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What is a Gerberian Shepsky – German Shepherd Husky ?

Gerberian Shepskies are hybrid dogs descended from two highly intelligent, athletic, and energetic breeds: the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky. This mixed breed dog exhibits traits of both breeds, which makes the Gerberian Shepsky a fantastic family pet, as well as a great hunting companion, willful worker, and enthusiastic competitor. As individual breeds, the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky are both well revered and are each known for their obedient, eager to work, and eager to please attitudes. Both dogs are highly energetic, which makes a cross between the two a perfect companion animal for an athlete such as a runner or cyclist. For families, Gerberian Shepskies are loyal and alert watch dogs.

Gerberian Shepskies typically stand approximately 20 – 25 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 45 to 90 lbs, depending on the size of the parents and from which breed the Shepsky inherits most of its traits. The Gerberian Shepsky possesses a double coat that is typically long and course, but can also be short and smooth. Coat color can include any solid or mix of white, black, red, gray, tan, or brown. Since both the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky are heavy shedders, the Gerberian Shepsky is no exception and requires frequent brushing. The Gerberian Shepsky is a visually striking dog, especially when Husky eye color is inherited.

Gerberian Shepskies make excellent family dogs, as they are highly trainable, easily socialized, and good with other dogs. They are sociable and prefer the company of other humans and dogs over being left alone. However, due to the high prey drive instincts of both the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky, they do not make great companions to small animals, such as cats or rabbits, unless properly socialized and introduced. Athletically, Gerberian Shepskies excel at endeavors such as running, carting, bikejoring, sledding, weight pulling, and Agility. Shepskies have high exercise requirements, and can easily become bored and destructive if their needs are not met. Given their thick double coats and high activity level, they are better suited for cold weather climates, but can adjust to warmer weather if need be.

The life expectancy of a German shepherd husky is 10 – 13 years. As a crossbreed, these dogs are less likely to suffer from many common ailments that might befall a Siberian Husky or German Shepherd purebred, but they are not completely immune to health disorders, either. Shepskies may be more prone to cancer, epilepsy, bloat, ocular disorders, hip and elbow dysplasia, and allergies than other dogs. Finding a reputable breeder is an important step in eliminating the risk of most health disorders.

Although not a purebred dog, Gerberian Shepskies are recognized by the Dog Registry of America (DRA), as well as the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). It should be noted that finding an ethical breeder is of utmost importance, as “designer” dog breeders often have fewer codes of ethics to follow. Associations such as DRA and ACHC can help potential Gerberian Shepsky owners find the right breeder for them.

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