Huskies are the darlings of the dog world! Everyone’s obsessed with their wolf-like appearance. But, not everyone can get a standard sized Husky. That’s why the Miniature Husky exists!
Smaller doesn’t mean easier to handle, though. They are as playful, and while people get them as companions, they are still high energy working dogs.
Ready to learn more about this lovable variation of the Siberian Husky?
How was the Miniature Husky created?
The breed was developed in the 1990s by Bree Normandin. She created them by breeding the smallest Huskies (or runts) together.
Breeding runts might be harmful when done by unethical breeders. This is because runts are the weakest of the litter, and weak dogs produce weak pups.
Sometimes they can grow up to be as healthy as the rest of their littermates. If these dogs are used in breeding, you’re more likely to get healthier pups.
They have the same genetics as the standard Husky. They shot to popularity in 1925 when two Siberian Huskies – Balto and Togo – saved an Alaskan town from an epidemic. Since they are bred as sled dogs, it’s a no wonder they love to run.
Are they related to the Alaskan Klee Kai?
No, they’re not, but the Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitting image of the Miniature Husky. They have the same handsome features, erect ears, and proud profile.
They even have the same thick double coat that sheds heavily.
They might look identical to the Husky, but the Klee Kai is much smaller.
They also have more color variations, since it’s not a purebred dog. However, they have been recognized by the UKC since 1997.
Linda Spurlin developed them in the 1970s when she discovered that Huskies could be small-sized.
Bred in a little town in Alaska called Wasilla, these dogs were named “little dog” in an Alaskan dialect.
You can get them in three sizes:
Standard – 15 inches to 17 inches (38 cm to 43 cm) and 16 to 22 lbs (7kg to 10 kg)
Miniature – 13 inches to 15 inches (33 cm to 38 cm) and 10lbs to 20lbs (4.5kg to 9kg)
Toy – Smaller than 13 inches (33cm) and around 7lbs to 12lbs (3kg to 5kg)
These dogs are often marketed as “Mini Huskies”, but they aren’t pure Siberian Huskies.
With such a diverse genetic makeup, the Alaskan Klee Kai is less predisposed to health issues. They are known to live around 15 to 20 years.
While they stop growing at around 2 years old, you will be able to determine their adult size at 1 year old.
They are shy and can be fearful of strangers. However, this makes them better guard dogs because of their wariness. They are aloof and will not bond to everyone – even your family members.
Also, they aren’t cheap and come at around $1,500 to $3,000 each.
Your miniature Husky will be both cute and handsome
They resemble standard sized Huskies with the same wolf-like features and almond eyes. Huge fluffy tails that help keep them warm in cold weather.
Miniature Huskies also share the same coloring as their bigger brothers. You can expect Black, White, Red, Sable, Agouti or a mixture of any two. You might even find one with odd or unique markings.
Their striking blue eyes are unforgettable but they can also have warm brown eyes. Heterochromia is also quite common whereby you’ll have a different color for each eye. Sometimes you’ll even have two colors in one eye.
How big do miniature Huskies get?
Since there’s no regulated breed standard, their size can vary quite a bit. They can weigh anywhere from 15 to 35 lbs (7 to 16 kg). Height-wise, they are often around 12 to 17 inches (30 to 43cm) inches tall.
This makes them roughly 42% smaller than a regular-sized Husky.
You can keep them outdoors or indoors but make sure they cannot escape. Be very wary as Huskies are natural born escape artists, even miniature ones. Take a look at Odin escaping from his crate below:
Houses with enclosed yards are the best for them. You can even keep them in an apartment. But don’t be fooled by their small size, they need lots of stimulation and outdoors activities.
They are one of the worst dog breeds for allergy sufferers
Miniature Huskies are double coated so don’t expect it to be hypoallergenic. In fact, they are notoriously heavy shedders.
What’s more, their coats blow out twice a year. This means that they lose their entire undercoat.
Aside from triggering allergies, you will find yourself vacuuming on a frequent basis. Also, you’ll probably have a lint roller or two on you at all times. That’s how much this breed can shed.
Temperament: Are Mini Huskies good pets?
Huskies are an independent breed with a mind of their own. The Mini Husky is no different. They can be rather comical and silly. They also make friends easily, which makes them unsuitable to be guard dogs.
Fun fact: In order to create the perfect sled dog, breeders chose the most playful dogs for breeding. This created a docile dog.
You’ll notice that they love attention. They are very affectionate, making them the perfect family pet. Now, just because they are small, doesn’t mean you can leave them with little children. They might easily get hurt or hurt toddlers by jumping at them in their excitement.
If you have small pets, you will want to socialize your Mini Husky to prevent their prey drive from manifesting. They have been known to chase rabbits and cats (but with proper socialization, they can be their friend too!)
They enjoy being challenged and challenging their owners. This makes them adept at escaping through the smallest gap, especially due to their size.
Huskies are not barkers but they will express themselves by howling. Husky owners love training their pooches to say “I love you” and other cute phrases. Be warned though, they can get quite vocal. Such as howling for no good reason, throughout the night.
Take a look at Koda, a miniature Husky, vocalizing his excitement nonstop in the clip below!
They are so intelligent you need to convince them to listen to you
Be prepared to be tested by this super smart dog. We mentioned that they love challenging their owners.
Despite being immensely intelligent, they aren’t easy to train. Why? You can say that they are too smart to. However, if you start young and stay consistent, you’ll find your hard work paying off.
Make sure to keep your training sessions short and fun because they lose interest easily. Have multiple mini-sessions throughout the day.
Try to keep them around 5 minutes or stopping when you notice his attention wandering.
They are better suited to seasoned dog owners. If you’re a first time owner and you are dead set on a Mini Husky, you can try obedience classes.
A tired Miniature Husky is a happy buddy
Miniature Huskies are like high strung toddlers running on chocolate and candy. They will never wear out before you do. You’ll find yourself investing a lot of time and energy into your furry friend to keep him happy.
If you are unable to spend much time with him, or if he feels bored, you will have a very destructive dog on your hands.
Give them lots of play and just let them RUN!
Huskies were bred to run. These are sporty dogs and require a lot of exercise. You should aim for 60 to 120 minutes a day stimulating them either physically or mentally.
A good activity for the both of you is cycling. Allow him to run beside you while you cycle, wearing a harness and a leash.
These dogs can benefit from rally, agility and obedience classes. Another obvious choice would be sled or dog race training. However, do note that they shouldn’t be used in actual sledding due to their size and small physique!
You should always always keep them on a leash, no matter how good their recall is because they were born to run. You never know when the urge to run will overtake them.
When they start running, they will keep running until they burn themselves out. Oftentimes, this results in them getting lost and disoriented.
There have been instances of Huskies simply running off and that’s the last time they owners ever see them. There are also examples of Huskies running away because their needs are not met, they will also run away.
If you have a Miniature Husky, you’ll find fur everywhere
Since they were bred for the arctic cold, their coats are very thick. You can keep their fur mat-free by brushing them twice a week. If you want to minimize shedding, you might need to brush them daily.
You don’t have to shower them because they will shower themselves. Huskies love cleanliness and you might see them cleaning themselves like a cat. The only time you should shower them is when they are muddy.
Never shave them in the summer, they need their coats for protection. Their coats offer protection from both heat and cold.
The right food for a Miniature Husky
A low-fat and low-carb diet is best for the Mini Husky. You can also feed him the raw diet if it suits your lifestyle.
However, we know that dog kibble is the most convenient. If you choose this option, make sure you go with high quality dog kibble formulated for active dogs.
Two cups a day is enough and you should feed them two hours before exercise and 30 minutes after.
They aren’t predisposed to overfeeding but it can happen. Remember that these dogs were originally bred to be sled dogs and can consume up 10,000 calories a day.
You should always make sure they have water especially when the weather is hot.
Remember, when feeding our pets, their diet and the amount of food we give them should be based on their age, size, activity level, and health.
Health problems that your Miniature Husky may have
Mini Huskies generally have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Extreme selective breeding might make Mini Huskies more predisposed to breathing problems, ocular diseases, dwarfism, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and dystocia.
Huskies are healthy dogs but some common hereditary diseases that affect them:
A thyroid condition that will leave your Miniature Husky lethargic. It will also make them disinterested in exercising. Usually, he would be intolerant to the cold as well. It would be great if you could test your dog every two years to prevent it from developing.
This particular disease causes hair loss or scaly skin. When brushing his hair, pay close attention to the state of their skin. If you notice any flakiness or hair loss, see a vet immediately to prevent further damage.
Progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts can cause blindness. Check your dog’s eye regularly for any signs of cloudiness or secretion. Eye disorders are more common in males.
This is a problem with the larynx which causes breathing difficulties. The good news is that it usually only develops after 10 years old. This condition progresses so slowly that patients usually outlive it.
How much are Miniature Huskies?
Miniature Huskies have big litters! Think 9 to 11 puppies. But they are quite pricey and can go from $600 to $3000 each.
Make sure you understand exactly what you’re signing up for before getting one. Lack of understanding is the main reason dogs are sent to the shelter.
Huskies are not great for first time owners. They also demand a lot of time and patience.
It’s hard to find Miniature Siberian Huskies that haven’t been mixed with a different breed. If you prefer an AKC recognized breed that is small but looks and acts like a fluffier Husky, try the Keeshond.
If you don’t mind mixes, the Pomsky is another popular alternative
Miniature Husky breeders
Buying “miniature” or “teacup” dogs are risky. There are usually no official standards because they aren’t recognized by AKC. Teacups are mostly done for profit because who doesn’t want a forever puppy?
So how do you find a good breeder? They won’t shy away from showing you their kennels or breeding stock. Be wary of breeders who cannot show you both parents.
Also, make sure you don’t fall for a scam. Some unethical breeders will claim their dogs are pure Huskies.
The truth is that they might be crossing them with another smaller breed.
The Pomsky is one such hybrid, the Alaskan Klee Kai is another.
There are also instances of breeders lying about the age of their puppies. This results in shocked owners whose Mini Huskies turn out to be Standard Huskies! It’s up to you to do your research and find a breeder you’re comfortable with.
The first on this list is by Bree Normandin who is the pioneering breeder of Mini Huskies:
Miniature Husky for adoption: Save an unwanted pup
Since Huskies are so popular, some inevitably get left at shelters. As previously mentioned, it’s mostly due to first time owners who didn’t realize how much work they were.
Two good things about getting a rescue: a homeless pet gets a home and you know exactly what you’re getting.
There are no rescues specializing in Miniature Huskies because they are so rare. You can search for them in shelters for sled dogs or Siberian Huskies instead:
- Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (Walnut Creek, CA)
- Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue (Horsham, PA)
- Free Spirit Siberian Rescue (Harvard, IL)
Is the Miniature Husky for you?
If you’re adventurous or sporty, this is just the dog for you. He’ll be your companion who matches your zest for life and love for people.
However, if you cannot stand fur or howling, you might want to look for another breed. The Miniature Husky is time consuming, mischievous and needs a firm but gentle hand.
Show him the respect he deserves and he’ll reward you with love and loyalty.
What have you decided? Are you getting a Miniature Husky or maybe another Siberian Husky mix? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.