The Huskydoodle is a mixed breed. Based on its name, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Siberian Husky makes up one side of its heritage while the Poodle makes up the other. Like a lot of other mixed breeds, Huskydoodles started being bred in earnest in the 1990s, though it is very much possible that individual examples existed before that point in time. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Huskydoodles.
1. Has Numerous Names
The Huskydoodle isn’t as well-recognized as its parent breeds. As a result, it hasn’t been standardized to the same extent. This can be seen in how the mixed breed possesses a number of other names that see use as well. One example would be Siberpoo, while another example would be Siberian Poodle. Fortunately, the way that people name these mixed breeds makes it very easy for interested individuals to figure out how they came into existence.
2. Descended from the Siberian Husky
Husky is a term that encompasses a number of breeds, which makes sense because it means a sled dog that sees use in the polar regions of the world. The Huskydoodle was very specifically bred from the Siberian Husky that came into existence in Northeast Asia before being introduced to Alaska by a Russian fur trader during one of the Alaskan Gold Rushes. They have become very popular outside of the polar regions, not least because of their presence in pop culture.
3. Descended from the Poodle
Meanwhile, the Poodle makes up the other half of the Huskydoodle’s heritage. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they are another popular breed that show up a lot in pop culture. In fact, Poodles are so popular that they have been developed into not one, not two, but three separate breeds based on size. Standard Poodles are, well, standard-sized. In contrast, Miniature Poodles are small, while Toy Poodles are even smaller.
4. Can Be a Bit Unpredictable
One of the issues with the Huskydoodle being a mixed breed is that they can be a bit unpredictable. Generally speaking, they resemble a mix of the two sides of their heritage. However, it is very much possible for individuals to possess unexpected combinations of characteristics for the simple reason that the breeders haven’t managed to get everything fixed in stone so to speak. Presumably, this is something that will be resolved with further effort. However, that takes time.
5. Three Colors Are Most Common
Color-wise, Huskydoodles tend towards the Siberian Husky side of their heritage. Thanks to this, the most common colors that show up on these dogs are black, gray, and white by a considerable margin. Having said that, while it is rarer, it is possible for Huskydoodles to inherit colors from the other side of their heritage as well. Something that can make for shades of red, brown, and apricot. Some Huskydoodles come with solid-color coats. In contrast, others feature a mix of colors.
6. Their Coats Can Be Inconvenient
Speaking of which, one of the reasons that people breed Huskydoodles is to introduce the Poodle’s low-shedding coat to the Siberian Husky. Unfortunately, the mixed breed can be a bit unpredictable as mentioned earlier, meaning that this is by no means guaranteed to be successful. After all, there are plenty of Huskydoodles with coats that bear more of a resemblance to those of their Siberian Husky ancestors, which can be an issue for a couple of reasons. One, Siberian Huskies undergo seasonal shedding, thus creating the need for seasonal clean-ups. Two, that much hair can trigger people’s allergies, meaning that Huskydoodles might not be as hypoallergenic as their Poodle ancestors.
7. Physically Demanding
Both Siberian Huskies and Poodles are very active dogs, so it makes sense that Huskydoodles are very active dogs as well. As such, interested individuals shouldn’t get a Huskydoodle unless they are prepared to spend a lot of time with them on a regular basis to make sure that their canine companion gets all of the stimulation that they need. Otherwise, interested individuals can wind up with a bored Huskydoodle, which can be a destructive Huskydoodle as well. Considering the mixed breed’s impressive physical capabilities, this is something to be avoided to say the least.
8. Emotionally Demanding
On a related note, some Huskydoodles have been described as very emotionally demanding dogs as well. Essentially, this is because they are clingy, meaning that they will use up a lot of their owner’s time and energy. Certainly, interested individuals can brush aside their Huskydoodle’s demands for attention. However, that is a bad idea. Some Huskydoodles have been known to respond with aggression and frustration. On top of that, the mixed breed can be very loud, particularly if they have managed to inherit the Siberian Husky’s distinctive howl.
9. Socialization Is Extra-Important
Socialization is always important for dogs. However, one can make the argument that it is extra-important for certain breeds because of one reason or another. In the Huskydoodle’s case, they can get very attached to their family members, which is great except it is also combined with a distrust of other people. Besides that, Huskydoodles don’t do well with other animals, not least because they have a predatorial instinct that can kick in without proper socialization. However, there are also individuals that have a very strong preference for a pack, which can be good for multi-dog families.
10. Can Suffer from Health Issues from Both Sides of Their Heritage
Mixed breeds tend to be healthier than their purebred counterparts. However, this is very much a matter of averages, meaning that what is true for entire breeds is by no means guaranteed to be true for individuals of those breeds. As such, Huskydoodles have been known to suffer from various health issues, particularly those that are common in either side of their heritage. Some examples include bloat, elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. In any case, interested individuals can handle this problem in the same way that they would handle it for any other dog of any other breed, which is to say, regular visits to the veterinarian to make sure that they catch any health problems as early as possible. Something that can have a huge effect on the final health outcome.