So-called designer dogs are extremely popular breeds these days, with more and more mixed-breed combinations emerging every year.
But what on earth is a Huskydoodle? Is the Huskydoodle a healthy breed? And does this mixed-breed dog make a good family pet?
Read this comprehensive guide to learn everything you need about this Labradoodle Husky mix.
What Is A Labradoodle Husky Mix?
The Labradoodle Husky mix is also sometimes called a Huskydoodle. This mixed-breed pup is one of the most recent designer dog breeds to appear on the back of the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle craze of recent years.
A Labradoodle Husky mixed-breed dog has one purebred Siberian Husky parent and one Labradoodle parent. That means these dogs have multiple breeds in their heritage.
For example, some Labradoodles are created by crossing a purebred Standard Poodle with a purebred Labrador retriever. However, Australian Labradoodles also have English or American Cocker Spaniel in their bloodlines, and in some cases, Irish Water Spaniel genes also feature in the Aussiedoodle crossbreed.
In many cases, Huskydoodle breeders use an F2 Labradoodle or even a multigenerational dog. That can create puppies of a more predictable coat type and temperament. However, like an F1 Labradoodle mixed-breed dog, the Labradoodle Husky mix can take any combination of traits from both parent breeds.
What Does A Labradoodle Husky Mix Look Like?
One Labradoodle Husky mix dog can look different from another, even if both puppies come from the same litter, especially if an F1 Labradoodle was one of the parent breeds.
As is the case with all mixed-breed dogs, the puppies can inherit traits from either parent. Some will be a blend of equal proportions, whereas others will favor one parent much more than the other. However, you can get some idea of how a Labradoodle Husky mix will turn out by looking at both the parent dogs.
Labradoodles vary widely in looks, depending on which parent the dog most takes after.
The Labradoodle’s coat varies in texture, too, from straight to wavy or tightly curled. Huskies have a thick, straight fluffy double coat that sheds massively twice a year in a process known as “blowing” the coat.
What Size Are Huskydoodles?
As the Huskydoodle is a relatively new mixed breed, there’s no breed standard when it comes to size.
However, since the breed is a cross between a Labrador retriever, Standard Poodle, and a Siberian Husky, you can expect your puppy to be a medium to a large-size dog at maturity. Of course, if the Poodle parent used in the Labradoodle mix is a Toy or Miniature Poodle, your puppy will most likely be smaller.
Generally, a Huskydoodle stands from 12 inches to 25 inches at the shoulder and weighs from 40 to 60 pounds.
Labradoodles come in a wide range of colors, including apricot, brown, black, cream, white, and particolored.
When crossed with a Siberian Husky, the result is typically a dog with a black, gray, and white coat. That said, you can sometimes find Huskydoodles with brown, red, or apricot coats if the Poodle parent dog’s coloring is favored.
Sometimes, a Labradoodle Husky mixed-breed can have a solid colored coat, but more usually, the coat color is a mixture of shades.
Do Huskydoodles Shed?
The original idea behind creating the Labradoodle designer breed was to create a service dog that didn’t shed.
So, the Labrador retriever was the obvious choice for one parent, as those working dogs were already proven in a service role. However, Labradors are double-coated dogs that constantly shed, making them unsuitable for people with pet allergies.
In contrast, the Poodle has a highly curly single type of coat that sheds very lightly. Poodles were also bred to work alongside people in the hunting field, retrieving shot waterfowl.
The Siberian Husky has a thick, dense, double coat that sheds very heavily twice a year.
Bearing in mind the above, you won’t be surprised that the Huskydoodle tends to be prone to seasonal coat shedding. For that reason, a Huskydoodle designer breed is not the best choice for you if you have allergy sufferers in your home or you don’t enjoy vacuuming!
That said, if you live in a cold climate where the winters can be severe, a Labradoodle Husky with a thick coat could be right at home.
The amount of brushing and grooming your Huskydoodle needs will depend on his coat type.
Dogs with curly hair need daily brushing to remove any mats and tangles that can otherwise cause skin irritation. Straighter hair doesn’t need as much brushing unless you want to prevent your home from getting covered in dog fur.
Owners of curly-coated dogs with a fleece coat generally have their Doodles shaved or clipped every four to six weeks to keep the coat looking tidy and prevent matting.
If you provide your Labradoodle Husky mix with a high-quality, balanced diet, provide him with plenty of exercise, and ensure that he receives the veterinary care he needs, you can expect your pet to live for between 10 and 14 years.
The Huskydoodle is often described as extremely intelligent and energetic.
These dogs are perfect for a family with an active lifestyle that spends lots of time in the Great Outdoors. Huskydoodles need plenty of exercise every day to burn off excess energy. That said, a cuddle on the couch after playtime always goes down well, too.
These clever dogs also need plenty of mental stimulation to keep them happy. A bored Husky Labradoodle mixed-breed dog can become destructive and unruly. Some owners report that their dogs resort to digging up flowerbeds, chewing shoes, or constantly barking if not provided with sufficient distraction.
The Huskydoodle can have a very high prey drive, which can cause problems in a home with cats. However, these pups do get along fine with other dogs and will tolerate fairly boisterous play with kids. That said, we recommend that you always supervise your dog when children and other pets are around.
Time Consuming Pups
Since this is such an energetic breed, they demand a lot of your time. For that reason, the Labradoodle Husky mix often fares better when living in a home where they are the only pet. A household with very young children is often not a good environment for these pups for the same reason.
This hybrid dog breed is a very loyal breed that does tend to latch onto one particular person in the household. That can cause problems if that person leaves the house to go out to work every day, as these dogs can be prone to developing separation anxiety.
Is The Husky Labradoodle Easy To Train
Since the parent breeds involved in creating this mixed breed are highly intelligent and were originally bred to be working dogs, the Huskydoodle is pretty easy to train.
That said, these dogs can have a stubborn, independent streak, so you must begin training your dog from puppyhood.
How Much Exercise Do Huskydoodles Need?
Huskydoodles are an active breed that needs a lot of daily exercise to keep them safe and healthy. These dogs need at least one hour-long walk every day, as well as some play sessions in your backyard and perhaps a trip to the dog park.
Puppies usually benefit from a few short playtime sessions or walk spread throughout the day, interspersed with training. Senior pups don’t need as much exercise as younger adults that are in their prime. Ideally, it would help if you took your steer from your dog, as every pup’s needs and temperament are different.
Unfortunately, Huskydoodles can be prone to piling on the pounds if they don’t get enough exercise. That can lead to poor heart health and even diabetes. So, it’s crucial for your dog’s health that you give him the exercise he needs every day to keep your pet in good shape.
Is The Labradoodle Husky Mix Healthy?
Mixed-breed dogs are typically pretty healthy creatures, and the Labradoodle Husky mix is no different.
Huskydoodles have the health advantage of something called “hybrid vigor.” Hybrid vigor occurs in all designer dog breeds to some extent, depending on the nature of the cross.
Purebred dogs often carry hereditary health issues that are passed down through the generations, often becoming more prevalent over the years due to inbreeding. Crossbreeding two different purebred dogs can greatly reduce the likelihood of a congenital condition being passed down. For that reason, mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier than purebreds.
Genetic Health Conditions Common To Huskydoodles
Nonetheless, the Labradoodle Husky mix can be predisposed to a few health conditions that are common to both Poodles and Siberian Huskies. For your Labradoodle Husky to enjoy a long and healthy life, be sure to keep up with regular veterinary checkup appointments, routine vaccinations, deworming, and parasite prevention treatments.
Some of the most common health issues that can affect Huskydoodles include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Skin problems
- Ear infections
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
The best way to avoid buying an unhealthy Labradoodle Husky mix puppy is to look for reputable breeders who have their parent dogs health-screened for the health problems mentioned above.
The Huskydoodle mix breed tends to be prone to allergies that can cause nasal and skin irritation.
If you notice your dog scratching or licking, or if he appears to have a cold, have a chat with your vet. You might also want to have your pet tested for allergies by your vet.
Labradoodle Husky crossbreed dogs usually have floppy ears that can be prone to developing ear infections if you don’t keep them clean. Ticks and fleas can also become a problem, especially if you like to walk your dog in areas where the grass is very long.
Clean your dog’s ears gently every day or two by wiping around inside the ear with a piece of damp cotton.
Huskydoodle Diet and Feeding
As an energetic medium to large-sized breed, the Huskydoodle needs a diet that provides him with plenty of energy.
Look for foods that are high in protein and contain high-quality ingredients, such as whole meat or fish, rather than grains, padding, artificial colors, preservatives, and other additives.
Dry foods are typically better than wet, canned foods. Kibble scrapes bacteria and plaque from your dog’s teeth and gums as he munches on his dinner, keeping the teeth clean and helping to prevent oral health problems, such as gingivitis and canine periodontal disease, in later life.
Huskydoodles tend to put on too much weight if overfed, so be sure that you stick to a regular feeding routine. Don’t overdo treats, and avoid leaving food out during the day.
How Much To Feed Your Huskydoodle
Your pet’s dietary requirements change as he gets older. Puppies need to have sufficient nutrition to fuel growth and cater to their energy needs. Adult dogs need enough food to maintain their body condition and provide enough energy for exercise. And senior pups need a diet that keeps the dog in good physical condition and provides the animal with what he needs for exercise.
Ask your vet for advice if you’re unsure how much to feed your Labradoodle Husky mix.
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The Huskydoodle is quickly becoming a popular hybrid breed that’s derived from a Labradoodle and a Siberian Husky. These lively dogs can make good family pets, although they do demand lots of attention, exercise, and training, so they often do better in a single-pet household without young kids.
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