As you already know, if you have read any of my articles, I am a person who has a weird sense of humor and is obsessed with mixed breed dogs. Don’t get me wrong, purebreds are beautiful and majestic and fun to have around yadda yadda yadda… But there is just a magic to the hybrid, to the underdog who is not as loved as his purebred counterpart.
Today, though, hybrid dogs, or what we call designer dogs, are becoming more and more popular. People are starting to see and recognize their qualities, and the world is better for it. The Husky Poodle mix, also called Siberpoo (which is an amazingly cute and funny name by the way) is one of these hybrids I was talking about. Handsome to a fault, fluffy, playful, and friendly, this mixed breed will definitely make you fall in love with him at first sight (he is a bit like the Prince Eric of dogs, Disney reference y’all!).
This beautiful pooch was designed by crossing a Siberian Husky with a Poodle. Much like his purebred parents, the Husky Poodle mix is friendly, loving, and intelligence. This, of course, makes him a popular pet choice.
But, before I go right into the subject, let’s first learn about this doggo’s beautiful purebred parents, shall we?
Take a seat and get some tea, this is about to be a long (and magical) ride!
Who are the Siberpoo’s purebred parents?
As I have already stated, the Siberpoo is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Poodle. Both of these dogs are popular among pet lovers, beautiful, and smart.
The Siberian Husky
Despite all his faults (this dog is a naughty and mischievous one), the Siberian Husky is still one of the most popular dogs in the world. Basically an internet star, he is famous for being hyperactive and extremely intelligent. The Siberian Husky is the Houdini of the dog world, he uses his wits to escape from anywhere, so make sure your fence is deep into the ground because he will definitely dig holes to go under it. This dog is famous for being an escape artist, and this is mostly due to how curious he is since he always wants to discover the world around him.
But, the Siberian Husky is also famous for something else: his charming good looks. With his strikingly blue eyes and his multicolored coat, he doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. More than one person has fallen to this beautiful dog’s wolf-like charms.
Silly and lovable, this dog loves nothing more than to have FUN! He is extremely athletic and can be the perfect working dog when trained to be so. Back in the days, the Siberian Husky was used as a sled dog. Today, though, he is mostly a companion. The best one you could ask for, especially if you are a very active person.
He is smart, yet stubborn, which sometimes makes him difficult to train. Despite that, he is still extremely popular, not only with humans but with other dogs as well. Because he is never aggressive, he gets along perfectly with any other pets around him.
All in all, the Siberian husky is just a giant puppy. He wants to play and have fun and makes a lousy guard dog because he is friendly to everyone around him. So, if you want an independent dog who can fare well even when you are not around, this is one hundred percent the breed for you!
If you wish to learn more about the Siberian Husky, click here.
The Standard Poodle
When I say Poodle, what do you imagine? If you are picturing a snobby, saucy dog, then move on to the Teacup Chihuahua instead, because you, my friend, are wrong! The Poodle was not bred to live a life of luxury, instead, he was bred to be a working dog. You might not know it, but back in the days, the Poodle was mostly used as a water retriever for hunters. Today, though, he is a companion pet and a show dog.
Usually, the Poodle comes in three sizes: Standard, toy, and miniature. Don’t make the mistake of thinking those are three different breeds, they are merely different sizes, but these three are still considered the same breed. Today, we will be focusing on the Standard Poodle.
The Poodle is famous for being smart, friendly, and having an extremely playful character. Their high intelligence makes them very easy to train, which is why they are usually used as performance dogs.
Unlike the Siberian Husky, the Poodle is a dependent dog. Because of how closely he used to work with human centuries ago, he always needs to be around his family and the people he loves. If you leave a Poodle alone for too long, he might develop separation anxiety.
All in all, the Poodle is an old dog breed with a fascinating history. He went from working dog to companion, but he never lost his love for fun and games.
If you wish to learn more about the Standard Poodle, click here.
Now that we know more about the Siberpoo’s purebred parents, let’s learn about this fascinating mixed breed.
Who is the Siberpoo and where does he come from?
Being a mixed breed, there isn’t a lot of information about the Husky Poodle mix’s history. He probably first appeared in the 1980s, when the designer dog wave started. Back then, the breeders wanted to create a handsome dog who had the qualities of both the Siberian Husky and the Poodle, and man, did they succeed.
So, here are a few facts you need to know before adopting a Husky Poodle mix. Ready, set, GO!
1. The Husky Poodle mix is a handsome dog
Of course, being a mixed breed, the Siberpoo might have an unusual appearance. After all, you will never truly be able to know what your hybrid dog is going to look like until he is fully grown. And even then, some of his physical characteristics might still change (for example, change in the coat’s color). Still, there are a few things we know about this beautiful pooch’s physical appearance.
The Husky Poodle mix will grow to be a large dog since he is the mix of two quite big dogs, the Siberian Husky and the Standard Poodle. Usually, his weight ranges from 45 to 60 pounds, with his height going from 14 to 25 inches. Since both of his purebred parents are well-built and athletic, you should expect your Siberpoo to be a muscular dog as well.
The coat is usually multi-colored and can have markings on it, especially on two areas: the head and the chest. More often than not, the coat will be soft, dense and curly, and will either be black, gray, or white.
The ears are usually floppy, like the Standard Poodle’s ears, and the nose is almost always black.
2. Surprisingly enough, the Siberpoo doesn’t need a lot of care, grooming wise
Even though both of this hybrid dog’s purebred parents require intensive grooming, you will not need to work too much to keep your Siberpoo’s coat healthy and soft. Usually, you will need to shave a Poodle or brush a Siberian Husky’s coat daily, but with the Siberpoo, you will not have to do that.
Regular brushings, such as two or three a week, should be sufficient to keep your Husky Poodle mix’s coat from matting. Use a wire brush, and enjoy your time together, since it counts as bonding time too!
Trimming your dog’s nails once a month (or more, if you see that he needs it) is important. Always use special clippers instead of regular ones.
When it comes to bathing, this fascinating hybrid dog usually needs one bath every 3 to 4 months, unless he gets dirty.
And, remember: n use shampoo made for humans, as it is too harsh for a dog’s skin. Instead, use a dog shampoo that you can purchase either online or in a pet store. If you don’t know which brand to buy, check out our review of the best dog shampoos here. This might give you an idea of what’s on the market.
Finally, check and clean your dog’s ears weekly. This will not only help prevent ear mites but also ear infections. Use a special cleaner to do so.
And, if you don’t know how to perform any of these tasks, you can always hire the services of a professional. It can be quite expensive, but it will make your and your pooch’s life all the easier.
3. Just like his purebred parents, the Husky Poodle mix loves life and is not scared to show it
First of all, you have to know one thing, this dog is FULL of energy (a bit like me when I’ve had one too many Red Bulls). Smart and active, the Husky Poodle mix loves nothing more than to have a job to do. He is not made to be left at the house or in a kennel all day long. This will bore him out, and he will definitely get anxious, depressed, and destructive.
Just like his Standard Poodle parent, the Siberpoo demands a lot of attention and can easily suffer from separation anxiety. This is a dog that wants nothing more than to hang out with you all day, every day.
He is a ball of energy, so if you are not ready to give up your lazy weekends for some time outdoors, you might want to adopt another breed.
Happy, friendly, and sociable, the Husky Poodle mix gets along with everyone from your kids to your next-door neighbor. Happy and fun-loving, he is the perfect family companion, and will make a great best friend!
4. The Husky Poodle mix is delightful around kids when they’re older
The Husky Poodle is famous for being a loyal and protective dog. But, he is quite impatient, and will not tolerate being tugged or poked by small children. They get along better with older children who know how to treat dogs and behave around them.
So, if you have small children in the house, I’d recommend adopting another breed.
Of course, you should always monitor your children’s interactions with the dog, as accidents are quick to happen. Don’t forget to teach your kids how to deal with dogs either, as this can go a long way.
Like both his purebred parents, the Husky Doodle can be quite stubborn and strong-headed, which means that training him might be more difficult than you thought. Both the purebred parents are famous for being quite high maintenance. This means that training your Husky Poodle mix will be a challenge, but a good one.
Your Siberpoo will require advanced training and socialization, which means that this dog is definitely not for the first-time dog owner. This beautiful hybrid needs someone who is firm and consistent, and most importantly, someone who can assert his dominance over him.
As I always recommend, start training your Husky Poodle mix while he’s still a puppy. It’s easier, especially that training an adult dog of any breed is usually more difficult since they already have their habits and personality. Ideally, you should take your puppy to training classes and obedience lessons, this way, you will make sure he has the best training offered to him.
Keep your training sessions short, fun, and interesting. And don’t forget to use praise, rewards, and positive reinforcement as well.
Socialize your dog by making him meet as many people and pets as possible. Take him to the dog park and have visitors every day, this way, he will get used to different environments easily.
6. The Siberpoo needs a lot of exercise, so you should be ready to be active
Daily exercise is important for a Husky Poodle mix. Ideally, he should be able to get between one hour and one hour and a half of active outdoor time every single day. The Siberpoo doesn’t fare well in small apartments (so, if you live in a small space, it would be better to choose another breed). Instead, he needs a house with a backyard where he can run around, play, and stretch his muscles.
Going daily to a dog park is also perfect for this dog, as he gets along with other pets. It will also help him get used to different scents and environments. This will help your dog be physically as well as mentally healthy.
7. Feeding your Siberpoo will not be too much of a hassle
The Husky Poodle mix, being a medium-sized dog, doesn’t need a lot of food. Even though he is quite active, and thus, burns a lot of calories, he only needs two and a half to three cups of high-quality dog food daily. Stretch his day into two or three feedings a day to prevent bloat.
Of course, you can add some snacks and treats to his diet. Just always make sure to go for something healthy and not too rich. Some fruits and vegetables can be perfect (yes, dogs can and will eat fruits and veggies). This will help your dog get whatever other nutrients he needs to be healthy, such as fiber or Vitamin C.
8. The Husky Poodle mix is quite a healthy dog
The Husky Poodle mix can live up to 13 years. That is because this beautiful hybrid mix benefits from something called “hybrid vigor”. It basically means that, since he’s not a purebred, he might not inherit some of his purebred parents’ health issues. Still, there are some health problems that you should look out for in a Husky Poodle mix. Here is a list of these issues:
- Hip dysplasia
- Skin problems
- Nasal depigmentation
- Renal disorders
All in all, if you keep your dog on a healthy diet, exercise him enough, and don’t skip his vet visits, he should live a long and healthy life.
9. A Siberpoo puppy can be expensive
As I always say, make sure to research before choosing the right breeder for you. Usually, a Husky Poodle mix puppy costs between 650$ to 1500$, depending on the pedigree and the breeder as well. Sure, he is not a cheap dog, but he is worth it.
The Husky Poodle mix is one of the cutest hybrid dogs around. Friendly, affectionate, and happy, he will turn your whole life upside down, in a good way.