Siberian Huskies are usually known as large dogs, but have you ever seen a miniature one?
The Miniature Husky is just like the Siberian Husky except smaller.
This little sled dog may be small but it has all of the Husky’s big personality. Huskies are very loyal, funny, and family oriented – the Miniature Husky is no different.
If you want all of the fun of a full sized Husky but cannot commit to a large dog then the Mini Husky may be the perfect dog for you.
Are you ready to welcome this new friend from the north into your home?
Read on to learn everything you need to know about this little dog…
Contents and Quick Navigation
- Miniature Husky At A Glance
- Miniature Husky Overview
- A Day In The Life Of This Breed
- History And Origin
- Temperament And Behavior
- How Much Does A Miniature Siberian Husky Cost?
- Miniature Husky Appearance
- Miniature Husky Care Guide
- How To Train A Mini Husky
Miniature Husky At A Glance
The Miniature Husky has all the fun of a Siberian Husky in a small and convenient size.
This is a very active dog with an undying sense of loyalty to its family. Their size is the only thing that makes them any different from a standard Siberian Husky. You can expect a strong willed and energetic pooch that loves the great outdoors and spends most of their time being active.
- Popularity: #14.
- Speciality: Companion.
- Weight: 20-35 pounds.
- Price: $1500-$2500.
- Personality: Social, loyal and active.
|Alaskan Klee Kai|
|Lifespan: 12-16 years|
|Family Friendly: No|
|Size: 8-23 pounds|
|Lifespan: 13-15 years|
|Family Friendly: Yes|
|Size: 10-35 pounds|
|Lifespan: 12-14 years|
|Family Friendly: Yes|
|Size: 20-35 pounds|
Miniature Husky Overview
A Miniature Husky is simply a small Siberian Husky.
They are bred by selecting and pairing off the runts of the litter.
Just like their larger counterparts they are classified as a working dog. This means they are able to carry smaller and lighter loads while remaining quick on their feet.
When you look at this dog it is like somebody put a Siberian Husky through a shrink ray. They have the same fluffy salt and pepper fur, adorable curly tail and icy blue eyes.
Most people looking to adopt a Miniature Husky do so because they are not quite able to manage a full sized one (they might have a smaller living space or young children at home).
Because they are very social they make a great choice for families
Finally just remember they are lower maintenance than a full sized Husky they can still be quite a handful at times.
As a working dog they want to be put to work for most of their waking hours.
- Can fit into apartments.
- More adaptable than a standard Husky.
- Very agile and light on their feet.
- Can help carry small bundles and light loads.
- Can be very stubborn at times.
- Needs to be kept active for most of the day.
- Known for escaping and running away.
- Will be destructive when under stimulated.
A Day In The Life Of This Breed
In the morning you will wake up with your Mini Husky curled up at the foot of your bed. Once you are awake it will take some time before your furry friend decides to wake up with you.
After a bit of prompting your pooch will be ready to start the day with you. After breakfast they will be eager for a walk or run around the neighborhood.
When it is time for you to head to work they will rest up in their crate and await your return – you will need to make sure they have plenty of toys to stay stimulated inside the crate.
The sound of your car pulling into the driveway will send them running for the door!
Expect a shower of puppy kisses as you arrive home.
After dinner a trip to the park to play with some friends will get rid of all their energy. You can also play a game of catch and watch them rush off to chase a ball.
When it is time to come home both you and your pooch will be all tired out. You can both settle down for a long cuddle session. Now it is time for bed your Miniature Husky will seek out its favorite place to relax – the foot of your bed!
Give them a kiss goodnight and get ready for another day of fun tomorrow.
History And Origin
As their name suggests the Siberian Husky comes from Siberia.
They were originally bred by the nomadic Chukchi tribe thousands of years ago.
Sleds were the Chukchi’s primary form of transportation across the snowy terrain. So Huskies were bred to carry these sleds over the frozen wilderness.
This sweet and friendly dog also served as a companion during the long and hard days in the cold. They would snuggle up to their owners for warmth and provide comfort to the Chukchi children.
In 1908 the breed was introduced to Alaska and used to help out during the Gold Rush. It gained American Kennel Club recognition in 1930 and their breed club was established in 1938.
The miniature variety is still very new.
They only emerged in the early 1990s and were first bred by Bree Normandin.
Copycat breeders began to emerge through the 2000s.
Now there are many places to get a Mini Husky of your own.
The breed remains a wonderful alternative for those who do not have enough space for a full sized Siberian.
6 Fun Facts
- The Miniature Husky was first bred in the early 1990s and even today there are only a handful of breeders in the US.
- These dogs look like small wolves but they are no more related to wolves than any other dog breed.
- In addition to the mini Husky you can also find the Alaskan Klee Kai and the Pomsky (both marketed as miniature Huskies but they are different breeds).
- Mini Huskies are lighter and more agile than their full sized counterparts. They are very agile and are true superstars on the obstacle course.
- The first Siberian Huskies were bred by the nomadic Chukchi tribe and were used to pull sleds across the Siberian tundra.
- This breed is one of the world’s best escape artists. A Husky of any size needs a tall and sturdy fence that it cannot jump over or dig under.
Temperament And Behavior
The Miniature Husky packs all of the breed’s loyalty and loving personality into a small package.
As soon as they enter your home they will assert themselves as a member of your family!
This breed makes as good of a family dog as its standard sized counterpart. Young children will love a playful puppy that never truly grows up and the pooch will quickly learn to accept everybody as part of its pack.
Whilst most small dogs have adapted to an indoor lifestyle this breed is very much an outdoor dog.
It has plenty of energy that it needs a safe environment to let out.
This is not the right breed for couch potatoes as they must be on their feet for most of their waking hours. And if they are neglected they quickly turn destructive.
They are not a lap dog but they are generally much more loving than other working dogs.
Expect plenty of slobbery dog kisses from this lovable little pooch.
Do not let their size fool you.
These little workaholics are perfectly capable of helping out around the house. You can even train them to pull a small cart or haul a light bundle of sticks.
Regardless of their size all Huskies are known for their howling.
You are more likely to hear the howl when they are bored or feeling stubborn. Expect a few complaints here and there when your dog is in a mood. Just remember not to validate a noisy dog when it is barking just to get your attention.
Most of the time however your pooch will be very quiet and well behaved.
This is an extremely social and family oriented dog with a natural affinity for people. Children of all ages will love this pup and the pup will love them right back.
They will lovingly accept any new pack member on either two or four legs!
Having this dog around is not always easy.
They can be very testy at times and they may try to assert themselves as the leader of the pack.
You might get into a few arguments with your furry friend from time to time but they will always come around.
How Much Does A Miniature Siberian Husky Cost?
Unfortunately these little pups do not come cheap.
To produce a small Husky is difficult and this will be reflected in the puppy’s price. Plus these puppies are in very high demand!
A puppy will usually cost you anywhere from $1500-$2000.
However certain puppies from show lines may cost up to $2500.
If you do not have this sort of budget you could consider adopting from a shelter – however this is not a common shelter breed. If you are able to find one at a shelter then you will pay around $350 in adoption fees.
- A Miniature Husky is a luxury breed so they will be more expensive than other dog breeds out there. You should put aside a budget of at least $1500 for this puppy.
- Alaskan Klee Kais are often sold as Miniature Huskies. However this is a very different dog with a different personality and care requirements.
- You will need plenty of indoor and outdoor toys to keep this energetic dog happy.
- This breed needs a lot of socialization and this includes time at puppy kindergarten and doggie daycare. These services usually charge by the hour and may run at least $25-$40 a day.
- If you are not purchasing your pup from an official Mini Husky breeder then it is worth checking into your dog’s pedigree to make sure that you get what you are paying for.
- Unfortunately as this breed is very popular there are lots of scams out there. Some breeders will try to sell Pomskies or other hybrids as Miniature Huskies. However these hybrids will have very different temperaments than purebred Huskies.
Miniature Husky Appearance
You can expect this breed to look exactly like the Siberian Husky – just smaller.
They should not grow over 17 inches tall.
Their defining feature is their beautiful blue eyes. However sometimes their eyes can be amber or hazel brown – heterochromia is also surprisingly common in this breed.
Mini Huskies have a broad muzzle with a black or brown nose and fully erect ears.
Young puppies may have rounded ears that point upwards as they grow.
Your little pup will also have the iconic fluffy sickle tail.
This dog is small enough to be a lap dog but still large enough to do the work that is was breed for.
- Males will stand between 14-17 inches and weigh 25-35 pounds.
- Females will stand between 13-16 inches and weigh 20-30 pounds.
This breed have a fluffy medium length double coat that protects it from cold weather.
Black and white, or salt and pepper are the most popular fur colors.
You can also find Miniature Huskies in silver or sable colors.
A dark colored mask against a white muzzle is a very common look for this beautiful pooch.
Just like their larger counterpart this little dog is a very heavy shedder – you will need to brush them at least twice a week.
Miniature Husky Care Guide
A Miniature Husky is a fun little friend to have around but they can be quite a handful to keep happy.
Whilst they are much more beginner friendly than a standard sized variety they still need lots of care. This pooch needs plenty of exercise and their owner must be willing to get off the couch and play.
It is not the kind of dog that can be expected to amuse itself on its own.
Their fluffy coat will also need regular grooming.
This little dog will need at least 90 minutes of exercise every day.
You can either do this all at once or break it up throughout the day. You can take your pup running or jogging with you or even tie its leash to your bicycle as you ride.
Just remember that this dog is such a good escape artist that they should stay on a leash even when playing in the backyard.
After their walk you should give them regular play time too.
This includes running and jumping, games of catch, brainteasers and obstacle courses. Mechanical moving toys can provide hours of fun too.
Of course in the wintertime your dog will love to play in the snow. You might even be able to get them to pull your sled (just like their ancestors would do).
- Total Daily Activity: 90+ minutes.
- Activity Level: 5/5.
- Favorite Activity: Playing in the snow.
The Miniature Husky is a very big shedder.
These dogs shed very often in order to maintain their seasonal coat.
Brush your pooch twice a week with brushes and combs designed to reach both layers of the coat.
When your dog blows its coat in the spring and fall you will have to brush them every day.
Check your dog’s nails every 2 weeks. It is likely that they will wear them down as they run and play but their nails must be trimmed if they are starting to curl over.
Finally make sure to keep their ears clean and dry to prevent infections.
This dog should not be fed a typical small breed diet.
Their high activity level means they should eat only a little less than a full sized dog.
Feed them 2 cups of high quality kibble made for active dogs. Give them one cup in the morning for breakfast and one cup in the evening at dinnertime.
High energy dogs can have more carbohydrates than most other breeds. Just make sure these carbs come from healthy natural sources such as oats and vegetables. Protein is the second ingredient in this dog’s nutritious diet. It should come from real meat sources and never byproducts or fillers.
Aim for between 800 and 1000 calories a day.
- Between 8 and 12 weeks of age your Miniature Husky will weigh between 5-10 pounds. Females will be at the lower end of this weight range.
- At the end of 6 months females will be between 13-15 pounds with males weighing 16-18 pounds.
- By their first birthday your dog should weigh between 18-25 pounds. They will reach their full weight of 20-35 pounds by the time they are 16 months old.
Overall this is a very healthy breed however their beautiful blue eyes are known for running into problems.
Cataracts are the most common health concern with this breed. It can lead to blindness if they are not treated and usually only occurs before the dog is 5 years old – so make sure you are dilligent checking their eyes.
Any cloudiness in your dog’s eye is cause for a vet visit.
Progressive retinal atrophy is a more severe disorder. It is a degeneration of the retina that eventually leads to total blindness.
Sometimes a milky haze in your dog’s eye will let you know that something is wrong. But more often than not the condition has no symptoms at all until the vision impairment starts to set in.
Unfortunately there is no treatment or cure for the condition and dogs will have to adapt to life without their sight.
How Long Does A Miniature Husky Live?
You can expect them to have the same lifespan as its full sized counterpart.
A Miniature Husky will live until they are 12-14 years old.
How To Train A Mini Husky
Training this dog can be quite a challenge.
They do not always want to be trained and they will become very vocal when they are not in the mood.
You should try to make training fun with all sorts of backyard games and courses. Take advantage of your dog’s natural agility skills and set up your own dog show in the yard.
Help your puppy navigate the course and hide their favorite treats and toys to give them an incentive. Set up a new course each time so that your dog never knows what to expect.
While you are training you should be firm but never stern.
Your dog needs to learn to respect you and will only do so if you also show that you respect them.
Show your dog some respect by praising them for their good behavior and do not give in when they are misbehaving. They will learn what they can and cannot get away with soon enough.
Just remember this is a very social dog.
Poor socialization is one of the most common causes of bad behavior.
Puppy kindergartens and doggie daycares are very good for this breed. There they will be able to make new friends while practicing their best manners.
Miniature Huskies must have their mind and body put to work at all times.
You can turn training into work and give them light work to do around the house.
The Miniature Husky is a purebred Siberian Husky that is smaller in size.
Since they are so small they are slightly lower maintenance and can fit into apartments and smaller homes.
This pooch is suitable for anybody who wants a Husky but cannot keep a full sized one.
They still have the same social nature, playfulness and loyalty of their full sized ancestors.
These dogs just love to work and play – they will love to help out around the house. Their dedication to their families is just one of the many things that make them special.
Just remember that this dog is not a toy lap top.
They have lots of energy and will want to be on their feet as much as possible.
Anyone who is looking to take in a Miniature Husky must be fully prepared for a Siberian Husky in a small package.
If you take the time to perfectly understand what this little dog needs you will find yourself with one of the best friends in the whole world.
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