Gerberian Shepsky

45-72 lbs
20-25"
United States
German Shepherd
Siberian Husky
Husky Shepherd, Siberian Shepherd

The Gerberian Shepsky is a beautiful dog with the most startling blue or light golden eyes inherited from the Siberian Husky parent. They can sometimes have odd colored eyes, with one being blue, the other golden brown. These dogs have an abundance of energy and require a firm pack leader to get the best from them. The Gerberian Shepsky is loyal, alert, affectionate and intelligent. They can be reserved and a bit wary with stranger’s due to their protective instincts to the owner and their family. They are good with children, but are not so good with cats and other dogs unless they have been socialised thoroughly. They can become aggressive if their owners are threatened. But generally, they are a calm, gentle dog with a slight hint of mischievousness.

Purpose
Police work, search and rescue, guarding, herding, companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Shepherd and Siberian Husky

Gerberian Shepsky Health

Average Size
Male Gerberian Shepsky size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-88 lbs
Female Gerberian Shepsky size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 45-72 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Ocular Tests for Eye Problems

Gerberian Shepsky Breed History

It is interesting to look at the history of the parent dogs to determine what sort of characteristics will be inherited by the new hybrid breed. The German Shepherd originated in Germany. In Karlsruhe, a group of dedicated breeders produced the handsome German Shepherd by using longhaired, shorthaired and wire-coated local herding and farm dogs. The dogs were presented at Hanover in 1882 and the shorthaired version was presented in Berlin in 1899. These dogs became known for their obedience and ability to be trained working dogs. The first German Shepherd was shown in America in 1907 and was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1908. Several movies, such as Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart, featured the German Shepherd and it became very popular. It has since made a name for itself as a police or security dog, being reliable, trustworthy and willing to obey orders. The Siberian Husky has been used for centuries by the Chukchi Tribe off the Eastern Siberian peninsula. Their job was to pull the sleds, herd reindeer and they were an ideal watchdog. Their ability to endure the harsh climate is legendary, they were hardy and could be integrated into small packs who worked happily for hours on end. Native to Siberia, the Husky was brought to Alaska by fur traders in Malamute for Arctic races because of their endurance and speed. In the early to mid-1900s Admiral Byrd used the Husky in his Antarctic exploration. During World War ll the dogs served on the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit. The Siberian Husky was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1930. 

Gerberian Shepsky Breed Appearance

The Gerberian Shepsky has a muscular build but is light on his feet. The head is long and pointed, with powerful jaws and teeth that close in a scissors bite. The face is large and broad, and often has distinctive blue eyes that sparkle with anticipation. The eye color can be a light brown, or a mix with one blue eye one brown eye. Often the face of this attractive hybrid has a full or partial black mask. The body is long and lean giving the dog an overall elegant but strong appearance. Their ears are held high on the head and erect. The dense thick coat is soft to touch, their tail is long and bushy, and their legs are strong and slender. The Gerberian Shepsky is built for action, being lightning quick on his feet, and loves being part a close-knit family.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Gerberian Shepsky eyes
Blue
brown Gerberian Shepsky eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Gerberian Shepsky nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Gerberian Shepsky coat
Brown
cream Gerberian Shepsky coat
Cream
white Gerberian Shepsky coat
White
red Gerberian Shepsky coat
Red
blue Gerberian Shepsky coat
Blue
brown Gerberian Shepsky coat
Brown
black Gerberian Shepsky coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Gerberian Shepsky straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Gerberian Shepsky Breed Maintenance

The beautiful Gerberian Shepsky coat requires brushing twice a week to keep it looking good. Spend a bit of quality time as you comb through the coat and the soft inner layer. Only bathe as required or you may strip the fur of its natural oils which are both protective and give the coat its sheen. Praise your dog for sitting still and letting you check his ears and eyes, trim his nails, and for when he lets you brush his teeth. With this hybrid breed it’s all about keeping it interesting. They can get bored easily so don’t overdo the grooming, keep it as short as you can and inject as much fun and praise as you can and you will have one good looking contented dog.

Brushes for Gerberian Shepsky
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Gerberian Shepsky requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Gerberian Shepsky Temperament

The Gerberian Shepsky is a working-class dog and has energy to burn. They require physical exercise daily, and willingly obey gentle commands of a patient dominating pack leader. They are a fun dog, always up for a game or some new challenge but they do get bored easily and wander off. This is a dog that needs to be doing something meaningful which is why they are excellent police dogs or search and rescue animals – it is mentally as well as physically stimulating. But they are also great family dogs, loyal, gentle and mischievous. They will protect your property and children, and will guard them with their life. As for their interaction with other animals such as cats or rabbits, these dogs need a lot of socialisation when they are young to overcome their tendency to see these as prey. They value their food and water and may react if disturbed or annoyed while partaking in these activities so teach your children to leave this dog alone when they are being fed. The Gerberian Shepsky is an attractive dog that has an interesting and engaging personality, but it is not for the inexperience owner. It does require a strong but kind hand to get the best out of this dog.

Gerberian Shepsky Activity Requirements

The Gerberian Shepsky loves action, they thrive on being busy. A bored dog will start to have behavioral problems such as incessant barking when you are not there (driving your neighbors mad) or they will chew anything they can get their teeth into. These are ideal dogs to take for a run, or when you bike they can lope alongside. They enjoy play that includes chasing a ball, tug of war, or any training if it is interesting. If the activity is boring your dog will lose interest and become a handful. Because of their activity level and tendency to bark they are not suited for apartment living.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Gerberian Shepsky Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $50.00

Gerberian Shepsky Owner Experiences

Rambo
1 Year
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
lake
Run
Going for run
He is so beautiful and has bright blue eyes
1 month ago
Milky
10 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He seems like hard of hearing, does not respond well to name or command, listens with actions for sit, leave come, we just got him at 8 weeks old, we do have another she terrier dog very loving and friendly.they play very well together, share food etc
1 month, 1 week ago
Hope IKEA
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Ball
Trick
Running
cuddle
water
Walking
She will dig or destroy plants if bored. Tolerates the other pets nicely. 2 cats and 2 other dogs. Barks and howls when strangers walk by. Peeks over the fence to watch people and pets walking by. Hope is a very loving dog with a sweet temperament has never been aggressive with children or visitors in any way.
1 month, 1 week ago
Star
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Star is the most loyal, energetic, affectionate and sassy dog you will ever meet. She has quite a personality. She’s a talker, a whiner when she doesn’t get her way but she is very sweet and does not like when her owners are upset and will comfort them. Star does not like loud noises especially the fire alarm and will direct you outside to safety. Star loves the dog park and to run. She even runs in her dreams. I love her so much.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Ventress
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Off-leash
Agility training
Service dog
Obedience classes
Intelligent enough to convince you they’re stupid, they’re a fun breed to train. They have the stubbornness of a husky and the sensitivity of a Shepherd.
2 months, 1 week ago
Waylon
7 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play keep away
Chase
Great to train. Picks up commands easily.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Nova
2 Years
6 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Agility training
Run
Fetch
They can be very stuburn but are overall great dogs.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Layla
6 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very timid to start with but loving. Took quite a lot of training to get used to other dogs and people apart from her family. Fun, mischievous, naughty! Digs holes everywhere!!
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Luna
19 Months
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rally obedience
Bare ground drag
My dearest Luna loves to run and play. She guards me a little bit more than I’d like to. Barks at the door and sounds. Really strong hunting instinct.
4 months ago
Arrow
3 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing
He's a very affectionate dog. He also gets into a lot of trouble.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Chase
4 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He is a wonderful dog cute n cuddly
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Ghost
5 Months
2 People
Studio
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
They’re an extremely stubborn dog, they do what they want when they want, if you don’t keep the rules and expectations continuously the same. If shown affection and softness early on they can be super loving and cuddly. I like mine being in bed with me! When my girlfriend isn’t around he sleeps on top of me, and sprawls out covering my body to protect me. One thing I think is hard is getting them to gain weight, any ideas or tips to fatten them up?
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Cruiser
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog-friendly events
Dog Parks
Cruiser is the most well behaved and handsome dog I have ever met. We hit the jackpot with him! He was rescued out of LA and prior to coming home with us he was in 3 different foster homes. He warmed up to us quickly and is used to his routine now. He only barks/talks when he is hungry or wants to play and is obsessed with going to play with the ball at the park. He gets along with every dog and human he meets. I don’t know how I am going to find another dog like him, I don’t think I ever will! He’s the best. Great breed.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Frankie
1 Year
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
swimming
Running
Going to the dog park
howling/talking
Our Shepsky is the sweetest, she can be a little shy with strangers however she love all dogs. She’s stubborn and does not like to do anything on others terms so she’s only affectionate when she feels like it. She also love the cold weather and in the winter she would sleep outside if we let her.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Oso
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I haven’t had him for long enough
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Menner
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
love to pet him
DOING FETCH!
give him lots of water and feed him
His original owner abused him.The owner put him up for adoption and when we put up a appointment to meet, his breath smelled of whiskey and the dog was caged and sad when we saw him.The probabilities of what the original owner did to this dog was give him beer,chain him outside,hit him with fist or object,and cage him.When we bring menner home,I cried because I've never seen a dog this sad that the dog would lay down all day.The next day,I leaned next to this dog and whispered to his ear,'' Menner, Menner your name is Menner.'' I fed him dog food with lots of water and we often came with him on trips[Note:he is a mountain dog:)] and me and him alone outside,we would play fetch,I would teach him tricks,and I would pet him.One day, when I sat down for next to him,he put his paw on my lap,licked me,and put his head on my lap and slept.He is a very cautious dog because when he would sleep,he'd check his surroundings,he would walk around the house,and check up on everybody to see how they were doing especially me.At night, he would be afraid and traumatized so I let him sleep next to me because we let him sleep around the house like the living room.He is only protective to me and when I would be hit by someone or threatened,he would bark and bite to that person.He has been an angel to me as I am to him,I am just an 11 year old and he is just a dog but I love him and he loves me. Hi, my name is Josiah and my dogs name is Menner[Ma-neer, that is how to pronounce his name] he is a mix of german sheperd and husky,We both love each other.We live in Victorville,CA and that is our story,True story and hoped you guys loved this story of me and him.
8 months ago
Echo
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
companion
Ball
Tug-of-war
Fetch
Soccer
We may have gotten lucky, but Echo is not only the most kind hearted and affectionate dog we’ve ever had (we’ve had a lot of dogs) but he is the most loyal, definitely protective of us, but not in a threatening or aggressive way. You just know he’s watching out for you, especially our 4 year old daughter. If I knew they would all be like Echo, would never buy another breed. Of course most of our dogs have been rescued.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Luna
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Trampoline
Hike
Walk
Car ride
Luna is a rescue, and we are so lucky to have found her. She was the most calm, docile dog when we met her at the shelter, she asked so gently to step on our laps for kisses. When we got her home she was lazy and lethargic, but we attribute that to the meds from getting spayed before we could adopt her. We are also 90% sure she was pregnant when she got the spay, because all of her nipples were super hard for the first month. After the first week she went nuts! Now she’s the most playful, energetic dog I’ve ever had. She “loves to love” as we like to say, and will lick anyone to death if they’ll let her. She wants to play with the cat so badly, but the cat won’t have it. She loves to go out back and jump or lay on the trampoline, and will even play defense when I’m shooting hoops. The biggest issues with her are fleas and trying to run off. Because of her coat, one flea infestation leads to many months of trying to correct the issue. She will also run away for hours at a time, but will always find her way home if we can’t find her. Usually driving up and opening the car door will get her to come if she’s gotten out. She loves car rides, especially if she gets some whipped cream from Sonic. She is the smartest dog ever and even knows non verbal hand commands. She is very independent and doesn’t like to listen, but she will if you point her in the right direction.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
Kobe
2 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Tug of war
Whines a lot , more whining, very sassy , stubborn , hyper , energetic , hates being alone , sheds an incredible amount , grows fast , screams when taking baths , ignores a lot , scared of outside , hates being in cars , whines to get their way , always hungry
9 months, 1 week ago
Fenrir
3 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Tug-of-war
Swim
Dog Parks
Living in an apartment is definitely less-than-ideal for this breed but he does surprisingly well and doesn’t bark incessantly or annoy the neighbors, he has complete and full run of the place with my 13 year old cat every single day and has never harmed the cat or destroyed anything (other than my shoes). HOWEVER, I make a point of getting him out to free-run at our apartment’s private dog park with his doggy friends and multiple daily walks to keep him well-exercised and entertained. I’m used to huskies but when this beautiful shepsky puppy came up as a multiple/repeat-surrender by only 7 months old at the local shelter I assumed it was the usual husky-problems. He was a total handful the first year, the intelligence level is incredible but the stubbornness and hyperactivity made it nearly impossible to train. The over-excitability around other dogs is still an ongoing problem especially on walks, and while he’s extremely docile and utterly non-aggressive when the toddler niece/nephew pull his tail or prod at his feet, he has been known to bowl them over without hesitation if they’re standing between him and something he wants (greeting someone at the door, running for a treat). Overall few complaints about this breed, intelligent and loyal and the hyperactivity can be managed same as with a husky, but the over-excitability is definitely a factor that comes into play.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Princess
3 Months
8 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
It is very fun so far
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Rocko
10 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rescued mine at 5 weeks and he was scared and alone. Skittish when he arrived but instantly bonded with me. Now at ten weeks he already knows and responds to his name, has mastered sit, lay down, drop it, fetch, and outside. Took less than a week to get him potty and crate trained. Extremely friendly and hyper when meeting new people or seeing anyone. Very affectionate and attached to me. Sometimes he’s a stubborn little bugger who likes to talk back and get mouthy but that’s usually when he’s overstimulated. Tons of personality in these dogs. Can’t wait to see what kind of adult dog he grows into.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Zeus
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Playing catch
walking and hking
Our dog is a rescue dog, when we got him he didn't trust us much. Now a year and half later, he is the silliest dog ever!! Can't wait for his morning and evening snack. Loves to play and has so much energy. We truly got blessed with him.
1 year ago
Zella Mae O’ Brien
4 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Play with ball
Eating Snacks
Dog Parks
Dog-friendly events
Look out the window
Run
Walk
I got my dog when she was one year and two months old and she had been through four homes already at that point in time and she didn’t really have any trust for anybody she is now four years old almost 5 and she is more trusting happy go getting also lazy and a really cool personality❤️
1 year, 2 months ago
Molly
18 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Loves to go on walks and run around our large yard
Extremely intelligent and active. Can be very stubborn when she doesn't want to do something. Good at problem solving. Fantastic family dog but not for a first time dog owner.
1 year, 2 months ago
Maverick Jackson
1 Year
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We’ve gone through a lot already he survived an almost fatal dog attack. He’s very attached to me and I’m also very attached to him, I don’t know what I would do without him
1 year, 2 months ago
Nova
18 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Barn hunt
Agility training
Run
Swim
Weight pull
Nova was dog aggressive and human aggressive with both strangers and occasionally family members. Nova was very high energy and easy to train. She enjoyed weight pull, Barnhunt, running, and swimming!
1 year, 3 months ago
Skayla
13 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Swim
Hike
the most loyal, loving and kind dog I ever had
1 year, 5 months ago
Roman
8 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
It's an adventure, trying to stop him from destroying his toys.
1 year, 11 months ago
Bodhi
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Going on drives
Hiking
Dog Parks
Friendly and affectionate dog, he loves people, children and other dogs. He is very vocal with what he wants. He loves to cuddle with me in bed. He is an excitable dog, but calms himself very easily and does enjoy having his nap times.
1 year, 11 months ago
Archie
5 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He's pretty affectionate, and I like how close these dog breeds can get to a person. They're great for people with depression and other mental health issues, as they are very empathetic.
1 year, 11 months ago
Sam
4 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very very smart picked up simple commands in the first few months. Very smart and VERY high energy. Never gets tired no matter what. Very loving and sweet although defensive. Great dog to have if you want a pal thats loyal and loving.
1 year, 11 months ago
dick
15 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Ice Skating
He's awesome on ice!
2 years ago
Rocky
5 Months
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
snoring
Pissing on my couch
Dog Parks
Fetch
Jogging
Pussy getter
Sassy pants
Moving when I say stay
Being stinky
Eating his own poop
Gold mining
Deep sea diving
Polar bear hunting
Fishing
Sky diving
Surfing
Hiking
Kayaking
Rocky is my dog, dawg. I love this kid so much, even though he chews everything he’s a big baby. He likes to bite me because he’s teething, it hurts gacho bad. His morning routine is peeing outside, sniffing these purple plants, eating food, eating toilet paper, jumping on me and biting me. He can run forever, like seriously, I’ve had him 5 months so far and I have yet to tire him out. He loves to beg for food and watch me cook. If you like your house smelling like pee then this is the dog for you.
2 years, 1 month ago
Sanjana
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
wrestling
fetch with ball
Tug of war
Chase
She’s super sweet, highly energetic, and definitely a bit mischievous. Love her to death!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
2 years, 1 month ago
Luna
18 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very playful and active but sometimes can get aggressive with other dogs
2 years, 2 months ago
Sage
2 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running around the yard
Plays with cats
Walks
Tricks for treats
Swiming
Cuddling
Fetch
Find the treat
hide and seek
Tug-of-war
Hike
Trail walks
Plays in snow
Having the dog for almost 2 years now has had it's success and challenges. I'll begin with some challenges. The first and most annoying challenge was working on leash manners. She had terrible leash manners in the begining that was hard to break but she has overcame it well over time. Another challenge was being picky on top of being sensitive to foods she ate. The only types of food she eats that doesn't upset her stomach was home cooked food, and precise holistics kibble. Sometimes she even turns her nose up at these. Picky with treats, and bones. And something that isn't a challenge for myself, but may be for others is grooming. These dogs SHED. If you can't fathom dealing with hair on everything this isn't the dog for you. I brush my dog every 2 days to help keep shedding to a minimum. I would reccomend vaccuming at least once a week. On to the positives: Was fully potty trained by about 4 months old. Learned basic commands and tricks quick and easy. Dog is extremely friendly especially to children. Loving and cuddly. Dog doesn't understand personal space, or that she's too big to be a lap dog (at least to others). Velcro dog which is my favorite and most desired trait of a dog. Always wants to be by my side, and do what i do. Seperation anxiety was an issue in the begining but has been resolved over time. The dog rarely barks. She only barks during play, or may let out 1 or 2 barks when dogs walk by. She mostly does a very short low pitched "woof". Only dog I've met that doesnt bark when the doorbell rings just goes straight to her bed like a good girl. This dog doesn't make a lot of noise, but wouldn't be a good choice if you have neighbors below you. Mouth is quiet feet are loud. Does wonderful with cats of all ages. Grew up with a kitten and has great respect for the disabled senior cat that moved in. I have no worries at all with this dog around indoor cats. Has lived with a small dog growing up as well and does the best with the smaller creatures. Large dogs seem to scare her so we avoid them. We took her to the dog parks in the area once a week every week up until she was a year old and enjoyed it greatly, and was never involved in any fights. We halted dog park visits as she became more fearful with larger dogs after being chased, and bullied by a much larger dog than her. Dog parks are wonderful, but beware of irresponsible owners. The dog started out with never ending energy although she has calmed down a lot with age, being fixed, and giving her more mental stimulation on top of slightly more physical excersize. I suggest on rainy days making a play area inside. I let her run around in the basement, play fetch, tug, hide and seek, and find the treat indoors. Oh and crates. My dog was crate trained and left at home alone for 4 hours a day. Crate was a horrible idea being alone. She would tear apart anything inside. I suggest if you must use a crate please put them by a window if you can so they aren't completely bored out of their mind. I decided to get gates instead and it was an amazing decision. No more ripped up beds, and a happier dog. The dog has brought much joy and security to my life. Wonderful and goofy companion. She is a great balance of protective. Welcomes people with open arms, but I know if anyone were to try and assault me this dog would protect me no doubt. This dog is a motivater for me to get off the couch more and I have lost 20lbs within 2 years since having her. Not a good choice in dog for couch potatoes, those who work long hours, or those who think the dog will be fine at home alone for long periods of time.
2 years, 6 months ago
Naydia
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Highly intelligent. If you live in a hot climate expect to have to the dog inside with AC and groom them because they do shed a lot. She loves to go to our family farm about 4 times a week and runs freely and swims in the pond. Already at 1 year old knows all the basic commands and potty training was easy. Very friendly with others but does not like to have me out of her sight. Good with other dogs. Just wants to play with them. Great companion dog.
2 years, 7 months ago
rose
6 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Explore the woods
Tag
Off-leash
Shake
Brushing
High Five
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Play keep away
Catch treats
Learn a new trick
Road trip
Frisbee
Run
Walk
Go on Vacation
Go to Park
let me start by stating i live in Texas and rose struggles with that. if you live somewhere hot you need to make sure they are kept in a room thats 70 Fahrenheit or they will never stop panting. they have a double layered coat that is pretty thick. make sure you brush them regularly and only bathe when needed. rose is insanely smart and is full of energy, you need to both exercise them and keep them stimulated during the day or they will get in trouble. rose will chew anything and everything near her kennel which i have to leave her in when im away from home because she likes to get into trouble when shes alone. she sleeps in my bed with me and is with me at all times when im home. shes very defensive of me and often barks and occasionally growls but is quick to warm up to people. she is very loving, when i wake up in the morning and when i come home she rubs all over me. Gerberian Shepsky's make great companions and best friends but you need to teach them early obedience as soon as you can so bad habits dont form.
2 years, 8 months ago
Blade
15 Weeks
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Somewhat timid around new people but incredibly sweet and smart. Very willing to train and go on walks.
2 years, 9 months ago
Nadya
1 Year
1 People
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So far.she is highly intelligent and trainable and she just turned 1 last month!
2 years, 9 months ago
Dakotah
3 Years
3 People
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Tug-of-war
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He wants to be where I am but not necessarily close. I let him walk freely cause I am slow -but- he will wait for me to catch up. Wary of strangers but NOT aggressive. For some reason is deathly afraid of Mentally Challenged people.
2 years, 10 months ago
Aurora
15 Months
4 People
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Playing in the snow
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Very attached to me and not as much my girlfriend or either of our family members not too great with strangers not aggressive but standoffish great with dogs but a drive to be dominant doesn’t like cats much
2 years, 11 months ago
Clint
1 Year
3 People
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Very intelligent- though, if not properly trained, can use it's intelligence for mischievous things.
3 years, 5 months ago
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German Shepherd / Husky. My puppy does not seem to be getting fat. He is my first dog so i don’t really know if the food i’m feeding him is good. I feed him Taste of the Wild Smoked Salmon & Stella and Chewys Dinner Patties.

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We have a 5 month old (animal rescue) Shepsky who does not like his crate. We are at home alot but whenever we have to crate him he goes crazy. He barks and barks. Especially if we are leaving. If we crate in for bed, he whines and stratches the cage. How do we get him used to his crate?

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Thank you for your question. At 5 months old, getting him adjusted to a crate should be relatively easy. You need to start by making it a place for him to want to be, rather than 'jail', so to speak. Feeding him in the kennel can be very helpful to make this process easier, with the door open so that he can come and go while eating. Putting a favorite toy or a Kong toy filled with a treat can be very helpful, as can making sure that he has comfortable bedding. Putting the crate in the Livingroom or somewhere the family spends time and leaving the door open with treats or Kong toys inside so that he gets more comfortable can make the process less frustrating, until you gradually start shutting the door for a minute or two. Lengthen the time that he is in the kennel slowly, always reinforcing with treats and Kong toys to distract him. I hope that helps, and that he does well!
1 month, 1 week ago
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We are interested in getting a Shepsky puppy. We are wondering if it would be a good dog to have around our 4 and 7 year old kiddos. The pup would be about 10 weeks old.

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Hello, these dogs will need a lot of time and training. As long as you have time to teach your dog basic commands and obedience they will be a good dog
1 month, 1 week ago
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New let shepskey, female almost 6 months old. Has aggressive tendencies and has bitten but was very “sorry” laid down sad after she did it. Growls with food and starts argument bark/ fight with other 5 month female malinois x. I have 5 kids and she has growled at them but only when she had a special toy or food. My husband is very unsure of her due to this but I have hope. Any pointers to help me redirect her behavior?

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This is a concern given her age, breed and the fact there are children in the home. I would strongly recommend seeking the help of a professional behaviourist who can come to the home, assess her and implement a tailored plan. It sounds as though she may have developed resource guarding behaviour, which needs to be addressed right away.
1 month, 1 week ago
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