The Gerberian Shepsky is a crossbreed that has developed by mixing the German Shepherd with the Siberian Husky dogs. Like all other crosses, this breed too possesses a mixture of the characteristics of both its parents. However, as a genetic rule, only the traits of one of the dominant breeds exclusively prevail in the resultant breed, and the Gerberian Shepsky too is no exception. But generally speaking, these designer dogs are very intelligent, alert and social, like their parent breeds, and can make good family dogs.
One of the commonest traits of the Siberian Husky and German Shepherd mixes are their pair of blue eyes studded onto their large, broad face. Their ears are erect, while the nose is dark brown to black. The coat depends on which of the genes of its parents it has inherited. They look strong and elegant with a heavy, muscular structure, and a long bushy tail.
|Also known as||German Husky, Siberian Shepherd, Husky Shepherd|
|Coat||Double, dense, short, fine, soft, thick, medium|
|Colors||Black, Black and Tan, Blue, Brown, Cream, Golden, Gray, Salt & Pepper, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Type||Working dog, guard dog|
|Life span/expectancy||10 to 13 years|
|Weight||45-88 pounds (full-grown male and female)|
|Height (size)||Large; 20-25 inches (adults)|
|Temperament||Alert, affectionate, intelligent, social, protective, energetic, loyal|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA|
This Husky German Shepherd mix is devoted and loyal to its owner and his family. Like its German shepherd parent, it is a natural protector, however, at times, it might tend to become over-protective as well. For this reason, it is also advisable not to leave too young kids with them alone because over-possessiveness and too much of protection might lead to unpleasant incidents. They have a fearless heart, and are also alert and brave. These are working dogs, and have a good ability to guard their families. Otherwise, they are good with kids and other pets. They are not always comfortable with strangers, and might at times get wary of them.
They are high-spirited and are basically intelligent, and would enjoy learning new things. Their striking intelligence has also made them to be the right choice for different services including those related to police, military, herding, search & rescue operations, watch and guard dog as well. Being the offspring of two breeds that are used to cold temperatures, the gerberians also do much better in colder climates, and are not a good choice for owners living near desert regions. Those that are left alone for too long tend to become quite vocal and howl frequently.
You must also keep in mind another thing. These dogs hate water to be poured over them, and hence, do not bathe them as long as you are too sure that they actually need one. They also have a tendency developing ear wax. Clean their ears if you find the same collected. But for this, an expert hand of a professional is recommended.
If the gerberian shepskies are more inclined towards the side of their husky parents, it tends to be independent and obstinate. For this, a very effective, strong and commanding pack leader is required to train the Siberian Husky German Shepherd mix puppies in a firm but gentle way.
For that, shower them with praises and prizes as and when they be a ‘good’ dog, obey you, shows success in learning tricks. Give them food treats, or show them that you are impressed. This should work more effectively than trying to tame your shepsky in a harsh way.
For the shepskies, the diet would be similar in quality and quantity like most other large breeds like their parent breeds. Be sure that your dog’s meals contain about 25% protein in case of foods that contains grains, while it should be around 30% for grain-free foods.
Most breeds prefer moist foods, and canned foods contain high levels of moisture and are also fresh with better concentrations of proteins and vitamins. This is especially crucial during their years of growth. Also, these dogs have often been seen to be having allergic to regular foods like egg, soy, wheat, lamb, corn, beef, chicken, and dairy products. So, it is also advisable that you know your puppy’s health thoroughly before you begin with feeding it.