15 Facts About The German Shepherd Husky Mix (Gerberian Shepsky)

German Shepherd Husky Mix

Credit: dogmal.com

How would a German Shepherd Husky mix be like?

I’ve asked myself that question once or twice before I decided that it is time to look it up.

In the following crossbreed guide, I’ll discuss many facts about the Gerberian Shepsky (try saying it three times).

But there is one fact I can’t keep till the end of the article:


As a Husky lover and a German Shepherd admirer, this is the perfect dog for me.

Alright, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it is time to get into some details about the dog.

In this article, you will learn all that you need to know about the Gerberian Shepsky.

By the time you finish the article, you will become an expert at this crossbreed.

One thing to remember: we can’t, by any way, predict how your Gerberian Shepsky would look like or behave. We aren’t experts in genetics, and even those can’t tell you much about the behavior.

Therefore, we highly recommend your learn to be a good dog trainer so that you can train your dog.

Who Is The Gerberian Shepsky?

gerberian shepsky sitting down

That’s a good looking dog!

Source: petguide.com

The Gerberian Shepsky is a crossbreed between the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky.

Note: there is a small difference between mix and crossbreeds. Learn all about that in this article.

The beautiful combination of these two breeds has came out with an amazing crossbreed that has grown popular lately. This crossbreed comes in different coats from the fully black all the way to the fully white.

The Gerberian Shepsky averagely weights 45-90 lb.

The dog heightens between 20 and 25 inches.

It is widely said by the owners that the Gerberian Shepsky averagely lives up to 13 years. Some recorded that their dog lived for more.

Accordingly, this crossbreed shares the characteristics of the parents. A few more details below:

Crossbreed Parents

The German Shepherd

german shepherd down in a small yard

Isn’t he majestic!!

According to the American Kennel Club, the German Shepherd is the second most popular dog breed in 2016 after the Labrador Retriever.

The history of this breed goes back to the late 1800s.

In the 1850s, people across Europe made attempts to standardize dog breeds by making each breed unique from the other through certain traits.

In 1899, Von Stephanitz bought a dog from a dog show that he thought was the perfect selective breeding for a herd shepherd.

He also created the Vereinfür Deutsche Schäferhunde which is considered the official club for standard German Shepherd. It is part of The Kennel Club.

More about the German Shepherd here.

The Siberian Husky

siberian husky smiling to the camera

Look at the smirky face!

Considered the 12th most popular dog breed in 2016, the Siberian husky has an ancient history.

Thousands of years ago, the Chukchis who lived in the Arctic part of Russia had issues traveling. So, they selectively bred The Siberian Husky from the Spitz. It was bred to have a high energy and stamina to carry weights and drag sleds.

The Siberian Husky is well known for his insanely high level of endurability. This breed can travel for more than 20 miles without stopping.

So, keeping up with this breed is difficult when it comes to long distances.

The Siberian Husky is the Luke Skywalker of dogs.(Any Star Wars fans here? Let me know in the comments!). If you love reading about Huskies like I do, then this is for you.

15 Awesome Facts About The Gerberian Shepsky (German Shepherd Husky Mix)

The Gerberian Shepsky parents are known for their high levels of energy, strength, stamina, intelligence, and high tolerance to cold weather. Both parents have a functional job, they were bred to do certain professions. 

The Husky used, and still drags sleds in the arctic spots of our planet.

The German Shepherd was, and still a shepherd.

Now that we have a little bit of a background about the parents of this crossbreed, let’s dive into what we know about it.

1. The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a working-class dog

gerberian shepsky walking with his tongue out

Those eyes can see through your soul!

Being descended from two working-class parents, the Gerberian Shepsky has a lot of energy to burn.

If you do not help get that energy out, the dog will get frustrated, and the frustration will incarnate in ruining the furniture and other things.

You don’t want that now, do you?

It is advised to have a spacious yard for the dog to burn the energy he has.

When this crossbreed gets suppressed from getting their energy out, they usually tend to dig holes in the backyard.

The Gerberian Shepsky (like it’s parents) isn’t generally a good apartment dog.

Instead, there are other breeds of dogs that have lower levels of energy which can cope with such style of living.

2. The Gerberian Shepsky needs to exercise daily

It is a must to take the Gerberian Shepsky at least two times a day for an hour each.

If you are a lazy person, the Gerberian Shepsky is not advised to take as a pet.

This crossbreed needs a morning walk for at least an hour and an afternoon walk too.

So, be prepared for a serious work out daily.

Having this crossbreed is a serious engagement.

After all, you are the one winning after getting a Gerberian Shepsky.

Doing a before and after photos is recommended, you will seriously get in shape after all those good healthy exercises.

3. Dominant Traits (told you we can’t really guess this one)

Accepting a mix between a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky into your life can have different outcomes depending on the dominant parent traits of personality.

If your dog has some dominant Siberian Husky characteristics, you should be super cautious and train the dog properly to avoid posting pictures of a missing dog all over the town.

Dominant German Shepherd traits means more protective and alert. Maybe less energy, but still enough to cause a lot of destruction if left alone.

Proper training makes your dog suitable to whatever.

There are plenty of people that live in an apartment and still have a Gerberian Shepsky.

Dominant traits are important, but training is far more important to make sure your dog isn’t destructive.

4. Grooming (the more you do it, the more you love it)

The Gerberian Shepsky’s parents have a dense coat that is long and straight.

It can get annoying at the beginning, but you will get used to it.

The Gerberian Shepsky is known for the concessive shedding.

Therefore, the dog requires brushing weekly.

You also need to clip your dog’s nails occasionally.

Also, you should keep the coat in the palms thin so that you can see any injuries or thrones there.

5. The Gerberian Shepsky is not a SuperDog

Though this crossbreed sounds like a superhero from Marvel or DC Comics, he is as vulnerable as any other dog.

He inherits some medical conditions that your dog might suffer.

There are several illnesses that are common in this crossbreed such as Hip and Elbow Dysplasia.

Other medical problems may include eye issues such as juvenile cataracts, digestive problems, blood disorders, bloat, etc… Some of them are because of lack of exercise, others bad diets, and the rest is genetic.

So, 2 out of 3 times, you have the ability to keep your dog safe. You are responsible, and you should keep that in mind.

Learn more about the health issues that are common in this crossbreed.

6. Overflow of Energy Is Normal

By now, you know that the German Shepherd Husky mix has an explosive energy that needs to be consumed properly to keep your dog in a good mental and physical condition.

If the dominant traits are inherited from the German Shepherd, then brace yourself for some tugging and fetching. It is not just playing games, it is also training.

You need to teach your dog to tug and stop when commanded. Show him who is The Boss.

On the other hand, if your Gerberian Shepsky has some dominant husky traits, then some Frisbee, soccer, flirt pole, and tug of war would seal the deal.

7. He Is a Family Dog

No matter what dominant traits your Gerberian Shepherd has, he is a family dog.

This crossbreed only requires a basic training to become the greatest family pet.

Get your dog accustomed to being around people. With enough socialization, he will not consider everyone an intruder.

Having a dog as a family member enlightens the atmosphere and provides a lot of good memories.

This crossbreed is loyal and will protect you at times of distress.

After all, he’s as loyal as a German Shepherd and as strong as a Siberian Husky.

8. Mostly Great Temperament

This crossbreed is a fascinating combination between two dog breeds.

His temperament can be summarized to being loyal, energetic, protective, and intelligent.

In addition to that, he is sociable.

The Gerberian Shepsky is known to socialize with both dogs and humans.

So, if you have a lonely dog, and you are thinking of getting that dog a partner, the Gerberian Shepsky is suitable for that.

This crossbreed is also alert, this is something you would realize when you are taking your dog on your regular walks.

He would stop for a few seconds and scan the area looking for something that draws his attention.

The Gerberian Shepsky can make a good guard.

There are a lot of people using him for that in the countryside.

9. I Love This Crossbreed

Oh, I mentioned that before, didn’t I?

Okay fine.

Forget about this one.

But just to let you know, they’re great!

Let’s keep going!

9. He cares about you

The crossbreed of the GSD and a Husky is such an affectionate dog; he cares about his family.

This is a good crossbreed to pick up if you feel lonely (and who doesn’t at times).

Gerberian Shepskies are tender. They give their family warmth and emotional support when needed. They sense your emotional downfall, and they hurry their way to give you the support you need it the most. But...

10. They howl

Depending on their characteristics, The Gerberian Shepskies can howl from time to time.

A German Shepherd is known to howl sometimes, but a Siberian Husky is a vocal artists.

You end up, at least, with a mediocre howling dog that will cheer up the mood with his musical sounds.

Watch this talented fella here:

11. Not All Food Is Appreciated

Much like their Siberian Husky parent, not all Gerberian Shepskies agree on which food they like to eat. They are picky about it. (We have an article about Husky dog food here.)

You may have to try out multiple brands and flavors until you find what suits your dog the most.

As mentioned earlier, this crossbreed has some health problems. Among them, we find digestive problems.

So, try to consult with your vet about what type of food to provide your dog with before changing his diet.

12. All Pets Are Equal

The Gerberian Shepsky is not only suitable for children and other dogs, he is also pet friendly overall.

Owners of this crossbreed give positive feedback about introducing a Gerberian Shepsky to their family that has cats, mice, birds, and all other pets.

Again, this comes with proper training.

It is universally known that nothing comes from nowhere.

You need to train your dog to become pet friendly.

The good thing is that this crossbreed is intelligent and genetically friendly.

So, training your Gerberian Shepsky to cope with other pets will not be a hard task to achieve.

13. Gerberian Shepsky Puppies Grow Fast

cute picture of german shepherd husky mix puppies one gerberian shepsky in a food bowl

How can you not love these?

Source: 101dogbreeds.com

It is well known that the Gerberian Shepsky puppies’ growth rate is enormous.

At their first month, they weight around 10 lbs. When they age three months, they averagely weight around 30 lbs.

When the puppy becomes six-month-old, they weigh around 60 lbs., to end up with 79 lbs. at the age of 12 months. This is not standard; your puppy might grow up to 90 lbs.

So, don’t get lazy with him.

You can get your puppy here. (No affiliation!)

14. Regular Teeth Cleaning Is Mandatory

This might sound strange to you if you’re a first time dog owner, but dogs need teeth brushing. Keeping their teeth clean and healthy is crucial.

You must clean your dog’s teeth three times from periodontal diseases.

Without proper teeth cleaning, your Gerberian Shepsky will have a lot of eating issues caused by mouth pain.

Sometimes, your dog’s mouth may start bleeding.

If that ever happens, call the emergencies and get your dog checked ASAP!

In the meantime, this is a good article to help you clean your dog’s teeth safely and with love.

15. Probably One Of the Easiest Dogs to Clean

You will not find issues giving your dog a bath.

This crossbreed descends from two breeds that love cold weather and water.

So, your dog is going to give you an easy time when you are trying to take off the mud from his coat.

However, you should not bathe your dog too many times because that might strip his natural oils from his fur.

Also, do NOT use human shampoo on your dog.

Human shampoo can damage the fur.

You can use one of the shampoos we have on our list here. They are dog-friendly.


The Gerberian Shepsky is an excellent crossbreed.

You will find great comfort with this playful dog.

He is loving, caring and protective.

Consider it a win-win situation.

Properly training your Gerberian Shepsky will result in some good memories.

Also, the Gerberian Shepsky will positively affect your body and make you in a fit shape and a good mental state.

What else can you say about this crossbreed? I don’t know; you tell me in the comments down below!

PS: Did I mention I love this cross before? Alright, just checking one last time. Also, Huskies are still the best dogs!

About the Author Youness Bermime

Hi, there! My name is Youness, a professional content writer and marketer. I love dogs, and I think Huskies are, for most of the time, better than humans. I am, also, the owner and editor of WritersDo. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post because I enjoyed writing it. Don't forget to share it with your friends!

Leave a Comment: