Chusky Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chusky so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Chusky have?
Chow HuskyChowskiHusky Chow
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Chusky Price and Availability

How much does the Chusky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Chusky?
If you choose to purchase the Chusky, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chusky for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chusky gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Chusky? How many Chusky are there in the world?
Average: The Chusky is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Chusky Size

Is a Chusky small, medium or large dog?

How big do Chusky get?

How much does the Chusky weigh? How much should the Chusky breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Chusky?
40-65 pounds (18-30 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Chusky?
52.5 pounds (24 kg)
How tall is the Chusky? Chusky height:
18-23 inches (46-58 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Chusky?
20.5 inches (52 cm)

Chusky Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Chusky have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chusky's coat?
How to groom the Chusky and how often?
Advanced: The Chusky requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Chusky a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Chusky, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Chusky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chow Husky?
Chuskys are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Chusky need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Chusky every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Chusky Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Chusky have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chusky? Is the Chusky breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Chusky's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Chusky is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Chusky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chuskys are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Chusky is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chusky sensitivity:
Chuskys have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Chusky a good family dog?
Average to High: Chuskys are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chow Husky need? Chusky social needs:
Chuskys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Chusky dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chow Husky bark?
Average to High: The Chusky is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Chusky good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Chuskys are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Chuskys will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Chusky dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Chuskys strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Chusky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chow Husky? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chusky? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Chusky has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Chusky has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Chusky? How much bite force does a Chusky have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Chusky bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Chusky, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chusky do?
Chuskys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chuskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chusky to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chusky roam?
Chuskys tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chusky have high prey drive?
Chuskys have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chusky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Chusky breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Chusky indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Chuskys adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Chusky be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Chusky Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Chusky temperament with other people:
Chuskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chusky dogs get along with other pets? Are Chusky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chuskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Chusky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chusky temperament with children:
Chuskys are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chusky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Chusky breed live with a cat?
Chuskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chusky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chusky dogs get along with other dogs?
Chuskys are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chusky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Chusky breed suitable for first-time owners?
Chuskys are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Chuskys good office dogs? Do Chuskys make good office friendly dogs? Can Chuskys be office dogs?
Chusky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chusky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chow Husky temperament with senior people? Are Chusky dogs good for elderly owners?
Chuskys are usually recommended for elderly people.

Chusky Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Chusky dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Chusky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Chusky breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chusky breed? Most common health risks of Chusky:
CataractsEntropionHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Chusky breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Chusky see the vet?
The Chusky should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Chusky dogs live? How old can a Chusky be? What is the age limit of the Chusky? How many years can the oldest Chusky live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Chusky?

9-13 years
The average lifespan of Chusky: 11 years
Is the Chusky breed hypoallergenic?
Chuskys do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Chuskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chusky have? What is the activity level of the Chusky?
Chuskys have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Chusky need? How much exercise do Chusky dogs require per day?
Chuskys need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Chusky breed need?
Chuskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Chusky need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Chusky breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Chusky? How much food should I feed my Chusky?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chusky risk for obesity:
Average: The Chusky has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chusky's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Chusky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Chusky has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Chusky drool?
The Chusky is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Chusky could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Chusky.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chusky As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chusky be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Chusky is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chusky be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Chusky be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Chusky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chusky be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Chusky is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chusky be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Chusky is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chusky be a boat dog?

Not really

Chusky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chusky be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Chusky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Chusky dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chusky Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Chusky pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Chusky breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Chusky: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chusky have in a litter? How many puppies can the Chusky breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Chusky have? How many puppies can a Chusky give birth to?
6 to 8 puppies

Chusky Recognition

AKC Group
Is Chusky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Chusky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chusky breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Chusky Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Chusky's has great intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chuskys do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Chusky is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Chusky has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Chuskys are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chuskys tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Chuskys are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chuskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chuskys are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Chusky breed in the home.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Chusky requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Chuskys are heavy shedders.
  • Cat Friendly: Chuskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Chusky is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Chusky History

The Chusky dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders likely started intentionally mixing the Chow Chows and the Siberian Huskies in the early 200s, likely in North America. While the Chusky is an aesthetically pleasing dog, designer breeders may have also mixed the two breeds due to both the Chow Chow and the Siberian Husky’s high intelligence levels. Combined with their size and loyalty, the Chusky also makes an excellent watchdog. However, to be able to understand the breed’s history, we need to look at the parent breeds’ histories.

Furthermore, as for the Siberian Husky parent, the breed was developed in Russia by an indigenous tribe known as the Chukchi. Originally, Siberian Huskies and their descendants were most likely utilized for hunting and pulling the sleds of the nomadic people with whom they shared their lives, which allowed for faster and farther travel. These canines were also developed for energy, endurance, and companionship and were an important part of the Chukchi tribe’s existence. As the tribe was isolated from the rest of the world, they were able to maintain the purity of their sled teams for many generations. Moreover, Siberians caught the attention of the public when they began winning sled races in the early 1900s, but they made headlines in 1925 when a legendary musher Leonhard Seppala led a relay of Siberian Huskies 658 miles in only 5 and a half days to rush a lifesaving serum to Nome, Alaska, where an epidemic of diphtheria had broken out. The so-called “serum run”, reported in newspapers around the world increased the popularity of the Siberians that hasn’t changed since. In 1930, the breed was also recognized by the American Kennel Club.

As for the other parent breed, experts have long speculated that the Chow Chow has been one of the oldest dog breeds, and genetic testing has confirmed this. The ancient breed is thought to have originated in Mongolia and Northern China, gradually migrating south with Mongolia’s nomadic tribes. Early representations of dogs like the Chow Chow can be seen in Han Dynasty pottery and paintings (206 BC to 22 AD). According to a legend, one Chinese emperor maintains 2500 pairs of Chows as hunting dogs. In addition to hunting, the dogs were also used to guard their masters’ belongings. On the negative side, their fur was used to trim coats, and their flesh was considered a delicacy. The black-tongue dog (hei shi-tou), wold dog (lang gou), bear dog (xiang gou), and Canton dog were all names given to the breed in China. The story of how the breed became the Chow Chow is quite interesting. Some of the bearlike dogs were included in the shipment of British merchants in the late 18th century. The term “chow chow” was applied to a variety of goods, including dogs, and the name stuck to the breed. Moreover, in 1781, naturalist Gilbert White described the Chow in his book called Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne. His neighbors brought home a pair of Chow Chows, and he included them in his observations of country life. Fanciers say that the breed has changed little since White wrote about them more than 200 years ago. Furthermore, it wasn’t a century later that Chow Chows were imported on a regular basis. Queen Victoria, who adored dogs, was a fan of the breed, which helped it gain popularity. In 1895, a breed club was founded in England.

The first Chow Chow to make an appearance at an American dog show was named Takya, who took third place in the Miscellaneous Class at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1903. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1903, and the first Chow Chow registered with the AKC was named Yen How. During the 1920s, Chow Chows were all the rage among the wealthy and famous. They even made it to the White House, where Timmy, a red Chow, and Blackberry, a black Chow were kept by President Calvin Coolidge and his wife. Chow Chows were also a favorite of Sigmund Freud’s daughter, Anna, who maintained and bred the dogs. Sometimes Chows even appeared on Martha Stewert’s TV show. Today, the breed ranks 64th in popularity among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC.

Overall, the two-parent breeds make a protective and loyal dog. Chusky dogs are energetic as well, which comes from the Husky side, and they are generally good with children, which comes from the Chow Chow side. The breed has a combination of the fluffy coat that both Chow Chows and Huskies have, typically with a golden or red Chow dog fur color, but longer and leaner Husky legs and a head-shape closer to a Husky’s. As the Chusky is a hybrid breed, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but the breed is recognized by many other clubs, including the Dog Registry of America, and the American Canine Hybrid Club.

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