor their treat intake to avoid obesity.
The Border Husky mix will require thorough brushing at least once a week, with a quick brush in between to remove loose fur that might otherwise find itself on your sofa. Their Border Collie parent has a double coat that requires extensive grooming, and the Siberian Husky has has a double coat to protect him from the freezing climates.
This mix will also have a thick and fluffy coat that sheds moderately during shedding season. While the months are warming up extra attention should be paid to brushing his coat so that is kept healthy and manageable, and as such you should expect to brush him everyday.
Other grooming tasks such as teeth brushing and nail clipping are the same as any other dog, and they will need monitoring every week to make sure that everything is as it should be.
The Border Husky hybrid is so new that there is very little information publicly available about what his cost is. Breeders tend not to publicly list prices on their websites, they will only release prices to those prospective owners whom they think are serious and suitable for their pups. The cost of a puppy will factor in things such as their appearance, for example the most desired look of a Border Husky is an equal mix of both parents, as well as having the bright blue eyes, or even different colored eyes of the Husky. Again because he is rare, factors such as breeder location might also affect the price.
Remember, as with any dog, that you should find a reputable breeder that is ethical in their breeding practices, and not just breeding dogs for their designer pup status or for their looks. Puppy mills will jump on the newest and most popular hybrid breeds, without any consideration for their health or their welfare, and the Border Husky is no exception here, so beware.
As Family Pets
- The Border Husky is a seriously energetic dog who needs exercise.
- He should be placed with an active family who can exercise him intensely between 60 to 90 minutes every day.
- Because he is so energetic he should have access to a reinforced yard.
- The Husky Collie mix will not do well with apartment living unless he has an energy outlet daily..
- He is a sociable and friendly dog.
- He might be aloof with strangers initially, he will quickly warm up to strangers if his master accepts them.
- The Border Husky is very affectionate and loving with his family.
- The Border Husky may enjoy a snuggle on the sofa every night.
- The Border Husky typically inherits his Collie parent’s strong herding instinct.
- Because of this, and as such he should be placed in a home with older children.
- If other pets are present, socialize your pup early on.
- He is a moderate shedder, and for this reason he is not suited to families with dog allergies.
Finding A Breeder
If you are sure that the Border Husky is the breed for you, then the next step is to begin with your breeder search. The best place to start your search for a Border Husky breeder is to contact your local Border Collie and Siberian Husky breeder, and ask them for advice or referrals to a reputable breeder. Failing that, there are several breed specific breed groups on social media, and you could ask members if they know of any reputable breeders.
Remember, as the breed is relatively new, and there are no breed specific guidelines or required health certificates, so it is even more important to see the pups with their litter and their parents, and ask for the parents health certificates, especially concerning their hip score and their ophthalmologist evaluation. Reputable breeders should not question or refuse this, so if they say no then walk away.
Rescue & Shelters
Quite often, prospective owners invite the Border Collie and Siberian Husky into their homes with little thought into what he requires and how much exercise he needs, and as such they often find themselves in rescue centers. For this reason, there are quite a lot of Border Collies and Siberian Huskies in rescue shelters. Whilst the Border Husky is a rare breed, there are much fewer of him in rescue centers, but as he is becoming much more popular it will not be long until they too find themselves in rescue centers.
If you want to rescue a Border Husky the best place to start your search is to contact your local rescue shelter, but also the local dedicated breed centers. The Border Collie Society of America lists dedicated rescue centers state by state, as does the Siberian Husky Club of America.
The Border Husky is a gorgeous dog who takes his handsome looks from both parents. He is a happy go lucky pup who is intensely energetic and intelligent, and as such he needs an active family who is going to challenge him both physically and mentally every day. As long as this is something that you can provide him with, then both you and the Border Husky will have a very long and happy life together.
February 14, 2023 at 8:30 pm
Excellent article. As someone that is considering rescuing a Border Husky pup, I walked away extremely informed.
January 10, 2023 at 6:24 pm
My husky had 8 border collie (Border Husky) pups 4 weeks ago. They are very cute. This was unplanned as my dog was chained up outside and...well, you know.
February 6, 2023 at 1:36 am
i am looking for a puppy my last dog was a husky mix i am a senior who walks every day looking for a companion live in cincinnati
March 23, 2023 at 11:27 pm
What are you asking? We have a border collie x Husky mix and are considering a companion for him. Thanks
October 20, 2022 at 9:28 am
this is very helpful
December 3, 2021 at 3:12 pm
I am going to have 2 dogs 1 is named corizon he is a border collie and corgi mix.
and the second is a shiba inu. she will be named hana.
December 3, 2021 at 3:07 pm
thank you very much! now I can have my dog. I have a quick question do you have like how to take care other
November 21, 2021 at 12:05 pm
We have a beautiful black and white boy. He is border collie cross husky. He is super intelligent. He is absolutely not food and not object motivated. He loves humans’ company and walking. Walking is his favourite activity. He is the best companion. He is 10 years old now. He is still active and healthy. I love him so much.
October 29, 2021 at 6:44 am
I have a borsky beautiful female but can be stubborn loves her food like a husky, absolutely loves our kids 6and 3 . But her soulmate is the 7 year old Jack russel she just can’t get enough of him they play non stop. We had to train her when feeding time that there is a order she tried to take the 2 Jack russel terriers food didn’t go down well still keep a eye on her but other than that a great dog so far. Does show signs of intelligence at times but she has picked up a lot of the jacks ways to so it’s almost like having a oversized Jack russel lol. A great family dog
October 17, 2021 at 7:48 am
I have a 13 year old border collie/husky mix who we have had from 9 weeks old. He is/ has been the most beautiful boy, fantastic company, huge personality and with proper training when young very well behaved. They are very vocal and will keep you highly entertained. Wish we could turn back time for our old boy.
August 5, 2021 at 6:38 pm
I have a Border Collie/Husky mix (50% Border Collie, 25% Husky, 12.5% Rottweiler, and 12.5% Dachshund). I adopted him from a German Shepherd rescue last year, and he's estimated to be around six years. He LOVES humans. He would let someone break into my house and rob me blind if it meant he would get some pets out of it. Extremely intelligent, high-energy dog; however, I live in a condo (no yard), and he just chills when I'm away at work (we do walk multiple times per day).
Outside is a different story - he can be a bit wild. He becomes hyper-focused on cars and squirrels, he loves to run and be free, he has a very active sense of smell, and he must be up high at all times. I've found him standing on tabletops, the backs of couches, countertops, on top of grills - you name it. He's quiet, though, and rarely barks, indoors or out, unless he's in a car because he gets upset/anxious that he can't chase the passing cars.
Some people find his wild side to be intense, but he gets a lot of compliments on how handsome, sweet, and well-behaved he usually is. He and I are so bonded and he's always by my side. He truly is my best friend, and even though he can be a handful at times, I wouldn't have it any other way.
August 6, 2021 at 8:45 pm
That sounds like a great pup, Katie! Thanks for commenting!
July 27, 2021 at 6:51 pm
I just lost my border collie of 16 years, she was the best dog. She backpacked, hiked with me and was a great frisbee player, loved to swim. Her and I were always together, so smart and very loving. I miss her so very much. Like the write up about border collie husky.
July 29, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Thanks for commenting, Genie. Very sorry for your loss, and prayers to you as you work through the grief of losing your pup. Appreciate you stopping by to share your experience with this mix.
July 15, 2021 at 12:34 pm
We believe our rescue “husky” is in fact a Border Husky. She is a beautiful mix of both breeds: black and white, double coat with a medium silky outer coat. With a dark brown eye and an icy light blue eye, she is striking and haunting. She is slightly submissive and sweet-natured and loves to run and play and rolls over on her back for belly rubs from the family. She enjoys mentally stimulating toys and all members of our family.
She howls instead of barks, but mostly at the feeding times and when enticing us to play with her. She IS an escape artist and likes to dig in the yard, and continues to attempt to dig under the reinforced fences of our yard. Everyone who meets her adores her, however, she keeps a couple of feet from strangers, weary of their intentions. Keeping her safe and happy is top priority to our family.
July 15, 2021 at 5:18 pm
Sounds like a lovely dog, Ann! Thanks for stopping by to comment!
Joan L Linney
April 3, 2021 at 4:56 pm
I suspected we had rescued a designer dog the 2nd time someone stopped their car to ask, "what kind of dog is that? She's gorgeous!" And that was before they even noticed her striking blue eyes. Like other stories here, we were her 3rd home. She was full-grown, not housebroken, jumped on kitchen counters, didn't even respond to her name.
My husband was looking for a mountain bike buddy though, and we couldn't have made a better choice. As long as she gets a minimum of a 3-mile run every day she's so happy and willing to please! It took over a year before she realized that human words have meaning, she's more into hunting than herding, and she's extremely alpha around most other dogs.
April 5, 2021 at 8:47 pm
Sounds like a great pup, Joan! Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience!
March 25, 2021 at 6:49 pm
Greetings fellow Border Husky Owners! My husband and I rehomed this little 12-week old girl from a family that after two weeks realized what they had gotten themselves into. We did not realize that she was a border husky hybrid and we took to the internet to find out her breed....what a revelation! Her name is Saphie (after her sapphire blue eyes.... and yes is indeed gorgeous and extremely intelligent. Grateful to all of you for sharing your stories!
March 28, 2021 at 3:12 pm
Thanks for stopping by to share you story, Christine! Sounds like a wonderful dog!
December 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm
I own a border husky pup named Bear. He's golden brown and white. He's super smart and very active. He can be a bit stubborn, too. Thanks for all the info on this mix! Your article was spot on!
December 27, 2020 at 3:56 pm
Thanks for stopping by to comment Shawn! Sounds like an amazing pup!
December 10, 2020 at 11:36 pm
I have recently lost my best friend who was a Border Husky. She was the most faithful companion I could ever wish for. I am in Western Australia and desperately trying to find a breeder in Australia or New Zealand, but can't find any. My breeder doesn't breed anymore. I can't bear a life without one. If anyone can help I would be most appreciative.
December 11, 2020 at 1:44 am
Sorry for your loss Nicola! I was a mess when I lost my pup last year. Unfortunately, we don't work with or recommend breeders directly. I'd recommend reaching out to local shelters near you and starting your search there. Best of luck in your puppy search!
January 10, 2020 at 11:17 pm
We adopted Addie at 4 months (she's almost 2 years now.) Her DNA came back 50% Border Collie, 37.5% Husky, and 12.5% of two breed groups (hounds from Asia/Africa, like Greyhound, and the other breed group was wild canids, like wolf.) (Beautiful, loving, sensitive and cooperative dog!) My part time work allows us to walk every morning. Leashed neighborhood walks were inadequate for her pace and energy level, plus stressful when she saw or smelled distracting things. :)
She was crate trained, but would chew up her pillows. :( Last Spring, after we established good training for sit, stay and recall, I discovered a nearby forested trail next to a river. It's safe to let her off leash there (but I keep it handy in case of encountering dogs who don't play).
It has been an absolute God send...we do about 60 minutes every morning and she runs, jumps, sniffs, chases sticks on trail and in the water... and sometimes meets an enthusiastic playmate (after asking permission of course.) Haven't needed to crate her since, and she's a perfect angel! Couldn't ask for a more companionable, fun and playful dog!
January 10, 2020 at 11:24 pm
Thanks for the comment Patrice! Sounds like you have an awesome pup on your hand. We love the Border Husky! They are balls of energy like you mention, so having plenty of room to run is almost mandatory for these pups. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment!
December 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm
I adopted a dog from our local shelter that was called a Basenji Mix. I had a DNA test done an it came back 25% border collie, and 12.5% each Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, White Swiss Shepherd, Italian Greyhound, and Chihuahua. Talk about a handful. She is driving me crazy.
I have spent several thousand dollars on trainers who all claim she is extremely intelligent and trainable, but also “unbalanced”. I have read up on all the combinations with the Border Collie and she sounds most like the collie/husky in temperament but she does not look like this breed of combos. She looks more like the shape of an athletic greyhound but is cream colored with perky ears and curled tail.
She is a beautiful dog, about 40 pounds of pure muscle and has black eyes. I play ball with her every day to exercise her but it isn’t enough. She doesn’t like dog puzzles, or snuffle mats or any of that new fangle dog toys. She needs a job but I don’t know what it would be, nor if I could give it to her. I have given up taking her for walks.
So she runs the backyard until she destroyed the lawn which is now dirt. She likes to dig holes. She loves to chew things and I give her bully sticks to keep her busy. I’m hoping she will outgrow some of this. I would love activities that she might enjoy other than Chuck it ball.
I do hide treats in the yard and let her out to find them. She loves this game. Have thought about getting a small sled and harness for her to pull around. When in the house she chases the cat incessantly but does not hurt him.
December 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm
Sounds like a busy pup Stella! One of the things we did that really helped one of our Mastiffs was making sure we started every day with a 1-hour walk. I know you said you have given up on walks, but have you tried going out very early in the morning when nobody else is out and about? Sometimes dogs will walk better when they are alone and don't have distractions. It's a very big time commitment but it has really helped our dogs calm down through the day. Best of luck to you!
November 16, 2019 at 12:00 am
We have a Border Collie mix that I now believe to be Border Collie and Husky. He fits all the descriptions of both breeds. He is extremely high energy and athletic. Our five foot fence is an easy jump for him. He nips and herds and is highly intelligent and very vocal. He loves having enthusiastic discussions with us.
He is very affectionate and completely bonded to us. He is a stunningly gorgeous dog who gets attention wherever we go. We adopted him from a shelter when he was 10 months old. He had been returned three times because of his high energy and determination to escape and run free. We are retired and have plenty of time to spend with him and keep him well exercised and mentally challenged. He is our perfect dog and we love him totally and unconditionally.
He will be three in February and he weighs a very fit 65 pounds. He is black and white with beautiful amber eyes. I highly recommend this mix to anyone who has the time, space and energy to meet their needs. Our Murphy is without a doubt one of the best dogs we have ever had.
November 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm
Thanks for the comment Teresa!