Dog Breed Profile

Dusky History

The Dusky is a canine hybrid that resulted from a mating between an English Springer Spaniel and a Labrador Retriever. The female parent of the Dusky is usually a Labrador Retriever, while males are generally English Springer Spaniels. The origin of the name “Dusky” for the hybrid is unknown. The Dusky is a medium-sized, athletic, family-friendly hybrid that inherits the intelligence and trainability from its spaniel parents and the loyalty and friendliness from its retriever parent.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Dusky Physical Characteristics

The Dusky is a small, medium, large, giant, and colossal sized bipedal canine that is native to the Sunny Plains. They stand between 1 and 2 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh between 45 and 210 pounds. They have long, muscular legs, a long tail, and a shaggy, thick, dark blue-gray colored pelt. Their facial features are moderate. The Dusky’s eyes are always blue in color and they have a rounded muzzle. They are fierce, yet loving and loyal to their own kind and to other species.

Eye Colors

Blue, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Gray, Sable, Silver, White, Blue, Cream, Brown, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 11 – 21 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 20 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 25 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 24 – 53 lbs

Dusky Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Dusky Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Eye Diseases and Disorders, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Heart Disease, Urinary Stones

Dusky Temperament and Behaviour

The smooth, short-haired coat of a purebred Dusky is its most distinctive trait. They are usually solid shades of black, but can also have brindle or silver markings. They have medium-sized pointed ears and are muscular, athletic, and agile. They are clever, sensitive, and loyal to their owners, but can be suspicious of strangers and other dogs.

Dusky Activity Requirements

The Dusky is a medium to large-sized herding dog that originated in Australia. They are athletic and energetic, making them well suited to many canine sports. The Dusky does not require a lot of exercise and can adapt easily to living in an apartment. However, they do benefit from regular walks, games of fetch, and chasing balls. If you are looking for a low-key companion that doesn’t need hours of exercise, the Dusky may be the right pup for you. This smart, friendly, and dependable breed is a great choice for almost any lifestyle.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dusky is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dusky is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Dusky is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dusky is part of the Unclassified group.

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