It’s not uncommon for Samoyeds to get confused for Huskies – but they’re different types of dog.
Although Samoyeds are an ancient breed initially used by the Samoyedic peoples to herd and hunt reindeer, they do share some similarities to Huskies.
Both are northern breeds that were used by explorers to pull sleds in unforgiving conditions. They played a big role in the Gold Rush following their arrival in the United States in the early 1900s.
While the Alaskan Husky originated in Alaska as their name suggests, Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies can trace their roots back to the north west region of Russia.
The Samusky is a cross between a Samoyed and a Siberian Husky. They’re also called Samoyed x Husky or Samsky.
In this article, we’re going to take a close look at the Samoyed Husky to learn more about the cross breed, the history of both parents, as well the temperament and traits of these hybrid dogs.
We’ll also feature Lou (@ausskylouva) in this article.
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What is a Samoyed Husky/Samusky?
A Samusky is a mix between a Samoyed and a Siberian Husky. By combining these two Spitz breed, you get a dog that is looks almost like an arctic fox.
Samusky aren’t that common and you won’t find a lot of information about them online.
To get a better understanding of Samoyed Husky mix, we need to take a closer look at the origins of Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies.
Samoyed are one of 14 ancient breeds that are thought to have a genetic footprint that is close to wolves.
They originated in north western Russia where the Samoyede people would use to hunt and later herd reindeer. They were a key part of the tribe and these nomads would even sleep with these dogs to retain body heat.
Samoyeds have a double coat with a straight outer coat and a thick inner coat to withstand the harsh weather conditions
Discovered by British explorers in Russia, Samoyeds would go on to pull sleds for these adventurers in inhospitable environments such as the Arctic and Antartica.
The first Samoyed was registered with the AKC in 1906.
Siberian Husky history
As their name indicates, the Siberian Husky originated in Siberia in northern Russia. These elegant dogs were used by tribes people – too.
The Chukchi tribe relied on the endurance levels of Siberian Huskies to travel great distances.
They arrived in Alaska from Siberia in 1908 to challenge the Alaskan Husky in sled dog racing.
Balto and his fellow pack mates earned international acclaim after they delivered life-saving diphtheria serum from Nenana to Noma to prevent an epidemic outbreak in 1925. It was a 674-mile journey.
The Siberian Husky breed was granted status by the United Kennel Club in 1930.
Samoyed size and colors
The breed standard for Samoyeds differs in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The American Kennel Club list the ideal size range as between 21 and 23 1/2 inches (53–60 cm) in height for males and 19 and 21 inches (48–53 cm) in height for females.
Alternatively, the Kennel Club’s breed standard says males can be between 20 and 22 inches (51–56 cm) and females are 18-20 inches (46–51 cm).
It’s important to understand that the Samoyed’s breed standard is defined by size and not weight.
When you think about Samoyeds, an all white dog will come to mind. However, they can have four different colors: white, biscuit, white and biscuit and cream.
Siberian Husky size and colors
Siberian Huskies are quite similar in size to Samoyeds.
The breed standard states that male Siberian Huskies reach a height range of 21 and 24 inches (53 and 61cm) tall and their weight range is 45 to 60 pounds (20 and 27 kg).
Female Siberian Huskies are naturally a little smaller than their male counterparts, with an average height of 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm) tall and 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg) in weight.
Siberian Huskies come in a variety of different colors: black, agouti, gray, red, sable, and white.
Samoyed Husky/Samusky size and colors
As with all hybrid dogs, there’s no guarantee that a mix breed will inherit certain desired traits of specific parents.
Given Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies are quite similar in height, you can say with some certainty that a Samusky will be between 19 and 24 inches tall.
Siberian Huskies tend to be more slimline than Samoyeds so it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific weight range for these designer dogs.
Samoyed Husky mixes tend to be white or cream but they can be any variation of black and white, copper/red and white, grey and white, sage and white and biscuit.
Similarities between Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies
Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies have quite a few similarities, which is hardly surprising given they come from the area of Russia.
As you’ll already have deduced from the size range above, Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies are pretty similar in terms of height. However, Samoyeds can be slightly heavier.
They both have a double coat that’s function was to protect against harsh and unforgiving weather in Russia.
As a result, both breeds are considered heavy shedders. They’ll blow out their undercoat once or twice a year.
A Samoyed Husky mix is likely to have a high prey drive and struggle with recall give both their parents have these traits.
Both breeds are usually friendly and loyal pets.
Differences between Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies
Samoyeds have a reputation for being louder dogs than Siberian Huskies. While the latter is characterised as a canine that likes to howl, Samoyeds make a woo-woo sound. In other words, Siberian Huskies like to talk and Samoyeds like to bark.
While both breeds can be independent thinkers, Siberian Huskies have a reputation for being extremely strong willed and stubborn. They like to operate on their own terms.
The Siberian dogs tend to have a little more energy than Samoyeds – too.
A Samusky is 50 per cent Samoyed and 50 per cent Siberian Husky.
There’s no guarantee that a Samoyed Husky mix will inherit the traits of one of their parents more than the other.
It won’t become apparent what physical and personality traits they embody from each of their parents until they’re well into puppyhood.
Given both breeds are friendly, loyal and sociable dogs, there’s a good chance a Samoyed Husky mix will be an outgoing canine.
Other Samoyed mixes
Samoyed x Golden Retriever mix = Golden Sammy
Samoyed x Siberian Husky = Samusky
Samoyed x Poodle mix = Sammypoo
Other Siberian Husky mixes
Husky + Corgi = Cusky
Husky + Pitbull Terrier = Pitsky
Husky + Pug = The Hug Dog
German Shepherd + Husky = Gerberian Shepsky
Famous Samoyed Husky to follow on Instagram
1) Lou (@samskylou) – 10,500 followers
2) Kikko Samsky and Katana Husky (@katana.kikko) – 1,400 followers
Anything else to consider?
If you’re interested in learning more about these beautiful hybrid dogs, you could contact owners through social media to learn more about them.
As with all mixed breeds, there’s no guarantee that a Samoyed x Siberian Husky will inherits specific traits of one of its parents.
So there you have it, we’ve given you a breakdown of the Samoyed x Siberian Husky cross breed.
Samsky or Samusky are a pretty rare designer breed that share the same beauty as their northern relations.
They’re friendly and loyal dogs that will require quite a bit of exerice and will shed a lot.