Have you thought about getting a dog that is active, family-oriented, and a protective guard all in one? Then a Huskita might be the dog for you.
By mixing a Husky with an Akita, you get a unique dog that is loving and affectionate to their family but will quickly step in and protect them when needed. Thanks to their Husky parent, a Huskita is also likely to be very active, making it a great dog to take with you on hikes or adventures.
In this article, we will compare the Akita, Husky, and their offspring, the Huskita. By the end of this article, you should know more about all three breeds, and learn if this Husky Akita mix is right for you.
Akita, Huskita, and Husky Comparison Chart
|Height||24-28 inches||22-27 inches||20-24 inches|
|Weight||70-130 pounds||55-110 pounds||35-60 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||10-14 years||11-15 years||12-14 years|
|Colors||Black Brown brindle Fawn Red White Brown, black overlay Red, black overlay Fawn, black overlay Silver, black overlay||Black White Brown Gray Red Sable Agouti Sawn Silver||Agouti and white Black Black and white Black, tan, and white Brown and white Gray and white Red and white Sable and white White|
|Coat Type||Double coat with medium length||Double coat with medium length||Double coat with medium length|
|Affection levels||Mid-level affection||Fairly affectionate||Very affectionate|
|Shedding Level||Mid-level shedding||Mid-high shedding level||Pretty high shedding|
|Temperament||Mid-level playfulness Very protective||Can be very friendly or protective depending on the genes they get||Always wants to play|
|Health Issues||Bloat Eye disorders Thyroid disorders Hip dysplasia||Hip dysplasia Epilepsy Bloat Thyroid issues||Juvenile cataracts Hip dysplasia Teeth issues|
|Trainability||Mid-level trainability||May be hard to train||Mid-level trainability|
|Exercise||Requires moderate exercise||Requires lots of exercise||Requires lots of exercise|
|Friendliness to People||Not very open to strangers||Somewhat open to strangers||Very friendly|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Not great with other dogs||Generally pretty good with other dogs||Great with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Unlikely to drool||Unlikely to drool||Unlikely to drool|
|Mental Stimulation||Mid-level mental stimulation needed||Need a fair amount of mental stimulation||A lot of mental stimulation needed|
|Barking Level||Low levels of barking||Medium barking levels||High levels of barking|
About Akita Dogs
Akitas originated in Japan over 2500 years ago. They were bred for their courage and loyalty and were also good at hunting large game.
Akitas can be a great guard dog for your family and home. They can be quiet but are ready to protect your family. It’s important to socialize an Akita early on to allow them to realize not all people or dogs are a threat.
Despite their protective nature, Akitas are very close with their families and express a quirkier side to those they are close with. They are very good around children as they have a gentle nature when not protecting the people they care about.
About Husky Dogs
Huskies are fairly light and nimble for their size. Bred for the endurance to pull sleds for miles in below-freezing temperatures, they originated over 3,000 years ago in Siberia.
In modern times, they need a lot of exercise and enjoy colder temperatures. It is important to keep them active and busy, but they can easily overheat, so keep their temperature in mind when taking them on long runs.
Huskies are very friendly and loving. They are open to strangers and dogs and make very bad guard dogs due to their trusting nature. However, as a family pet, they are very loving and gentle.
They are talkers as well, so if you enjoy a quieter dog that won’t howl or grumble in the middle of the night, these might not be the dogs for you.
About Huskita Dogs
Huskies are friendly and loving, and generally are bad guard dogs due to their open nature and desire to interact with strangers. Akitas are on the opposite end.
Without proper training, they can be too protective and tend to be very standoffish with other people that aren’t their family. By mixing the breeds, you get a larger dog that looks and plays the part of a loving and protective family dog.
They can live for up to 15 years on average and can easily reach 100 or more pounds.
Height and Weight of a Huskita
Huskitas tend to take the middle ground of their two parents, averaging between 22 and 27 inches tall and 55 to 110 pounds. They can live for 11 to 15 years.
What do Huskitas look like?
Huskitas tend to have a long snout with the almond eyes associated with huskies. Their tails are generally curled and bushy. Their feet are usually heavily padded to handle cold weather and erect ears.
Huskitas can come in a variety of colors such as white, black, gray, red, agouti, brown, silver, or a combination of them all. Unlike their husky parents, the most likely eye color is brown, and they rarely, if ever, have blue eyes.
What are common health concerns with Huskitas?
Like their parent breeds, Huskitas tend to experience hip dysplasia, bloat, and thyroid diseases. They can also experience epilepsy. Both parent breeds are fairly healthy, making the Huskita a sturdy dog mix.
Are Huskitas hard to train?
Huskitas can be hard to train. Both Akitas and Huskies can be stubborn and difficult. This makes Huskitas hard to train as well, especially without proper mental and physical exercise.
If they are too hyper and have a lot of energy, they may be destructive and stubborn, even though they are generally eager to please their family.
By giving them plenty of puzzles and exercise, you can make it easier to keep your Huskita focused during a training session.
Why were Huskitas bred?
Huskitas were bred to be guard dogs. Due to the loyalty and energy from the Husky mixed with the protectiveness and standoffishness from the Akita, Huskitas make excellent guard dogs.
They also look the part, due to their size and build, and can be very intimidating for anyone that would think about entering your home without warning. Huskitas are also quieter than huskies, which also increases their intimidation factor when they sneak up on someone without warning.
If you want a guard dog that is also a loving family pet and is eager to please, then the Huskita just might be the dog for you. They’ve been around for about 30 years now and are dogs that are fairly available to find anywhere. They can also be active dogs, more than willing to join you on a run or hike, as long as the weather is cold enough.
By mixing a Husky and Akita, you get a perfect mix of loving and protective with all the silly quirks of both. Both parent breeds are incredibly loyal and loving and that is only doubled in their mixed offspring.
Hopefully, this article has helped you to learn more about the unique mix that comprises the best of the Husky and the Akita, the Huskita!