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Huskimo:Dog Breed Profile

Huskimos are relatively new hybrid dog breeds produced by crossing a Siberian husky and an American Eskimo. These dogs are zestful and are usually about medium-sized. Huskimos are sagacious and steadfast, while also being extremely playful. This breed was first found around 1990. Considered as a designer breed, Huskimos are affectionate pets and thrive for human companionship. Huskimos are smart and docile, making them ideal family pets. They are easily sociable and are good with children and strangers. They seem to be extremely active pets and owners should be prepared to indulge them in activities.

They are curious about dogs and are quick to learn. If not given enough activity, both physically and mentally, these dogs may tend to show destructive and disobedient behavior. Mental and physical stimulation in the form of training, puzzle toys, obedience training, and regular outing should be given. They show separation anxiety if left alone or not given enough exercise. They love to spend quality time with their family in playing. They show affection towards children, but may be aggressive if mistreated.

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Huskimo Breed Characteristics

  • About Huskimo Breed

    Huskimos are highly energetic, playful, expressive, and devoted dogs. These are downright gorgeous and tend to grow big. They have an average lifespan between 13-15 years. Their head is medium-sized, proportional to the body. Huskimos have a muzzle similar in length and their nose color matches that of the coat. They generally have sharp, almond-shaped black or dark brown eyes. Their tails curve and are fluffy. They have sharp and erect ears. They are rarely aggressive if socialized properly.

Huskimo Breed Daily Care

Hair: Huskimos tend to shed a lot in warmer weather. Depending on the shedding, the frequency of brushing can range from the everyday to twice or thrice a week, with a slicker brush, comb, and deshedder. They can be given baths once in 2-3 months. It is important to use a shampoo that is certified to be used on dogs.

Nails: As Huskimos are very active, nails can be trimmed about twice a month.

Teeth: Brushing their teeth regularly is important as a part of the grooming routine. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, teeth should be brushed at least 2-3 times a week with dog paste.

Ears: Huskimos require their ears to be cleaned once every week, for cleaning out dust and debris to avoid any sorts of infections.

Eyes: Any kind of redness, watery discharge, or inflammation should be attended by taking to the vet.

Huskimo tends to eat a lot and hence it’s your duty to keep a check on it. Feeding them twice or maximum thrice should be it. Also, the amount of food that you are providing needs a check as overeating can lead to health issues. Dogs don’t realize how much and what to eat and therefore they should be trained well for their eating habits.

Recommended daily amount: Huskimos should be fed with at least 2 to 2.5 to 3 cups of dry dog food daily. However, these are large dogs and can go on even after 3 cups of food. In order to regrow their fur while shedding, Huskimos show an extreme appetite.

What food to feed: They love raw meat, fish, and even vegetables that other breeds of dogs dislike.

How to keep good shape: Considering the activity level of these dogs, it is easier to maintain a good shape. Taking suggestions from the vet regarding the diet recommendations for your Huskimo is better.

How many times to feed your dog: Owners can divide the overall meal amount into equal parts over the day, maybe twice or thrice depending on the activity period. As Huskimos have a risk of growing obese, it is better to limit the number of treats given to the dogs in a day as well.

Huskimos are usually healthy owing to their high energy and increased physical activity. However, these dogs tend to suffer from the following health complications:

Corneal dystrophy

Condition: Corneal dystrophy is a progressive, genetic disorder which is characterized by the accumulation of abnormal materials around the transparent part of the eye, which is the cornea, eventually blinding the vision.

Treatment: Surgical interventions including corneal transplantation and penetrating keratoplasty can be used for this condition.

Hip Dysplasia

Condition: A genetic condition that results in the abnormal formation of the hip socket. This leads to inflammation and pain, and complications can result in arthritis. It can hinder the physical activity of the dog.

Treatment: The condition cannot be cured. However, supportive treatment includes moderate exercise and the use of anti-inflammatory medications.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy:

Condition: This condition is a result of a genetic disorder. It is characterized by the degeneration of the retina, which progresses to blindness in dogs. The early signs show night blindness.

Treatment: No established treatment.

Huskimos are fairly easy to train, given the owners have prior experience. They are quick learners in terms of training, however, it is important for the owner to shows authority or dominance, as these intelligent dogs might be uncontrollable, taking the role of master themselves. They love tasks and their training can include jumpers training and agility training. Owners should be aware of the fact that Huskimos tend to test the leader of the pack, as they historically used to work in packs.

Huskimos are extremely active and show wandering behavior, and thus might not be best suited for apartment living. The owners should be ready to devote at least an hour of their time daily for physical activity, play session, or outing of the dogs. Not giving enough time for the dog, and lack of physical activity might have negative effects on the dog's mental and physical health. They need about 10-14 miles of walk per week, which gives an idea about their level of activity.

Huskimo can become owners' running or jogging companions. They also love hiking. Huskimos love to bond with their family and crave to be part of the family's daily life. They have a tendency to please their owners. It is important to give Huskimo different or new tasks over time as they are quick to get bored.

Huskimo Breed History

Huskimo is believed to be bred in the USA from 1990, through 2000 using Siberian Husky and American Eskimo. Both the parent breeds are well accustomed to harsh cold climates.

Siberian huskies were used for sledding, herding, and as watchdogs, mainly by the Chukchi tribe for hundreds of years. These dogs were also used in Arctic races in Malamute, as they had an impeccable pace. They were further used in transportation. These dogs were almost unknown outside of Siberia until the 1910s.

American Eskimos belong to the Spitz family of Nordic breeds. They have been used for herding, hunting, search and rescue, hauling, and tracking over the years.