Sometimes called a mini husky, or miniature husky, but not to be confused with the Alaskan Klee Kai (see below), the Miniature Siberian Husky is in essence, just a small husky!
The dog breed known as the Siberian Husky officially came to America in the early 1900s. But with an increasing desire to create pocket-sized versions of some of the most popular dog breeds, the Miniature Husky was born. The breed has been around for nearly 30 years now.
The Miniature Husky is created by purposely breeding small sized Siberian Huskies. This breed is known for being friendly, intelligent, and high-energy. Just like a regular Husky, Mini Huskies are known for shedding their undercoat twice a year and being prone to eye disorders. They can cost up to $2,500.
The Miniature Husky is simply a smaller version of the original Siberian Husky. For this reason virtually all of the material on this web site regarding training, grooming and health all apply to mini huskies. So, let’s talk about everything there is to know about this relatively new breed!
The Invention of the Breed and Recognition
There’s no doubt that humans love having dogs as companions. Yet, there also seems to be a trend of making dog breeds even smaller and more suitable for limited space in housing.
That’s where the idea of the Miniature Husky came from.
Back in the 1990s, Bree Normandin set out on a trek to make a miniature version of the highly popular and lovable Siberian Husky. This was made possible by intentionally breeding small-sized Siberian Huskies with one another across several generations.The result was an exact replica of a Siberian Husky, but sometimes only half the size.
The American Kennel Club doesn't recognise Mini Siberian Huskies as a distinct breed.
It’s important to note that the only difference between the Miniature Husky and the Siberian Husky is the size. These are the same exact breed in the genetic sense and they share the same colors, behaviors, and other traits of their bigger cousins.
To understand the history of the Miniature Husky, you first need to take the time to learn about the standard Siberian Husky.
The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia (now a part of Russia) several thousand years ago. The breed worked closely with the Chukchi people, excelling as a sled-pulling dog as well as a family companion. The breed was also known for roaming the area and hunting in packs.
Siberian Huskies were eventually brought over to Alaska in the early 1900s as sled-dogs used by locals during the booming gold rush. The breed then took on the role of racing sled-dogs in 1,000+ mile races like the Iditarod in Alaska.
Since the Miniature Husky is simply a petite version of the Siberian Husky, the physical appearance between the two “breeds” is practically the same. The only noticeable difference would be the size.
These dogs grow to 18-25 pounds, compared to a full sized Husky of between 35 and 60 pounds. As mentioned above the miniature husky dog shares similar characteristics to their full sized ancestors, just a smaller version.
Don't think that because they are small they are weaker... definitely not! These little guys are strong and although might not pull a sled on their own, will pull on a leash and require suitable leash training from an early age. Their shorter stature also means they might not walk as far as a Siberian Husky before fatigue sets in, but they still require daily exercise and a lot of it.
The coat of the Miniature Husky consists of an undercoat and a topcoat, sometimes known as a “double coat.” This feature allows your Husky to keep himself warm during the winter months, cool during the summer months, and generally clean.
There are several different types of coat patterns in the Miniature Husky.
Most Miniature Huskies will have black and white or grey and white coloring. This type of coat usually has a darker color along the back, at the top of the head, and somewhat down the four legs. The face, chest, and lower legs tend to be white.
Rarer colorings include red and white, brown and white, all-white, and all-black. Some Miniature Huskies might also adopt a woolier look as a result of thicker and longer hair.
Though most people know Siberian Huskies as having light blue eyes, there’s about an equal chance that your Miniature Husky will have brown eyes. In rare circumstances, a Miniature Husky will have a condition known as heterochromia, where it has one blue and one brown eye.
The Miniature Husky is known for having small pointed ears that stand upright from early puppyhood into adulthood.
Temperament and Behaviour
The Miniature Husky is a very unique breed given the history of the Siberian Husky. This breed came from Siberia and spent a significant amount of time outdoors in the snow, pulling sleds and working. Keep in mind that the temperament of the Miniature Husky will vary.
- High Energy
The Miniature Husky is perhaps one of the most active dog breeds that you can get. They need constant mental stimulation through playtime and sometimes up to 2 hours of exercise on a daily basis. The Miniature Husky thrives with an active family that enjoys spending time outdoors and running around.
The Miniature Husky is more stubborn than difficult to train. Miniature Huskies are known for being resistant to following the rules and will attempt to rival your dominance in your household. The breed is also known for being a little dramatic, so don’t be surprised if your Miniature Husky throws temper tantrums full of howling and whining. Professional training is a must early on.
The Miniature Husky is known for being extremely friendly with other dogs and humans if properly socialized at a young age. It’s not uncommon for a Husky to run up to dogs while at the dog park and begin playing with new friends practically immediately. The breed also craves human attention from family and friends, so this is not a dog that should be left alone at home.
- High Prey Drive
The Siberian Husky spent his early days roaming across Siberia, unguided and fending for himself. That’s why the Miniature Husky might not build a strong relationship with cats or small animals in your home that can be seen as prey. A fenced-in yard is absolutely necessary if your Miniature Husky is known to give chase to small animals, like squirrels.
The Miniature Husky is incredibly smart but sometimes is too smart for his own good. Left unattended, it’s not uncommon for Miniature Huskies to get a little rebellious to see what they can get away with. A lack of mental stimulation and physical activity might lead your Miniature Husky to break the rules of the house or venture out of your yard.
Given the origins of the Siberian Husky, it should come as no surprise that the Miniature Husky can survive in temperatures well below freezing (sometimes as cold as -60℉). Yet, the double coat of the breed allows your Husky to stay cool during warmer months as well.
However, a Miniature Husky should not be left in very hot temperatures for too long. This can result in severe overheating, dehydration, and even death. Make sure your dog has constant access to water and a shady place to rest when outside in hot temperatures.
The Miniature Husky will do just fine in a home with other dogs, especially other Huskies. These breeds are known for living in packs and enjoy having playmates living in the same home. This can help your Husky to burn more energy during the day through playtime.
Unfortunately, the high prey drive of the breed makes owning cats and smaller animals a difficult task. Don’t be surprised if your Husky attempts to chase and catch your cat, rabbit, ferret, or any other small household animal.
The friendly and gentle nature of the Miniature Husky makes this the perfect breed for families with young children. However, young children should never be left alone with dogs and should be taught how to get along with canines.
The fact that Miniature Huskies can weigh as little as 15 pounds makes them a great fit for small homes and apartment living. Yet, the small size of this breed doesn’t mean less activity and exercise is necessary.
Your Miniature Husky will need a large yard to run around in for sometimes several hours a day. The yard should be fenced-in to keep your Husky from jumping or climbing over when he sees a squirrel sneaking through the fence. Huskies are also known to dig under fences to escape.
Remember that the Miniature Husky is known for getting a little mischievous if left alone for too long or left to his own devices. This includes being out in the yard or in the home, so be sure to keep your dog entertained as often as possible.
With a double coat, Miniature Huskies can leave your home covered with hair throughout the year. That’s especially the case when they’re blowing their coats. This is when your dog’s undercoat will begin shedding in clumps to make room for the growth of healthy hair.
The blowing of the coat usually happens twice a year, most often during weather changes in the spring and in the fall. The whole process will last about two weeks in total, but it can be sped up with frequent grooming.
Frequent brushing is absolutely necessary to speed up the blowing process and limit the amount of hair that gets stuck on your furniture. Throughout the year, brushing your Miniature Husky once or twice a week should be more than enough. During the blowing season, you’ll probably want to ramp this up to once a day.
The brush you’re using to groom your Husky will make a huge difference in the impact of shedding. You should be using a brush meant specifically for dogs with undercoats.
The Oster ShedMonster De-Shedding Tool is a great option for your Miniature Husky. This tool will help to gently remove the loose hairs from your dog’s undercoat without yanking or pulling out any healthy hairs. It also has a press release button that removes any hair latched into the brush. Now you don’t have to worry about plucking clumps of hair out of the brush by hand.
Note: Under no circumstances should you shave a Miniature Husky! Many people believe that this is a good idea for reducing shedding and keeping a Husky cool in the summer. This is not true in the slightest and might make your dog more prone to overheating.
The Miniature Husky is a great dog to have if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars at the groomer each and every year. That’s because the Miniature Husky only really needs to be bathed once every few months.
In many cases, your Husky will only need a bath if he gets a little mischievous and rolls around in dirty water or mud while outside.
Bathing your Miniature Husky too often might even be bad for his coat and his skin. The last thing you want is for your dog to have itchy skin. This can lead to excessive scratching and even hair loss in severe cases.
Going to the groomer 3 or 4 times a year might make the grooming process much cleaner and effective for your family.
There’s no doubt that the Miniature Husky is one of the most active dogs you can add to your family. Your Husky will probably be spending a good hour or two per day running around and playing to burn off whatever energy he has leftover.
But the Husky isn’t a breed that you can just let out into the yard to run around every time. He’s also going to want to spend time with you -- his family -- when he has his playtime. This also serves as the perfect chance to bond with your dog.
Here’s a look at what you might want to do to keep your MIni Husky active and calm:
- Several 30-minute walks per day (2 or more)
- Fetch with a tennis ball, Frisbee, or squeak to
- Chew toys
Just be aware that your Husky’s style of play might not be what you’re used to. Don’t be surprised if he wants you to chase him around the yard in order to get the Frisbee back from him after you toss it.
Sending your Husky out to play on his own too often might result in him chasing squirrels, climbing or jumping the fence, destroying your outdoor furniture, or digging holes.
What’s great about breeds like Miniature Huskies is that they’re much smaller physically. That means they don’t need to eat as much and will save you a good deal of money over the years.
Exactly how much your Miniature Husky eats will depend on his weight.
The general rule of thumb is that dogs as small as 15 pounds should be eating about 1 cup of kibble per day while dogs as heavy as 30 pounds should be eating closer to 2 cups a day. Yet, the actual amount your dog eats also comes down to how active he is during the day. More active dogs will need more calories to replenish the calories they burn through play.
Puppies should be eating more calories during the day, typically spread out among three meals. Adults should be eating two meals a day instead.
What you feed your Miniature Husky is perhaps even more important. That’s because Husky breeds are known for having delicate stomachs and digestive issues. That means it’s a good idea to invest in kibble made for sensitive stomachs and digestion.
You might also want to add some wet food to your Husky’s diet if he has a low appetite. The smell of meaty wet food might encourage him to eat and maintain a healthy weight.
Your dog won’t need supplements to survive, but consistent use of supplements starting in puppyhood can reduce the likelihood of certain conditions and improve the quality of life.
For Miniature Huskies, common conditions include eye problems and joint issues.
That means you might want to give your dog joint supplements in the form of chondroitin and glucosamine. These will help to keep your Husky’s joints lubricated and activity levels in good shape. Supplements that include Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, will help to improve eye health in cataract-prone Huskies.
It’s not uncommon for Miniature Huskies to resist your dominance and attempt to rule the roost. Letting your Husky get away with even minor rule breaks when he’s young will encourage him to continue this behavior into adulthood.
Not training your Husky in puppyhood will be a nightmare later on.
According to the American Kennel Club, it’s best to start training dogs when they’re as young as 7 to 8 weeks old. This training should be taking place both in the home and with the assistance of a professional dog trainer.
- Teaching basic commands like Sit, Down, Come, and Stay
- Potty training outdoors or on an indoor potty pad
- Leash walking
- Puppy socialization (through classes with a certified trainer)
The problem with training Huskies is that they aren’t always food-motivated. So you might not be able to convince yours to sit or walk nicely on a leash by just putting a meaty treat in front of his face. If that’s the case, you’ll need to see what your Husky does enjoy. You might be able to reward your Miniature Husky with playtime, his favorite toy, or even a few pets instead of food.
All of our previous training tips for Siberian Huskies are suitable for miniature huskies. Of course being a smaller breed of dog you probably won't be exercising as much, or feeding as much, especially when it comes to treats. You will want to use smaller treats and not overdo it. For more detailed dog training tips including a comprehensive (and affordable!) online course I recommend Doggy Dan's page, as it proves to be the best online training courses suitable for Siberian Huskies so far.
Teaching your Miniature Husky to walk on a leash can be the most difficult part of the training. Though your Husky probably won’t be large enough to pull you down the street, there’s a good chance he’ll be attempting to pull you along the entire time.
That comes from the history of the Siberian Husky as a sled-dog.
Yet, your Husky pulling against the leash on a regular collar can put a dangerous amount of pressure on his neck and his throat. That’s especially the case if he pulls for the entire walk or if he suddenly lurches in one direction while chasing a squirrel or chipmunk.
It’s a good idea to get a harness for your Miniature Husky instead.
The Voyager Step-in Air Dog Harness is a solid choice if you’re looking for a soft and gentle harness for a Miniature Husky that loves to pull. This harness will connect to the leash at the back and will limit your Husky’s ability to pull without crushing his windpipe. The soft material is gentle on your Husky’s skin if he does decide to pull.
The life expectancy of a Miniature Husky is exactly the same as a standard-sized Siberian Husky. This breed is known for living between 12 and 15 years. However, helping your dog to stay active and eat a healthy diet can greatly extend the projected lifespan.
Common Health Concerns
Just like every breed out there, the Miniature Husky does have a few conditions that it’s more likely to be diagnosed with. The good news is that Huskies aren’t usually known for being overweight, which means greater overall health.
The eye problems seen commonly in Husky breeds seem to be hereditary. Though blue eyes are more sensitive to sunlight, there doesn’t seem to be a verified link between eye color and eye disorders in Huskies.
Cataracts might occur in as many as 1 in 10 Huskies. This is a condition where the cornea of the eye begins to take on a cloudy appearance. Small-sized cataracts don’t typically impact vision, but a 100% opacity will result in complete blindness in the affected eye.
Corneal dystrophy is also a common eye condition in Husky breeds. This condition can also result in a cloudy appearance. More commonly, corneal dystrophy will cause slight sensitivity to bright lights or even pain in the eyes. Blindness is possible in severe cases.
Canine Follicular Dysplasia
Canine follicular dysplasia is a condition seen in Miniature Huskies (and plenty of other breeds) that involves hair loss around the trunk area. This most commonly develops when your puppy is between 3 and 4 months old.
Hip dysplasia typically impacts heavier dogs, specifically because a higher body weight puts extra pressure on the joints in the hips and elbows. Yet, this condition seems to be hereditary in Huskies, regardless of their size.
Hip dysplasia is a condition where the femur (the bone in the upper rear leg) doesn’t fit smoothly into the hip socket. This causes the grinding of the hip joint over a period of time. This condition can be extremely painful and limit your Husky’s ability to run and move as he should.
Miniature Siberian Husky Price
Since Miniature Huskies are bred purely for the allure of having a miniature dog, you’ll almost never find this breed in a shelter. That means you’re going to be spending full-price to buy this puppy from a Miniature Husky breeder.
What you end up paying will depend on how close you live to a breeder.
In most cases, you can expect to pay $2000 to bring Miniature Siberian Husky puppy home. Mini Huskies that come from a good line or have unique markings might cost you upwards of $2,500. You also have to factor in travel costs, which can bring your expences well over $3000.
You can drive across the country to pick it up yourself, if you have the time and gas money. Alternatively (and perhaps more practical) you can have the puppy air-freighted to you via commercial passenger airlines. This will attract handling fees between $100-150, plus the cost of the flight ($200-400).
Whichever way you look at it the Miniature Siberian Husky is not a cheap puppy. Prices are likely to remain high for many years to come until breeding stock increases.
The Cost to Own
Bringing home a Miniature Husky puppy is definitely pricey, but you also need to factor in the cost of care for this dog from puppyhood to adulthood.
For food, you should expect to feed your Husky no more than 2 cups of dry food per day. Since there are about 4 cups of kibble in every pound of dry food, a 30-pound bag of Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Sensitive Stomach Dry Dog Food might last you a good two months. So expect to spend around $25 a month on dry food.
Then there are the much-needed supplements to keep your Miniature Husky healthy well into adulthood. Supplements like the Pet Naturals - Daily Multi for Dogs will provides essential fatty acids and antioxidants that can be degraded in the production of common pet foods. With 150 soft chews per jar, this should cost you about $9 a month.
Make sure you think about the cost of getting your Miniature Husky the necessary round of puppy shots during his first year as well as a yearly checkup, totaling about $200 between the two visits.
Grooming can be another $50 or so for each visit, so going to the groomer three times a year will tack on an extra $150 to ownership.
How much it costs to own a Mini Husky puppy during the first year?
What You Need
You’re looking at about $750 during the first year and potentially $650 a year to care for your Miniature Husky after that. This doesn’t include the cost of grooming products, toys, beds, and emergency vet visits. Be sure you have enough money to cover the additional costs that come with pet ownership.
Miniature Siberian Husky Breeders and Puppies For Sale
There is a long wait list for Miniature Siberians. Two months if you are lucky, more like four to six or longer. You may be required to pay a non-refundable deposit just to get on that waiting list!
The breed is so exclusive that if you are in the USA or Canada you are pretty much only able to deal with one or two parties. If you are outside of these areas, your only hope is to export the puppy yourself out of the country, which is a time consuming, expensive, and potentially frustrating exercise.
Where can I buy mini huskies?
There are very few Miniature Siberian Husky Breeders around, that we know so far:
In the USA: Check this private breeders:
In Canada: Try contacting Canadian Pomsky who are reportedly offer Miniature Siberian Huskies in addition to their regular Pomski puppies to Canadians.
There are some reports floating around on the Internet (such as here or this Facebook group) , suggesting that miniature huskies are a scam, that deposits are being taken without any delivery, and that the lineage of the miniature huskies may not be pure. We can not confirm nor discredit these claims. Please do your homework, establish communication channels, and get a realistic idea of delivery before placing a deposit down at any breeder, not just this one. Remember that supply is extremely limited and long waiting lists can apply. Responsible breeding takes time to build up enough puppies to meet demand.
Miniature Siberian Husky Rescue
Forget it! The tiny numbers of Miniature Siberian Husky puppies, and their exclusive nature, means you just won't see them turning up in pounds and shelters. However this should not deter you from adopting a standard Siberian Husky from a rescue shelter. If you want to help save an animal, you really should check our list of Siberian Husky Rescue Organizations and Agencies , that you can make contact with and find out more about what they do and how you can help.
Miniature Husky Alternative - the Alaskan Klee Kai
Perhaps a purebred Siberian Husky is too big for you or you want something a little more apartment-friendly? There are two closely-related breeds to Huskies that are keeping the adult dog size small whilst still keeping most of the same appearance and temperament of a Husky. These are the Miniature Siberian Husky, and the Alaskan Klee Kai.
Often mistakenly referred to as Mini Huskies, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a breed in its own right. It is different from the Miniature Siberian Husky and more closely related to the Alaskan Husky. However there are similarities and the good news is that Klee Kai's have more breeders and better puppy availability, including outside the USA. More information can be found in our article on the Alaskan Klee Kai.
The Miniature Husky has become an extremely popular dog breed in the last several years. Here’s what you need to know about the breed before bringing one home:
- They’re known for being very active and friendly.
- They need a fenced-in yard and a few hours of playtime a day.
- They get along well with dogs and children, but not with smaller animals.
- They blow their coat twice a year and only need baths when they get dirty.
- They need to eat between 1 and 2 cups of food a day.
We hope all you Siberian husky lovers learned a lot! We want to hear about your quest to finding the perfect mini siberian husky! Let us know below in the comments how you managed to find a breeder!