Gerberian Shepsky 101: The Full Scoop on German Shepherd / Husky Mix! 



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Do you feel stifled when trying to select a new pet from the world’s 340-odd breeds? Do you want a dog with the intelligence, discipline and devotion of a German Shepherd, and the happy-go-lucky attitude, luxurious fur and high energy of a Siberian husky?

Well you’re in luck – a relative handful of breeders produce just such dogs, and they are typically called Gerberian Shepskies. Produced by mating a German shepherd with a Siberian husky, Gerberian Shepskies often exhibit traits common to both species, although some clearly take after one side of the equation or the other.

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Gerberian Shepskies at a Glance

In most respects, Gerberian Shepskies exhibit similar physical and behavioral traits to their parent breeds.

Average Height: 20 to 24 inches at the shoulder

Average Weight: 50 to 90 pounds, but occasionally larger

Lifespan: 10 to 12 years

Health Problems: Gerberian Shepskies suffer from the same health problems that are common to both breeds, such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy and juvenile cataracts

Comparative Ratings

Gerberian Shepskies often vary based on which parent had a more dominant effect on the dog in question – genes don’t always mix evenly. Nevertheless, they are typically very desirable dogs, with a nice mix of traits and tendencies.

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Gerberian Shepsky Size and Build

Gerberian Shepskies are typically on the large side by husky standards, but they rarely reach the size of large German shepherds. They can more closely resemble either breed in terms of build; some individuals possess the lithe, delicate build of huskies, while others are built more sturdily, like shepherds are.

Most Gerberian Shepskies have a combination of black and brown fur, but there is quite a bit of variation among these dogs. Some essentially look like slightly darker huskies, while others are almost as dark as black shepherds are. No matter the color, Shepskies have thick, long, double-coats that they shed by the metric ton.

Like both parents, Shepskies possess long noses and large, distinctive eyes. Many have the blue eyes common to huskies, although some have one blue and one brown eye. But while the sky-blue eyes of huskies connote an air of quiet beauty, blue-eyed Gerberian Shepskies tend to have a goofy, comical – almost unbalanced – look.

Their appearance may be intimidating to those who are not comfortable around dogs, but few people who are comfortable with canines would describe them as being imposing.

The large, erect ears of Shepskies give make them appear as though they are on perpetual alert, but their ever-wagging tails help soften their overall aesthetic. Further, while their fur makes them look larger than they truly are, but they lack the blocky head, broad shoulders and thick build that characterize pit bulls, mastiffs and other “scary” breeds.

Gerberian Shepsky Personality

Gerberian Shepskies exhibit a range of personalities, depending upon which of their parent’s genes they inherited in greater proportion.

You could also say the same thing about any breed, but the difference in personalities between a shepsky’s parents is far greater than that of almost any other breed’s parents (some other cross-breeds, such as labradoodles, also have parents with much different personalities).

The parents of most purposely produced dogs are usually members of the same dog breed. Shepskies, on the other hand, are the product of two rather distinct gene pools, which each have their own traits and tendencies. On top of that, they’re also subject to the same personality variability that all dogs have.

Shepskies that take after their shepherd parent are typically very intelligent, loyal and focused; those who more closely resemble their husky parent are usually loyal and affectionate, but they are more difficult to manage and prone to wandering off if allowed off a leash train.

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And this is what you would expect: Whereas shepherds want to work with their owner, huskies have places to go, things to smell and small critters to chase. German Shepherds are known for being some of the world’s best guard dogs, but most huskies greet strangers like long lost friends – this means that some Shepskies are more suspicious of unknown people than others are.

Most Gerberian Shepskies are friendly with children and will fit right into your pack. In fact, because of their high-energy ways, bigger families are probably better suited for these dogs than small families are – it takes a village to tucker these things out.

Gerberian Shepsky Care and Maintenance

Unfortunately, the Gerberian Shepsky is the product of two breeds that are notorious for their propensity to shed heavily, and they seem to take pride in leaving a layer of fur on everything they touch.

You can take your shepsky outside and brush him regularly, which will help reduce the amount of hair floating around your home, but you’ll have to accept the fact that these dogs shed profusely. Accordingly, they are not ideal dogs for people with serious dog allergies, unless you plan to vacuum every 15 minutes.

Gerberian Shepsky Exercise Needs

Given that they are produced by high-energy parents, it isn’t shocking to learn that Gerberian Shepskies need a lot of exercise.

You should always increase the duration of exercise gradually, but most Shepskies are willing to run for miles at a time. Many owners report that their Shepskies never seem to run out of energy – they may accompany you for your morning run, come home and play with the kids for hours and then start chasing squirrels once everyone else is tired.

If you don’t provide these dogs with enough exercise, they are guaranteed to get into mischief, and given their large size and determined nature, simple shenanigans can quickly cause significant damage to furniture and other belongings. Always keep a number of safe, chewable toys on hand to keep your pup occupied and stimulated.


Have you ever owned one of these endearing cross-breeds? Which parent did yours take after, the shepherd or the husky? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. If you’re interested in other options, make sure to also check out our breed profile on the Sheprador (the German Shepherd x Labrador mix)

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  1. Veronica Avatar

    Our Mila is everything you could ask for in a dog. Loves water, the hose, a pool, ball, hikes, walks and eats pretty much anything you give her. She is loyal, affectionate, sweet, argumentative, a great mom to her adopted pure husky puppy and is the queen of our dog pack of 4. She protects all of us. The only thing she doesn’t like is lightening. She looks more Shepard with husky stripes and tops a male Shepard in size and speed. She is also the best cuddler and so soft to pet. She is a very clean dog and sheds for a week or two twice a year and then done. She does like to wander but generally follows us everywhere. Now at 3 learning to howl thanks to her husky brother teaching her. I can’t forget to mention her radar ears. She’s gorgeous and a beast! We love her so much.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Mila sounds wonderful, Veronica! Thanks for telling us about her.

  2. Ashlee Avatar

    Echo will be 3 april.
    She’s a PAIN IN MY BOOTY,, but my grandpup.i wouldn’t trade her for the world. Her dad was German shepard mom husky. She LOOKS like a German,, but her attitude, is ALL husky. It doesn’t matter which parent is which.. she looks like her dad,, acts like her mom.
    I was told, having 1 litter of pups, would calm her down… we did that. All 9 pups found amazing homes.
    And i won’t lie,, she’s a whole new dog.
    Yes she still needs her ECollar, but very rarely. I was going to have her fixed. But the risks outweigh the benefits for shepskys.
    I love echo.. but unless you can pay fetch for HOURS on a 3 acre plot of land,,absolute HOURS.
    Unless you can handle a high prey drive, and having fur on EVERYTHING,,, this isn’t the dog for you

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Thanks for telling us about Echo, Ashlee!

  3. Gina Avatar

    We have a German shepherd/husky mix. She seems to have more of the German shepherd look and traits. Her name is Mischa, and she’s beautiful, smart and so much fun. She is pretty laid-back which was a surprise to us, but a welcome one because we are older. Our family loves her so much and we are so glad that she is a part of the family!!!

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Mischa sounds lovely, Gina! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Fritz Avatar

    If you want to see an absolutely beautiful one ; check out Fritz Pazyk on Facebook

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      We’ll take a look, Fritz! 🙂

  5. Joan Avatar

    Aries passed away in 2019. He presented with more shepherd than husky and was a sweet gentleman. He loved playing in the yard and going for walks.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Aries sounds like he was wonderful, Joan.
      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Shaun Avatar

    This article describes my gerberian shepsky MIA is her name
    She has been the love of my life
    Always up for whatever super smart and easy to train
    If your a outdoors person this is the dog for you

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      She sounds great, Shaun! Glad you found her and we appreciate you sharing!

  7. Tia J Avatar
    Tia J

    My dog takes more after the husky side. He is light in color a tan at top and white towards bottom. He is very intelligent and would train easily! Took about 2 minutes and he mastered obstacles courses in his younger years. Phenomenal around kids even takes all the abuse they give from riding him, pulling ears, stepping on his tail and biting him! (Poor dog lol) But he has so much patience with them. I even notice when playing with other dogs he is cautious to not be too rough with smaller dogs like he is with some his size. He gets into his own trouble on occasion (Stealing dog treats out strangers bags at dog park, helping dogs escape from doggie daycare).. you know the typical stuff lol. He would protect if he sensed I was in danger but certainly isn’t a good watch dog allowing strangers in the house. Great choice in breed, I would absolutely get another one. Now he is old and not as active but still a good dog to have around. I will say he also is very argumentative! Yes! We’ve had arguments and he definitely voices or barks/howls is responses!

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      He sounds great, Tia.
      And this made me chuckle:

      Stealing dog treats out strangers bags at dog park


  8. Kendra Avatar

    We have a Shepsky who looks like a copy of his German Shepherd dad minus the light color sock markings on his legs, he seriously looks like he has socks on and he talks like his Siberian Husky mom; he sheds a small dog daily, lol. He is one of the best dogs we have had and he absolutely loves the grandkids (he is their protector).

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      He sounds wonderful, Kendra!
      We think socks are one of the cutest canine color patterns around.

  9. Sean Trantham Avatar
    Sean Trantham

    Alright…my Shepsky does not meet a few of these…number one, he does not shed…and two, he’s lazy AF. He just lays around.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Sean.
      Mixed breed doggos do vary, and some have characteristics that fall outside the norm.
      Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kat Avatar

    I have a 2 year old male Gerberian Shepsky. He took traits from both breeds. His coat is just like a GSD, his face was split down the middle with Husky and GSD markings. He is the greatest pet I’ve owned.. he is loyal, attentive, playful, well behaved and fierce. He is my shadow, literally.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      He sounds great, Kat! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Shirley Martin Avatar
    Shirley Martin

    Hi I have a 3yr old shepsky he has the markings of a German shepherd but the shape of a husky tail curled up like a husky. Best temperament dog I’ve ever known

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      He sounds adorable, Shirley.
      Thanks for sharing!

  12. Blakeley Avatar

    Hi!!! I have two shepskys from the same litter 🙂 the female, aspen, is white with one blue eye and one brown. She takes after the husky parent more as she is smaller in frame and more mischievous. Onyx, my male, is black with cute, tan, comma shaped eyebrows. He is much bigger(stalky;big paws) and takes after the Shepard parent. He is very attentive and always protects his sister. They absolutely adore every dog they meet and never mouth off. They are the best dogs I’ve ever had! So much fun 🙂 and since there’s two of em, they keep each other entertained. Much love

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      They sound fantastic, Blakeley!
      Thanks for telling us about them!

  13. Kevin Avatar

    Thanks for the enlightening article. To my supprise, my husky gave birth last week to four Shepski’s. Two look their father, an Eastern European Shepherd (though he’s in denial), an the other two look like my female Malinois (go figure). It sounds as though I may be in possession of the four puppies of the apocalypse! In any case, they will receive love and training.

  14. Nancy Avatar

    Hello there all shepsky lovers! I have a “white” and brown eyes Gerberian Shepsky. I got to say he is very LOYAL, playful, and also full of energy. At time he does howl, not a lot, but once in a long time. One thing I have to make a comment on, is that even though he is a mix breed, he is my Guard Dog!. The barking “get away” and “stay away” on such a gentle dog can make anyone fall in love. He has this gentle look to his brown eyes and his white coat makes him cuddly, but don’t be fool because he will die protecting me and my family! I love him so much!!!

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      He sounds lovely, Nancy! Thanks for telling us about him.

  15. Marji Avatar

    I have Blaze who is a 4 yr old female shepsky..her name is Blaze because she took off like a blaze and she has a white blaze on her black/tan forehead.. lol,,,I’m a lifelong dog momma…and I’ve had everything from Beagles to Pitties.. This is probably the smartest dog I’ve ever had. It took me 2 days to teach her to ring the bell on the back door when training…and that was all she wrote..She is also physically fast w/a high prey drive…squirrel! She figured out how to get thru the electric pet fence (you could watch her brace for the zap and just keep going after she shook it off) and she learned pretty quickly that mom will follow in the car for however long she runs until she is tuckered out…and she stops running when she gets too far away from the car to look for the car. I honestly don’t think I could breath if something ever happened to this girl..When I was teaching her leash manners – she protected me from a stranger by placing her entire body sideways in front of my legs ( the guy/stranger approached me coming from a wooded area and put some fear in me) she warned the man not to approach and made her presence very unforgettable – had she not been leashed he would have been hurt…that being said, she walks and hikes with me daily and never showed aggression to other humans or dogs before or since…she is my constant companion..the only downside,,is the insane amount of fur lol,,,,and her neediness,,,this breed is really really…

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Blaze sounds like a wonderful pooch, Marji!
      Thanks for telling us all about her.

  16. Niki Avatar

    My Shepsky’s name is Stella. She just turned 4 in Jan 2021. When I got her, I wasn’t looking for a dog but I just couldn’t let her previous owner send her to a shelter. We’ve been together just over 2 years. I was told she was a year older than she actually was (i found out in 2020) so those 2 years have been a struggle but we’re getting there. She looks like a tan & black Shepherd at first glance. Her nose and hind end are Husky-esque. I didn’t realize it before this article but she has Husky temperament, including the wandering away off-leash. She’s hot and cold with training and only listens/responds when she’s good and ready. She’s highly food and ball motivated. Someone could steal her with just a ball or maybe some eggs. She doesn’t howl and barks very little. Stella used to be quiet… She hasn’t stopped mouthing off since her birthday, though. I think she found her voice(s). I’m not sure I’ll ever sleep through the night again.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      She sounds great, Niki! And it definitely sounds like her personality is pretty husky-like.
      Thanks for sharing!

  17. Drake Higgins Avatar
    Drake Higgins

    I’ve got Bailey, who personality and shape take mostly after the Husky side of her. Meanwhile, her colors (And eyes) are very German Shepherd. While she enjoys treats, nothing is more motivating than GO FAST. She loves people, but she loves GO FAST more. She likes belly rubs and muzzle rubs, but GO FAST more. She caught 2 of the neighbor’s chickens when they flew over the fence (they took it well), stolen food from tables (cookies and chicken both), and jumped every fence short of 5 feet. But she’s very obedient while she’s being watched or with someone. She works well with any other dog (who doesn’t try to pounce her) and amazing with children. At just shy of 4 years, she’s slowly starting to consider things other than GO FAST.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Bailey sounds absolutely wonderful — er, fast.
      Thanks for telling us about her and for the chuckle.

  18. Paola M Diaz Avatar
    Paola M Diaz

    I have Ringo n he is about 16months not fixed so he’s a bit stubborn n test authority but is a lover n a great guard for our home his bark alone sends a clear message hes got the bite to defend his grounds.

  19. Larry S. Avatar
    Larry S.

    My Elly is Shep/Husky with more if a Shepherd influence in both size and appearance. Highly intelligent, intuitive, affectionate,protective,strong, beautiful and a sweetness unparalleled. There is not enough space for me to write if my adoration for her. She is glued to my side almost constantly. I have shared my life with several pups and while I loved them all with all my heart Elly is quite the individual. My children and I live her so and would give our lives for her as she has already demonstrated the same. She is my daughter not my dog. ❤️

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      She sounds fantastic, Larry. Thanks for telling us about her! Give her some scritches for us.

  20. Scott C. Avatar
    Scott C.

    My Shepsky is mostly a mix, looks like a husky with the color scheme of a German Shepherd. And he’s great!
    He is very smart, but he is clumsy so much so that while I was reading this article I look over with his back paw in his mouth looking at me.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      while I was reading this article I look over with his back paw in his mouth looking at me

      That’s hilarious, Scott! Thanks for sharing!

    2. Haylee E. Avatar
      Haylee E.

      I have a 7 month old Shepsky named, Archer, he’s already about 55-60 lbs. He definitely takes after his dad (GSD), big, derpy, and doesn’t realize his size. But also has a very sweet, friendly temperament like his husky mom. He’s very smart but still in puppy mode. He wants to play with everyone and doesn’t get why some humans become guarded by his presence. The funniest thing is he loves car rides and anytime we are at a drive thru he lays across my lap with his head out the window ready to greet and get pets from fellow humans. Everyone always goes “Awww, what a lap dog” I got him to feel safe going out but most the time he just wants all the love, which I love but find hilarious. Also, his energy is unlimited. I work on training, we go on structured walks, the dog park and play catch, but it doesn’t do any good, so yes be ready for a very busy dog. Best advice I’d suggest is socialize these dogs early. Once he was fully vaccinated I got him right to a dog park and it was a great way for him to learn how to play and learn his manners from older dogs and also play with younger pups and also be around humans that are dog lovers and to reinforce positive interactions with dogs and humans, since GSDs are known to become very reactive sadly.

  21. John Avatar

    My Husky is a hand full and has energy for days. He is 3/4 German Shepherd and 1/4 Husky, weights 90 pounds, but looks like a Husky. All traits go to the Husky, but he’s a diva, and talks back regularly. Very protective and most people freak out on his size and bark. I wouldn’t trade him in for the world. I know he would protect me and my family any day. He bit me once while we were playing,even though he didn’t mean it, now I know why cops use these dogs.

  22. Sara Staples Avatar
    Sara Staples

    I have a rescue Shepsky. She just turned a year old. Mostly black with white and tan on her nose and legs, and a blue eye and a light brownish greesish eye. She’s 60 lbs and 24″. She was 5 months when we got her. She picked right up on house training. She seems to favor the husky traits .shes a runner, independent and a little unpredictable. she does not like to listen if she is distracted, or doesn’t think what we’re commanding or offering is what she wants. She learns tricks so fast but when it comes to behavior training she is very stubborn. She’s not very food/treat motivated, or much of a people pleaser. She has some good aggression, and a nippy, when we make her come somewhere she doesn’t want to. But never broken skin. She can throw a massive tantrum in that case while on a leash, jumping 5 ft high, trying to get out of her harnesses. These behaviors may all be from how she was treated by her pervious owners that dumped her. Unpredictable, because she’ll go weeks without any bad behaviors at all, and listen great. Then weeks of one or the other. We’re saving to send her to a training camp to help us in this area. Her German shepherd traits are that she is protective of her people, and favors my son and is territorial. She loves to do zoomies after baths, and play fetch with the kids. She always checks my my daughter and licks her if she cries. She had a false pregnancy after her first heat. That was a new experience.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Thanks for sharing, Sara!

  23. Shayla Le Avatar
    Shayla Le

    This article was super helpful I loved it! I adopted my shepsky from the local animal shelter about a month ago and she’s just a cute little bundle of love. She’s tri-colored and has these beautiful light blue eyes. She’s still a puppy but she’s such a quick learner. I believe she’s more on the husky side since she likes to chase frogs and sometimes not listen haha. Huskies are more known for howling, however my shepsky hardly ever barks let alone howl! Just wanted to know if anyone else’s shepskies are mute like mine?

  24. Chris Eveland Avatar
    Chris Eveland

    We Rescued our Shepski “Scarlett” she is almost 2 years old now . The most well behaved loveable loyal dog i have ever had . Our vet thinks she has some wf in her and i agree with her pads of her feet matching a grey wolf exactly . She loves to explore new areas every day i take her out . Rabbit chase is her favorite thing to search for . She is looking more and more like a wolf in her face and her long legs . She never barks at people or other dogs , just wants to kiss everyone she meets .she has the siberian husky colors but with short hair and the double coat as well . Loves to run and play with other dogs and pickes her own toys and bones out by herself at pet smart . Very, very smart dog.

  25. Thomas Ulv Avatar
    Thomas Ulv

    Hi there, so interesting reading! I have just lost my dear girl Anni a few days ago. Anni was adopted from a shelter in Europe. We had no idea what kind of mixed breed she was, until now. My wife and I are travellers, and Anni was with us for 8 years. She was everyones favourite, loved other dogs, kids and lived with a cat all her life. Wherever we went, Anni went with us, to mountains, to swim in a river or the beach, or just a lazy day in the sofa. Anni was a very special dog from the beginning. She was very intelligent, she would never have any “stupid” dog behaviour like chasing cars or cats. She would instead run in and split up fights between other animals, and guard puppies or kittens. Anni was a superquick learner, I think we thought her a new command in just a day. Very loyal, travelled all over Europe with us, left us alone with an emptiness and heartache beyond what we could ever imagine. Now you are free, our biggest hairball. Love from Irina&Thomas Prachik ❤️

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Thomas.
      Sorry to hear about Anni’s passing, but she sounds like she was a wonderful pup.

  26. Regina Mund Avatar
    Regina Mund

    I have my very first Shepski, and he is a little over 4 months old. And boy, he is something else! Full of energy, extremely smart and very lovable.

    I have bred German Shepherds in the past and I have also have had Siberians (as adults but not as puppies). Trouble’s looks and body build is more like the shepherd. But he is absolutely huge for his age!

    I realized in the first week that I was going to have to be on my toes with him. He found my crochet yarn and strung it through house like a cat! So now he has a ton of toys, with the tug toy being one of his favorites. I also have three elder dachshunds and a mutt dog. Thank goodness for Jory the mutt dog, she has the energy and fur to wrestle with him.

    The only thing that he does that I am having difficulty with is him mouthing. His sharp puppy teeth has left my arms chewed up. I don’t know which side he gets that from.

    I plan on training him in agility to help burn up that energy. Right now it is just the obedience training, and lots of loving.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      He sounds like a cutie, Regina!
      Be sure to check out our article about affection mouthing. It may prove helpful.

  27. Susan Bolin Avatar

    I had one of these dogs. The whole neighborhood loved her. In the summer she would be invited to neighbors family functions. Neighbors would buy dog cookies to give her. The whole neighborhood knew her. She was a playful, smart, sweet natured easily attainable sweetheart. Mine had the husky mindset. She was taught that I was the alpha and she was a perfect and I mean perfect family dog. But as I said being of husky she was an master of getting out of fences, of ties, and was strong enough to wander no matter what. I would test a dog of this breed by putting on a tie that was fixed by a climbing organizer or other such professional and then doing something fun nearby for a while to see if this amazing dog will come to play and be part of the fun. Her running was the only drawback to her. She taught my 4 year old to swim. She loved to scare bears and would be a great fun camping, ticking, anything outside. We lived in the UP of Michigan so there was always places to go and things to do with our wonder dog. Just don’t get one with a husky nature if you are living in a suburb or in a town unless you are ready never to leave them alone. They have to with you always. Other than being a runner she was perfect.

  28. Jeanna Swink Avatar
    Jeanna Swink

    I do have a year old named Beladonna she is a bit on the shy skittish side but she is the biggest lover and goofball around to her mom and greets friends with a yell and full body wag along with nibbles and licks.

  29. Catherine Williams Avatar
    Catherine Williams

    I adopted my Shepsky from the Humane Society when she was 10 weeks old. Her owners were in a police car chase and she ended up there. She is fawn color, white feet and tail, blue eyes and stunning. DNA test says 30% Siberian Husky and 70% German Sheppard. I wanted a puppy so she could grow up with my 1 1/2 year old grandson (at the time I adopted her) and I wasn’t adopting a grown dog who might have issues with small children. Well, grandson is 2+ and puppy is 10 months. They are fast friends and adore each other. Achilles (the female shepsky) is totally gentle with Seamus (my grandson). She licks him and when she is running full speed through the yard she never runs into him. Even when she plays tug of war with the adults when she brings her toys, she never does with him. She merely gives up the toys to him. She eats when she is hungry and is never possessive with food, toys, crate, etc. Seamus can pick up her bowl and she doesn’t care. She is very smart and a quick study. When people come to my house she is very welcoming. “C’mon in and I’ll show you where the valuables are”. Hasn’t destroyed very many things, unlike my chocolate lab used to when she was a puppy. At 10 months she is 55 lbs. Absolutely beautiful dog; a real showstopper. Everyone wants to touch her and comment on her. She is very strong. I’m glad I found her.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Awww…she sounds great, Catherine! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  30. Sandy Denton Avatar
    Sandy Denton

    Our shepsky looks like a German Shepherd, but runs like the wind. We call it zooming. She can do it forever it seems. She is about 10 months and hasn’t calmed down that much. Lucky for us we have 4 acres that has underground fencing. She wears a collar can’t go outside our boundaries! Also loves everybody that comes in our yard.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      She sounds adorable, Sandy!
      And zoomies are definitely a thing.
      My pupper gets the zoomies after baths, as well as during seemingly random times.
      Thanks for reading!

  31. Destiny Avatar

    I have a shepsky and she almost seems to have the equal amount of traits from both sides. She’s almost unpredictable sometimes. She gets in her moods where she wants to please you and follow your every command, but then sometimes she gets in her moods where she just wants you to leave her alone so that she can sniff and wander. She looks more shepard in her body type and face, but she has a mixture of colors like husky and more people recognize her as being a husky. She has one eye that is blue and one that is half brown half blue. She is absolutely beautiful. She either forces you to cuddle with her or doesn’t want you to touch her. She either loves strangers or she doesn’t trust them. She’s a weirdo, but I love my baby.

  32. Ceirra Garcia-Allec Avatar
    Ceirra Garcia-Allec

    I have one named Shanook. He turned 10 years old on June 23rd and still playful to this day. His coat is black, brown, and a little bit white on his paws. His are are blue. His personality is a mixture of both parents’ dogs breed. When he was six weeks and two days old, he started to have seizures and almost died on us twice. He still has seizures to this day, just not as severe, but he comes running to us and we help him come out of it. His hips are starting to go bad and he used to not be able to get on the furniture, unless it was my bed, but now we let him.

    He’s my baby and I know I only have a few more years with him before he passes but his energy is that of a puppy and probably will be when he leaves this world. I’ve never wanted a dog as much as I wanted him. He helps me with my depression, anxiety, and ptsd, and I help him with his seizures.

  33. mesha chiero Avatar
    mesha chiero

    I have two of them. They are brothers. For some reason they all a sudden don’t act like they wont to play with each other or be in same area

  34. John Avatar

    Gerberian Shepskies are a great breed of dog, although they can be difficult at times including being headstrong, the effort put in is well worth the reward.
    I would not recommend this breed to first time dog owners, or someone who is overly house proud. When they blow their coat twice a year, keeping on top of it can be difficult to say the least. This is not to mention the year round moult.

  35. Al Chicote Avatar
    Al Chicote

    Thanks Ben. Also, Thanks for a fine site on Gerberian Shepskies and the info you share to educate those unfamiliar or leery of the breed.

    Greta is by my feet enjoying a nap after our mid day romp in the woods.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      That must be nice — my pooch prefers to sleep ON my feet. 🙂
      Take care, Al (and Greta).

  36. Al Chicote Avatar
    Al Chicote

    Recently (02/08/19) we lost our 11 1/2 year old Gerberian Shepsky, Sable, due to an internal tumor discovered mid summer. Because of her age we decided to go with our Vets advise and not subject her to the trauma of an operation. With medication and CBD she remained pain free and passed in her sleep.

    Our daughter bought her as a puppy, which is a story of it’s own, while doing a work study program in Alaska. Due to our daughters city life vs our country life Sable was entrusted to us. I must say basic training by our daughter was quite good in that our issues with Sable were minimal. We had an Australian Cattle Dog at the time, as well as a cat. We enrolled Sable in a puppy obedience class which was a hoot seeing as Sable fell in love with a Doberman. Talk about distraction ! Our cat and Sable bonded from the start as did the Cattle Dog who passed from age several months later. The bond between Sable and our cat was such that Sable became severely depressed when our cat passed a few years ago. Sable’s depression was such that we took her to our local Animal Shelter to pick out a new cat, OK kitten, and the bonding was almost immediate. Both were eating from the same bowl the day after the kitten was brought home.

    Sable was by far one of the best dogs I’ve ever been steward of. Above normal awareness of everything from individuals emotions to her immediate surrounds and some times beyond. I’m convinced she read ones mind as well as ones emotions. Sable was not a ‘cuddler’ but was always right there. Intelligence that I had never experienced in a dog. She really was ‘Smarter than your Honor Student’. Sable had an outstanding trait when first meeting someone. She would run up to them and gently jump up towards them to touch their nose three times and the walk away as if to say….’You’re approved.’ I’m guessing that’s a Wolf thing. I could go on and on as to how special Sable was compared to other dogs I’ve shared time with. She was and still is very special.

    That said…..not looking, but checking to see what Gerberian Shepsky were out there a 13 week old Shepsky with very intense eyes jumped out of the i-net and into our home. We feel we rescued her seeing as she had no name, was living in a barn, may have a minor case of rickets and was the only pup at birth. We call her Greta and are amazed at how well she’s adapting. Greta’s doing very well with house breaking in that she’s left us 4 or 5 messes to clean up in the past three weeks. She’s 90% on basic commands and really likes to ‘shake paw/ hand’, and are working on walking and return when called. Greta starts Puppy Obedience come the first of April.

    I agree 100% with all you read and hear on paying attention to your Gerberian Shepsky, offering plenty of exercise, variety of chew toys, bones, rain deer antlers (Sables and Greta’s favorite), consistency in obedience training as well as daily life. I’ll add adding an occasional adventure (added to daily routine) to keep them from becoming bored and restless. They also need a job/ reason to keep them occupied. Give a Gerberian Shepsky love, understand and a good home and you’ll be rewarded with a devout and faithful loving friend.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Al. So sorry to hear about Sable, but I’m glad to hear she enriched your lives (and vice versa) so much. Good luck with Greta! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy many fun-filled years together.

      Thanks for sharing your stories with us!

  37. Brandan Fitts Avatar
    Brandan Fitts

    I have two Shepskies, a girl and a boy. The boy resembles its mother which is the shepherd and the girl resembles their father, but they are angels although the girl is very wild most of the time and likes to run off, but I love on a lot of farm land she never goes into the woods. I also have 3 Chihuahuas and they all get along just fine. But thanks for all of the info

  38. E Avatar

    I found a free Gerberian Shepsky near me on Craigslist. Should I get him?

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      It’s hard to say for sure, but if a shepsky seems right for you, it’s definitely worth checking out!
      Good luck, and let us know what you decide.

  39. LINDA BOSTROM Avatar

    Does anyone have any experience with a shepsky and chihuahuas? We have successfully a 17 month black lab and 2 5lb long hair chihuahuas. We have had other large dogs with chihuahuas in the past including 2 large mixed breeds with high prey drive. They were fine, mostly ignored each other. Then we got a rescue part shepherd and within 1 week she did a major shake with one. He did live. Then an almost shake and while both little ones were injured they recovered. I am telling this long story because we had to return the rescue to her foster and that was something I thought I never, ever would do. So I think I am asking the impossible now which is for some of you to tell me that there is not an automatic red flag because they are shepherd/huskies. I am so attracted to an available puppy but so wary. Thanks for any thoughts.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Linda.

      I certainly wouldn’t consider shepherd or husky ancestry as a red flag. Plenty of shepherds get along well with other dogs (even little ones), and because of their sled-pulling history, most huskies get along with other dogs well too.

      I think you probably just had the misfortune of adopting a pup that had some social issues. Don’t let it ruin your perception of either breed.

      Glad the little ones turned out OK!

      1. LINDA Avatar


    2. Kacy Hatmaker Avatar
      Kacy Hatmaker


      We had a similar issue with ours and had to rehome. He would attack over food and toys. He peed on everything that was his, even after he was neutered. He bonded with only me and would growl and bite at anyone that came near me including my young children. He was very aggressive and unpredictable. After two trainers (one was head of the K9 training for our local police department) and our vet worked with the dog, we were basically told we had strong husky temperament and this breed is not suitable for our family and our needs. The trainer told me the dog would have to be crated away from our children most of the time. We did not think this was fair for an animal or our children. This dog bonded with one of us (like a shepherd) and guarded and was aggressive and unpredictable like a husky. As soon as I brought my dog to the vet, my vet told me this was a bad choice for children and other animals. When working with a foster group to find him a happy and safe home, ALL of our local foster groups refused to take him when they heard he was mixed with husky. They said the husky breed was highly unpredictable and needed an experienced owner… too much liability for them to rehome. We are fairly experienced, or so I thought. My husband and I had always had rescue dogs, fosters, even pits and pit mixes growing up and prior to having kids. We had an old pit at the time who would hide from the 5 month old husky shep. The husky mix was absolutely relentless and hard to stop when he was focused on being territorial. Our dogs are our family!! We never had an experience like this with a dog. I talked to a husky breeder and they said the aggression and independent attitude was typical of a husky. They are blended with wolves and can have many traits like a wolf. I will never have another husky mix. It was terrible because we kept him longer thinking we could train and work through it. It just made his transition to a new home sad for my kids, even though they couldn’t be near him. I would look elsewhere unless you’re familiar with the breeds and all the worst qualities in both breeds. There is a chance that’s what you’ll get.

  40. Ann Hickey Avatar

    Hi my name is Ann I have a shepsky he is almost 2 his mother was a white German and dad was black and brown husky his name is Ben he is a sandy colour with black nose he has German build and husky fur he’s just adorable

  41. Trevor Driggers Avatar
    Trevor Driggers

    Check out the life of #SaganTheShepsky on Instagram

  42. Zoey Avatar

    My brother owns a Shepsky and he has taught her the trick ‘snuggle’ she runs over jumps up lays down and rubs against you. She’s a sweet little pup but she gets into everything and the hair oh my lord it’s crazy. Her and our Aussie constantly play all freaking day it’s ridiculous how much they love each other.

    Tip for fur : brush once a day to get the second coat out because they lose it twice a year

  43. Molly Avatar

    I have a female shepsky that weighs 70-75 pounds, so she is very Shepherd-like in that way. She also has the Shepherd sickle-like tail that, when in it’s relaxed straight down position, is so long it almost hits the floor. However, when she gets excited, she tries very hard to curl her tail up over her back, but she can’t quite get it to curl all the way around. It’s adorable. I tell people she looks like a German Shepherd with a Husky paint job. She looks very similar to the Shepsky on this page that was posted by ebwyse, with the addition of a very prominent and cute snow nose.

    As for shedding, OMG, I have never seen it on this level. I have had Shepherd mixes who shed all year long, but my girl’s shedding is beyond belief. I own 3 robot vacuums and I run them as often as possible, every day when I can, but at least every other day. Also, she is tall enough that if she walks past me, she deposits large quantities of hair all the way up my pants leg, so pants made out of material that is slick enough for me to simply whisk the hairs off is a MUST, as are vinyl car seats!

    My shepskie has traits of both dogs, just never the one I want her to have for the environment. Inside, she is all German Shepherd: highly trainable and smart as a whip, instant recall, down, crawl (so cute), play dead, and sit. She responds to voice, hand signals, and whistles. She learned everything in ONE try. She loves to please and no treats are needed. She is perfectly behaved when left alone in the house. However, she is also like a Shepherd in a way that is both good and not-so-good. She is very protective of me in the house, but thankfully, she barks only. She has no mouthiness to her at all (doesn’t like to lick me either) and I have no worry at all that she might bite someone. Outside, it’s a different story entirely. NO recall. High prey drive. “What, you talking to me? Ha, I don’t even know who you are. Wow, what’s over there? See ya!” I cannot leave her unattended in my back yard, or fence climbing and digging under immediately ensue.

    I adopted my girl from a family who themselves had just adopted her from another family that had raised her for 2 years. The mutual complaint was allergies. She was a much larger dog than I wanted and when I got her she was acting out because she was just going into her first heat, was spayed in the initial stages of the heat, went through a false pregnancy (it was really cute that she thought her toys were her puppies), and she had changed families 3 times in 3 months. Huskies might do OK with all of that, but Shepherds definitely would not. But when she realized that I was her forever Mom, she became the amazingly good dog that I know and love today.

    She is fantastic dog and worth the shedding, every pound of it!

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Aww what a sweet story Molly! Your girl is so lucky to have found her forever home. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Shepsky breed – it will be very helpful for our readers to hear from someone who owns a Shepsky themselves!

  44. Lili Avatar

    I have 85 lb shepsky. She looks like a large shepard with blue eyes, however she is PURE husky. I have had shepards in the past…shepskys are shed machines on a nuclear level. her. Energy that some people that are not ready for. Please consider this before rescuing. I feel that experience with large breeds is important if you to adopt a shepsky. However the love you get back is incredible.

  45. Aireanna Avatar

    I have one of these lovely, lovely breeds and this article matches it exactly. He takes after more of the husky side. He is absolutely full of personality!

  46. Dominick Williams Avatar
    Dominick Williams

    Mine has the build and look save for the face of a shepherd but her personality takes after both.

  47. Debbie Kraft Avatar
    Debbie Kraft

    I have three and they all look like the mother German Shepherd. One girl is dark with two brown eyes, one girl has one blue and one brown eye and the male has both brown eyes.

  48. Anthony Avatar

    I have 5 mostly black ones with blue eyes 8 weeks took after pops ” husky” 400 each in Chicago

    1. Shiane Avatar

      Would love to connect and know more, we are ISO of this breed! Please email [email protected] to contact me!

  49. Angela Avatar

    does it matter if you breed male german to female husky or male husky to to female german?

  50. Kari Avatar

    I have 7 of these puppies for sale. They’re 8 weeks old and beautiful! They either look like a husky or a Shepard. Some with blue eyes. Males are 350 females 450. Located in southern WV.

    1. Teresa Avatar

      I am interested in a female, We lost our husky/GS mix after 10 years recently. Can you email me pictures please? Thank you Teresa

    2. Judy Avatar

      I have a male Shepsky who wants a playmate. I’m interested in a male you may have coming along. My dog, named Newdog, resembles a Shepard , but he is 100% Husky inside. It’s hysterical. I’m I the Pittsburgh area, but the tippy top of WV is in between Ohio and PA. I think a wonderful summer drive is a great day going down state! Let’s see how we can get in touch.

      As for shedding, that’s a bad word in our house. We brush him and form the hair into what looks like my 20 pound cat. We just say Newdog replicates. I don’t want him thinking shedding is bullying lol!

  51. Zoe McDaniel Avatar
    Zoe McDaniel

    I have two! Bonnie and Clyde. They both have a mix of each side. Bonnie is protective the way a shephard would be, however she is only 50lbs. she loves to snuggle and the second you take your hand away shes clawing to get it back. She is a bit of a trouble maker though. likes to pee in front of you if you dont let her out the second she said she had to go. and will chew through a cement wall to get to me if she knows im on the other side. and the little shit can also get out of her multiple lock cage. however she is a cudddley protective lover. Not food or toy aggressive. She has medium fur and german shephard markings black and white. Clyde is her polar opposite. He is a 100lb fluffy monster. He could care less who comes in as long as he gets his nap in. doesnt like to run, loves to play bite and wrestle. does not get into anything and doesnt potty anywhere. he is very submissive and will flip right onto his back at any sign of dominance. He likes to cuddle, however he gets too hot too fast. He is very smart and very eager to please. very food oriented however not aggressive one bit. They are both shedders like you couldnt believe. They are both truely the best dogs i have ever seen

  52. Lauren Sanders Avatar
    Lauren Sanders

    We have a gerberian shepsky! His name is Bandit and he’s 4 years old. He’s blonde and white all over except his black muzzle. He has black rings around the edges of his ears and a few black tips throughout his body that you have to search for. He was a wild and destructive puppy but has calmed down of the years. He had a husky tail but got bit by a brown recluse and had to have his tail amputated. Which made me so sad because I loved his husky tail. But atleast we could save his life. Hes a good mix between husky and German Shepherd. He doesnt favor one more than the other. He is very active but can be calm, he loves kids and guest we invite in the house but hates strangers, he barks a lot but doesnt howl, he talks a little but it’s more of whistling through his nose, he is very loving and affectionate, hes loyal but is a run away, he is smart and knows commands, he LOVES cats and kittens, he likes our other 3 dogs but not the neighbors dogs. We love our Bandit and wouldn’t trade him for any other dog!

  53. Kacy Avatar

    I have a 4 month old husky shepherd mix. I would like some info on a good training system/program for this breed. I have seen some things online but it seems there are many different opinions on how to train this breed.

    I’m having a difficult time with my dog. He is exercised frequently; my children constantly play with and around him. He goes outside to run and play frequently as well. He’s just a little on the feral side!! He’s very mouthy and sometimes even snappy. He really doesn’t like to be alone but he doesn’t care to cuddle or be in your space for affection. He is extremely stubborn and difficult to train. He basically doesn’t care to please anyone or anything. He is also extremely distructive. If my kids are in bed or napping or in school, I have to crate him to even go to the bathroom for a second. He won’t stay with you, he wanders off to destroy things. I left the room long enough to tuck one of my children back in bed and in less than 10 minutes this dog tore all my laundry out of my freshly folded basket, chewed a hole in my new nightgown and dug one of my house plants up and spread dirt, roots and stems about the house. I am a fairly experienced dog owner but I’ve never had a husky mix. I am about to loose my mind! He’s really cute but he acts like a wolf mix. He has sweet moments and my kids really love him but he is very trying for me and my husband. Also, potty training is not going well. When we go to take him out, he will pee inside at the door so he doesn’t have to go out in the heat and then whine when you make him go out anyway. I don’t know what to do with him.

    1. Tiffany Avatar

      Part of it is the pups age. But if you can, consider putting him in a puppy class. to be honest the best thing I did for my shepsky at that age was take him to a friends farm once a week. He is tandem leashed to a calm but protective older German shepherd dog and he learned manners and a whole bunch of things by watching the other dog. They also have a healer and he was able to run off a lot more energy and heard their sheep with the healer.

    2. Chuck Taylor Avatar
      Chuck Taylor

      I realize this is late -and- your “puppy” is now 6 months old. I hope that you kept him and that he is a little better on the potty training. It took 17 weeks to get my Dakotah house broke. And in the fact that he first learned to go outside to poo BUT would still pee in the house!! IF you have a door that can accommodate a doggy door it would be a big help. Please read over my stories on my WebPage at

      Most of all… you need at least 18 months for the initial break in / learning. They do really get better then and it can be a nightmare at times before that time period is over. I came close a couple of times in giving my Dakotah away. -BUT- I struggled through and kept him. I am glad that I did. He is still a challenge but nothing like he was. Take care and love your puppy… he will give you tons of love back.

      Oh and as for the “destroying things”. Get more toys. We have them all over the house. Some will say that you only let him play with some toys at a time when you are ready -but- he needs something. We went to the Goodwill store and got some cheap stuffed toys that my Dakotah could tear up. Made a mess in the house -but- saved our furniture and other belongings. He liked to sleep on our clothes but did not teat them up. You just need to redirect his attention to something else for chewing. Like the cheap stuffed toys.

  54. Jennifer Velonis Avatar
    Jennifer Velonis

    We have a 15 year old German Shepherd Siberia Husky and 5 kids. She is the best and most beautiful dog in the world! Kids have left her out front and she just sits on the door step waiting to come in. She has been the perfect guard dog. Yes the fur is bad twice a yeat but not too bad. She is incredibly smart and cocks her head while you talk to her. She even alerted us during a storm when our trees were hit by lightening. She went crazy in the baby”s bedroom about 10 min before it struck right outside the window. Any timewe were scared she would go on guard and we would feel so at ease. One time we were at a gas station on a road trip and a stranger approached and she put her body between us and went on guard. Shw was trained to ring a bell when she had to go potty and was even trained to potty in one area of the yard. She catches ice cubes in mid air, shakes, and eats my carrots pulp after juicing. When the children were infants and would cry she would go over and be concerned and try to sooth them. She would also let them cuddle up on her. My husband used to say that a dog the sit at your feet is Un heard of, we’ll in her old age she loves to sit at your feet and keep your feet warm. We will definitely get another one, one day. Best dog breed ever!!!

  55. Julia Avatar

    Looking for a Gerberian shepsky in the Orlando area if anyone could help?

    1. Kari Avatar

      I don’t live in the area but I live in southern WV. I have a beautiful litter if you’re still looking. [email protected]

    2. Alex Avatar
      Just enter your zip code
      And breed and you will find many
      We got out shepsky from Long Beach Animal Control Service
      He was a stray. He is beautiful, extremely smart , shedding not so bad.

  56. Chuck Taylor Avatar

    I have been searching all over for info/help on a problem I am having. What better place to solicit help than a GSD/Husky site??

    The problem: My Dakotah hates his harness. Part of it, I’m sure, is the over-the-head syndrome -but- I do believe that the other part is his “hackles”. Have any of you noticed a big puff ball of fur behind the dog’s head and then a 3 inch wide, lower in height, stripe down his back to another puff of fur at his tail?? The harnesses, all of them, will lay right over that big ball of fur. That has got to be uncomfortable… right?? Or am I just making excuses for my puppy?? (3yr old)

  57. Tyler Avatar

    I am wondering if anyone can help me find a gerberian shepsky breeder around the edmonton alberta area.
    Any info is appreciated. Thanks

    1. Samantha Avatar

      My aunt just had a litter of shepskie a they are 4 days old right now! Located in NY

      1. MJ Avatar

        Where abouts in NY my cousins are looking for shepskies. My girl just had a litter but we are on the west coast. Im thinking it might be easier for my cousin to contact your relative then wait for us to deliver to her

    2. Kari Avatar

      I have a litter ready to go. I’m in southern WV. a lot of people from states as far as Washington have came to me. If you want more info [email protected]

  58. Marya Avatar

    I had a shepsky growing up whose eventual loss was so great that it took me 30 years to decide I wasn’t being disloyal to her were I to finally get another dog! So, a couple of months ago my family of 5 and I got our first dog ever – an 11 week-old shepsky.

    Having always loved dogs and kept a close eye on them all, researched, and knowing full well I’d never met a dog as smart, sweet and loyal as my childhood shepsky, Greta, I set out for another shepsky.

    It took a year or two of lazily looking (before I was quite ready for the commitment) and then a couple of months of looking hard, but I finally found her. I never knew there was a name for this mix but after joining a German Shepherd Facebook group and inquiring about the mix I was informed about what people call them. Now that I had an actual name (gerberian shepsky) I looked online and found a few breeders but they were nowhere near me…so I did a Facebook search and found a couple of shepsky groups which I excitedly joined. I inquired about hoping to find a litter to choose from (after all this time waiting, I might as well get as close to exactly what I want as possible!) and one that hopefully wouldn’t be on the other side of the country. To my shock and amazement a woman wrote me and said she’s 45 minutes away and her TWO shepskies were about to become parents!

    To make a long story longer, I told her that in a perfect world, I’d get a female (slightly easier, calmer, gentler) who looked and behaved a bit more like a German Shepherd than a husky. So, that’s what I got! They weren’t breeders either so I got very lucky.

    Our girl is now 5 months old and is smart as can be, sweet as can be, so incredibly quick to be trained, loyal, very protective at the door but not intimidating in general, she’ll bark but isn’t a “barker,” is social, funny, cuddly, easily entertained and entertaining, energetic but not hyperactive. She goes into her crate every night by my son’s bed, with no hesitation. And she is absolutely gorgeous! She’s chocolate brown and cream, with all colorings/markings being in the GSD typical locations of the body, she has mostly short, silky smooth hair, GSD ears, the classic GSD beauty marks on the face and gorgeous green eyes. And while it might coare later, she oddly barely sheds and doesn’t smell bad! Maybe cause she’s only 5 months…

    We are ridiculously, crazy in love – all 5 of us including my cat-living husband who’s finding it harder and harder to hide how much she’s grown on him. 😉

    My unsolicited advice is to read up in advance which you obviously are, and most of all to deliberately seek out the qualities you want in a puppy or dog if it matters to you that the dog is more GSD or more husky. You can often tell even when they’re puppies, what they’ll be like. And, at the very least, go to YouTube to learn how to train and stick to it – be consistent and not a pushover. Within a few weeks our dog knew how to sit, no bite/gentle, lie down, stay, go potty, come, leave it, drop it, shake, play fetch, not eat till being told okay, touch her nose to something if we say touch (gets her ready for other training jobs to come), go to crate, and is now close to heeling. All this, because she’s a smart mix, and she requires activities/an active mind, and with relatively little effort we’ve been willing to take the time to learn how to train her and do so somewhat consistently even if not constantly.

    Sorry so long, but just had to say and explain why TWO THUMBS WAY UP for the gerberian shepskies!! HTH!

    I wish there were a way to share a pic!

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Thank you so much for sharing your Shepsky story Marya – I love it! If you ever feel like sharing a photo, maybe you can upload a picture to dropbox or imgur and share the link here.

  59. Nicolene Avatar

    Hallo everyone and thank you for sharing your stories. My boyfriend and I want to get a Gerberian Shepsky around this summer, so started reading some blogs. My boyfriend already had some dogs in his life and well, me I had one family dog. That’s why probably read everything I can 🙂 anyway we are 100% sure this is the dog we both want, as it has everything we are looking for.
    Now can anyone recommend a breeder? Or tell me how you get your beloved Gerberian Shepsky? Thank you for your help in advance.

    1. Marya Avatar

      Join the Facebook group called Gerberian Shepsky Owners and inquire there. Good luck!

  60. Caitlin Avatar

    Hi, we have a Shep/Husky mix who is almost a direct split between the two breeds. Happy go lucky husky most of the time but all business shepherd if he needs to be. Wouldn’t trade him for the world.

  61. John Avatar

    Have a 1.5 year old right now. The GSD in her is from a euro working line so smaller than an ASL GSD and much higher energy. Obedience is outstanding, she can walk off leash in a heel in a crowd and next to traffic no problem. She is always on a remote collar and never on leash, but this is possible with any breed, only a poor trainer would indicate otherwise.
    My house is covered with shepsky and husky fur, you learn to deal with it. Energy level is off the charts. I will be getting another in a few years.
    I do bite work with her as a fun exercise, she would be an excellent guard dog but is an absolute lover. No properly trained guard dogs are aggressive outside of what should be recognized as the “game of guard”.
    I would recommend getting information on the past several litters from a breeder if you are interested in a specific look. I noticed they tend to come out about the same in terms of which breed has the dominant appearance. A lot of dogs that are clearly a mix of three breeds are being sold as shepskies so take your time to get what you really want.
    If you are set on pure positive training instead of balanced yes:no training this breed is not for you, they will be more than you can handle. Unless you are ready for a high drive, high energy dog and the rigorous and firm training one requires this is not a good first dog to have especially if you are only interested in the appearance.

    All that said, This is my absolute favorite breed and I highly recommend them. For the rest of my life, shepsky or bust.

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Thank you so much for your input John – it’s really valuable for readers to hear from a true Shepsky owner! Your girl sounds great. You’ve clearly put in a lot of time and care with her.

  62. E Adair Avatar
    E Adair

    We went to get one of these and came home with two! One looks like a black shepherd and the other looks like an actual cross of the husky and GSD. Although they are totally different from each other in personality, they are equally sweet and well tempered dogs. They love meeting new people (good thing we weren’t looking for a guard dog)! Although both were socialized the same, the black one is more content hanging out with people when at the dog park while the other has been comfortable around other dogs from the start. We went with this breed because we were worried about some of the negative traits of a pure Siberian Husky. They’ve been relatively easy to train, although the black one has a tendency to not listen as well on recall if he’s found something interesting to investigate, but we’re still working on that. We are very happy with them and would recommend this breed.

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Thanks so much for your story – they sound like two wonderful dogs. Interesting that they have such different personalities. I suppose it goes to show that – just as with humans – individuals can always be exceptions to what’s common or normal in a breed!

  63. Chuck Taylor Avatar

    I own one now and according to a recent DNA test he is 50/50 for 3 generations back on both sides. At times he exhibits the traits of a GSD and at other times that of the Husky. However, he did NOT inherit the “Escape Artist” characteristic of the Husky. He will, and has, come home before running off anywhere else.

    My Dakotah is 25 inches at the shoulder and weighs in at 70 pounds. Health wise, we have only had problems when he got neutered and just recently a surface allergy. For the most part he eats well -but- can be picky.

    He is loyal but will “wander” off when we are out in the wild. Looking for rabbits and other small creatures to chase. He has caught both rabbits and birds — and devoured them. Mostly, he wants to be where I am. He will follow me from room to room in the house and he will wait for me on the trail. The room to room doesn’t necessarily happen immediately. Sometimes it just depends on how long I take to get back.

    Along those lines and the Guard or Friendly… he is both. He doesn’t accept strangers readily unless they are children, and then I have to be careful on some of those. But if he knows you he can be a handful. He wants to be with some of the neighbors whether they want him or not.

    He is, as of this date, Aug 23rd, 2017, two and a half years old. He has begun to “snuggle” more now than before. It’s not really a snuggle cause it is still to hot. We live in Phoenix. What am I doing with a Gerberian Shepsky in hot Phoenix??? Well, it was where he was born. I have had him since he was 5 and a half weeks old. Probably got him to soon but that is another story. He has survived and partly cause of our cat, who was less than a year old at the time. They played together — and still do.

    As for the Grooming… you need to be prepared for the twice a year “blow out”. That is when they blow their lower coat to change seasons. You could stuff a pillow, or two, with the fur that comes off then.

    His eyes… they are a warm, cute, friendly and beautiful pair of brown eyes. His fur is Sable and he has grown up to look a lot like a wolf. In fact I have had children ask if they could pet my wolf.

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Thanks so much for all the great info Chuck! So wonderful to hear from a true Shepsky owner. He sounds like a real sweety!

    2. Lisa Avatar

      Hi Chuck…curious as to what type of trouble you had after neutering your dog. I came real close to losing mine to acute kidney failure when he was 7 months old (after neutering). He is now 9 months old and seems to being doing well. Really scary for a while though!

      1. Chuck Taylor Avatar

        Hello Lisa, The problem was a failure on the surgeons part to get things tied off correctly. She is a good doctor/vet but just one of those things. You can read about it on my Puppy Web Page at:
        It has the whole story. My “Puppy” is also doing well now.

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