What to Expect from a Gerberian Shepsky?
Are you looking to add a loyal and affectionate German Shepherd to the family? Or maybe a loving and playful Siberian Husky? Why not both in one place? Yes, German Shepherd Husky Mix, also known as Gerberian Shepsky, can probably be the best of both worlds when it comes to a mixed breed.
The German Shepherd Husky mixed or Gerberian Shepsky, is an intentional mix breed that is known for its intelligence, independence, and high energy level. They are loyal, friendly, and very affectionate. Shepskies also love the outdoor and make a great family pet.
In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the German Shepherd Husky Mix, so you can learn more about the Gerberian Shepsky and decide if this breed is right for you.
What to Expect From A German Shepherd Husky Mix ( Gerberian Shepsky)
For those that are new to the Gerberian Shepsky (or Shepsky in short), this is a medium to large mixed breed that stems from the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky. They are larger than the average German Shepherd and do inherit this breed’s loyal, and focused demeanor.
This mixed breed is affectionately coined as a hybrid of two of the most popular dog breeds and two very close relatives of the wolf.
Just like the GSD, the Shepsky is well-known as being an energetic and extremely intelligent dog that has the potential to be an extraordinary family pet if they are socialized and trained properly.
They are easy to train and can be a perfect pet dog for families with children.
Watch this 3-minute video to get a quick glimpse of this wonderful breed:
Shepsky vs German Shepherd vs Husky?
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a combination of two breeds. Here’s a quick comparison of this mixed breed to their parent breeds.
|Gerberian Shepsky||German Shepherd||Siberian Husky|
|Origin||No known record of breed development. It is said that the first Gerberian Shepsky litter was most likely accidental.||Originate as a herding breed and was developed by Captain Max von Stephanitz in the late 1800s.||The Siberian Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. They were developed by the Chukchi Tribe in Russia.|
|Size||20-25 inches tall||22-26 inches tall||20-23.5 inches tall|
|Males: 70-90 lbs.|
Females: 65-80 lbs.
|Males: 40-60 lbs.|
Females: 35-50 lbs.
|Coat||Double coated. Depending on genes, they may shed all year round or seasonally.||Double coated. Available short or long. They shed all year.||Double coated. Their thick undercoat makes them look fluffy. They shed twice a year.|
|Color||Main colors include brown, black, mahogany (red), cream, and blue.||Black and tan is the most commonly recognized color. Rarer color variations, including sable, black, and white, liver, and blue are available as well.||Usually appears in mahogany with lighter shades on the stomach. Their faces usually have a black masks.|
|Lifespan||10-13 years||9-13 years||12-14 years|
|Energy Level||High, due to both parent breeds having high energy levels. Needs a minimum of 90 minutes of intensive exercise.||High. Need at least 90 minutes of physical and mental exercise per day.||High. They are natural-born marathoners and can run long distances every day.|
|Family friendliness||When socialized properly, they make great family pets. They are loyal, friendly, and protective of children.||Love and very protective of their family, very child-friendly||Huskies love to live in packs and they are very sociable. They are good with children as well as other animals in the household.|
|Trainability||Good, but may need some convincing at first. Once trained, they are perfect working dogs.||Great can do just about any job they are assigned to.||Good. But they tend to do things that they see the benefit in. So a pack of high-value treats and patience is what you need.|
|Cost of a puppy||US $400-$1500||US $1000-3000||US$1000-2500|
Why Do You Want to Have German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)?
The German Shepherd Husky mix is an extremely active and quick-witted dog. Once given the proper training and motivation, they can be wonderful working companions.
From livestock herding to hiking adventures, this dog does it all. And, if your Gerberian Shepsky has more Husky-dominant genes, they can perform well in sled races.
Alternatively, if it’s a family pet you’re after, these pups are extremely loyal to their family and will even protect your children from harm. Free babysitting, anyone?
Who Should Get German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)?
This may or may not be something you want to hear, but Gerbierian Shepskys aren’t suited to just anyone. For example, if you work a lot, and live alone in a condo, this breed is not for you.
Here are some lifestyle types that are better suited for a German Shepherd Husky Mix:
- Marathon runners or other types of athletes
- Avid Hikers or adventurers
- Farmers (or people with a large property)
- Active families
- Outdoor enthusiasts (but not good for hunting)
German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) History
No one really knows exactly when the first German Shepherd Husky Mix litter was born.
And, in all reality, the pairing probably wasn’t intentional. But, at any rate, it has become extremely popular in the 21st century.
The parent breeds, on the other hand, both have well-documented origin stories. The German Shepherd was first bred in Germany in1899. The Siberian Husky goes back at least 3000 years, only coming to America in 1900.
German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) Temperament
Like any mixed breed, the German Shepherd Husky Mix can inherit any number of traits from the Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. Not to mention that every dog is an individual.
That being said, this breed is typically known for inheriting the loyalty of the German Shepherd and the energy of a Siberian Husky. This makes for a super-smart and very energetic dog.
German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) Appearance
A German Shepherd Husky Mix can vary in appearance. Not only in coat color and length, but also in size. German Shepherds are classified as large dogs, while Siberian Huskies are medium-sized.
When it comes to their coat, this can also vary from pup to pup. Depending on the dominant genes, your German Shepherd Husky Mix may have a long, fluffy coat or a shorter, smoother coat. Either way, this breed inherits a double coat from both parent breeds and sheds quite a bit.
How Big Will A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) Get?
Gerberian Shepskies weigh-in in a wide range of 45-80 pounds, with the males being on the heavier end of the scale.
Their height, however, seems to keep to the Husky genes, with the Gerberian Shepsky only standing 25 inches tall, at the most.
How Much Exercise Does A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) Need?
With both bloodlines being extremely active breeds, it’s more than safe to assume that the puppies from this sort of pairing will have the same type of needs. German Shepherds need 90 minutes of exercise per day, while the Siberian Husky is bred for running all day long.
So, if you’re thinking about getting a Gerberian Husky, make sure you’re setting aside a couple of hours each day for intense playtime. If not, then you will most definitely run into behavioral problems.
Common German Shepherd Husky (Gerberian Shepsky) Behavior Issues
Since both parent breeds are intelligent and energetic, German Shepherd Husky mixes shouldn’t be left alone for long. While they are eager to please and easily trained, there are some common behavior problems that you may run into, including
- Aggression toward strangers
- Being overprotective of children
- Becoming destructive when they get bored
Training a German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)
Coming from two very well-known working breeds, you can imagine that the Gerberian Shepsky is pretty easy to train. This is true, but only if you’ve trained dogs before. If not, it’s best left to the professionals, especially for work purposes.
The three most important things you need to train a Gerberian Shepsky are
- Treats for bribes
Socializing A German Shepherd Husky Mix
A German Shepherd Husky Mix should be socialized with children, other dogs, and other animals as soon as possible. You should introduce things slowly and in a controlled space, where your pup can feel comfortable.
They should also be desensitized to anything they will come across. For example, if your dog is going to come along on trail rides, you should be introducing your pup to the horses and the trails, and not at the same time.
How Much Does A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) Shed?
Both the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky have thick, double coats. The German Shepherd sheds all year round, while the Siberian Husky sheds once a year.
The Gerberian Shepsky is known as a moderate shedder. However, coat types can vary from dog to dog. But either way, they do shed, which makes them a poor fit for people with pet allergies.
Common German Shepherd Husky (Gerberian Shepsky) Health Risks
Like every mixed breed, the German Shepherd Husky Mix may develop any of the health issues that their parent breeds can, although responsible breeders will have the parent dogs cleared of all health issues.
- Elbow and hip dysplasia
- Nerve And Muscle Degeneration
- Skin Conditions And Allergies
If you lead an active lifestyle and have the time and dedication to train and care for a German Shepherd Husky Mix, then they are right for you. Remember that as time goes on, your lifestyle may change, but your dog’s needs won’t.
So, if you do add a Gerberian Shepsky to your family, always remember their needs when you’re making life changes, and make adjustments to allow them to live their best life.
How to Spot A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)?
You can usually spot a German Shepherd Husky Mix by looking for a German Shepherd that has a longer coat or a husky with a German Shepherd’s nimble body.
What Do You Call A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)?
A German Shepherd Husky mix is also referred to as a Gerberian Shepsky. Both names are a bit of a mouthful, so they’re more commonly called Shepskies for short.
Is A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky) A Good Family Dog?
A German Shepherd Husky Mix can be a great family dog when it has had socialization with children or other animals. And while they’re typically friendly, their staunch protectiveness of children may be a problem for new people coming into your home.
How Much is A German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)?
The price of a German Shepherd Husky can cost anywhere between $400 and $1500. This wide range is due to the fact that it is not a pure breed, but finding a good genetic pairing takes just as much time and effort as any purebred line.