A Chusky dog is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Chow Chow, and is otherwise known as a Chowski dog. But don’t be fooled by a cute puppy with oversized Husky eyebrows—these bundles of joy, complete with the long fur characteristic of both of their breeds, need plenty of training to make them good dogs for the whole family!
Life expectancy: 10 – 13 years
Size: Medium to large
Fur type: Long, requires grooming by owners and professionals
Looks: A combination of the fluffy coat that both Chow Chows and Huskies have, typically with a golden or red Chow dog fur colour, but longer and leaner Husky legs and a headshape closer to a Husky’s
Food: Nutritious food that will support its energy and love of walks
Needs: An experienced owner, a big family to watch out for, a house with plenty of energy and lots of space
Temperament: Protective and loyal, playful and intelligent, but can be aggressive if not trained well
The Chusky has only been recognised as a designer breed for around twenty years, but Chow mixed dogs have been around for a lot longer. They’re a combination of Chow Chow dogs and Siberian Huskies, both dogs famed for their intelligence.
The Chow Chow was bred to be a temple guard dog in ancient China, inspiring the fearsome stone ‘Foo dogs’ that still sit at the entrances of palaces and temples across China and Tibet, and the Siberan Husky evolved as a dog that humans trained to pull sledges and sleds in the Arctic. Both breeds are known for their cleverness and have lived side-by-side with humans— for thousands of years in the adult Chow’s case.
The downsides of each dog couldn’t be more different. Chow Chows can be resistant to training, and can even raise the cost of home insurance due to their aggressive nature if left untrained. Huskies in contrast are easygoing but incredibly energetic dogs, which can be a problem for older owners. Breeding these two incredible dogs together creates a dog like no other, without the aggressive nature of the Chow Chow and without the boundless energies of the Husky, creating a mellower dog.
Chuskies exhibit the best of the two dogs; alert and watchful, whilst also energetic and playful, good for a relatively active family. Expect a very clever dog with the capacity to learn a great deal, but one that will not respond to shouts and anger. The best way to win a loyal and happy Chow and Husky mix is to establish yourself as pack leader by using a mixture of respect, love, and firmness.
A Husky and Chow Chow mix will be protective and loyal, much like the Chow dog temperament. However, this behaviour can easily morph into aggression if not checked by owners.
A Chusky is known as a ‘designer dog’, and you will often see ads for Chusky puppies or Chowski puppies for sale. However, these dogs require a lot of patience and care, and are not for first-time owners. Not only are they full of love and protectiveness for their owners, but they also suffer separation anxiety and can get very sad and lonely, often tending to nervousness that shows itself in nips and barks, when their owners are not there.
They like to be near their owners, but this can manifest into aggression towards other dogs and strangers who are stealing the attention or seem to be acting in a threatening way. A brilliant guard dog trait, but one that might not be too welcome if you frequently have guests over.
Chusky dogs are energetic, which comes from the Husky side. For this reason it’s important you have enough space for them to run around and plenty of people to play with. They’re clever dogs, so you should make sure that you don’t just focus on the physical side of exercise. However, sometimes this cleverness can appear as stubbornness.
Chuskies are generally good with children, as long as they know how to play properly with dogs. If you’re concerned, make sure your Chowski dog is socialised first before letting your kids play unsupervised with them. However, a well-trained Chow Chow Husky mix will be affectionate and protective towards children of their family and loves to play with them.