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Husky Poodle Mix: Husky and Poodle Breed

Designer breeds have become very popular with people who love adorable dogs like the Husky Poodle mix. This beautiful hybrid is full of energy, sociable, and charming and they’ll be great companion pets. They inherit the best characteristics from both of their parental lines and they will make their family extremely happy. This breed is very active and loves to spend time outside playing, which is important if you want to take one of them home.

Husky Poodle Mix Facts

Weight 45 to 60 pounds
Height 14 to 25 inches
Size Medium to large
Coat One layer
Colour Varies can be black, white, grey, brown, red, or a combination
Coat length Medium
Coat texture Dense and curly
Eyes Usually blue, sometimes black or brown
Ears Floppy
Temperament Sweet, friendly, intelligent, playful, loyal, easily attached
Life expectancy 10 to 13 years
Hypoallergenic Sometimes
Kid-friendly Yes
Breed recognition Yes


The Husky Poodle Mix is a Hybrid Dog Breed

Mixing two breeds of dogs has been controversial in the eyes of experts and dog-lovers. Some people believe that these breeds aren’t valid and shouldn’t be considered as such, while some others support the development of these “designer breeds” because of the benefits that they might have, especially in the health department. Both of these stands depend completely on personal experience. According to a study made by the University of UC-Davis, hybrid breeds are only less likely to develop certain diseases (10 out of 24 studied to be exact), while having the same chance as purebreds to develop other different conditions.

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5 Reasons Why you Should Get a Husky Poodle Mix

    1. They’re very affectionate: The Husky Poodle mix is a very beautiful breed, but that’s not the only wonderful thing they have. Thanks to both of their parental breeds, this hybrid is very easily attached to their owners and their family. They’re a very sweet breed that loves to please the people they love.
    2. Kid and Dog-friendly: This hybrid is a very easily adaptable dog. They have inherited the great personality that the Poodle has, along with the wonderful charm that comes naturally to the Husky. This makes them wonderful pets to have around children and other animals (like cats or smaller pets) easier than with other hybrid mixes (note) as they will get used to them faster and will get along with them better. Not only that, but the Husky Poodle mix will make them their “pack” and as such, they will try to protect them and care for them as much as they can.
    3. Ideal for active families: Since they’re very active dogs, they’re better suited for people who spend a lot of time outside and who have very high-strung lives. They require a lot of energy spending and they’re happier in larger houses with big yards where they can run and play around. Considering they’re very gentle and intelligent dogs, the Husky Poodle mix is great for families with children, regardless of how old they are, because they tend not to have issues with roughhousing or hurting kids accidentally. They also benefit from the energy children have, as they will enjoy longer playtime periods.
    4. Extremely intelligent: One of the most characteristic traits that the Husky Poodle mix has is how smart they are. They’re very clever and they listen to their owners very well once they’ve learned their commands. They’re also very good at tuning into their owners’ needs, especially in situations where they might need them like hikes or walking on difficult terrains.
    5. Possibly hypoallergenic: This is a trait that they may or may not inherit. Since this is a trait that they might inherit from their Poodle parental line, it can have levels of presentation. Some dogs might have a full hypoallergenic coat or they might have a semi-hypoallergenic coat that allows them to lower the chance of generating allergens but not stop it completely. Either way, this trait allows them to have lower requirements when it comes to grooming and it might make it easier for families with smaller children who are affected by shedding.  

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Get a Husky Poodle Mix

    1. They’re not great for apartment living: The Husky Poodle mix is a medium to large breed that requires high energy spending to be able to be happy. This means that they don’t do very well in smaller spaces that don’t have room for them to run around and tire themselves, which might lead to wrongful behaviors like biting things or excessive barking. Thanks to their Husky parentage, they are also slightly claustrophobic and won’t like to be constricted. This might make them try to escape the place by sneaking orbiting, something Huskies are excel at and that this hybrid will possibly inherit.
    2. Sometimes loud: Unfortunately, this trait is very common in both of their parental lines. While they’re not always vocal, the Husky Poodle mix might try to express their needs or worries with sounds (usually howls). Since they don’t like being alone or locked-in, situations in which they find themselves without anyone around or in very small places might make them stressed and more likely to be louder than they should. This trait can be easily fixed though, with behavioral training and less alone time.
    3. Can be a handful: This is a double-edged sword. This hybrid breed has a lot of personalities that make them sociable, charming, and open to new people and adventures. Unfortunately, this can be quite hard to manage for people who aren’t used to high-energy dogs, especially if they’re first time owners. The Husky Poodle mix is not an ideal breed for people who aren’t used to handling slightly hyperactive and incredibly intelligent dogs, that might see their hesitation and try to be the “alpha” of the relationship. This breed requires very well-established limitations and boundaries and they would be very suited for experienced dog-owners.
    4. They don’t tolerate being alone: As it happens with many other hybrid breeds (note), the Husky Poodle mix doesn’t do very well with alone time. And while this trait comes from both of their parental lines, it’s a lot more prominent in their Husky line. This means that they have a lower tolerance than most breeds to be alone and they have a higher tendency to lean into destructive behaviors if faced with loneliness. This is the reason why this breed is more suited for people with families, as they will feel comforted with just having people around, even if they aren’t interacting with them.
    5. Hard to train: It can be hard to explain how the Husky Poodle mix is harder to train than other hybrid breeds since one of their prime characteristics is their high intelligence. But actually, that’s the prime reason why their training can be trickier. Their Husky lineage makes them have a pack mentality that will make sure that they try to establish themselves as the dominant one and therefore less likely to listen. On the other hand, their Poodle line makes them more stubborn than most. This combination assures that their training is harder, but not impossible.

Body of the Husky Poodle Mix

  • Defining the characteristics of any hybrid breed can sometimes be difficult. Not only do they have two purebred gene pools to inherit from, but they also can have different traits that come from a specific litter. However, there are some indications of what a hybrid can look like depending on the combination of features.
  • The Husky Poodle mix is usually a medium to large dog. Their height usually goes from 14 to 25 inches, which is fairly similar to both parental lines and their weight goes from around 45 to 60 pounds.
  • Even though their facial attributes are a mix of both of their purebred lines, their ears usually favor their Poodle parent and are floppy rather than erect like the Husky.
  • Their eyes are often blue, which is a dominant gene brought by the Husky, though they can at times have brown or black eyes.
  • Their coat can vary considerably too. Sometimes they can take on the characteristic Husky colors of black and white, but they can also have some presentations of grey, brown, and red from their Poodle lineage. They usually have a single-layered coat and they can be semi or completely hypoallergenic if they inherit the completely curly coat of the Poodle. Even if they don’t, they will shed less and have curly hair that has less dandruff.

Temperament of the Husky Poodle Mix

A very important part of welcoming any dog into your home is to know what kind of temperament they’re going to have. In the case of the Husky Poodle mix, the primary characteristic they have is their friendly personality. Not only are they sweet and affectionate, but they care very much about pleasing their owners and they love spending as much time with them as possible.

This hybrid has a lot of energy and they’re not very good at being alone. They need constant physical and mental stimulation that allows them to be busy at all times, which doesn’t make them ideal for first-time owners. They might inherit their Husky parent tendency of separation anxiety that leads to destructive behavior, so leaving them without company is not an option. Since they’re friendly and sociable, their ideal environment will always be one in which there’s a lot of people around who can spend time with them. They are great with children of all ages even younger children, because they have a gentle and sweet disposition, but as with other hybrid breeds (note), it’s always better to have supervised fun. They’re an extremely loyal breed and they form very strong bonds with their owners.

This mix is very intelligent and easy to train. However, they’re also remarkably stubborn and moody, which can cause trouble if their trainer is not experienced. Early socialization is key for this breed as they learn more effectively when they’re young. They’re a very expressive breed and that can give the owner a better sense of what they’re feeling.

Feeding the Husky Poodle Mix

The nutritional needs of the Husky Poodle mix are similar to those of other hybrid breeds (note). They need the best food within your price range, always remembering that because they’re large and active dogs, they might need food with higher percentages of protein and vitamins. Since they have delicate coats, it’s suggested that the food that’s provided to this breed has an appropriate amount of mineral, vitamins, and essential oils required to keep their skin and hair as healthy as possible. The recommended dosage of food for the Husky Poodle mix is between 2 or 3 cups of food a day, which can vary considering their exercise regimes.  It’s important to have in mind that this breed might also require foods high in protein and carbohydrates since they tend to be affected by bones and joints health issues and nutrition is one of the best ways to avoid any future problems.

To understand what food items you can give your Husky Poodle mix, check out Can I Give My Dog?

Grooming the Husky Poodle Mix

The Husky Poodle mix has relatively low grooming requirements.  They tend to inherit the markings of the Husky coat while maintaining the texture of the Poodle coat, which will make them less likely to be heavy shedders. If their coat leans more towards their hypoallergenic parent the Poodle, then their coat will also have this quality. They don’t require as much brushing as either of their parents, maybe once a week. When it comes to their bath routine, they require fewer baths than other dogs so once every two or so months is recommended unless they get too dirty playing.

When it comes to nails and ear grooming, their needs are quite normal. Their nails don’t need to be clipped unless they’re so overgrown that they click against the floor. Since they’re very active dogs, this shouldn’t be an issue as they file down on their own. Their ears should be cleaned regularly as well, to avoid any dirtiness that might cause ear infections.

Health Risks of the Husky Poodle Mix

  • Even though most people believe that hybrid dogs are less likely to develop health issues, this assessment is actually incorrect. While they may be more healthy than purebreds in certain aspects, you can never be truly sure what might affect your dog, which is why prevention is the best way forward regardless of breed.
  • The Husky Poodle mix can inherit several health complications to have in mind if you want to take one home.
    • On one hand, the Husky lineage is known to be high risk to hip dysplasia and extremities issues, mostly related to their joints and bones. This is why is important for them to have extra nutrients in their diet.
    • While on the other hand, their Poodle side can be affected by eye issues (cataracts in older age is very common) and kidney diseases, both of which are diseases that can be avoided and treated if they’re found early.
    • The Husky Poodle mix might be also affected by glaucoma and other eye degeneration issues, which must be monitored by a veterinary professional.
  • Have a look at our Dog Health section to understand some more in depth factors to your dogs health

How to Buy a Husky Poodle Mix

Before purchasing any dog, but especially hybrid dogs, you have to be aware that some places might not be the most ideal. Always look for reputable breeds that give you the certification that their dogs are kept in the best of environments and that their health is completely well taken care of. Make sure that they have all the documentation necessary and that they bring you the genetic information of the puppy before you buy it. In the case of the Husky Poodle mix, the price can vary greatly with things like location, genetic screenings, and additional fees. The range of pricing for this breed usually goes from $700 to $1000.

Husky Poodle Mix Facts

The Husky

This pure breed of dog is a medium-to-large sized dog. They have an average height of 20 to 23 inches and an average weight of 40 to 60 pounds. Their coat is generally black and white, though they can have variations that can include brown or tan. The husky is a playful dog and curious dog, that is agile, active, and excellent for outdoor activities. They tend to not like closed down places, and they cannot be left alone for long periods of time. They are a relatively healthy breed and don’t have many genetic diseases that can affect them.

The Poodle

Physically, Poodles come in three sizes: Standard (taller than 15 inches and 50 to 70 pounds in weight), the miniature (around 10 inches in height and 12 to 20 pounds in weight), and the toy (less than 10 inches in height and around 7 pounds in weight). All varieties of the Poodle have a long appearance with a long muzzle and long, dropped ears. Their coat tends to be curly and dense. They can come in several colors like black, white, tan, reds and a mix of all of them. The Poodle is a wonderfully sweet and intelligent dog. They’re lively and very active dogs, and they’re great family friends as they love spending time with people. They’re very easily trained and their socialization process is very easy. This breed of dog can develop some bad behaviors if they feel alone or if they don’t get enough stimulation from their humans.

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