The Shiba Inu Husky mix is a beautiful mixed breed dog that combines the Shiba Inu and the Siberian Husky.
This is a medium-sized mixed breed that looks like a fluffy wolf/fox. This is a designer dog breed that means it was created for an intended purpose, whether for looks or skill.
The Shiba Inu Husky mix is sometimes called other names like Shiba Husky or Husky Inu. Are you still interested, and what to learn more about the Shiba Inu Husky mix? You are in luck; this article will talk about temperament, grooming, exercise requirements, and so much more.
Shiba Inu Husky Mix History
Unfortunately, there is not much information regarding the history of the Shiba Inu Husky Mix. This breed likely started from someone wanting to breed these two purebred breeds together for looks.
They likely realized that there was a big demand for this mix, turning in profits, and alas, this mix was born.
This mixed breed was first developed over twenty years ago, making it a fairly new designer dog breed. Now you can find a few breeders that can get you this mix.
Let’s take a look at the history of the parent breeds to get a better understanding of this mix.
The Shiba Inu dog breed originated in Japan, where the breed is treasured in that country. This dog breed was first seen in history as far back as 300 B.C.
This dog breed was first used to hunt to flush out birds in their hiding places and sometimes hunt wild boar.
It wasn’t until the 1950s that the first Shiba Inu came to America. The Japanese were very protective of the dog breed, and it wasn’t until a military family acquired this breed and brought it back.
The Shiba Inu was an instant hit here in America and is still quite a popular dog breed today. Right now, the breed is getting a lot of press for being the face of dogecoin.
Many people know the wonderful history of the Siberian Husky, but I’ll give you a brief synopsis if you don’t.
The Siberian Husky originates from Siberia, where it lived with the Chukchi people. These natives used the dog breed as sled dogs as well to transport things to and from the village.
Siberian Huskys were perfect for this job because they have great endurance and are able to travel great distances for long periods of time. They may not go as fast but definitely can travel longer.
Eventually, this dog breed was brought over to the state of Alaska, where people used the dogs in their dog sledding racing teams.
You may have heard of the famous Siberian Husky Togo, which was part of Seppala’s dog sledding team. He had the task of traveling several hundred miles to deliver a very important serum to Nome to save lives.
Today many people adore the Siberian Husky dog breed, and it can be found all over the world.
Husky Shiba Inu Mix Appearance
The appearance of this dog breed will make a good mix of both breeds. Honestly, both dog breeds have very similar traits and looks, so you will likely get a wolf. The ears of this dog breed will likely be upright in a triangle shape like the Siberian Husky.
The mix’s muzzle will be long, and the standard looking nose can either be black or brown. This mix’s body can be quite muscular and strong. The tail of this mix will resemble that of the Shiba Inu, be very bushy and fox like.
Shiba Husky Temperament
This is a very intelligent mixed dog breed. Both the parents of this breed exhibit a great amount of intelligence but can also get into trouble if the owner doesn’t train the dog properly.
If you’re a first-time dog owner, then the Shiba Husky might not be the dog breed for you. This mix can also be very stubborn and get into trouble which will require obedience training.
Even though you may have some challenges with developing your role as an alpha, this is still a very loyal and loving champion dog.
This dog breed can be used for work, but it can also just be used as a family companion. Given the background of the parents of this dog breed, you are looking at a very energetic dog.
Make sure you will have the time to adequately take care of a Husky Inu by giving it enough exercise, attention, and playtime.
Husky Inu Coat
Both the Shiba Inu and the Siberian Husky have very thick and fluffy coats. The coat will have two layers that protect the dog in extreme weather and regulate body temperature.
The Husky Inu will have an undercoat with a soft outer coat. Expect your dog to shed quite a lot, so if you have sensitivities to dog hair, this probably isn’t the dog for you.
Your Shiba Inu Husky mix will have a lot more shedding of the coat in the spring and fall seasons. You can expect your dog to come in various colors, which you will see in the next section of this article.
What Colors Do They Come In?
This mix breed can come in a variety of colors such as:
Your Husky Inu will either have a black or brown colored nose. The eyes of this mix have the possibility to come in brown, amber, or blue.
Shiba Inu Husky Mix Size
The Shiba Inu and the Siberian Husky have a lot of similarities, but the size is not one of them.
- Shiba Inus can weigh between 12 to 25 pounds.
- Siberian Husky’s are much larger, weighing between 30 to 60 pounds.
When you breed these two together, you can either get a smaller dog or a medium size dog. It will really all depend on which traits your dog takes from which parent.
Your Shiba Husky can weigh between 15 to sixty pounds and span 13 to 24 inches in height. As you can see, this is a very wide range.
Husky Shiba Inu Mix Health Problems
The Husky Shiba Inu mix actually doesn’t have very many health issues, thankfully. Usually, when you mix two purebreds together, it gets rid of some of the genetic health conditions.
Here are some health conditions that your Husky inu may possibly inherit, but your dog still may not. Just speak with your veterinarian if you are concerned.
Hip Dysplasia – You may have heard of this before because it is very common with a lot of dog breeds. This is where the hip bone did not form correctly, so when the bone slides in and out of place, it will cause a lot of pain.
Glaucoma – This is a more serious condition that both dogs and humans can get. This happens when the eye has a delay or abnormal fluid drainage. Glaucoma will build up on the eye until it causes blindness.
Patellar Luxation – Another condition in which the knee cap may come in and out of place from the thigh bone. This will cause an incredible amount of pain if not treated.
Cataracts – This is a milder condition that is similar to glaucoma. Water on your dog’s eye will build up quite significantly and create extra proteins. Your dog has no way to get the water out of the eyes, so it will then affect your dog’s eyesight.
Life Expectancy of a Husky Inu
You may already know this about mixed breed dogs but pinpointing a life expectancy range is a very hard thing to do.
All dogs live different life spans for different reasons. Genetics has some role to play in this, but it also matters how your dog is cared for.
Thankfully both the Shiba Inu and the Siberian Husky live between 12 to 15 years. So, your Shiba Inu Husky mix will likely live this estimated life span.
Keep in mind high-quality food, and plenty of exercises may not make your dog live long, but it will give your dog a better quality of life.
This is a medium-size dog breed, so it would not be suitable for very small homes such as apartments or condos. It is best if you live in a single-family home with a nice size yard for your Shiba Husky to run around in.
This mix breed needs a lot of exercise, so if you cannot give your dog at least an hour of your time each day for exercise, this will not be the dog breed for you.
An experienced dog owner would be perfect for this mix because it can be challenging to train. I do have an entire section about training in this article that you can read. Just be prepared for a stubborn dog that may be hard to train, so you will need to be consistent and the alpha.
Shiba Husky Exercise
The Shiba Husky is a very highly active and energetic dog breed that will need at least one hour of exercise per day. If you can give your dog an hour and thirty minutes of exercise, that would be even better.
You don’t have to fill this exercise requirement all at once; you can have multiple exercise sessions throughout the day equaling about an hour.
This mixed breed needs to be constantly mentally stimulated, meaning your dog needs to exercise its brain. This can be done by simple exercise outside, playing with toys with the owner, and through training.
If your dog does not get this stimulation, it can cause your dog to develop bad behavior. So, if you are a naturally inactive person, then this wouldn’t be the dog breed for you.
Shiba Inu Husky Mix Feeding
Feeding requirements for any dog are based on your dog’s weight. If you remember from our size category, the Shiba Inu Husky mix has a wide weight range. For this reason, I cannot specifically tell you how much to feed your dog, but I can give you a range.
A highly active dog like the Husky Inu is going to need more food to replenish the metabolism and burned up calories from exercise.
You will need to feed your Shiba Inu Husky mix between one to two cups of high-quality protein-packed food. To know exactly how much food your dog needs, you will need to know its weight. A veterinarian can also help you with this.
Husky Shiba Inu Mix Grooming
The Husky Shiba Inu mix sheds a lot of hair. You are going to feel like your dog is constantly shedding. To help get some of those loose hairs out of your dog’s coat, I recommend getting a de-shedding brush.
You will have to groom your Husky Inu every other day to your dog’s coat groomed to perfection. During your dog’s shedding season, which happens in the spring a fall, your dog will shed far more than normal. This is when you will want to switch from every other day brushing to once a day.
The Shiba Husky keeps its own coat clean by licking the coat. You likely won’t have to bathe your dog that often, only when your dog is really filthy. Your dog might file down its nails naturally, but if it doesn’t, you can clip them for your dog or take your dog to a groomer.
Husky Inu Training
Training will be very difficult with the Husky Inu because this mix takes on a stubborn trait from the Shiba Inu parent. The Husky dog breed also needs a firm, strong trainer; otherwise, you won’t get very far with training.
I would not recommend this mix for first-time dog owners because of the difficult training level. The best way to get training accomplished with the Shiba Inu Husky mix is by starting when your dog is a puppy.
As your dog gets older, it may start to develop the stubborn tendencies, so it is very important that you stay consistent and keep going with training. Reward your dog with praise and treats to show your dog that it is doing something correctly.
Since this mix is very intelligent, it will not take long for your dog to learn these commands. You just need to get through the stubbornness, and then it will be a breeze.
Shiba Inu Husky Mix Puppies
The most important thing to do when looking for a Shiba Inu Husky mix is to shop from a reputable breeder, not a puppy mill or backyard breeder. Find someone that can provide you with health records and information on the parents of the puppies.
When you pick a breeder, you want to feel comfortable and more than satisfied with the care your puppy will receive before coming home with you.
If you want to go the rescue or adoption route, it will be very challenging for you to find a Shiba Inu Husky mix. You will want to get on a waiting list for a breeder; that way, you can get your dream dog.
How Much Is a Husky Inu?
The Husky Inu will cost between $850 to $2,000 for a puppy. Remember this is a designer dog breed meaning it will cost slightly more than a normal mixed breed. The price is dependent on the breeder and their reputation, location, and overall experience breeding.
If you do happen to find a Husky Inu rescue, you will pay a lot less, ranging from $200 to $500. Again, this is all dependent on where the rescue is and how old the dog is that they are trying to rehome. Puppies cost more and go down in price the older the dog gets.
Shiba Inu Husky Mix Litter Size
When we determine litter size, we look at information about the litter sizes of the parent breeds.
- Shiba Inus can have between three to five puppies in a litter.
- Siberian Huskys can have between four to six puppies in a litter.
Based on this information, you can expect to get between three to six puppies in a single litter. Some dogs may even have more; it all depends and really is up to chance.
- Very energetic mixed breed.
- Sheds a lot of hair, so not good for people with allergies.
- Can be difficult to start training.
- Very loyal and lovable dog breed.
- Can get bored easily, so it will need to be mentally stimulated.
Close relatives of the Husky Inu
Here you will find some dog breeds that act very similar to the Husky Inu: