Get Ready For Your Great Dane Husky Mix: Info, Characteristics & More
Are you ready to adopt a new puppy? If so, you might be wondering what type of breed will suit you best. If you’re considering a great dane husky mix, there is a lot that you need to know before you sign up for this undertaking.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t get this type of dog: they are energetic, lovable, and great to have in your life.
But you should know that you will have some unpredictable things to take care of. You cannot simply rely on this dog being the perfect blend of a husky and a great dane. With mix breeds, what you get is a little less predictable!
Before we get into the hard facts, let’s start with something more fun.
Since the great dane husky mix breed is getting more and more popular, there are a lot of owners who have this kind of dog. And they have a lot to say about it!
I’ve gathered up some of the top things that people have said about their great dane husky mixes. These simple descriptions should help you get an idea of this mix breed before we get into the detailed facts!
While these characteristics aren’t a guarantee nor can I say what your dog will be like, you should get an idea from these descriptors about whether or not this dog could be right for you. Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking at, let’s get into the great dane husky history!
It’s hard to say when the first ever great dane husky mix was bred. In fact, it’s impossible to do so!
It’s possible that this breed happened many years ago by chance, but it’s more likely that as the popularity of cross breeds rose over the last few years, this breed was formed to try to appeal to a new market that is looking for more unique and interesting dogs.
The husky originated in Siberia and was brought to Alaska in the early 1900s to compete in races and help travel in the cold, snowy conditions. We started calling them a Siberian husky because of their origins. Despite popular assumption, they are not a dog-wolf hybrid.
The great dane hails from Germany, where people believe they were bred from the Irish wolfhound, the mastiff, and the greyhound. Whether or not these are the true origins is hard to tell, but the size, appearance, and stature of the great dane make it very plausible.
Size & Appearance
Let’s now move on to help you get an idea of what your great dane husky mix might look like.
There’s one thing you can nearly guarantee when you get a great dane husky mix: it will be large!
Great danes are huge, and while huskies are slightly smaller, this doesn’t mean that your mix breed will be. Really, it’s all up to genetics.
Still, we can roughly predict what based on the base statistics of a great dane and a husky.
The minimum height of a husky is 21 inches. The maximum height of a great dane is 35 inches. In most cases, your mix breed will be somewhere in this range: between 21 inches and 35 inches tall!
In terms of weight, you should know that great danes can weight up to 130 pounds. Seriously. While your mix might never be that big, you have to know that this is a possibility even when getting a mix breed dog like a great dane husky mix.
While each great dane husky mix is going to look a bit different, this video will give you an idea of just how pretty your puppy will be:
It’s not possible to predict whether your dog will look more like a great dane or more like a husky. You can be sure that you’ll see some characteristics of both breeds, but the exact mix is different in every cross breed.
Great danes typically have a short coat, and these coats can come in a wide variety of colors, including but not limited to the following:
There are more colors that a great dane can be, which means that your great dane husky mix might also be a more unique color. In great danes, colors such as white often indicate potential health problems as they are caused by recessive genes, so you should research these potential issues if you have a very uniquely colored dog.
You also have to consider what kind of husky was involved in the breeding. Their colors move deeper into silvers, sables and reds, and this combination can make for a very diverse litter of puppies!
Great danes typically have short, easy-to-care-for coats, while huskies can have thicker coats that require more maintenance.
As with their coloring and size, you’ll never know what kind of coat you are going to get with a great dane husky mix until you physically have your puppy in your hands!
You might end up with a dog that has a very thin coat, or you might get a huge, fluffy coat that you will have to take care of during seasonal molt.
There is no way to predict this, so it’s best that you simply know that you might have to take care of either type of coat. You can learn more about what exactly to do once you find out what type of coat your great dane husky mix has, but you should be prepared for either type of coat.
Because it’s impossible to predict the exact coat and grooming requirements that you will have to deal with when you get your mix breed, let’s take a look at the grooming needs of both the husky and the great dane.
Your puppy will need a mix of both of these treatments, depending on their specific fur type. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an easier-to-care-for coat like the great dances, but you shouldn’t adopt a great dane husky mix if you aren’t willing to deal with the potential of a very thick fur like a husky has.
Now, let’s take a look at the grooming requirements!
Huskies have very thick fur, and you will have to deal with regular shedding if your mix has this type of fur. Huskies shed throughout the year, so you need to learn how to deal with this quickly.
Twice a year, huskies shed more than usual, and fur will be everywhere. If your dog inherits this type of coat, you should invest in a shedding blade or coat rake to help make the process less painful for you.
Husky shedding can look something like this:
Be prepared. If your mix inherits this much fur, you have to be ready for it!
As for baths, huskies only need to be bathed as needed. You can wash them up to twice a month without any issues.
Great Dane Grooming
Great danes have short, thick coats that need little grooming. They shed moderately. You will need to brush your dog weekly if they have this type of coat to keep their fur and skin healthy
During the spring and the fall, they will have a heavier than usual shed. During this time, you should brush them more often to help the excess shedding occur more quickly. This happens in most breeds of dog and isn’t too severe in the great dane.
You can bathe a mix with a coat like a great dane as often as needed. If you use a gentle shampoo, you could even bathe them once a week without causing any coat or skin problems.
In addition to dealing with their coat, your puppy will also need basic grooming practices, such as nail clipping if your pup does not run them down on their own and brushing their teeth for good breath and mouth health.
SEE ALSO : The Best Food For Huskies
A lot of people want to get dogs without realizing that they don’t have the right kind of space for a dog at this time. This happens even more often when people live in small townhomes, rentals, or apartments.
A great dane husky mix is not guaranteed to be an apartment friendly dog. While great danes are good dogs for some apartments because they do not bark and are not rambunctious inside, the same cannot be said for huskies.
Huskies bark a lot, they run around a lot, and they need space outdoors to run off their energy. Great danes and huskies are both relatively large dogs, so having outdoor space for them is a great way to ensure they have enough room.
The chances are high that your great dane husky mix will do better in a non-apartment home due to the high chance that they will be rambunctious and bark fairly often.
While great danes are not that likely to run around with a lot of energy once they get past their puppy years, huskies are very prone to this behavior. This means that you might be surprised by how much energy your great dane husky mix has if you’re already used to how danes act!
Your dog will need daily exercise. While they might not need as much as a purebred husky, they will need space where they can safely run and exercise their bodies. They will probably love to run, walk, hike, and play - if you have the energy to do it, so will they!
You should be prepared to exercise your dog when investing your future in a great dane husky mix. This is not a dog that will be healthy or satisfied if they spend all of their time laying around indoors, so you should keep that in mind.
Both huskies and great danes are traditionally recommended to feed their dogs between 20 and 25% protein value in their food. Breeders, on the other hand, say that they should have up to 40% protein in their food. It’s good to get a food with at least 20% protein for a great dane husky mix.
Your mix breed dog should also get a food that is lower in carbohydrates, and all carbohydrates in the food should be from simple sources such as sweet potatoes. Avoid fillers that are wheat based for the best health for your dog.
Both breeds of dog are also prone to hip and joint problems, so you should consider feeding them a dog food that is high in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Some recommendations I have that will be good for your great dane husky mix are as follows:
While you can never assume that a dog’s attitude or temperament will be the same as every other dog of their breed, breed stereotypes can be a good way to get an idea of what your dog might be like.
Every dog needs some type of training. It’s important to socialize your dogs young and to bring them up with good practices so that you have a well-behaved, happy, and non-stressed dog. Without training, dogs can become very stressed by basic, everyday situations.
Huskies are not known to be a very trainable dog. In fact, they can be quite stubborn. But with time and patience, they can be trained. There’s no reason to believe otherwise, even if they aren’t as willing to learn as other breeds. Every dog can learn with time.
Great danes are middle-of-the-ground in terms of trainability. On some days, they will be very attentive and excited to learn. On other days, they’ll be more mischievous, like a husky. Either way, you’ll find them to be an exciting pet.
Given those characteristics, it’s likely that a great dane husky mix will be trainable, with some difficulties. But what kind of dog doesn’t present some difficulties while training?
If you are aren’t willing to have to work with a dog on their behavior to help them and your life a comfortable life, then you aren’t ready to own a dog.
Children And Other Animals
It’s important to know how your dog will get along with children and other pets, particularly if you already have them in the household.
As with all other traits, there is not cut and dry answer about whether or not a great dane husky mix will be good with kids or not. We must look at how huskies and great danes act, and understand that a mix can take on either temperament.
· Can be great with kids, if socialized early
· Naturally predatory; not always good with other small pets
· Friendly with other dogs
· Can be socialized to be good with other small animals
· Affectionate with kids
· Somewhat friendly towards cats and other small animals; depends entirely on exposure and socialization
· Okay with kids, not great or bad
· Okay with other dogs
· Okay with strangers
If you take the characteristics of both the husky and the great dane into account, you’ll find that a great dane husky mix is likely to be good with children but not as likely to be good with cats or other small animals. If you have a multi-pet household, you will want to consider this carefully.
Common Health Issues
As with any dog, there are potential health issues. With a mixed breed dog such as a great dane husky mix, it is more difficult to predict what those health problems could be.
What we do know, however, is the conditions that both great dane and husky dogs are predisposed to. Here are some conditions that both husky and great danes have been known to be affected by:
·Bloat, gastric conditions
Most of these conditions are genetically predisposed, and it is not possible to recognize the signs of the conditions while your dog is young. That is why it is always important to play close attention to your dog’s health, and help them to avoid developing these conditions as much as possible.
This information should give you a great base knowledge of what it will be like to own a great dane husky mix.
It’s not possible to know everything to expect when adopting any breed or dog or a mixed breed dog, but you can get a great idea of how to prepare yourself with this information. That is how I prepared to get my dog, and we’ve had a great life together so far!
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