Everything you need to know about the Pitbull Husky mix (Pitsky)

Pitbull Husky mix with blue eyes

As I always say, mixed breeds are definitely better than purebred dogs. Here, sue me! Because they are healthier and live longer, crossbreed dogs are a good choice for pet lovers everywhere. And the Pitbull Husky mix isn’t an exception.

The Pitbull Husky mix, also known as the Pitsky, is a beautiful, intelligent, and playful dog. Full of surprises, he retains all the best qualities from both his purebred parents, the American Pitbull Terrier and the Siberian (or Alaskan) Husky. Affectionate, loyal, and endearing, the Pitbull Husky mix can be the perfect family dog. Friendly and playful, he fares extremely well with children as well as elderly people. Intelligent and loyal, he also makes a great guard dog.

But, before diving into the heart of the subject and learning about this beautiful mixed breed, let’s take a quick look at the purebred parents first.

Who are the Pitsky’s parents?

As I had already stated it before, the Pitbull Husky mix is the result of a crossing between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Siberian or Alaskan Husky (though, on this article, I’ll focus more on the Siberian Husky). Both these dogs are famous for being loyal and good with kids, and the Pitbull Husky mix retains both these lovely qualities.

So, let’s learn more about the purebred parents, shall we?

The American Pitbull Terrier

American Pitbull Terrier smiling

Look at this beautiful smile!

Despite his somewhat scary looks and very muscular body, the American Pitbull Terrier is one of the sweetest dogs around. He was bred to be, before everything, a family dog. He is famous for being a “nanny dog”, because of how good he is around children (yes, believe me!).

The American Pitbull Terrier is one of the breeds usually called “Pit Bulls”. First of all, though, you need to know that “Pit Bull” isn’t a breed by itself. It is merely a term used to describe four dogs: The Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and of course, the American Pit Bull Terrier.

These breeds are extremely misunderstood since most people think they are aggressive and violent. Ask anyone in the street about the American Pitbull Terrier, and they will tell you that it’s a scary dog. This is mostly due to some unscrupulous people who breed these dogs to use them in fighting rings, and thus, train them to be aggressive.

The American Pitbull Terrier, in nature, is a sweet, loving, and gentle dog. He also gets extremely attached to his owners and family, which means that you can’t leave him alone for too long. If you do so, your American Pitbull Terrier might develop separation anxiety and become destructive. So, if you adopt one of these gentle beasts, you should be willing to invest time and effort in him.

When trained and socialized properly, the American Pitbull Terrier can be the perfect companion to children. He is gentle, kind, affectionate, and will definitely play with anyone who gives him a bit of attention (a bit like me, help).

It doesn’t hurt, either, that the American Pitbull Terrier is extremely loyal and devoted to the people he loves. He will protect you, even if he has to die while doing so.

Training the American Pitbull Terrier is also quite easy to train, thanks to his wits and intelligence. He will learn to follow orders and do tricks easily. They love life and are always eager to play, which sometimes makes them look like giant puppies. Even when crossed with other purebred dogs (such as the Mastiff or the Boxer), their mixed breed puppy will retain the American Pitbull Terrier’s gentle personality and kind temperament.

All in all, the American Pitbull Terrier is a misunderstood dog. He is sweet and loving and will do anything to keep you happy. So, if you happen to adopt or purchase one, give him all the attention and love you can muster.

To learn more about the American Pitbull Terrier, click here.

The Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky with blue eyes

Look at these eyes!

The Siberian Husky is definitely one of the most popular dogs on the internet (he is basically a YouTube star). Known for being extremely intelligent and active, Siberian Huskies are escape artists that will do anything to go out and discover the world. The Siberian Husky is definitely not an ugly dog. With his multicolored coat and his strikingly blue eyes, he has made more than one person fall in love with him. When you look at him, it’s easy to understand why. His wolf-like features make him a favorite among his peers, and his silliness makes him even more endearing.

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog, but don’t let that fool you. He is an extremely athletic pet and shows prowess as a working-class dog. The Siberian Husky was first bred as a sled dog, but he is now more of a companion than anything else. Because of his good looks, the Siberian Husky is wildly popular, and a lot of people adopt this breed without knowing much about it, which is a mistake. Siberian Huskies can be quite difficult to train, and when a lot of people find that out, they just end up abandoning them on the side of the road.

But, despite that, the Siberian Husky is still an amazingly great dog. Smart and independent, he is affectionate but does not need too much attention. He fares quite well around other dogs as well as people, mostly because he doesn't have an ounce of aggressiveness in him. This, of course, means that the Siberian Husky is a lousy guard dog. Even when mixed with other purebred dogs (such as the Golden Retriever, the Labrador, or the Pomeranian), the mixed breed puppy retains some of the Husky traits.

More than everything, the Siberian Husky is not a good fit for a first-time owner. They need someone who is confident and knows their way with stubborn dogs.

All in all, the Siberian Husky, despite his faults, remains one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Fun and friendly, they make great companions, especially for people who don’t want an overly dependent dog.

Learn more about the Siberian Husky here.

Who is the Pitbull Husky mix?

All right, now that we have learned about the Pitbull Husky mix’s purebred parents, we can dive right into the heart of the subject. So, if you want to learn more about this magical mixed breed, keep on reading!

You will never know what your Pitbull Husky mix will look like

At least, not until he is fully grown. Like most mixed breed dogs, the Pitbull Husky will grow up having physical traits from both his purebred parents. He might look more like an American Pitbull Terrier or a Siberian Husky, or he might even look like a mix of the two.

Pitbull Husky mixes come in different sizes. They generally weigh between 30 and 70 pounds and are between 19 and 24 inches tall, but this is not a rule. You Pitbull Husky mix might be bigger or smaller than that, and it all comes down to his purebred parents’ looks and general genetic luck.

The same thing can be said about your Pitbull Husky mix's coat. It is either short or long unless your mixed breed pup takes more from one parent than the other. If your mutt has more Pitbull genes in him, then his coat will be short and easy to maintain. While, if he takes more from his Siberian Husky parent, he will have a harsh and thick coat. The coloring varies as well, but usually, your Pitbull Husky mix will come in either red, brown, cream, black grey, blue, white, or silver. Their coat is also darker than most other mixed breeds.

Grooming is important to keep your Pitbull Husky mix happy

Pitbull Husky mix holding a toy in his mouth

This baby just wants to play!!

As I have already mentioned, your Pitbull Husky mix’s coat might either be short or thick and harsh. If it’s the first case, then taking care of your best friend’s coat will be a piece of cake (or like stealing candy from a baby, man, I love food metaphors). You will only need to brush your dog’s hair once a week, using a special brush. If your dog has a longer coat, though, you will need to brush it daily, or at least, every two days.

Usually, the Pitbull Husky mix sheds quite heavily, which means that your house will require a daily cleaning (unless you want to drown in dog hair). This means that this dog is not for allergic people. If you want a hypoallergenic dog, it would be better to adopt another mixed breed, such as the adorable Sheepadoodle.

You need to bath your dog once a month or every two months, even more, if he goes around the backyard and digs holes (which he might due, to his Siberian Huskie genes). Use a shampoo specially made for dogs, so you don’t dry out or hurt your pooch’s sensitive skin. Don’t forget to brush your best friend’s teeth every two days, either using dog’s toothpaste (that you can purchase online or in any pet store) or a DIY toothpaste.

As for the ears, they should be cleaned every week, using a special cleaner found in pet stores. And finally, trim your dog’s nails every time you see that they got too long. Using a special trimmer for dogs is the way to go. And, if you are not confident enough about trimming your dog’s nails, then taking him to a specialist might be a good idea.

Your Pitsky might suffer from separation anxiety if you leave him alone for too long

Even though he has Siberian Husky genes in him, the Pitbull Husky mix gets extremely attached to his owners and family. In a way, he is a bit like a Pitbull, and will definitely suffer from separation anxiety if you don’t give him enough attention or spend enough time with him.

The Pitbull Husky mix loves nothing more than spending some quality time with his family. So, you should make sure to leave your dog alone as little as possible. If you don’t, your Pitbull Husky mix will become destructive. He will be like a child who needs attention, he’ll destroy your furniture, dig holes in your garden, and chew on your shoes, in the hope that you will finally give him some time.

If you do have to leave your dog every single day for long hours though, you should start crate training him early into puppyhood. If you work long hours, you can either leave your Pitbull Husky mix in a dog daycare (this is also the best way to make sure your dog is properly socialized) or have a friend come over to spend some time with him while you are not present.

Your Pitbull Husky mix loves being around other people, especially children

Pitbull Husky mix in the outdoors

How can you resist this smile?

And it doesn’t matter if the kids are young or a bit older. The Pitbull Husky mix doesn’t discriminate. He is lovely, gentle, affectionate, and feels like it is his duty to take care of the kids around him (he is a bit like a grandma now that I think about it). He is very playful and enthusiastic, and usually forgets that he’s quite a big dog, so he’ll jump on you when he is excited. With some proper training, you can correct this behavior.

Because a Pitbull Husky is friendly to pretty much everyone, even strangers, he is not really a good watchdog. But, if he senses that you or your family are in danger, he will not hesitate to protect you.

Your Pitsky will surely be a good-natured dog

Put simply, the Pitbull Husky mix is a total sweetheart. He is also extremely smart, hard-working, and energetic. He is also quite cooperative, which means that he can get along with other pets, but only if he has been properly socialized and trained. Though, he does have the tendency to chase around squirrels and cats when he feels like it.

If he takes more from his Siberian Husky purebred parent, then your Pitbull Husky mix might be stubborn and independent, which might make training him difficult.

You should start training your Pitbull Husky mix early

No matter how sweet or well-mannered your dog is, he is still a pet, and he needs training. Start training your Pitbull Husky mix early, preferably when he is still a puppy. This will help you assert your dominance on your pooch, especially that since he has some Husky in him, he might be extremely stubborn.

Start your training with housebreaking your small best friend, this way, he can learn that pooping or urinating in the house is absolutely forbidden. Obedience training is also important, and with a dog as smart as the Pitbull Husky mix, he will quickly learn how to follow your orders.

Finally, make sure to socialize your four-pawed best friend. As sweet and gentle as he is, the Pitbull Husky mix still comes from a line of purebred dogs that are deemed “aggressive”. Teaching him that other pets and people are not a danger will make your life easier.

Your Pitbull Husky mix will need a lot of exercise

Both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Siberian Husky are very athletic dogs with a high energy level. This means that their mix, the Pitbull Husky mix will definitely have those traits as well. This means that your mixed breed pooch will need plenty of exercise, and not only in the form of walks or a game of fetch.

Running and hiking are also great exercises for these fantastic dogs. And if you don’t have time to do that, then two long walks a day can be sufficient. You should give your Pitbull Husky mix at least two hours of exercise a day, and more if you have the occasion to do so. If your Pitbull Husky mix doesn't get enough exercise, he will become destructive and will bark excessively out of boredom.

If you are not into joking or hiking, then playing with your dog will be an easy and fun solution. Not only does playtime give your pooch his daily dose of exercise, it also helps you form a strong bond with him.

Your Pitsky will need a proper diet

Proper nutrition is essential to this mixed breed’s health and well-being. The Pitbull Husky mix will need to eat 2.5 cups of quality dry food daily. Don’t forget to add some fruits and vegetables as well, to give him whatever vitamins he might lack.

He will have some health issues

Despite the fact that he lives for long (13 to 15 years), your Pitbull Husky mix might still suffer from some health issues, usually inherited from his purebred parents.

Here are the most important ones:

Conclusion

The Pitbull Husky mix is a beautiful, lovely, and kind dog. He fares well with children and will do anything for you, as long as you give him enough love.

About the Author Houda Laabadi

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