Gerberian Shepsky Dog Breed Facts & Information

What do you get when you mix a German shepherd and the Siberian husky? You guessed it, a Gerberian Shepsky. Aside from having one of the coolest sounding names, Gerberian Shepskies are admired for the desirable traits they acquire from both the shepherd and the husky. Since they originate from two, singular, pure breeds, they are commonly referred to as designer dogs. This particular "design" comes with tons of energy, intelligence, and a downright gorgeous set of eyes.

The Basics

Like their originators, Gerberian Shepskies are large-bodied working dogs with an average height for both males and females landing between 20-25 inches. Each individual Shepsky's weight depends on their diet and overall lifestyle but typically averages between 45-88 pounds. As a hybrid, Gerberian Shepskies are prone to better health but can inherit some of the health problems of their originators. Most common health issues are digestive problems, blood disorders, and eye issues. Gerberian Shepskies have a lifespan of 13 years.

The History

The Gerberian Shepsky is a fairly new breed of dog without an extensive history. It is believed that the first Gerberian Shepsky was intentionally bred in the 1980s with the increasing popularity of hybrid dogs.

The Personality

The broadly-built dogs can often be feared because of their appearance, but this breed is extremely gentle with a calm temperament. These dogs are loyal, social, alert, and highly intelligent. They are fiercely loyal to their masters and this loyalty carries over to any children in the household, making them great guard dogs as well.

Gerberian Shepskies are not initially the friendliest, however, with strangers or other pets. But, with the proper training, Shepskies have the potential to get along with just about anyone.

As a working and herding dog, Gerberian Shepskies have strength in obedience and trainability. In fact, training is extremely important for them. Shepskies are perfect for work in acting, law enforcement, search and rescue, and even certain roles in the military! Their German shepherd originators contribute to their high intelligence. Gerberian Shepskies appeal to breeders and owners as they have the ability to learn simple tasks quickly and usually obey the first given command. Talk about easy parenting!

These loveable and skilled pets are extremely active and endlessly curious. They make the perfect companion for pet parents who love adventure.

Gerberian Shepsky with piercing eyes
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The Appearance

These energetic beauties are known to steal a heart or two with just one glance out of those piercing blue eyes or mysteries dual-colored eyes. Beyond their gorgeous gaze, the coat of a Gerberian Shepsky comes in a variety of colors, the most common being black and brown. Other color variations include red, blue, cream, white, black and gray, and golden.

Their hair is straight with a double coat that can vary in length and density. The inner coat consists of thick and soft hair in order to keep these historic Arctic dogs warm. Always at full attention, the Gerberian Shepsky has pointed ears as well as a pointed muzzle. They consistently remain ready for the next adventure!

Gerberian Shepskies shed only moderately but do require regular grooming sessions. The double coat should be brushed at least two times per week. A Gerberian Shepsky's hair can run just as wildly as the dog if not consistently brushed. Along with the coat, this particular breed requires regular eye and ear checks and cleanings. This can be done by the owner, a veterinarian or a professional groomer.

Gerberian Shepsky in the grass
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Gerberian Shepsky Essential Facts:

  • Personality: Friendly, trainable, and lovable
  • Energy Level: Very active
  • Barking Level: Moderate, increases when left alone
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Grooming: Twice a week
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Trainability: Very good, High intelligence level aids training
  • Height: 20-25 inches
  • Weight: 45-88 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years