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What causes huskies to be aggressive? They're very popular in my area and I have owned them before myself, but have never met an aggressive one. I rank them right up there with labs and goldens in terms of family-friendliness. They're not real protective dogs and they're not territorial either. They just love everyone they meet, especially dogs and children. I wonder what would provoke one to attack? Maybe the aggressive ones are kept in hot climates and that makes them irritable?


I've owned a husky and have known people who were members of sled clubs.  Huskies should never be aggressive per se to people, and they should be fine with children, but they are runners and are death to smaller pets they could get ahold of and to livestock, including chickens and any other poutry

post #12 of 19

Yes, very high prey drive but I wouldn't consider prey drive to be aggression.

post #13 of 19
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'm more after the Akita side of things to see if one would be suited to live life with us. And I was leaning more toward a mix thinking you'd get a more toned down Akita? I do have a Husky / Groenendael mix who is a joy to have, recall is perfect and she is very good with my poultry... It didn't happen over night though and I had to be very consistent from day one when I got her at 8 weeks old. We go jogging daily and I never have her on the lead (but I do take one with me just in case) I've always loved Akitas and thought one day I'd like to share my life with one. Attached is Laska my Husky mix....



 



 




that really isnt' the way genetics work. Some of the pups will be more (or entirely husky). Some will lean towards the Akita. And there is no way to know until the pups are adults exactly what temperament characteristics they will have.

Akitas are very "one family" dogs and can be extremely territorial and aggressive toward strangers. Huskies are active dogs that NEED to run and have a job; they also tend to be escape artists, especially if not getting the proper stimulation. Now imagine a territorial aggressive dog that thinks the entire neighborhood is his property and all of your neighbors are trespassing.

If you like the Akita personality but want a bit more toned down attitude a responsible breeder is likely your best bet. Not every pup is going to be "correct" and they can steer you towards a puppy with a more laid back temperament as well as help you through socializing and training your pup.
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Thanks for all the replies. I am waiting for the right dog to come along as I'm in no rush to get another dog. Here is a recent picture of Laska she's such a good girl.

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I know I am really late getting in the mix here.. I am very knowledgeable in the Huskita, Akitas and other hybrids.  I normally deal with the snow and mountain breeds.- While I absolutely love my Huskita, it truly is the best of both worlds.. However, you certainly must know the breeding and make certain it is someone that is breeding responsibly. I have been one of the go-to ppl in my area for some time, as there is a irresponsible breeder in our area- and these dogs just keep popping up.  Akitas are definitely a ONE Family breed. and MUST be seriously socialized from day one and introduced to living with other animals from the start.  Mine loves kitties- thinks all kitties in the house are his babies.. and he was wonderful with other dogs, until maturity kicked in- with Akitas , 1.5-3yrs of age- that genetic trait can rear it's head, and no training in the world is going to change the genetics.. It is a crap shoot.  At maturity, they can be aggressive toward same sexed dogs (most common), be aggressive toward all dogs, or even anyone NOT a family member.  So, responsible breeding is absolutely a must. You also have to make sure that you are socializing w/ anything and everything- from day one.  Now- that all being said.. My guy at 165lbs, or thereabout- still loves his kitties- however, will not longer tolerate any male dogs- even dogs he had been brought up with.  Loves people, loves his sister dog (another breed- but opposite sex)- just NO male dogs... and honestly- it will be very hard if not from a responsible breeder- to know the percentage of breeding.  On the good note- They are extremely loyal- rarely will leave the property (mine only got detrained to leave, when my other dog- decided she was going to become a wanderer- which is why a 6ft fence is now necessary).. and also for protection of other dogs in the neighborhood- who may decide to come to our property- my Skyy makes no warning- he just does when he feels there is something that is around that should not be- for instance male dogs or coyotes, ground hogs, etc..EXTREMELY SMART as huskies usually are.  Opening doors (all kinds), learning tricks (and everything else) by watching it one time..I have to lock my house down like Forte Knox or my guys could be letting themselves in and out of the house.  So there are many fantastic traits to this hybrid.  But you must be willing to sacrifice, as it is really is almost impossible to know what you are going to have at maturity.. My suggestion, as I do with all possible adoptors I work with- make sure you are NOT introducing a same sexed puppy into your home- as in 1.5-3yrs- you could be in that horrific position, of "who do I need to rehome".  Akitas really are a force to be reckoned with, and no one wants to see a beloved family member pet in a blood bath dog fight, all because of genetics.  I have worked with many in this position and it is a horrible situation.. Akita and Huskita do NOT fair well in a shelter, and this is why you usually don't see many Akita's in a shelter- they can become very unadoptable, very quickly if not properly handled or trained.  Good Luck- they are truly one of my favorite breeds, I would not trade my guy in for the world, and he was a dumped puppy - found by a local police department I used to work with. I had just started working and learning more about Huskita at that point, and then they just started becoming somewhat popular, and now I am involved w/ many if they turn up locally.  We got lucky, that he is as great a dog as he is, as I know we could have had some serious issues, with all the animals I do work with and the people coming to visit my home on a regular basis.My Sister's Akita, love him to death, but he is very unpredictable in his temperament, and unless you know him- you certainly NEVER step foot onto their property, not to mention NEVER have any other animals at the house.  I wish you Good Luck, if you have already adopted or Purchased- they are a fantastic Hybrid.  I have had and worked with the Siberian Husky, Malamutes, Akitas, Chows, etc.. and my Huskita definitely has some of the better qualities all rolled into one.. If you ever have any questions, please email me.  KaosCritters@gmail.com

post #17 of 19
Seems like an interesting mix for sure but I'd definitely be concerned about the Akita's aggression, as was mentioned.

ALSO.

Huskies need WAY more than a 20 minute walk per day. Even lazy, laid back dogs need more... obviously it depends but I have heard that the general recommendation for MOST dogs (not even energetic breeds) is a half hour to an hour, preferably leaning towards the hour side. Huskies, border collies, etc etc probably need more or at least lots of running around and mental stimulation addition to the walk. I take my dog, a pretty lazy Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix, for an hour walk usually. Though I must admit we haven't been taking him on many walks lately. A husky needs those walks. I also let mine sniff everything and sometimes swim, extra mental stimulation. I'm glad the OP runs their mix smile.png

But I'm realizing... if someone's husky only gets a 20 minute walk a day that could be why it is aggressive...... they need to go at least an hour or RUN. Bored, underexercised and understimulated dogs develop all sorts of behavior problems, from destroying your house to aggression.

Also poorly bred dogs, such as pet shop/puppy mill/BYB pups, can have bad genetics and be aggressive
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Just want to mention that no RESPONSIBLE breeder would produce such a mix !  Both breeds need special people to manage them to meet their potential, and it's just not a good combination of traits.  Mary

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Just want to mention that no RESPONSIBLE breeder would produce such a mix !  Both breeds need special people to manage them to meet their potential, and it's just not a good combination of traits.  Mary

Agreed. It's like the people breeding "pomsky" (pomeranian husky) and other such "designer dogs." No reason for it other than people think they're cute and they know they can make lots of money off those people. I'm all for working or sport hybrids, like making a better police dog, or herding/farn dog, or better agility or dock diving dog or whatever, and mixing breeds for a working/sport mix because there is a need for those dogs and they are usually responsibly bred. Same for better service dogs. And heck, I might even be okay with responsibly bred designer dog even if I don't agree with them. But the problem is almost all of them come from puppy mills/pet stores, backyard breeders, and irresponsible people posing as "breeders" to make a profit. If you can find a responsibly bred one it might work but the breed combo might have issues. What I have often heard recommended to people who want designer dogs and what I agree with is that if you truly want a designer dog go to your local shelter. There are often loads of these designer mixes there but they just aren't called by the cute designer name, they're just mixes/mutts. But they're the same as any $2000 designer pet store dog. Now, of course, you seem more responsible and don't necessarily want a designer dog, just an Akita mix, but I see amd hear of so many people who want a designer dog yet when there is the same exact mix at the shelter think it is not the same as their designer dog. Now, I also realize that adoption isn't roght for everyone and some dogs do have baggage (but others are great!) and so I am 110% fine with buying from a responsible breeder. I am not one of those people who says every person has to adopt. I recognize it's not for everyone and I would rather have someone have a dog that fits rather than adopt cause they feel like they have to and then have it be a horrible fit and everyone, dog included, is miserable. However I think it's really hard to find responsible breeders of these mixes
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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