These two beautiful breeds are becoming a more popular and sought after breed mix. Find out their similarities, differences, and how they combine perfectly together.
Samoyed + Husky = Samusky
The Samoyed husky mix is known as the “Samusky.” Cute, right? Just about as cute as the Samoyed husky mix puppies! If you’ve ever looked into adopting one of these two breeds, you may have even mixed them up because of their similarities.
Both the Samoyed and the Siberian husky originate “from the northwestern region of Russia and [are] used by explorers to pull their loaded sleds, hunt & herd in extremely cold, snowy conditions.”
About the Samoyed
These beautiful, fluffy white creatures are more than just a pretty face. Samoyeds were bred for hard work. The “Samoyed traces its roots to the Samoyede peoples of Northern Siberia, where Samoyeds were bred to assist with pulling and herding and were tightly integrated into human society.”
The Samoyed—or Sammy—has a thick white coat that helps them work in the world’s coldest climates. Just like the town of Oymyakon in Siberia, which commonly reaches temperatures of -60° F. Samoyeds are very smart, loyal, friendly, and sociable. But keep in mind that they crave attention and exercise. And they can be destructive if they don’t get enough of both.
They typically range in weight from 35-50 lbs. for a female, and 45-65lbs. for a male. And in addition to their fluffy white fur, they are known for their friendly “smile.” Fun fact—this smile of theirs actually serves a helpful purpose. “The upturned corners of the mouth keep Sammies from drooling, preventing icicles from forming on the face.” A helpful trait when working in subzero temperatures.
About the Siberian Husky
The husky’s face is usually a bit more intimidating than the Samoyed. But don’t worry, they are also very loyal and outgoing dogs. The Siberian husky has a shorter, but still very thick fur coat to help them while “pulling light loads at moderate speeds over vast frozen expanses.” They work great in packs, and are known for their endurance.
The Siberian husky’s weight is the same as the Samoyed—35-50 lbs. for females, and 45-65lbs. for males. They can have either brown or blue eyes, or one of each. And they “convey a keen but amiable and even mischievous expression. Quick and nimble-footed, Siberians are known for their powerful but seemingly effortless gait.”
Siberian huskies are famous for some pretty incredible feats in their sled dog-work, like the famous dog, Togo. Disney+ actually made a movie about his triumphant story. Back in 1925, this Siberian husky led a team of dogs to transport an antitoxin to a distant town with a deadly outbreak of diphtheria. “The 12-year-old Togo... traversed an astounding 264 miles, compared to an average of 31 miles each for the other [sled dog] teams.” Togo was even featured in the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog. Pretty impressive breed, right?!
The Samoyed & Husky Unite
Are you ready to mix these two incredible breeds together? The Samoyed husky mix—a.k.a. Samusky—is a highly intelligent, loyal, sociable, and good-natured dog breed. The combination of these traits makes them great family dogs.
But keep in mind that “Samuskies don’t take well to boredom, and they can be a bit stubborn if not properly trained.” These dogs are highly energetic, and need to have large amounts of space to run around. You can even take them hiking, or exercise them on canine agility courses to help keep them physically and mentally stimulated.
Samoyed Husky Mix: Height & Weight
Since the size and weight of the two breeds are very similar, you can safely expect the Samoyed husky mix to turn out the same. Typically their height will range from 20-24 inches at the shoulder, and their weight will be around 45-60 lbs.
Samoyed Husky Mix: Health
Anytime you mix breeds together, it will help to weed out some of the typical hereditary problems. But no matter what, dogs can still suffer from their parents’ health issues. The Samuskies can be prone to health issues like “hip dysplasia, diabetes, hyperthyroidism & possible eye defects if not taken care of regularly.”
Samoyed Husky Mix: Temperament & Traits
Since the Samoyed and the Siberian husky have so many similarities, certain physical traits and personality temperaments are pretty much a guarantee.
The Samoyeds and huskies both have the upright, triangular-shaped ears, and they both have either blue or brown eyes, or one of each. So your Samusky will have these traits too. The Samusky has what is called a “black button nose.” And their tails are typically fluffy, long, and straight with a curve at the end.
Samukies are a very energetic, enthusiastic, and hard working dog. They love outdoor activities, and getting to run and play in large, open spaces. They are hunters, just like their ancestors. And they are very friendly, affectionate dogs. But Samuskies are independent too, and need proper training so they can adapt to the domestic lifestyle. You can keep tabs on these energetic dogs with a Fi Smart Dog Collar, and even track their exercise each day.
Adopt a Samusky!
Ready to add a Samusky to your family? Make sure to use a reputable breeder, or even look to adopt a Samoyed husky mix from PetFinder.com. These beautiful creatures are the perfect mix of their parents. And they are a great match for any family who loves being active and outdoors with their furry best friend.
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