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Gerberian Shepsky

German Shepherd / Siberian Husky Hybrid Dogs

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A large, tan, fluffy dog is standing ouside. Its mouth is open and it is looking to the left

"This is Puppy aka Puppy-Dog. I know, very original huh? We named him Bear, however, never stopped calling him Puppy. The name stuck for the rest of his life. He was a Husky / Shepherd mix. He was rescued from the pound when he was about 6 months old, on his last day. When we brought him home he got car sick. We also later discovered he had epilepsy. He was as cute as a button. We figured his original owners didn't want to deal with his seizures. Puppy was a very friendly dog. He loved everyone. He liked to chase cats, but did well with our own cat. His temperament was predominately Husky. He chewed many things up well into his middle-aged years and only got better about it when he was about 5 or 6 years old. He howled like a wolf at the fire siren that would go off in our town about once a week and howled at any other type of whistle. When he was happy, he talked to us in a howling voice. He was a major escape artist. He could scale the new cedar 4-foot fence we put up for him in a single bound. He loved to wander. If we were right there with him, he'd listen and stay, so long as we were watching. If we walked away, or if he got out when we were not aware, he would wander off. Puppy lived until he was 13 years old until he unfortunately got hit by a car on one of his many great escapes."

Other Names

Husky Shepherd

Siberian Shepherd

Description

The Gerberian Shepsky is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognition

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is trotting through a lawn. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out.

Meeka the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is wearing a red harness walking through a yard. Its mouth is open and tongue is hanging out. There is a bigger dog behind it

Meeka the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy at 6 months old—"I have watched the Dog Whisperer, and many of his methods had helped me a few years ago, and did educate me a lot more on reading canine behavior. We have 4 dogs, 3 males (2 Neutered 1 intact -show dog) and 1 female (spayed) and we have an established “pack” order. In fact with what I had learned form Ceasar Millan, we had an extremely smooth transition when I intorduced my new born son to my dogs, compared to the introduction of my first child. We apply some of his philosophies, and the ones we had applied have helped us and educated us on canine behavior, and keeping a more balanced and happier dogs. Of course there is always room for improvement, but I am very happy with my pack, and they in return seem the same. "

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is sitting on a porch in front of a door. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Meeka the Gerberian Shepsky at 6 months old—"We had just lost our Siberian Husky a year before we came across an add in the classifieds for German Shepherd Husky mix puppies. Her father was a German Line bred German Shepherd and mom was a petite red and white husky, both very pretty and all the pups had deep blue eyes! I picked her out because she had the prettiest facial markings and was the easiest to roll over and submissive enough but confident. She's now a querky hyper loving dog. A pure joy and a headache all in one! Love her bunches!"

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is laying on a rug with blue toy in between its front paws. Its mouth is open and tongue is out. Its head is tilted to the left

Meeka the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy at 2 years old—"We got Meeka when she was about 4 weeks old, the people that had her were anxious to get rid of her, they were German Shepherd breeders, and her litter was an accident, they felt it made their establishment look bad. She is a doll, she adores my other dogs, Collie, Boxer and Boston Terrier. She is very good with my children, 1 and 5 years, her gentle disposition with them seems to come naturally for her. She has a lot of stamina, a lot of go and is so much fun to be around - she is my walking buddy, we go for miles! In this picture she is 6 months old and recently spayed. She has the German Shepherd body, tail, feet, and ears, but displays the husky size, legs and head, and of course the eyes! She seems to be a lovely combination of both breeds. At 6 months of age, I believe she is as balanced as a 6 month old puppy can be, I know we still have some obstacles ahead of us, but she has a high drive to please, very submissive to her fellow dog-mates, and extremely gentle with my children."

A black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is standing outside in a field of snow.

Meeka the Gerberian Shepsky at 2 years old

A blue-eyed black, tan  and white Gerberian Shepsky is standing in a wooded yard in front of a line of trees. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Raiya the Gerberian Shepsky at 1 year old—"Raiya would fall under the "Gerberian Shepsky" hybrid here, but I have always called her a Siberian Shepherd, Husky-Shepherd or German Husky. At one year old she is 22 inches tall at the highest point of her back and weighs 55 pounds but is still growing. Her mother was a purebred working type sable German Shepherd and her father was a purebred black and white Siberian Husky. She also had three siblings; a light sable sister with bi-eyes (one blue and one brown), a cream-colored sister with brown eyes and a black and white brother who looked like a purebred Siberian with brown eyes. Raiya's unusual color is called 'dirty faced' Sable Agouti. A few people have somehow mistaken her for a wolfdog, but her mother has not been related to one for around a hundred years when the GSD first originated from being bred back to the wolfdogs, however, she is named after Mariah, a beautiful and very loving low-content wolfdog whom my family had when I was a child. Raiya shares many of the great qualities of her namesake. She is a clever, affectionate, playful and energetic girl who loves to run and roughhouse with the other dogs. She enjoys loving on "her" cats, and she is gentle enough to happily allow even tiny kittens to share her dinner right out of her bowl as she eats. She is very social but seems to be a good judge of character; slathering certain people (including many total strangers) with her hyperactive adoration, while remaining watchful and reserved with others who are more questionable, entirely at her own discretion. She has the outgoing nature of the husky combined with the versatility of the shepherd: an excellent and very unique mix. Raiya truly is an amazing dog."

A blue-eyed black, tan and white Gerberian Shepsky is sitting in front of a wood plank and chainlink fence looking to the right

Raiya the Gerberian Shepsky at 1 year old

Close up head shot - A blue-eyed black, tan and white Gerberian Shepsky dog is looking to the left. There are bushes behind it.

Raiya the Gerberian Shepsky at 8 months old

close up head shot - A blue-eyed black, tan and white Gerberian Shepsky puppy is wearing a blue collar sitting in a field and looking to the left. There is a line of thick bushes behind it

Raiya the Gerberian Shepsky at 3 months old

A blue-eyed black, tan and white Gerberian Shepsky puppy is standing in grass next to a red rock

Raiya the Gerberian Shepsky at 2 months old

A wolf-looking white with grey Gerberian Shepsky is standing next to a small rock wall. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

HiXael (Xael) the Gerberian Shepsky at 1 year old—"I got Xael when he was three months old from a "rescue" that had "wolf hybrids." Not being educated, I believed her. I had rescued my other dog Snow from the same place, who was also mistaken for a wolfdog. I got Xael being told he was "97% Timber Wolf and 3% Malamute." He was neither. He's Husky and German Shepherd mix. Though he was very, very difficult to handle and manage, I can assure you it was him just being a Husky! Nothing about his behavior was done in a "wolfy" intensity at all but he was VERY destructive. He literally never ran out of energy. Even taking him bikejoring didn't help! Xael was involved in a hit and run Dec. 11th. I went a couple months in just pure shock and my mental state started to affect my life daily. Before Xael died, and before he was neutered, he had an accidental litter that I didn't find out were even his until they were already several months old. After his death, one of the owners of his pups gave up their girl of his so I got her, got her fixed, and started rehabilitating her as much needed."

A wolf-like white with grey Gerberian Shepsky is being led in to a room. It is looking at the person holding its leash

HiXael the Gerberian Shepsky at 7 months old

A wolf-like white, tan and grey Gerberian Shepsky puppy is sleeping in a ball on top of a pair of camo pants and other clothes in a pile

HiXael the Gerberian Shepsky at 6 months old

A wolf-looking white with grey and tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is laying outside next to a person. Its paw is on the foot of the person

HiXael the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy at 5 months old

A wolf-like white with grey and tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is walking across concrete in front of a garage. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

HiXael the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy at 3 months old

A black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is laying on a black top in front of a mural

Moro the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy—"I got Moro from a litter of 6 pups but I've only met one of his brothers. The mother was a Husky and very sweet when we came there. The father is a German Shepherd that we were not able to meet as he was very protective over his pups. Yes, the owners had both the mother and father dog. It was very coincidental that we got Moro. I was looking online for rescue dogs when I saw a 1-year-old Husky/Shepherd mix. I instantly fell in love with it's beauty and charisma, but when I called the shelter home he was already gone. I than looked up other dogs online on the Dutch equivalent of eBay and found Moro and I picked him up the same evening. Till today I haven't found another Gerberian Shepsky litter there. Moro is a very sweet dog. Almost never barks. I almost had to teach him how to do it. He is very social. So far he is not showing dominant signs. I walk around 2 hours a day as he definitely has some of the Husky energy. Most of the time he walks freely and he follows me wherever I go. Only sometimes he gets so caught up in playing with other dogs that I have to go get him. It's nice to see the characters combined. He is watchful around the house but does not express it through barking. He is not very keen on toys. He chooses playing with another dog over a ball or stick anytime. He goes well with every type of dog and is very forgiving. When playing with small dogs he lays down to give them a bit of a fair fight. With larger dogs he loves chasing them, biting them in their neck and paws. When we are in the open field he LOVES to catch mice and moles. Twice he had caught chickens out of the gardens of neighbors and he also loves chasing cats. The cat at home is safe though, he just wants to play with her (but she does not). When he was 12 weeks he fell into a canal nearby and it was only after 10 minutes that I found him. He couldn't climb back on the concrete sides and was in full panicking mode. Last summer I rehabilitated his fear of drowning by buying him a life jacket and doing swim training for a few days straight. Now he loves to swim and return sticks that I throw in. At 9-months-old he weighed almost 40 kilo's (88 pounds)! Yup he's a big fellow! When I walk him on the street he gets A LOT of attention. You can hear everyone talking around you about his bright blue eyes and many people think he is a wolfdog."

A black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is laying in a hole in the sand. There is a person sitting in the sand behind the it.

Moro the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy digging in the sand.

The Silhouette of a wet black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy digging into sand on a beach. The sun is setting in the background

Moro the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy playing at the beach.

Close Up - A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy has a rope toy in its mouth while laying on a hardwood floor.

Moro the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy playing with his rope toy.

A little blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is sitting on a fluffy rug and there is a red sheet with a knot in it, in front of the Puppy

Moro the Gerberian Shepsky as a young puppy

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is wearing a green collar sitting in a field and looking forward.

Caelum the Gerberian Shepsky at 1 year old—"My boyfriend and I went to a relatively close town to pick up Caelum (pronounced Ky-Lum; Latin for the word "blue"). He was from a litter of 6 pups, all male. Sadly, before we got there, two pups had died. Caelum had a hard time his first six months. When we got him, we didn't know he had Hookworms. We didn't find out until after his umbilical hernia surgery when he started doing really bad. Thankfully, he is one happy puppy now. Very very hyper. Very loving. He gets along with hismutt pal, Henry."

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is laying on a wooden porch looking up with its mouth open.

Caelum the Gerberian Shepsky at 1 year old

A blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is laying down on a red wooden porch with its head peering out from under the bannister

Caelum the Gerberian Shepsky at 1 year old

A little blue-eyed black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is laying on a carpet and partially in a kitchen. The upper half of its body is in a ceramic food bowl

Caelum the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy

A little black with tan Gerberian Shepsky puppy is kneeling in front of a grey with white cat. The cat is sitting in front of the puppy. The cat and the puppy are the same size.

Caelum the Gerberian Shepsky as a puppy checking out the cat

Close up upper body shot - A white with tan and black Gerberian Shepsky is sitting inside of a house looking happy.

"Sadee Mae came to us from a friend of my mom who has an all-white Siberian Husky. She has always naturally done "sit" but we are still, to this day, working on "down." She likes to lie down and bounce back up like she's on springs. She has so much energy! She loves the field and the tennis courts near our house; and she loves our walks around the neighborhood to see the other dogs (and strut in front of them because they're behind the fence and she's not). She loves to spend time with us, but we can tell she needs a friend because she tries to roughhouse with our cat, Simon, who doesn't run or play back; he just rubs his face on her. We have found a Border Collie / Lab mix that will be able to keep up with her energy and hopefully wear her out because we've tried and failed!"

A white with tan and black Gerberian Shepsky is walking in a shaded wooded area in between trees

Sadee Mae the Husky / German Shepherd mix at 2 years old

Action shot - A white with tan and black Gerberian Shepsky is jumping in mid-air to grab a stick that is held by a person in cargo shorts and wearing a blue shirt out on a tennis court

Sadee Mae the Husky / German Shepherd mix at 2 years old

A white with tan and black Gerberian Shepsky is jumping over a net on a tennis court

Sadee Mae the Husky / German Shepherd mix at 2 years old

A black with tan and white Gerberian Shepsky puppy with one blue eye and one brown eye is standing on a sidewalk and looking up.

"This is Cleo. She's my 4-month-old German Shepherd / Husky mix. She is a very energetic, loyal, loving and comical puppy who loves to dig, fetch, and is very quick to learn all new tricks! She has 2 different coloured eyes. She gets her blue from her Husky mum, and her brown from her German Shepherd dad. She has lots of energy so I give her two 1-hour walks in the morning and at night and she has lots and lots of toys to keep her busy in the house. She is an amazing mix and I love to see the 2 different breeds come out in her personality."

A black with tan and white Gerberian Shepsky puppy is laying on a bed. Its mouth is open and looks like it is smiling. There is a person in the background sitting on the edge of a couch. One of the dog's eyes is blue and one is brown.

Cleo the Gerberian Shepsky at 2 years old—"She's coming out of her puppy chewing stage and is becoming a more loving dog every day. She still loves to dig and can run for miles!! We have a cat now also that she adores and loves cuddles with her before bedtime! She is very clever and can get through any doors, cupboards, fridges and so much more, and will even steal and hide my keys or bag before I go to work in an attempt to stop me leaving. She trains so well and knows more tricks than I can count on my hands! She also picks up on other animal sounds and attempts to copy them, even an Alaskan Malamute's howl! She loves other dogs adn animals, and even toys; she will mother them all."

Close Up head shot - A black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is sitting in a field in front of a body of water that has boats in it. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out

Harlee the German Shepherd / Husky mix at 4 years old—"She loves to play in the snow in the winter and in her pool in the summer."

A black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is laying on a earthy-colored plaid couch and its head is on a coffee table

Harlee the German Shepherd / Husky mix at 4 years old

A black with tan Gerberian Shepsky is laying outside in a pile of deep snow with snow on her face. She is wearing a Harley Davidson ID tag

Harlee the German Shepherd / Husky mix at 4 years old

A black with tan and white Gerberian Shepsky is laying outside in grass with her tongue hanging out to one side of her mouth.

"This is Lucy, my Siberian Husky / German Shepherd mix. We lovingly call her a "Shushsky." Lucy turned 2 in December, and is the sweetest dog I've ever encountered. She has never met a person she doesn't like, and loves to give kisses. She is smart, and learns tricks quickly—it only took her about an hour to learn "speak!" Her voice is more of a "Wooooo" than a bark or a howl, and if you talk to her, sometimes she'll talk back. Lucy's best friend is Evie, a Bloodhound, who is something of a surrogate mother to her. Lucy is always up for playing with other dogs, people, or just by herself. She has a passion for squeaky toys, and we have several toys that she's worn the squeaker out of.

"Lucy is still in her puppy stage, but she's never been a biter or a jumper. Her only bad habit is locking herself in the bathroom by accident—we assume she's managed to paw the lock shut! She does have a tendency to chase the other dogs, and often she wants to play when they want to rest. She walks very well on a leash, and will even walk beside me off-lead occasionally."