The Akita Husky Mix breed aka Huskita is quickly gaining in popularity. They are a mix between a Husky and an Akita, and they are known for being both intelligent and unique dogs.
They can definitely be a bit standoffish around strangers, but they love their families fiercely. If you are looking for a loyal and intelligent dog, the Huskita may be the perfect breed for you.
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Key Questions Answered
What is an Akita Husky Mix called?
An Akita Husky Mix is called a Huskita.
How much is an Akita Husky Mix?
An Akita Husky Mix will usually costs $800 to $1600.
Where to buy an Akita Husky Mix?
Akita Husky Mixes can be hard to find for sale online. Your best bet is to Google ‘Akita Husky Mix for sale’ or call your local dog rescue/shelter.
Akita Husky Mix Traits & Characteristics
Traits Summary Table
|Traits||Akita Husky Mix|
|Eye Color||Blue, brown or a mix of the two colors!|
|Coat Color||White, black, cream, tan, red, fawn, silver, brown or a mix.|
|Shedding||Loads of shedding!|
|Height||22-26 inches tall|
|Temperament||Protective, Loyal, Affectionate, Dignified & Loving.|
|Lifespan||11 to 14 years|
|Intelligence||Very intelligent but stubborn!|
|Physical Activity||Moderately active|
|Good With Kids?||Training and supervision required.|
|Origin||Designer dog breed started in the 90's.|
|PROS||Insanely fluffy, highly intelligent and loyal.|
|CONS||Aggressive tendencies toward other dogs, weary of strangers and not great with children.|
Huskitas tend to be tall and muscular with wide chests and blocky heads. Their ears are triangular and stick straight up. Their tail may be more straight like the Husky’s, or it may curl up and over their back.
Huskitas can inherit either parent’s coloring. They may be white and black, black and cream, white and tan, red, fawn, silver, or brown. They can be an all-over solid color but often are a mix of colors and patterns, masks, and markings. This breed can have brown eyes or blue eyes, or one of each.
Further reading: Husky Colors
Coat & Shedding
The Huskita inherits both the Husky’s and the Akita’s thick double coat. You can be sure that an Akita will be one fluffy double coated dog! They will need frequent brushing to help with shedding, especially when the seasons change. When the seasons change, these dogs tend to “blow” their coat, or in other words, their undercoat starts to seriously shed to prepare for new hair growth.
The Akita stands at between 24 and 28 inches and typically weighs between 70 to 100 pounds, but some can weigh up to 130 pounds. The Siberian Husky stands at between 20 and 23.5 inches and weighs between 35 and 60 pounds. A Huskita will likely be somewhere in the middle of these sizes and may stand at 22 to 26 inches and weigh 55 to 85 pounds.
Temperament & Personality
While they may sometimes like their independence in freedom, they often don’t like to be left alone and can develop some separation anxiety. Huskitas are also very alert and protective dogs and will more than likely assume a stranger on your property is an enemy unless you assure them otherwise.
While Huskies are pack animals, Akitas often do better when they are the only dog, so it’s the luck of the draw to determine which one a puppy will be more like. The good news is that these guys are incredibly intelligent and can learn quickly.
For a Husky, the average lifespan is somewhere usually between 12 and 14 years. An Akita’s life expectancy is anywhere from 10 to 14 years. A Huskita will likely fall somewhere in the middle at around 11 to 14 years. Factors such as nutrition and exercise can make an impact on life expectancy as well.
Further reading: How old is my Husky in humans years?
Both parent breeds are highly intelligent as well as stubborn. So, while the Huskita will easily understand what you are asking, you may require some patience as getting them to actually do as they are told is another matter!
This mix breed can best be described as moderately active. They don’t require hours of intense activity every day, but they do like a good, long walk. This will vary on the dog, of course.
These pups will need at least thirty minutes to an hour of exercise every day. If they have too much energy or become bored, they can develop bad habits that get them into trouble!
Are Akita Husky Mixes Good With Kids?
These dogs are protective and loyal and will do anything for their family. However, they have very little patience and will be quick to correct a child who is being too rough with them.
Because of this, it is important to start training early for the dog, so they know how to interact with kids in a positive way. These are not the kinds of dogs who will let kids roughhouse, climb all over them, or grab at them. It will be even more important to teach children about boundaries and how to treat the Huskita with kindness and respect.
Speed, Strength & Endurance
Huskies are fast dogs. They were built for speed after all! They also have the stamina to travel long distances. The Akita is also a picture of strength and endurance as all-purpose working dog. With both of these working breeds as parents, it’s certain that a Huskita will be the picture of athleticism.
The Huskita is social with humans but also may have an independent streak. Because of the Akita in them, it may not be in their nature to be part of a pack and get along well with other dogs. It will take some training to get them to learn good dog manners.
Visit our Husky Behavior hub to learn more.
History & Origin of the Akita Husky Mix
History of the Husky
The Siberian Husky breed has a long and storied history, dating back some 4,000 years to northern Siberia. These dogs were bred by the Chukchi people not only to be working dogs that would help them survive, but also to be companions.
Siberian Huskies would cuddle up with the Chukchi people to keep warm, and they would also pull sleds full of food and equipment long distances as the Chukchi people traveled. In the early 1900s, the Siberian Husky made its way to Alaska, where it continued to grow in popularity. Today, the Siberian Husky is a popular working dog and companion animal all over the world.
History of the Akita
The Akita originated in Japan, specifically in the Akita prefecture, in the early 1700s. As the story goes, a nobleman was banished by the Japanese emperor to Akita, where he was forced to live out his days as a prefecture ruler away from the Japanese court. This nobleman, however, was passionate about dogs and worked to create a versatile large hunting dog in his exile.
At one time, these dogs were only able to be owned by the Imperial family and noblemen, but soon they grew to become popular amongst the working class. They are still adored today, especially in their homeland of Japan, where many people view them as symbols of protection, health, happiness, and longevity.
Breeding the Akita Husky Mix
The Huskita is not a common breed but you will still want to always look for a good breeder who can attest to the health of the parents and the pups. Like many of the hybrid breeds, the Huskita has only recently begun to be purposefully bred.
However, these hybrid dogs are slowly starting to become more popular, with many people believing that mixed breeds tend to be healthier thanks to their larger gene pool.
How to Take Care of a Akita Husky Mix
Your new Huskita needs plenty of food to keep up their energy! A good rule of thumb is to feed them ~3 cups of food per day, depending on their size and activity level. Make sure to avoid overfeeding, as well as foods that are nutritionally empty and have a lot of fillers like soy, wheat, and corn.
It’s also important to avoid foods with additives, byproducts, artificial flavors, and colors. Instead, focus on high-quality foods that are specifically designed for active breeds and have a high protein content. This will help ensure that your Huskita stays healthy and happy!
Visit our Husky Nutrition hub to learn more.
The Akita breed is not nearly as active as the Husky breed, so a Huskita will likely require a moderate amount of exercise. A good starting point is thirty to sixty minutes of exercise every day. But the Huskita may require more or less depending on their energy levels.
Further reading: How much exercise does a Husky need?
Grooming is a very important part of taking care of your Huskita. Not only does it help keep them looking their best, but it’s also key to keeping their coat healthy and free of mats. A soft bristle brush or rubber curry comb is all you need to remove loose fur and distribute oils.
Be sure to also give them a good deshedding bath, blow-out, and brushing every now and then. And don’t forget to regularly clean their ears, brush their teeth, and trim their nails!
A Huskita needs plenty of exercise and training, but it is definitely worth the effort! These dogs are loving, intelligent, and playful, and they make great companions. With a little bit of work, you can have a well-behaved dog that will be a joy to own.
Many Huskita owners often make the mistake of waiting too long to start training their pup. However, it’s never too early to start and can actually be a lot of fun for both the dog and owner. Keep sessions short though, so that neither of you get frustrated.
Dogs often do best when they have several short sessions throughout the day instead of one long session. This way they can learn new things while still retaining what they’ve learned in previous sessions.
Visit our Husky Training hub to learn more.
One of the best things about having a Huskita puppy is their boundless energy and their love of play. A Huskita puppy needs plenty of exercise, both physical and mental, to keep them healthy and happy.
Playing with your puppy is a great way to bond with them, and it’s also a lot of fun! Some of the games you can play with your pup include fetch, tug-of-war, and hide-and-seek.
Be sure to always supervise your puppy when playing games, especially if there are any small objects around that could be harmful if swallowed. And don’t forget to give your pup lots of good quality food so they have enough energy for all that playing!
Further reading: When do Husky puppies calm down?
The Huskita is a healthy breed of dog, but like many breeds, they are prone to a few health concerns. Some of the more common health issues that Huskitas may experience include cataracts, entropion, hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, Wobbler disease, and obesity. It is important to have your Huskita regularly checked by a veterinarian to monitor their health and address any concerns as they come up.
Visit our Husky Health hub to learn more.
Akita Husky Mix Price
The price for a Huskita puppy from a breeder usually lands somewhere between 800 to 1,600 dollars. It’s always recommended to look for a reputable breeder that ensures the dog’s health with testing.
Since these mixes are sometimes the result of an accidental litter, Huskitas can sometimes be found in shelters or rescues. Depending on the shelter or rescue, the price could be as low as 200 dollars for a senior dog to as high as 500 dollars for a puppy.
Visit our Siberian Husky Price hub to learn about the maintenance cost of Huskies.
Huskita Pros & Cons
PROS: Insanely fluffy, highly intelligent and loyal
CONS: Aggressive tendencies toward other dogs, weary of strangers and not great with children
Akita Husky Mix Alternatives
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The Huskita is a beautiful mixed husky dog breed that is fiercely loyal, courageous, and yet still has a little bit of that silly Husky personality. With proper training, the Huskita can make a truly amazing dog.
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