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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.

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.

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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.

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Chuck Taylor says August 23, 2017

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.

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    Meg Marrs says August 23, 2017

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

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    Lisa says December 26, 2017

    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!

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      Chuck Taylor says December 28, 2017

      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:
      http://www.trcompu.com/DogInfo/MyPuppy.html#Neutering_ref
      It has the whole story. My “Puppy” is also doing well now.

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E Adair says September 4, 2017

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.

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    Meg Marrs says September 4, 2017

    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!

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John says November 9, 2017

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.

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    Meg Marrs says November 10, 2017

    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.

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Caitlin says January 26, 2018

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.

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Nicolene says February 9, 2018

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.

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    Marya says April 1, 2018

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

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Marya says April 1, 2018

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!

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    Meg Marrs says April 1, 2018

    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.

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Tyler says April 8, 2018

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

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    Samantha says April 23, 2018

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

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      MJ says May 1, 2018

      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

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    Kari says October 7, 2018

    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 kstalans@gmail.com

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Chuck Taylor says April 10, 2018

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)

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Julia says May 12, 2018

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

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    Kari says October 7, 2018

    I don’t live in the area but I live in southern WV. I have a beautiful litter if you’re still looking. Kstalans@gmail.com

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    Alex says November 24, 2018

    Petharbor.com
    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.

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Jennifer Velonis says June 28, 2018

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!!!

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Kacy says August 13, 2018

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.

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    Tiffany says September 25, 2018

    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.

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    Chuck Taylor says October 10, 2018

    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 http://www.trcompu.com/DogInfo/MyPuppy.html

    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.

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Lauren Sanders says August 19, 2018

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!

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Zoe McDaniel says September 25, 2018

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

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Kari says October 7, 2018

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.

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    Teresa says October 19, 2018

    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

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    Judy says January 8, 2019

    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!

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Angela says October 12, 2018

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

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Anthony says October 17, 2018

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

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    Shiane says October 19, 2018

    Would love to connect and know more, we are ISO of this breed! Please email shianecrow@gmail.com to contact me!

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Debbie Kraft says October 21, 2018

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.

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Dominick Williams says November 5, 2018

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

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Aireanna says November 10, 2018

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!

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Lili says November 14, 2018

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.

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Molly says November 17, 2018

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!

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    Meg Marrs says November 18, 2018

    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!

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Zoey says November 23, 2018

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

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Trevor Driggers says January 6, 2019

Check out the life of #SaganTheShepsky on Instagram

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Ann Hickey says January 9, 2019

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

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