Updated on September 29, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About The German Shepherd Husky Mix

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Everything You Need To Know About The German Shepherd Husky Mix

Are you looking to add a new member to the family? Can’t decide between a German Shepherd or Husky? Why not get the best of both and adopt or buy a German Shepherd Husky Mix! Commonly known as the “Gerberian Shepsky” or “Shepsky,” these mixes are adored by dog lovers all over the world for their fiercely loyal, charismatic, and intelligent natures.

Here’s everything you need to know about the German Shepherd Husky Mix.

Pros & Cons

Here are the pros and cons for owning a Shepsky:

  • PROS: Intelligent, loyal, hardworking, protective, loving, and affectionate.
  • CONS: Stubborn, needs frequent and intense exercise, needs regular grooming, and lots of potential health problems.

Though they have their pros and cons just like anything else in life, you can rest assured that the Shepsky will go to the ends of the earth to protect you, love you, and entertain you, always!

Watch our video about the German Shepherd Husky Mix breed!

4 Key Questions Answered

What is a German Shepherd Husky Mix called?

A German Shepherd Husky Mix is called a Gerberian Shepsky aka Shepsky. A Shepsky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a German Shepherd.

How much is a German Shepherd Husky Mix?

You can expect to pay from $1000 to $1500 from a breeder or $50 to $350 from a shelter.

Where to buy a German Shepherd Husky Mix?

Visit the online AKC marketplace to find a breeder in your area or visit a local shelter to buy a German Shepherd Husky Mix.

What to expect from a German Shepherd Husky Mix?

German Shepherd Husky Mixes are amazing dogs. They are incredibly Loyal, Protective and great with kids. But, like all dogs, they need proper training, socialization and exercise. German Shepherd Husky Mixes are also very active and require a lot of space to run around. They are not the best choice for someone who lives in an apartment or does not have a yard.

German Shepherd Husky Mixes are also very independent and can be quite stubborn. They need a firm, but loving owner who is willing to put in the time and effort to train them properly. With the right owner, a German Shepherd Husky Mix can be an amazing companion.

Traits & Characteristics

Summary table

TraitsGerman Shepherd Husky Mix
Eye ColorBlue, black & brown
Coat ColorUsually mixed colors Including: brown, black, white, gray, red & blue.
Shedding?Lots of shedding
Height20 to 25 inches tall
Weight40-80 pounds
TemperamentLoyal, charismatic and intelligent
Lifespan10-14 years
IntelligenceHighly intelligent
Activity LevelVery active
Good with kids?Yes
OriginUnknown
Price (breeder)$1000 to $1500
Price (shelter)$50 to $350
PROSIntelligent, loyal, hardworking, protective, loving, and affectionate.
CONSStubborn, needs frequent and intense exercise, needs regular grooming, and lots of potential health problems.

Appearance

The initial appeal of the Shepsky are their majestic coats, soulful eyes, and wolf-like appearance. This cross breed is sure to turn heads when you bring them anywhere. Embodying both their parents’ bold traits — their fluffy tails and thick coats – it’s no wonder that they have been bred together for decades.

Colors

German Shepherds are traditionally brown and black, while Huskies can come in a variety of colors: white, gray, brown, red, blue, and black. Mix these two, and you’re sure to get a stunning, colorful coat. The shepsky coat color is usually mixed. It’s very rare that they’ll be one solid color, but occasionally, there can be a fully white Shepsky mix. Their eyes can be blue, black, or brown.

Coats & Shedding

One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to a Shepsky’s maintenance is their coat and how much they shed. Since both breeds have fairly medium to thick coats, they can shed a considerable amount. If you plan on adding a Shepsky to your family, be sure to invest in a quality hair brush and vacuum to minimize the mess of their shedding. Both breeds thrive in colder climates, so if you or someone you know has dog allergies, be mindful that their shedding can exacerbate allergies.

Size

Both the Husky and German Shepherd are similar in size on their own, with German Shepherds sometimes having a few extra inches and weight on them. Generally, an adult male Shepsky will stand 22 to 25 inches tall and weigh 50 to 80 pounds, while an adult female Shepsky will stand 20 to 24 inches tall and weigh 40 to 70 pounds.

How to tell if your dog is a Siberian Husky German Shepherd Mix

A dog’s breed can often be determined by their physical appearance. However, mixed breeds can be more difficult to identify. If you’re wondering whether your dog is a Siberian Husky German Shepherd mix, there are a few things you can look for.

First, check the dog’s coat. Siberian Huskies have thick, double coats that are usually white or light in color. German Shepherds, on the other hand, have shorter coats that are typically dark brown or black.

You should also take a look at the dog’s ears. Siberian Huskies have pointed ears that stand erect, while German Shepherds have floppy ears that lay close to the head.

Finally, assess the dog’s build. Siberian Huskies are typically lighter and more slender than German Shepherds. They also have longer legs in proportion to their body size. If your dog has a mix of these physical characteristics, there’s a good chance they are a Siberian Husky German Shepherd mix.

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Temperament & Personality

One of the most common reasons these two were crossbred was because of their hardworking, active, and loyal personalities. German Shepherds are known to be more “all work and no play” and have more serious, aloof, and alert natures. Whereas Huskies are known to be vocal, independent, energetic, and highly affectionate. Both breeds develop deep, formidable bonds with their owners and are hesitant to let you out of their sight. Because of this, both breeds are known to suffer from separation anxiety.

The Shepsky embodies both of their parents’ bold personalities. Since they are large, strong, and intelligent, training is crucial. Sometimes, Shepsky mixes will adapt more of the German Shepherd personality, or vice versa, might adapt more of the Husky personality. German Shepherds are more protective and have natural guard dog instincts, so socialization is very important at a young age. Huskies can sometimes be more destructive, so lots of play and physical stimulation is important at a young age. Temperaments and personalities will vary from pup to pup.

However, you’ll never have to worry about a dull moment with a Gerberian Shepsky, and you’ll never have to question if they really love you. This cross breed is notoriously known to have the emotional, mental, and physical capacity to go to the ends of the Earth for their owners. Equal parts entertainment and unwavering protector, it’s no wonder this cross breed is so loved and revered beyond their dashing good looks!

All in all, they make great family and guard dogs, workout buddies, and are very intelligent, loyal, affectionate, and social. Independently, German Shepherds and Huskies can have a hit or miss prey drive. While this varies from dog to dog, they can be absolutely wonderful in multi-pet households, and will extend their protective natures to their little dog or cat brothers and sisters.

Lifespan

Lifespan is another variable for the Shepsky. On average, you can expect your Shepsky to live between 10 and 14 years. While some Shepskies can live long, full lives completely happy and healthy, both German Shepherds and Huskies independently are prone to a variety of health issues.

9 Common Shepsky Health Issues

  1. Hip Dysplasia: The most notable cause for medical concern in this cross breed is hip dysplasia: a problem occurring in the formation of the joints, in the rear or gait, which can eventually result in severe and debilitating arthritis.
  2. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): Symptoms include night blindness, dilated pupils, and difficult field of vision in bright light.
  3. Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDR): A degenerative nerve related ailment that impacts the movement of a dog’s hind legs.
  4. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI): Difficulty to naturally produce digestive enzymes critical to help break down foods in the digestive tract.
  5. Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV): Regular stomach bloating that causes the stomach to twist around itself.
  6. Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD): Defective blood platelet functioning that causes excessive bleeding.
  7. Cancer: Different types of cancer are very common in Shepskies, as well as their parents’ breeds independently.
  8. Allergies: Both German Shepherds and Huskies are known to have sensitive stomachs and contact allergies.
  9. Epilepsy: Uncontrolled seizures and loss of consciousness caused by a neurological disorder.

Intelligence

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This is Archie, a 3 year old Husky and German Shepherd mix. Image from @archie_the_huskygsd.

German Shepherds are known as the third smartest dog breed in the world, according to Fetch by WebMD. They’re the number one choice breed for police, military, and guard dog work. They’re generally known for their intelligence, but also their willingness to learn, courage, strength, and they’re always eager to please their owners. One of the reasons German Shepherds are so intelligent is because of their ability to decipher and track scents. They’re also quick to master tricks and commands within only a handful of repetitions.

Huskies are more known for their vocal personalities, hilarious antics, and outgoing natures. According to Science Alert, they rank 45th in terms of most intelligent breeds, tied with Bichon Frises and English Toy Spaniels. While they may not learn tricks as quickly as other breeds and their curiosity can land them in peculiar situations, their smarts lie in emotional intelligence. Huskies are quick to vocalize their needs and wants to their owners. Though they can be stubborn and independent, Huskies lead with their hearts, making them such great sled dogs.

The Shepsky is relatively easy to train, but their personality and intelligence can boil down to which parent they take after more mentally. They are generally considered to be a highly intelligent crossbreed. They’re hardworking, active, and very eager to please their owners. The Shepsky might be a tad more difficult to train, due to the Husky’s independence and occasional destructive habits. However, all in all, you will have a naturally intelligent dog that is eager to please you as best they can!

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Activity Level

Both German Shepherds and Huskies are known to be some of the most active breeds. It’s no surprise considering they’re both independently known to do police work and sled pulling. Both breeds are incredibly active and love to run. As a result, the Shepsky will need a lot of physical activity to lead a happy and healthy life. Whether it’s daily runs or frolicking around a large property all day, frequent and diligent activity is key to their well being.

The Shepsky isn’t a great option for an apartment or a sedentary lifestyle. They have a higher need for regular and vigorous physical activity than most breeds. Regular exercise will also prevent them from becoming destructive or anxious due to inactivity. Their energy levels need to be exhausted to reap the full benefits of all they have to offer as companions. This is a suitable match for someone who lives a very active lifestyle. If you love to go on regular hikes or runs, the Shepsky will make an excellent and motivating workout buddy.

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This is Graham, a beautiful white German Shepherd Husky Mix! Image from @instagraham_shepsky

Are Gerberian Shepskies Good With Kids?

Both German Shepherds and Huskies are known for their loving nature. They are fully committed to their families and equally protective of them. They also have a fairly high threshold for stress. Though they are powerful and active breeds, if they’re trained and socialized from a young age, they can make perfect and wonderful family dogs. They will often make wonderful companions and protectors for children.

With the German Shepherd’s protective instincts, and the Husky’s goofy personality, they will be quick to defend children and entertain them! They are all around fun loving, sweet, and loyal. While no dog should ever be left alone unsupervised with a child, you can count on a Shepsky to love a child as if its their own. They can also be wonderful with other pets if their prey drive is minimal and they’ve had lots of socialization and exposure to smaller animals.

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History & Origins

While the timeline of when these two breeds were first bred together isn’t exactly known, the German Shepherd originated in Karlrushe, Germany, according to Wag! Walking. Local farm and herding dogs were used by a group of dedicated breeders. Between 1882 and 1899, the star police and guard dog we know today was perfected and born! German Shepherds were first shown in America in 1907 and were recognized by the American Kennel Club the next year.

In the Eastern Siberia peninsula, the Chukchi Tribe used the Siberian Husky for centuries. They pulled sleds, herded reindeer, and made excellent watchdogs. The Husky was then moved to Alaska by fur traders for sled races, due to their ability to withstand harsh, cold weather climates and conditions. They were then used as working dogs in World War II to aid the U.S. army’s search and rescue unit in the arctic. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.

How to Take Care of a German Shepherd Husky Mix

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This is Thor, the German Shepherd Husky Mix. Image from thor_dog.of.thunder.gsd

While we’ve outlined the main characteristics of the Shepsky, it’s important to know how to cater to their individual wants and needs. Here’s everything you need to know about how to take care of this majestic mix:

Nutrition

Due to their sensitive stomachs, it’s important to invest in high quality food for this cross breed and limit potentially sensitizing human foods. Fresh meat and veggies are great options to reward these hardworking pups. They can also be quick to pile on pounds, so opting for healthy proteins, fats, and carbs is ideal.

How much should a German Shepherd Husky Mix eat?

For full grown Shepskies, it depends on their metabolism, weight, and activity level. A good rule of thumb is to start with about 1.5 cups of high quality dry food per day, split into two meals. You can then adjust up or down as needed based on your dog’s weight and activity level. If your dog is very active, he may need more food, while a couch potato might do better with less. It’s also important to make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water available at all times.

What is the healthiest brand of wet dog food for my Gerberian Shepsky?

There are so many out there. Look for brands that use real ingredients. i.e. real food without chemical additives.

How do I make my Gerberian Shepsky gain weight?

There are a few things you can do to help your Gerberian Shepsky gain weight. The most important thing is to make sure he is eating a healthy diet that provides enough calories and nutrients. You could also give him occasional treats to help him gain weight. But it’s best to simply increase the amount or frequency of eating times.

Exercise

The Shepsky should be walked or run for at least an hour daily, depending on their age and health. This ensures that they stay happy and healthy, and it saves your furniture from potential destruction due to boredom.

How to exercise a Gerberian Shepsky?

You could exercise your Shepsky by taking them for a walk or run. Letting them off lead to explore by themselves is another way to exercise them. You could also take them to a dog park.

Care

As we outlined potential health issues with the Shepsky, it’s important to take them for annual exams. Staying up to date with vaccinations is crucial if you’re exercising your Shepsky in public places. Additionally, spaying or neutering your Shepsky can minimize any potential behavioral issues.

What size dog crate for a Siberian Husky German Shepherd Mix?

The most important thing to consider when choosing a dog crate is the size of your dog. Siberian huskies and German shepherds are both large breeds, so you’ll need to find a crate that’s big enough for them to be comfortable in. Crates come in all sorts of sizes, so take some time to measure your dog and pick the right one.

What breed of dog will go good with Shepsky?

There’s no definitive answer to this question since every dog is different and will have different energy levels, personalities, and needs. However, some breeds that may do well with a Shepsky include Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Vizslas, and Australian Cattle Dogs. These are just a few examples – ultimately, the best way to find out which breed of dog is right for your family is to meet with a certified trainer or behaviorist who can help you assess your individual situation.

What kind of job can I give my Shepsky?

You might be wondering what kind of job a Shepsky could possibly do. But the truth is, these dogs are incredibly versatile and can excel at many different types of work.

For instance, Shepskys make great law enforcement and military dogs. Their high intelligence, natural athletic ability, and obedience make them ideal candidates for these roles. They also have an instinct to protect their family and home, which makes them excellent guard dogs.

Additionally, Shepskys are often used as service animals because of their gentle nature and loyalty. They can provide assistance to those with physical disabilities or help calm those suffering from anxiety or PTSD.

What shampoo should I use for my German Shepherd Husky Mix?

When it comes to German shepherd husky mix dogs, there are a lot of different opinions about what shampoo is the best to use. Some people say that you should use a dog shampoo that is specifically made for German shepherds, while others say that any type of dog shampoo will work just fine.

The safe bet is using a dog shampoo that is pH balanced and hypoallergenic. This will help to ensure that your dog’s coat stays healthy and free from irritation.

What size dog crate for a Siberian Husky German Shepherd Mix?

The most important thing to consider when choosing a dog crate is the size of your dog. Siberian huskies and German shepherds are both large breeds, so you’ll need to find a crate that’s big enough for them to be comfortable in. Crates come in all sorts of sizes, so take some time to measure your dog and pick the right one.

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This is Ben, a cute Gerberian Shepsky puppy! 😍 Image from @Shepsky_Ben

Grooming

Shepskies have a lot of fur! Frequent brushing and grooming is nonnegotiable with this breed. They should be brushed daily and groomed monthly to prevent matting and excessive shedding

How to groom a Husky German Shepherd Mix?

Since a Husky German Shepherd Mix can have characteristics of both breeds, it’s difficult to give a general grooming guide that will apply to all of them. However, a good rule of thumb is to treat them like you would a German Shepherd – brush their coat regularly, give them baths when needed, and trim their nails on a regular basis.

How often should I bathe my Shepsky?

It’s generally recommended that you bathe your Shepsky about once a month. However, some Shepskies may need more frequent baths if they tend to get really dirty, while others may only need a bath every few months.

How much does a shepsky shed?

Shepskies will shed throughout the year, but they will heavily shed their undercoat twice a year. During these times, you may find hair all over your house and on your clothes. Brushing your dog regularly will help to keep the shedding to a minimum.

How often to shave German Shepherd Husky Mix?

Never. Don’t do this. They need their coat.

Training

Shepskies will benefit from socialization classes or professional training. This can vary from pup to pup, but frequent socialization and obedience training goes a long way with this headstrong, intelligent cross breed.

How to train a German Shepherd Husky Mix puppy?

As with any puppy, early socialization is key to preventing behavioral issues down the road. Training should begin as soon as possible, and should be consistent and positive reinforcement-based. Puppy obedience classes can also be very beneficial in teaching your GS Husky Mix the basics like sit, stay, come, etc.

How to train a German Shepherd Husky Mix

German Shepherd Husky Mixes can be easy to train if you start early and use positive reinforcement.

Some basic tips for training your german shepherd husky mix include:

  1. Start with obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. Repetition and patience are key when training your dog.
  2. Provide plenty of exercise and stimulation, preferably in the form of regular walks or hikes. This will help keep your dog mentally and physically healthy and out of trouble!
  3. Be consistent with rules and rewards, and remain calm yet firm when disciplining your dog.

How to potty train a German Shepherd Husky Mix

Here are some tips to potty train your German Shepherd Husky mix:

  1. Start by getting your dog used to being in a designated potty area. This could be an indoor area with artificial turf or a spot in the backyard where you want your dog to go to the bathroom. Put your dog in this area regularly and give them plenty of praise when they relieve themselves in the designated spot.
  2. Be consistent with your commands during potty training. Dogs respond best to short, simple commands such as “go potty”.
  3. Reward your dog well for going potty in the designated spot. This could be with treats, petting, or verbal praise.
  4. Never punish your dog for having an accident inside the house. This will only make them afraid of you and hinder their progress in potty training.
  5. Be patient and keep up with the potty training routine even if there are accidents along the way. Remember that every dog is different and some may take longer to potty train than others.

How to train my 1 year old German Shepherd Husky Mix not to chew?

First and foremost, you should always try to provide your dog with plenty of toys and bones to chew on, as this is a natural behavior for dogs. If your dog is still chewing on things that he or she shouldn’t be, however, there are a few things that you can do to discourage this behavior.

One thing that you can do is to put hot sauce or cayenne pepper on objects that you don’t want your dog to chew on. Another option is to make a loud noise (like clapping your hands) every time your dog starts chewing on something he or she shouldn’t be. Finally, you can also spray your dog with water whenever he or she starts chewing on something inappropriate. All of these methods should eventually teach your dog that chewing on certain things is not acceptable behavior.

Price

The price of the Shepsky can vary. While some Shepsky specific breeders can charge between $1,000 to $1,500 USD, they are a dominant cross breed in most shelters. You can expect to adopt a Shepsky for anywhere between $50 to $350 USD at your local shelter or rescue.

Recommendation

If you want an intelligent, protective, and affectionate dog BUT don’t mind a little stubbornness, daily exercise and regular grooming, then the German Shepherd Husky Mix could be the right dog for you!

Do you own a Shepsky? Share your love for them in the comments below. 🥰

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