Pitsky Dog Breed Info: The Pit Bull Husky Mix

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Pitskies come in a range of shapes and sizes. Some look more like their pit bull parent, having a short coat and some more like their husky parent, having a thick, double coat.

The Pitsky is an even-tempered, playful, and affectionate mix of an American pit bull terrier and either a Siberian husky or, less commonly, an Alaskan Husky (not the Alaskan Malamute)

As this mixed breed can be a cross between a pit bull, and either a Siberian or Alaskan Husky, their size can vary dramatically. They tend to range from between 30 to 70 lbs in weight and anywhere between 19-21” tall; similar in size to a blue nose pit bull.

A Pitsky is friendly, affectionate and playful dog. They are intelligent and athletic but can be stubborn and difficult to train.

In this article we will see where this intelligent and stubborn Pitsky came from, what its parents are like and what you are letting yourself in for if you choose to own one.

Pitsky Infographic

Pitsky Facts
Breed TypeMixes and More
Suitable For Busy Families – They are friendly and affectionate and love being active with their family
SizeBetween 19″ to 21″
WeightBetween 30 to 70 pounds
Lifespan 12–15 years
Color VariationsTotally Unique
TemperamentHigh energy, Playful, Affectionate, Intelligent, Stubborn, Loving and Friendly
Activity LevelsHigh – Upwards of 60 minutes exercise daily
Daily Food ConsumptionBetween 600 – 1,400 calories per day (20 calories per lb of body weight)
Known Health issuesHyperthyroidism, Allergies, and Hip Dysplasia

Pitsky Dog Info

We have the Pitsky thanks to the cross-breeding of an American pit bull terrier and either a Siberian or less commonly, an Alaskan Husky.

The Pitsky is not a pure-bred dog. It is a cross between an American pit bull terrier and either a Siberian or Alaskan Husky.

For this reason, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. They have primarily been bred as companion dogs and only really became popular around 2014.

Pitsky Puppies

Pitsky puppies, like other designer husky dogs, have a wide price range due to their designer nature. You should expect to pay between $500 and $2,000 for one of these dogs; this doesn’t include day-to-day dog ownership costs (e.g. food, grooming, and vets).


How long does a Pitsky live for?
Anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

What’s the potential size of a Pitsky?
A Pitsky fully grown will be between 30-70 lbs in weight and between 19-21” high. Females will generally be smaller than males, however.

How much are Pitsky puppies?
For an adorable pup, you can pay anywhere between $500-$2000. The range of these figures tells us that you really should do your homework if you are looking for a puppy, taking care to avoid backyard breeders and puppy farms. For more help finding a reputable breeder see our handy guide for a responsible breeder.

So where did this playful and enthusiastic dog come from? To gain a better understanding we will have a look at his parents.

First up, the American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pitbull Terrier

Pitties, or Pits, are strong, confident, and courageous dogs.

They are affectionate, loyal, and obedient. Their high intelligence makes them a dream to train and their work ethic makes them incredible service dogs. Pitties carry this zest for life which is almost contagious – pay attention to them, their smile will absolutely melt your heart.

Their downside? They make awful watchdogs.

Pitties, by nature, are super friendly (unless they’ve gotten into the wrong hands), they truly think everyone loves them. For this reason, they don’t understand why you would leave them alone. Pitties can suffer from separation anxiety resulting in barking and destruction.

So we have a strong, confident, and loyal comrade in the pit bull – let’s have a look at the other parent. The Husky.

As we mentioned earlier, the Pitsky is a cross between a pit bull terrier and either a Siberian or Alaskan Husky; so let’s look at those Huskies.

The Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Most people know the Husky as a snow dog. They are renowned for their work ethic. These incredible dogs were first bred by the Chukchi people who relied on their Huskies to transport supplies.

Huskies were brought to Alaska in 1909 for sled racing. You may remember the 1995 film Balto which loosely depicted the true story of the team of Siberian Huskies who ran the 1925 serum run. A diphtheria epidemic was due to sweep Nome (a city in Alaska) and the only antidote was over 1000 miles away. It covered 400 of those by train, then it was the job of the sled dogs!

They are very friendly, playful, and affectionate dogs. Their intelligence and athleticism is second to none.

However, they are not for the fainthearted or for first time dog owners. Huskies thrive when they are busy – whether it be hiking or working through a brain game.

They don’t tolerate being left alone or being bored. They dig, chew, and howl. We’ve often wondered why they haven’t been renamed the Siberian Houdini – they are superb escape artists… they will jump their way out, or dig.

The Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Husky

No, we’ve not gotten confused with the Alaskan Malamute – they exist too.

The Alaskan husky isn’t a purebred dog, like other husky mixes, it’s a mixed breed of various lines including:

  • Siberian husky
  • Mackenzie River husky
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Hounds – specifically the German Shepherd Pointer

The Alaskan husky is generally thought of as a type of dog rather than a breed.

They weren’t bred for companionship, they were bred for athleticism and strength. Breeders selected the qualities they required in a dog. Some Alaskan Huskies were bred for carrying heavy loads, some were bred for speed and some were bred for efficiency over long distances. For this reason, Alaskan Huskies can vary in appearance and size.

Despite their different appearance they do share similar qualities to the Siberian husky.

They too are diggers, chewers, and howlers. Their working history means they get bored extremely quickly. They need long walks, plenty of playtimes, and time spent working that brain.

So both of the parents of the Pitsky are friendly, affectionate, and love people. Let’s see if these qualities have been passed down.

Pit Bull Husky Mix Personality

These high-energy dogs are ideal for busy households; being playful, affectionate and loyal.

Pit bull husky mixes are in their element hiking through the woods, just make sure you keep him on his leash; we know that the Husky recall is non-existent and unfortunately some of the Pitskies have retained this quality.

Their super friendly nature makes them terrible watchdogs so if that’s what you’re after, you’ll need to find a different breed. They just love people. For this reason, they don’t understand why you would choose to leave them alone. These poor guys can suffer from separation anxiety resulting in lots of howling and digging.

Whilst we’re on the subject of howling, as most husky owners will tell you, their husky doesn’t bark, they howl.

It is one of their endearing qualities and some Pitskies have kept this too. You may notice they will howl to certain tunes on TV programs, or if the ice cream truck comes round.

These guys aren’t known for being relaxed and happy to sit at home doing nothing.

They will be at their best in a busy household where something is always going on. He loves being active, and if you have plenty of time to train these intelligent workers; they will be a fun-filled, spirited addition to your family.

Still, tempted? Let’s see what it takes to look after this dog on a daily basis.

How to Care for a Pitsky

How Much Does a Pitsky Eat?

Due to the large variation in the physical size of piskies (e.g. from 30 to 70 pounds), the suggested diet, and therefore calorific and protein requirements can vary dramatically on a case-by-case basis. You can see this in the handy chart below:

Dog's Weight
Approximate Daily Calorie Intake

A high-quality kibble will ensure that your dog’s daily nutritional requirements are met. As a guide, when fully grown, his diet should include 1.20 grams of protein per pound of body weight and 0.72 grams of fat per pound of body weight.

We know that carbohydrates are less important than protein and fat but they are still a good source of energy:

  1. Protein is used by your dog for muscle growth and maintenance
  2. Fat is your dog’s primary energy source
  3. Carbohydrates are used for simple starches as an energy source

Keep an eye on your dog’s weight – you should be able to feel his ribs and from a bird’s eye view, he should have an hourglass figure.


What is interesting about sled dogs is their stamina and endurance. Despite running hundreds of miles daily over a number of weeks, sled dogs don’t reach the same levels of fatigue that a human would in the same situation. For some reason, sled dogs don’t eat into their energy reserves like humans do and it’s suggested high fat diets contributed to this. This does raise an interesting point regarding the diet requirement of your Pitsky if indeed he has retained more of the Husky traits.

Exercise Requirements

Thanks to their Husky heritage, the pit bull husky mix is incredibly high energy. They love their walks, but remember to keep them on a leash. Their recall leaves a lot to be desired and we would rather be safe than sorry.

Expect to spend upwards of 60 minutes a day walking them.

They are generally friendly, if socialized from a young age, so they would happily make friends at the dog park.

Be conscious that dogs can behave differently when on a leash, being more fearful with other dogs as they don’t feel able to escape should they need to. Watch for their dog body language; a stiff body, a rigid tail, or an unrelenting stare.

This could indicate you have an unhappy pooch and you need to remove him from the situation; distract him and calmly move away.

Dog’s can play more freely off-leash, but be realistic; are you sure your Pitsky won’t scale the fence? Will he come back to you when you call? Or will you be sat there until the sun sets waiting for him to eventually get bored?

Speaking of boredom, let’s have a look at how we keep this cheeky guy occupied.

Training a Pitsky

We know that dogs respond best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training; the Pitsky is no different.

When you bring your puppy home, check with the breeder to see what socialization program they have had in place. It is essential to continue this socialization as he grows. There are plenty of puppy training tips that will help your pitsky pick up good behavior during its formative years.

We know that those dogs introduced to experiences and people during their socialization period between 3-12 weeks old are more accepting of those same experiences and people as they get older.

Puppies are more open to interactions with others and their environment as they haven’t yet had reason to believe they shouldn’t. You need to keep it that way. Make their experiences positive and safe. Reward and praise them.

Introduce them to people, children, appliances, and noisy equipment. Explore new places, meet friendly dogs. Be mindful that the husky parent had a high prey drive; introduce your Pitsky pup to cats and other small furries and help them learn they aren’t for chasing.

To do this, we call it desensitization. Desensitization is where you teach a dog not to react fearfully, aggressively or excitedly at someone or something.

Alongside desensitization, we teach counter conditioning. This is teaching the new behavior in place of the fearful, aggressive or excited response.

  1. Start by spotting a cat some distance away. The idea is that you distract your dog with rewards or praise for as long as your dog isn’t responding to the cat, you reward and move closer.
  2. The second he responds inappropriately for example; barks or lunges, you move further away again.
  3. Continue this method in short regular training sessions until your dog can see a cat, in close proximity and ignore it; looking to you for reward or praise.
  4. Once this happens, you can label the behavior whilst still rewarding/praising, for example, “ignore”.

Alongside their daily training sessions, Pitskies will excel at brain games. These will be valuable resources to keep him out of trouble.

Known Health Problems

We know the Pitskies do suffer some of the same health problems their parents do.

Hyperthyroidism – common in both parent breeds, this is where too much thyroxine is produced by the thyroid gland which affects a dog’s metabolism. Symptoms of this include weight loss and increased appetite.

Allergies – Again common in both parent breeds, you would notice scratching, chewing paws, and licking various parts of the body. This can often result in loss of hair, wounds, and scabbing.

Hip Dysplasia – Huskies are predisposed to hip dysplasia; hence the prevalence of the condition in Pitskies. This is when there is abnormal development in the hip joint resulting in pain and lameness. Although hip dysplasia is often hereditary, excessive growth, nutrition and exercise can also contribute to the development of hip dysplasia.

Pitsky Appearance: Color, Coat, and Grooming

As we have already mentioned, this dog can come in all shapes and sizes; thanks to its variety of parents (e.g. Siberian or Alaskan Husky).

As they are crossbreed, you can never be entirely sure what you will get. The best chance you have is looking at his parents. But, even this won’t guarantee whether you will get huskier than pit bull.

Some Pitskies look like Huskies. Some look like Pitties. Some have short coats like Pitties, some long, double coats like Huskies. Some look like hounds if they have come from an Alaskan Husky with hound lines.

They come in a range of colors too – Husky colors like white, white and brown, black and white, gray and white and then Pitty colors such as blue, red, brindle, fawn, tan and brown (see image above). Again, the parents will be the best indicator.

Blue eyes are relatively common in the pit bull husky mix thanks to the Husky parent!

Short Pitty coats won’t take much grooming, a couple of brushes a week will be ample.

The longer, double husky coat will probably need brushing most days and they will have two blowouts per year. Although I don’t know why they still say that, all of us double-coated owners know that realistically they just don’t stop shedding…ever.

Their ears can be short and pointy or long and floppy – just remember to check them regularly. Along with their eyes and nails. Attend regular checkups with your veterinarian and they will keep an eye on them too.


The playful Pitsky. An affectionate, loving, and gentle dog that absolutely adores people.

This pit bull husky mix is enthusiastic and athletic with an energy that never falters.

They love being busy, the perfect addition to an active family. They are in their element hiking in the woods or being challenged by the most recent brain game the kids have devised.

Their intelligence makes them responsive to positive reinforcement and reward-based training, but, you must start this early along with their socialization.

Thanks to their husky parent, their recall isn’t always brilliant and they are known for their escape antics. I guess they haven’t forgotten their history running through the wild as sled dogs. But if you’re an experienced dog handler, have time to spend training and exercising we can guarantee you will never have a dull moment with this cheeky chap.

Are you thinking about owning one of these dogs? Or do you have more questions? Feel free to comment below.

Other Husky and Pit Bull Mixes

If you’re interested in learning about other Siberian husky mixes or pit bull mixes, check out the hybrid dog breeds below.

Siberian Husky Mixes

Pit Bull Mixes

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. My Cleopatra is a fawn color, ice blue eyes,so sweet and lovable. Your article was very true to her pitsky breed. She is my therapy girl and just knows when I need her most! Not sure if I saved her or she saved me. She was a rescue girl who found me in a blizzard and wanted inside. I melted seeing her blue eyes.

  2. Hello! I was wondering if Pitskies are alright being in the cold? I live in Minnesota- a very cold state and I will be receiving two pitskies. Is it safe for them to be taken outside in the cold? Thanks!

    • Hi Marangelyn,

      Huskies are sled dogs, so historically they have been used to the cold but with a mix, you may end up with more Pit than Husky.

      Huskies have double coats which insulates them in the cold, Pits have a short coat which doesn’t provide as much insulation. But, you won’t be the only person to own a pooch in Minnesota, so there are things you can do to keep safe.

    • I have a Pitsky named Penny. She has short hair but prefers outside in snow, even in the polar vortex! Last year -25 degrees she played in the snow for hours on end and never showed signs of being too cold in fact when we brought her back in she wanted right back out but I was too cold!

  3. Hello! My girlfriend and I just met a four month old Pitsky that we are interested in adopting. This puppy has lived on a farm since birth and has had very little socialization. She was very shy around us and her owner. She kept her distance the whole time. Her brother however, was very friendly and came right up to us to be pet, even though they were both raised in the same environment. The owner said she was the only puppy in the litter that was shy. She has never been on a leash and has been an outside dog on the same farm since birth. We are a bit concerned seeing as how we missed the crucial puppy socialization period. Do you have any advice on how we would be able to get her to warm up to people?

  4. I have a 3 year old Pitsky. She attacks any animal that comes in my yard. Squirrels, bunnies, cats, and a woodchuck once and most the time. They end up dying. When she gets the animal she doesn’t shake it like she’s trying to kill it. But I can’t get her attention at all. Idk how to get her to stop attacking animals. I have 2 smaller dogs at home she’s never had an issue with. Help please?

    • The prey drive for these dogs can be quite high – it also gets reinforced each time she gets the thrill of the chase. It would be essential to stop her before the opportunity arises, so if necessary keep her attached to a long line. At least then if she notices something you have a chance of preventing her from catching it. Alongside this you need to teach her to stop this behavior. She needs to learn leave or stop commands. So, start training them in a quiet environment, and then slowly introduce distractions to solidify the behavior. You need to work on her focus on you, so spend some time on checking in. In short, every time she checks in with you (looks at you), reward her. Separately, to fulfil her want to chase, you can introduce a flirt pole. This gives her opportunities to chase and tug, but you are also starting and stopping this behavior, so she learns when it is appropriate to demonstrate it, and when it’s not. There are plenty of videos on YouTube to help you learn how to use a flirt pole.

  5. I have two pitsky brothers from the same litter. Yes they were a handful as pups. They chewed up a feathers sofa, but they learn fast and at 3 years old they no longer chew. If I take one away from the other they howl cry for one another. I went through a lot with them but their love and loyalty have given me so much in return.

  6. I have an 8 year old Pitsky that has short white and tan hair with blue eyes. I adopted at 9 months old; He had been at the shelter for 7months already. He’s always been great with other dogs, kids, really everybody and everything, except cats, but he was bitten by a male Pitbull a few years ago on our morning walk and now he’s more reactive towards big male dogs. Any advice on how to help him relax on walks when walking by other dogs? He’s still great with most dogs when playing, but on a leash walking he doesn’t react great.

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