A Miniature Husky may sound like two words that don’t belong together; it’s true! This sweet, small breed has the looks of a Siberian Husky in a much smaller body. Read more below about this tiny Husky breed and how to source your toy pup from a reputable breeder.
The Tiny History of the Teacup Husky
The Teacup Husky puppy is a tiny, pocket-sized version of the proud, wolf-like Siberian Husky.
You may not have seen a load of Mini Huskies around yet, because this breed is relatively new. In the 1990s, a dog breeder named Bree Normandin specially bred this sweet little pup into existence.
Normandin’s goal was to create a breed for those potential owners wanting a small companion with some distinct physical and personality features of the Siberian sled-dog.
Miniature Huskies were bred by repeatedly breeding runts to achieve smaller and smaller average sizes. This practice can be harmful to some Minis, as they miss out on valuable nutrients needed if they can’t compete with their littermates for enough milk.
The Alaskan Klee Kai and Siberian Huskies
There is debate and speculation about the Miniature Siberian Husky genes, as the breed is far smaller than you’d expect it to be, even with the help of selectively breeding smaller Siberian Huskies.
There are plenty of responsible mini breeders out there, and there are also plenty of shady ones that use unsavory practices to make some extra cash by selling fake Husky Teacup dogs.
These shady breeders often sell a similar breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai, under the guise of a Miniature Husky. These two breeds are hard to distinguish from each other, with subtle coat differences. The most significant difference between the two is invisible – these breeds have very different personalities and behaviors.
While the Miniature Siberian Husky is bold, friendly, high-energy, and adventurous, the Alaskan Klee Kai is shy, reserved, and timid around strange people.
If you’re thinking of buying or adopting one of these sweet Mini Huskies, be sure to vet your breeder well and get plenty of personal recommendations from friends and family.