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

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.
6 days, 17 hours 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.
1 month 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 months ago
Blade
15 Weeks
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tracking
Hike
Fetch
Somewhat timid around new people but incredibly sweet and smart. Very willing to train and go on walks.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Nadya
1 Year
1 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
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So far.she is highly intelligent and trainable and she just turned 1 last month!
3 months, 1 week ago
Dakotah
3 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Play keep away
Walking
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.
4 months ago
Aurora
15 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Dog Parks
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
4 months, 4 weeks ago
Clint
1 Year
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Walking
Very intelligent- though, if not properly trained, can use it's intelligence for mischievous things.
11 months ago
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