The Doberman Pinscher Siberian Husky mix is one of the more adorable dogs that’s come from the designer dog craze. Affectionately called the Dobsky, this is breed is a unique mix between two extremely popular purebreds.
Being a mixed pup with 2 different purebred parents, you need to be open-minded as to what characteristics he might inherit from either. Here in this guide I will take you through what you can expect from a typical Dobsky, from his fun and intense personality through to his particular training needs, as well as what kind of family he needs to be placed with.
You’ll want to be prepared to handle this pup’s energy needs, and a bigger yard to exercise them in. If you can meet some of the basic needs of this pup, you’ll have a best friend for life. Are you ready for all the Dobsky details? Let’s dive straight in!
If you want to fully understand the Doberman Husky mix, you’ve got to learn as much as you can about both of his parents. These breeds are very different from one another, both in size, shape and nutritional needs. They do have some temperament similarities. Let’s learn a little bit more about the parent breeds, then look at this fun-loving mix.
The Doberman Pinscher was created during the 1800s in Germany, specifically to protect his tax collecting master from thugs and those who wanted to harm him. Whilst he is no longer used as a tax collector, he is still commonly utilized in the personal protection services as he is a courageous, alert and loyal pooch.
Despite being super suspicious of strangers, he is also known to be very affectionate and sweet with his immediate family, and he is one of the biggest softies in the doggy kingdom. In 2020, he is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the 17th most popular dog breed in America. He weighs between 60 and 100 pounds, and measures between 24 and 28 inches in height. This large come giant breed is very intelligent and energetic, and he needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation.
The Doberman is well known for their guardian abilities, and they are often compared to other dog breeds that like to guard. Some of the more common comparisons are against the Rottweiler or versus the German Shepherd.
The Siberian Husky is an ancient dog breed who has been around for thousands of years. Originating from the freezing Siberian territory, this guy was bred to be a sled dog, and one that would transport both goods and persons between tribes. Whilst he is still utilized as a sledding dog, he is now more commonly found in family homes across the world.
He is recognized as the 14th most popular dog breed in America by the AKC. He is described as loyal, mischievous and outgoing, and is one of the biggest clowns in the canine kingdom. Weighing between 35 and 60 pounds and measuring between 20 and 23 ½ inches in height, he is smaller in stature compared to the Doberman, but he has never ending stamina and needs at least 90 minutes of exercise every day.
The husky has become an increasingly popular parent breed for other designer dog mixes. Some of the more popular mixes you may find will include the Rottsky, the Husky Golden mix, and lastly, the Husky German Shepherd mix.
While he is still relatively rare compared to other Doberman mixes, the Dobsky is steadily becoming a popular designer dog, and no doubt you are here because you and your family are thinking about inviting one of these beautiful guys into your home.
But before you fully commit to him, be sure to read this comprehensive guide so that you know what kind of dog might become your newest family addition. Whilst he is an amazingly adorable pooch, he is not suited to everyone, so here is what you can expect from a typical Dobsky.
Similar to the Pomsky, the Doberman Husky mix is a loyal and protective dog who adores his family more than anything else in his world. He will be aloof with strangers at first, and will bark to warn you of their presence, but once he has realized that his family wants them there his sociable Husky nature will step in and he will want to be friends with them in no time. This mixed breed has a great balance of sociability and protectiveness from both parents.
Because he will love you so much, you can be certain that he will be an intense dog that will want to spend every waking minute in your company. This is great if you like this trait in a canine companion, but for those individuals who prefer a more independent dog, you may want to consider a different breed altogether. But if you are seeking a canine shadow who will smother you in doggy kisses and affection, then look no further than this guy!
Because of his needy nature, he may suffer with separation anxiety, so he needs to be placed with a family that can guarantee to be home with him for most of the day. This is something that will need to be addressed during puppy training.
Thankfully though, every minute with the Dobsky will be full of laughter and fun, and you can be certain that you’ll never be bored with this guy around. He will always be up for a game of fetch, a long weekend hike or busy entertaining you with his talkative personality, just make sure you have a lot of energy to give back!
Size & Appearance
The Doberman Husky mix will be a large-sized pooch, who will weigh anywhere between 40 and 90 pounds, and measure between 22 and 26 inches in height, from paw to shoulder.
His overall appearance will usually be an equal mixture of both of his parents, but you can be sure that he will be strong and athletic in appearance. His face will be a pleasant mixture of a pooch that means business along with a cheeky Husky smile. His eyes could be brown or blue, or maybe one of each. His ears will be large and triangular, and his muzzle and tail will be long in length.
Coat & Colors
The Doberman Husky mix will inherit any coat color combination of either parent, be that black and rust or grey and white, and he may inherit either parent’s markings, be that the Husky mask or the Doberman eyebrows.
His double coat will be thick and straight in texture and will usually take a length that falls in the middle of both parents, so you should expect that he will have a medium-length coat. He will shed moderately throughout the year and experience a full blow out during every shedding season.
Exercise & Living Conditions
Like most Siberian Husky mixes, the Dobsky will need anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes of intense exercise every day, so he needs to be placed with an active family who can guarantee this level of exercise. Please do not underestimate this guy’s energy, for if he doesn’t get what he needs he will become destructive and behavioral issues will begin to arise. But if you can, then you will be a match made in heaven for sure!
Being a large dog with lots of energy the Dobsky should be placed into a home that has plenty of both indoor and outdoor space. His backyard should be reinforced with high fences, because if this guy takes after his Husky parent he will scale these fences with ease.
As long as he is socialized well as a pup then he will also happily live with other household pets. Thanks to his Doberman parent’s calmer demeanor in the home, this guy is also suited to homes with children, just be sure to supervise him as you would with any other dog.
The Dobsky has the potential to become very overprotective of his family, and this is something that needs to be taken seriously during puppy training. Firstly, he needs to be socialized with dogs of all shapes and sizes, other animals and humans outside of the family unit in order for him to understand that most other beings are friends (and not food, as Nemo would say!)
Secondly, the Dobsky would benefit from obedience training so that he understands who the boss is, and doesn’t challenge your authority as his master. Check out these tips to socialize an overprotective dog, which when utilized as a pup can prevent him from becoming overprotective in the first place.
Because there is a high chance of him becoming anxious when separated from his family, it is important to crate train him as a pup, because this will not only give him a safe space when he is alone, but it will also give you peace of mind when you have to leave him to his own devices. Picking a crate for a more anxious pup is a good idea, so you aren’t concerned about them becoming destructive.
The Dobsky, being a mixed pooch, could inherit the health concerns of either parent, and here are the main concerns to look out for:
Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
This is a common health concern amongst most dogs, and it is caused by the abnormal formation of the affected joints. This can lead to severe pain and paralysis in later life.
Both of his parents are at risk from suffering from a wide variety of eye concerns. Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Retinal Dysplasia and Cataracts are just a few to be aware of, so be sure to clean and monitor his eye health every week.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
This is characterized by the blood’s inability to clot normally, which could be fatal should he experience an injury whereby he might lose a lot of blood.
Overall, the Dobsky is a relatively healthy dog who could enjoy a long lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
The Dobsky will consume between 2 ½ and 3 cups of food every day, which is dependent upon his size and energy levels.
He would do well on a high-quality kibble that will both energize and maintain his athletic muscles, with a high protein content. Being a large dog who may experience joint dysplasia, he should be fed age-appropriate food specifically designed for large breeds.
The Dobsky has a thick double coat that will need a thorough brush 2 to 3 times a week. If his coat takes after his Doberman parent then this may be less, and if his coat is more like his Husky parent’s coat then this may be more.
Being a generally clean dog breed, you will only have to bathe the Dobsky once every 2 to 3 months. If he gets seriously dirty in between washes, then don’t be afraid to rinse the dirt off, but be wary of using products too often because you’ll risk damaging his natural coat oils.
His large ears will need cleaning once a week to avoid bacterial buildup and be sure to monitor his eyes regularly considering his eye health concerns described above.
The Dobsky is a relatively rare mix on the designer doggy block, and so there is not an abundance of pricing information available. However, considering the prices of other similarly sized designer dogs and popular parentage you can expect the price to fall anywhere between $500 and $1,000.
As Family Pets
- The Doberman Husky mix can be a very high energy breed.
- This mix needs between 60 and 90 minutes of daily exercise.
- This breed can be protective of his family, especially if unsocialized.
- Given adequate socialization, he can be friendly with strangers given time.
- Dobskys are vocal and making them decent watchdogs.
- This mix should not be left alone for long periods or they can be destructive.
- They will require early socialization and training.
- Depending on their coats, they may require weekly or bi-weekly grooming.
- His boisterous energy needs to be matched by his family.
- A fun-loving and adventurous family would be ideal.
- He can live in a multi-pet household and does well with children.
Finding A Dobsky Breeder
Being a rare mix the best place to start your search for a reputable Dobsky breeder is online. Start by searching for breeders in general, and then prioritize breeders based on their reputation and breeding practices.
You may have to travel to meet them, but knowing that they are reputable and ethical will bring you peace of mind and increase the likelihood of your new pup being as healthy as possible.
Rescue & Shelters
Because he is a rare mix, he will be even rarer in local rescue centers. Whilst we would never discourage anyone from visiting their local rescue center, you will increase your chances of finding a Dobsky in dedicated breed rescue centers.
So be sure to check out the Siberian Husky Rescue website and the Pinscher Club of America Rescue page, where rescue centers and contact details are listed state by state.
The Doberman Husky mix is a beautiful designer dog who will turn heads for sure! He needs to be placed with a family who can guarantee a lot of exercise and energy, as well as consistent and early training so as to avoid unwanted behaviors.
But if you think you can offer this and all the above to a Dobsky, then we know that you will love every minute with him, and he with you, so what are you waiting for?!
June 11, 2022 at 5:17 pm
My Dobsky matches this description 100% in every way! I adopted her in a city Phoenix AZ pound. She was emaciated and sick and is now a happy and healthy gorgeous dog! She gets 90 minutes of exercise a day where I run her in a huge field as she definitely needs it! Love this breed so much!! Goofy, loyal and protective:). You got it right!
May 29, 2022 at 1:38 pm
How long should I feed her puppy food?
December 9, 2021 at 1:48 pm
I just got my dobski through my local shelter. I knew her mom was a Siberian husky, and did not know the dad, but my pup has clear doby markings around her face and legs. She's such a cute pup, and I'm glad to know how to best help her in training and what to look for with health concerns. She's a wonderful pup, happy and eager to learn.
March 13, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Lots of good information. We got our dog on March 10, 2021. Didn't know much about her until now. This will help us to understand her needs. Thanks for all the great information!
March 15, 2021 at 4:18 pm
You are welcome, Patricia! Very glad it helped you out!
January 25, 2021 at 11:16 pm
I adopted my dog from the shelter in November of 2019. We had no idea what he was until we finally did a DNA test for him. Turns out he's 50% Husky, 37.5% Doberman, and 12.5% other.
We would've NEVER guessed 50% Husky! He definitely took on a lot of the Doberman traits. Thank you for the article, especially for the advice on food!
January 26, 2021 at 4:23 pm
Thanks for the comment Jacki! Glad it helped you with your pup, sounds like an awesome canine companion!
December 18, 2020 at 9:23 am
This was exactly the information I was looking for as I will be getting my Dobsky on Feb 1st, 2021. I am now more excited than ever. Thank you for a complete layout of what to do and what to expect. I will be shopping soon now I feel I will be able to get what he will need.
Knowledge of high protein dog food was the most helpful as I was not sure what to look for when it comes to feeding. Very good information you have shared. :)
December 18, 2020 at 8:13 pm
Thanks for the feedback Donna! Good luck with your new puppy!