Last Updated on November 20, 2021 by Marco
If you are reading this then you are most likely interested in owning an English Mastiff Husky mix, or you do own one and you are curious to learn more about this hybrid dog.
In this article we will take a look at the English Mastiff, and discuss what likely outcomes there will be in puppies that are a Husky Mastiff mix, things like appearance, temperament, training, care, health, and so on.
The English Mastiff
The English Mastiff is a large purebred dog which is also known as the Mastiff. They are not to be confused with the other Mastiff breeds, such as the Tibetan Mastiff. They are thought to be descended from the Alaunt, amongst other breeds. The modern-day Mastiff dates back to the 1880s.
They are descendants of some of the most ancient dog breeds – the mastiff-type breeds that were used in wars.
Mastiffs are distinguished by their immense size, their very large head, the short coat, and the limited number of colorings this breed comes in, with fawn being the most common. One distinguishing feature is the black face mask and muzzle. They are the biggest canine in the world in terms of mass, weighing more than a wolf by up to 110 pounds.
Despite their enormous size, Mastiffs are known to be gentle dogs. One breeder from antiquity described this dog as noble, courageous, calm, and discerning. The American Kennel Club describes the Mastiff as grand, good-natured, docile, courageous, powerful, gentle, and loyal. They are not immediately aggressive due to their grand size, which gives them the confidence to remain calm.
In terms of health, this breed should not run too much in the first two years of life because of their growth plates and their massive weight gain over short periods. They need a decent bed with padding to protect their joints because their large size makes them prone to arthritis. They are also prone to hip dysplasia, gastric torsion (therefore should not be fed one big meal per day, but rather several smaller meals), hypothyroidism, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), amongst other things.
The Mastiff Mix
Check out this gallery of Mastiff mix dogs to get an idea of how a Mastiff mix can turn out. Now, on to the Mastiff Husky mix.
The Husky Mastiff
Husky Mastiff Mix Appearance
This mastiff mix may have blue eyes, just like its Husky parent. Their coat will most likely have some brown in it, or white, tan, and/or gray. It is likely that this dog will have a facial mask, given that both Huskies and Mastiffs do. They may have the short muzzle and broad head of the mastiff parent. The coat will be longer than the Mastiffs, and may well be thick and fluffy, and in need of regular brushing. The ears are likely to be triangular and large, and possibly floppy or erect. In terms of size, this dog should measure anywhere from 23 to 27 inches high (at the shoulder), and weigh in anywhere between 65 and 160 pounds!
Husky Mastiff Temperament
This Mastiff mix will make a great family dog, as both parent breeds are affectionate and good with children. This mix can be protective and loyal if they take after the mastiff parent. They will be playful and curious dogs that will need lots of stimulation. They love to run and play, but also enjoy a good snuggle on the couch too.
Husky Mastiff Mix Care
The Husky genes in this Mastiff mix will mean that they are not going to be as lazy as the Mastiff, and will need 60 to 90 minutes of exercise per day. If your hybrid is on the learner Husky side then jogging would be a good activity for them, but if they have the thick and heavy-set Mastiff build them you will need to go easy on them and stick to walks instead.
Their thick coats will mean that they will need to be kept cool in hot weather, with plenty of fresh cool water for them to lap at.
Husky Mastiff Ownership
This Mastiff mix is probably not ideal for a novice dog owner. This is because when you combine the headstrong stubbornness of the Husky with the 110-pound physique of the Mastiff it is quite a handful. On the plus side, they are good-natured and great at home with the family. It is just taking them out to the dog park or similar where you may encounter problems if you have not trained them in obedience from puppyhood. If you are prepared to put in the hours required to train this massive goofball, then go for it! You will have a great family dog.
Husky Mastiff Mix Lifespan
Huskies live for around 13-15 years if well cared for. Mastiffs, being a larger breed, can live for an average of 7 years but can go up to 11 years if looked after right. Therefore, a Husky Mastiff mix could live for anywhere from 7 to 15 years, which is quite a wide range, with an average age of 11 years.
Husky Mastiff Health
This Mastiff mix can be prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and progressive retinal atrophy because both parent breeds are prone to them.
The Takeaway On The Husky Mastiff Mix
If you are an experienced dog owner with a family and you are on the lookout for your new best friend, this hybrid dog may suit you perfectly. This mix will have the playful energy of the Husky, tempered with the gentle strength of the English Mastiff.
This dog will be big and strong, with a stubborn streak, so prospective owners need to be prepared to devote time to consistent training and to give them frequent exercise as an outlet. Grooming and shedding will be a constant part of life with this mix too.
In return, you will have a loving playmate and protector in your family.
Before committing to buying a puppy it is a good idea to thoroughly check out the breeder and their dogs and ask to see vet records, to ensure that you are bringing a dog with a sound temperament that is in good health into your home.
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