Both, the Chow Chow and the Siberian Husky are Asian working breeds, with quite a few similarities. A cross between them is called a Chusky, and this DogAppy write-up covers everything about their temperament, behavior, life expectancy, and common health problems.
Will my Chusky have blue eyes? Will it? Will it?
Siberian Huskies are known for their utterly beautiful blue eyes. Often, people on the lookout for this specific trait bring home purebred or mixed huskies, without giving a thought to more crucial aspects like the dog’s temperament and health. It is unfortunate, as huskies are somewhat high-maintenance, and may end up in a shelter once the owner realizes that the ‘blue-eyed’ dog he so coveted is not as easy to handle as imagined. Therefore, we urge you to study the dog’s temperament before you bring one home!
The Chow Chow and the Siberian Husky maybe chalk-and-cheese in the looks department, but they have many more similarities to share. Both breeds originated in colder regions, and thus have protective double-layered coats. Also, both were traditionally used in hunting, herding, pulling, and providing protection. Needless to say, both breeds are extremely intelligent and active dogs.
The Chow Chow-Siberian Husky mix, or Chuskies, as they’re also known as, are medium to large-sized dogs. They are described to be aloof and independent, but do forge a deep bond with their family.
These dogs inherit the tendency of being hardworking from both parents. You’ll find their intelligence appealing, along with their unique and gorgeous looks.
On your part, keep in mind that Chuskies shed quite a bit, and their luscious coat requires regular grooming. Being working dogs, they are likely to be very active, and need ample exercise on a daily basis.
Before we go on to knowing more about them, here’s some insight into what the parents are like. Understanding the parent breeds will give you a clearer picture about what to expect in their offspring.
◾ The Chow Chow’s lionesque looks make him instantly recognizable. But besides the obvious, he’s also known to exhibit a feline aloofness in his behavior. That said, this dog is also fiercely protective of his family or favorite person, and is very suspicious of strangers.
◾ Owing to their temperament, Chow Chows need to be socialized with other animals, as well as people since puppyhood. Doing so ensures that they have a calmer attitude with others as they grow.
◾ The Siberian Husky is one gorgeous breed, known for its ice blue eyes. This dog can prove to be quite a handful, as he’s a master of escape tactics and loves to wander and explore the outdoors. Their intelligence gives them a mind of their own, which means that they are more suited for experienced dog owners.
◾ These dogs can be stubborn―and combined with their athletic strength, are somewhat difficult to train. Huskies need obedience training, as well as socialization, and can prove to be wonderful pets for a tenacious and experienced dog owner.
Information About Chow Chow-Siberian Husky Mix
Crossbreeds inherit physical and behavioral traits from both parents, so it is a given that your Chusky will be an intelligent and hardworking dog with an athletic disposition.
Temperament and Behavior
◾ Chuskies can be fun-loving and energetic dogs. They love to run around and chase, which makes them ideal for homes with ample space to comfortably move around.
◾ They’re also quite smart, but may prove to be just a little stubborn while following (or ignoring) commands. This is why they need to be socialized and trained to follow basic commands since puppyhood.
◾ They can be inherently suspicious―an excellent quality for guard dogs―but can pose problems if you lead an active social life yourself. If this is the case, ensure that you allow your dog to mingle among other animals and people as early as possible.
◾ Chuskies love to run around, chasing anything which catches their fancy, particularly small animals. Therefore, it is important to keep them leashed while you’re outside.
◾ The Chusky may not be an ideal pet for a home with small children, as the dog maybe a little short on patience when handled inappropriately. However, Chusky puppies can always be trained to become more tolerant of children and other pets. Even then, it is prudent to monitor every interaction between the dog and young children.
Exercise and Grooming
◾ We’ve mentioned the word ‘athletic’ quite a few times in this post so far, which should give you a fair idea about the exercise requirements of this cross. These dogs maybe a bit laid back by nature, but they do need physical and mental stimulation.
◾ Take your Chusky out on long walks, or play a game of fetch in the park. A dog this energetic can get bored with lack of physical activity.
◾ Chuskies shed heavily, and have a coat which requires methodical brushing at regular intervals. You can have the dog professionally groomed on a monthly basis.
◾ Your Chusky may grow up to the height of 18 to 23 inches, and weigh between 40 and 65 lbs. This dog does not have too many health concerns in general, but do ensure that you choose a responsible breeder to buy your puppy from―or better still, adopt one, who is in need of a loving home.
◾ The Chow Chow is a breed that is most affected by elbow dysplasia. It is prone to hip dysplasia, as are Siberian Huskies. Huskies may have a higher chance of suffering from canine glaucoma and juvenile cataracts. Therefore, one can never insist enough on choosing a responsible dog breeder who is aware of any possible genetic problem(s) faced by the dogs.
◾ On the whole, your Chusky is a fairly healthy dog, as long as you’ve chosen a good breeder. Their average lifespan is 10 – 13 years.