We originally and briefly wrote about the German Shepherd Husky mix in our article 15 Most Popular German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid Dogs.
The German Shepherd Husky Mix like all hybrid dogs will generally lean towards one breed or the other in each aspect of its physical and mental makeup.
For example, it is possible for a German Shepherd Husky Mix to look very similar physically to a Siberian Husky, but have the dominant temperament traits of the German Shepherd. In both of these instances there is still parts of the opposite breed in each aspect.
There is rarely a 50/50 split, just like there is rarely a 100/0 split in any aspect of the mixed breed, or overall.
In the following guide we have broken down each aspect of the German Shepherd Mix Dog Breed so you get an idea of each breed individually, but also what a typical Gerberian Shepsky looks and acts like.
What Is A German Shepherd Husky Mix Dog?
Also known as the Gerberian Shepsky, Husky Shepherd, Siberian Shepherd, or German Husky – the German Shepherd Husky is a hybrid/mix breed of dog.
It is a hybrid of the German Shepherd (GSD) and Siberian Husky breeds of dogs.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Dog Origin, History and Bloodlines
Both the Alsatian (German Shepherd) and Husky were originally bred as working type dogs.
Alsatians were originally bred in Germany in 1889 as the ideal herding type dog, and soon went into the military before becoming a popular choice as a family pet in Europe and the US. Alsatians are currently the second most popular dog breed among dog owners in the US.
Siberian Huskies were bred in the Siberian Arctic in Russia to be sled dogs that had to pull heavy loads long distances, and survive the cold.
It is thought the Gerberian Husky gained traction with breeding and overall popularity in America after the 1930’s when both dog breeds begun to gain popularity as household pets in the US.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Temperament
- If a German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy or Dog has dominant traits of the German Shepherd temperament…
German Shepherds have high intelligence, a high drive to be achieve, focus, loyalty, courage and are protective/loving of their family.
They are very sociable around those they know, but are not immediately trusting of strange animals and humans.
- If a German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy or Dog leans towards the Siberian Husky temperament…
Siberian Huskies are very intelligent and loyal pack dogs that like to socialize and do not do well with their owner gone for long periods – getting lonely/anxious and destructive. They are very playful and have a charming personality to those they trust.
Huskies have at times been described as an ‘escape artist’ by owners, and still have a natural instinct to want to hunt wild animals as a food source.
Both breeds need a strong owner as they both have medium-high drives for domination over other animals and humans if a clear pack leader (you) does not establish themselves. They will be more than happy to lead you lead and show you obedience if you give them time, love and respect.
a) Is A German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy or Dog Good Around Children, Kids and Families?
If socialised early as a puppy and taught proper obedience, both breeds are very loving and protective with children and kids – even becoming their best friend.
Make sure your Gerberian Shepsky learns proper behaviors and socialisation from a young age so it doesn’t become over protective of any members of your family.
b) Is A German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy or Dog Good Around Other Dogs, and Family Pets?
Both the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky are dominant in nature over other animals if they are unfamiliar with them, and can be territorial.
There shouldn’t be an issue if your Gerberian Shepsky grows up with your family pet/s or is introduced at a young age, but if being introduced as adolescents or adults, caution should be used.
Both breeds in particular show a tendency to hunt/stalk cats or birds they do not know that enter their yard or territory.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Physical Traits, Characteristics and Exercise
German Shepherds were bred to be the ideal working dog with an athletic build, strength, agility, stamina and jumping/climbing ability physically.
They are traditionally black and tan in color, but there are 11 officially registered coat colors in the Alsatian breed.
Siberian Huskies were bred for their strength and endurance/stamina to pull heavy loads on sleds in the snow for miles. They had to be extremely durable to survive the harsh and cold environment – which they did with their extremely thick double coats.
The Husky is traditionally black and white in coat color with piercing blue eyes that have become their trademark, and have 17 registered coat colors in total.
Both breeds have high amounts of energy and need half hour to an hour of brisk walking or running a day for exercise.
In addition, you needs to provide the Gerberian Shepsky with mental stimulation at all times – bones to chew, toys to play with, human to dog stimulation, dog to dog stimulation etc. as their intelligence when not utilised can lead to a wondering and destructive mind and behavior.
German Shepherds can bark, jump/climb and chew when they get bored or aren’t stimulated, and Huskies will do the same but they tend to howl and not bark.
The Gerberian Shepsky ranges in colour, but tends to maintain the double coat and pointy ears from both breeds, along with the colorful eyes of the Husky.
a) How Big Do German Shepherd Husky Mix Dogs Get?
The German Shepherd is a large breed of dog, and the Siberian Husky is medium in size, so it only makes sense the Gerberian Shepsky is medium to large too.
A full grown German Shepherd Husky mix dog is on average 20 to 25 inches (51-64cms) tall, and 45 to 88 pounds (21-40kgs) in weight
b) What is A German Shepherd Husky Mix Dog’s Lifespan?
The Gerberian Shepsky has a lifespan of between 10 to 13 years.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Obedience and Training
Both the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky are extremely intelligent and obedient breeds of dog.
One thing to note is that Huskies have strong pack animal instincts where they seek to be the leader – so if you do not establish yourself as a firm (but positive) leader from the moment you get them, you may have issues getting them to listen.
Apart from that, the Gerberian Shepsky itself you should have no problems training as either a family dog or in a working field. They have already been used in working fields such as search and rescue, police work, military, acting, scouting, guard dogs and more.
Read more on training and obedience in How To Train A German Shepherd: 10 Expert Tips and Advice. We also have other training tips (for on leash, off leash, heeling and more) on our Training and Obedience page.
If you would like to read more about finding the best training equipment (lead/leash, collar and harness) for a German Shepherd Husky Mix, you can read more at:
- Best Collar For German Shepherd: How To Choose The Best Collar
- Best Lead/Leash for German Shepherd: How To Choose The Best Lead
- Best Harness For German Shepherd: How To Choose The Best Harness
- Best Crate For German Shepherd: How To Choose The Best Crate
German Shepherd Husky Mix Health Problems
Generally the Gerberian Shepsky is a healthy dog. But, some health problems you are more likely to encounter than others with a German Shepherd Husky mix are:
- eye issues such as juvenile cataracts
- digestive problems
- blood disorders
- keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
- flea allergies
- perianal fistulas and Von Willebrand’s disease
- spleen tumors
- PRA (primarily in male dogs)
- Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)Degenerative Myelitis (DM)
- ectopy (displacement of the urethra)
- corneal dystrophy
- crystalline corneal opacities
Furthermore, coming mainly from the German Shepherd side, Gerberian Shepskies can carry the genetic disorder of hip or elbow dysplasia. Being a medium-large dog, they are also at greater risk of developing arthritis and other joint problems as they age.
Read more about Hip Dysplasia, Arthritis, Joint Problems and Joint Supplements below:
- German Shepherd Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis: Joint Problems and Pain
- Best German Shepherd Supplements and Vitamins for Joint Problems and Health
Best Dog Food For German Shepherd Husky Mix
German Shepherd Husky Mix Food and Water Guidelines
Feeding and water routines for the Gerberian Shepsky are very similar to that of a German Shepherd with both being large dogs. Per our Best Food For German Shepherds article:
“Generally a puppy of 10 lb to 30 lb (4.5kg to 14 kg) you will feed 1-2 cups of food daily (100 g to 200 g). An adult GSD of between 60 lb to 90 lb (27kg to 40kg) you will feed 3-5 cups of of food daily (300 g to 500 g).
Generally, you should feed an adult (at 1-2 years of age) German Shepherd twice a day – morning and evening.
German Shepherd puppies will require more regular feeding of three to four times a day spaced throughout the day.
Senior (at about 5 years of age) German Shepherds tend to put weight on more easily so they have lower calorie needs, and need highly digestible foods.”
German Shepherd Husky Mix Care
German Shepherd Husky Mix Sleeping and Bed
Being a medium to large dog, a Gerberian Shepsky will not spend alot of time in deep sleep. This means he or she will not have regular sleeping patterns, and may sleep up to 18 hours some days to get the amount of quality sleep they need – but this depends on the dog.
You want to ensure your dog has a comfortable bed, and one that supports it’s joints being a large dog. Read more about beds for dogs at:
German Shepherd Husky Mix Grooming and Coat
Once again, grooming and care requirements are very similar for a German SHepherd Husky Mix and a purebred German Shepherd. Per out Ultimate Guide:
“Brushing your GSD regularly (two times a week at least) and having a strong vacuum handy is a good idea if you want to minimize hair all over the house and on your clothes.
It is important only to bathe your GSD when it really needs it. Bathing him or her too regularly can strip their coat of natural and healthy oils.
Dry food, Chew toys or bones are the best way to keep your GSD’s teeth clean.”
These dogs can shed regularly, and year round.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Potty Training
We wrote an article on Potty Training for Dogs and Puppies which you can read more about below:
a) How Long Does It Take To Potty Train a German Shepherd Husky Mix?
It really depends on the puppy, the trainer and the quality of training you give, but some puppies already come potty trained and have basic obedience when you purchase them (which you can check with the breeder or owner).
It is realistic to potty train a puppy within a month (between 8 to 12 weeks old), but it may take longer depending on a few factors – be patient and persistent.
Adopting, and Buying German Shepherd Husky Mixes
When it comes to getting a puppy, you can either buy from a breeder or adopt from a rescue or shelter.
Despite the myth, most dogs from shelters are not broken or aggressive. Many are probably the opposite – they are just looking for someone to give their love to.
Thousands of dogs die in shelters and rescues every day – if you are looking for a GSD Husky mix, strongly consider them.
In terms of breeders, you’ll want to find a breeder that cares more about the dogs than the financial reward of breeding.
The Gerberian Shepsky is seen as a ‘Designer breed’ of dog afterall.
You need to do your research before you consider buying a German Shepherd Husky mix puppy from breeders.
Here are some very helpful guides on considerations for breeders and rescues/shelters, and where to find good breeders and shelters/rescues:
NOTE: these guides in include principles you can use to find Gerberian Shepsky breeders in your area)
- Things To Consider When Adopting or Rescuing A German Shepherd
- What To Look For When Buying A German Shepherd Puppy: Ethical Step By Step Guide
- Where To Find A German Shepherd Rescue or Shelter Near You
- Where To Find The Best German Shepherd Breeders Near You
a) How Much Does A German Shepherd Husky Mix Cost?
It depends on the breeder. As a comparison of what you pay with a purebred German Shepherd:
On average, you might pay anywhere from $500 to $1500 for a pet, or family dog type German Shepherd from a breeder.
For German Shepherds with pedigrees, papers, working titles, specific lines, and puppies who have a proven regulated breeding history – you can pay thousands of dollars.
Don’t get ripped off or buy from shady or unethical breeders – read this guide carefully.
When adopting a German Shepherd, you might pay anywhere from $50 to $500 – which covers adoption fees.
b) Names for a German Shepherd Husky Mix?
Read more about names for your Gerberian Shepsky in the following article:
German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy and Dog Photos and Pictures/Images
What Do People That Own/Have Owned German Shepherd Mix Husky Dogs Say About Them?
You can read at DogBreedInfo.com about owners that have owned or do own a Gerberian Shepsky and what they had to say about them. There are also some more pictures there.
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