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Husky Chihuahua Mix (Husky Chi): Owner’s Guide

Husky Chihuahua Mix - Husky Chi - Owner's Guide
Husky Chihuahua Mix aka Husky Chi Owner’s Guide

Who would have thought that you could take a Siberian Husky, mix it with a Chihuahua, and get something so cute? And not to mention, a pup with a whole lot of attitude!

Both the Siberian Husky and the Chihuahua are dogs known to have big personalities, and they definitely show through in the Husky-Chi, making them a fun and exciting addition to any home. 

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Husky Chihuahua Mix Traits & Characteristics 

  • Energetic
  • Loving 
  • Stubborn 
  • Intelligent 

Traits Summary Table

TraitsHusky Chihuahua Mix
Eye ColorIcy blue, deep blue, amber, dark brown, and light brown.
Coat ColorWhite, gray and white, sable and white, red and white, black and white, tan, cream, and fawn.
SheddingModerate shedding
Height5 to 15 inches tall
Weight10 to 20 pounds
TemperamentOutgoing and friendly
Lifespan12 to 16 years
IntelligenceIntelligent but can be stubborn!
Physical ActivityActive!
Good With Kids?Very good with kids
Price$800 to $2500
PROSFun-loving, intelligent, friendly
CONSShedding, stubborn


It can be hard to say exactly what a Husky-Chi pup will look like since the parent breeds look so dramatically different from each other. Because of this, even pups in the same litter can look completely different from one another.

Some may take more after the Husky parent, while others look more like the Chihuahua parent. Most will have erect, triangular ears. Some will inherit the shorter facial structure of the Chihuahua, while others will have the longer face of the Husky.  


Huskies come in a wide array of colors and markings, which include all white, gray and white, sable and white, red and white, and the famous black and white. They also can have agouti and black coloring as well.

Similarly, the Chihuahua also can have various colors to their coat, including all of the husky colorings as well as tans, creams, and fawns. In a Husky-Chi mix, the pups will have any of the colorings from the parent breed and in any sort of pattern. This makes for some really beautiful dogs! 

As far as eye color goes, Husky Chis can have solid-colored eyes as well as the famous bi-eye, where the dog has two different eye colors! Some of the eye colors include icy blue, deep blue, amber, dark brown, and light brown.

Husky Chihuahua Mix Color
Awww, look at this cute little Husky Chihuahua Mix! Image from @bokuwahbluee

Coat & Shedding 

Huskies have a beautifully thick double coat that helps to keep them warm in the cold winter months. Their undercoat, a thick and soft, downy-like fur, is truly what helps protect them from inclement weather.

In the warmer months, they shed much of their undercoat. Their topcoat helps repel moisture from snow and water, blocks harmful rays from the sun, and helps keep them warm as well. The top coat typically sheds a bit year-round.

Chihuahuas, on the other hand, have two different types of coat. First is the short-coated Chihuahua, who has a short, thick, and almost glossy-like coat. If the Husky-Chi comes from a short-coated Chihuahua, it is likely a Husky mix that doesn’t shed as much as other mixes.

The other, the long-coated Chihuahua, is usually double-coated like the husky, though without nearly as much fur! A Husky-Chi will likely have a very dense coat of medium length. 

Further reading: Short haired huskies


Husky-Chis are typically on the smaller side of the small to medium category of dogs. Chihuahuas typically weigh less than six pounds and only stand at between five and eight inches. Huskies, on the other hand, weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, and stand between 20 and 23.5 inches, depending on whether they are male or female.

That is quite a remarkable size difference! While it can depend on the factors like the size of the specific parents, a mix between the two breeds will typically weigh between 10 and 20 pounds and stand at between 5 and 15 inches tall. 

Husky Chihuahua Mix Size
Are they all Husky Chiahuahuas??? Image from @thelookchihuahua

Temperament & Personality 

Husky-Chi’s are wonderful little dogs with enormous personalities. Husky-Chi’s are typically outgoing and friendly pups though some can be a little bit shy around strangers, and others can show some protectiveness over their owners. However, with proper training and socialization, these dogs are energetic, fun-loving, and a joy to have around. 


Both parent breeds are overall quite healthy dogs with significant average lifespans. A Siberian Husky’s life expectancy is often anywhere from 12 to 14 years, and a Chihuahua’s life expectancy is between 14 and 16 years, though it is not uncommon for them to live even longer. A mix between the two could live, on average, anywhere between 12 and 16 years. 

Further reading: How old is my Husky in humans years? 


While both parent breeds are highly intelligent, they both can have a bit of a tendency to be somewhat stubborn. However, with proper motivation, a mix between the two will be a quick learner. In fact, both Huskies and Chihuahuas have been known to do quite well for themselves in dog competitions like agility and obedience trials!

Activity Level 

Though small, Husky-Chi’s are full of energy and will need lots of quality playtime. They will love both being indoors and outdoors. Inside, they will love to play with toys, and have various enrichment activities to keep them busy like lick mats or treat puzzles. And outside, they will love to have you throw a ball for them or just do zoomies by themselves in the yard! 

Husky Chihuahua Mix Activity Level
Just a Husky Chihuahua Mix getting some physical activity in! Image from @thelookchihuahua

Are Husky Chihuahua Mixes good with Kids? 

Husky-Chis are not known at all for being mean or aggressive and are often very devoted to their family members. However, they aren’t the most patient dogs and may not like having young children grab on their fur or tails, so teaching young children how to interact properly with these dogs will be important. 

Speed, Strength & Endurance 

Huskies, of course, are well-known for their speed, strength, and endurance. They are sled dogs, after all! But what about the Chihuahua? Despite their little legs, Chihuahuas are quite speedy!

Many excel in agility trials and blow their similarly sized competition out of the water! So you can be sure that, so long as they are in good shape and health, a Husky-Chi mix will be ready for any adventure you have in mind. 


Husky-Chis are playful, energetic, fun-loving, and busy bees. But some other characteristics that often go hand-in-hand with these qualities are destruction and chaos! When left alone or bored, these pups can do a fair bit of damage from chewing up your shoes or pillows to unrolling and chewing on the toilet paper.

It will be important to remember that no matter how cute they are, you should still set and enforce boundaries. Ongoing training will be key! Husky-Chis, thanks to their Chihuahua nature, can be yippy dogs and sometimes develop a barking habit. Teaching these pups a “quiet” command will help save your sanity. 

To learn more, head to our Husky Behavior hub.

Husky Chihuahua Mix Behavior
Husky Chihuahua Mixes get this behavior from their Husky side! Image from @bokuwabluee

History & Origin of the Husky Chihuahua Mix 

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky was originally bred in the region of northern Siberia some 4,000 years ago. The Chukchi tribe bred these special dogs to be not only companions but also to help them with the daily tasks necessary for the tribe’s survival.

The huskies were bred to survive in freezing temperatures and to be strong and fast enough to be able to help the tribe transport food, goods, and equipment as they traveled. The Siberian Husky was first introduced to the United States when it came to Alaska in the early 1900s and has only continued to grow in popularity ever since. 


The Chihuahua is also a remarkably old breed, with images of dogs looking nearly identical to Chihuahuas depicted on ancient artifacts found in lost civilizations.

It is not entirely certain how the Chihuahua came to be, but they are believed to be a descendant of the Techichi dog, a similar dog that is a bit larger and heavier, belonging to the Toltecs of Mexico some one thousand years ago.

The modern Chihuahua is named for the specimens found in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and has been increasingly growing in popularity since the 1800s. 

Husky Chihuahua Mix

Breeding a Siberian Husky and Chihuahua together is not something that occurs naturally. Instead, the only way for this to happen and for healthy puppies to be produced is through IVF. Typically the mother dog will be a husky, with the father being the Chihuahua.

This way, a tiny Chihuahua mother doesn’t have to carry and birth puppies that are far too large for her body and birth canal. A husky mother that has been artificially inseminated is able to produce and deliver healthy pups. 

Husky Chihuahua Mix History
Husky Chihuahua Mixes love riding shotgun! Image from @ashlyn.pol

How to take care of a Husky Chihuahua Mix


Because these pups are so energetic, it will be important to provide them with high-quality dog food to help fuel their bodies. Searching for nutrient-rich and protein-rich food is always a good place to start when looking for dog food.

Husky-Chis, because of their small size, don’t eat large quantities of food, so between 1-1.5 cups a day is usually sufficient. However, the best option is to use the resources and feeding recommendations provided by your chosen dog food brand. 

To learn more about nutrition, head to our Husky Nutrition hub.


As mentioned, this is an incredibly active breed of dog that will need plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Because they are so small, these dogs can actually get a good amount of their daily exercise needs met just by playing inside at home.

If available, running around and playing fetch in the yard or at a park is also an excellent way for them to get their daily exercise. Additionally, one or two walks a day will help them stay in good physical shape. 

Further reading: How much exercise does a Husky need?

Husky Chihuahua Mix Exercise
Husky Chihuahua Mixes love exercise! ‍♀️ Image from @alpha.grooms


Husky-Chis will need frequent brushing to keep up with their thick, medium-length coat. Brushing once a week will be the bare minimum but multiple times per week is best. Even just five to ten minutes of brushing a day can help keep shedding under control.

A wide-tooth comb, a slicker brush, and a deshedding rake or undercoat rake will be some of the most important tools in your grooming kit. Trips to the groomer are a big plus as well since groomers can do all the brushing, bathing, and blow drying without you having to get all that fur all over your home! But it can absolutely be done at home as well.

Husky-Chis don’t need frequent bathing, but if you notice an increase in shedding, a bath with a deshedding shampoo and conditioner followed by a blow-out can be a big help. 


Husky-Chis love to work on training. Despite being somewhat stubborn, they also have a side of them that is eager to please and loves the satisfaction of making their owner happy. It is, of course, best to start training from a young age and focus on some of the most important tasks.

Some examples include working on coming when called, staying, sitting, and lying down. Oh, and don’t forget about crate training and potty training! Sticking to a regular schedule will help both with crate training as well as potty training.

Once some of these core behaviors have been learned, then you can move on to the really fun stuff, like teaching them to spin and rollover!

Remember to find out what best motivates your pup. Some love being praised just with words and seeing their owner excited, and some might need a little extra push by trying to earn a special or favorite treat!

To learn more about training, head to our Husky Training hub.

Husky Chihuahua Mix Training
With great training comes great Husky-Chi poses! Image from @jennifer_dirschowski

Husky Chi Puppies

Puppies are a ton of work but also a ton of fun! Husky-Chi puppies are fun-loving and energetic, but they do need their quality nap times so they can grow! In between naps, they’ll love to play and eat and play some more. Remember to stick to structured routines, as this will reduce the risk of potty accidents happening in the house! 

Further reading: When do Husky puppies calm down?

General Health

Husky-Chis can be healthy dogs, but there are a few health concerns they may be more prone to experiencing. From the Chihuahua parent side, pups may develop patellar luxation, which is the dislocation of the kneecap.

They could also suffer from a collapsing trachea or hypoglycemia. From the Husky parent side, Husky-Chis could develop hip dysplasia, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and hypothyroidism. Regular check-ups and preventative care with a veterinarian will help ensure these pups are as healthy as possible. 

To learn more about health, head to our Husky Health hub.

Husky Chihuahua Mix Price

Though beginning to grow in popularity, Husky-Chis are still relatively new and not altogether common. Because of their rarity and because it is an extensive process to breed them, the cost may be high. Expect to pay a minimum of $800 but possibly as much as $2,500. 

To learn about the maintenance cost of Huskies, head to our Husky Price hub.

Husky Chi Pros & Cons 

Pros: Fun-loving, intelligent, friendly 

Cons: Shedding, stubborn

Husky Chihuahua Mix Alternatives

Here is a list of similar sized Husky mix breeds, starting with the smallest:


If you love Huskies but are looking for a pup or Husky Mix that is on the smaller side, a Husky-Chi mix may be a good match for you! 

Do you have a Husky Chihuahua Mix?

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Max Jacobs is the owner and lead author of Husky Gifts. He loves spending time with his family, who have two huskies. Max loves to write and is passionate about creating interesting and engaging content. To learn more, visit the team section of the about page.

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