The Labrador Husky Mix

The Huskador is the name for the Labrador Husky mix. This breed is a stunning dog to have! They can weigh between 50-80 pounds, and they are very energetic and active, so probably not the best apartment dweller unless you have lots of time to exercise him/her.

What makes the Labrador Husky mix a great dog, is the parents. Labradors are the number one most popular family dog to own, while the Siberian Husky is in 12th place.

This article will take you through every important facts about the Labrador Husky Mix. First, we will talk about both breeds separately then combined.

Our last part of the article is about the Huskador our goal is to provide you all the information you need to make a well-informed decision on your next furry family member.

The Labrador

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Labrador Size and Appearance

  • Weight – 50-80 pounds
  • Height – 22-24 inches
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Exercise – 30-40 minutes daily
  • Training – 10 to 15 minutes daily
  • Health – Hip dysplasia, bloat, cold tail, and obesity

The American Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite breed of dog. They are an agreeable and friendly companion that is a popular choice for families. Labs are highly social and have a love for all people, children and animals alike, which explains their widespread popularity.

The English Labrador, also a popular family dog, is shorter, stockier, thicker necked and more mellow than their American cousins. You may enjoy our article on the difference between the English Labrador versus the American Labrador.

Labrador Personality and Temperament

  • Loving
  • Caring
  • Loyal
  • Happy
  • Playful
  • Intelligent
  • Easy to train

Labrador Origin

The Labrador came from Canada where they were bred to help fishermen and hunters retrieve their catch. They needed a friendly dog that loved to go fetching and also enjoyed being in the water and wouldn’t maul the prey with their teeth.

The Labrador was brought over to England in the 1800s by some English nobles. Now, the English Labrador Retriever is bred mostly for companionship, family dogs as well as for show dogs.

The Siberian Husky

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Physical Traits of the Siberian Husky

  • Height – 21-23 inches
  • Weight – 45-60 pounds
  • Lifespan – 12-14 years
  • Exercise – 30-60 minutes of daily exercise
  • Training – 15-20 minutes daily
  • Health – Hip dysplasia, eye diseases

The Chukchi people created the Siberian Husky thousands of years ago. The Chukchi people are a nomadic tribe that lives in the Kamchatka peninsula. The Siberian Husky was bred to be a companion dog and as a means of long-range transportation that was not a reindeer.

The Siberian Husky is the forbears to the Alaskan Malamute. The difference between the Siberian husky and the Alaskan Malamute is that. The Siberian Husky is smaller, with ears closer together, softer fur, almond-shaped eyes and has more stamina to run long distances.

While the Alaskan Malamute is thicker boned, wider in the chest, and has the ability to drive off polar bears, and is an accomplished short distance runner and is known for its hard work ethic, and a powerful yet elegant gate.

The Siberian is a very energetic dog, who loves chasing small animals, so you must have a fenced-in back-yard to give him space to run while protecting the smaller animals from harm and your Husky from running away.

Personality Traits of the Siberian Husky

  • Loves hard work (think sled pulling)
  • A powerful yet elegant gate
  • Very energetic
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Will chase small animals
  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Intelligent
  • Caring
  • Loyal

Training and exercise go hand in hand, so it’s great to combine training with play, such as 15 minutes of training, and then 5-10 minutes of playing. For best training results, walk your dog for at least 20 minutes before requiring them to settle in and focus.

I often play chase with my labrottie around our large yard before requiring him to settle in and focus on training.

The Siberian Husky are strongly pack oriented, which makes them great family dogs as well as good with other dogs.

The Labrador Husky Mix

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Labrador Husky Size and Appearance

  • Weight –  40-80 pounds
  • Height – 20-24 inches
  • Lifespan – 10-15 years
  • Major Health Concerns – PRA, bloat, cold tail, hip and elbow dysplasia, and cataracts
  • Grooming – Brush daily
  • Colors – Black, Brown, White, Cream, Grey normally short
  • Eye Color – Blue, Hazel, Brown, Amber
  • Exercise – an hour or two of jogging, running
  • Training – Train them 15-20 minutes a day

The Labrador Husky mix can go up to any human, or dog and be best friends for life. For that reason, they do not make great watchdogs. The Siberian Labrador craves the attention of its family members and can suffer separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.

The Husky Labrador mix needs a strong and confident owner who loves the outdoors because your Huskador sure does. The Husky Labrador mix is an intelligent and high energy dog that needs to be kept actively engaged or they’re sure to destroy something.

If you are a first-time dog owner get a small dog—or less energetic breed—before getting the Labrador Husky Mix. It’s best for you and your dog if you to build your confidence and skills with the smaller or calmer dog breeds.

Labrador Husky Mix Personality and Temperament

  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Workaholic
  • Affectionate
  • Loyal
  • Energetic
  • Loves outdoors
  • Pack oriented (not great alone)

The Labrador Husky mix are well-mannered dogs, that are playful, loving, loyal, affectionate and friendly.

If you are not a person who loves spending time outdoors, the Labrador Husky mix is definitely not for you.

The appearance of the Husky Labrador mix

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The Labrador Husky mix appearance is a gamble. By gamble I mean your puppy could have more of the husky than the Labrador in body shape. But he could have the markings, calm temperament and easy trainability of the Labrador Retriever.

You could also have the exact opposite, the body of the Labrador but the facial markings of the husky, with the temperament and trainability of the husky. As with people, mixed-breed dogs can take after one parent more than the other.

What do you call a Labrador Husky Mix?

The Husky Labrador has several different names and they are:

  • Labrador Husky mix
  • Labrador mixed with Husky
  • Husky Lab
  • Siberian Labrador
  • Huskador

Socialization and Training

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Like all dogs, the Husky Lab mix needs socialization to be well mannered. If the Siberian Labrador is not socialized well, it can lead to a very strong hunting urges with smaller animals. Socialization helps prevent this especially if you get them to be introduced to smaller animals. In families, the Labrador Husky will come to know other animals as part of its pack.

For getting any dog you must have a foundation this foundation is training, socialization, and exercise. If you do not put any of these into your dog’s life. You are setting your self up for disappointment and trouble. The dog will not respect you as the alpha pack leader, therefore he will not follow your commands because he will have take over as the alpha.

Socialization, training and exercise are the three most important things to give your new Labrador Husky mix while s/he is a puppy.

Training

Training should take no less than 30 minutes per day, with frequent intermissions for playing. Some people like to do 10 or so minutes of training and five minutes playing. You can do whatever arrangement that works for you, just make sure to fit in at least 30 minutes of training per day.

The breeder may have already started training the puppies to do the basic’s like sit, stay, lay down and come. Don’t skip that part of the training, because it is foundational to a happy dog, and a happy life with your dog.

When your dog will sit, stay, come, and lay down when you tell him/her to, is the day you can graduate to the next training level.

Training may be a challenge because the Husky part in the dog will use her smart intelligence to disobey orders at any opportunity so be ready for some truly hair-brained stunts.

Exercise and Temperament

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Both of these breeds are working dogs, so what I am about to tell you should be no surprise. The Siberian Labrador needs an hour to an hour and a half of exercise per day, and hopefully more! The Labrador Husky mix needs more than a quick walk up and down the block.

They need a long jog or sprints, otherwise, you will be looking at behavioral problems, such as ignoring commands. Digging holes in the back yard is their favorite thing to do to pass the time and they’ll still have energy left to tear your house apart and destroy your plants.

They can also go into a very deep depression if their exercise needs are not met. So if you are a couch potato, keep looking for a lower maintenance dog, like a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Labrador Husky mix is a great fit for people who love going on long runs or hikes.

One last thing when you exercise your Labrador Husky mix you should not let him/her off the leash unless you have a training collar on him. For s/he will take off chasing anything and everything from a small dog to a hamster.

Temperament

The Labrador Husky mix temperament is one of joy and love with a splash of mayhem in their DNA. The Siberian Labrador is loving and playful to anyone and everything without a mean bone in their body. You will as I have mentioned up above have to train your Labrador Husky mix not to chase smaller animals.

They are perfect for a couple who has no children, and or with a couple that has small kids. You may have to watch them for they may try and herd them about. The Huskador is not a guard dog, they may be an okay watchdog but don’t expect them to chase off a thief.

Health Problems and Grooming

The Labrador Husky mix is a relatively new dog breed, so they don’t have as many health problems as their purebred parents. We will show you the Labrador’s health issues then the Husky’s and finally the mixed breed combination.

The Labrador Retriever Health Issues

  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia – Happens to any dog breed that gets overbred without healthy standers.
  • Bloat – Bloat happens when a dog has just eaten and is taken out and is run about for a while. This is a deadly condition if not take to the vet immediately. There the Veterinarians will cut into the stomach and untwist the stomach.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – This is a painless process of going blind (Thought not to the human 😭)
  • Obesity – The Labrador is prone to overeat and they can become obese.
  • Cold tail – Cold tail happens to sport dogs, they gradually lose the loss of their tail, this is quite painful for it is at the base of the butt.
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The Siberian Husky Health Issues

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – This is a painless process of going blind. (Though again it is not to the human 😭)
  • Cataracts – Blurred vision this normally happens with age.
  • Corneal Dystrophy – This is another eye impairment, which again might make them blind with age.
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Siberian Labrador mix health issues

  • PRA – This is a painless process of going blind. (Though again it is not to the human 😭)
  • Bloat – Bloat happens when a dog has just eaten and is taken out and is run about for a while. This is a deadly condition if not take to the vet immediately. There the Veterinarians will cut into the stomach and untwist the stomach.
  • Cold tail – Cold tail happens to sport dogs, they gradually lose the loss of their tail, this is quite painful for it is at the base of the butt.
  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia – Happens to any dog breed that gets overbred without healthy standers.
  • Cataracts – Blurred vision this normally happens with age.

As you can see the Huskador has a very short health problem list, which is a definite plus! The main problem with the Siberian Husky Labrador is the eyes so take extra care and check in with your vet.

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Grooming

Now for the final section of this article! Grooming, a lot of people ask “How much does the Labrador Husky mix shed?” My answer is boatloads! You’re gonna need to brush and vacuum almost daily if you don’t want hairy floors.

You could make a whole new dog just out of their fur during summer and winter, and when its spring and fall you could make two to three new dogs with fur to spare! So brushing you Labrador Husky Mix is an absolute must-do every few days. And when winter and spring roll around brushing definitely needs to be a daily thing!

Oh did I mention to forget having fur-free clothing until your dying day! You will be finding clumps of hair in areas that have not seen the light of day since the house was built!

Conclusion

The Labrador Husky mix gets four and a half stars in my book, their trainability is the only thing that is holding them back from becoming a five-star dog to own! I would recommend the Huskador to any experienced and energetic dog owner up for the challenge.

I’m good at wearing out my Labrottie, Zeus, so I would totally get a Huskador.

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