Belgian Malinois Husky Mix: The Belusky Breed Guide
The Belgian Malinois Husky mix is the product of two well-loved breeds: the intelligent and active Belgian Malinois and the gentle and playful Siberian Husky. This adorable and fiercely protective crossbreed also goes by the names Belusky, Huskinois, and Belerian Malsky.
Belgian Malinois Husky Mix Key Characteristics
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Malinois Husky Mix Highlights
- The Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid comes from the purposeful crossbreeding of the Belgian Malinois and the Siberian Husky. It is also called a Huskinois, Belusky, and Belerian Malsky.
- The Belgian Malinois Husky mix is short to medium sized with a compact body and short coat. The coat of the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky crossbreed is water resistant, allowing the dogs to dry off easily.
- The eyes of the Belgian Malinois Siberian Husky mix can be black, brown, or blue and is usually almond shaped. The shape of the head, the width of the paw, and the thickness of the tail varies depending on which parental gene is more dominant.
- The date of origin of this crossbreed is unknown. A news report indicates that the first Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid pup was born in 2009, but it is also possible that the crossbreed existed prior to this.
- A breeder told a UK outlet that he aimed to produce a hybrid that had the speed and prey drive of the Belgian Malinois and the endurance of the Siberian Husky.
- Because both of its parent breeds are highly trainable working dogs, the Belusky can also make a good guard or companion dog if properly trained.
- This crossbreed is loyal, friendly, alert, and intelligent.
- Belgian Malinois and Husky hybrids are incredibly active and need lots of exercise. You need to give them one to two hours of exercise a day and enough space to be able to run around.
- These dogs are better suited to a house with a large yard instead of an apartment.
- Huskinois make good companions for children and families.
- Common medical issues include eye problems like cataracts and glaucoma, as well as hip dysplasia, seizures, and hypothyroidism.
- This crossbreed only needs to be brushed one to two times a week and given a bath only when needed.
- The size of the litter depends on which breed is the mother. A Belgian Malinois Husky mix can give birth to between four and 10 puppies.
- Because both of the parent breeds are quite costly on their own, you can expect Huskinois pups to cost thousands of dollars.
- The Belgian Malinois Husky mix is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry, Dog Registry of America Inc., and the International Designer Canine Registry.
Belgian Malinois Husky Mix Appearance
The Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid closely resembles the German Shepherd but is smaller and has more blonde and tan areas in its coat. It’s often mistaken for other crossbreeds like the Gerberian Shepsky, the Siberian Indian Dog, and the German Malinois.
The Belgian Malinois Husky mix is a small to medium sized for a dog. Typically, both males and females of this crossbreed stand at 23 to 25 inches in height and weigh between 45 and 65 pounds. The body of the Huskinois is strong, compact, and lean.
The appearance of the head depends on which parent breed the Belusky more closely resembles. It can be flatter with a longer snout like the Belgian Malinois or rounder and fleshier like that of a Siberian Husky. Because both the Belgian Malinois and the Siberian Husky have a scissor bite with no pink gums showing, this is also what you’ll see in the Belusky or Huskinois.
The coat of the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky crossbreed is usually short to medium in length. It can be tan, blonde, or black with black and/or white markings.
The Belusky’s coat has layers of soft and rough hair that make it dense and thick. It is almost water resistant, which allows the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid to dry itself off easily.
Siberian Huskies’ eyes may be brown, black, or blue while Belgian Malinois usually have brown eyes. Both of these parent breeds have almond shaped or slightly almond shaped eyes.
The difference is in the expression contributed by the parent breeds. Belgian Malinois, which are popularly trained as guard dogs, have a hyper alert, intelligent, and wary look. Siberian Huskies, meanwhile, usually have mischievous, playful, and sometimes haughty, expressions.
The ears of the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix are erect and may be black, tan, or blonde. Depending on which parental gene is more dominant, a Belgian Malinois Husky mix may have longer and narrower ears like the Belgian Malinois or shorter and wider ears like the Siberian Husky.
The tail of the Belgian Malinois and Husky mix is usually long and thick. It can be heavily furred and symmetrical like that of a Siberian Husky or less thick and tapered like that of a Belgian Malinois. Siberian Huskies are known to use their tails to warm their noses — a position called the “Siberian Swirl.”
As for the paws of the Belgian Malinois Siberian Husky mix, they can be either strong and pronounced like those of a Belgian Malinois or compact and elegant like those of a Siberian Husky.
Malinois Husky Mix History
Because their parent breeds originate in Belgium and in Russia, the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid can live in cooler to colder temperatures. The Belgian Malinois Siberian Husky mix appears to be a recent crossbreed and may have first been successfully cross bred in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Metro article said a newborn Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky crossbreed pup just might be “the first of its kind” and predicted that it would grow into “the world’s best guard dog.”
The exact date of origin of the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky crossbreed is unknown. While there are reports of someone in the UK successfully breeding the first Huskinois or Belusky in 2009, there are doubts that this is the actual first pup born from a Belgian Malinois and a Siberian Husky.
The Huskinois or Belusky was not an accidental breeding. According to Darren Debenham, the breeder interviewed for the Metro article, he had hoped that the resulting hybrid could become the basis for a new breed of guard dogs.
Debenham, who was reportedly in the business of selling dogs to police forces and the military, said that breeders had been trying to produce a Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix for years but that the pups would die just hours after they were born.
The breeder also explained the purpose of crossbreeding a Belgian Malinois and a Siberian Husky: Belgian Malinois are fast and have high energy levels and prey drives. But they do get tired very quickly. Meanwhile, Siberian Huskies are known for their stamina, which allows them to run great distances.
Together, these breeds would create a hybrid that could run fast and hard without tiring easily.
The Belgian Malinois is used around the world as a police, military, and security dog. In fact, the United States Secret Service uses Belgian Malinois at the White House. Meanwhile, Siberian Huskies are known for their endurance, speed, and power as sled dogs.
These characteristics, when combined, give the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix the potential to be a great guard dog.
Both the Belgian Malinois and the Siberian Husky are working dogs. With proper training, the Huskinois or Belusky can make a good companion dog or guard dog. This hybrid is great for first time dog owners. They’re also good around kids.
Because of the protective nature of the Belgian Malinois and the friendly nature of the Siberian Husky, Huskinois are loyal, alert, and have protective instincts that can sometimes be excessive.
The Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid needs lots of exercise — about an hour or two every day — with opportunity to run around on a daily basis. Because of this, these dogs are not well suited to living in condos, apartments, and other small spaces.
They will, however, thrive in homes with large yards. But do note that these dogs are jumpers with good digging skills. If your home has a yard, make sure they won’t be able to jump the fence or tunnel under it.
Belgian Malinois Husky Mix Temperament
The Belgian Malinois Husky mix is one of the lucky crossbreeds that benefits from having two parent breeds with characteristics that balance each other out.
Belgian Malinois are incredibly protective, sharp, and loyal. However, they’re not usually considered good for families, especially those with small children, because they can be too aggressive and have too much energy. It’s often difficult to give them enough work to do.
Meanwhile, Siberian Huskies are gentle, loving, and generally more easygoing. These dogs are known for their ability to take direction from their handlers — one of the things that makes them such excellent sled dogs.
The protectiveness and stubbornness of the Belgian Malinois is tempered by the relative docility of the Siberian Husky. While Belgian Malinois tend to want to herd other dogs (and sometimes even humans), Siberian Huskies tend to be submissive to humans and play nice with other dogs. What would have been destructive behaviors thus become favorable ones.
What you get is a Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix that is energetic but trainable, intelligent, loyal, charming, and friendly. This crossbreed makes a great companion and is an incredibly family friendly dog.
As with all other crossbreeds, proper nutrition is very important. The Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix is a very agile and highly energetic hybrid, which means that they need a lot of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. They also need their daily supply of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and live long.
While dogs do belong under the order Carnivora of mammals, they will not thrive on an all meat diet. Dogs, like humans, are omnivores. To meet their nutritional needs, you need to give your dog both plant and animal foods.
But please do not give your Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky human food. Food for humans does not meet the dietary requirements of a Huskinois and is not good for your dog’s digestive system. Make sure your dog food is rich in proteins, fatty acids like Omega-6 and Omega-3, carbohydrates, and the appropriate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Go for dog food with whole food ingredients, which are most beneficial for your dog. If possible, avoid dog food that has chemical preservatives. These can upset your dogs’ stomach and have long term effects on their health.
Health and Care
- Corneal ulcerations
- Early onset cataracts
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Sebaceous cysts
While the Belgian Malinois is considered to be a generally healthy breed, they may experience these health problems:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Skin disorders
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Sensitivity to anesthesia
Belgian Malinois and Husky mixes need to see the vet on a regular basis for these tests:
- Heart function
- Eye check
- Bones and joints (x-ray)
- Overall physical examination
If they are properly taken care of, Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky crossbreeds can live at least eight to ten years.
The Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky hybrid is relatively easy to maintain. Their short coat sheds moderately and only need to be brushed about twice a week, except during shedding seasons when you will need to brush it more often.
Huskinois or Belusky don’t typically get that “dog” smell, so there’s need for regular bathing. Instead, you should only bathe these dogs when necessary, like when they’ve rolled around in the mud or in a pile of rotting leaves.
But while bathing isn’t a daily or even a weekly task, these dogs need a thorough teeth cleaning on a regular basis to prevent tooth loss and gum disease. You should also check your dog’s ears for excess wax and debris at least once every week to protect against infection.
Belgian Malinois Husky Mix Puppies
The size of the litter of a Belgian Malinois and Husky hybrid depends on which of the parent breeds is the dam. If the Belgian Malinois is the mother, the average size of the Belusky litter is between six to 10 puppies. If it’s the Siberian Husky, she could give birth to between four and six puppies.
The size of the litter is also influenced by a variety of factors, including the size and age of the dam. Bigger dog breeds tend to have bigger litter sizes while smaller dog breeds tend to have smaller litter sizes. Dogs that are obese usually give birth to fewer pups than normal sized dogs. Older dams tend to have more puppies than younger dams.
In the first few weeks of the Belusky puppy’s life, the mother will feed it, take care of it, and protect it from humans and other animals. You will notice that your dog will growl and snarl at anyone (including you) who tries to get close to her and her pups. Meanwhile, the puppies will spend their first few weeks of life drinking milk and sleeping.
Once the puppies become mobile enough to venture a few feet away from their sleeping area, you can start to interact with them. When the mother begins to wean her puppies, you can start to give them solid food. Make sure you give them dog food specially formulated for large breed puppies, as these have the right amounts of nutrients that they need in this stage of life.
You can start to groom Belgian Malinois Husky mix puppies when they are 8 weeks of age. They’ll need baths and regular brushing because their dam won’t bathe them as often as she did before. The needs of the Belusky puppy may differ from other dogs, so please consult your vet before doing anything new with your puppy.
Belgian Malinois Siberian Husky Mix Price
Because the Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix isn’t yet all that common, you can expect one to cost you a pretty penny.
For reference, a Siberian Husky puppy typically sells for about $725. The price can be as low as $600 and as high as $6,000 depending on the pedigree of the dog.
Meanwhile, a Belgian Malinois pup costs anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500. Pups with top breed lines can even go for as much as $9,000.
These prices depend on a variety of factors, including the pedigree of the puppy, the location of the breeder, and whether the puppy is allowed to be left intact or is sold with a spay and neuter contract.
The Belgian Malinois and Siberian Husky mix is recognized by these organizations:
- Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
After reading all of this, we now know that the Belgian Malinois Husky mix is both a loyal worker dog and a lovely companion for children. The question now is, are you ready to take care of your Belusky? Consider all the tips and information we provided so that yours can live a long, happy, and healthy life with you.