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.
Miniature Siberian Huskies
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 American Kennel Club doesn’t recognise Miniature Siberian Huskies as a distinct breed, but rather a smaller sized variant of the standard Siberian Husky. They share the same colors, behaviors, and other traits of their bigger cousins.
For this reason virtually all of the material on this web site regarding training, grooming and health all apply to miniature huskies. They have an energetic and independent temperament, shed their coat yearly, and are prone to the same hip and eye issues that affect the Siberian Husky.
Where advice does differ is in breeders. Miniature Siberian Huskies started to be bred by Bree Normandin in the 1990s and breeding is very limited. 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.
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 wait list!
Miniature Siberian Husky 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 shares similar characteristics to their full sized ancestors, just in a smaller form. 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.
Miniature Siberian Husky Price
In addition to the purchase price you need to consider how you will get the puppy home. You can drive across the country to pick it up yourself, if you have the time and gas money. The USA breeder is in North Carolina. 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.
Miniature Siberian Husky Breeders and Puppies For Sale
A WARNING! 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.
There are very few Miniature Siberian Husky Breeders about. So few that we only know of two places.
In Canada: Try contacting Canadian Pomsky who are reportedly supplying puppies to Canadians. Their web site is http://www.canadianpomsky.com/breed/miniature-siberian-husky/.
Miniature Siberian Husky Rescue
Forget it! The tiny numbers of Miniature Siberian Huskies, 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.
Miniature Siberian Husky Training
All of our previous training tips for Siberian Huskies are suitable for miniature huskies. Of course being a smaller 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 dog training tips including a comprehensive (and affordable!) online course see Doggy Dan’s page.
Miniature Siberian Husky Alternative – the Alaskan Klee Kai
Often mistakenly referred to as a Mini Siberian Husky, 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.