Pyrenees Husky

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
France <> Siberia -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Pyrenees Husky

The Pyrenees Husky is a hybrid dog. Its parent breeds are the majestic Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the intuitive Siberian Husky. They are medium to large-sized dogs. He is the descendant of powerful working dogs, so expect tenacity from this gentle puppy. He'll fit right in with an active family, especially if your family likes long hikes. He makes an excellent rescue and therapy dog. He's very intelligent and affectionate too. However, they can be somewhat stubborn. They like to figure things out for themselves, and this stubbornness can make them difficult to manage from time to time. However, patient perseverance is essential.

History of the Pyrenees Husky

The Pyrenees Husky is a rather rare hybrid dog, so very little is known about the history of this particular breed. However, we can study the parent breeds to better understand the hybrid breed.

 

        

A little of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog

        
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is an ancient breed. It originated in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. The breed's ancestors are thought to have arrived in the region around 3000 B.C. It was developed to help shepherds with their flocks. In 1675, King Louis XVI declared the Pyrenean Mountain Dog the Royal Dog of France. The first Pyrenean Mountain Dogs arrived in North America via Newfoundland. There, it was crossed with the Newfoundland dog to create the Landseer Newfoundland. World War II almost saw the extinction of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. However, several had been shipped to the United States, and these dogs were used to reconstitute the breed into the breed we know today.
Standard of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog

 

        

A little of the Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is another ancient breed. It was imported to Alaska in 1908 for use as a sled dog during the gold rush. They were also used in a 408-mile dog sled race known as the All-Alaska Sweepstakes. In 1930, Russia closed the Siberian border, so no Siberian Husky was imported into the USA. However, those here in the U.S.A. were the basis for the American Husky. In 1930, the American Kennel Club registered the Siberian Husky for the first time.
Standard of the Siberian Husky

Appearance of the Pyrenees Husky

The Pyrenees Husky is a blend of the two parent breeds. It's a medium to large dog. It will have the thick coat of its parent breeds, but its coloring will vary. It may be white throughout, or it may have the black markings of the Siberian Husky. These markings can also be gray. His muzzle is generally long and his nose is black. Their eyes may be blue, like the parent Siberian Husky breed. They may also be amber in color. Ears may be erect like the parent Siberian Husky, or they may be floppy like the parent Pyrenean Mountain Dog. If the latter, you'll need to pay close attention to the ears when grooming. He'll probably have long hair and a thick, waterproof double coat.

Temperament of the Pyrenees Husky

The Pyrenees Husky is a highly intelligent, affectionate dog. However, they are hard workers at heart and need to be active enough not to become destructive. While Pyrenean Mountain Dogs are more docile, the Siberian Husky can become destructive when bored. The hybrid's tendencies will depend on the most dominant parent breed. He will be a little difficult to train, but perseverance is the key. The Pyrenees Husky can sometimes be rebellious. They are not suitable for inexperienced dog owners. Some experts recommend obedience training for the breed. Be aware that they can wander. Another tip: the Pyrenees Husky can get out of its collar and can easily break the attachment chains. You'll need to plan for this if you decide to acquire a Pyrenees Husky.

Needs and activities of the Pyrenees Husky

The Pyrenees Husky is a fairly active dog. He's also very inquisitive and, when left to his own devices, will dig or jump over fences less than 1.80 meters high to get out and explore. To keep him from getting bored, take him on hikes, long jogs around the neighborhood and, if you have suitable outdoor space, allow him to spend time outdoors. Again, remember that he's proving to be a bit of an escape artist, so only place him in a fenced-in area that he can't get out of or dig into. Outings to the dog park should only take place after obedience training. He tends to wander, but an older, more mature Pyrenees Husky will be more likely to settle down and enjoy the dog park. Although built for the outdoors, he's happiest indoors with his family.

Maintenance of the Pyrenees Husky

The Pyrenees Husky will require a lot of maintenance. It will have a thick double coat that requires weekly brushing to prevent matting. Not only will he shed throughout the year, but he'll also blow his coat twice a year. In spring and autumn, brush him daily to avoid excessive hairiness on your clothes and furniture. Depending on the type of ear he inherits, you may also need to pay special attention to his ears. If he inherits the floppy ears of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog parent, you'll need to clean his ears weekly with a cotton ball and lukewarm water. Be sure to check for foul odors and redness, as these indicate infection. Brush her teeth two or three times a week to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. However, to prevent tooth decay, brush daily. Trim his nails every two or three weeks if they don't wear down on their own.

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