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Pitsky Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Pitsky
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Pitsky have? The dog breed also known as...
Cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky.Husky/Pit mixPit/Husky mix
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Pitsky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Pitsky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Pitsky breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price
How much does the Pitsky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Pitsky price:
150-2000
Availability
Average

Pitsky History

The exact origins of the Pitsky are unknown, nonetheless, we know that Husky and the American Pitbull Terrier mixes have been around for decades now, but it’s not until recently that breeders started to intentionally mix these two separate breeds. No breeder currently claims to be the first to start developing Pitskies, however, it is highly probable that the breed came to be during the peak of the designer breed craze. Over the last 20-25 years, crossbreeds have become more popular, it’s likely that this is the timeframe in which some breeder decided to cross Huskies with Pitbulls with the intention of creating a new designer dog breed. Unfortunately, there’s not really any other information about the origin of the Pitsky. Like most designer dogs, no one really bothered to document their history.

Both of the parent breeds have an extensive history; the Pitbull Terriers are originated in England and were used for bull and bear baiting in the early 1800s. Moving to America, they were bred for farm work to hunt wild game and guard the property – no farmer would be without one. Because of their bad reputation, the AKC (American Kennel Club) does not recognize the American Pitbull Terrier but recognizes a very similar breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier. Speaking of the history of the Siberian and the Alaskan Husky; they were originally bred by the Chukchi people as sled dogs. They first made headlines in 1925 when one Husky won a sled race in Alaska which no doubt helped boost their popularity today. The AKC has recognized the Siberian Husky breed since 1930, they are ranked the 12th most popular breed and are part of the working dog group.

The Pitsky breed might have existed for a longer period of time, but designer breeders started intentionally mixing the two breeds in the late 1990s. Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds in order to minimize health issues that are inherent in pure breeds. They continued to create Pitskies as demand increased for the mixed breed, companion pups climbed.

Pitsky is the first-generation mix, meaning that his parents are always two different purebreds. These are mixed breed dogs and they are quite unpredictable- sometimes one parent’s genes will be more influential in the mix, and sometimes the puppies blend the display the traits of both Pitbulls and Huskies. Multigenerational crossings would lead to a more uniform appearance, but for now, there haven’t been any breeders to try their hand at this. It will take a while for second-generation Pitskies to develop a consistent and predictable appearance, but one day it will happen. The Dog Registry of America recognizes The Pitsky as an official breed.

Pitsky General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Pitsky size:
LargeMedium
Weight
How much does the Pitsky weigh? Pitsky weight:
30-70 pounds (14-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Pitsky? Pitsky average weight:
50 pounds (23 kg)
Height
How tall is the Pitsky? Pitsky height:
16-25 inches (40-64 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Pitsky average height:
20.5 inches (52 cm)

Pitsky Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Pitsky have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ShortLongThey usually have short coats, but there are longer-coated Pitskies too.
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Pitsky's coat?
WhiteBlackBrownGreyBrindle
Grooming
How to groom the Pitsky and how often?
Average: The Pitsky requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Pitsky, search for a 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 Pitsky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky.? Pitsky shedding level:
Pitskys shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Pitsky breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Pitsky need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Pitsky every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Pitsky Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Pitsky have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
EnergeticLoyalActiveGuardingHuntingStubbornSmartAthletic
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pitsky? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Pitsky's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Pitsky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Pitskys are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Pitsky is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pitsky sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Pitskys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Pitskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky. need? Pitsky social needs:
Pitskys need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Pitsky dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky. bark?
Average to high: The Pitsky 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 same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Pitsky good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Pitskys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Pitsky dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Pitskys 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 Pitsky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky.? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pitsky? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Pitsky 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 Pitsky has a hard bite?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Pitsky, 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.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pitsky do?
Pitskys have a higher than 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 Pitskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pitsky to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Pitsky roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Pitsky is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pitsky have high prey drive?
Pitskys 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 Pitsky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Pitsky kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Pitsky tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pitskys don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Pitskys tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Pitsky dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Pitsky Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Pitsky temperament with other people:
Pitskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Pitsky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pitsky temperament with children:
Pitskys are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pitsky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Pitskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Pitsky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pitsky dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Pitskys are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pitsky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Pitskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pitsky 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). Pitsky is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pitsky be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Pitsky be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed 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 to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Pitsky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pitsky be a sniffer dog?
Not really
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. Pitsky is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are Pitskys good office dogs? Do Pitskys make good office friendly dogs? Can Pitskys be office dogs?
No
Pitsky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pitsky be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Pitsky is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pitsky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky. temperament with senior people? Are Pitsky dogs good for elderly owners?
Pitskys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pitsky be a boat dog?
Not really
Pitsky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pitsky dogs get along with other pets? Are Pitsky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pitskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pitsky 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. Pitsky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Pitsky Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Pitsky dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Pitskys are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Pitsky breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pitsky breed? Most common health risks of Pitsky:
HyperthyroidismHip DysplasiaCataractsAllergies
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Pitsky breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Pitsky see the vet?
Rare
The Pitsky should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Pitsky dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Pitsky be? What is the age limit of the Pitsky? How many years can the oldest Pitsky live?
12-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Pitsky breed hypoallergenic?
No
Pitskys 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 Pitsky have? What is the activity level of the Pitsky?
Pitskys 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 activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Pitsky dogs require per day?
Pitskys need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Pitskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Pitsky need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pitsky risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Pitsky has a low to the average risk for obesity. 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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Pitsky's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Pitsky 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 Pitsky drool?
The Pitsky is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Pitsky 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 Pitsky. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Pitsky Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Pitsky: 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 Pitsky have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pitsky Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Pitsky's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Pitskys are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Pitskys are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Pitsky is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Pitsky has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average.
  • Child Friendly: Pitskys are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Pitskys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Pitskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Pitsky kutyafajtát.
  • Shedding Level: Pitskys shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Pitskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Pitsky is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Adaptability: Pitskys don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Pitskys tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Pitskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Pitsky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pitskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Pitsky Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Matthew Jordan Lee Rosenberger

    Jun 8, 2020, 6:31:41 PM:

    I have TWO pitskies. Shiba Inu pit mixed with Husky. Website super inaccurate sorry especially with comparisons lmaoo