Since crossbreeding first become popular back in the 1980s, breeders have been crossing more unusual breeds together. For this Husky Wiener Dog Mix breed profile, we will look at the unlikely combination of the Siberian Husky and the Dachshund. These two breeds could not appear more different, however, they share more personality traits than is expected.
This Husky Dachshund Mix breed profile will also cover temperament, exercise needs, diet and potential health problems from mixing these two breeds.
The Siberian Husky is one of the oldest breeds in the world. They were first bred by the nomadic Chukchi tribes of north-eastern Siberia, a region of Russia that experiences long winters and heavy snow. The tribes used huskies to pull their sleds, transporting goods between local villages and joining chukchi hunters to follow scent trails. Huskies were favored as sled dogs due to their strength and high energy. Huskies are naturally able to deal with frigid temperatures thanks to their thick double coat and bushy tails.
The tribes only bred those huskies with the best endurance, thickest coat and most obedient to ensure future litters would maintain their sledding and hunting ability. Any dogs not used for breeding were neutered to prevent unwanted litters.
The first Siberian huskies arrived in Alaska in 1908 with a Russian fur trader. There was not much fuss made of this, however, people were skeptical of the huskies sledding prowess, as Alaskans used malamutes to pull their sleds. Malamutes are larger, stockier dogs and so believed to be better at sledding.
Have you heard of the Great Race of Mercy? In 1925 there was an outbreak of diphtheria in Nome, Alaska. The medicine needed to treat the townsfolk could not be transported the full distance by rail due to the heavy snowfall. Instead, the serum was delivered by rail to Nenana, the closest town by rail that was still functioning with the severe weather. To get the medication from Nenana to Nome, 20 mushers (sled drivers) and 150 dogs covered the 650-mile return journey in just under 6 days.
When considering temperament, Siberian huskies have a full and interesting personality. They are very loyal dogs and love to play with children. They are alert to their surroundings but are not guard dogs by nature. Instead of barking, huskies tend to make a “woo” sound when they communicate with their humans. They are highly intelligent and obedient dogs if given proper training.
These dogs are not made for small homes or light walks. Huskies have a very high exercise requirement, needing 2 hours of off-lead exercise daily. Without this, they will quickly become destructive and anxious.
Dachshund (Wiener Dog)
This lively, tiny dog originated in Germany in the 15th century. Two distinct sizes were bred; the standard dachshund was used to hunt and flush out badgers, whereas the miniature dachshund was favored for hunting rabbits. The name literally translates to ‘badger dog’. In English-speaking countries they are commonly referred to as ‘weiner dogs’ or ‘sausage dogs’ owing to their hot-dog-like body and short legs.
Many German farmers still use dachshunds today to keep rabbits and badgers off their cropland. In other countries, the dachshund has become a beloved companion, thanks to their cuddly nature and love of children.
Dachshunds are lively and energetic dogs, much like the husky. They also share the husky’s love of adventure and enjoy long walks where they can investigate their surroundings. The dachshund has a high prey drive, so owners must be mindful of this when training recall.
There are 3 distinct coat types; wire-haired, long-haired and smooth. There are subtle personality differences between the three types. Wirehaired dachshunds tend to be the most stubborn and mischievous. Long-haired dachshunds have a more elegant reputation and smooth-coated dachshunds are seen as the friendliest.
The Dusky: Dachshund Husky Mix
The mixing of these two breeds is relatively new and comes with its fair share of negative press. Given the large size difference between the two, many people believe it is unethical to produce litters, as the puppies will have unusual body shapes and could suffer from deformities and joint problems.
Since there is not enough evidence yet to support such claims, Dusky breeders are mindful to inform potential owners that there may be unknown health concerns as the dog ages. Conditions that may be expected are hip and knee dysplasia, spinal problems and limb deformities. This is due to the fact that one parent dog is large-bodied with long legs and the other is a much smaller dog with very short legs and a deep chest.
As far as temperament goes, the Husky Dachshund Mix is fairly predictable. They are very friendly and loyal dogs, enjoying cuddles with their owner and not at all anxious of strangers. They are lively dogs and need at least an hour of exercise per day to keep up with their energy levels. As an intelligent but independent dog, Duskies must receive consistent training from an early age to ensure they have good recall and are well socialized.
Due to their small size, diet is very important. Smaller breeds are more likely to experience weight gain and it is fairly common for veterinarians to diagnose obesity in small dogs. A diet low in fats but high in protein will maintain a Dusky with a healthy weight.
They may be prone to digestive ailments, so keeping to a diet that is free of grain will be best. There are many dog food companies now using grain-free recipes with locally sourced, natural ingredients.
You can expect your Dusky to be a small dog. Depending on whether the dachshund parent was a standard or miniature, a dusky can be as small as 9 inches or as tall as 20 inches. They should weigh no more than 50 pounds, but this is for the larger duskies. Most will be of average size and will be expected to weigh 30-40 pounds. Adult weight is all based on the size of the dog, so a veterinarian will be able to confirm a healthy weight.
Not only do duskies have a varied height and weight expectations, but they also have a lot of different coat types and colors. they will most commonly show the thicker coat of the husky and more of the husky markings, however, there are other possibilities depending on the coat of the parents.
- Smooth coat and dachshund markings
- Smooth coat and husky markings
- Wirey coat and dachshund markings
- Wirey coat and husky markings
- Long, smooth coat and dachshund markings
- Long, smooth coat and husky markings
For husky type markings, the dusky crossbreed will have areas of white on their face, chest, belly and legs. The rest of their body will be grey, but this can range from pale grey to dark slate grey.
Dachshunds have more varied coat colors and patterns. Hold on to your hats because this is a long list!
- Solid black with no tan markings
- Solid red – light liver color to a deep mahogany shade
- Black and tan – most common – mostly black body with tan markings on eyebrows, muzzle, chest and feet.
- Black and cream – mostly black, with cream markings same as the black and tan coat.
- Blue – very rare – coat will appear grey, either a pale grey or a dark gunmetal grey.
- Blue and tan – also rare – mostly grey body with tan markings same as black and tan coat.
- Chocolate with no other markings
- Chocolate and tan – mostly brown body with tan markings. It can be difficult to spot the color difference with this coat.
- Chocolate and cream – mostly brown body with cream markings. The pale markings are easier to see on this coat.
- Cream – fairly common – solid light golden coat. No other markings.
- Fawn – also fairly common – looks like a paler version of the chocolate coat.
- Fawn and cream – fawn body with cream markings on face, chest and feet.
Wirehaired Dachshunds have two coats that are almost exclusive to their coat type. A Wheaton coat has white and golden brown hairs, appearing similar to a cream coat. They may show grey hairs around their muzzle. The Wild Boar coat has banded hairs with three colors. the darker color tends to be at the ends of the hairs, so the coat appears darker. The colors possible to show on the hairs are black, grey, red and cream.
As well as different coat colors, dachshunds display a variety of patterns as well.
- Dapple – a solid coat with a different color of speckling or small patches. This coat may result in a dog with heterochromia (one blue eye).
- Double dapple – a dapple coat but also showing patches of white.
- Brindle – this coat shows stripes of color. Depending on the body color, the stripes may only show on dogs with a darker coat.
- Piebald – large areas of white, with color patches. May also show speckling.
- Sable – rare and mostly shown on dogs with a red coat. Hairs are banded with two colors, with the red hair almost always at the base and a darker color towards the tip.
There is no confirmed life expectancy for a Husky Dachshund Mix, however, many experts have estimated 12-16 years as a good guide. This of course depends on the overall health of the dog and whether they have experienced any deformities or other health conditions due to the unusual breed mixing.
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