- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Group: Working Group (size variation)
- Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles, houses with yards
- Temperament: Energetic, friendly, loyal, curious
Miniature Husky Basics
If you love the look of a Siberian Husky but can’t handle the size and energy of the breed, the Miniature Husky might be more your speed. These dogs have the appearance and temperament of the Siberian Husky but they are much smaller and more manageable. Mini Huskies (also known as the Miniature Siberian Husky) are loving and energetic, eager to spend time with their families – especially if it involves a game. If you are looking for an entertaining and engaging dog, the Miniature Husky may be right for you.
These dogs have the appearance and temperament of the Siberian Husky but they are much smaller and more manageable.
The first Miniature Husky was bred by Bree Normandin during the 1990s. Normandin’s goal was to achieve a smaller version of the Siberian Husky so she selectively bred standard huskies that were exceptionally small. This is the same breeding practice used to breed Miniature Huskies today.
The Miniature Husky has the same pedigree as the Siberian Husky, it is just selectively bred for its smaller size. The breed comes from the Spitz genetic family, descendant from the original sled dogs found throughout the northern hemisphere.
Because Mini Huskies are an active and energetic breed, you might want to consider feeding a dog food formulated for active dogs. A small-breed dog food formula, however, is not recommended because the Miniature Husky is really just a smaller version of the larger Siberian Husky – thus, its energy requirements are similar to the Siberian Husky rather than a traditional small-breed dog.
The Miniature Husky is an intelligent breed that responds well to training.
The Miniature Husky is an intelligent breed that responds well to training. These dogs learn quickly and have a great memory for training. They tend to be high-energy, however, and they cannot focus on training sessions that become too long. For this reason, it is recommended that you engage your Mini Husky in daily training sessions no longer than 15 minutes in duration. The earlier you start your husky with training, the better your results will be.
The size of a Miniature Husky largely depends on its breeding, but most weigh around 35 pounds.
Like larger specimens of the breed, the Miniature Husky is an intelligent and curious dog. These dogs are often known to be “escape artists,” finding ways to get over or under even the tallest fences. This breed has high energy levels so it needs plenty of mental and physical exercise to keep it under control – if your Mini Husky becomes bored, he is likely to develop problem behaviors like digging, barking or chewing. This breed tends to do well when kept with other dogs or pets for companionship.
As is true of the larger Siberian Husky, the Mini Husky displays several behaviors similar to the dog’s genetic ancestor the wolf. Rather than barking, Mini Huskies often howl. These dogs are also athletic and agile. When properly trained, the Mini Husky makes a great family pet because they are very loyal and affectionate. They tend to get along well with children and are not aggressive with other dogs. Though the Mini Husky may chase cats, they can be trained not to.
Common Health Problems
Because Miniature Huskies are simply smaller Siberian Huskies, they have the same health problems as the larger breed. The most common health problems seen in this breed include genetic conditions like glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, seizures and laryngeal paralysis. Fortunately, this breed has a very low risk for hip dysplasia.
The average life expectancy of this breed is between 12 and 14 years.
The Miniature Husky is an active and energetic breed that requires a lot of daily exercise. This breed can be kept in a house without a yard, but they do require long daily walks and plenty of playtime. Even if you do have a yard, it is unwise to leave a Mini Husky unsupervised for long because these dogs are notorious escape artists. As long as you keep your husky mentally and physically stimulated, you shouldn’t have to worry about the development of problem behaviors.
Like larger specimens of the breed, the Miniature Husky is an intelligent and curious dog.
Because the Miniature Husky is not genetically different from the Siberian Husky, the AKC does not recognize it as a separate breed. Rather, it is regarded a size variation of the Siberian Husky which belongs to the Working Group.
The Miniature Husky has a thick double coat designed to protect the dog from harsh weather. The coat is comprised of a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat that has short, straight hairs. Because this breed’s coat is so thick, regular brushing and grooming is required to control shedding. This breed does shed its coat during the spring so you will need to do some extra grooming at that time.
Miniature Huskies exhibit all the same colors and patterns as the larger Siberian Husky. The most common colors for this breed are black and white or red and white. Other colors may include grey, copper, agouti or even all white. Most specimens of the breed exhibit masks, spectacles or other facial markings.
The average litter size for the Miniature Husky is fairly large, often between 9 and 11 puppies. As puppies, Miniature Huskies are little balls of fur filled with energy and affection. As your Miniature Husky grows he will form a close bond with you but will continue to maintain his youthful energy and curiosity.