Introducing the cross-breeds
Dogs are amazing companions, with the phrase ‘man’s best friend’ proving correct time and again. Our canine family members are continually loyal, bubbly, and ever-present as we go about our daily lives. It is therefore common to have these friends by our sides as we go to parks, walks, shopping, or our daily runs. It is evident that over time, crossbreeding has brought about unique breeds, each exhibiting some unique qualities. Various reasons have come about regarding why pet parents have taken to mixing the species.
Here are some of the principal reasons why we have mixed-breed canines:
1. Health reasons
Over the centuries, we have had dogs as companions. Over time, several patterns have been observed, particularly regarding health challenges. While some breeds have proven particularly stable regarding health, others have had some well-documented health issues that appear consistent to the specific species. The idea to cross-breed is rooted in the belief that the presence of a different set of genes alleviates a number of this concerns, and indeed this is a motivator for mixing the breeds. This approach has continually produced healthier pets and continues to be the chief reason for crossbreeding.
2. The need for uniqueness
The idea to mix up breeds brings about the possibility of creating a truly unique pet companion, and that can be a big selling point. Having a pet bearing the genetics of two or more species will create a unique look. Dogs are human companions for a wide variety of reasons, and one of those reasons is to be a status symbol. Status can reflect regarding the value of a pet or in its uniqueness.It is human nature to want something unique, something that stands out. Uniqueness, therefore, is a big motivator for mixing up the breeds.
3. Balanced characteristics
Mixing breeds subsequently bring about a mix of tendencies that manifest due to the genetic combination. Some dog breeds may exhibit an erratic temperament, with other breeds being calmer and laid back.Introducing the characteristics from a second breed is likely to even out the personality. Mixing breeds not only addresses temperament, but also other factors such as size, athleticism, health, looks, and the overall lifespan. A balance is therefore crucial, all elements considered.
Mixing breeds also bring about some challenges, such as:
- The temperament remains an unpredictable aspect
- Due to the different sizes between the mother and father, birthing difficulties could be a concern
- Mixing breeds are likely to bring about new health issues
- There is general unpredictability when it comes to size and age
However, there are some cross-breeds that win our hearts. These unique dogs check all the right boxes, bringing their unique looks and character as winning aspects of a perfect companion. Like all other breeds, they still need consistent love and care. These unique friends stand out and form the potential basis for future purebreds. Varied size and looks along with other characteristics can be big selling points. Here are the leading crosses.
1. German Shepherd Husky Mix
Picture the majestic dire wolf from Game of Thrones; strong, elegant, and brave. Now add intelligence, and you have the perfect companion. These qualities are the defining characters of the German Shepherd Husky mix. This cross is indeed the true alpha. With wolf-like qualities, this mix also goes by the name Gerberian Shepsky. This breed is the perfect mix of looks, brevity, power, and energy and recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) and the DRA (Dog Registry of America). This dog stands majestically at 65cm and can weigh up to 85lbs.
The defining quality of the German Shepherd Husky mix is its temperament. Despite its large size, this is a gentle, friendly, and loyal companion. This sturdy dog was initially bred for work by the Chukchi of Siberia around 3000 years ago. This mix is docile and friendly and is therefore suitable even for a family with kids or other pets. Initially bred for harsh conditions and hard work, this friendly canine is your best friend.
2. The Husky Lab Mix
The Husky Lab mix goes by many names; Huskador, Siberian Retriever, or Labsky. This cross is a relatively new breed and comes from Siberian Husky and Labrador Retriever parents, both purebreds. The kind is known for its terrific looks, and as a puppy, it is incredibly cute. These canines are energetic, hardworking, affectionate, trainable, approachable, and excellent swimmers. Other defining traits are the loyal and protective nature towards the family. Fully grown, the mix will weigh between 40 and 60 pounds, with short or medium-long hair that is relatively easy to groom. Temperament may lean towards that of either parent.
4. Chow Chow Siberian Husky Mix
Fondly called the Chusky or the Chowsky, this mix is for the experienced dog owner. This dog is a medium-sized or slightly large dog, standing at 18 to 23 inches, and weighing in at 40 to 65 pounds. The average lifespan of this cross is between 10 and 13 years. The Chusky is a high-energy pet and will need a home with a fence. The mix is an excellent watchdog. This mix is an affectionate, loving, protective, and very loyal dog. For maximum comfort, this breed does best in an active household due to its energetic character.
The Utonagan is a cross between a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Malamute. This cross is a huge dog, standing at a majestic 23 to 30 inches when fully grown, and tipping the scales at an impressive 55 to 110 pounds. The Utonagan’s lifespan lives for 12 to 15 years. Just like the Chusky, the Utonagan is most suited to an experienced owner. This cross is a very active dog breed and thrives in open spaces, meaning that the ideal house needs a yard. Due to its energy, this dog is perfect for the active household. With a mild temperament, this dog is gentle, loving, and loyal.
The Maltipoo is a cross between the Maltese and Poodle. This breed is renowned for its fun-loving, bubbly, and affectionate personality. This active dog easily fits into any setup; be it an apartment, large household, or a home with kids. The Maltipoo is a great companion for the elderly as well, living alone or with family. Weighing in at a modest 5 to 15 pounds, this is a small dog, standing at 8 to 14 inches long.
There are many mixes out there, and the German Shepherd Husky mix is a breed that remains captivating with the perfect balance of size, power, gentleness, and loyalty; more like, the friendly giant. The ideal companion has to be suitable for the living conditions, as well as fitting into the family setup, especially where kids and the elderly are involved.