Siberian Huskies have become more common over the past couple of decades but Samskies remain something of a mystery.
While you’ve probably encountered a Siberian Husky at some point in your life, we’d wager that you’re yet to meet a Samoyed x Siberian Husky cross.
We spoke to Kikko the Samsky and Katana the Husky (@katana.kikko) who are pals living in Brisbane, Australia.
Their mom is in a unique position to give us an insight on the similarities and differences between a Samsky and a Siberian Husky.
Not only that, but her experience with her male Samoyed x Siberian Husky Kikko means she’s able to give us an opportunity to learn more about the personalities of the cross breed.
So let’s get down to business and begin our chat with Kikko Samsky & Katana Husky (@katana.kikko).
1) You’ve got two beautiful dogs. Can you give us a little backstory behind how you ended up with Katana and Kikko?
Thank you. Katana came into our lives first: she used to live with an other family but after two weeks they realized a Siberian Husky wasn’t a good fit for them and this is how we got the chance to meet and fall in love with her. We really wanted for Katana to grow up with another dog so we started looking for one. This is actually a “funny” story, as I was sending my boyfriend a puppy’s advertisement and he sent me the exact same one: it was the perfect puppy! We couldn’t ignore this sign from the universe and after thinking about it for a few days, we finally decided to contact the breeder. Long story short: after almost going with two other families, Kikko finally joined ours.
2) How old are Katana and Kikko? What are their personalities like?
Katana and Kikko are 8 and 7 months. Katana is really calm, independent, social and smart. She will always do her own thing but would never let anyone feel left out. She loves kids and puppies and she is the most gentle girl with them. She loves food and would do anything for a treat.
Kikko is super talkative, curious, playful and cuddly. He gets excited really quick when meeting other dogs or during playtime and would express it by howling. It is really hard for me to be alone and so he will always follow us or Katana everywhere but it doesn’t keep him from playing on his own with his favorite toys or friends at the dog park.
Both of them love swimming, chase each other and rough play.
3) Kikko is a Samoyed x Husky mix. Can you identify which traits he gets from each breed?
For the physical traits, he has the snout, tail and fluffyness of the Samoyed and the ears, legs and markings of the Siberian Husky.
We haven’t lived with Samoyeds or other Siberian Husky than Katana so we won’t be able to be really accurate about the personality traits, but from the few of them we met, I can say Kikko definitely has the barking trait of the Samoyeds as well as the playful, affectionate and loyal sides.
We do believe he has more of a Samoyed’s personally than a Husky’s but we still find some Husky in him: he has quite a high prey drive or can be really stubborn but unlike Huskies he is acting a lot like a guard dog. He is also really active and his play style looks a lot like what we’ve seen on other Huskies.
4) What are the similarities between Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies?
Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies are both primitive breeds and so they need lot of physical and mental exercise. They have very similar size and coat that make them perfect for colder weather.
5) What are the differences between Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies?
Huskies are more of a lone wolf when Samoyeds are really willing to please their owners. Huskies would be friendlier to strangers than Samoyeds. In the end, these two breeds are really similar.
6) Do you believe it’s fair to say Samoyed x Husky mixes embody the best traits of both breeds?
I believe they embody all the traits of both breeds, the “good” and “bad” – and like every dog they just require training and patience from us so we can reinforce what we like the best about them.
7) What are the biggest challenges owning Kikko and Katana?
The main challenge was to raise two puppies at the same time, making sure they both get the same amount of personal attention but without keeping them from bonding with each other.
We experienced a big challenge regarding resources guarding with Katana which was really stressful and required from us a lot of understanding and patience in order to earn her trust and so be able to enjoy time together with food around. Apart from that, she has always has been the “perfect dog”.
We didn’t have any big challenges with Kikko except for a little bit of separation anxiety and now a lot of barking. Somehow they are learning a lot from each other and so it made it really easy for us to potty train them or teach them recall.
8) Living in Australia, how do both dogs adapt to the Brisbane weather?
Thanks to their double coat, they adapt pretty well to the weather. Obviously to make it easier for them, we exercise them early in the morning or late afternoon and during the day we have inside activities such as small training sessions, enrichment toys or naps. In summer, we give them ice cube to chew, we freeze their food, make sure they always have a lot of fresh water and sometimes we fill a kid pool with water or ice. They enjoy going to the beach so it is really nicee to enjoy the Australian lifestyle with them.
9) What are the most common questions you get asked about both your dogs?
“What breed are they?”, “Are they doing ok with the Australian weather?”, ” Are they friendly?” and “Can I pet your dogs?”.
10) Do they get on with other dogs? Do they have a preferred breed they like (I find my Alaskan Klee Kai particularly love northern breeds)?
It was really important to us that they are well socialized so we tried of best to take them at least once a day to the dog park and once a week to day care. I am really happy to tell that they are now easily getting along with other dogs from any size, breed or age. Kikko loves to play with poodle mixes or any rough players and Katana loves to play chase so any Shepherds are her best friend.
Since the day we got her, Katana had perfect social skills and never ever got herself into a fight of bad situation. It was hard for Kikko to realize when he was being too excited with others but he is alright now. But lately we’ve had some issues with other intact male dogs being randomly mad at Kikko now that he is hitting puberty.
11) What’s your favourite photo on Instagram with them?
I love them all but if I have to choose I would say the one where they are both in their dog house and Kikko is like kissing Katana’s cheek.
12) Why did you decide to start an Instagram page? How much time do you dedicate to it?
I started it when we got Katana so I wouldn’t overwhelm my friends with dogs stuff and so I could meet and share with other dog lovers. But once Kikko arrived it was really hard for me to find time for Instagram, taking care of them and life. Now that they are getting older and wiser, they are more settled and it gives me time again for Instagram. I’ve met so many great people, learnt so much from them and so now I am dedicating way too much time to Instagram.
13) What other Samoyed x Husky accounts would you recommend to our readers?
I would recommend you to follow:
@Samskylou She is the cutest Samsky with her bright blue eyes. Samskylou and her Mom are so much fun.
@Meeka.kava She is an Australian Samsky living in Brisbane like us. She is so nice and so is her mom. We can’t wait to go to her 2nd birthday party this weekend.
@Maekoakita He is actually Husky cross Akita x Samoyede but looks lime Kikko’s twin and they seem to have very similar personalities. He is just so cute and lovely.
Samoyed x Siberian Husky pros
• Medium size active dogs
• Really affectionate
• Super friendly and social
• So cute
Samoyed x Siberian Husky cons
• Bark a lot
• High prey drive
• Can’t walk in the street without being stopped
Siberian Husky pros
• So smart
• Gentle and friendly
• Easy going
• Always have energy
Siberian Husky cons
• High prey drive
• Escape artist
• Lone wolf