- Pitsky – A Designer Dog
- Traits of the Pitsky
- Pros of Owning a Pitsky
- Cons of Owning a Pitsky
- History of the Pitsky
- Pitsky Statistics
- Size of the Pitsky
- Pitsky Temperament
- American Pit Bull Terrier Vs. Siberian Husky
- Health Risks of the Pitsky
- Grooming of the Pitsky
- What to Feed A Pitsky
- Families, Children, and Other Pets
- Finding a Pitsky Puppy
- Final Thoughts
The Pitsky is a dog that is a mixed breed. This is a mixed breed between the American Pit Bull Terrier breed and the Siberian Husky breed.
This breed of dog is considered a medium or large breed and is very energetic and loving. When looking for a dog that is very loyal to its family, the Pitsky can be a perfect choice.
The only other name that the Pitsky goes by is the Hutbull and the Husky but these are very unknown names for this breed and it normally just goes by the name Pitsky or is known as the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky mix.
Pitsky – A Designer Dog
The Pitsky was first made as a designer dog and so many of the Pitsky owners have purchased these dogs and have given them away or taken them to shelters. This is often due to the fact that this dog is very energetic and very hyper.
Even if you love the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky, this dog can be very high maintenance but if you have a strong love for these dogs, this might be a great dog for you and your family.
Traits of the Pitsky
|Popularity||Medium to high. Was first meant to be a designer dog.|
|Temperament||Loving, hyper, friendly, active, energetic, loyal, wanting to please, easy to train.|
|Coat Type||Shorter coats shed less than some other dogs, but some pick up the Siberian Husky parent and have longer coats.|
|Drooling?||This dog does not drool a lot.|
|Hypoallergenic?||No. This dog sheds less than other dogs but still is not a hypoallergenic dog.|
|Grooming Needs||This dog has high grooming needs and needs to be brushed every couple of days in order to not shed as much. This dog also needs to have its nails clipped and its ears and teeth cleaned.|
|Shedding||Medium to high shedding.|
|Brushing||Brushing at least 2 or 3 times a week.|
|Touchiness||Moderately sensitive to touch.|
|Tolerant or Solitude?||Tolerant.|
|Tolerance to Heat||This breed has a lower tolerance to heat but if it has a shorter snout like the pit, it will not be able to cool itself like other dogs. This will make this dog sensitive to the heat and it should be left indoors in extreme weather. Do not exercise your dog outside in the heat.|
|Tolerance to Cold||This breed can have a lower tolerance to the cold but can be more tolerant if it picks up the Siberian Husky parent breed coat and has longer fur.|
|Barking||This is moderate to the high barker.|
|Good Family Pet||Very good family pet, very loyal, and good with children.|
|Good with Children?||Yes. This breed is very good with children.|
|Good with Other Dogs and Pets?||Yes, as long as it is socialized at a young age.|
|Good Apartment Dweller?||No. This is a very energetic dog.|
|Trainability||Easy to train and eager to please.|
|Exercise Needed||2 or more hours of exercise each day.|
|Tendency to Gain Weight||The low potential of weight gain.|
|Common Health Concerns||Some of the common health concerns for this breed include hip dysplasia, eye problems such as cataracts, hyperthyroidism, breathing problems, and allergies but these are overall healthy dogs.|
|Average New Puppy Price||$100 to $2500 depending on the breeder.|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$400 to $700 a year unless extra medical costs occur.|
|Yearly Cost to Own This Breed||$300 to $500 per year.|
Pros of Owning a Pitsky
There are many pros of owning a Pitsky including:
Cons of Owning a Pitsky
As with any breed, there are some cons of owning a Pitsky including:
- Excessive energy.
- Need to be exercised at least 2 hours a day.
- They do not trust other people unless socialized at a young age.
- They can be stubborn when being trained.
- They are good at escaping and need to be kept in a fenced-in yard when outside and on a leash when going for walks.
History of the Pitsky
The Pitsky is a dog that probably had been around for many years since the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky are very popular dogs. It was in the 1990s that breeders got the idea to make the Pitsky into a designer breed.
Since the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky are very popular dogs, breeders wanted a chance to have this kind of dog that would have less of the health issues and would be the best of both of those popular breeds.
The Pitsky is recognized in the Dog Registry of America but is still considered a mixed dog breed.
Always check your local rescues and shelters when getting a Pitsky because many have been bought as designer breeds and were put into shelters or rescue groups when they were unable to be cared for properly.
|Dog Group||The Pitsky is a mixed breed dog between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky.|
|Lifespan||Between 12 to 18 years of age.|
|Weight||Between 30 and 95 pounds in weight.|
|Height||Between 15 to 27 inches in height.|
Size of the Pitsky
The Pitsky is between 15 and 27 inches in height and between 30 and 95 pounds. This is considered a medium or large-breed dog.
The female Pitsky tends to run smaller than the male but they can run bigger or smaller depending on the size of the parent breed.
If you are looking for a dog that is very loyal and has a lot of energy, the Pitsky could be the perfect dog for you. This dog loves to run and play and loves to be active.
The Pitsky can do best with families that are active and since they are from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky breed, they are very good hunting dogs and they often roam off to find prey. This dog can be very skilled and trained in the area of hunting.
This breed is a very loyal breed and loves its family. It would be willing to die for its family if it had to and so it is best to always make sure that you keep your Pitsky on a leash when going for a walk and that you have a fenced-in yard for it to roam around in.
The Pitsky loves to please its owners and this makes it very easy to train but since it is so energetic, this dog is best to be trained from a very young age and with very few distractions. This breed is also stubborn at times and it works best with one-on-one training.
This breed is a very strong and energetic dog and loves to play and be athletic. It loves to show affection for its parents and will do whatever it can to make sure its owner is pleased and happy.
Remember that you will get the traits of both parent dogs and so it is important to know what kind of mixes you are getting before making a decision to own a Pitsky.
American Pit Bull Terrier Vs. Siberian Husky
Since you will be getting the best of both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky breed, here are qualities that both breeds have. Always ask your breeder and pay attention to the parent breeds so that you can get an idea of what kind of personality that your Pitsky might have.
|American Pit Bull Terrier||Siberian Husky|
|A very misunderstood breed.||Outgoing.|
|Great with children (with socialization).||Stubborn and Independent.|
|Aggressive towards other dogs.||Highly intelligent and easy to train.|
|Like to chew on things.||Wants to run and always needs to be on a leash.|
|Love people and very defending of their family.||Very energetic and happiest when doing a job.|
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a very misunderstood dog. This is a dog that loves people and other animals as long as it is socialized at a young age. Do not let the misunderstanding of aggression keep you from purchasing this breed or a mixed breed because they are generally only aggressive when taught to be aggressive. This is a very courageous dog and loves to defend its family and loves to greet everyone with love and affection. Socialize this breed early to make sure that they get a variety of sights, sounds, and experiences.
The Siberian Husky is a very popular dog because of its beautiful characteristics and its blue eyes. Some of these breeds have mixed-colored eyes and they have a facial mask that makes people drawn to them. This is a very smart and active breed, and they love to play, love to please their owners and they are very loving to children and other pets. One thing about this breed is that they tend to wander away from their homes, and it is important that you make sure that you have a fenced-in yard to keep them from getting out and getting injured.
Health Risks of the Pitsky
The Pitsky is considered a very healthy dog but it still has some of the same health conditions that you can find in the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky. Some of these health conditions include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Eye Problems
- Breathing Problems
It is important to make sure that you get your dogs health checked regularly by your veterinarian to make sure that they do not have any health conditions and to keep them up to date on their shots and vaccines.
Grooming of the Pitsky
Any dog breed should go to their veterinarian for regular checkups and keep up with their vaccines and their shorts. This can help to make sure that your dog’s health is up to date and to rule out any early health concerns.
This is a dog that requires a lot of exercises and should be taken outside to run for at least 2 hours a day and should have mental stimulation when inside. This breed does not like to be left alone for very long and might pick up bad behaviors such as chewing and barking when left alone too long.
It is important that you make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercises and that it is stimulated and trained so that it can be entertained and not develop bad behaviors.
Always keep your dog’s nails trimmed and a rule of thumb is when they start clicking on the floor then it is time to get them trimmed.
Keep your dog’s ears clean and pay attention to any kind of parasite that you might see because they are prone to ear infections.
Brush your dog’s teeth daily to keep them having good oral health. Do this and give them teeth chews to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
Even though the Pitsky will probably have a shorter coat, they need to be brushed a couple of times each day to help keep the shedding down.
This breed is very prone to allergies and they can lose their hair due to allergies and have runny noses and eyes. Pay attention to your dog if they seem to be droopy or if they seem to not have energy and take them to the veterinarian to get them checked.
These dogs are fairly good out in the cold weather, but they should not be left out too long in extreme weather. This breed does not do well in the hot weather and should not be left outside in the heat for very long. Also, if your Pitsky picks up the shorter snout like the Pit breed, it will have a harder time breathing and the heat can cause it to have even more troubles. Never leave this breed outside in the heat for very long and do not take them outside to exercise in extreme heat.
If your Pitsky picks up more of the Siberian Husky breed traits, this dog will require more grooming than if it picks up the American Pit Bull Terrier traits.
What to Feed A Pitsky
Always be careful to not overfeed your dog. Get kibble that is meant for medium to large, active dogs in order to give your dog the right amount of food for their high energy.
When your dog gets older and even in its senior age, you need to make sure that your dog’s food changes with its age. You can also supplement your Pitsky’s food with raw or human food such as:
- Fresh Fish
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh Vegetables
Make sure that you check to see if your dog can eat the foods that you are feeding them and that they are not fed food that is poisonous.
Remember, the amount of food that you feed your dog depends on each individual dog and depends on things such as:
- Their size.
- Their energy levels.
- Their weight.
- Health conditions.
Not all Pitsky’s will eat the same amount of food and you need to make sure that you are not overfeeding or underfeeding your breed.
Families, Children, and Other Pets
The Pitsky is a very loving and great dog for any type of household. They love children but they need to be supervised around smaller children because of their size. Sometimes, due to their size, they can knock small children down.
Always make sure that you teach your children how to treat your pets so that they do not pull their tail, ears, or fur. When your dog reaches sexual maturity, they will sometimes try to be leaders of the pack and it is important to make sure that your small children are not left alone with your dog during this time.
Socializing with your dog at a small age will help them to be able to get along with other people and pets. It is important that you start socializing them at puppy age so that they learn to be friendly and to accept others.
This is a breed that is often tougher on other dogs and if you choose a Pitsky, socializing them at a young age will help them to not be as aggressive and will help them to be more friendly to other dogs and cats.
Finding a Pitsky Puppy
When you decide that the Pitsky is a perfect breed for you and your family, take time to look at local rescues and shelters in your area and your surrounding areas to try to adopt a Pitsky. You may have a good chance of finding one at a local shelter or rescue because of them being a designer breed.
If you choose to purchase a Pitsky from a breeder, make sure that you find a breeder that is reputable and pay attention to your puppy, its parents, and the surroundings to make sure that your puppy is healthy and strong. Always ask for papers and for health records when choosing a breeder.
There are thousands of dog breeds that you can choose and pick the right one for your family can be hard. It is very important that you find a dog that will fit in perfectly with you and your family. If you want a dog that is loyal, energetic, easy to train, devoted, and loves its family and other animals, the Pitsky might be a perfect choice for you.
The Pitsky is a mixed breed between both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian Husky breed. You will be getting a mixed dog that will have both the traits and characteristics of both of these dog breeds. Make sure that you find the perfect dog for you and your family before making a life-changing choice. Find the right dog and you can have a lifetime of love, companionship, and happiness!