Similar in temperament and appearance, the Miniature Husky is a smaller, pocket-sized Siberian Husky.
A beautiful white double coat, wolf-like features and a strong and powerful build standing at between 14-17 inches.
The Mini Husky is bred for Husky lovers who quite can’t yet handle the full-sized breed because of space or exercise requirements.
These adorable and cute snow dogs have the personality of their Siberian parent whilst being pocket-sized to live in smaller homes and apartments.
Read on so you can get to known this miniature breed a little more.
|Miniature Husky Facts Table|
|Size||14 to 17″ in height|
|Weight||25 to 35lb|
|Lifespan||12 – 14 years|
|Purpose||A smaller and easier-to-maintain Husky|
|Suitable For||Active individuals or families with children|
|Color Variations||Black and white, gray and white, copper and white and full white|
|Temperament||Energetic, playful, intelligent, loving, dominant and loyal|
|Other Names||Mini Husky, Pocket-sized Wolf|
Miniature Husky Breed Guide
The Miniature Husky was bred and designed to accommodate those who cannot handle the energy and effort it takes to raise a full grown Siberian Husky and they do not disappoint.
This dog is not distinctively recognized by the American Kennel Club. Why? Because this breed is in fact genetically no different to its standard sized cousin.
Unlike the Miniature German Shepherd whom is a designer dog breed, the miniature Siberian Husky is a pedigree and contains the same genetics as a regular sized Husky.
The Mini Husky was selectively bred to be small, by mating the smallest pups of the litter, and subsequently is around 42% smaller than a standard Husky.
Origins of the Miniature Siberian Husky
First bred in the 1900s, in the United States, the goal was to breed a miniature version of the wolf-like breed.
A smaller dog which would be much easier to handle for owners but still provide them with the temperament and energy of their parents.
Today this dog is becoming increasingly popular.
For further history on this breed, it is relevant to look closely look at the origin of the Siberian Husky.
Siberian Husky History
The Siberian Husky first appeared in the United States 12,000 years ago.
However, it wasn’t until 1930 that the Siberian Husky was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Today, this breed is renowned for its naughty yet nice attitude and energetic yet sweet temperament.
Unfortunately, their popularity sometimes has a negative effect as increasing demand has resulted in more backyard breeders selling puppies with unnecessary health problems.
This also means incidences of abandoned Huskies are more prevalent with inexperienced owners getting a little more than they had bargained for.
Big or small Huskies, it is important to do your research, as with any breed to ensure this breed is suited for your life style.
Miniature Husky Puppy
Bundles of fluff compacted with so much energy and love the Miniature Husky puppy is sure to steal your heart.
This litter does not differ greatly from their Siberian Husky cousins, due to them coming from the same pedigree.
However, due to them being bred specifically for their small stature, you can guarantee that these puppies will be smaller than the regular Husky puppies too.
How Much Do Miniature Husky Puppies Cost?
Each puppy can cost anywhere between 600 to 3000 USD.
Yes, that is a large difference. It is important to know your breeder to ensure you are in fact getting a well-bred and healthy pup.
There is nothing more unfair than unnecessary veterinary bills and health problems for your small and sweet wolf because you purchased them from a puppy mill.
Miniature Husky Temperament
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You can expect the miniature Siberian Husky’s personality and temperament to resemble the normal sized pedigree. Remember, these dogs share the same genetics.
The most distinct features of the Husky breed are definitely their naughty and sassy personalities.
Dominant, loving, loyal and extremely playful – these are the perfect words to describe any Husky type breed.
This breed has a protective nature over their loved ones.
They adore your attention and cuddles, making them the perfect companion dog. Even more so, due to their compact and “travel friendly” size.
Perfect with not only their masters, but also with children and other pets.
As with any dog, early puppy socialization with a variety of individuals, animals and even other fellow canines will ensure that the Miniature Husky associates well with a range of people.
Do They Make Good Family Pets?
This Mini breed is an extraordinary family dog.
With all of their energy, maybe you won’t have to be the one running around with the children all the time, just leave this up to your friendly little Husky.
Full of energy to burn off, these little fellows sure love playtime. Just when you think they are about to tire out, they sprout back up with loads more energy.
They require a large yard to run around in or at least regular exercise. Otherwise destructive behaviors may develop.
As for other behavioral issues, with early training and desensitization, these dogs should not exhibit any pronounced problems such as barking, howling or separation anxiety.
Huskies are known to be a little troublesome, which is sort of why we love them?
Remember that this breed can occasionally be a little naughty. When you are not home, be sure to keep them in an enclosed area so they don’t try to escape through your fence to give you neighbors’ a little visit. Their smaller size means that they can be quite the little escape artists.
Owning a Mini Husky (Care Guide)
Caring for your Miniature Husky isn’t as difficult, nor, as easy as you may think. Confusing?!
Sure, they have the blood of the mighty bold wolf-like Husky pulsing through their veins. But, they are still smaller.
This dog is suited to owners with experience of large and active breeds requiring attentive owners with time for training, grooming and regular exercise.
But don’t worry, this can be fun!
Food and Diet Requirements
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The Miniature Husky is a smaller breed, however, contrary to what you may believe, this dog will not thrive on diets specially formulated for the small canine.
Yes, they may be small, however, this species does not differ genetically to the full-size Siberian Husky. Therefore it is still considered an active breed.
It is recommended to feed a high-quality kibble specifically formulated for the energetic, active canine friend.
This will provide your dog with all the essential proteins, fats and carbohydrates it will need to reach its daily nutritional requirements.
The Miniature Husky should receive approximately two cups of high quality kibble per day. The amount of food puppies need may vary due to their growth needs.
This doesn’t include treats of course, so try not to go overboard – especially during training. Be careful they don’t sneak their way into your pantry. Perhaps you could try dental treats? These provide your dog with a little extra dental care as well as being absolutely drool-a-licious!
Exercising a Miniature Husky
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The Miniature Husky has high energy levels for a dog of its size. Combine this with this dog’s high intelligence and it requires both physical and mental stimulation through both play and exercise.
Do not be fooled by this breeds small frame, they are definitely packed with energy like a regular Husky.
As this breed is a little smaller than the traditional sized Husky, they do not necessarily require a house with the biggest yard possible. In fact, they do fine without one. However, they do require plenty of exercise.
The Miniature Husky requires approximately 120 minutes of exercise a day.
Try develop a routine where you can run with your pup in the morning and in the afternoon. Running is the perfect exercise for miniature Huskies as it will allow them to burn off all of that bundled up energy in true sled dog fashion.
Remember to practice leash training before you begin to take your pup for walks and runs – this will ensure your dog is used to their lead which will make walk and run times much more enjoyable for both of you.
How to Train a Siberian Husky
These little rascals may be small, but, training should commence as soon as possible so that your little Husky develops into a well-mannered furry member.
Training the miniature Husky may be a little frustrating at times – this breed loves to test you!
They can be quite rebellious, but, we love them anyway. Nevertheless, the miniature Husky is highly intelligent.
The key with training is to begin as soon as possible and stick to positive reinforcement. This may be a little hard as these little rugrats may test your nerves, but, always be patient. Consistency is important and negative reinforcement will definitely get you nowhere.
Stick to positivity through praises and treats.
Also remember to keep training sessions short, this breed gets bored easily. Why not make training sessions fun? Throw in some games such as fetch and hide-and-go-seek.
Unfortunately, the Miniature Husky is genetically predisposed to certain health problems. These include progressive retinal atrophy and hypothyroidism:
Progressive retinal atrophy the degeneration of the retina which leads to vision loss. In the Siberian Husky (and therefore miniature Husky) this disease appears to be sex-linked and is more prevalent in the male dogs.
Hypothyroidism is characterized by lowered function of the thyroid gland. The under secretion of the thyroid hormone can lead to various health issues in the canine such as loss of fur or weight gain.
If you notice any behavioral, physical or health changes which bother you, don’t be afraid to give your local Veterinarian a howl – it is better to be safe than sorry.
Miniature Siberian Husky Appearance
This dog looks exactly like the traditional Husky. The only difference is that they come in a smaller and cuter size (around 42% smaller).
Standing at 14 to 17 inches in height and weighing a mere 25 to 35 pounds (compared to the traditional Siberian Husky who may weigh up to 60 pounds).
Their eyes may be a distinct icy blue which will definitely pull on your heart strings. Or they may be multicolored or brown. Whatever the case, their eyes are always pronounced against their fur.
Their coats are dense and straight and may come in a range of colors:
- Black and white
- Gray and white
- Copper and white
- Pure white
They have luscious coats built for the coldest of environments and shed often as they acclimatize to the weather (Blowouts due to changes in the season).
This breed definitely requires regular grooming so that their coats stay in their beautiful condition (and your carpets too).
Miniature Huskies require frequent brushing, try brush your dog one to two times a week at the very minimum.
In regards to bath time, try keep these to monthly occurrences. Unless, that little escape artist of yours decides to go for a roll in the mud.
Regular maintenance of your pooch should not be ignored either. Remember to try brush your pup’s teeth so that they do not develop any dental issues as they mature. The earlier you start with teeth brushing, the easier it’ll be.
Dog Breed Summary
Overall, we hope we’ve given you a clear guide to this miniature and astounding breed.
A true Husky at heart and by blood, the miniature Husky definitely lives up to the traditional Husky.
This breed is smaller and easier to manage so may therefore be suited to a household who is craving an energetic soul, but lacks the space!
All this breed needs is proper care, affection, exercise, training and grooming.
Their little icy-blue eyes will always be beaming to see you with a body full of fluff, a heart full of love and a mind full of mischief.