Some people have pet companions for comfort and some exercise. This doesn’t always mesh well with more active, working-type dogs.
Even if you are wanting a dog that helps you maintain or even lose weight by getting you out of the house, there are some breeds with boundless energy that are just too much to handle sometimes.
An Aussie Husky is a designer dog breed crossed from an Australian Shepherd and a Siberian Husky. These dogs are extremely active and affectionate, showering you not only with love but also with a greater amount of shedding dog hair.
Keep reading to learn more about these energetic dog breeds. After reading, you should have a better understanding of each breed and some of the unique traits that make these dogs highly desirable.
The Australian Shepherd, Aussie Husky, and Siberian Husky Comparison Table
|Australian Shepherd||Aussie Husky||Siberian Husky|
|Height||18-23 inches||18-24 inches||20-23.5 inches|
|Weight||40-65 pounds||40-65 pounds||35-60 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years||12-15 years||12-14 years|
|Colors||Black Blue merle Red Red merle||Black Brown Cream Gray White Combinations of the above colors||Black and white Gray and white Red and white Sable and white White|
|Coat Type||Double coat with medium length||Double cat with medium length||Double coat with medium length|
|Affection levels||Average affection||Very affectionate||Very affectionate|
|Shedding Level||Average shedding||Higher shedding||Higher shedding|
|Temperament||Pretty playful Average protectiveness||Very playful Not protective||Very playful Not protective|
|Health Issues||Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Epilepsy Cataracts Cancer||Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Epilepsy Cataracts Progressive retail atrophy||Eye diseases Hip dysplasia|
|Trainability||Very easy to train||Easy to train||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Very high amounts of exercise||Very high amounts of exercise||Very high amounts of exercise|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Good with other dogs||Very good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Very high mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required||Higher mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Average barking||More barking||Lots of barking|
About Australian Shepherds
Not to be mistaken for Australian Cattle Dogs (also known as Blue Heelers or Queensland Heelers), Australian Shepherds are not registered as a native dog breed in Australia despite records of registration in other countries as far back as the 1950s.
This is because when the breed was popularized in California by ranchers, they mistakenly thought that the dogs arriving from Australia were Australia in origin.
In reality, the Australian Shepherd started in the mountainous borders between France and Spain as the Pyrenean Shepherd used by a people known as the Basques.
These bright, hardworking dogs were taken with emigrants to Australia where they were crossed with Collies and Border Collies among other breeds to produce what we now know as the Australian Shepherds.
Although the breed is often recognized by its different coat colors and bright eyes, their herding instinct determines almost their entire personality and so it is best to give them a job to keep them engaged and active.
The modern Australian Shepherd has branched out from its intended herding purpose to many other fields of work including service dogs and drug detectors.
At maturity, the breed makes an excellent running partner for those with an active lifestyle and they will need multiple hours of exercise daily. After burning some of their energy, the Australian Shepherd is calmer and more receptive to training commands that will exercise the brain.
About Siberian Huskies
Only one position higher in terms of popularity than the Australian Shepherd through the American Kennel Club, the Siberian Husky is an entirely different kind of working dog.
Most often used for transportation of goods and people across the frosty Arctic tundra, these dogs have seen more attention for being entertaining family dogs in recent days.
Even though Australian Shepherds and Siberian Huskies both have double coats, the Husky is much more at home in colder temperatures. Even if you don’t live in a hot climate, expect the Husky to shed more than most other dogs, especially in the summertime.
This can be somewhat remedied by brushing through the dog’s coat at least weekly to concentrate the hair in one spot for easy clean-up. Even so, Siberian Huskies are considered to be a naturally clean breed, requiring very few baths each year and having little to no dog odor or musk.
Exercising a Siberian Husky can be difficult because they need to expend plenty of energy daily but keeping them from overheating in warmer places is crucial.
If a Siberian Husky is not exercised enough and left alone in a yard, it may escape to chase a squirrel despite being very loving pack dogs.
About The Aussie Husky Dog Mix:
Sometimes known as Aussie Siberians, the mix of Australian Shepherd and Siberian Husky is a rambunctious, playful dog. They often combine the best features of both breeds and are more likely to find a wider range of temperatures acceptable.
What Do Aussie Huskies Look Like?
Aussie Huskies can have a variety of color combinations similar to their parent breeds, they often have the coloring of a Husky with more of an Australian Shepherd patterning.
Something important to know is that your Aussie Husky will likely have a decent length tail that is fluffy and curved. This is normal despite many Australian Shepherds not having tails.
Working Australian Shepherds usually have their tail humanely docked at a very young age to protect them from injury while herding later in life, while some have a docked tail for cosmetic reasons in more domestic life.
Are Aussie Huskies Hypoallergenic?
No, Aussie Huskies are not hypoallergenic and are not recommended for those with allergies.
They have a thick double coat with medium-length fur that sheds quite often. A robotic vacuum that automatically cleans up the hair around the house may be your best friend if you aren’t up to consistent grooming and house cleaning.
How Friendly Are Aussie Huskies With Children?
It is virtually impossible to accurately predict the temperament of designer dog breeds because every parent is unique even though there are generally accepted characteristics of a dog breed.
Aussie Huskies are likely to be quite good with children. Because Siberian Huskies are playful pack dogs, their docile nature can be passed down to their Aussie Husky offspring.
Even so, proper training and socialization of an Aussie Husky must be done early on to curb the intense herding instinct that can also be passed down by the Australian Shepherd parent. If this is not done, Aussie Huskies may nip and injure children by accident as they act on this innate tendency.
Aussie Huskies are playful, affectionate, and tireless – just like their parent breeds. They will do well with lots of exercise and a mentally stimulating job to keep them from destructive boredom habits.
If you are looking for a companion that will keep up with you on a regular, long-distance run, look no further than the Aussie Husky to be right there to encourage that push in the final mile.