The German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky are two extremely popular breeds. Both are known for their conflicting fierce looks and loving hearts. So, when these two come together, you know you would have one awesome pet in the Gerberian Shepsky.
In any German Shepherd Husky mix, you will find traits of both the parents, but in the puppy stage; it is almost impossible to know which traits it is bound to get from which parent. But one thing is for sure; your pup will have at least one dominant characteristic.
Since the Husky German Shepherd mix comes from breeding dogs of two different breeds, this dog is listed under the title of hybrid or designer dog. Since both the parents are known for some of the top qualities, this breed has literally inherited the best of the both worlds. No matter what they inherit from which parent since both the parents are known for their loyalty, intelligence, tendency to work hard and alertness, their baby is bound to have at least these qualities.
If you have the dog since its puppy days and you have given proper socialization, you would find yourself bragging to others on how you have “the best dog in the world.” Once this dog enters your life, you would find yourself lost in its doting blue eyes, which look at you with utmost adoration.
The German Shepherd Husky mix puppies grow up to be large sized dogs with their heights going up to twenty to twenty-five inches. The weight depends on the temperature and the food habits but is usually between forty-five to eighty lbs. It can live up to thirteen years. Gerberian Shepskies come in black and black-brown. It also comes in different colors like red, blue, brown and white, cream, salt and pepper, gray and light brown and golden.
- The Siberian Husky German Shepherd Mix has a straight haired double coat.
- The density of coats depending on its parents.
- It does have a fluffy look, and the density is quite thick.
- The hair on the inside is quite smooth.
- The coat provides insulation from both hot and cold weathers, so this dog can acclimatize to all kinds of weathers, although it might have health issues if the weather is too hot.
The breed has pointed ears and is a proud owner of a muzzle. Their face cut could resemble either of the parents. The eyes can be of single or dual colors.
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Personality and Temperament
The temperament of a Gerberian Shepsky is extremely calm, but usually, people feel fear looking at the full grown dog (Just like the parents). Due to its hard working and loving nature, it would be a great fit both as a pet and as a work companion. Since both parents have strong herding skills, the Gerberian Shepsky has an excellent grasp on all verbal commands that it is taught. You would need to train your dog in accordance to what you need from them.
Gerberian Shepsky has a range of qualities, some of which are:
– smartness, and
It is only due to all these qualities that these dogs are great for police work, acting, rescue missions, search missions, military personnel and much more.
The intelligence of this breed helps you in its training; you would only have to teach them a command a couple of times in order to ensure that they understand what you mean by that. They wish to please you, which means that they will follow your commands to the last letter. This characteristic is more common in the German Shepherd than a Siberian Husky. In almost all areas, this breed is preferred over others as their rate of learning is much faster than most other breeds.
The issue with any hybrid breed is that you never know which health issues might plague them in future. This is not the case with the traditional breeds. What we can do is make a list of all the issues that the parent breeds are prone to have and then try to protect them by keeping an eye on the symptoms. Some of these issues are: dwarfism, Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), Degenerative Myelitis (DM), blood disorders, spleen tumors, eye issues such as juvenile cataracts, perianal fistulas and Von Willebrand’s disease, eczema, elbow and hip dysplasia, corneal dystrophy, flea allergies, crystalline corneal opacities, PRA (primarily in male dogs), epilepsy, ectopy (displacement of the urethra), bloat, digestive problems, and keratitis (inflammation of the cornea).
But on the whole, a mixed breed is less prone to health hazards than a pure breed.
If you like this information, feel free to browse our other articles on different German shepherd mix breeds.