Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Marco
What do you get when you team a Husky with a Doberman?
This designer mix is growing in popularity.
Read on to discover all you need to know about Husky Doberman mix appearance, temperament, feeding, grooming, exercise needs, training requirements, and health outlook.
But before we get into that, let’s take a quick look at the purebred Doberman.
The Purebred Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans were bred in Germany in the 18th century by a tax collector called Louis Dobermann, who needed some extra muscle to get money out of people who were reluctant to pay their taxes.
This breed is medium-large in size, fast, strong, and fearless. Known for their intelligence, Dobermans make excellent guard dogs
Dobermans have a fine, short coat that comes in a variety of colors, with black and tan being the most well-recognized. They respond well to training, and their loyalty makes great family dogs.
So now that we know a little bit about the Doberman Pinscher, what can we expect when you combine this popular doggo with the equally popular Husky?
Husky Doberman Appearance
This particular mix makes for a lovely-looking dog. This is not surprising, given how handsome Huskies are, and how dashing the Doberman is.
They look rather like a larger version of the Australian Kelpie.
Many dogs of this mix tend more towards having a shorter coat, which can come in a variety of color combinations. These handsome dogs can have the blue eyes of the Husky or the brown eyes of the Doberman.
Similarly, many of these dogs have the pointed ears of the Husky parent.
In terms of size, the Husky Doberman mix is a medium to large dog.
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Husky Doberman Temperament
Huskies are independent and headstrong, yet they are friendly dogs too. Dobermans may be a little more reserved in temperament, and wary of strangers.
A Husky Doberman mix may take a little while to warm to people, but once they do they will be very sociable.
Both breeds in this mix need lots of attention from their human family, so expect a dog that prefers to be with you most of the time.
Huskies are quite talkative dogs, and they like to howl and yodel. Dobermans are bred to bark to alert their owners to the presence of people. So expect a vocal dog with this mix!
Husky Doberman Feeding
Both the Husky and the Doberman are strong and athletic dogs, but like many breeds, there is a tendency to gain weight if they are overfed and under-exercised.
Because this dog is a mixture of two breeds, their weight range can be quite big. Husky Doberman mixes can weigh anywhere from 50 to 90 pounds, and measure between 22 and 26 inches in height (at the shoulder).
So, depending on the final adult height of the dog, feeding should be aimed at keeping them in the healthy weight range for their individual height.
Your veterinarian can advise you more on this, but a good rule of thumb is that if you cannot see or feel the dog’s ribs, then they need to go on a diet! Keeping your dog at its correct weight will help prevent health issues, and help your dog live to a good old age (relatively speaking.)
Husky Doberman Grooming
This mix may have the shorter coat of the Doberman, or have a longer coat due to its Husky genes. If the latter is the case, then they will need regular grooming to keep their coat free from tangles and knots.
Husky Doberman Exercise Needs
Be warned, if you are a couch potato and lead a sedentary lifestyle, this is NOT the dog for you. Both Huskies and Dobermans have high energy levels and as such need vigorous daily exercise. If they do not get the exercise they need, you will end up with a frustrated and destructive animal on your hands.
This dog will need a large and well-fenced yard too so that they can run and play outdoors. A good fence will also stop escape attempts, which is a Husky trait!
Husky Doberman Training Requirements
Dobermans excel at training. This breed can be found working for the police, as service dogs, and in the military. They are an intelligent and loyal breed who will bond strongly with families who invest time in this dog’s training and obedience.
Huskies are a little different. They are somewhat harder to train, given their headstrong nature. But they do like having a job to do since they are a working breed.
Puppy school is a good idea for the Husky Doberman mix because they do need to be socialized with other dogs and people. Once puppy school is completed, you will need to keep up the training at home on a regular basis. Consistent and firm training is a must for this mix.
The Husky Doberman mix has the potential to become overly protective of their family. Enlist the help of a professional dog trainer if your dog is an adult and has developed some bad habits around people or animals outside of the family unit.
Husky Doberman Health Outlook
If cared for properly, your Husky Doberman mix could live anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
However, there are a few health concerns that you need to look out for.
From the Husky side, this mix may be prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and problems with their eyes and skin. You can find out more about Husky health problems here.
From the Doberman side, this mix may be prone to heart problems, issues with their spine, and cancer. You can read more about health issues that affect Dobermans here.
This post provides some general advice about what potential owners can expect from a dog that is half Husky and half Doberman Pinscher. But remember that, like any hybrid dog, it is unpredictable how this mix will turn out until they are born; they may throw more strongly to the Husky side, or to the Doberman side.
So if you are considering getting a Husky Doberman mix, it is important that you meet the parents of any puppies you are looking at, to get an idea about their appearance, temperament, and health.