I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
When you want to bring a dog into the family home, the best decision that you can make is to shop around.
With so many dog breeds out there, you might just not be sure what you want.
When you want a dog that can come into the home and provide everything from emotional support to entertainment, though, you need a very particular breed of dog.
That is why we recommend that you take a look at the Husky Wolf mix.
While definitely not for everyone, this is the perfect dog for someone.
They tend to be the kind of canines that you can spend a lot of time around, giving you a dog that is easy to love and to raise as part of the family.
Are they, though, too demanding for you?
What Exactly is this Cross Breed?
This is a dog mix that obviously has ties to both the Husky and the Wolf.
This makes the hybrid one of the most unique mixes of animal around – many presume, though, that dogs and wolves are the same.
While similar, they are nothing alike in many ways.
That is why bringing this dog into the world is such a unique opportunity.
For many people, it’s about as close as you can (legally) get to have a wolf as a pet.
While many reports exist of this wolf mix being a hard one to manage, is it true?
Or are you likely to find that spending time with your Husky Wolf mix is going to be about as good as it gets with a dog in the family?
Appearance and Looks
The first thing to note about the Husky Wolf mix is that they tend to have a very unique look about them.
Most of the time, they will have a very wolf-life appearance, not helped by the fact that a Husky can retain that wolf-life style at times.
They will, though, often have the tell-tale signs of a domesticated dog.
You will find it hard to tell it apart from either a husky or a wolf most of the time; the majority of Husky Wolf mixes will be dominant towards one or the other.
One of the most important stand-outs of them and other dogs, though, is the length of their limbs and other features.
For example, it’s not uncommon for this dog to have a very long set of teeth, and also to have a longer pair of legs.
They also tend to have stick-up ears, instead of floppy ears.
In terms of their coat, expect the majority of these mixes to have a medium-length fur with a thick, strong coat.
Colours can be quite hard to decipher, but most of the time it will be a mix of grey, white, black, or tan.
However, the Husky Wolf does not have a set coat colour until it has reached year one, so just remember that it can change.
In terms of physical power, expect this to be a big animal.
They would weigh as much as 155lbs in a fit and powerful male, so expect it to be a strong and powerful dog.
Among the largest dogs that you are likely to own, then, the dog is a canine that you need to make sure you have the respect to command.
Personality, Traits & Temperament
The personality of this dog can be tough to read and to learn from, and that is why many people find them such polarising canines to spend time around.
They tend to have a lot of wolf-like characteristics, though, so keep that in mind.
While the Husky genes will make it a lot less wolf-life in terms of its aggression, don’t be shocked to see this wolf mix stands its ground against just about anything.
The thing with a dog like this is that they tend to have a wild disparity in how they act.
The wolf mix will make it want to act out, but the domestication coming from the Husky makes it far less likely to step out of line and act out of sync with how it normally would.
However, you can never remove that instinct to step out and take control entirely – it’s a big part of the reason why a lot of people want to get one.
Just remember that this is the kind of dog breed that is smart enough to get bored.
When they start to lose focus, they can act out and become mildly destructive.
That can be hard to handle, so we recommend trying to set the tone early.
Make it clear to your dog that you will not stand for its actions when it does decide to act out.
They are quite unpredictable dogs, so we really do recommend that you make sure you take very close care of it around the kids.
If you have children, or there are children in the area, don’t assume everything will be OK.
Stand guard and watch at all times; even an adult dog can still be quite off around kids, so be suitably prepared.
Diet & Feeding
Feeding a dog as diverse as this is going to be quite tough, to be honest.
We recommend that you take them to a vet as quickly as you can; they can give you a better idea about what kind of lifestyle adjustments that you will need to make to accommodate the lifestyle of these dogs.
It’s a tough breed of taking to bring up, especially as they tend to eat a lot of food.
That is going to produce a dog that really struggles with a high quality of life as weight gain will put a lot of pressure on its joints and its limbs.
Try and it gets at least 2 cups of meat-based dog food on a daily basis, but please take your dog to a specific profession such as a veterinarian and have it looked over.
Allergies and other issues can be common here, creating a dog that is going to really suffer and have a limited level of enjoyment per day.
Weigh gain is the biggest problem, really.
Take your dog to a vet, though, and they can determine if a dog-food diet or a raw food diet is going to be most suited to your new best friend.
Exercising & Fitness
Exercising your dog is essential – otherwise, you can probably say goodbye to them pretty soon.
They want to be outdoors a lot, often as long as 3-4 hours, twice per day.
This is not the kind of dog that you should have if you work all day and then come home to relax in front of the TV.
It’s definitely not the kind of dog for those who live sedentary lives; you will find it hard to ever make good relationships form this way.
Make sure that you get your dog out there to play as often as you can, and make sure that you mix up the exercise between plenty of walks, runs, and playing with tools and toys.
These are smart dogs, too, so feel free to bring puzzles and problems for the dog to solve as time goes on.
Lots of strenuous exercise will soon create a dog that can settle down and will spend less time gnawing on your upholstery and causing a ruckus.
If you worry that you cannot give this dog the exercise it craves, we recommend that you have second thoughts on getting one.
The relationship will never form without a shared love of the outdoors.
Potential Health Issues
Like any other breed of dog, a Husky Wolf can suffer from all manner of health problems.
The common health issues associated with dogs can be related to wolves, but just about every mix breed is set to suffer from at least some form of health problem in their life.
Some of the most common health issues associated with ‘big dogs’ will include:
- Hip dysplasia and other joint-related issues which can stunt their mobility.
- Deafness which will obviously have serious problems for their senses.
- Eye issues, leading to problems with sight and eventual blindness.
Sadly, there is little that can be done if you wish to avoid these problems.
Other common problems for a pet like this include potential bloating, overeating, and weight gain.
Given they have many wolf-life traits, too, physical injury can often stem from their overexertion and their inability to back down from a fight.
Keep these factors in mind, as they often play a key role in making sure you can get one that you can spend time with safely.
The expensive nature of care and feeding a mix like this should be closely considered before committing to anything.
Can you afford to handle the cost of raising one?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen