Pyrenees Husky (Great Pyrenees & Husky Mix): Info, Pictures, Traits
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This hybrid dog is a rare breed born from the beautiful Great Pyrenees and the adventurous Husky. Like many dogs on the larger side, the Pyrenees Husky is a working dog that is always looking for something to do. Pyrenees Huskies love the great outdoors and will never complain while on a long hike over the mountains or through the woods.
While very smart, the Pyrenees Husky has no problem showing their compassionate side. They’ll show affection whenever they get the chance. But these dogs also tend to show a bit of a stubborn side, especially when they get bored. Active families and those with an adventurous attitude only need to apply as owners. This breed is good with children if they are well socialized. Small kids should be supervised around a Pyrenees Husky because of the breed’s size and energy levels.
This breed’s smarts drive them to try and learn things on their own and at their own pace, so training can be a challenge – but it is far from impossible. Keep reading to learn more about the Great Pyrenees Husky Mix and what you could expect as a caretaker of this breed.
Pyrenees Husky Puppies – Before You Get One
3 Little-Known Facts About Pyrenees Huskies
1. Their Ears are Dynamic
The ears of the Great Pyrenees are typically floppy, yet those of the Husky tend to be erect. So, depending on which parent breed is most dominant, the ears of a Pyrenees Husky could be erect or floppy. In fact, this breed could have one of each giving them a unique look for owners to be proud of.
2. They Can Get Huge
Pyrenees Huskies are often thought of as medium-sized dogs. But males can reach 100 pounds and almost 2 feet tall! This can make for an intimidating look that neighbors and landlords may not appreciate.
3. They’re Great at Guarding
While the Husky lacks natural aggression instincts, the Great Pyrenees is an exceptional guard dog and the Pyrenees Husky tends to take on that trait. So, owners of this breed can have some peace of mind in knowing that their homes are in good hands while they’re away.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Pyrenees Husky 🧠
With proper socialization, Pyrenees Huskies are affectionate and tolerant. They can get along well with humans of all ages and love to spend most of their time with their owners. This breed enjoys long walks outdoors, especially on hiking trails where they can be a bit challenged. They like to solve problems and if there are none to solve, they may create a problem or two of their own.
Pyrenees Huskies are generally mild-tempered and love to play. But before play and relaxation, they need to exert some serious energy. This breed should be walked every day without exception. Regular play indoors and consistent training efforts should also be a priority. With regular training, owners should find that their Pyrenees Huskies are obedient, reliable, and trustworthy.
Luckily, the high intelligence of this breed makes training relatively easy if the training is consistent. Pyrenees Huskies can perform well as herders, hunters, and retrievers if they start training early enough. They enjoy being challenged with toys, puzzles, and obstacles, but they also enjoy being the challenger. Because of this, it’s important that owners maintain a sense of pack leadership when dealing with the Pyrenees Husky.
Pyrenees Huskies are very independent, so they can handle being left at home alone while you work without driving the neighbors nuts. But you’ll probably have to make up for the downtime with some outdoor play before you leave and after you come home.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
Pyrenees Huskies can be wonderful with children in busy households. But they need to be socialized at an early age and regularly throughout their lives to ensure proper interactions. If a household doesn’t include children, a Pyrenees Husky can’t be expected to automatically know how to interact with the occasional child who visits.
But if the dog is used to being around kids and other people, they shouldn’t have a problem meeting new humans as time goes on. The Great Pyrenees Husky Mix loves to explore, so they’d made a great addition to families that enjoy camping, picnicking, and even exploring their own neighborhoods.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
Again, socialization is the key to harmonious relationships when it comes to the Pyrenees Husky. This breed needs the opportunity to socialize so they can learn how to get along with other dogs and maybe even cats. In general, as a puppy, this breed can be incorporated into a household with other pets with proper training in place.
Things to Know When Owning a Pyrenees Husky:
There are lots of benefits and pleasures to think about as a prospective puppy owner, but there are also a variety of needs that should be considered before adopting a Pyrenees Husky puppy. Here is the important stuff you should know:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
As a medium to large-sized dog, the Great Pyrenees Husky Mix tends to have a hefty appetite, especially if they are exercised every day. Dry or wet dog food that includes a predominance of fat and protein is a good choice for puppies as it will support their rapid growth. Adult dogs can thrive with a diet that includes more grains and vegetables.
Any food that is fed to this breed should consist of whole meats like chicken, beef, and fish. Skip the foods that include by-products. While growing, puppies generally enjoy 3 or more cups of food each day split into multiple meals. Adult dogs can eat 2-3 cups of food a day split into two separate meals.
Owners should provide their Pyrenees Huskies with at least 45 minutes of exercise every day, preferably in the form of walking. However, agility training and toy play can make up part of their exercise regimen. Exercise at the dog park should only be considered after successfully completing basic obedience training, as this breed tends to wander and run off. As the Pyrenees Husky ages, they’ll be more content spending time indoors while their owners watch a movie.
Training is essential when bringing a Great Pyrenees Husky Mix home. Without proper training, this breed can become troublesome and unruly. They have a mind of their own and they aren’t afraid to use it unless they learn to focus their attention through training. Owners should consider working with a trainer at first to learn training skills that can be used inside the home on a daily basis. This breed is quite athletic, so they do well on agility courses too. With some training, some ribbons could be won in agility events.
The Great Pyrenees Husky Mix features a thick double that is gorgeous but requires some daily grooming to stay in good shape. To prevent matting, this mixed breed should be combed daily and thoroughly brushed with a de-matting tool at least once a week. Trimming may become necessary if brushing doesn’t keep mats from developing. A special pet vacuum attachment can help get rid of loose hair, so it doesn’t end up on the floor in the living room.
The spring and fall seasons tend to bring on a lot of shedding so lint brushes and couch covers might become a necessity during these times. Taking this dog to the groomers occasionally will go a long way when it comes to keeping mats away and shedding at bay.
Pyrenees Huskies who inherit the floppy ear trait are susceptible to infections, so it’s important to clean the ear out with cotton balls and warm water whenever their hair gets brushed. To prevent tart buildup, this breed’s teeth should be brushed regularly. Alternatively, they can be offered a dental bone once a week or so.
Health and Conditions ❤️
Pyrenees Huskies are typically a healthy mixed breed as long as they’re properly fed and well taken care of. Still, there are some health concerns that could develop over time, so owners can prepare by knowing about these issues ahead of time.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Addison’s Disease
- Patellar Luxation
- Gastric Dilation
Male vs Female
Male Great Pyrenees Husky Mixes can grow a little taller than females, and they can weigh up to 20 pounds more. Females are thought to be more strong-willed than males, so they may try to dominate the dog pack at home. For this reason, it may not be a good idea to move multiple females into one household.
Males are playful and their size makes them extraordinarily strong, so they should be supervised when playing with small dogs or around valuable items. Both male and female Great Pyrenees Husky Mixes seem to drool a lot. Choosing a male or female to adopt should be based on family activity, existing pets, and access to training.
Those who are looking for a high energy guard dog that can be effectively socialized and integrated into a multi-pet household should consider adopting a Pyrenees Husky. This is a loyal mixed breed that won’t let you down whether playing in the park or keeping an eye on your home while you’re away. Owners must be committed to training, companionship, and exercise. But the effort will produce an exemplary canine companion that will see their owners through the biggest adventures in life.
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