German Shepherd Husky Guide

Dog hybrids come in all kinds of combinations and a German Shepherd Husky Mix happens to be one of the most popular hybrids. A German Shepherd Husky Mix is a designer dog with German Shepherd and Siberian Husky parents. It is called a designer breed or hybrid because it is a result of the intentional mixing of purebreds.

What is the name for these puppies? Husky Shepherd, Siberian Shepherd, or German Husky? Is it Germusky? Herman Shusky? Well, these dogs are most commonly called Gerberian Shepsky. Yes, Gerberian Shepsky! It sounds funny, but it best describes these dogs.

I’m a veterinarian technician and in my career I’ve treated dozens of German Shepherd Husky mixes and talked extensively with their owners on what it’s like owning this fine specimen. 

German Shepherd Husky Mix Facts Sheet

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German Shepherd Husky Mix Fact Sheet
Appearance Long head, a strong muzzle, alert almond-shaped eyes, pointy ears
Average weight 35 to 88 pounds
Average height 20 to 26 inches
Type of coat Double, can be short or long, straight
Shedding Moderate to fairly high
Color The most common: brown and black, white and black
Personality and temperament Loyal, intelligent, friendly, active and powerful, affectionate, dignified, make for good guard dogs, family dogs
Needs for grooming Moderate
Major health concerns Elbow and hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, PRA, CDR, FDV, vWD,  anal furunculosis, panosteitis, impaired thyroid function, bloating, cancer, and epilepsy
Other health concerns Dwarfism, allergies, and eczema
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Diet High in protein
Needs for training and exercise Fairly high, need lots of training and exercise
Family Not suitable for families who don’t live in spacious home, don’t have active lifestyle, or can’t take the dog out for a walk at least once daily

What are your thoughts about these facts? If you’re looking for a new member of the family, consider getting or adopting a German Shepherd Husky mix. These dogs are highly intelligent ang very devoted as they acquire some of the best traits of their parents. They’re also incredibly fun to be with.

Continue reading to learn more about German Shepherd Husky mixes. I bet you’ll fall in love with them.

Husky German Shepherd Mix Origins. Where Did This Breed Come From?

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The German Shepherd Husky mix is a relatively new designer dog breed. Very little is known about where and when it originated. Many dog experts claim that the first of this kind was bred intentionally sometime in the late 1980s.

Originally, a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky parents were mated to produce a first-rate working dog, since both the parents are excellent working dogs. Soon, because of their sheer strength and quick intellect, they were used to assist with search-and-rescue operations and took military and police roles.

It would help to get a glimpse of the origin of the parent breeds to have a better understanding of German Shepherd Husky mix.

The German Shepherd , which originated in 1899 in Germany, were used to herd sheep and pull heavy loads under tough conditions. They were imported and used as sled dogs during the Alaskan Gold Rush. The breed eventually became popular throughout Canada and the United States as great pets. The Siberian Husky is believed to have originated over two millennia ago from the Siberian Arctic. Nomadic Indian tribes used these dogs to help with pulling sleds and heavy loads. The Siberian Huskies made their way to North America in the 1900s.

Despite having relatively short history, German Shepherd Husky mixes have already become fashionable and increasingly common.

German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppies!

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For the most part, when two different thoroughbred canines mate, the puppies will most often inherit traits from their parents. This will vary from litter to litter, of course. And it’s not uncommon when they acquire most of their features from one of their parents. So, don’t be disappointed if your puppies resemble their German Shepherd parent more than their Siberian Husky parent or vice versa. But rest assured that German Shepherd Husky mix puppies look a lot like their parents in terms of how they look as well as their personality or temperament.

German Shepherd Husky Looks & Aesthetics 

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As mentioned, a German Shepherd Husky can have any combination of the physical characteristics of their parents. This striking creature has a medium to long head and a strong, somewhat pointy muzzle. A German Shepherd Husky has pointy triangular ears and a set of alert almond-shaped eyes. It’s not unusual for this mixed breed dog to have two different colored eyes. The puppies of these parent breeds are well-built, energetic, and athletic.

German Shepherd Husky mixes are super fluffy and their beautiful coat contributes to their attractive appearance. Like German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies, this designer dog has a double coat. It has a tough top coat and an insulating layer of undercoat that is made up of short hair. The undercoat protects and keeps the dogs warm in cold regions. Some of their undercoat will shed during the months of summer, keeping them nice and cool during the hotter weather. All in all, the coat of German Shepherd Husky mixes is not only beautiful, but functional as well.

Husky German Shepherd Size. How Big Do They Get & How Fast?

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What is the size of a typical Husky German Shepherd Mix? Expect the size to be from the smallest Siberian Husky to the biggest German Shepherd. A Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog that usually grow up to around 20 to 23 inches in height. On the other hand, a German Shepherd is categorized as a large breed and can grow up to around 22 to 26 inches tall. So expect your Husky German Shepherd Mix to be between 20 and 26 inches tall.

When talking about weight, Siberian Huskies weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, while German Shepherds are much heavier at around 49 to 88 pounds. So perhaps the weight of a Husky German Shepherd Mix will be from 35 to 88 pounds.

There’s a larger difference in weight than in height because of the different body types that depend on your furry friend’s genetic history. This can also be due the gender of the dog.

German Shepherd and Husky Mix Color

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Like its height and weight, the color of the German Shepherd and Husky Mix will be a combination of the color of its parents. The most common color combinations are brown-black and white-black. You’ll see many other different colors, including the following: red, white, cream, blue, gray, golden brown, and light brown. The color of you German Shepherd and Husky Mix is simply a product of genetics.

Husky and German Shepherd Mix Personalities

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You won’t be disappointed if you bring home a new Husky and German Shepherd Mix puppy. These dogs are:

  • Good guard dogs. They inherited this characteristic from their parents. But they can be excessive barkers.
  • Intelligent. Compared to some other breeds, they learn things quickly because of their higher cognitive abilities.
  • Loyal. They will always put you first before themselves.
  • Affectionate. They are well-loved because they are affectionate. Be prepared to pet them all day long.
  • Friendly. These dogs mix well with other pets and with people. They are trusting.
  • Dignified. These dogs may be naughty at times, but they are very dignified.
  • Active and powerful. They are energetic and need regular training and exercise. They need at least one walk every day.

Husky German Shepherd Mix Temperament 

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Husky German Shepherd Mix dogs possess traits of both German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies. They are the ultimate dogs!

They are known for their energy. They get bored and sometimes mischievous when they lack physical and mental stimulation. As mentioned before, this hybrid is also intelligent, loyal, playful, and very trainable. A Husky German Shepherd Mix is an alpha dog and may get somewhat aggressive or do naughty things if its owner is not firm.

This hybrid’s pack-leader and bossy behavior will surface given the chance. So, handling this powerful dog can be a real challenge if you don’t train and socialize them properly. On the other hand, your dog may inherit the calm and gentle behavior of the Siberian Husky. A Husky German Shepherd Mix with this demeanor can be clingy with their owner.

This hybrid loves to take part in various activities with you. Some owners let their friends engage in fieldwork, herding, and the likes, but these dogs will also have fun playing outdoors, jogging, walking, and hiking. While the Husky German Shepherd mix is friendly, warming up to other dogs and strangers may take time.

White German Shepherd Husky Mix Grooming Tips & Tricks

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  1. Coat grooming

A fluffy German Shepherd Husky mix means shedding. This means you’ll have to groom your pooch more often to keep the thick coat healthy and to remove dead fur. And since the coat is super fluffy, it mats and tangles easily. So, regular grooming of your dog is necessary to prevent matting.

Brush your German Shepherd Husky mix several times a week. On top of this, take your dog to a qualified groomer every two months. Remember, start grooming your pups from an early age so they get used to the process. This will make things much easier simpler for you and your dog, especially if it’s a German Shepherd Husky mix.

Getting a German Shepherd Husky mix means blankets of fur, so don’t be disappointed when you see your favorite clothes and everything else to be covered in fur. This dog isn’t a good choice if you or some members of your family have allergies.

  1. Bathing

A German Shepherd Husky mix tends to smell like wet garments that haven’t been dried. Bathe your dog when needed. Avoid using a strong shampoo and use one that will help maintain their fur’s natural oils. Don’t bathe your pup too often as this can wash these oils away.

  1. Ear check

Wax may build up in the ears of German Shepherd Husky mixes fairly often. You should clean their ears carefully using a dog-friendly cleaning solution and cotton balls or cotton buds. This will keep the ear canal clean and reduce ear odors.

Your dog can pick up ticks when he’s outside. These ticks usually attach to the dog’s ear. Remove these parasites in their entirety to reduce discomfort and risk of infection. If you don’t feel comfortable with this process, you can always visit a professional groomer.

  1. Dental hygiene

The dental hygiene of your German Shepherd Husky mix is also an important part of their grooming process. We recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth regularly, about 2 to 3 times a week, to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Also, this dog needs high-quality dry food to keep its gums healthy and strong.

  1. Nail grooming

In addition to the abovementioned grooming requirements, also make sure that the nails of your German Shepherd Husky mix are trimmed or groomed regularly. This activities is often stressful for the dog. Ask a professional groomer to train you in properly clipping or trimming your dog’s nails. If you’re not comfortable to do this on your own, you can ask a groomer to do this for you regularly.

German Shepherd Mixed With Husky Health Issues & Concerns

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Generally, hybrids are healthier compared to purebred dogs. This is because new genes are introduced to the existing pool, strengthening and widening it. However, even a hybrid dog like a German Shepherd mixed with Husky can inherit health conditions from one (or both) of their parents. This hybrid lives between 10 to 13 years, and during this lifespan, they can develop different health issues.

Let’s check out some of the health problems of a Husky German Shepherd Mix. These include:

  • Elbow and hip dysplasia. Problem in the formation of the joints, which usually results into painful arthritis.
  • Juvenile cataracts.  The opacity of the lens of the eyes of the dog, which often causes blindness.
  • Corneal dystrophy The accumulation of abnormal materials in the cornea, causing visual impairment.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). This happens in the twilight years, with symptoms including  night blindness, dilated pupils, inability to see in bright light.
  • Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyopathy (CDR). This is degenerative ailment in the nerves which control the dog’s hind legs.
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV). Bloating of the stomach, which results in the stomach twisting around itself.
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). Failure to produce enough enzymes necessary for digesting meals.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD). Excessive bleeding caused by a defective platelet functioning.
  • Cancer. Cancer is prevalent in this hybrid.  
  • Anal furunculosis. A painful infection of the dog’s anus.
  • Panosteitis. This is an inflammatory bone disease.
  • Allergies. German Shepherd Huskies are particularly at risk of airborne, contact, and food allergies.
  • Epilepsy. A neurological disorder causing uncontrolled seizures and loss of consciousness. This is perhaps the most frightening thing that can happen to this dog.
  • Others. Impaired thyroid function, dwarfism, footpad disorders, nasal cavity tumors, and eczema

German Shepherd Mix With Husky Food Recommendations

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In terms of its dietary needs, the strong and athletic Husky German Shepherd Mix requires a high-protein diet. Make sure the food meets the following characteristics:

  1. Provide a minimum of 25% protein in grain-based foods.
  2. Provide a minimum of 30% protein in grain-free foods.
  3. Provide a diet that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
  4. Be careful with foods that contain common allergens such as lamb and egg
  5. Give your dog supplements depending on the age of the mix.
  6. German Shepherd Mixes are picky eaters, so look for a brand that matches the needs of your dog and try to stick with it.
  7. These dogs have a high risk for digestive diseases. So, you must ask your vet for recommendations.

Husky Mixed With German Shepherd Exercise Requirements

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Do Husky and German Shepherd mix dogs need lots of training and exercise? The answer is a YES, YES, YES! Their parents are working dogs, so they have unparalleled energy and can engage in physical activities without getting tired. What they need is a regular exercise to maintain and improve their strength and endurance. You’ll need to spend a great deal of time with your dog outdoors every day at the very least.

Your dog needs some off-leash time. Dog parks and fenced yards are great places for this. A Husky mixed with German Shepherd that is free to play stays happy. Playing also mentally stimulates the dog. They get bored when they don’t get enough exercise, and they tend to display undesirable behaviors. They will increasingly become frustrated and use their intelligence to do naughty things around your house: digging up, chewing on furniture and other things, non-stop howling, and trying to escape.

Even when you’re tired, you have to find time to exercise the dog. What stimulation or exercise your dogs need depends upon their motivation and temperament. If they’re more Siberian Husky than German Shepherd, they might prefer running for hours daily over learning commands. But if they’re more German Shepherd, they’re more happy with doing advanced work activities; they tend to enjoy things that give them a s sense of purpose.

German Shepherd and Husky Mix Training Suggestions

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A fairly intelligent breed interested in learning and in caring for their owner, a German Shepherd and Husky Mix is relatively easy to train. Not properly trained, these dogs can acquire habits that make the owners clench their teeth pull their hair out. From howling too much to knocking things over to chewing on shoes, there are many things you must  keep your dog from doing.

A German Shepherd and Husky Mix is very sensitive to vocal commands, making the training process more efficient and much easier. Start obedience training at an early age to prevent annoying habits from developing, and so that you and your pup both can live a happy life together.

German Shepherd Husky Mixes And Families

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German Shepherd Husky Mixes can be good with children and with other pets if they’re well-socialized and well-trained from an early age. However, it has a predatory nature, and without proper socialization or training, it might get inro trouble with rodent-type pets or even cats.

They can also be extremely overprotective of children and other members of the family. If they feel that the humans they love are in danger, they may attack strangers, so watch them for this kind of behavior. We all know that every dog is unique, so you must socialize them correctly to prevent any untoward incidents.

Known to be intelligent and extremely loyal, the German Shepherd Husky Mix is a fun loving, sweet, and pleasant dog. It is great service or companion dog for the family. However, this dog isn’t suitable for families who don’t live in spacious home, don’t have active lifestyle, or can’t take the dog out for a walk at least once daily.

Siberian Husky German Shepherd Mix Price

The price of a Siberian Husky German Shepherd puppy is one of the defining factors for many owners who need a large breed. Getting a dog with a Siberian Husky or a German Shepherd descent can break the bank for many first-time owners.

Lucky for them, the Siberian Husky German Shepherd is a relatively affordable dog. You can get one from a trustworthy breeder for $400 to $500. This is much cheaper than the $1000 or more price tag of Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds.

Be warned, though. Don’t get a Siberian Husky German Shepherd puppy with price that is too good to be true. Proper breeding costs a lot of money when it comes to veterinary care, health screening, vaccinations, flea treatments, deworming, and many other procedures to ensure that the puppy is healthy.

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