The Chusky: A Complete Guide

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Dogs are a beautiful addition to your life. They are friendly, loyal and caring to its owners, and provide happiness for everyone around them.

They’re an enhancement in a family or the beginning of a whole new one.

However, dogs can be a stressful time. They require a lot of socialization, attention, time, exercise and maintenance, and in return, they give you full amounts of love.

It’s a lot of work, but they are definitely worth it.

The Chusky is a particularly obscure crossbreed. As the combination of the Chow Chow and the Husky, it has a unique look to it and is often incredibly friendly and cute.

The Chow Chow was both a hunting and herding job whose origins can be traced back to 150 B.C. and was a popular part of Mongolian tribes.

The Husky is a Siberian dog that resembles that of a wolf and were working dogs for sledding in the snow. As a combination, the Chusky is a caring, intelligent dog that has an instinct for hard work and dedication.

This guide has been designed for you to detail the information on the Chusky, and the things that need to be considered before purchasing one.

I will inform you of the vitals regarding exercise, dietary needs, behavior and maintenance needs, to prepare you for your 10-15 year journey of owning a dog.

If you want to know more about this fluffy canine, scroll on down to learn more!

Chusky: Before You Buy

A Chusky laying on the floor
The Chusky is great for families with children.

There’s a lot that needs to be considered when purchasing a dog.

Like I stated earlier, it isn’t an easy job, and there are certain things you need to take into account before bringing one into your household.

These things include:

Your household itself. The Chusky is a relatively large dog and will need adequate space for comfort and activity. You should also have a relatively large backyard.

Your spare time. If you’re a full-time worker on your own, it’s going to be hard to adjust and alter your schedule to suit the Chusky’s needs.

It will require a lot of socialization and attention, so if you can’t find viable time for this, you might not be ready to purchase a dog. Families should be more suited as there most likely will be someone home most of the time.

Decide if you want a boy or a girl.

We are all somewhat fussy when it comes to color, and that doesn’t change when it comes to dogs.

Although they are adorable no matter what color they are, you will want to decide on your preference before you visit a breeder.

Spaying/Neutering. This is a tough decision and should be made carefully.

How Much does a Chusky cost?

If you’re on a budget, the Chusky, and large breeds, in general, might not be for you.

However, both the Husky and Chow Chow are some of the most expensive breeds around, with the Chusky being a slightly cheaper alternative for those looking for a dog with similar traits.

When purchasing a Chusky puppy, you’re looking to spend around $800-$900, which is hefty, but cheaper than the $1500+ price points of both the Husky and the Chow Chow.

If this is out of your price range, consider looking at medium and small-sized breeds.

How Do I Find A Reputable Chusky Breeder?

There are a few things you should be looking for in a breeder to determine whether or not they are reputable.

It is important to buy from a professional source as it can determine factors such as life expectancy and health in the life of a dog. If you need any guidance regarding where to go to purchase a Chusky, ask around your neighborhood for recommendations and word of mouth.

Things you should seek in a breeder include:

  • The breeder needs to know the traits, history, and needs of the Chusky, as well as its parent breed the Husky and Chow Chow. If the breeder seems to lack information on breeds, it is most likely that they are not reputable and reliable.
  • The breeder’s setup should have the dogs in spacious environments in which they can grow properly, play and stretch. The Chusky is a large dog, and if it is kept in a claustrophobic area, it may cause physical issues.
  • The breeder needs to care for these dogs and talk to them like they are adopting the puppies themselves. Frequent socialization is needed to maintain the Chusky’s friendly temperament, as well as prevent conditions such as anxiety and depression.
  • A breeder should offer you all the equipment and information for the daily needs of the dog, to ensure that it grows and excels throughout its life.

3 Little-Known Facts about the Chusky

  1. The Chusky is a heavy shedder.
  2. The Chusky is a great companion for children.
  3. Its parent breed, the Chow Chow, used to be owned by Chinese emperors.

The Physical Traits of the Chusky

A Chusky with a green and blue collar
A Chusky is adorable in any color.

As a hybrid, the Chusky inherits traits of both its parent breeds.

Most of the time it has a thick double coat that derives from its Husky parent breed to battle the cold and can range through colors of white, brown, cream red and combinations of these.

It usually has large erect ears and the webbed feet of a Chow Chow.

Its eyes can either be hazel, brown or blue, with both its eyes sometimes being different colors, and it is all topped off with a round, black nose.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chusky?

A Chusky is a large breed and therefore can reach a pretty large length and height. It is estimated that the Chusky grows to around 27 inches in length, which is roughly around the same sizes of its predecessor breeds.

Weight-wise, it can grow anywhere between 40-65 pounds, making for a sleek, masculine dog. The male is often the bigger of the genders when it comes to both length and weight.

What Is The Life Expectancy of the Chusky?

Usually, life expectancy comes down to the health of the dog. It can increase or decrease depending on exercise and mental health, so it’s important to keep an eye on those factors.

The Chusky has an estimated lifespan of 10-12 years, which is around the average for large breeds and smaller than both the 12-15 years of a Husky and the 9-15 years of a Chow Chow.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Chusky

The Chusky is not easy to train. It inherits a strong sense of independence from the working-class backgrounds of its parent breeds and will need the discipline to be truly domesticated.

If you commit to training this dog daily with physical exercise and obedience tactics, it will become a loyal part of your family that is good around kids and other pets.

They make for a good guard dog because they are naturally protective and cautious of unfamiliar faces.

If left alone for too long, the Chusky can suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive around the household, so at least one person must be home most of the time.

What Are the Dietary Requirements of the Chusky?

An adult Chusky
The Chusky’s eyes can either be hazel, brown or blue.

The Chusky will eat around 3 cups of dry dog food a day, which is the average for most large-sized breeds.

It will cost you around $50 a month in premium, nutrient-filled foods, which is substantially pricey, but the average for most large-sized breeds.

It is also recommended that you occasionally feed the Chusky meat, as it provides needed variation for the dog’s mood.

How Much Exercise Does the Chusky Need?

The Chusky comes from an ancestral background of hunters and working-class dogs, so naturally, it needs a lot of exercises.

It is recommended that you take the Chusky for a walk twice a day, resulting in 12 miles a week, and provide it with around 60 minutes of exercise every day.

It will also love running and playing with other dogs, so a trip to the dog park is a great choice for Chusky owners.

It also enjoys obedience training and agility training and will thrive if the owner is especially active.

Because of their energy and size, do not keep the Chusky in an apartment, and make sure you have ample space in your background for it to run around.

Health Conditions and Issues of the Chusky

Unlike other large breed dogs, the Chusky isn’t prone to many illnesses and only requires the occasional trip to the veterinarian for check-ups on its blood and teeth.

Health concerns and issues include:

4 Important Training Tips

  • The training of your Chusky should start from the minute you bring it home as a pup.

Consistency and regularity in training is the key to establishing boundaries and making clear to your pet the difference between good and bad behavior.

The more you delay this, the harder it will be for your pet to distinguish acceptable actions from unacceptable ones.

Owing to its single-mindedness, the Chusky will also start to stray from correct behavior if there is a halt in training or if you don’t start from the onset.

  • Obedience training is a particularly hard ordeal with the Chusky and will require a lot of patience and a firm hand.

However, it is of utmost importance because, without it, the Chusky will become rebellious and can display destructive behavior, including barking, howling, or digging at your furniture or lawn.

You need to establish yourself as the master so that your Chusky knows who’s guidance needs to be paid heed to.

Without proper instructions, the Chusky will lose sight of who the alpha of the house is and can tend to get obsessively protective of its owner if it is not assured that the owner is the one in charge.

  • Crate training should be started at the earliest.

This is essential to make sure it does not develop separation anxiety.

Crate training from the onset will lead the Chusky to feel comfortable even on its own.

If this is not done, you can expect your pet to become extremely agitated and aggressive even when left alone for a few hours.

  • Desensitization is a crucial part of Chucky’s upbringing.

You need to reassure your pet that the vet or groomer will not cause it any harm, and to do so you should focus on the mouth, feet, and ears of the dog so it gets used to human touch.

My Final Thoughts On the Chusky

Overall, the Chusky is a lovely, loyal companion that is great with kids, other pets and will suit any time of family, especially an active one.

It may pose a challenge for first-time owners, and it does need a lot of attention and exercise, but if you’re dedicated, the Chusky will serve as a great addition to your household.

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