Mini Huskies are smaller versions of Siberian Huskies.
These dogs may sound too good to be true for Husky lovers who want one of these fluffy pups but are concerned about their size.
Mini Huskies come in a much smaller package but embody the same personality traits as their larger relations.
These dogs were developed to be smaller sized versions of Siberian Huskies in the 1990s by a lady called Bree Normandin.
While the American Kennel Club recognise Siberian Huskies as a breed, the AKC haven’t granted Mini Huskies full status.
Mini Huskies can be associated or misidentified as Alaskan Klee Kai, Pomskies or a Siberian Husky mix.
In this article we’ll take a deep dive into Mini Huskies and learn more about these wonderful little dogs.
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Is there such thing as a Mini Husky?
Miniature Huskies do exist but are often confused for other smaller breeds that are similar in appearance to these dogs.
If you’re looking to get a Siberian Husky but you’re concerned about their energy levels and size, a Miniature Husky could be the solution.
Mini Husky breed
A Mini Husky is a Siberian Husky that has been bred to be much smaller in size.
If you love the personalities of Siberian Huskies, you won’t have to sacrifice missing out on their colorful characteristics if you do decide to get a Mini Husky as they act much the same.
As we mentioned above, the Miniature Husky breed was created by a woman called Bree Normandin in the early 1990s.
Normandin wanted to breed companion sized Siberian Huskies, which led to the creation of these adorable pups.
She developed her small dotes by breeding undersized Siberian Huskies together to lead to the emergence of her Mini Huskies.
By doing so, Normandin created a type of dog that is effectively an apartment-friendly Siberian Husky.
In terms of genetic make up, they are Siberian Husky just much smaller and easier to control than their larger sled dog brethren.
Mini Husky size
By this stage, you’re probably curious to learn the exact size of these Mini Huskies.
They usually grow to around 12 to 16 inches in height, while these fluffy sled dogs can weigh between 15 and 35 pounds.
To give our readers a better understanding of how small these Mini Huskies, Siberian Huskies can range from 20 and 25 inches in height and weigh between 35 and 60 pounds.
So that’s a difference of at least eight or nine inches and around 20 pounds depending on each individual dog.
What do Mini Huskies look like?
Mini Huskies mirror the appearance of Siberian Huskies. They’re striking dogs with beautiful coats and eye colors that’ll prove attention grabbing wherever they go.
Their coats can be black and white, grey and white, red and white, sage and white and all white. They can have a variety of different eye colors: blue, brown, bi-eyes and parti-eyed.
Mini Husky full grown
Naturally, Mini Huskies will grow a lot in the initial six months of life, before their growth starts to slow down between six and 12 months.
Mini Huskies will keep growing until the 18-month mark when their growth spurts decelerate.
Mini Husky temperament
Like we touched on above, Miniature Huskies embody the same personality traits as Siberian Huskies.
They’re very talkative dogs, so you can enjoy long conversations with your Mini Husky. If they’re not happy with a situation, they’ll let their pet parents know in no uncertain terms.
Mini Huskies will usually howl rather than bark. This could be indicative of the varying moods. With help from an experienced dog behaviorist, it’s possible to limit how much these dogs howl.
Huskies have a reputation for being destructive chewers, especially if they’re bored or not getting enough exercise. Mini Huskies are no different if they’re lacking stimulation in their lives.
These northern dogs have a reputation for being escape artists, so they shouldn’t be trusted off the leash under any circumstances.
Mini Huskies, like Siberian Huskies, have a high prey drive and will chase small animals on walks, hikes and jogs with their owners.
You’ll need to ensure your garden or yard is securely fenced to ensure these Mini Huskies don’t wander off.
These striking pooches are usually playful and sociable dogs. They’ll need at least 45 minutes of exercise a day to deplete their energy levels.
How long do Mini Huskies live?
Generally, small dog breeds are thought to live longer than their larger four-legged friends.
Mini Huskies have an average life span of 12 to 14 years, although some can live longer.
Mini Husky health problems
Mini Huskies are a relatively healthy breed of dog, but they’re prone to some health conditions.
These include eye problems in the shape of glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy.
You’ll want to make sure you’ve got their diet right to prevent overfeeding leading to obesity.
They can be prone to follicular dysplasia, which can lead to alopecia or loss of hair.
Can Mini Huskies be left alone?
Mini Huskies enjoy the company of their humans, so they usually don’t do well when left alone for long periods.
They can become very attached to their owners, which results in separation anxiety if they’re left alone. This could last minutes or hours.
Usually separation anxiety manifests itself as persistent barking or howling, destructive chewing or digging and sometimes even defecting.
Other Mini Huskies could resort to unwanted behaviors purely out of boredom. They need a lot of stimulation.
Do Mini Huskies shed?
Mini Huskies do shed a lot like Siberian Huskies so be prepared for regularly grooming.
They’ve got a double coat: outer and inner coat. The former sheds throughout a year, while the latter blows out twice a year at the change of the seasons.
Miniature Huskies will require regular grooming to get rid of dead hair and prevent tangles.
Are Mini Huskies hypoallergenic?
The American Kennel Club state clearly on their website that there is no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog.
However, some breeds that don’t shed a lot and produce small amounts of dander can be a good fit for those with an allergy to canines.
Mini Huskies are not hypoallergenic – they shed consistently throughout the year like Siberian Huskies.
Mini Husky AKC
The American Kennel Club recognize Siberian Huskies as a breed but don’t make a dinstinction for Mini Huskies.
Therefore miniature huskies are just undersized members of the breed in the eyes of the AKC.
Can a Mini Husky live in hot weather?
A Miniature Husky can live in a warm climate as long as their pet parents avoid long walks during the hottest times of the day.
Dog owners should make sure their dog has a regular supply to fresh water to keep themselves hydrated.
Are Mini Huskies easy to train?
Siberian Huskies have a reputation for being stubborn dogs. Like the larger huskies, Mini Huskies can be independent and strong willed.
However, consistent training in the early puppy months can help to teach your dog basic obedience.
You’ll need to keep your Mini Husky stimulated to prevent boredom and their attention wandering elsewhere.
Mini Husky looking dog
If you think you’ve spotted a Mini Husky out and about, you could well be confusing these dogs with other breeds that are similar in appearance.
Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Klee Kai were created by Linda Spurlin in the late 1970s. Having encountered an undersized Husky during a trip to Colorado, Spurlin set about recreating the dog using Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky, American Eskimo Dog and Schipperke.
A Pomsky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. According to Wag, the Pomsky originated around 2009 in the United States before the the first record of a Pomsky litter born in the USA was in 2012. Given these dogs are one half Siberian Husky mixed with a small breed such as Pomeranian, it’s hardly surprising that they’re confused for Mini Huskies.
Other Siberian Husky mix
Of course Siberian Huskies can be mixed with a variety of other breeds. Those with a Mini Husky have more than likely been asked if their dog is a Siberian Husky-Chihuaua mix at some point.
Other cross breeds include Chusky (Chow Chow and Husky), Labsky (Labrador and Husky) and Pitsky (Pitbull and Husky).
Mini Husky price
As you can probably predict, Mini Huskies don’t come cheap. They remain quite rare, so that has ensured an elevated price for these dogs.
According to Huskiespuppyinfo, you can expect to pay between $950 – $1450 for a Mini Husky puppy. However, Mini Husky Lovers suggests an average price range of $1,250 to $1,600.
The price can vary depending on each individual breeder, the coat color and eye color.
Other potential costs include dog food, pet insurance, grooming, vet trips and much more. You can check out the best pet insurance options in the USA and the UK.
Mini Huskies to follow on Instagram
1) Maya the Mini Husky (@minihuskyy) – 65,000 followers
2) Miilo The Mini Husky (@itsmiilo) – 14,000 followers
Anything else to consider?
You should never buy a puppy that isn’t with it’s mother. This ensures that the breeder has indeed bred the puppy and hasn’t acquired the little pooch from a puppy farm or third party.
If you’re concerned about whether a Mini Husky is a pure breed Siberian Husky, you should ask to see the parent’s papers.
The power and size of a Siberian Husky can be intimidating to some prospective owners. In that case, you should consider a Mini Husky.
These dogs are almost identical in appearance and temperament, but are much smaller which should make them more manageable.
Not to be confused with an Alaskan Klee Kai or Pomsky, they’re not recognised as a breed by the AKC, who view them as a size variation of Siberian Huskies.