An Introduction to the Lovely German Shepherd Husky Mix
Thinking about getting yourself a new dog?
Well, I’ll have to say that the German Shepherd Husky mix should be on your list of breeds to check out!
The good looks of the Husky meet the temperaments and traits of the beloved German Shepherd in this dog breed and the pups are known to loyal, alert, friendly, loving, and make for excellent guard dogs.
In this blog post, I aim to share with you several facts about the adorable German Shepherd Husky Mix.
So, keep reading in order to know more!
- 1 It’s All In the Genes: A Short Introduction to the Beloved Parent Breeds!
- 2 If Looks Could Kill: The Cuteness Scale!
- 3 Err…How Often Will I Need to Walk the Dog?: Activity Level, Dietary Needs, and General Care
- 4 The Personality Matters: What are the Temperamental Traits of the German Shepherd Husky Mix?
- 5 The Potential Health Problems That German Shepherd Husky Mix Owners Must KNOW
- 6 The Final Say on the German Shepherd Husky Mix
It’s All In the Genes: A Short Introduction to the Beloved Parent Breeds!
The Gerberian Shepsky is a hybrid dog and hence, isn’t formally recognized by the American Kennel Club.
This dog breed is officially recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and also by the Dog Registry of America.
In this section of the blog, I would like to talk about the Gerberian Shepsky’s parentage.
The thing with mixed breed dogs is that it is hard to predict how a puppy would turn out to be and which of the parents it would take after more. There’s no predictable pattern as such.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
The German Shepherd
The German Shepherds or the GSD is a herding dog that was bred in the 19th century.
The dog was created to be an intelligent, smart, strong, and quick companion but rapid industrialization during those times decreased the demand of herding dogs as the industry took a set back.
Breeders then decided to get the German Shepherd a job in the police and military where these dogs assisted humans as their messenger dogs, guard dogs, sentries, pack carries, etc. during the Great War!
This dog breed quickly gained popularity and found its way to the United States of America!
German Shepherds in this day and age are known to be hardworking, extremely smart, energetic, and loyal companions. The dog is reserved one and doesn’t really mix up with new people quickly but, isn’t an aggressive dog either.
This dog is known to be affectionate and loving with his loved ones and family.
The Siberian Husky
The harsh and tough climates of the Siberian Arctic are home to the Siberian Husky as it is his place of origin. And that’s the reason why the German Shepherd Husky Mix doesn’t do very well in warmer areas.
The Siberian Huskies were bred to help humans out by pulling heavy weights on sleds and cover vast differences—which required them to have endurance as well as strength. These dogs gained popularity in the US and Canada and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in the 1930s.
In this day and age, the Siberian Husky is known to be a pack animal who does well with families. These dogs do not do well at all when left alone and are known to get destructive if they aren’t given the right mental as well as physical outlet.
This friendly, charming and loyal dog needs a firm handling.
If Looks Could Kill: The Cuteness Scale!
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is medium to large in size and the average height of the fully grown adult dog is between 20 – 25 inches and the average weight falls between 45 – 88 pounds.
One thing that I want you to keep in mind is that with the mixed breed or designer dogs, it can be hard to predict which parent they’ll take after—especially if they’re a first generation mix (a puppy that has one German Shepherd parent and one Siberian Husky parent).
So, take everything I tell you in this blog post with a grain of salt.
The average lifespan of a German Shepherd Husky Mix is 13 years but they are known to live up to 18 years if they lead a healthy lifestyle.
Following are the German Shepherd Husky Mix colors:
- Light Brown
As for the coat, the German Shepherd Husky Mix has a double coat that may either be long or short and has a fluffy appearance—just like that of the Huskies. The sole purpose of the double coat is to provide protection from the cold environment.
Determining the eye color of the German Shepherd Husky Mix is where things start to get a little tricky…
The thing is that the German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to have dual-colored eyes which may resemble either the GSD or the Husky.
It is generally a gamble.
This dog is known to be a moderate shedder and sheds the most during seasonal change. This dog also requires regular grooming so it is advisable that you brush your dog regularly and grind his nails.
You can look at some of the best dog brushes for Huskies here and find the right one for your German Shepherd Husky Mix.
|German Shepherd Husky Mix Fact Sheet|
|Average height||20 – 25 inches|
|Average weight||45 – 88 pounds|
|Coat type||Double, straight, short to long|
|Shedding||Moderate to fairly high|
|Average weight||45 – 88 pounds|
|Major Health Concerns||Epilepsy, cancer, EPI, DM, blood disorders, Von Willebrand’s, PRA, bloat|
|Other Health Concerns||Eye problems, dwarfism, joint dysplasia, digestive issues allergies, and eczema.|
|Life Span||10 to 13 years|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly high|
Err…How Often Will I Need to Walk the Dog?: Activity Level, Dietary Needs, and General Care
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is the product of mixing two active dogs known to be full of energy.
So, obviously, the German Shepherd Husky Mix has high activity needs!
These dogs required to be walked a minimum of once a day but, generally, walking them twice is better. These dogs love to play games such as fetch, tug of way, frisbee, etc. and love to take out all of their energy!
This dog breed is known to be a mischievous one…
German Shepherd Husky Mix owners recommend agility training and maybe a mental workout of some other kind to keep the doggy busy.
These dogs do best when they’re living in a house that has enough space for the doggy to run around freely and thus, do not do well in smaller spaces such as an apartment.
One thing that a potential German Shepherd Husky Mix owner should know is that exercise is extremely important for these dogs. These dogs are full of energy and you need to find a healthy channel for all this energy or else the dogs start indulging in destructive behavior.
This is exactly why you should train your doggy well.
Did Someone Say Food?: The Dietary Needs Requirements
As I mentioned earlier, the German Shepherd Husky Mix is an active dog and needs just the right balance of nutrients to accommodate all that activity.
Usually, it is the puppies that require higher nutrition and as the dog grows older, the lesser calories his body demands.
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to have a healthy appetite and it is recommended that you test a few different dog food brands before committing to one so that you can find a brand your dog just loves.
Ideally, I would recommend you choose any dog food curated for the parent breeds or for the large breed dogs. My personal recommendations include:
- Wellness CORE Natural Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
- Taste of the Wild, Canine Formula
- Hill’s Science Diet Active Longevity Chicken Meal
- Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Dry Dog Food
You may also check out my list of the best dog food for German Shepherds for more details.
The one things that you need to look out for when selecting dog foods are the macronutrients. It is recommended that dog food for the German Shepherd Husky Mix must contain:
- A minimum of 25% protein in foods that contain grain
- A minimum of 30% protein in foods that are grain-free
These dogs generally prefer canned foods over the normal kibble as they’re easy to chew and digest.
There’s one thing you need to keep in mind, though.
You should always consult the vet before you make any adjustments to your German Shepherd Husky Mix’s diet as they can help you determine whether or not the change is beneficial at all.
General Care Tips for the German Shepherd Husky Mix
The Gerberian Shepskys are a mix of working dogs as well as herding dogs.
So, it is safe to say that these dogs are built to be active but, also need to be around people or other dogs in order to be satisfied with their lives. They generally don’t take isolation very well.
They also have high exercise requirements!
It is generally true that when these dogs don’t get a positive outlet, they channel their energy into destructive behaviors such digging, excessive barking, chewing on household items, etc.
One of the most common complaints about the Gerberian Shepskys is that they are barkers.
This makes them not-so-popular with the neighbors.
Even though barking shouldn’t really be counted as a problem, it is something that you can easily tackle by obedience training. You should ideally begin when your puppy is still young.
I’ve written a blog post that’ll help you train your puppy without facing any hurdles. You can read it here.
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to be chewer and to have a powerful jaw which, if not channeled correctly, could mean the demise of your furniture.
I recommend that you use some good-quality chew toys that last long.
The Personality Matters: What are the Temperamental Traits of the German Shepherd Husky Mix?
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to be calm and gentle but, the dog’s look makes him look bold and muscular and a dog to be feared. These dogs make a great pet and a working companion for humans.
Following are the traits:
The dogs are as loyal as they come and will never disappoint you. They’ll always put you before themselves.
These dogs have higher cognitive abilities as compared to some other breeds and catch onto things rather quickly, making them easy to train for difficult tasks.
Make for Good Guard Dogs
They make for excellent guard dogs—a trait inherited from both of their parents. However, they’re known to be excessive barkers.
These dogs mix well with people and are friendly and trusting when they get to know someone (and aren’t threatened by them).
These dogs do well with families and mix well with children and other pets.
Active and Powerful
These furballs are full of energy and need regular exercise and at least one walk per day—or else they indulge in negative behaviors such as barking, chewing, mouthing, etc.
These dogs are really loving and affectionate and will demand to be pet all day long!
The Potential Health Problems That German Shepherd Husky Mix Owners Must KNOW
It is common knowledge that due to the genetic variation, crossbreeds are healthier than purebred dogs.
After all, that’s how evolution works, right?
There are certain health problems that are commonly seen in the German Shepherd Husky Mix. These include the following:
Elbow and hip dysplasia
Easily preventable, this condition leads to unstable or loose joints in dogs. This is mainly caused due to obesity and can be controlled is you keep your dog’s weight in check so that the joints aren’t stressed.
Following are certain eye conditions common to the German Shepherd Husky Mix:
Juvenile cataracts: The onset occurs when the dog is older than 6 years of age. These cataracts involve the opacity of the lens of the dog’s eyes can even result in blindness if they are severe enough.
Corneal dystrophy: This condition leads to the accumulation of certain abnormal materials in the dog’s cornea (the outer layer of the eye) and causes some sort of visual impairment. This condition is acute and develops over a course to time and ultimately causes visual impairment by affecting both eyes.
Progressive retinal atrophy: This condition occurs in the dog’s twilight years and the symptoms include dilated pupils, night blindness, inability to see in bright light, etc. This inherited condition is incurable but your dog’s vision can be salvaged if it is diagnosed early.
There are some other uncommon issues that the German Shepherd Husky Mix faces. These include eye problems, dwarfism, joint dysplasia, digestive issues allergies, and eczema.
The Final Say on the German Shepherd Husky Mix
The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a sweet, fun loving, charming dog known to be extremely loyal and intelligent.
A product of the two most popular breeds, this dog proves to be a great companion and service dogs for individuals and families.
This dog isn’t for those who live in small apartments, can’t take their dog out for at least one walk per day, or are not home for the majority of the day.
What are your thoughts on the German Shepherd Husky Mix? Let them be known in the comments section…