Imagine how cute a husky that stays small forever would be. But do tiny huskies even exist?
Well, no not exactly. If you come across an advertisement for mini husky puppies, these are the same dog as the standard size husky, but the smaller individual dogs have been selectively bred over several generations to produce a husky that errs on the smaller side. They have the same temperament as any other Siberian husky, as well as the same exercise, training, grooming, and health care needs.
How Big Can Mini Huskies Get?
‘Mini’ huskies are 13 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 20 to 35 pounds.
How Much Do Mini Huskies Cost?
Mini huskies may be very expensive due to their rarity, and there are usually long waitlists for the puppies. You would be looking at around 1000 dollars USD for an all-white pup, and 1600 dollars USD for a black and white pup. Down-payments are expected.
What Other Smaller Husky-Like Breeds Are There?
Bree Normandin was the dog breeder who started the mini husky breeding program, but she has since retired.
Instead, have you considered some other purebred dogs that have the look of a husky, but are smaller and another added bonus of having a companion dog temperament?
Let’s take a look at these fluffy little cuties.
Meet The Alaskan Klee Klai, The American Eskimo Dog, and The Pomeranian
The Alaskan Klee Klai
The Alaskan Klee Klai is descended from the husky. It was developed in the 1970s and 1980s, and the name is Inuit for ‘small dog’.
This dog was bred to look like a husky but to be a companion dog to people, so the Klee Klai is somewhat different to the husky in terms of temperament. Huskies are friendly to everyone, including strangers, whereas Klee Klais are wary of strangers. They make good watchdogs and they are highly trainable, unlike huskies!
Both breeds are very energetic and require lots of vigorous exercise.
The Alaskan Klee Klai measures 13 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 10 to 15 pounds on average. They are a long-lived breed that can live for 15 to 20 years!
The Alaskan Klee Kai generally cost between $1800USD and $3000USD from reputable breeders in America. They are expensive due to their rarity.
Learn more about: What Dog Breeds Are Similar To Huskies?
The American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog, affectionately known by breed enthusiasts as the ‘Eskie”, is a member of the spitz family. Huskies are members of the same family. Did you know that the word ‘spitz’ is German for ‘pointed’? This is in reference to the ear shape of these dogs.
The American Eskimo Dog is in the companion dog class. As the name suggests, these dogs were bred to keep humans company, and therefore they are on the smaller side. Smaller dogs make for easier pets in many ways – less food costs, easier to let into the car, takes up less space on the sofa, isn’t difficult to walk on the leash – you get the picture.
These happy little dogs are described as loving to entertain their families, lively, loving, and outgoing. They are considered the perfect dog for apartment living.
This dog weighs between 10 and 30 pounds. The Eskie measures 15 to 19 inches at the shoulder. They have lush, thick coats that are all-white. American Eskimo Dogs have dark eyes and a mouth that looks upturned into a smile.
The big bonus of this breed is that they are easy to train – which huskies are not. So these dogs would suit a novice dog owner or someone who is not super-confident around dogs.
One thing that this dog does have in common with the husky is that they are active, and they do need plenty of exercise. They are a healthy breed that can live for 13 to 15 years.
A fun fact about the American Eskimo Dog is that its good looks combined with its trainability, and its high intelligence, made it a popular breed in the traveling circuses of late 19th century America. They were the first dogs ever to walk on a tightrope!
They can cost anywhere from 1000 to 2000 dollars US.
This is a toy-sized spitz breed that retains many similarities with the husky when it comes to appearance. The Pomeranian has a lush, double coat, pointed ears, and a pointed snout, just like huskies do.
The most common coat color is red sable, but they do also come in colors that are similar to husky colors. The rare blue merle and white Pomeranian can even be born with part-colored eyes (one blue and one brown eye), just like huskies can.
These make wonderful companion dogs. They love a good brisk walk, a game of catch or chase, and they are very affectionate. Pomeranians are clever and happy little dogs, who love a cuddle with their owners.
‘Poms’ weigh between 3 and 7 pounds and stand 8 to 14 inches at the shoulder. Their life expectancy is 12 to 16 years.
This breed originated in a region called Pomerania (hence the name!) that lay on the border of Poland and Germany. Once known as the ‘dwarf spitz’, the Pomeranian first came into popularity when the English monarch, Queen Victoria, kept them as pets.
They are still a popular breed today and therefore quite common. The price will reflect this. Expect to pay more for the rarer colored Pommies.
In Conclusion: the Mini Husky
A mini husky is simply a husky that has been bred to be on the smaller side. They are uncommon at this point in time because the person who developed them, Bree Normandin, retired and they have only been around for a few decades.
If you have your heart set on one, you will pay a down payment and be put on a waitlist. There are only a few reputable breeders in the USA, so do you research and be wary.
And don’t forget that you have a few other options – the Alaskan Klee Klai, the American Eskimo Dog, and the Pomeranian are all gorgeous spitz-type dogs that are smaller than a husky with the same stunning looks.