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Aussie Husky: Australian Shepherd and Husky Mix A Complete Guide

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.

Australian Shepherd and Husky Mix

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.

Australian Shepherd, Aussie Husky, and Siberian Husky Comparison Table


Australian ShepherdAussie HuskySiberian Husky
Height18-23 inches18-24 inches20-23.5 inches
Weight40-65 pounds40-65 pounds35-60 pounds
Life Expectancy12-15 years12-15 years12-14 years
ColorsBlack Blue merle Red Red merleBlack Brown Cream Gray White Combinations of the above colorsBlack and white Gray and white Red and white Sable and white White
Coat TypeDouble coat with medium lengthDouble cat with medium lengthDouble coat with medium length
Affection levelsAverage affectionVery affectionateVery affectionate
Shedding LevelAverage sheddingHigher sheddingHigher shedding
TemperamentPretty playful Average protectivenessVery playful Not protectiveVery playful Not protective
Health IssuesHip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Epilepsy Cataracts CancerHip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Epilepsy Cataracts Progressive retail atrophyEye diseases Hip dysplasia
TrainabilityVery easy to trainEasy to trainAverage trainability
ExerciseVery high amounts of exerciseVery high amounts of exerciseVery high amounts of exercise
Friendliness to PeopleAlright with strangersAlright with strangersVery open to strangers
Friendliness to DogsAlright with other dogsGood with other dogsVery good with other dogs
Drooling LevelsLittle to no droolingLittle to no droolingLittle to no drooling
Mental StimulationVery high mental stimulation requiredVery high mental stimulation requiredHigher mental stimulation required
Barking LevelAverage barkingMore barkingLots of barking
Australian Shepherd, Aussie Husky, and Siberian Husky Comparison Table

About Australian Shepherds

About Australian Shepherds
Australian Shepherd Dog

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.

Conclusion

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.