The Poodle and Siberian Husky mix has many nicknames, including the Huskydoodle, Poosky, Siberpoo and the Huskypoo. The Huskypoo is a very new designer dog in town, who is the product of the Siberian Husky and the Poodle, who are both purebreds. When mixing these breeds, you get one adorable pup!
As the Huskypoo is a relatively new mixed breed dog he is not considered to be a purebred dog, and he typically will not be accepted as such by most kennel clubs until there are at least three steady generations of the Huskypoo. Until this time comes, he will be known as a mixed hybrid breed. The Huskypoo is an energetic bundle of fluff thanks to his energetic parents who both come from working backgrounds. The Siberpoo is one of many designer dogs that’s used in crossbreeding with the Poodle.
This pup is very intelligent, and he needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation throughout the day. Whilst it is unknown exactly how popular the Huskypoo is, both of his parents find themselves in the top 20 dog breeds in America. With his cute looks and intelligence it is easy to see why the Siberpoo is becoming increasingly loved the world over, so read on to learn a little more about him.
The designer dog, also known as a mixed hybrid, has increased in popularity in America over the last decade. Whilst the term ‘designer dog’ might sound a bit posh, it is simply the label given to the product of two purebred dogs. In this case the desired result of this process is the Huskypoo. There are many benefits to this, and whilst some purebred dog fans frown upon the practice, it is scientifically proven to have benefits. Thanks to the process of hybrid vigor, not only will your pup benefit from being slightly healthier and hardier, but the combination of two dog breeds also benefits prospective owners who can’t quite decide between the Poodle and the Siberian Husky.
The only thing that could be perceived as a negative about designer dogs who are relatively new on the scene, is that you cannot guarantee which traits, be that appearance or temperaments, will be inherited by your pup. Some think of this genetic lottery as exciting, whilst others are somewhat unnerved by it. However, as long as you understand both of his parents, and you are prepared to expect the unexpected, then you will certainly not be disappointed by the handsome Huskypoo.
The ancient Siberian Husky was developed to pull deliveries by sledge over large areas of icy land with great speed and limitless stamina. He did so with little food and energy, and his indigenous tribe masters were so impressed by his skills that they entrusted him with important jobs. Not only is the Siberian Husky still used as a working dog hauling both people and loads across the Arctic lands, but he is also a favored family pet and loving companion.
In 2019 he is ranked as the 14th most popular breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Siberian Husky is described by the AKC as an outgoing, loyal and mischievous pup. He is a silly pup who loves to provide the family with hours of entertainment and fun, but he is also a very energetic pooch who will become bored and destructive if he isn’t given the exercise that he needs. The Husky is also another popular mixed breed pup, often getting crossed with the aussie or getting mixed with the golden retriever. You’ll also occasionally see a some unique mixes with other simliar looking breeds, like the German Shepherd (which you can see here).
The Huskypoo’s other parent, the Poodle, is a younger breed than the Siberian Husky, who originates from 16th Century Europe. The Poodle is commonly known as being the flamboyant national dog of France for his pompon haircuts and pretty tufts. Contradictory to his stereotype, he was originally bred to be a duck hunter in Germany, and it is his fancy haircut that kept him warm in the water. Additionally, he is also known for his skillful nose that also found him employment as a truffle hunter. It seems to be somewhat of a secret that this posh dog is actually a very smart worker indeed.
The Poodle takes three sizes; the Standard measures 15 inches or taller in height, the Miniature measures under 15 inches and the Toy measures 10 inches and under. Each size is the same dog, just simply a variation in size. The Huskypoo is almost always bred with the Standard Poodle, because of his larger size.
Despite his intelligence and hunting skills, he is now more commonly found on the laps of Royalty and French aristocrats who laps up the adoration and attention. In 2019 the Poodle is currently ranked by the AKC as the 7th most popular dog in America. Some other popular poodle mixes include the Aussiedoodle, the poodle corgi mix, and the Bernedoodle which is a mix between the poodle and the Berner.
The Huskypoo is an active fellow who needs, and demands, attention throughout the day, so don’t expect to leave this guy at home for long periods of time. He is a challenge to wear out during exercise sessions, and as such you will need to invest in a lot of toys such as frisbees, balls, and ropes, as well as toys that you can fill up with treats that will challenge his mind for some time. He is a bouncy ball of fun who will keep the family entertained for hours on end. However, because of his size and stature, combined with his energy, he is not suited to families with young children, because he may accidentally knock them over out of sheer excitedness.
Despite how active he is, thanks to his Poodle parent he is also partial to the odd nap throughout the day, and it is these power-naps that are another reason why he is such a challenge to wear out. He will happily take a nap in the garden, or find the sunniest spot in the house, and enjoy 30 minutes of pure relaxation, and then he is off again!
He is extremely loving and gentle with his family, and he loves to be around older children and the elderly, and everyone else in between. They will like to get involved in every family activity, and it is because of his sociability and need for companionship that he often suffers with separation anxiety. Some Poodles owners note that on occasion he will attach himself more to one person in the family unit more than any other, and whilst this may be the case for the Husky poodle mix, he may inherit his Husky parent’s love for absolutely anyone and everyone.
Size & Appearance
The Huskydoodle is a medium to large dog breed once he is fully grown, similar to both of his parents. Both the female and the male Huskydoodle will measure anywhere between 14 to 25 inches tall, from paw to shoulder, and he will weigh between 45 and 60 pounds; of course, the female will be at the lower end of the spectrum and the male at the higher end of the spectrum.
The Huskypoo typically has floppy ears similar to his Poodle parent, and rarely has the erect triangle ear shapes of the Husky. He often inherits the bright blue eyes of the Husky, and on the rare occasion he will inherit the different colored eyes. He will also have black features such as his nose, lips and paws.
Unlike most Husky hybrids, the Huskydoodle does not generally inherit the wild look of the Husky, and he has a much more domesticated, if not teddy bear, look about him.
Coat & Colors
The Huskypoo’s coat will usually take on the colors of black, grey and white, as these are the commonly shared colors of his two parents. He can also take on the larger variety of colors from his Poodle parent, such as apricot, cream, red and brown, but these colors are much rarer. The Huskypoo’s face often has his Husky parent’s facial markings.
His Husky parent has a double coat, whereas the Poodle does not. Most Huskypoos do not inherit the double coat, and they tend to inherit the wiry and curly hair of the Poodle but not as wild and thick. As a result, they do not tend to shed heavily during shedding season unlike the Husky, and he will not need shaving unlike the Poodle, so overall he is much easier to groom than both of his parents.
His Poodle parent is a hypoallergenic dog, but the Siberian Husky is not. Many breeders may try to pass the Siberpoo off as hypoallergenic, however he is not. If the Huskypoo has curly hair then the dander, which is the component that affects those with allergies, will tend to get trapped by his curls, and so he may be less aggravating than straighter hair Huskypoos. However, if this is something that affects you then you really should just stick to a guaranteed hypoallergenic dog.
Exercise Requirements & Living Conditions
The Huskydoodle is a high energy dog who will require at least 60 minutes of intense exercise a day. Remembering his parent’s background, the Siberpoo would appreciate a good run, so he would make for a fantastic jogging partner, but he would also appreciate retrieving objects from the water, so be sure to take him to the local lake for a game of fetch. With the Huskydoodle a mixture of exercise activities will keep him both physically and mentally stimulated.
The Husky poodle mix, being a large dog who is energetic, is not suited to apartment living, and would do much better in larger homes that have access to a backyard. In between exercise sessions they will need constant stimulation and a backyard is the best way to give them the space and fresh air that they love. Remember though, that Huskies are the number one canine escape artists, and they will dig holes and tunnels, and they can easily jump a 6-foot fence, so ensure that you have a reinforced garden that he cannot escape.
The Siberian Husky and the Poodle are known to be stubborn creatures who are independent, and as such they are not the easiest dogs to train. For this reason, starting obedience training as early as possible with the Huskypoo is the key to ensure that rules and boundaries are set from an early age, and it instills in them a basic level of discipline which decreases the chances of them being seriously stubborn when they are older.
The Huskypoo is also known to have a short attention span similar to his parents. The best way to tackle this is to keep training sessions short and fun, to prevent them from becoming bored with both the training and with you. Don’t underestimate his intelligence, you will have to test his mind with new tricks and challenges otherwise you risk losing his interest completely.
Mating two different purebred dogs means that the designer dog’s genetics are more diverse, and with most things in this world, with diversity comes strength! The Huskypoo will enjoy a lifespan of 10 to 13 years, and he is a generally healthy dog similar to his parents. Because the Siberpoo is a relatively new designer dog there are no breed specifications for him yet, and so the best way to understand what he may be prone to is to look at the health of his parents.
It is recommended that the Poodle parent should undergo a hip evaluation in order to score his hip joints, which determines whether his hip joints are abnormally formed, for if they are, it will cause him painful arthritis as he grows older. He should also undergo an Ophthalmologist evaluation, which tests for a variety of eye conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. The Siberian Husky should also undergo a hip evaluation and as well as an Ophthalmologist evaluation.
There are also a number of other tests that the Poodle Club of America recommends in addition to the above two, which can be found here. The Siberian Husky National Breed Club has outlined their above recommended tests, which can be found here.
The Husky Poodle Mix will eat around 2 ½ cups of food a day, dependent on his size and energy levels. Be sure to feed him food that is tailored to large high energy dogs and follow the package instructions. If you are in any doubt then speak to your Veterinarian, and he can advise you specifically about what to feed your pup.
Be sure not to feed the Husky Poodle mix immediately before or after excessive exercise, as this can cause bloat which is a life-threatening condition that affects both the Poodle and Husky.
This is entirely dependent on what type of coat the Huskypoo inherits from his parents. Generally, however, the average Huskydoodle will require weekly brushing to keep his coat healthy and manageable and to catch any dead hairs that may otherwise find itself on your clothes; two to three times a week will be adequate for this guy. If he inherits the Poodles wiry and curly coat, then you should also invest in a wire brush, as this will prevent those tight curls from matting.
After bathing the Huskypoo ensure that you thoroughly dry him, as dampness can cause skin irritation and sores that will require ointments and treatment. A bath every 6 to 8 weeks will suffice, and other grooming such as nail trimming and ear cleaning should be similar to any other pup. Be sure to check him over every time that you brush him, as this is the easiest way to spot any abnormalities or problems.
The price of a Huskypoo puppy from a reputable breeder will start from $700, if you stumble across a breeder that is selling him for less than this, then walk away. Puppy mill breeders are likely to sell the pups for a much cheaper price in order to entice prospective breeders in, advertising them as super healthy pups. The reality is that they do not care for their health whatsoever and are only interested in making a quick buck.
As Family Pets
- The Huskydoodle is a sociable dog who loves his entire family.
- As he is such a sociable dog, making him a terrible guard dog.
- He will get on well with older children, and he will be very fond of them.
- He is not suited to a family with young children merely because of his size and bouncy nature.
- As long as he is socialized with other dogs and other animals from a young age.
- The Huskydoodle must be placed with an active family who can provide at least 60 minutes exercise.
- He is a very intelligent pup who will need to expel his mental energy.
- He should be placed with a family that can provide him with mental stimulation.
- The Huskypoo is intelligent and stubborn and as such he will need a firm master.
- A master who can keep him engaged, and for this reason he is not for the novice dog owner.
- Despite his Poodle parent being hypoallergenic the Huskypoo is not.
Finding a Huskydoodle Breeder
If the Huskypoo ticks all of your boxes then the next step is to find a reputable breeder. The best way to kickstart your search is to look for breeders using an online search engine. You can then ring breeders directly, get a feel for them and their business, and read reviews online. It is important to find out if they are reputable and ethical and ask to see his parents and their health certificates. If the breeder refuses any of this then walk away.
Another great way is to speak to breeders of either the Poodle or the Siberian Husky, and whilst they may not know any Huskypoo breeders themselves, they are likely to know someone who does and they will happily find this information out for you.
Rescue & Shelters
As the Husky Poodle mix is a relatively new designer dog it is very unlikely that you will find one of these guys in the rescue centers. If you are certain that you want to adopt a Siberpoo then the best way would be to speak to or visit dedicated rescue shelters of the Poodle and the Husky, for if there is a Huskypoo for adoption the likelihood is that he will be in these shelters. The Poodle Club of America list breed specific rescue centers, as does the Siberian Husky Club of America.
The Husky Poodle Mix is a gorgeous dog, and whilst his nickname may not be the most agreeable sounding name, he is a pleasure to have around the home. He is very loyal, and he loves his family so much that he cannot stand you to leave him alone for too long.
As long as you can give this guy the attention that he needs, and the thought of genetic uncertainty excites you, then the Huskypoo is a fantastic family choice.