The Labradoodle Husky mix matches the playful Labradoodle with the loyal and hard-working Siberian Husky. The result: one highly intelligent and active family-friendly dog!
These dogs require regular and vigorous physical and mental exercise and an abundance of attention. Given space to run, proper discipline, and loving attention, these dogs are perfect for those looking for an unconditionally loving companion to keep up with their active lifestyle!
Labradoodle Husky Mix Basics
All dogs are unique in appearance and personality, but here are some basics and generalities of this exciting mix.
With hybrids, it is difficult to determine which breed’s traits will be dominant in your dog’s appearance. Each litter is unique because each hybrid mixes and matches their parent breeds’ iconic traits.
Another unpredictable factor is the amount of shedding. While Labradoodles are sparse shedders, Huskies shed constantly! Their double-layered coat, used to survive subzero temperatures, is shed in spring to prepare for warmer weather.
As a hybrid, it’s best to prepare for Husky-level shedding, though it is possible that your dog will inherit the Labradoodle’s curlier coat and shed less.
Both parent breeds are medium- to large-sized dogs. That makes their size relatively fixed. They weigh anywhere between 35 and 65 pounds and measure between 20 and 25 inches in height.
The females are a little smaller than the males.
Both parent breeds are incredibly active, so these hybrids make excellent playmates and exercise buddies! If you have a small living space or a stationary lifestyle, they may get restless and agitated. So, give them plenty of room and exercise to keep them happy and content.
Huskies and Labradors are both task-oriented working dogs. Add in the Poodle’s intelligence, and these hybrids love puzzles and toys that provide mental stimulation!
While both parent breeds require lots of attention, they differ in how they socialize. Labradoodles are welcoming towards everyone and everything while huskies are more particular. They are protective of their own family unit but can be standoffish or aggressive to outsiders.
It is difficult to tell which breed’s personality will dominate. Regardless, it’s best to regularly expose them to different environments, strangers, children, and other animals from a young age. That will teach them proper interaction and ultimately makes them happier!
Purebred dogs suffer from particular conditions because their genetic homogeneity leaves them vulnerable to hereditary diseases. Hybrids, therefore, tend to be healthier than their purebred parents.
However, they are not completely immune. Huskies are hardy dogs, but Labradors have been plagued with disorders due to a history of inbreeding. Some mixes may be susceptible to conditions found commonly in their parent breeds, such as:
- Elbow and hip dysplasia
- Eye abnormalities, such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
- Heart failure
- Skin allergies and diseases, such as Sebaceous adenitis (SA)
- Ear infections
- Von Willebrand’s disease, a bleeding disorder similar to hemophilia in people
A Labradoodle Husky mix typically has a lifespan of 11 to 14 years.
Caring for a Labradoodle Husky Mix
In addition to keeping up with regular vet visits, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your pet at home. Here are some tips on how to care for and ensure that this mix has a long, happy life.
Depending on your dog’s size, activity, and age, the recommended daily food intake may vary. Generally, for these hybrids, between two to four cups of food per day, split into two servings, is sufficient.
I recommend brands made with natural ingredients. This breed benefits from foods high in carbs and proteins to fuel its active lifestyle. Foods enriched with calcium and phosphorus reinforce their bones and joints to delay the onset of hip or elbow dysplasia.
Extra weight on your dog can worsen joint issues and increase heart problems. Let them run all of their energy out!
This breed requires frequent brushing to keep their coat (and your house) clean!
While it depends on your specific dog’s coat, anticipate brushing this breed once per week. During their post-winter shedding season, you might have to brush them once per day!
Bathe your dog once every one to two months, or whenever they get dirty. That prevents anything funky from sticking to their skin and causing irritation or rashes.
Clean their ears every few weeks. They have thick, curly hairs within their ears which can cause wax buildup and ear infections.
Trim their nails every few months to prevent walking issues. Brush their teeth once or twice per week to maintain general dental hygiene.
This is an extremely active breed that requires multiple long walks throughout the day. Once in the morning and evening is standard, though they might benefit from a lunchtime stroll if you can fit one in!
Large spaces to run around in are a necessity, whether that is a backyard, dog park, or any nearby green area. Huskies are notorious escape artists that can (and will) pursue anything that strikes their curiosity. Consider fencing in your backyard or letting them off-leash only in enclosed areas where they can’t dart off.
This breed also requires mental exercise. Supplying them with toys and puzzles to challenge them will keep them satisfied when you are away from the house. Playing with children is also greatly stimulating for them!
If they become bored, anxious, or filled with pent-up energy, they may release it by wreaking havoc on your house. A tired dog is a happy dog!
This breed’s intelligence makes them easy to train, even for new dog owners. However, their energetic nature requires a lot of attention. If your dog inherits the Husky’s stubborn nature, be patient and persistent.
Is a Labradoodle Husky Mix for Me?
If you’re wondering whether or not to bring one of these dogs into your life, here are a few things to consider before making your decision.
This Breed Might Be for You If
- You live an active lifestyle or strive to make a change toward one
- You can spend a lot of time with your dog—and I mean a lot!
- You are a new dog owner
- You have children in your household
This Breed Might Not Be for You If
- You are unable to or would rather not take lengthy, spirited walks
- You prefer not to deal with extreme shedding
- You cannot budget large amounts of time to spend with your dog
- You have a small living space without access to open green areas
Where Can I Find a Labradoodle Husky Mix?
“Designer breeds” like this one are popular, so the market is flooded with breeders. Unfortunately, not all of them are ethical. Reputable breeders will be able to show you your dog’s paperwork.
Check that they have proper vaccinations, health test results, and genealogical reports that prove your dog is from the litter they claim.
If your breeder cannot produce these, be wary! These could be puppy mill dogs, whose for-profit practices can create unhealthy dogs without regard to their health.
Shelters and rescues are great if you want to give an older dog a forever home. Older dogs are less energetic than puppies, and some are already fully or partially housebroken.
Before committing to any dog, you need to ensure that their personality and needs are compatible with your own. After all, each dog is unique, so make sure they click with you!
The Labradoodle Husky mix is an intelligent, energetic, and family-oriented breed. With proper mental and physical exercise, abundant attention, and love, these adorable dogs are loyal companions that will brighten your household.