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Husky Greyhound Mix

The Husky Greyhound Mix is a combination of the adorable Siberian Husky and the elegant Greyhound.

This unique combination has become more popular in recent years because of the ways it brings out the best of both breeds while it minimizes the worst.

However, it is important to understand whether this breed is right for you to ensure that you get the best experience possible.

This breed has the tendency to possess a high energy level and is one that requires an owner with patience and a lot of love for the breed.

Appearance

Both the Greyhound and Siberian Husky are considered moderately large dogs, meaning that you typically get a mix about 20 to 28 inches tall, though it’s not uncommon for slightly taller or larger dogs within this range.

There are Husky Greyhound mixes that sneak towards 30 inches, but don’t expect that to be very common.

An average would be about 24 or 25 inches or so.

As for their weight, expect about 60 to 80 pounds or so, which is pretty typical for either of these dogs.

If they tend towards the Greyhound size and shape, they’ll probably venture closer to lighter weights.

Some might even be around 55 pounds or so, which while rare, is possible.

You might want to talk to your vet if your Husky Greyhound mix is any lighter than that because they may have developmental problems.

Shape and Style

Looking at a Greyhound and Siberian Husky side by side may make it hard to predict what you’ll get with this breed.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone!

The Husky Greyhound mix can be a rather unpredictable one in this way.

With some dogs, you’ll get a mix that looks mostly like one parent breed or the other.

For instance, you might get a pup that looks just like a Husky but with some Greyhound personality traits.

The opposite situation is also possible, creating some confusing possibilities.

That said, it is also common to see a mix of these traits to get a dog with a rather distinctive and unique look.

For example, you might get that compact Husky build with a well-proportioned head and almond-shaped eyes with mixed colors.

Those mixed eye colors are common in this breed, as is their continually playful look.

The Siberian Husky is not as aloof as other Husky dogs and is often among the most fun and energetic in that lineage.

You may also get their triangular ears and a sickle-shaped tail.

By contrast, the Greyhound is a lanky and trim dog with a unique aerodynamic body and front-facing, prominent eyes.

Bred for pure speed and hunting ability, they are very slick dogs with minimal fat and a lot of energy.

Their thin coat, folded legs, and overall muscular body make them very striking.

They typically have a multitude of different colors and patterns, including black, white, gray, red, and blue.

The same color combinations are also possible with a Siberian Husky.

You can expect many different variations in this look.

For example, your Husky Greyhound mix might have the sharp and playful eyes of the Husky but the short coat of the Greyhound and its sleeker body.

Or you might have the rich coat and bigger Husky head on a Greyhound body.

The possibilities here are unique and make this a fun and unforgettable breed for many.

Temperament

Like with their appearance, your Husky Greyhound temperament could be wildly varying.

There are a few common traits to watch for when buying one of these pups, though.

First, you’re going to get a very smart and independent dog.

Both breeds are bred for intelligence, with the Husky possessing some wolf-like hunting traits and the Greyhound holding both hunting and racing smarts.

While having a smart and independent dog is ultimately a major bonus, as they’re very easy to train, you might end up having some dominance issues with these dogs if you don’t establish alpha status quickly.

Both like taking the lead and may have a stubborn streak.

Some might even seemingly untrain themselves simply to annoy you, such as “going” in the house if you do something that annoys them.

You have to be firm with this breed and never let them get away with this inappropriate behavior.

While you should never be physical with any dog when correcting their behavior, it’s a bad option with these dogs.

Their independent streak and smarts may make them lash out at you if you use any physical force.

We never, ever, suggest physical corrective methods with any dog and strongly encourage alternative options, such as isolation and obedience training.

Once you establish alpha status and get your dog under control, what you’ll find is an amazing combination of friendliness and bravery in a dog that is typically fairly good with kids and often other dogs.

Introduce them to other dogs early and socialize them regularly to help improve their ability to mingle with other pups.

Doing so helps to bring out their best side and makes them a more rewarding pet.

One thing to remember is that both dogs have low-key personalities with potentially high-energy levels.

What we mean is that Huskies are rather friendly and relaxed, while Greyhounds are typically a little aloof and occasionally distant.

They love you but may enjoy spending time alone.

However, both are considered work dogs and have a lot of extra energy to burn.

For example, it’s not uncommon to see a Husky Greyhound mix digging around your fenced yard to escape if they’re bored or simply want to run.

They’re also very prey-driven, particularly a mix with a prominent Greyhound factor.

Keep your dogs on leash at all times when out of your yard and train them to heel very early.

Huskies are a little better on-leash than Greyhounds, but both can be taught to walk without pulling. 

Health Concerns

When you buy a Husky Greyhound mix, it is important to talk with your veterinarian about a proper diet.

While the husky is pretty open to many foods, the Greyhound is often pretty picky.

Not only that, they’re sensitive to food changes and may also develop some allergies.

Neither breed is particularly food-driven, though, so make sure you find a diet that appeals to their needs.

For example, a high-protein diet with beef, lamb, salmon, chicken breast, and fresh vegetables may help your Husky Greyhound mature quite well.

Get your dog tested for chicken allergies, first, as the Greyhound is prone to this potential risk.

A quick allergy test with your vet can help you find a reasonable diet that should work well for just about any Husky Greyhound.

Here’s the thing though: you better be open to a lot of exercises.

While neither of these breeds is prone to obesity (particularly the disinterested Greyhound), they have a lot of energy that needs to be worked out every day.

They are work and hunting animals, remember, and the Husky, in particular, is instinctively driven to need at least two hours of intensive exercise every day to stay healthy.

It doesn’t have to be two straight hours, thankfully.

An hour walk combined with a few half-hour ball-throwing or fetch sessions should do the trick nicely.

Even a little high-energy tug of war is a great option for the Husky.

If your Husky Greyhound has the more laid-back Greyhound personality, two hours of exercise may be a bit too much.

They’re all speed with less stamina than the Husky.

That said, they enjoy walks, fun canine games, and even puzzles that test their mental abilities.

Greyhound-heavy mixes are particularly focused on these kinds of games and will love trying out different types.

Make sure that you also teach this breed multiple tricks.

Both Huskies and Greyhounds enjoy staying mentally active and will avoid destructive behaviors if you keep them engaged.

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Carefully Consider This Pet

The Husky Greyhound mix is a wonderful pet, one with a very laid-back personality and a surprisingly easy-to-maintain lifestyle.

While some might be a little aloof or even prone to chasing other animals, with the proper training and healthcare, they can be a fantastic companion animals.

Just make sure that you’re ready for their high energy level!

Though they’re rarely chaotic or out of control (they’re too calm for that), this breed needs a lot of exercise to avoid agitation or frustration.

Set up a regular walking schedule to keep them happy and healthy.

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