Smart, cheerful, social, alert, and active are all characteristics that can describe the Doberman Husky mix.
As the result of crossing two extremely popular dog breeds, it’s not a surprise that this hybrid is climbing up the fame ranks by the day.
You may also be able to envision how this hybrid looks, but what about other aspects like its traits, personality, health, and care requirements?
Today, we’re discussing everything related to the lovable Doberman Husky mix from its appearance and behavior to its lifespan and cost.
Keep reading to learn more about this pooch and better decide if you make a good match.
Where Does the Doberman Husky Mix Come From?
We’ll start this guide with an in-depth look at the origin of the Doberman Husky.
You can probably tell by the name, the Doberman Husky mix is what you get when you breed a Doberman Pinscher and a Siberian Husky.
The AKC (American Kennel Club) doesn’t recognize the Doberman Husky mix as an official dog breed because it’s not a purebred breed, but a designer dog that’s been crossbred on purpose.
Thanks to the intended crossbreeding, it makes sense that the Doberman Husky combines the best physical and psychological traits of both parent breeds. It’s a powerful and sleek canine that possesses sharp intelligence, utmost loyalty, and a muscular build.
With a beautiful look and a fantastic personality, the Doberman Husky mix became an instant hit among dog enthusiasts.
However, the rising popularity of the Doberman Husky doesn’t make it any easier to learn about its history. The lack of records means we can’t pinpoint when and where this hybrid breed came to exist.
But all isn’t lost!
If you want to form a good idea of what a hybrid dog breed is or would be like, whether appearance or personality-wise, you should turn to the parent breeds.
Meet Parent 1
The AKC recognized the Doberman Pinscher as an official breed in 1908, but its origins go further back to the 1800s.
During this period, a German tax collector named Louis Dobermann wanted to breed a dog that was dependable and imposing to protect him on his rounds. It seems that visits from the tax collector were unwelcomed even then!
The new Doberman breed was the result of combining components from the German Pinscher, Black, and Tan Terrier, Rottweiler, and herding dogs (smooth-coated).
Brave, alert, and fierce, the Doberman Pinscher is still used as a reliable protector. Not to mention, its loyalty and affection towards its owners make it a fantastic family dog.
Today, it’s one of the most popular breeds in the world, ranking 16 of 284 in the 2021 AKC popular chart.
Meet Parent 2
The AKC recognized the Siberian Husky as an official breed in 1930, but its history started thousands of years before that.
The ancestors of the Siberian Husky were bred by the Chukchi people in northeastern Asia for companionship purposes and as endurance sled hounds in the harsh conditions of sub-zero temperatures.
The Chukchi managed to successfully maintain the purity of their sled dogs generation after another. In 1909, William Goosak imported Siberian Huskies from the Chukchi and, since then, these thick-coated canines dominated sled races.
In 1925, Siberian Huskies made headlines when a relay led by Leonard Seppala delivered a lifesaving serum to epidemic-plagued Nome, Alaska in less than six days.
Today, the Siberian Husky remains dog royalty. It’s one of the most popular breeds in the world, ranking 19 of 284 in the 2021 AKC popular chart.
What Is a Doberman Husky Mix called?
The Doberman Husky mix is also called the Dobsky by many of the breed’s lovers.
While it’s still not as common as some of the other Doberman Pinscher mixes (such as the Doberman Rottweiler and the Doberdane) or Siberian Husky mixes (such as the Shepherd Husky or the Boxer Husky), it’s steadily making its way there.
What Does a Doberman Husky MixLook Like?
The appearance of a Doberman Husky mix is a combination of the physical traits of its parents with no consistent characteristics to detect.
Generally, Dobskys show an athletic, muscular physique with a well-proportioned head. They possess pointed, triangular-shaped ears and long muzzles.
Their eyes have an almond-shaped outline and their smiles are cheeky. As for their eye colors, they can be blue, hazel, or brown.
The color of a Doberman Husky coat varies widely depending on the parents’ coats. The hybrid can be solid gray, black, white, tan, rust, or fawn. It can also inherit the markings of either parent; the eyebrow patterns of the Doberman or the mask patterns of the Husky.
The type of coat is double in most cases with the length ranging between short to medium, but leaning more toward the short side.
How Big and Heavy Does a Doberman Husky Mix Get?
The Doberman Husky mix is a medium-sized to large dog. They continue to grow taller and heavier until about two years of age when they reach full maturity.
Adult female Doberman Husky dogs weigh between 75 and 90 pounds. They stand at an average height of 22 to 25 inches.
Adult male Doberman Husky dogs weigh between 85 and 100 pounds. They stand at an average height of 23 to 27 inches.
How Long Does a Doberman Husky Mix Dog Live on Average?
Generally speaking, the Doberman Husky is a healthy hybrid. It has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
How Do Doberman Husky Mix Dogs Behave?
The temperament of the Doberman Husky is overall agreeable. It’s fiercely loyal and affectionate towards its owner, combining the sociable tendency of the Siberian Husky and the protectiveness of the Doberman.
The love for its family can be a bit intense, so you may feel your Doberman Husky is clingy. The need for interaction makes this dog prone to separation anxiety, which is why it does best in a family home where people are always around.
If you’re looking for a more independent canine, this hybrid may not be the ideal option.
The personality of a Doberman Husky is bright and entertaining. It’s one of the most fun and outgoing breeds, but it’s also very watchful and alert to pick up on signs of danger.
Is a Doberman Husky Mix Good With Kids?
The energetic and playful nature of the Doberman Husky makes them terrific family dogs.
They can be quite gentle with kids despite their high activity, but maybe a bit too much for some younger children so always keep an eye on their interactions.
Is a Doberman Husky Mix Good With Other Pets?
A Doberman Husky mix gets along well with other dogs and pets. The earlier this hybrid is socialized, the better and quicker it’ll get used to household pets.
Does the Doberman Husky Mix Bark a Lot?
Doberman Husky mix dogs bark rather frequently. Both parents are known to be vocal breeds — Dobermans bark for guarding whereas Huskies howl and whine loudly.
This is yet another reason a Doberman Husky mix isn’t a good apartment dog.
How to Take Care of Your Doberman Husky Mix
Now that you’re familiar with the appearance, traits, and temperament of the Doberman Husky mix, it’s time we talk about this hybrid’s basic care requirements.
What Kind of Diet Does a Doberman Husky Mix Need?
The Doberman Husky mix is a very active, medium-large pooch. This means it burns more calories than less active or smaller dogs, so it requires more food per day.
Adult Dobsky dogs need around two to three cups daily, divided into two rations.
You don’t have to worry about overweight issues in this hybrid but consult your vet for supplements that your pup might need.
How Do You Groom a Doberman Husky Mix?
Doberman Husky dogs require the following:
- Regular brushing to get rid of loose hairs and prevent tangling.
- Nail trimming to prevent scratching accidents.
- Regular baths to avoid attacks from fleas and ticks.
- Regular teeth brushing and ear cleaning.
Does the Doberman Husky Mix Need Exercise?
Yes, Doberman Husky dogs need a lot of highly intense exercise with plenty of running and endurance challenges involved.
They’re very active and energetic, so plan at least 1-hour sessions every day.
How Do You Train a Doberman Husky Mix Puppy?
The Doberman Husky mix is moderately easy to train. It can be stubborn, but it’s also obedient and eager to please.
You should begin training as early as possible. As Dobskys can often get distracted, exercise patience during sessions and keep them short.
Be firm yet gentle and only use positive reinforcement with treats and praises to get the best results.
Does the Doberman Husky Mix Suffer From Health Issues?
Since it’s a hybrid breed, the Doberman Husky mix should be generally healthier than its parent breeds. A significantly lower probability of inheriting disease is one of the advantages of combining genes.
Still, there’s a chance that a Doberman Husky will suffer from some passed-on health problems that affect both parents. The following are some of the main concerns to look out for:
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
This common health condition results from degenerative growth abnormalities that occur specifically in the joints of the hip and elbow.
Dysplasia causes the ball of the bone that should fit into the socket to align loosely. This weakens the attaching ligaments and puts additional stress on the bones.
All these side effects make the hip and elbow joints prone to breakage and stiffness. It can also easily develop into arthritis.
Hip and elbow dysplasia is a painful condition that -unfortunately- doesn’t have a cure. However, early diagnosis can help delay or prevent long-term arthritis.
If you don’t opt for surgical options, the best you can do for a Doberman Husky suffering from dysplasia is to manage the condition by administering painkillers and inflammation medications.
Such treatment can ease the symptoms of the disease and slow its complications.
Like its parents, the Doberman Husky mix is at risk of developing several ophthalmic conditions. A couple of these are:
If your Dobsky suffers from this disease, its eye(s) will have a white turbid layer covering it and making vision unclear. The silver lining is that your pooch won’t be in pain because of cataracts.
Also, they’re easy to cure by surgery where the vet will remove the film that’s causing the cloudiness. From there, the dog will regain normal eyesight.
Sometimes, surgery isn’t even necessary and the vet will prescribe eye drops instead. It depends on the pup’s case.
If you notice cataracts starting to appear, make sure to get your Doberman Husky checked right away. If left untreated, this condition can develop into glaucoma and even lead to blindness.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
A Doberman Husky mix is also prone to PRA, which is a genetic disease that causes the retina of the eye to degenerate as the dog grows older.
Unfortunately, PRA doesn’t have an effective treatment yet.
The speed of deterioration in PRA varies depending on the form of the disease and the hybrid’s genes. But most dogs lose vision within 1 to 2 years.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
When the canine’s blood doesn’t contain von Willebrand factor protein (vWF), it suffers from von Willebrand’s disorder.
This is an inherited disease that inhibits blood clotting, leading to excessive bleeding after an injury or procedure.
Unfortunately, von Willebrand’s disease has no cure.
If the bleeding is minor, it can be controlled using bandages, wound glue, or sutures. But if the bleeding is severe, it’ll require a transfusion.
What Is the Price of a Doberman Husky Mix?
The general price range of a Doberman Husky puppy from a trusted breeder is between $500 to $1,000, with adult dogs costing less. If you adopt one, you’ll probably find adults only and won’t have to pay much (if any).
Several factors affect the exact price including the lineage of the parents and the location of the breeder.