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A mix between two prominent dog breeds, the German shepherd and the Siberian husky, resulted in a new hybrid canine, the Gerberian Shepsky. The said breed can also be referred to as Shepsky, German Husky, Husky Shepherd or Siberian Shepherd.
Looking fearless with its wolf-like appearance, each Gerberian Shepsky may have varied features depending on the genetics. It is believed that there will always be one dominant trait as a result of being a hybrid. As a cross between two intelligent working breeds, owning Sheckies would require an active lifestyle. With proper training and socialisation, this breed makes a great family companion as well. It makes a great choice of pet for people with a large space.
The name was coined after its parents, the German shepherd and the Siberian husky. The Gerberian Shepsky is a relatively new breed introduced to the world. As such, details about its history are sparse. This breed is said to be a product of intentional breeding in the 1980s, which is the time when there is upsurge popularity of hybrid dogs.
As a hybrid canine, the Gerberian Shepsky is not a recognised member of the American Kennel Club. Instead, it is recognised by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the Dog Registry of America Inc. (DRA).
This breed is considered as a medium-to-large canine that can weigh between 45 and 88 lbs. The height can be between 20 and 25 inches. In general, it has a close resemblance to both of its lineage; some may have lithe demeanour like the Huskies whilst others have a sturdy body built similar to the Shepherds.
One of its most striking features are the eyes. In fact, the eyes are usually in colours blue brown or a combination of both called heterochromia. The usual colours are much similar to the Huskies which is in deep, pale blue eyes. The head of the Gerberian Shepsky should be well-proportioned to its body with a bit rounded on top. Its triangular-shaped ears are in medium size and should not be too large.
Further, its coat makes them appear bulkier due to the thickness of its double coat. The inner coat is described as thick but soft hair. Although its usual colours are dark brown with black or solid black, its coat colours can also any in the following:
Brown and white
Black and wheaten
Black and tan
Keep this canine’s coat healthy by following a regular brushing routine. It may shed moderately but be sure to keep its coat shiny and free of dander and debris. Be sure to include its ears as they are likely to accumulate wax build-up.
Take a moment to consider that this hybrid canine is a product of two distinct gene pools. That being said, the Gerberian Shepsky may inherit the temperament and intelligence of the dominant parent.
Some Shepkies with strong genes from the shepherd parent are often described as intelligent and more focused on certain things. On the other hand, others who have greatly inherited husky traits are affectionate and loyal despite its daunting demeanour.
They may also have common remarkable traits such as their capacity in terms of trainability, obedience, and intelligence. This makes them the perfect dogs for a range of canine field works including watchdogs, search and rescue police and other military roles.
In general, Gerberian Shepkies can be very protective over their territory as well as the family they have grown attached to. Just make sure to socialise them properly in their younger years.
Plan a consistent mealtime schedule and provide the same food to your Gerberian Shepsky to avoid stomach upset. However, if you need to shift to another type of high-quality food, do so gradually. This helps your canine adjust accordingly without complications. Puppies must be fed 3-4 times a day whilst adult Gerberian Shepsky can be fed twice a day. Keep in mind that proper nutrition is the key to having a healthy dog.
The average lifespan of a Gerberian Shepsky is about 13 years. Although a sturdy canine, this breed is susceptible to the following health conditions:
As a very intelligent dog with a great ancestral background, the Gerberian Shepsky should be provided with daily exercise. The more it uses its energy, the happier it will be.
The average price for a well-bred Gerberian Shepsky puppy is between £270 and £700. The monthly costs of caring for are dependent on the area and the special needs of the said canine.
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