Huskador 101: All About Huskadors



Meg Marrs


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The Huskador, also known as a Siberian retriever or a husky Lab, is a mix between a Siberian husky and a Labrador retriever.

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Image from Wikimedia.

The husky Lab is often mistaken for the Labrador husky, which is a different, purebred dog (despite its confusingly similar name).

A highly intelligent breed, Huskadors are a good-natured and playful, making them an excellent choice for an active individual or family. The Huskador is also an officially recognized breed by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR).

  • Height: Up to 25 inches
  • Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
  • Average Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
  • Energy Level: High
  • Grooming: Regular brushing
  • Shedding: Moderate to High
  • Coat: Short to Medium / Silky / Double Coat
  • Color: Black, Brown, Copper, Golden, White
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Temperament: Intelligent, loyal, patient, affectionate, curious, and energetic

How Much Do Huskador Puppies Cost?

  • Average New Puppy Price: $300 – $800
  • Average Annual Ownership Expense: $485 – $600
  • Average Annual Medical Expense: $510 – $600
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Photograph from Flickr.

Huskador Breed Origins: Where Do Huskadors Come From?

The origin of the Siberian Retriever is unclear; however, it is thought to have been deliberately bred within the last two decades.

Since the Huskador combines two established breeds, examining qualities found in huskies and Labs will help us better understand the curious canine that is the Huskador!

Siberian Huskies

Siberian husky dog

An old breed thought to have originated from a Siberian tribe of nomads called the Chukchi. The Siberian husky was bred to improve transportation by pulling sleds, as well as to be a family dog that could provide protection. Huskies are a playful, high energy breed that can be willful and needs adequate social interaction.

Labrador retriever dog

Originating in Newfoundland, Labrador retrievers were bred to be both working dogs and companion animals. A gentle, intelligent breed, Labs are social breed that is always eager to please. Due to their high energy levels, they need a good amount of mental and physical stimulation.

Huskadors will usually exhibit a combination of qualities from their parent breeds.

Huskador Temperament / Behavior

Huskadors are a highly intelligent, affectionate, and energetic breed. Known for their patience, cheerfulness, and endless love of attention, Huskadors make great family pets. Especially if socialized properly at a young age, Husky Labs get along with other animals and children extremely well.

It is wise to socialize Huskadors to other animals and people as puppies so they don’t develop into shy, reserved adults.

Siberian Retrievers enjoy working and due to their intelligent, alert, and protective nature, they are well suited for a number of dog jobs including:

  • Police work
  • Search and Rescue
  • Tracking
  • Narcotics Detection
  • Service / Therapy work

While calmer and less prone to barking than their husky relatives, Husky Labs are known to act out if they do not receive enough attention or exercise. Because of this, the Huskador breed is best suited for a person with an active lifestyle with a moderate to large sized backyard, as they love to run and play.

Curious dogs, they have a strong prey instinct and may try to go after small animals. They are also likely to dig holes while investigating various scents. While they love to play in water, Huskadors have developed a reputation for often disliking rain.

Huskador Apperance

Huskadors are medium to large dogs that usually weigh between 40 and 60 pounds. Depending on the percentage of the mix, they may look more like a husky or more like a Labrador retriever. Depending on the type of Lab they descend from, they can vary in color from brown, copper, tan, chocolate, or black and white.

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Image from flickr

Most Huskadors have a triangular shaped head with ears that can be droopy or erect. They can have brown or blue eyes, and often have one of each.

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Image from flickr

Huskadors are also characterized by their long, webbed paws, long legs, and curled tail. Huskadors have silky double coats that are usually short or medium in length.

Huskador Trainability

Huskadors are quick learners that thrive on the mental stimulation of mastering new skills. Agreeable and eager to please like a Labrador retriever, Huskadors are also stubborn and independent like their husky relatives. Due to their superior intelligence, they may be willful and need firm, consistent training. This willfulness may make them harder to housebreak initially.

Huskador Grooming

If you are going to adopt a Huskador, be prepared for some shedding. Huskadors have double coats, and will shed even more during the spring season when they are losing their heavy winter coat.

However, with regular, frequent brushing, the shedding can be contained. A Huskador owner should be prepared to vacuum and may want to invest in a lint roller. It is also a good idea to clean your Huskadors’ ears once a week or so to avoid parasites and infections.

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Image from Wikimedia

Huskador Diet

Husky Labs can be prone to weight gain and overfeeding should be carefully avoided. They can be fed once or twice a day and should receive a diet with adequate proteins, vitamins, fats, and carbohydrates. Regular exercise is encouraged to avoid weight gain and destructive behavior.

Huskador Health

While Siberian Retrievers are a generally healthy breed, they are also relatively new and more health concerns may be discovered. Huskadors will be more likely to develop health issues that affect Huskies and Labrador Retrievers.

These conditions include:

  • Eye problems
  • OCD
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart problems
  • Bloat
  • Joint dysplasia
  • Cold tail
  • Skin problems
  • Ear infections

To decrease the risk of your pooch developing these health issues, it is important to adopt from a reputable breeder that has health clearances for both the puppy and the parents.

Huskador Exercise Requirement

Huskadors are a very high energy breed that need plenty of exercise. Multiple walks a day are recommended, as well as daily opportunities to run off leash, such as in a backyard or at a dog park.

Huskadors love to play in water and thrive on activities such as fetch and frisbee that are mentally as well as physically stimulating.

huskador exercise
Image from flickr

Huskador Weight

Plenty of exercise and feeding your Husky Lab appropriate proportions are important for maintaining your pup’s healthy physique, as this breed is known to put on weight relatively easily.

Huskador Life Expectancy

Siberian retrievers have an average life expectancy of 10 to 15 years, which is relatively long lifespan for a larger breed.

Is A Huskador The Right Dog For You?

Huskadors make amazing companions, but it is important to make sure you know what you are getting into before adopting one!

This is a dog that is perfect for someone with an active lifestyle who is able to give it the exercise and attention it needs. Great for families where it can get lots of love and affection, Huskadors need a big backyard or lots of trips to the dog park where they can stretch their legs and investigate new, exciting smells.

An avid swimmer with a thick, warm coat, this dog would do well by a body of water or in a cold climate!


Do you have a Huskador or are you thinking of getting one? Do they seem like the perfect pooches for you and your family? Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below!

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Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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  1. Nellebelle Avatar

    We have an unintentionally bred labrador husky. He looks like a white/yellow lab with a thick fluffy short coat. He is the best dog! Great with our kids and highly food motivated. We lucked out and he is not super high energy now as an adult. He can be pretty needy and NEEDS to be with his people at all times which works for us because I work from home. He only barks at intruders and when he wants to come back in. Getting him is one of the best decisions I have made.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      We’re so glad you ended up with such a wonderful woofer, Nellebelle! Thanks for telling us about him!

  2. Sean Avatar

    I love my huskador! Had him since nine weeks old and he’s going to be three this year, time flies. He loves water and will swim in deep lakes and rivers, often joining us when we take a dip. I was really looking for a shepherd when I got him, but I couldn’t leave him at the shelter once I held him. He makes friends everywhere and knows how to use his looks for treats. Space is definitely a requirement for these pooches, as well as frequent social opportunities, be it dog or person.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Thanks for sharing, Sean! Sounds like you found the perfect pupper for you!

  3. CJ Avatar

    Love our girl . We got our Huskador a little over a year ago and what a Wonderful Dog she is. D.G. has so much energy,she loves to jump in the air to catch her ball, LOVES water, knows soo many commands and is now pulling us on our bikes like a true Sled Dog lol . She was super easy to potty train, and learns new commands very quickly. She loves to “talk”, and she absolutely has a “Sassy” side. We initially used a website trainer called Pupford, but now we do it on our own. Love this breed of dog, but they do need a lot of exercise to be content.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      D.G. sounds fantastic, CJ!
      Thanks for telling us about her.

      On another note, as a lover of dogs with initials for names, I need to know what D.G. stands for!
      My pooch is named J.B., which is short for “Joan of Bark.”

  4. Kristen Avatar

    We just brought home a 12 week old Huskador. She was underweight a bit and seemed like the runt of the litter. Not well taken care of before we found her. She is now 16 weeks and growing very quickly. Very long legs and still very slender. Chocolate Brown in color with these sort of green/brown incredible eyes. Her ears point straight up like a husky and has tendencies that lend to both parents. She is only about 25lbs so far and am wondering if that is small for her age or normal. She is very smart, very much wants to please yet has her own agenda sometimes. She does not like water at all, not yet anyway. Cannot wait for winter and her seeing the snow for the first time. She follows me when riding my dirt bike wonderfully and hoping she will enjoy snowmobile rides this winter. Her name is Aleutia. She is truly incredible and literally THE sweetest puppy I have ever known.

  5. apesek Avatar

    what climate it lives in

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Ah, well, the huskador is a domestic animal, so it lives in whatever climate its owners do!
      They’re probably most comfortable in relatively mild to cool climates though, as both parent breeds are pretty well-adapted to cold weather.

      Hope that helps!

  6. apesek Avatar

    because it did not have the info i need for school about the huskador

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      What a neat school project! Let us know the specific info you’re looking for and we’ll see if we can try to help.
      That said, there’s not a ton of additional information available about huskadors.

  7. apesek Avatar

    not very informational

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      What information, specifically, were you looking for that we didn’t provide?

  8. Kim Avatar

    Where can I find a reputable breeder? I’ve been searching and not really finding anything. I’m in Colorado, USA

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Unfortunately, we don’t have any specific recommendations, Kim.
      But Puppy Finder is always worth checking!

  9. Veronica Erickson Avatar
    Veronica Erickson

    We were lucky enough to adopt a Huskador from our local SPCA. She’s a little overweight, as we don’t have a fenced yard and she does love to run. I use a horse lead though, to let her run. She’s mostly black with a white chest patch, loves to dig, dislikes water unless she’s given time to get used to it. Loves her little pool in the summer. Relatively smart, stubborn, playful, affectionate, doesn’t seem to eat much. Used to love people and still wants to know them, but has become wary in the days of COVID with not being able to go on walks around town. We’re working on it though! Love our 85 lb Huskador, ‘Havoc’!

    1. Veronica Erickson Avatar
      Veronica Erickson

      I wanted to add, ‘Havoc’ has ice blue eyes, husky tail, one ear flops like a lab, the other stands like a husky.

    2. Ben Team Avatar

      “Havoc” is a great name, Veronica! She sounds lovely.
      Thanks for telling us about her.

  10. Lily Avatar

    Hi Me And My Family Got A Huskador About A Year Ago And I Happened To Stumble Across This Article And I Saw How It Said Huskadors Cang Range From 40-60 Pounds Buy My Huskador Jax Is 3 Now And He Weighs Over 80 Pounds But Hes Very Healthy And Not Over Weight So I Was Wondering If That Was Normal?

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Lily.
      There are certainly cases in which individual dogs of any breed (or combination of breeds) exceed the typical weight range.
      It just sounds like Jax is a big boy!

  11. Debra Avatar

    Hi – I have just adopted a six month old huskador from Romania who is very timid and scared of new people which is making walking her a bit of an issue – she’s great with other dogs but freezes if she sees another human and can’t get home quick enough. Any suggestions would be most welcomed xx

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Debra. Check out this article: How to Help a Fearful Dog Gain Confidence.
      It may help you give your little four-footer a confidence boost!

  12. Ndasuman Ndakuta Avatar
    Ndasuman Ndakuta

    Just want to own a dog purely for guard purposes. I seems to like bull mastiffs, but for their drool and copious gas production. I also understand that their independent nature doesn’t recommend them for a first time owner.
    I would therefore appreciate any professional recommendations. Thanks

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, Ndasuman. Check out our article about the 14 Scariest Dog Breeds: The Most Intimidating Dogs To Frighten Intruders!
      Best of luck!

  13. Elizabeth Avatar

    I am so glad I found this website, it ease my mind. My husband is getting one this week for my kids and I was afraid they were not friendly for my kids. Thank you for all the information

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Glad we could help, Elizabeth! Good luck with the new pupper!

  14. Roy Avatar

    We had a Malador and it was incredible. A very smart and great friend. Great with children. Endless energy.
    Best boy in the world. Looking for another.

  15. Natalya Sanikovich Avatar

    wow! I just copyed this info for a drive and turned out graet! my dog is like that to, and shes a huskador!

  16. Alex Avatar

    I just rescued one from a crack house and having problems putting weight on her what would be recommended for food for her she about 6 months

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Hey Alex – make sure to check out our guide on how to fatten up a skinny dog! That should help you out a lot.

  17. Dakota Anderson Avatar
    Dakota Anderson

    I’m so glad that I found this. We might be getting a pup in a month or so when they’re ready. This has helped out a lot as to what to expect. We have a 3 yr old boy and a 5 month old girl so I think this will be a great fit were also very active so I think this baby will be happy to be apart of our little family ❤

  18. Kristine Okutsu Avatar
    Kristine Okutsu

    We have 6 Huskadors. They range in age from 2.5 years to 16 weeks old. We love them so much, they are so smart. The digging drives me crazy but wouldn’t trade them for anything.

  19. Rodney olson Avatar
    Rodney olson

    I adopted a husky lab at 2years old and he’s now 5.5. I don’t think I will have any other breed. I’ve had several dogs in the past and hands down the best temperament and most intelligent. He understands a lot of words…it’s crazy. We have to spell a lot of things out, some interest him and some don’t. Like park, he loves that word and dinner. He doesn’t like bath but loves the water. He is not all that energetic I must say. He has tried to swim to save children in a lake that he thought needed assistance but were tubing. Kids in the water alarm him and we don’t know what that’s about. The best dog we’ve ever had in our family.

    1. Susan Dunne Avatar
      Susan Dunne

      Hilarious, I 100% agree.. Max is the same. Walkies, Lets Go, Piddle, are all words we need to spell out.

      His evening walk is involuntary he will get his own lead if you aren’t moving quickly enough.

      His temperament and the love and affection hes shows is phenomenal. His ability to learn is a lot faster than previous dogs I’ve trained. Shedding is high! but would I change him… not in a heartbeat.

    2. Mike Avatar

      How much does your weigh? How much does he shed?
      Would you say you see more lab temperament and personality or huskie?


      1. Susan Avatar

        Max is 29kg and sheds badly once a season for about 2-3 weeks. The rest of the year its low shedding.

        Hes definitely more Husky than lab to look at
        – Husky colouring
        – Husky tail
        – Husky build
        – Lab coat
        – Lab face

        Temperment – this is interesting the mix here is more evenly spread…
        – He has oceans of energy, we have to spell walk, he fetches his own lead if the clock is ticking on
        – Affectionate/loves human contact – he likes to sit next to me, particularly touching… he sleeps on my feet
        – Children – hes amazing, I cannot praise him enough
        -He is not territorial around food/toys i can take food from his mouth with great ease
        – He was easy to train and only every chewed one thing that he wasnt supposed to
        – His only stubborn trait is his recall – if he sees a “friend” in the park he cant wait to run up to play.
        – He is persistent if he wants a walk he wants it now. He isnt shy about telling you!
        – He loves routine and habit
        – He gives an amazing welcome when we come home from work
        – During the summer months he like to spend the evenings lying in the garden where its cooler, hes never slept outside.

        I hope this helps, have you got a huskador or are you thinking of choosing one?

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