Every dog owner believes they have the perfect dog, and those who don’t have a dog yet are looking for the ideal dog to fit into the family. One mixed breed that has gained popularity recently is the Whippet Husky – a mix between a Whippet and the Siberian Husky.
It may sound like an odd mix, but it is a dog that often tends to get the best from both breeds!
What Is A Whippet Husky Mix?
The mix between a Whippet and a Siberian Husky is also known as a Hippet, and it is a dog mix that is starting to pop up all over the world. It sounds like an odd mix at first, but the more you learn about them, the more sense it starts to make.
A mix between two such different breeds has created an unexpected outcome, where qualities from each breed mix perfectly with those from the other.
Whippets are known as very gentle, sweet, and mellow dogs – perfect for apartment living, yet extremely agile and fast once out and about.
When you mix this with a Husky – a dog bred to run for hours in tough terrain and with impressive intelligence and independence, then you get a dog that combines the robustness of a Husky with the loving and sweet personality of a Whippet.
You get a family dog that is made for adventures, and one that is always up for anything.
Appearance, Health & More
Prospective puppy owners are often curious about a long list of things when it comes to the dog they plan to bring home, and it is normal to want to know what the dog may look like once it grows up.
Another thing to take into consideration is health, as some dog breeds are known to be healthier than others.
While it is impossible to predict exactly what a Hippet will look like, considering it is a mix of two breeds, most tend to be about 19 to 23 inches tall, which makes it an ideally sized medium dog that you can take with you everywhere.
You can expect a weight of approximately 30 to 50 pounds.
Whippets are, as you may know, significantly smaller and more delicate than a Siberian Husky, and with the Hippet you tend to get something in between.
Coat length also tends to be longer than that of a Whippet, but somewhat shorter and easier to manage than a Husky coat.
One of the things that have helped boost the Hippets popularity is that it usually inherits the Husky mask and markings, and even the blue eyes are common! Picture this:
A medium-sized dog with a thick medium-length coat, blue, brown, or bi-colored eyes, long and agile legs, an alert facial expression, and a mask.
That’s what you can expect from a Whippet Husky mix.
To better understand what to expect for a Hippet when it comes to health, we have to look at both involved breeds individually.
The Siberian Husky isn’t spared from common health problems for dogs their size, and conditions like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye problems and more do occur, but they are considered a very healthy breed overall.
Now, the Whippet is actually considered a very healthy breed, and not only that, but one of the healthiest breeds compared to other purebred dogs.
This means that you are essentially mixing two breeds that are usually considered healthy, meaning you can expect your Hippet to be at a low to average risk of illness and disease.
All dogs are different. The ideal thing is to health test the parent dogs before breeding, to make sure they are free from genetic diseases and other health problems that can (and should) be prevented.
One thing is for sure, and the Hippet is not ideal for low-energy households. While Whippets can be very happy spending a day next to you on the couch, a Hippet will likely require more exercise.
They are not as demanding as the purebred Siberian Husky, but they do need a couple of good walks per day and ideally a chance to run and play.
The intelligence of the Husky tends to be passed down to this mix as well, and Hippets do great with mind games, puzzles, and mental challenges. It is a dog that benefits from canine enrichment games, like kibble dispensers and food puzzles, where they get to use their brain.
All types of dogs should be provided with both mental and physical activation, but some need it more than others. The Hippet would be considered a medium to a high-energy dog that thrives in an outdoorsy family.
How To Identify A Whippet Husky Mix
The Husky genes are very strong, and most Husky mixes do have a tendency to bear a strong breed resemblance, in one way or the other.
No two Hippets look exactly the same, but you can keep an eye out for Husky-looking dogs with slightly longer legs, a narrower face, a slightly shorter coat than the Husky, and a very loving and gentle personality.
When you mix two dog breeds, some puppies will bear a stronger resemblance to their mother and others to their father, so you could also spot a Hippet that looks more like a Whippet, but with the coloring and eye colors that are normally associated with Siberian Huskies.
It won’t be comparable to how you can walk down the street and recognize a Dachshund, a Golden Retriever, or a Samoyed, as mixed breeds never look exactly the same even if you breed the same two dogs, but you can learn to look for the signs.
Your best bet in this scenario is to ask people if their dog is a Whippet Husky mix rather than to assume, and if you are unsure but really want to know – there are dog DNA tests available for confirmation.
Another thing you are likely to notice is that your Hippet probably won’t look the same as other puppies in the same litter, and this is one of the things that is so charming about them!
You get a dog with a somewhat predictable temperament, personality, and looks, but still, a unique-looking dog that won’t be the same as anyone else’s.
More On The Whippet Husky Mix
Don’t forget that one of the dog breeds in this mix is very vocal. Siberian Huskies bark, howl and make noise – they “talk,” some even claim, and you can expect a Hippet to be vocal as well.
It is unlikely for a mix like this to be as quiet as the Whippet, and you should prepare yourself for some level of noise-making throughout the day (and night).
Another thing to expect is hair – lots of hair. If your Hippet inherits the thick coat of a Siberian Husky, then you are looking at a dog that sheds all year round, and heavily two times a year as they change from their summer coat and to their winter coat, and then back again.
Their grooming needs won’t be too demanding if you are okay with a little dog hair, but otherwise, you may want to brush the Hippet a couple of times a week to remove dead and loose hair to prevent it from ending up on your furniture and clothes.
In simple terms, you could call this mix a Husky light. You get most of the athletic qualities of a Siberian Husky, plus the breed’s resistance to the elements, but the mellow and kind-hearted Whippet “takes the edge off” and makes the breed more apt for indoor living and family life.
That said, the mix will inevitably require you to provide it with both physical and mental exercise, where they get to use their body and mind simultaneously and separately.
A tip is to read up on canine enrichment and to consider giving the dog some type of task or job, to give them the opportunity to use the full capacity of their often brilliant minds.
The mix is best suited for a reasonably active family that enjoys spending time outdoors and may require a somewhat more experienced handler if inheriting the stubbornness of a Siberian Husky.
Some Hippets are easier to train than others, but many will be very strong-willed dogs that might test their boundaries in the beginning.
The whippet husky mix is usually a medium-sized dog with the ability to run fast for a long period of time. They don’t tire easily, which makes them ideal dogs for outdoor adventures and cold weather.
It is important to understand that there are no guarantees when it comes to mixed breeds, as genetics and what genes are passed down can be somewhat unpredictable.
Based on what these crosses tend to look like and the personality they often have, it is possible to estimate, but you can never know for sure.