Welcome to our complete guide to the German Shepherd Husky Mix.
In this breed review we find out what happens when two of our best loved and most recognizable dog breeds come together and make puppies.
We’ll examine who’s looks the puppies will inherit, what kind of temperament they’re likely to have.
And whether they could be the perfect love match for you and your family.
Husky German Shepherd mix: Herman Shusky? Germusky?
Compared to the Labradoodle and the Cockapoo, crossbred puppies of Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds still have a relatively low profile.
But what do you even call the progeny of a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky?
Well they have been around long enough for a consensus to be reached, and the verdict is:
It’s not exactly catchy, which probably explains why it doesn’t seem to have taken off.
So let’s put it to one side for now, and concentrate on what a German Shepherd mixed with Husky is like instead.
Take one German Shepherd…
German Shepherd dogs as a pedigree have a surprisingly recent and well-documented history.
In 1899 a German called Max von Stephanitz met his vision of the perfect shepherd dog at a dog show, and was so impressed he bought it on the spot.
Previous attempts to categorize and standardize the different types of German shepherding dogs had already failed. So von Stephanitz and created a breed registry of his own and made his new dog the first entry.
That dog was called Horand von Grafath. He was the very first German Shepherd dog, and every pedigree German Shepherd you see today is originally descended from him.
And it didn’t take long to convince the rest of the world how great the new German Shepherds were.
By 1908 they had been recognized by the American Kennel Club, and these days they are sitting high as the second most popular breed in their dog ranking.
… and add a Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies on the other hand have a long, loooong history.
They’re descended from the dogs bred by nomadic Chukchi people in North-East Siberia to pull their sleds.
Chukchi people have bred and worked Huskies for hundreds of years, building on the work of other tribes who had been domesticating dogs for thousands of years before that.
Siberian Huskies as we know them eventually reached America in the early 20th century, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Siberian Huskies are now the 12th most popular breed in the American Kennel Club’s dog ranking.
Find out all about Siberian Huskies here!
The first German Shepherd Husky dogs
Hybrids of domestic dog breeds have usually existed for as long as the pedigrees that make them, so there’s no special day noted in history when the first German Shepherd Husky mix puppies were born.
Until recently though crossbreeds didn’t attract much attention.
The current trend for creating particular hybrids and giving them quirky names is a relatively recent one.
But German Shepherd and Husky mix dogs existed long before the name Gerberian Shepsky was coined.
What does a Husky and German Shepherd mix dog look like?
When two different pedigree dogs are mated their puppies can inherit the physical characteristics of either breed. And they’re most likely to get a mix of both.
Sometimes this means puppies from litter to litter, or even within a litter, having very different looks.
Is that the case for Husky and German Shepherd pups?
German Shepherd Husky Mix Size
Compared to some of the more mismatched doggy parents these days, German Shepherds and Huskies have quite complementary appearances.
Both breeds have double coat, which looks deep and cuddly.
Overall, Huskies are medium sized dogs. They typically weigh 35-60lb (16-27kg), with more males at the top end of the range, and more females at the bottom.
From the ground to the shoulders they stand at 20-23 inches (51-58cm) tall.
German Shepherds are larger.
They weigh 49-88lb (22-40kg), and stand 22-26 inches (56-66cm) from floor to shoulder. Again, males are usually larger than females.
When a Husky German Shepherd mix puppy grows up it will end up anywhere between the smallest Husky, and the biggest German Shepherd.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Color
The outlines of a German Shepherd and Husky might be pretty similar, but the real variety lies in their coloring.
By far the most striking Husky German Shepherd mix dogs are the ones who inherit the dark coat of their German Shepherd parent, and the bright blue eyes of their Husky parent.
And in fact whilst we tend to think of German Shepherds as black-and-tan, and Huskies as gray-and-white, all-white colorings exist of each.
The most surefire way to get white German Shepherd Husky mix pups is by match-making white-coated parents.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Personality
Just like looks, Husky Shepherd mix pups can inherit personality traits from their parents in any combination.
So you need to prepare yourself for every eventuality.
The AKC describes Huskies as loyal, mischievous, outgoing, friendly, dignified, gentle and alert, and German Shepherds as confident, courageous, smart, and steady.
There are some clear similarities there. But if you’ve met many Huskies and German Shepherds, you might have also noticed some ways in which their personalities are like yin and yang.
Huskies, whilst fantastically smart, are often stubborn and free-willed. This has earned them a reputation for being hard to train.
German Shepherds on the other hand are prized for their capacity to learn complex tasks and commands quickly and accurately.
Another example: Huskies are everybody’s best friend. I once read that Huskies make terrible guard dogs because not only will they greet an intruder with a wagging tail, they’ll open the front door and show them where the best stuff is!
German Shepherds meanwhile are more reserved with strangers, and need more socialization whilst young to become confident around unfamiliar people.
German Shepherd Husky mix temperament
These differences mean that whilst the physical appearance of a Husky German Shepherd is relatively predictable, their temperament can be far more variable.
Since their grown up temperament is difficult to judge in a puppy, it’s especially important to meet both of your puppy’s parents before you commit yourself.
Keep reminding yourself that your puppy could inherit any of the personality traits of either parent, and ask yourself if you’d be happy having either of parents at home.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Grooming
German Shepherds and Huskies were both bred for outdoor work in all weathers, so they have lovely thick double coats to protect them from the elements.
Your Shepherd Husky mix dog will also have a double coat. This will need brushing at least twice a week to keep it in tip-top condition. Perhaps more often if the German Shepherd parent had a long coat, or during molting season.
And speaking of moulting, both breeds are notorious for shedding hair, so German Shepherd x Husky = a LOT of lost hair.
If you’re thinking about bringing home a Husky Shepherd mix, you need to be really passionate about vacuuming. And simultaneously pretty chilled out about dog hair immediately settling everywhere in between vacuums.
It’s a big ask, but regular brushing with a really good, heavy duty grooming brush will help.
Are German Shepherd and Husky mix dogs healthy?
There’s general rule that crossbreed dogs enjoy better overall health than pedigree dogs, due to the widening out of their gene pool.
But what conditions could Husky German Shepherd mix puppies inherit from their parents?
German Shepherd health
German Shepherds are prone to a number of hereditary and degenerative conditions exacerbated by their breeding history.
When the pedigree was being created back at the beginning of the 20th century, it was common practice to “fix” desirable traits by intensive inbreeding. Far more so than responsible breeders would tolerate today.
So all German Shepherds now share a disproportionately small gene pool, with a high rate of some illnesses.
In particular German Shepherds are prone to:
- Elbow and hip dysplasia – incorrect formation of the joints, which often develops into painful arthritis.
- Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyopathy – a degenerative condition of the nerves which control the hind legs.
- Gastric Dilatation Volvulus – bloating in the stomach of deep chested dogs which causes the stomach to twist around itself.
- Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency – failure to produce enough of the enzymes needed to digest meals.
- Anal furunculosis – painful infections of the anus.
- Panosteitis – an inflammatory bone disease.
- Impaired thyroid function.
- Eye disease, allergies, and epilepsy.
German Shepherds are also prone to posture and back problems that cause them to walk on their hocks.
It’s quite a list, but bear in mind that many conditions can be screened for in the parents before they mate, and a good breeder will be happy to show you records of this.
Now let’s look at the effect of mixing in some Husky genes.
Compared to German Shepherds, Huskies are noted for having low rates of joint dysplasia for a breed of their size.
However, they are prone to some degenerative eye conditions, including cataracts, and as a breed seem more disposed than others to some skin conditions.
Are German Shepherd cross Husky dogs healthier?
Whilst not guaranteed, mixing a German Shepherd with a Husky is an opportunity to give their offspring a healthier mix of genes. And perhaps protect them from some of the gamut of problems associated with German Shepherds.
In the meantime, make sure that your puppy’s parents have been fully health checked before mating.
In particular, ask to see hip scores for both parents and evidence that their eyesight has been tested, since this is a common problem area for both breeds.
Do Husky and German Shepherd mix dogs need lots of training and exercise?
The straightforward answer here is: YES!
Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds are both incredibly intelligent breeds, with strong working instincts.
Bored or cooped-up Shepskies are more likely to display unwanted behaviors such as chewing, digging and trying to escape.
Exactly what stimulation your German Shepherd x Husky needs will depend upon their temperament and what motivates them.
If they are more Husky than German Shepherd they might want to run for hours every day, and show little interest in learning commands other than basic recall and heel work.
But if their personality more resembles a German Shepherd, they might enjoy advanced obedience classes and scent work activities to give them a satisfying sense of purpose.
Whichever breed they take after most closely, they will need lots of socialization from a young age, at least two hours exercise a day as adults, and ongoing commitment to training throughout their lifetime.
How would a Husky German Shepherd fit with my family?
The high training and exercise requirement of Husky Shepherd mix dogs makes them an ambitious choice of breed, and 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 difficult to fit around the demands of a young family.
But “not right now” doesn’t have to mean “not ever”!
Their friendly dispositions and unswerving loyalty are likely to make German Shepherd Husky mix dogs a happy fit with older children and teens, who can all pitch in with training and exercising.
If you and your family love to spend lots of time outdoors, and want a companion who can keep up, then the athleticism of Husky Shepherd mix dogs will fit in with your lifestyle beautifully.
How to find German Shepherd Husky mix puppies
Husky German Shepherd mix puppies aren’t too difficult to find. The widespread popularity of both breeds means that their puppies are frequently advertized nationwide.
As in any dog search there are some important principles to follow to give the best chance of bringing home a healthy, happy new pet:
German Shepherd Husky mix price
Be cautious of any puppy which seems to cheap to be true.
Breeding a healthy litter of pups from healthy parents costs money in terms of health screening, veterinary care, vaccinations and flea and worming treatments.
If the cost of a puppy can’t possibly have covered these outgoings, then at some point the welfare of the puppies and their parents has been forfeited.
German Shepherd Husky mix breeders
As well as adverts on specialist online breeder forums, German Shepherd Husky mix puppies often crop up on Craigslist and other selling sites.
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 and show you how to recognize the responsible breeders from the dodgy dealers and the puppy farms.
Should I get a Husky German Shepherd mix dog?
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 easy to love dog breeds.
Their puppies can become smart, devoted companions who love to join in with adventures and exploring.
Because it’s so important to train them continuously and provide lots of exercise, Shepherd Husky mix dogs aren’t a wise choice for first time dog owners or people who are out of the house all day.
But if you’re confident you can make the commitment to raising a Husky German Shepherd, you’ll be rewarded with truly exceptional friend.
Do you have a German Shepherd Husky at home?
Did you set out find a puppy with German Shepherd and Husky parents, or did your dog find you?
Which traits from each breed have they inherited?
Please tell us all about you Shepherd Husky mix in the comments section at the bottom of the page!
Still Not Sure Which Puppy To Get?
If you are still undecided about which pup will be right for your family, then there are some other popular German Shepherd and Husky mixes you might like to read about:
You should also check out Choosing The Perfect Puppy by Pippa Mattinson.
A complete guide to finding the right new breed of dog for you.
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