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February 26, 2020 PetGuide
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Pitsky

 
  • Height: 20-25 inches
  • Weight: 35-80 lb
  • Lifespan: average 15 years
  • Group: Not applicable
  • Best Suited For: Active, high-energy families
  • Temperament: Kind, loyal, social, high-energy
  • Comparable Breeds: American Pitbull Terrier, Siberian Husky

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Do you want a unique-looking, energetic, and bold dog? Then the Pitsky just might be the right breed for you. This designer dog is a handsome and muscular cross between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Siberian or Alaskan Husky. They are perfect for people who love either of those popular breeds. They are an especially appealing option for husky-lovers who live in warm climates that aren’t ideal for purebred huskies. Owing to their parental breeds, Pitskies are spirited and smart, but also demanding dogs. They do best in high energy households and require lots of exercise.

Ontop of all of that, both his mom and dad need an experienced owner, so their offspring is no different. With the wrong person by his side, a Pitsky can be stubborn, unmanageable, and even aggressive, so it’s important to train and socialize them in a timely manner. Pitskies might be wonderful designer dogs, but they are not a viable option for first time dog owners. They need experienced owners who can handle the occasionally tough responsibilities inherit in raising a Pitsky. 

As a mixed breed dog, the Pitsky will inherit traits from both of his parents, so there’s no way to predict how they’ll look once they grow up. Pitskies are unique in appearance, and no two of them look the same. Pitskies can be any color, have short or long hair, stand up or floppy ears, and even carry on the blue eyes common in huskies. One thing is certain, though: you’ll fall in love with these puppies as soon as you lay your eyes on one. Of course, even though they are undeniably cute and have a lovable temperament, the Pitskies are not a good match for every family. Read on to find out if this designer dog breed is the right choice for you! All the info that you’ll need is below. Simply keep your eyes glued to this page and scroll away to discover if you’ll be bringing home a Pitsky anytime soon.

The Pitsky is a handsome, muscular cross between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Siberian or Alaskan Husky.

The origin of the Pitsky is unknown. Husky and pitbull mix dogs have been around for decades, but it’s not until recently that they became a product of intentional breeding. No breeder currently claims that they were the ones to start producing Pitskies first. However, it’s highly likely that the breed came to be during the peak of designer dogs craze. In the last 20 years, crossbreeds have been becoming more popular, so it’s probable that this is the timeframe in which someone decided to cross huskies to pitbulls in an effort to create a new designer dog breed. Unfortunately, there’s not really any other information about the origin of the Pitsky. Like most designer dogs, no one really bothered to document their history. All we can do is feel grateful that they exist. 

Pitskies are unique in appearance, and no two of them look the same.

Pitskies are crosses between pitbulls and huskies, either Siberian or Alaskan. Due to the difference in size, the mother of the litter is the Husky and the stud is the American Pitbull Terrier. As a result, their litters can have 4 to 8 puppies. Across one litter, all puppies can have different looks. That’s due to the unpredictability of first generation hybrid dogs. Much like a box of chocolates, you simply never know what you’re going to get from these puppies. 

Pitsky is a first generation mix, which means that his parents are always two different purebreds. These are mixed breed dogs and they are quite unpredictable- sometimes one parent’s genes will be more influential in the mix, and sometimes the puppies blend the display the traits of both huskies and pitbulls. Multigenerational crossings would lead to a more uniform appearance, but for now, there haven’t been any breeders to try their hand at this. It will take a while for second generation Pitskys to develop a consistent and predictable appearance, but one day it will happen. 

The Pitsky is a large, athletic breed and their diet should accommodate that. These big pups need to eat a lot and eat well. These crossbreeds do best on high-quality dry food for dogs, but it should be chosen to fit their unique needs. This means that the kibble should be formulated for big active dogs, and suitable for your dog’s age group. Puppies, adults, and senior dogs all have different dietary requirements. So, as your dogs age, it’s always wise to choose their kibble accordingly. 

However, even though these dogs will need a lot of food due to their size, it doesn’t mean you should overfeed them. Pitskies can become obese if they are let to free feed, so it’s best to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Usually, for a dog of their size, 2.5 to 3 cups of premium kibble does the trick. Split their daily dose of food into two separate meals to prevent bloating.

If you have any concerns about establishing or altering your dog’s diet, always consult with a veterinarian first. Sure, pet food manufacturers and pet blogs tend to provide useful feeding guides. However these should always be treated as guides and not gospel. All dogs are different after all and only your vet is qualified to determine the specific dietary needs of your personal pooch. So, always defer to the good doctor before changing (or determining) what to put into you dog’s belly.

These dogs make great companions with proper training starting at a young age

These dogs make great companions, provided that proper training starts at a young age. How young? As early as eight weeks. They are intelligent creatures and need a job to stay balanced. Their strong personalities can lead to destructive tendencies when not properly trained. Socialization is also key early on to prevent them from chasing small animals. If you are in the market for a working dog, this could be a strong choice if proper training is provided. Pitskies do well at pulling, agility and other forms of dog work.

The Pitsky is loyal and requires lots of attention, so it is important to teach him to it’s okay to be left alone at a young age. Crate training is important to keep the dog safe. They are not happy when left alone, so having them crate trained as puppies will teach them that they have a safe spot of their own. This will keep them from hurting themselves/chewing up the house when left alone.

As always, it’s important to focus on positive reinforcement and reward-based training with your Pitsky. Anything less is closer to abuse than training. Not only will it harm your pup, but it will never yield the training results that you desire. Treat your pup right during training and you’ll be rewarded with a friendly companion for life. Cross the line and…well…you shouldn’t be a dog owner in the first place.

Pitskies tend to weigh between 35 and 80 pounds.

Pitskies are incredibly loyal, and require a great deal of attention. Both pitbulls and huskies have high energy, and this carries down into the Pitsky. They are not suited for apartment living or low energy families. They need active and attentive owner who can keep up with them and dedicate the appropriate level of time to their dog. With the right owner and training, Pitskies will grow into cheerful and loving companions (which means that they tend to do well with children).

Pitskies are incredibly loyal, and require a great deal of attention. They aren’t for people who work long hours, as they will get frustrated and anxious by being left along for long periods of time. Separation anxiety can be a problem, and they might take it out on the house by destroying things if they aren’t attended to properly. So, if you can’t commit to spending most of your time with your dog, the Pitsky absolutely isn’t for you.

There aren’t many documented health problems specifically for the Pitsky, since it has only recently been considered its own breed and not just a mix. The only one that comes up is hyperthyroidism, so it is important to watch out for wheezing and shortness of breath. Other than that, it is essential to keep a well-fed, and well-exercised Pitsky to prevent anything from coming up. Keep an eye on their joints and their stance, since hip dysplasia is common in both parent breeds. It’s also important to maintain regularly scheduled checkups with a vet so that any potential health issues can be identified and treated as early as possible.

The Pitsky lifespan is an average of 15 years.

Pitskies require a great deal of exercise to remain happy. They love to run, play, hike, pull and play. They also need mental exercise and obedience training to stay happy. The more you exercise them, the better off your dog will be. Backpacks are great for these guys, since both parent breeds have an amazing amount of stamina. Chances are the human will get tired before this dog, so training them to carry items in a backpack will help wear them out quicker. Pitskies will benefit from anything that burns off extra energy.

These dogs do not like to be left alone for long amounts of time, and if they are to be left alone it is wise to crate train them at a young age. This will  help to prevent destructive behavior. Pitskies do benefit from engaging and treat dispensing toys. A Kong will be a helpful lifesaver if you need to get some work done without them underfoot. That toy will keep your Pitsky busy and is one of the few that he won’t easily gnaw through and destroy.

Both pitbulls and huskies have high energy, and this carries down into the Pitsky.

Because this is a designer/hybrid breed, the Pitsky is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Dog Registry of America recognizes the Pitsky.

The coat of the Pitsky puppy varies by dog. Some have long coats like the husky, while others have short, dense fur like the pitbull. The color also varies. They can be be practically any color depending on their parents.

The best part of getting a Pitsky puppy is that you have no idea what they will look like as adults. Long or short hair, floppy or standing ears, there is no way to know when picking out a puppy. They look so different as little pups that it’s impossible to guess what type of Pitsky that they will grow into. That’s part of the fun! However, regardless of their ultimate appearance, these dogs will need early training and socialization to make sure they grow up into well-behaved and friendly dogs.

Photo credit: Anthony Rexach/Flickr; Jonathan Choi/Flickr


Comparable Breeds

Go to American Pitbull Terrier

American Pitbull Terrier

  • Height: 17-19 inches
  • Weight: 30-85 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Group: UKC Terrier
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles, houses with yards
  • Temperament: Friendly, energetic, confident, gentle
  • Comparable Breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier
Go to Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

  • Height: 20-24 inches
  • Weight: 35-60 lb
  • Lifespan: 11-13 years
  • Group: AKC Working
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles, houses with yards
  • Temperament: Adventurous, playful, alert, clever
  • Comparable Breeds: Akita, Alaskan Malamute