Mini Husky, or Miniature Siberian Husky, is basically a much smaller version of standard Siberian Huskies.
These dogs were bred to provide an opportunity for people who love Huskies to own a dog they like despite living conditions that would prevent them from owning a standard-sized Husky.
History of the Mini Husky
Miniature Huskies have been quite popular for decades now, ever since the first Mini Husky was bred during the 1990s by Bree Normandin. Her goal was to create a much smaller version of the standard Siberian Husky, so she selectively bred those specimens of the breed that were exceptionally small. In fact, the same practice is used to breed Mini Huskies today.
In that respect, the history of the Mini Husky dates back thousands of years since they have the same pedigree as the regular Siberian Huskies who were first bred by a tribe of Siberian nomads called Chukchi. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club back in 1930, although the small Husky breed, the Miniature Husky, is not officially recognized by the AKC as a breed or a variety of the Siberian Husky.
Some people mistake Mini Huskies with the Alaskan Klee Kai since these breeds look very similar. However, they are indeed two separate dog breeds.
Basic Information about the Mini Husky
The small Husky breed known as the Mini Husky is very popular today, which is why a puppy can cost anywhere from 600$ to 3,000$. The price varies a lot depending on the breeder and other factors.
With that in mind, it is important to buy a Mini Husky puppy from a reputable breeder. Avoid puppy mills and other shady sources or you may end up with an unhealthy dog and a lot of avoidable veterinary bills.
Mini Huskies look pretty much the same as the regular Siberian Huskies, except the fact that they are smaller in size.
Full-grown Miniature Huskies can grow to be 14-17 high and they can weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. Thanks to their smaller size, Mini Huskies are suitable for apartment living. Additionally, you won’t have a problem finding a suitable dog bed for them and fit it in your apartment.
Other physical traits are pretty much the same as they are in Siberian Huskies. The Mini Husky also has a dense coat that comes in various colors, including pure white or some combination of white and black, gray, or copper.
Perhaps the most recognizable feature of Mini Huskies, and Huskies in general, are their almond-shaped eyes. Their eyes can either be brown or blue. Their icy blue eyes are striking and pronounced against their fur. However, Huskies are quite prone to Heterochromia, a condition in which eyes are multicolored. When it comes to Huskies, it means that one eye is brown and the other blue.
Mini Huskies are curious and intelligent dogs, well-known for being escape artists due to their ability to get over or under fences. These dogs have high energy levels, which is understandable since they were bred to be sled dogs. That means that they require plenty of physical and mental exercise.
This breed usually gets along well with other dogs and pets, which is great since another pet can provide them with attention when you can’t. When properly trained, Mini Huskies are great family pets since they are very affectionate and extremely loyal. They also get along with children and they are gentle with them.
This breed has an average lifespan of 12-14 years, which is pretty much in line with other breeds of that size. However, Mini Huskies are prone to the same health problems as their larger counterparts, Siberian Huskies.
The most common health issues they encounter include progressive retinal atrophy and hypothyroidism. They are also fairly susceptible to glaucoma, cataracts, seizures and laryngeal paralysis, among other things.
Caring for the Mini Huskies
Mini Huskies are quite popular because they are suitable for apartment living, unlike the standard Alaskan Husky. However, it takes a lot of effort and time to care for this breed since they have high energy levels and require regular grooming.
Exercise and Training
Although Mini Huskies can live in apartments and homes without a yard, having a backyard can be very helpful for meeting their daily need for exercise. Mini Huskies require daily walks and a lot of playtime to remain happy and healthy.
Additionally, they can easily get bored and develop problematic behaviors like barking, chewing, or digging. And since they can be known as escape artists, perhaps it is wise to invest in an electric dog fence to prevent them from getting out of the yard.
However, Mini Huskies can behave perfectly well if they are trained and provided with enough attention and exercise. The key is to start the training as soon as possible and positively reinforce desirable behavior. Still, you need to be patient with them and prepare for frustration since they are rebellious and love to test your patience.
Since Mini Huskies have a thick double coat that usually protects them from the harsh weather, they require regular grooming. The undercoat is dense, while the topcoat has straight and short hairs that are shed easily, mostly during the spring.
To control the shedding, you need to brush the coat frequently, two or three times a week at least. During the spring, you may need to do it even more often or take your dog to a professional groomer.
Mini Huskies only need bathing if they spend a lot of time outdoors. In this case, they will certainly get dirty because they are very active and curious. Mini Huskies that generally stay indoors need just one bath a month. You can use this pet shower spray to bathe your pooch.
This breed, or any other breed for that matter, can develop dental problems as they mature. To prevent this, you should brush your dog’s teeth once or twice a week.
Mini Huskies are simply a much smaller version of a Siberian Husky. With energy to spare, these mischievous furballs need plenty of exercise. They are also difficult to train.
However, these dogs are also intelligent, loyal and great with kids. As long as you train your Mini Husky well, these family dogs can be perfect pets.