The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a mixed Dog Breed between the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky. Both of these breeds are higher energy, intelligent dogs. So be ready to give the Husky German Shepherd mix plenty of exercise and engagement. If trained, handled, and socialized well this dog will make a great companion for everyone in the family. They are tremendously alert, loyal, and protective. Continue reading below to learn more about the powerful and majestic German Shepherd Husky Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire one through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their German Shepherd Husky mix puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible.
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Here is a brief history of both the Shepherd and the Siberian Husky. Being that this is a mixed breed dog, there isn’t a lot of history to it. However, we go more in depth to the history of both breeds.
As his name suggests, the German Shepherd originated in Germany, where he was created in the nineteenth century primarily by Captain Max von Stephanitz, who wanted to develop a dog that could be used for military and police work. The result was a dog that encompassed striking good looks, intelligence and versatility. World War I put a dent in the breed’s burgeoning popularity because the dogs were associated with the enemy. German Shepherds braved artillery fire, land mines and tanks to supply German soldiers in the trenches with deliveries of food and other necessities. After the war, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart brought the breed back into favor. American audiences loved them. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States.
The Siberian Husky is a medium size working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia, Russia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family and was originally bred to pull sleds over long distances rather quickly. They are known to be escape artists that will dig themselves out of the strongest fence. Being that they were bred to pull things you can imagine that they aren’t the easiest dogs to walk.
Height: 20 - 23 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 60 lb.
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years
The Husky German Shepherd mix has a calm and gentle temperament. With those bright blue eyes (sometimes), they can be a bit intimidating. They are very loyal and alert, this makes the Gerberian Shepsky a good companion pet.
This dogs owner will need to be ready to handle this mix with a firm, but fair hand. They are a mix of two strong breed dogs and will require A LOT of exercise. If you can’t or aren’t willing to do this, please look elsewhere for a companion animal. If you decide to get a German Shepherd Husky mix puppy, it is important that you socialize them as much as possible. Socialization is the key to a well rounded, tolerant dog. Due to the Shepherd background, they could turn aggressive in the wrong situation.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Husky mixed with German Shepherd might be prone to Elbow and Hip Dysplasia. This is a common condition in the Shepherd.
Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.
The hip joint is composed of the ball and the socket. The development of hip dysplasia is determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors, though there is a complicated pattern of inheritance for this disorder, with multiple genes involved. Hip dysplasia is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known as malformation), gradually deteriorating and leading to loss of function of the hip joints.
The Shepherd mixed with the Husky will probably shed a lot due to the high shedding nature of the parent breeds. So be ready to brush him a couple of times a week and have a good vacuum at your disposal to clean up the floors. Give him baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out his skin.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet.