• Gerberian Shepsky in Great Britain
  • Gerberian Shepsky Dogs
  • Gerberian Shepsky
  • Gerberian Shepsky in the UK
  • Gerberian Shepskies in Great Britain
  • Gerberian Shepskies
  • Gerberian Shepsky Dog
  • Gerberian Shepsky Puppy
  • Gerberian Shepskies in the UK
  • Gerberian Shepsky Puppies
Size:
Grooming:
Exercise Level:
Trainability:
Barking Level:
Good with Children:
Good with other pets:
Affectionate:
Protective:
Height: 56 - 64cm M | 51 - 56cm F
Weight: 25 - 36kg M | 20 - 27kg F
Life Expectancy: 10 - 13 Years

Thinking of buying or adopting a Gerberian Shepsky?


Introduction

The Gerberian shepsky is the result of crossbreeding two prominent dog breeds, the German shepherd and the Siberian husky. The hybrid dog is also known as Shepsky, German husky, Husky shepherd, and Siberian shepherd. The Gerberian shepsky is officially Kennel Club registered and classified as a Gundog.

Looking fearless with its wolf-like appearance, Gerberian shepsky dogs 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 family companion, the Gerberian shepsky is an affectionate and outgoing dog. He fits best in families that enjoy being outdoors and live an active lifestyle.

The double-coated Gerberian shepsky has a thick inner coat and dense outer hair that protect him from the cold and heat. Being a moderate shedder, the Gerberian shepsky needs regular brushing to keep dead hair under control.


book icon

History

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 was the time when there was 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).


comb icon

Appearance and Grooming

This breed is considered as a medium-to-large canine that can weigh 45–88 lbs. The height can be 20–25 inches. In general, it has a close resemblance to both of its lineage; some may have lithe demeanour like the husky, whilst others have a sturdy body built similar to the shepherd.

One of its most striking features is 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 husky which is in deep, pale blue eyes. The head of the Gerberian shepsky should be well-proportioned to its body and a bit rounded on the top. Its triangular-shaped ears are in medium size and should not be too large.

Further, its coat makes it 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 be any in the following:

  • Brown
  • Brown and white
  • Light blue
  • Black and wheaten
  • Black and tan
  • Cream
  • Grey
  • Gold
  • Tricolour

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.


bulb icon

Temperament and Intelligence

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 the 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 fieldwork including being a watchdog, search and rescue police, and other military roles.

In general, the Gerberian shepsky can be very protective over its territory as well as the family it has grown attached to. Just make sure to socialise it properly in its younger years.


food icon

Nutrition and Feeding

Since the Gerberian shepsky is a large dog breed, it will also need a massive amount of food daily for nutritional purposes. It is estimated that an adult Gerberian shepsky eats three cups of food per day. You also need to factor in its activity level when choosing the right dog food.

With that in mind, a dog food for athletic and large breeds is appropriate for a Gerberian shepsky to keep him happy and healthy. Find a premium-quality dog food that is made from high-grade ingredients such as lean meats, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. Protein content should be high and meat-based. As the breed has a Siberian husky ancestry, it’s going to enjoy meat proteins such as beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and more. Do not choose dog food that contains fillers and dubious ingredients, which can potentially harm your dog’s health. You may also add fruits and grains in his dog food for added nutritional benefits.

A shepsky pup will need a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, calories, fibre, probiotics, and more to help with its growth. As it grows older, the shepsky dog will need more high-quality protein, carbohydrates, and other vitamins and minerals to provide it with energy, develop a healthy amount of lean muscles, and overall make it strong.

A Gerberian shepsky puppy must be fed three to four times a day, whilst an adult Gerberian shepsky can be fed twice a day. Keep in mind that proper nutrition is the key to having a healthy dog.


stethoscope icon

Health and Exercise

The average lifespan of a Gerberian shepsky is about thirteen years. Although a sturdy canine, this breed is susceptible to the following health conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Eye issues such as cataracts
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Digestive complications
  • Endocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)

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.


pound icon

Cost of Ownership

The average price for a well-bred Gerberian shepsky puppy is between £270 and £700. The monthly costs for caring are dependent on the area and the special needs of the said canine.


Gerberian Shepsky Breed Highlights

  • Proper training and early socialisation of the Gerberian shepsky may be needed to prevent future behavioural issues.
  • It may not be considered as a lapdog. Owning a Gerberian shepsky includes having an active lifestyle. It is a sporty canine that easily gets bored.
  • Considering that the German shepherd is predisposed to many diseases, it may be wise to initiate a yearly full physical examination for early prevention.
  • It can be your next travel buddy. The breed enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.
Gerberian Shepsky

Are you sure the Gerberian Shepsky is the best breed for you? Take the Pet Breed Selector Quiz to find your perfect breed match.

Dog Breed Selector Quiz
Disclaimer:
The information, including measurements, prices and other estimates, on this page is provided for general reference purposes only.