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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 percent protein containing grain and a minimum of 30 percent 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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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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The Pomsky is a relatively new hybrid breed that has taken the designer dog world by storm. Very popular in both North America and Europe, the cute, cuddly ball of happiness is a cross between a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian. Bred primarily for the amazing traits of the Husky and Pom, the Pomsky will vary in looks once fully matured; however, a mixture of characteristics from both parents are possible. Though the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Pomsky due to its hybrid origins, the average cost of owning one is not affected. The Pomsky Club of America states that reputable breeders won’t charge less than $2000.00 per puppy due to the cost of creating such an unusual combination. Because of the significant difference in sizes of the two breeds, Huskies and Pomeranians cannot be safely bred naturally thus making the Pomsky a rare and expensive choice for a pet. Not all breeders combine a purebred Husky with pure Pomeranians; multigenerational crossbreeds are often utilized during the blending process. Additionally, due to the size of a female Pomeranian’s uterus, breeding is always done with a male Pomeranian or hybrid to a female Husky or hybrid. This delicate balance of reproduction is one of the reasons these cute balls of fur are so expensive.


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Physical Appearance of Pomsky

Once fully matured, the Pomsky will be a small-to-medium sized dog that on average weighs between 15 to 25 pounds and stands somewhere between 10 to 15 inches tall. Like their parents, this hybrid breed will have long, fluffy, soft coasts that require regular brushing. Typically, the coats are similar to that of the Husky, shedding often making routine grooming a must though coat thickness will play a considerable role in maintenance. Ranging in color from white, black, gray, reddish-brown to a mixture of colors from the parent breeds, the Pomsky is considered beautiful by almost everyone. It is important to note that this new breed is not a teacup dog. Until fully matured the size is unknown so potential owners should be prepared for both small and medium-sized animals.

Character/Temperament of Pomsky

Being a hybrid breed, Pomskies will inherit character traits from each parent, playing a big part in their temperament. Gentle in nature and with a lively disposition, these dogs are generally good with children, but great care should be taken around young children and pets that can be easily hurt if dropped or stepped on while underfoot. Training should be easy for potential owners due to their natural tendency to please and a quick mind but keep in mind they can act up if not given a chance to play. It is not unusual to find that like many other breeds; the Pomsky can resort to destructive behavior such as chewing or digging if they are bored. To promote healthy and appropriate behavior, it is essential to provide them with engaging activities and attention. Physical and mental stimulation for a Pomsky can go a long way when one is trying to keep them engaged and active.

Health and Care of a Pomsky


Due to their compact size, Pomskies are adaptable to small living quarters though they are full of energy and require at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. As with all animals, owners should make sure they have a safe place to play. Proper exercise, good nutrition, and early socialization all add up to a healthy and happy Pomsky. With a lifespan ranging from 12 to 15 years, this breed will be a valued member of the household for a long time. Because this hybrid is still quite young, there is a lot to learn about the Pomsky. It is safe to assume that health issues frequently found in either parent breed may play a role in the health of this breed as well though crossbred animals are generally healthier than their purebred parents. As with any hybrid dog, individual specimens are different and may take after one parent more than the other. Huskies, for example, are known to have eye problems, whereas, Pomeranians frequently have skin issues. Having an understanding of potential health issues before deciding to own any pet should be a top priority. Individuals unprepared can find themselves in a situation that they can not handle down the road putting the animal’s health at risk.

Training a Pomsky

Pomskies are very intelligent and have lots of energy, making practical training necessary. Though they are independent little dogs, they can exhibit stubbornness like their Siberian Husky ancestors. However,
Pomskies love to please their owners which can make training more manageable for a dedicated owner. Learning basic commands, playing games and performing various tricks can come easily if the practice is
consistent and well planned. The keys to a well-behaved dog are the amount of time and energy owners put into training. As with any dog, it is always best to begin while the puppy is young and before the dog develops bad habits that are hard to break. Due to the short attention spans of Pomskies, the suggested training time is 15 minutes per session although multiple sessions a day are possible. Keeping training sessions interesting, fun, and filled with various engaging activities, can also help owners bond quickly with their new family member.

Conclusion

Pomskies are a fantastic new designer breed that is sure to be a top pick amongst dog lovers for many years to come. Descending from two highly sought after breeds, the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian, Pomskies are a great combination of each parent line. Unfortunately, left to their own devices, untrained and bored puppies can become destructive and stubborn making cohabitating a nightmare. If you are interested in this cute, loveable breed, education and dedication are required. Potential owners should expect an energetic and intelligent companion to share their homes. Once adequately trained, most Pomsky owners proclaim an undying commitment to promoting the breed.

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