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When you take a beautiful Husky and an intelligent, loyal German Shepherd and breed them the result is a hybrid breed that has the potential to wow the dog community. The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a
crossbreed dog that stands out and combines the best traits of both parent breeds. This hybrid dog steals the show when it comes to breeds that are hardworking, reliable, and has a wealth of energy. Owners of these hybrids all agree these dogs make an all-around loving, protective companion for the entire family. Although this dog breed is officially recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and by the Dog Registry of America, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the German Shepherd Husky because it isn’t a purebred dog.

The Appearance of a German Shepherd Husky

The German Shepherd Husky Mix can have the appearance of both the parents or they can resemble one parent more than the other, much like other hybrid dog breeds. Their average height ranges between 20 to 25 inches when fully grown and they can weigh between 45 to 88 pounds. Both parents are larger dogs making the German Shepherd Husky more predictable when it comes to size. These dogs have a variety of coat colors:
 Cream
 Red
 White
 Blue
 Gray
 Light Brown
 Golden Brown
 Black/Pepper
Their coats are double and can be long or short with an overall fluffy, soft look to them. Unfortunately for people with dog allergies, this breed can be either moderate or high shedders making them unsuitable for those who suffer. Like many other breeds, seasons dictate when the most shedding
occurs. The eye color of the German Shepherd Husky Mix can be a combination of two colors, or they have been known to have dual-colored eyes that could resemble either or both parents.

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Character/Temperament

These strong, hardy looking dogs can be intimidating to strangers. Both the Husky and the German Shepherd have a muscular, bold look about them and their offspring are no different. Under all that outward boldness comes a loyal companion who wants to make his owner and family happy.
The following is a list of character traits for the German Shepherd Husky Mix:
 Friendly
 Smart
 Loyal
 Family Dog
 Loving
 Active
 Strong
Each of these traits can be seen in the German Shepherd Husky Mix with some characteristics showing up more than others in individual dogs. This fascinating breed proves to be stubborn but is usually a quick learner. Training them for difficult tasks can be stimulating to these dogs. They love to be a protector of the home, so guarding their territory and family comes naturally. This breed can also do quite well with children and other pets in
the home. They tend to be excessive barkers, so training at an early age is highly recommended.

Care/Health

There are a few health concerns that owners of the German Shepherd Husky Mix may need to know. Even though crossbreeds are almost always healthier than purebred dogs, there are health problems that can arise.
The following list shows common health problems in the German Shepherd Husky breed:

Even though these health concerns may sound alarming, overall the German Shepherd Huskie Mix is known to be a relatively healthy and hardy dog. The lifespan for the German Shepherd Husky Mix falls between 10 to 13 years old. Of course, this depends on how well their owner takes care of them. This dog does not thrive in small environments such as apartments. They need room to run and exert themselves often. Daily walks are suggested to combat any unruly behavior from boredom. When feeding this breed, high-quality dog food with a lot of protein would work best for them. It is recommended their dog food contain a minimum of 25% protein containing grain and a minimum of 30% protein that is grain free. Though this breed is known to prefer wet dog food instead of dry, it’s not hard to establish a good diet.

Training/Obedience

Training the German Shepherd Husky is generally welcomed by the dog because of their strong working instincts. Treating any training as a task encourages this breed to excels in whatever is asked of them. An untrained German Shepherd Husky will become a nuisance around the house and could become quite destructive by chewing, digging and escaping enclosed areas. Giving these dogs a sense of purpose can help them develop positive behaviors every dog owner enjoys. An owner must remember to have patience and take the time to get to know their German Shepherd
Husky before they choose the training methods they will use. Some dogs prefer to run and do intense activities while others are more laid back and can participate in slower paced training methods. Each dog will exhibit different behaviors when it comes to training, but this should be positive information to have before choosing a program. Here are a few suggested activities an owner can try with their German Shepherd Husky:
 Sledding activities
 Herding activities
 Brisk Walks
 Jogging
 Frisbee
 Fetch
 Obstacle courses
Each of these activities can promote an obedient mindset in the German Shepherd Husky Mix. These dogs are loyal and eager to please so that training will be positive for them. It’s important to remember until these dogs are trained, small children need to be highly supervised around them. They are not a danger to young children, but they can jump on them inadvertently causing injuries. Like any large dog, training them to be calm around children will help solve any issues that may arise.

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What Makes a Calico Cat Special?

Dubbed as a “lucky charm” in many places around the world, the Calico Cat has become very popular and highly sought after as a household pet. While their history and genetic makeup bring interest to many cat fanatics, it is safe to say that behaviors vary wildly making them a fascinating creature. Due to their unique nature, Calico cats are often unpredictable and quite entertaining to watch. Numerous scientific studies, dating all the way back to the 1940s, has been performed to determine what makes these cats so unique. Although the studies revealed a wealth of information, scientists discovered that calicos are not a specific breed of cats like previously thought. The calico cat can be a great companion and help with daily stress and anxiety. Patients usually consider this pet as an emotional support cat.

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The Appearance of a Calico ESA Cat

Although Calico cats are not a specific breed, instead they are a color pattern that can occur in almost any type of domestic cat. Categorized by a particular color pattern, the combination of colors are random giving these cats their unique design. Three distinct colors must be present for a cat to be considered a calico:
 White
 Black, gray or blue
 Red-orange, peach or brown
Within the world of calico cats there are three distinct types, dilute, tortoiseshell and classic calicos. Dilute calico cats are those with colors that are less intense or diluted while the classic calico has lots of white along with black, brown or orange hues and are often in equal parts of the three colors. Distinguishing the other calico patterns from tortoiseshell calicos is easy. True tortoiseshells, or torties, have no white markings or white of any kind on their bodies. Occasionally, you will find calicos that have distinct tabby or tiger stripes and unusually prominent black and ginger patches along the body. This color variation is common and the same rules apply if it is to be considered a calico cat.

Character/Temperament of Calico Cat

The temperament of calicos is primarily the same as is associated with the breed the calico belongs. That being said, there are a few characteristics that seem to be common among calicos. They are usually independent, occasionally very stubborn and may take some time adjusting to new surroundings. Once comfortable, they can be very loving and social. Calicos often like to be pampered, and it is not unusual
to see them carried around as you would a baby. Although most calico owners swear the temperament of this type of cat is different than others, it is important to note that these behaviors are also often associated with any breed of cat and not just calicos. Like all cats, calicos can be mellow, hyper, excited, lazy, friendly, or shy.

Health/Care

Because a calico cat cannot intentionally be bred and are born by chance, healthiness is determined by genetics and lifestyle alone. While a calico is generally healthy and hardy if born female, males are less likely to live as long. With less than 1% of the calicos worldwide born male, male calicos are among the rarest in the world and often very expensive to purchase.
As with any other emotional support cat, to maintain the health of your calico, a high-quality diet that includes essential amino acids, vitamins, and fresh water is a must. Although it is hard to resist, treats should not exceed 5-10% of your cat’s diet. Yearly trips to the vet will help to ensure optimal health allowing him or her to live a quality life. When handling the calico cat, one must remember a cat is different than a dog. Emotional Support Cats should be picked up with more caution and never by the neck or by pulling on their fur. The proper way to pick up a cat is by placing one hand behind the front legs while the other hand is placed under the hindquarters. Being gentle and calm helps the cat stay calm as well. Housing a calico cat is like housing any other cat. All animals should have a clean and dry place to call home. Rest, sleep and lots of fresh air are essential to keeping a cat healthy. A soft blanket will help the cat sleep better but should be washed often. Unfortunately, outdoor cats do not live as long as those who are kept indoors. These cats are exposed to more diseases and are more likely to encounter hazards such as predators or being run over in traffic. Indoor cats typically healthier and have a much better chance of living a longer life.

Housebreaking/Training

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Like most cats, calicos seem to have the mentality that they don’t need humans to survive except for when it comes to food or treats. They often seem to exhibit an independent behavior that screams “go away,” or at least “make yourself useful and feed me.” Learning the unique way each cat behaves will help new owners bond with their cats. After bringing any new pet into your home, there may be an adjustment period. For cats, this period is most often hardest when trying to get the cat to use a litterbox. Unlike dogs, training cats to go to a specific area or box when they need to relieve themselves can be easy, but mistakes are bound to happen with young kittens.

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It is important to remember that indoor cats need their litterboxes to be in an easily accessible place that is quiet and dry. Once routines are established for your cat, do not move the litterbox otherwise you may have a confused cat on your hands. If it is necessary to move, it should be done in small increments each day until the litterbox rests in the desired location to prevent accidents. Cats are generally neater than dogs; therefore, a messy litter box is stressful to your cat. Remember to clean the box daily with a scooper and discard waste appropriately. Once a week the litter should be thrown out and refilled with new litter to prevent unpleasant smells and bacteria growth. Cats are sensitive to strong smells so using deodorants and perfumes near the litterbox should be kept to a
minimum.


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Arguably, one of the most recognizable designer dog breeds is the Cockapoo. The first hybrid was supposedly the result of an accidental crossbreeding between an American Cocker Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle in the 1950s when crossbreeding was becoming commonplace in the United States and Canada. Still considered one of the most sought-after breeds, Cockapoos are fun, energetic and intelligent companions that have made its way into the hearts and homes of many dog lovers today.

The Appearance of a Cockapoo

As far as looks are concerned, the Cockapoo is considered an adorable little bundle of joy that itches to be apart of any family. This breed comes in a variety of colors ranging from tan, black, red, brown or chocolate, cream, white, and beige. Some Cockapoos have coats that are tri-colored or sable or coats with merle patterns and some even sport freckles like the Cocker Spaniel. Their coats range from long and straight to short and curly or anywhere in between. Shedding can be nonexistent if the puppy takes after the Poodle; however, if they inherit the Cocker Spaniel’s coat shedding will be more noticeable.
Cockapoos can come in three sizes:
 Toy (mostly under 12 pounds)
 Mini (around 12 to 20 pounds)
 Standard (over 20 pounds)
Just as the weight of each dog can vary, so can the height. Typically ranging from 9 to 15 inches, the height upon maturity will depend upon the size of each parent. These hybrid dogs will have a variety of physical characteristics all linked back to the parents of the Cockapoo. Both the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel have unique features that can be passed down to the puppies such as the tight, curly coat from the Poodle, or the loose, wavy, longer coat of the Cocker Spaniel. As with any hybrid dog, each physical characteristic inherited from the parents will vary and help to determine what each will look like later in life.

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Character/Temperament

A Cockapoo is generally happy and easy going. Gentle natured and friendly, these dogs make great companions for all ages including homes with young children. Though they are usually sociable, early socialization will help to ensure that dogs are comfortable when visitors are in the home or while out in public. Involving a Cockapoo in daily life activities will help them lead satisfying lives. Considering the Cockapoo’s highly intelligent mind, they can become bored quickly. Leaving them alone for extended amounts of time can result in unwanted behavior problems. Not typically described as yappy dogs or heavy barkers, the Cockapoo will alert you to a stranger when they see fit but are more likely to welcome them into the home than scare them away.

Often described as the “Dog Park Ambassador,” Cockapoos do well with other animals and generally interact amicably, encouraging other dogs and even some adults to play with them. Even in their advanced age, this breed tends to act like big goofy puppies running around and lifting the spirits of those nearby. These dogs thrive on their owner’s affection and enjoy a lot of mental stimulation. Spending time with your Cockapoo will help bring out the best temperament traits and give you a head start when it’s time to begin training. Leash training is a highly suggested technique to begin early in your dog’s life. This will not only help you enforce positive behavior while out in public, but it’s also a safety precaution that many municipalities require. A well-trained Cockapoo will be a loving companion for life. If the owner takes the time to care and nurture the dog, a Cockapoo will respond with loyalty and love.

Health/Care

The Cockapoo breed can have a long lifespan of 14 to 18 years. Of course, several factors come into play when considering life expectancy such as weight. A Cockapoo’s weight can play a significant role in its health. Overweight dogs are unhealthy, which in turn can negatively impact life expectancy. It is essential to make sure your dog falls into the healthy weight range for its size. Cockapoos require at least 30 minutes or more of regular exercise each day. Making sure your pet has an adequate amount of activity will help to prolong its life as well. Because Cockapoos are a hybrid formed from Poddles, they are considered to have hypoallergenic traits. While no reputable breeder would say that this makes them completely free from allergies, it does mean that many people who suffer from allergies to dogs are less likely to be affected by this breed living in their homes. Cockapoos are not big shedders just like their Poodle ancestors, helping to limit dander and hair shed within the house. Overall the Cockapoo is considered to be generally healthy; however, they can be subject to hereditary diseases.

When purchasing this breed, it is essential to inquire about the health of the parents to see if they had any of the following disorders:

When caring for any breed of dog, potential owners should consider certain aspects of each kind. Things such as the amount of training and exercise required, grooming and the specific dietary requirements should be deciding factors before obtaining any pet. Individuals that are not able to support the basic needs should consider other breeds or pet types.

Conclusion

While there are health and training issues that some pet owners might find too burdensome for their lifestyle, the positives of owning a Cockapoo far outweigh the negatives for many pet owners. Cockapoos are relatively easy to care for if good practices are set in place while your Cockapoo is still
young.


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