Mix of Husky and German Shepherd – Ultimate Guide

Does the Mix of Husky and German Shepherd or Shepsky have the potential to be your next dog? The thought behind crossing these breeds may spring from good intentions, but I’ll dive deeper into the pros and cons of such a mix.

As the name suggests, the German Shepherd originates from Germany and is a breed that is deeply interwoven with the German culture. Its popularity has spread worldwide which is not a surprise considering their desirable traits and talents.

The Siberian Husky is a favorite all around the world, whether as a sledge dog or as a fluffy companion. Their thick double coat developed over the course of hundreds of years while facing the sub-zero temperatures in Siberia.

There definitely are a couple of things you have to think about before bringing a German Shepherd Husky mix puppy into your home.

The differences between these breeds range from temperament to how they behave with your family as well as trainability.

Furthermore, there’s absolutely no advantage to getting a crossbreed from a breeder.

Combining two breeds is genetic gambling and you’re better off with buying either one of these breeds which also limits possible health issues.

This post is for those wanting to inform themselves about the poor souls that are currently sitting in shelters because somebody thought it’d be awesome to have one of these designer dogs.

We’ll look into the following points:

  1. Trainability
  2. Exercise/Strengths
  3. Temperament
  4. Leadership
  5. Grooming/Coat
  6. How big German Shepherd Husky puppies get
  7. Apartment living
  8. Cost of German Shepherd Husky pup
  9. Diet

After reading this article, you’ll know exactly what the differences and similarities between these two breeds are.

I always like to drop a couple of thoughts before diving in to make sure you know what you’re getting into with mixed breed puppies.

While getting a mixed breed is totally okay if you’re adopting rescues, it’s always hard to predict how any individual dog will turn out since they can definitely lean more into the direction of one or another breed.

Positive and negative.

Imagine a 50/50 split of desirable/undesirable behavioral traits for the German Shepherd and the same split for the Husky. How could your dog turn out?

  • Obedience and loyalty from the German Shepherd, independent thinking from the Husky
  • The tendency to police and bark at other dogs as well as the jumpiness of a Husky in city life
  • All the best traits from one breed and the bad from the other

Your pup’s temperament can be determined genetically which can look like this: 10/90, 20/80, 30/70, and so on and the same for the other way with 90/10, 80/20, etc.

Just keep in mind that mixed breeds can be unpredictable when it comes to their character.

What is a Mix of Husky and German Shepherd?

Mix of Husky and German Shepherd

No one really knows when the German Shepherd Husky mix first appeared, but recently they have started to become more popular.

Pedigree German Shepherds are said to be descended from just one dog, Horand von Grafrath in 1899. Developed originally to herd sheep, but later on breeders saw their full potential and started using them as police and military dogs. They were first recognized by the American Kennel club in 1908 within the herding group.

The Siberian Husky has a longer history than the German Shepherd. They were used as sledge-pulling dogs in North-East Siberia for thousands of years. In the early 1900s, they were brought to Alaska for a sledge race and won – this is when their fame began. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 in the working category.

As this is a crossbreed they are not recognized by the AKC but both parent breeds are.

Breed Characteristics
Size:20 to 25 inches
Weight:45-80lb
Lifespan:10-13 Years
Coat:Long, double coat
Color:Huge variation including: Agouti & White, Black & Tan, White & Red
Do They Shed:Heavy shedders, with seasonal blowouts
Temperament:Friendly, mischievous, sweet and vocal
Intelligence:Very intelligent
Socialization:Dog and pet friendly if socialized correctly
Destructive Behavior:Will chew when bored and restless
People Skills:Great with people they know, but cautious around strangers
Good with Children:Great with children, very protective
Activity Levels:Very energetic – will need around 2 hours of activity a day

How To Exercise Your mix of Husky and German Shepherd

Original purposes of the German Shepherd vastly differ from that of the Siberian Husky.

The German Shepherd is a true all-purpose workaholic most commonly found in the following sports:

  • Tracking
  • Schutzhund
  • Police/military force

A lot of people get German Shepherds Husky mixes to get that protective instinct that the German Shepherd has. This is not always the case and even a purebred may struggle with protection without proper direction and training.

That doesn’t mean you should start protection training with your mixed breed or even purebred on your own. Always consult a professional to avoid teaching your dog negative behavior patterns (barking at strangers on walks, lunging at dogs, and so on).

Let’s take a look at the Husky.

Huskies are incredibly enduring. How could they not, they were bred to run hundreds of miles in very cold climates.

But their original working purpose was quite specific and they may need to have an outlet for this desire to run.

A Husky German Shepherd mix may not be into snuffle mats or toys as much as you’d like him too but needs mental stimulation nonetheless.

Training your dog early on will prevent behavioral issues in the future and get your dog used to brain training.

Since both breeds are relatively high energy, you need to walk your Shepsky at least twice a day for a minimum of 30-60 minutes each walk.

How To Train a mix of Husky and German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is known to be very eager to please.

Why do you think the police force and military are using the German Shepherd so much?

Sure, a Doberman can do the job just fine and there are definitely dog breeds that have stronger olfactory senses or harder bites to chase down subjects but they may not be willing to undoubtedly obey every command in every situation.

They are too intelligent to outright obey everything which can sometimes be perceived as stubborn.

Does that mean the German Shepherd is not smart?

Absolutely not. In fact, the German Shepherd is often cited as one of the smartest dog breeds, right after their cousin the Belgian Shepherd, also known as Malinois.

It’s just that they’re just so eager to please that they don’t have to question these commands. Their will to please outranks their intelligence.

How trainable is the German Shepherd Husky mix? Well, the Husky is known to be quite independent by design.

It’s their job to make decisions in hazardous conditions of the deepest winter and they’re pretty intelligent too.

So even though pairing these two very smart dog breeds makes sense at the first glance, a Shepherd Husky mix might not be as easy to train as imagined.

That being said, pairing a German Shepherd with a Husky that is more agreeable can certainly help.

Genetics and temperament of the parents always play a pretty big role.

A mix of Husky and German Shepherd

Personality and Temperament

As this dog is a crossbreed, it means their personality and temperament can be unpredictable as both parent breeds can influence their traits.

We can look at each parent breed’s personality to give us an idea about what the German Shepherd Husky mix’s temperament will be like.

Both the German Shepherd and the Husky are very friendly and loving.

German Shepherds have gained a bad rep and people assume they are aggressive, due to their roles in the police force and military. However, this is not true, they are just cautious around strangers. The Husky is very friendly and sweet-natured, so this crossbreed is the perfect mix of friendly and protective.

This mix will be a great watchdog for your family.

The German Shepherd is more prone to barking while the Husky is more prone to howl and chatter. The mix may be prone to both or only one. This is definitely something you will find out when they grow older.

Huskies are very playful and mischievous, so don’t be surprised if this mix is a little bit naughty every now and then.

The Husky is known to be a bit stubborn and bossy at times. This mix will likely inherit the Husky’s need to be the alpha and will need a confident and firm owner.

This crossbreed is good with other pets if they are brought up around other animals – early socialization is key.

Is a German Shepherd Husky Mix a Good Family Dog?

Both the German Shepherd and Husky are very sweet-natured and affectionate to kids, they are likely to become very attached and protective over children.

A mix of Husky and German Shepherd Appearance

With all mixed breeds, there are no guarantees, and the German Shepherd Husky mix is no exception, especially if you have not seen the dog’s parents.

Fortunately, each dog has similar characteristics pertaining to appearance, which means that you sometimes won’t be able to tell the difference as to whether the Husky is dominant or the German Shepherd. The ears are erect on both breeds with deep ear pockets. Both dogs have an athletic appearance. And both breeds have thick, soft fur.

You can expect your dog to weigh about 50 to 60 pounds when fully grown and stand close to 23 inches tall. If there is more German Shepherd in your dog, then it could be a few inches taller since that breed is a little larger.

The color of your dog will depend on the colors that show through from the parents. Many German Shepherd Husky mix dogs are darker in color because the darker shades tend to dominate over those that are lighter. This means that your mixed dog might look like a German Shepherd but have the demeanour of a Husky.

A beautiful combination and one that many people desire is the overall appearance of a German Shepherd with black and tan hair and the blue or green eyes associated with a Husky. If you want a better chance of having a lighter color dog, then try to find parents that are both white or that are lighter colors.

Health

German Shepherd Husky Mix

Many people enjoy mixed breed dogs because they are sometimes healthier than purebred. This is because the dog that you’ll have has a mixture of the genes of both parents instead of only one breed.

There are a few different illnesses that are common to each dog. Hip and elbow dysplasia is very common in German Shepherd dogs because they are so active. You’ll also notice arthritis and other issues with the bones and joints. They are also susceptible to thyroid dysfunctions and epilepsy.

The Husky doesn’t have as high of a risk for hip and elbow dysplasia. Huskies are, however, prone to illnesses that impact their eyes, such as cataracts.

Grooming and Shedding

Each breed has a thick double coat, which makes sense since they were both developed as outdoor working dogs. This means that your German Shepherd Husky mix will have a double coat as well.

You will usually need to brush your dog’s hair about twice a week, especially if you plan on keeping your dog inside because of the shedding that each breed is known for.

When it’s time for moulting, you will probably notice that there is an excessive amount of hair everywhere, which means that you need to be ready with a brush and lint remover at all times to keep your dog’s coat shiny and free of tangles.

Both breeds enjoy baths, but try to avoid giving baths until most of your dog’s hair has shed so that you’re not washing away hair week after week.

Apartment Living

Can you live in an apartment with a high energy dog like the German Shepherd Husky mix? It depends.

Although many people argue that large dog breeds need a big yard and house, that’s just not true. If you provide your dog with an outlet for his exercise needs (which means lots of walks, play, training) then there should be absolutely no problem.

However, their tendency for high pitched barks or howling may cause problems with your neighbors. Proper training will help in teaching your dog the quiet command.

An apartment is not meant to be a playground for your dog and rather a place to unwind from outside activities. If your environment doesn’t allow for sufficient exercise, a yard is definitely needed.

Perfect Diet For Your Mix of Husky and German Shepherd

Both dog breeds are relatively healthy if you buy from the right lines. Avoid the German Shepherds with the curved back and only go for straight-back German Shepherds.

Sloped back German Shepherd Husky mixes might come with hip issues and it’s an unnecessary risk to take.

As far as diet goes, I’m a fan of the raw diet but any high-quality kibble or wet food with all the nutrients can work just fine. Make sure to talk to a veterinarian or nutritionist first.

Disclaimer: I’m opposed to deliberate cross-breeding of any glorified designer dog breed. The resulting dog is a genetic gamble in terms of health and temperament and offers no advantage to a health-tested, properly selected purebred puppy.

Socializing a Gerberian Shepsky

Because you don’t know which parent your pup will take after, you must throw yourself into socialization.

It’s not worth the risk of having a family pet that isn’t happy in crowds or when visitors come to call.

Take them to lots of places where they will meet new people.

And make sure you have lots of guests around for the first few weeks.

They shouldn’t be hard to get hold of. After all, you will have a new puppy for them to play with!

Gerberian Shepsky Exercise

Older kids can all pitch in with training and exercising too.

If you and your family love to spend lots of time outdoors and want a companion who can keep up, the athleticism of Husky Shepherd mix dogs will fit in with your lifestyle.

There’s a lot of interest in hybrid dog breeds at the moment. But German Shepherd cross Husky probably isn’t one of the first to spring to mind.

It’s easy to be won over though.

Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds are two of our most popular and lovable dog breeds.

Their puppies can be smart, devoted companions who love adventures and exploring.

Because it’s important to train them continuously and provide lots of exercises. Shepherd Husky mix dogs aren’t a wise choice for every home.

first-time dog owners or people who are out of the house all day may not suit this mix.

German Shepherd Husky Mix Breeders

There are adverts for puppies on specialist online breeder forums.

German Shepherd Husky mix puppies also often crop up on Craigslist and other selling sites.

But beware.

Some of these will be genuine sellers from loving homes. Others will be less concerned about animal welfare and more preoccupied with making money.

Our guide to finding your perfect puppy will help you start your search.

It shows you how to find responsible breeders. And how to avoid dodgy dealers and puppy mills.

Raising a German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy

Choosing a German Shepherd Husky mix puppy comes with lots of responsibilities.

But raising them can be fun and very rewarding. Provided you get it right from the start. Perhaps it isn’t the best breed for a first time owner.

How Much Do German Shepherd Husky Puppies Cost?

Mixed breed dogs tend to be sold for less than purebred dogs. However, the minimum price for a German Shepherd Husky mix is $500 – $1,000.

Would I advise you to buy a mixed breed from a breeder? Definitely not. There are far too many mixed breeds sitting in shelters and waiting to be chosen.

If you do decide to go with a breeder nonetheless, make sure you’re in for a behavioral surprise and only buy from breeders that test their dogs for health.

As long as there are no other breeds (often happens with mixes) or disease in their ancestry, you should be fine.

Beware of breeders that charge a premium for the popular two-coloured eyes that come from the Husky.

Make sure to check out my breeder questions before you fall victim to scammers or backyard breeders.

Do Mix of Husky and German Shepherd Make Good Family Pets

The high training and exercise requirement of Husky Shepherd mix dogs makes them an ambitious choice of dog.

If you don’t have experience of keeping dogs before they could prove an overwhelming place to start.

Likewise, the amount of time they demand could be hard to fit around the demands of a young family.

But “not right now” doesn’t have to mean “not ever”!

Sometimes it pays to wait a while

Their friendly dispositions and unswerving loyalty are likely to make German Shepherd Husky mix dogs a happy fit with older children and teens.

But they will need lots of socialization when young to avoid the potential guarding issues German Shepherds can have.

Can you make the commitment to raising a Husky German Shepherd?

To put in the time and effort needed? If so, your reward will be a truly great friend.

Pros And Cons of Getting A German Shepherd Husky Mix

Let’s weigh up the pros and cons and see if you are a good match for each other!

Cons

  • Need a lot of exercises
  • Require a lot of socialization
  • High grooming needs
  • Potential health problems

Pros

  • Loyal
  • Loving
  • Ideal for active homes
  • An excellent choice for someone into positive reinforcement training

Don’t worry if the cons seem to outweigh the pros. There are plenty of other Husky and German Shepherd mixes that might fit the bill.

How Big Does a Mix of Husky and German Shepherd Get?

The breed standard for the German Shepherd mentions the following:

Male – Height: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm) | Weight: 66-88 lbs (30-40 kg)

Female – Height: 22-24 in (55-60 cm) | Weight: 49-71 lbs (22-32kg)

And here’s the regular sizes and weight for Huskies:

Male – Height: 21–23 1/2 in (53-60 cm) | Weight: 45-60 lbs (20-27 kg)

Female – Height: 20–22 in (50-56 cm) | Weight: 35-50 lbs (16-23 kg)

The difference between these two dog breeds is not huge. You can expect your male German Shepherd to 22-25 in (56-63 cm) with a weight of 50-80 lbs (23-36 kg).

Female German Shepherd Husky mixes range from 20-24 in (50-60 cm), weighing in at 40-70 lbs (18-31 kg).

What Can I Expect From a Mix of Husky and German Shepherd?

Expect to have a very smart dog that will challenge you throughout the day. He will probably grow to a medium to a large-sized dog with a weight of about 45 to 80 pounds.

Both dogs are working breeds so you can expect a Shepsky to have high exercise needs. A task or daily job would keep them the happiest.

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Comparing the Mix of Husky and German Shepherd with Other Dogs

Still not sure which pup will be right for your family?

There are some other popular German Shepherds and Husky mixes you might like to read about.

  • German Shepherd Mixes
  • Husky Mixes

Similar Breeds

If you’re not sure about the German Shepherd Husky mix, there are plenty of other breeds you can consider. We’ve listed a few of them below for you to check out!

  • The Shollie
  • Pitbull Husky Mix
  • Beagle Lab Mix
  • Pitbull Lab Mix
  • Boxer Husky Mix

UK Rescues

  • German Shepherd Rescue Elite
  • German Shepherd Dog Rescue
  • SHARE Rescue
  • Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue
  • German Shepherd Rescue Elite
  • German Shepherd Dog Rescue
  • SHARE Rescue
  • Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue

Canadian Rescues

  • SHARP Rescue
  • Halo Husky Haven

Similar Breeds

If you’re not sure about the German Shepherd Husky mix, there are plenty of other breeds you can consider. We’ve listed a few of them below for you to check out!

  • The Shollie
  • Pitbull Husky Mix
  • Beagle Lab Mix
  • Pitbull Lab Mix
  • Boxer Husky Mix

A mix of Husky and German Shepherd Products and Accessories

Here are some products well suited to the Gerberian Shepsky. Regardless of which parent they take after!

  • Best shampoo for German Shepherds
  • German Shepherd brushes and combs
  • Best German Shepherd puppy food

The German Shepherd Husky mix has a lot of appeals. Make sure to choose a name that matches!

But there is no denying this mix is not suited to every home. Or every family.

Do Mix of Husky and German Shepherd Make Good Family Pets

The high training and exercise requirement of Husky Shepherd mix dogs makes them an ambitious choice of dog.

If you don’t have experience of keeping dogs before they could prove an overwhelming place to start.

Likewise, the amount of time they demand could be hard to fit around the demands of a young family.

But “not right now” doesn’t have to mean “not ever”!

A mix of Husky and German Shepherd

: Is It Right For You?

Between the wolf-like appearance, impressive athleticism and striking eyes and coat colors, the German Shepherd Husky mix is a stunning creature.

This mix is a smart, outgoing breed that is eager to work hard and serve its master. Solid training and lots of exercises are a must to keep this pup on its best behavior.

If you like what you hear and are able to dedicate the time and energy that this mix needs, then go for it!

Conclusion

This crossbreed is fun, loving and sweet.

German Shepherds and Huskies are both friendly and loyal – this mix is the same, they will quickly become a loving member of your family.

They are not suited for first time owners or apartment living. As this dog has lots of energy they are not recommended if you have a laidback lifestyle.

Regular grooming is needed with their long double coat. They will have a major blowout once a year, so get those brushes out.

Training can be a little difficult with this breed as the Husky can be stubborn at times, but as long as you are firm and consistent they will pick up commands pretty quickly.

Do you have any questions about the loving Gerberian Shepsky? Let us know in the comments section below…

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