Australian Shepherd Husky
The Australian Shepherd Husky is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky dog breeds. These active dogs are protective and loyal and inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.
The Australian Shepherd Husky is also called Aussie Siberian. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to adopt! Don’t shop!
These pups would make suitable companions for those who enjoy hiking and, in general, the great outdoors. They come from a long line of working dog parents and thrive in wide open spaces where they can exert some of their energy. Active people, hikers, and naturists, please step to the front of the line if you’re considering adopting one of these pups.
See below for all Australian Shepherd Husky mixed dog breed facts and characteristics!
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Australian Shepherd Husky Mixed Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts
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Dog Breed Group:Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:18 to 25 inches
Weight:40 to 65 pounds
Life Span:12 to 15 years
More About This Breed
- Australian Shepherd Huskies are mixed breed dogs. They are not purebreds like their Australian Shepherd or Siberian Husky parents.
- The main colors of Australian Shepherd Huskies are black, white, brown cream, and tan. They are often a beautiful blend and mix of any of these colors.
- They tend to shed quite a bit, and they're generally not recommended for people with allergies.
- Australian Shepherd Huskies make great pets for households with older children. They can be very tolerant of children, but like all dogs, should be supervised when around young children.
- Australian Shepherd Huskies have high energy levels. One to two hours per day in the dog park is a good starting point for exercise. They thrive in the outdoors but need to live indoors.
- These dogs shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time. An Australian Shepherd Husky who is under-exercised and ignored by their family is likely to express pent-up energy in ways you don't like, such as howling and chewing.
The Australian Shepherd Husky mixed dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders started intentionally mixing Australian Shepherds with Siberian Huskies in the late 1990s, likely in North America.
Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds to create a strong, healthy, and active companion dog. They continued to create Australian Shepherd Huskies as demand for the mixed breed pups climbed.
Even though the Australian Shepherd Husky mixed breed got their start as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the dog for you.
Check your local shelters, look up Australian Shepherd Husky rescues, or check with breed specific Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky rescues, as they sometimes help to re-home mixed breed dogs.
Australian Shepherd Huskies are recognized by the following clubs:
- The Dog Registry of America
- The International Designer Canine Registry
As the Australian Shepherd Husky is a relatively new mixed breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. That said, as a mix between Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky parents, you can expect Australian Shepherd Husky to be in the medium size range.
Most weigh in at 40 to 65 pounds and range in height from 18 to 25 inches at the shoulder. However, many can be smaller or larger than average.
Many Australian Shepherd Husky lovers describe their dogs as a protective, active companions. They are medium in size and full of energy and unwavering devotion.
They hail from a line of working parents. Siberian Huskies were originally used to pull snow sleds in Alaska, while Australian Shepherds were bred for herding cattle and other animals. Australian Shepherd Huskies enjoy a variety of different activities from hiking to playing catch, and they all thrive in the great outdoors.
One thing Australian Shepherd Huskies are not good at is being alone for long periods of time. Without the companionship they need—as well as exercise and the chance to put their intelligence to work—they become bored and frustrated. An Australian Shepherd Husky who is under-exercised and ignored by their family is likely to express pent-up energy in ways you don't like, such as howling and chewing.
Like every dog, the Australian Shepherd Husky needs early socialization. Lots of walks and outings to local parks can help with this. Observe your pups behavior around other animals, particularly small ones. If their Siberian Husky DNA prevails, they may have an inherent prey drive.
The Australian Shepherd Husky mixed breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky also face. While most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.
Some of the more common problems Australian Shepherd Huskies suffer from include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Blood Disease
- Elbow Dysplasia
As with all dogs, you should keep up with your Australian Shepherd Husky's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
Australian Shepherd Huskies are prone to weight gain, and they have high energy levels. One to two hours per day in the dog park is a good starting point for exercise. They thrive in the outdoors but need to live indoors.
Your dog's eyes should be cleaned as needed with a clean cloth, and ears should be cleaned regularly without putting any liquid in the ear canal. Opt for cotton balls over q-tips. Also check their ears weekly for redness or a strong odor. This may indicate signs of an infection.
Trim your dog's nails before they get too long--usually once or twice per month. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can help with this.
One main concern when it comes to your Australian Shepherd Huskies care will be maintaining their oral health. You should brush their teeth daily, as this breed is prone to tartar buildup. Your veterinarian can instruct you on how to brush your dog's teeth properly. Dental chews can also help with keeping teeth clean.
An Australian Shepherd Husky diet should be formulated for a medium-sized breed with high energy. How much your adult dog eats depends on their size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
As with all dogs, the Australian Shepherd Husky's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Australian Shepherd Husky diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
Australian Shepherd Husky coats are often a mix of their Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky parents' coats and colors. The main colors of Australian Shepherd Huskies are black, white, brown cream, and tan. They are often a beautiful blend and mix of any of these colors.
They usually have short to medium length coats, and they're generally not recommended for people with allergies. They tend to shed quite a bit, if you are not familiar with robotic vacuums, consider looking into the RoboVac. These pups will require a few good brushes per week. Only bathe as needed with a mild shampoo so you don't strip the coat of it's natural oils. Brushing will also help to spread the oils throughout the coat.
These pups are well suited for all weather conditions, especially cold weather. Their Siberian Husky parentage is straight from Russia, and they get some really cold winters.
Children And Other Pets
Australian Shepherd Huskies make great pets for households with older children. They can be very tolerant of children, but like all dogs, should be supervised when around young children.
Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while they're eating or to try to take the dog's food away. This can't be stated enough, no dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Australian Shepherd Huskies do get along with other dogs but it is still important to take your puppy to socialization classes. This gets them used to other dogs and also to people, although they are also affectionate to strangers. Socialization teaches puppies how to behave and greet other dogs.
It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for Australian Shepherd Huskies because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Australian Shepherd or Siberian Husky breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!