The Great Dane Husky Mix is a combination of two very different and unique breeds of dog. Where the Siberian Husky is known for being medium-sized and athletic, the Great Dane is known for being a strong but gentle giant breed. The Husky mix breed result is a one-of-a-kind dog.
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What is a Great Dane Husky Mix called?
A Great Dane Husk Mix is called a Great Danesky, Danesky or Great Husky!
How much is a Great Dane Husky Mix?
Great Dane Husky Mixes will cost $600 to $2000.
Where to buy a Great Dane Husky Mix?
Great Dane Husky Mixes are hard to find! So we recommend Googling ‘Great Dane Husky Mix for sale’ or ‘Great Danesky for sale’. Fingers crossed Google shows you one near you!
Great Dane Husk Mix Traits & Characteristics
Traits Summary Table
|Traits||Great Dane Husky Mix|
|Eye Color||Blue, brown or both!|
|Coat Color||Black, black and white, blue, brindle, fawn, harlequin, merle, silver, white, mantle, brown, tan, sable, red, and agouti in piebald markings or saddle-back markings.|
|Shedding||Normal shedding but hair length will vary depending on parent breed.|
|Height||25 to 30 inches tall|
|Weight||80 to 110 pounds|
|Temperament||Loving, friendly and affectionate.|
|Lifespan||8 to 13 years|
|Intelligence||Above average intelligence|
|Physical Activity||Fairly active|
|Good With Kids?||Yes, good with kids, even though they are huge!|
|Price||$600 to $2000|
|PROS||Playful, affectionate and family-friendly.|
|CONS||Shorter lifespan and health concerns.|
Since every mixed breed dog is different, a Great Dane Husky mix could take after one of the parents or could be a combination of both.
It will likely be muscular and athletic like both the Great Dane and the Husky but may have more of a regal appearance like the Great Dane.
A mix could have the long, floppy ears of the Great Dane or the tall, triangular ears of the Husky.
Both the Great Dane and the Siberian Husky come in a wide variety of colors. The Great Dane can be black, black and white, blue, brindle, fawn, harlequin, merle, silver, white, and mantle.
The Siberian Husky can have various colors of white, brown, tan, black, sable, red, and agouti in piebald markings or saddle-back markings.
The color of a Great Dane Husky Mix could be any of the above colors or a mixture.
From both the Great Dane and Siberian Husky, a mix between the two can have blue or various shades of brown eyes or one of each.
Coat & Shedding
If the mix takes after the Great Dane parent, it will likely have a very short but thick coat with a smooth, almost glossy appearance. If the Great Dane parent is more active, the Great Danesky will be a Husky mix that doesn’t shed as much.
If it takes after the Siberian Husky side more, it will have a thick double coat with medium-length fur.
Either way, a mix between will definitely shed! The mystery only lies in how short or long the hairs will be when they shed.
Further reading: Short haired husky mixes
The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog, and the Great Dane is a giant breed. When combined, they make for a large mixed breed.
The male Siberian Husky stands between 21 and 23.5 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 60 pounds. The female Siberian Husky stands between 20 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds.
The female Great Dane, on the other hand, stands at about 28 to 30 inches and weighs between 110 and 140 pounds. The male Great Dane stands between 30 and 32 inches tall and weighs between 140 and 175 pounds.
The Great Dane Husky Mix, depending on whether male or female, will likely be on the larger side and stand 25 to 30 inches tall and weigh 80 to 110 pounds.
Temperament & Personality
A mix between a Husky and a Great Dane will undoubtedly have a friendly, loving, and affectionate personality.
Great Danes and Huskies are both known to be playful breeds, but the Great Dane also has a softer, gentle side to it. It is likely that a mix will inherit both of these traits.
Originally a hunting dog, the Great Dane will be able to keep up with the energy and antics of the Siberian Husky in the mix but will also contribute to its calm, gentle nature.
While the Siberian Husky has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, the Great Dane only has a life expectancy of 7 to 10 years (most likely due to its size).
Therefore, a Great Dane Husky Mix will have a life expectancy of about 8 to 13 years.
Further reading: How old is my Husky in humans years?
While not one of the smartest dogs of all time, Great Dane Husky mixes are actually quite intelligent.
The Great Dane is known for being able to learn and absorb new information quickly for being loyal to its owners, and the Siberian Husky is known to have great problem-solving skills, especially in regard to solving food puzzles or playing brain games.
Great Dane Husky Mixes will likely be intelligent dogs who are eager to learn.
It can be expected that a Great Dane Husky mix will be a fairly active dog. They will need at least one hour, if not more, of activity or exercise a day. It will be important not to overdo it with activity, though.
Great Danes take about two years to become fully grown, so it is important not to take them on long runs or do anything that could cause damage to their still-growing joints.
The same rule applies to mixes. For example, it would be far better to go on two or three short brisk walks a day as opposed to one long one to give the dog time to rest in between.
Are Great Dane Husky Mixes Good With Kids?
Despite their large size, Great Dane Husky mixes tend to get on quite well with children.
They are patient, affectionate, playful, and protective. They are usually very gentle as well but may sometimes get overexcited and, because of their large size, cause some chaos.
Speed, Strength & Endurance
The Great Dane used to be a hunting dog for Wild Boar, and though they are quite gentle now, they still have retained much of their strength, athleticism, and endurance.
The Siberian Husky is similarly known for its speed and endurance for its ability to run long distances while hauling a sled.
Great Dane Husky Mixes will therefore be strong and athletic with plenty of endurance!
Great Danes, specifically, are often described as gentle and loving people-pleasers. Huskies are known to be energetic and fun-loving.
Despite these amazing qualities, these mixes can sometimes get themselves into a spot of trouble or develop behavioral problems.
They can sometimes be territorial and overly protective, and they can also be prone to developing separation anxiety.
Visit our Husky Behavior hub to learn more.
History & Origin of the Great Dane Husky Mix
The Siberian Husky breed is believed to be a descendant of the dogs that were originally bred in northern Siberia by the nomadic hunter-gatherer people known as the Chukchi. The history of these dogs is believed to go back some 4,000 years.
The Chukchi people used their dogs to help them survive and even thrive despite the difficult area and climate they lived in. On cold nights, the dogs would cuddle up in their families’ tents to keep each other warm.
And more famously, when it was time to move on to their next destination, the dogs would help pull the sleds loaded up with supplies.
The Great Dane actually has nothing to do with Denmark or the Danes, and it has not yet been determined how or where the misnomer originated. Instead, the Great Dane is actually a dog of Germanic origin.
In fact, it has been the national breed of Germany since 1876. It is believed that they descended from the mastiff-type dogs that have existed for nearly countless centuries.
The original Great Danes have been described as being somewhat coarse and even savage-part of what made them so good at hunting wild boar. However, over the years, the need for such dogs diminished, and the Great Dane was bred to become more dignified and elegant.
Eventually, a Great Dane was created that could no longer serve its original function, and very quickly, the breed became known as the gentle giant.
Great Dane Husky Mix
While both the Siberian Husky and Great Dane have long histories, it has only been in more recent years that they have been purposefully bred together.
Even though a combination of the two breeds makes for quite a unique and interesting dog, the mix isn’t all that commonly seen.
While some breeders who adore both breeds may breed them together, it is more likely that a litter will occur as the result of unspayed or unneutered pets or strays getting together.
Sometimes Great Dane Husky mixes can be found in shelters or rescues, so that is always a great place to start the search if you are interested in this mixed breed.
How to Take Care of a Great Dane Husky Mix
Nutrition is incredibly important for Great Dane Husky mixes. They grow to be quite large, so it is important for them to get plenty of food to fuel their bodies and for it to be nutritious food, too.
A fully grown Great Dane can be expected to eat between 8 to 10 cups of food every day, split into multiple meals.
While not as big as a purebred Great Dane, a Great Dane Husky mix will likely eat between 6 and 8 cups of food every day.
This can vary depending on their activity level and size. It is best to refer to the feeding guidelines provided with any dog food you may purchase.
Visit our Husky Nutrition hub to learn more.
While they may be energetic, this mixed breed is at an increased risk of bone and joint problems, so it will be important not to over-exercise them. They grow very large in a very short amount of time which can put increased stress on their bodies.
Moderate daily exercise and plenty of low-impact activities will help keep these dogs in good shape without putting too much stress on their bodies.
Further reading: How much exercise does a Husky need?
Great Danes and Huskies have very different coats, but no matter what type of coat a mixed breed ends up inheriting, it will definitely need frequent brushing to keep up with shedding.
Where the Great Dane’s coat is short, smooth, and glossy, the Husky’s coat is thick and medium in length. Investing in good combs and brushes, as well as a good vacuum, will be important to help keep your dog’s coat healthy and your house fur-free!
Aside from their natural tendency to be a bit stubborn, Great Dane Husky mixes are fairly quick learners and do well with training.
One of the best approaches to training this mixed breed is to use the method of positive reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement examples:
- Offering praise
- Delicious treats
Or offering a combination of the above in return for a desired behavior is one of the best ways to reinforce good behavior.
Training is especially important because these dogs get so big. You can’t simply pick them up and turn around if they are pulling you to go meet another dog! In the early days of training, focus especially on recall and leash training.
For example, to avoid or fix excessive leash pulling and the bad manners that are often a result of being over-excited, train your dog to focus solely on you. This can be hard for dogs to do when there are other dogs and people around.
However, try rewarding your Great Dane Husky mix by offering up a treat or two if he makes eye contact with you despite there being distractions around. This will help reinforce your connection.
Visit our Husky Training hub to learn more.
A Great Dane Husky mix puppy will probably be the cutest puppy you’ve ever seen. And while all puppies can sometimes be a handful, with proper training and socialization, they can easily turn into wonderful family pets.
Since this mixed breed has so much growing to do, it will be important to only offer high-quality food, regular exercise, and plenty of naps!
Further reading: Why does my Husky sleep so much?
Unfortunately, while the Siberian Husky is a fairly healthy breed, the Great Dane tends to be more susceptible to various health problems than many other breeds. This, in turn, contributes to the Great Dane’s low life expectancy.
The Siberian Husky is prone to:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
The Great Dane is prone to some more serious health concerns like:
- Various conditions relating to the heart
- Bloat or gastric torsion
- Various cancers.
Together, a mixed breed may be more likely to experience any of these more common health concerns. Regular check-ups, a healthy diet, and regular exercise will help keep them in good health for as long as possible, though.
Visit our Husky Health hub to learn more.
Great Dane Husky Mix Price
Because this mixed breed isn’t very common, it can be challenging to predict or estimate what the price might be. However, we can look at the parent breeds to get a better picture.
Great Danes from a reputable breeder typically cost somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000. Siberian Huskies generally cost between $600 and $1,200.
Therefore, a Great Dane Husky Mix from a breeder can cost $600 to $2000.
Visit our Husky Price hub to learn about maintenance costs.
Pros & Cons
Pros: Playful, affectionate and family-friendly
Cons: Shorter lifespan and health concerns
Great Dane Husky Mix Alternatives
Here are some alternative Husky mixes:
- Bullmastiff Husky Mix
- Bernese Mountain Dog Husky Mix
- Great Pyrenees Husky Mix
- Wolf Husky Mix
- Rottweiler Husky Mix
- Cane Corso Husky Mix
Great Dane Husky mixes are wonderfully unique dogs that, with proper training and socialization, can make for wonderful family pets, especially for families who love big dogs!
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