The Great Pyrenees Mixed With The Husky

The Great Pyrenees mixed with the Siberian Husky makes for a gorgeous hybrid dog. Let’s take a look at the original magnificent Great Pyrenees, and then check out what the result is when they are crossed with the delightful Siberian Husky.

The Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees, also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, takes its name from The Great Pyrenees mountain range in France. This breed was developed as a guarding livestock against wolf attacks; this big dog has been bred to have very long claws, to fight off wolf attacks.  The French call the ‘Pyr’ the Patou. It has a thick, cream-colored long coat, to keep out the mountain cold.

The French king Louis XIV was a big fan of the Great Pyrenees, so much so that it became the Royal Dog of France. When wolves became extinct in France, so too did this breed – almost. 

This is a dog that has very protective instincts, so they are not good around small and unpredictable children, especially ones that they are not familiar with. 

The Great Pyrenees

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The Great Pyrenees Husky Mix

The Husky Pyrenees mix is a medium to a large hybrid dog that is very intelligent. Husky Pyrenees’ are very powerful dogs, physically speaking. Given what the Great Pyrenees and the Siberian Husky have been bred to do, the Great Pyrenees Husky mix will love a good romp up the side of a steep hill!

Personality

The Husky Pyrenees mix can be strong-willed and will therefore need handling, socializing, and obedience training from a young age to ensure that they know how to behave themselves.

The Husky Pyrenees is a hard-working and loving dog for adult owners. They are too powerful and head-strong to be a good breed around little kids.

Security

The Great Pyrenees Husky mix needs a home with a spacious yard that is well-fenced. They are prone to both digging and jumping. Keep them well stimulated with exercise, play, and your company otherwise they may become destructive.

Grooming

The Husky Pyrenees mix has a thick double coat that needs brushing once a week during the non-molting season, and pretty much daily during shedding season, which will probably happen twice a year if they take after their Husky parent in this regard.

You may be tempted to clip this dog’s coat, but don’t! The outer coat protects this dog from the wet and the sun.

At Home

If the Husky Pyrenees get all the stimulation, work, and exercise they need, they can be surprisingly chilled out at home when resting. But they aren’t so docile that they will let a stranger come around your home without them telling you – the Great Pyrenees in them make them fantastic guard dogs! And they are quite independent too.

Weight and Height

Great Pyrenees Husky mixes will end up weighing anywhere between 75 and 100 pounds (34 to 43 kilograms) when they reach adulthood. They can grow up to 18 to 20 inches (46 to 51 centimeters) at the shoulder when they are fully grown.

Availability

The Husky Pyrenees mix is not a common hybrid, so if you really have your heart set on one then you may have to do some looking.

Environment

Husky Pyrenees’ are ideal for life in colder conditions since both the Great Pyrenees and the Siberian Husky were developed in the Northern Hemisphere. They are both very old dog breeds too, thousands of years old.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy for the Great Pyrenees Husky mix is 10 to 15 years. It is a little broader than for a purebred, because each individual dog may throw more to the Great Pyrenees, which live for 10 to 12 years, or 12 to 15 years for the Siberian Husky.

Double Dew Claws

A Husky Pyrenees mix may have double dewclaws if it throws more to the Great Pyrenees’ side of its breeding. Double dewclaws are found on some dog breeds because they use them for sheep herding and for navigating mountainous terrain.

Therefore a Husky Pyrenees may have double dewclaws too. These are attached to bone and are very strong. They need to be kept trimmed to avoid them getting snagged. The dog uses these double dewclaws to hold things, rather like a thumb! Do not let your vet talk you into having this claw removed, this is not recommended by breeders of the Great Pyrenees.

Safety

This hybrid is not a dog you can let walk off the leash around town, as they are very headstrong, independent, and curious. Which in essence means that they will likely run off and not come back. 

Barking

The Great Pyrenees, being a guard dog, and the Siberian Husky, are both vocal dogs. So expect a bit of barking going on!

Health

Health issues that the Pyrenees Husky may face include eye, skin, thyroid, and hip problems (from the Siberian Husky parent), and growing pains, elbow and hip dysplasia, gastric torsion (twisted stomach), patellar luxation (dislocation), Addison’s disease (a hormonal issue), and Entropion (eyelids that roll inward) from the Great Pyrenees’ parent. The Great Pyrenees does not fill out until they are between three and four years of age, so expect that it will take this hybrid quite some time to become fully grown.

The Recap:

The Pyrenees Husky mix is a hybrid dog that is half Siberian Husky and half Great Pyrenees. Both of these breeds belong to the ‘working dog’ class, and therefore they need a job to do, otherwise, they will get bored and become naughty. Loads of patience and a firm hand are essential for anyone looking to own a Great Pyrenees Husky mix.

This mix will grow quite large, and have lots of fur!

This dog will love you if you take it walking in the mountains, or train it to pull something.

The Pyrenees Husky mix may be prone to barking, and it will be a guard dog if it takes after its Great Pyrenees’ parent.

This majestic and handsome dog is not for novice dog owners, and they are too powerful to be suitable for families with small children.

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