The German Shepherd Husky mix is often known as the Gerberian Shepsky, a hybrid combination of purebred German Shepherd Dog and pedigree Siberian Husky. This active, intelligent, working dog is a regular puppy powerhouse when it comes to cool genetics. They are slim but tall dogs, that thrive with regular exercise and shine through with the most positive personality when raised using modern training methods.
- A distinctive appearance
- Aggression and guarding instincts
- Training and exercise
- Gerberian Shepsky puppies
For active families with older kids or a childfree lifestyle, this pup can be an incredible companion. You’ll need to be a big fan of grooming and vacuuming to keep your pup and house in top shape, but it’ll be worth the effort.
A German Shepherd Husky mix puppy is created by combining a line of German Shepherds with a line of Siberian Huskies. They can be a first cross, with a GSD parent and a Husky parent, or be a part of a longer line of mixed German Shepherds and Huskies.
The Husky German Shepherd mix is quite a recent combination. But its two parents have fascinating and fairly long histories. They are both hard working, intelligent and co-operative breeds. German Shepherds have worked as guard dogs, police dogs, service dogs and herding dogs. Huskies have been sled dogs and companions for generations.
What do German Shepherd Husky Mixes Look Like?
When two different pedigrees are mated, their puppies can inherit the physical traits 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, have very different looks.
Compared to some of the more mismatched doggy parents these days, German Shepherds and Huskies have quite complementary appearances. They both have erect ears and dignified expressions. They look well built and athletic. Both breeds have double coat, which looks deep and cuddly.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Size
Overall, Huskies are medium sized dogs. They weigh 35-60lb. More males are 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 tall.
German Shepherds are larger. They weigh 49-88lb, and stand 22-26 inches from floor to shoulder. Again, males are usually larger than females.
When a Husky German Shepherd mix puppy grows up it will be anywhere between the smallest Husky, and the biggest German Shepherd.
Coats and Colors
The most striking Husky German Shepherd mix dogs inherit the dark coat of their German Shepherd parent, and the bright blue eyes of their Husky parent. But German Shepherds actually come in a range of colors, from Sable to Silver and even White. Siberian Huskies can be red, or even white too.
They have thick double coats to protect them from the elements, which 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.
A German Shepherd x Husky = a LOT of lost hair.
If you’re thinking about getting a Husky Shepherd mix, you need to really love about vacuuming. But also be 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.
Huskies are loyal, fun, friendly, gentle and alert. GSDs are brave, clever and calm. There are some clear similarities there.
This mix is guaranteed to be intelligent. But if you’ve met many Huskies and German Shepherds, you might have also seen 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. However, with modern reward based methods you shouldn’t struggle to find a way to motivate this mix.
Guarding and Aggression
Well bred Huskies are everybody’s best friend. They welcome strangers as happily as family members.
There have been some less friendly genes bred in by unscrupulous breeders. But generally they are gentle dogs at heart.
German Shepherds meanwhile are more reserved with strangers. They need more socialization whilst young to become confident around new people.
How to Get the Best Temperament
So, whilst the physical appearance of a Husky German Shepherd is relatively predictable, their temperament can be far more variable.
Since the grown up temperament is hard to judge in a German Shepherd Husky mix puppy, it’s especially important to meet both of your puppy’s parents before you commit.
Remind yourself that your puppy could inherit any of the personality traits of either parent. Then ask yourself if you’d be happy having either of the parents at home.
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!
Are German Shepherd Husky Mixes Good with Kids?
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
Training Is Essential
Bored or cooped-up Shepskies are more likely to show unwanted behaviors. Chewing, digging and trying to escape can all be a problem. The stimulation your German Shepherd x Husky needs will depend on their temperament. And on what motivates them.
Sled Dog vs Sheepdog Genes
If they are more Husky than German Shepherd, your pup might want to run for hours every day. And may show less interest in learning games. But if their personality more resembles a German Shepherd, they might enjoy advanced obedience classes. Or scent work activities. Either of which will help to give them a satisfying sense of purpose.
German Shepherd training is something you will need to keep up with for their lifetime. And their mix is likely to be no different. Whichever breed they take after most closely, they will need lots of socialization from a young age. We are talking of at least two hours exercise a day as adults. Together with ongoing training sessions through the dogs life.
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 exercise. 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 Health and Care
There’s a general rule that crossbreed dogs enjoy better overall health than pedigree dogs. This is due to the widening out of their gene pool. But what conditions could Husky German Shepherd mix puppies get from their parents?
In particular German Shepherds are prone to:
- Elbow and hip dysplasia – incorrect formation of the joints, which often develops into painful arthritis.
- Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy – 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.
Eye disease, allergies, and epilepsy are other possible issues. German Shepherds are also prone to posture and back problems that cause them to walk on their hocks.
Compared with German Shepherds, Huskies have low rates of joint dysplasia for a breed of their size. But, there is some indication this has been getting worse rather than better. They are also prone to some degenerative eye conditions, cataracts. As a breed they seem more prone to some skin conditions.
Are Mixed Breed Dogs Healthier?
A German Shepherd and Husky mix is an opportunity to give their offspring a healthier combination of genes. And perhaps protect them from some of the problems associated with German Shepherds. But it isn’t a guarantee.
In the meantime, make sure that your German Shepherd Husky mix puppy’s parents were fully health checked before mating. In particular, ask to see hip scores for both parents and to see evidence of eye tests. These are common problem areas for both breeds. You can also help your pup have the best start in life by giving them the best diet.
Husky German Shepherd mix puppies aren’t too hard to find. The popularity of both breeds means their puppies are often advertized nationwide.
There are some important principles to follow to give the best chance of bringing home a healthy, happy new pet.
Purebred German Shepherd price tends to be a little lower than that of a Siberian Husky. But the cost of their combined offspring varies. It can range from $400 to $1,500 depending on the breeder.
Be cautious of any puppy which seems too cheap to be true. Breeding a healthy litter of pups from healthy parents costs money.
Health screening, veterinary care, vaccinations and flea and worming treatments all add up. If the cost of a puppy can’t cover these outgoings, then at some point the welfare of the puppies and their parents has been forfeited.
Rick K says
My Wife and I have a male full blooded GSD and a female full blooded Husky. Last year we were not watching and they got “together”.
In last November 2020 our husky delivered 6 beautiful Shepsky pups.
Because I am an irrational dog lover we kept two. Visually they are almost identical, the only real difference I. The two is the male pup we kept has one blue eye one brown.
Personality wise, they could not be more different other than their energy level. The male’s personality is all Husky like his mom, the female’s personality is all GSD like her dad.
We gave the other 4 pups away to family and friends as we are not breeders and only wanted them going to good loving homes.
We have decided that in a year from now we are going to let the GSD and Husky mate one more time then she is getting fixed.
They made such awesome pups and even more fiends have requested them if we had another litter.
I cannot tell you how awesome these pups are.
Yes – they are gonna shed, A LOT.
Yes – they are high energy.
Yes – they think your food is theirs (teach those manners early)
And yes – they are very affectionate.
Can’t imagine not having them now.
We have the sweetest Shepskies. They joined our family at the beginning im the shut downs. We had to say good bye to our precious Beagle on March 21st. March 30th we decided we needed a new furbaby.
All typical shelters were shut down, but we found our girls on Craigslist. They will be 1 in a few weeks and we could not imagine our lives without them being in our family.
We got two. They get a big free style run everyday. I affw tionately call them the glorious goat pugs because they would eat everything and they love to wallow in mud.
They are about 70lbs each. One is in my lap right now. <3
My son brought Ruby home at 7 weeks. She is now 7 months old. She is so sweet. She does shed a lot. Very active and playful. Does not wonder off. She has beautiful blue eyes and loves to cuddle. Sits next to you on couch like a human and sleeps on her back. I love her but work full time. My husband doesn’t have patience with her. He has a little yorkie and doesn’t want to bother with her unfortunately. My son started college full time and is also working so his time is limited. Can you tell the site to post her on only people that do not want to sell her please but take good care of her. Thank you. If it was my choice I would definitely keep her but like I said, my husband does not have patience and he is also aged.
Rilie Williams says
Do you have a picture
We just lost our loving shepherd/husky mix with the prettiest blue eyes. Her name was Loretta. We would love to get another 1 to give it a wonderful loving home. I’ve worked for the same vet for almost 30 years.
I am looking to adopt a Husky Shepherd mix. How old is your dog?
Kaydee Helton says
We are adopting a Shepsky who is a fence jumper but supposedly not a digger. We are very active so, he seemed like a good fit. He is described as a active and a social butterfly who loves people and dogs and is a little “naughty” and dramatic. We are hoping that he is also going to be a snuggle bunny and that since he has basic obedience and responds to positive reinforcement that he will be able to have more advanced training and do agility training work. I will however be having him go to Doggie Daycare as soon as he is settled so he can get his zoomies out during day.
Sue Ryze says
Yesterday we saved a German Shepherd Husky Mix from our local shelter. He’s such a good boy. Would love to share pictures here! He seems very loyal and noticed the love we have for him.
German Shepherd’s and Huskies are two of the best breeds of dogs. German shepherds are muscular, noble, and extremely intelligent; Huskies are friendly, active, and great with children. Having the two breeds mate together creates a great furry friend that everyone will love!
Angi Aughe says
We have had our beautiful husky shepherd mix for 13 years now and we love her as much today as the day we brought her home, maybe more. She is so sweet and loving that we have always teased that if someone broke in she would just roll over and beg them to pet her tummy. Well, boy were we wrong!! We recently had someone try to break in. She pushed our smaller dogs, our daughter in law and grandson into the bathroom while I phoned the police. She kept trying to push me in there toi, however I refused to leave her out there alone. (Besides I had my gun and I talking to the police despatch) She did however stay between me and the door until the police showed up. She then laid down as if nothing had happened.
I can’t even imagine the day we lose her. She has never had a puppy of her own but she has raised the other dogs we have from the time they were puppies. She has also been there for my nephew, grandson and granddaughter to teeth on and use to learn to walk. She loves the kids and protects them from any and all dangers. She is loved and always will be.
That is awesome story! What is her name?
KALI ,I think found me:), I had lost my black German shepherd of 9month old (Ivy) and was devastated….live almost in the wood and plenty of time to live a dog and invest myself in training and his well being…..after being about 2 times to buy a full breed shepherd…..there was always complications until on night she was there….the breeder wanted me to take her and her body:e but prefer to raise only once dog at the time at least for its first year! I was scared she gets messy and is a big forbade…she ended up being one of the best puppy ever …from 7 to 9 weeks totally house broken in 2 days ….know more that 19 commands, is perfect in car don’t need to be crated….is cuddly! I couldntThave ask for a better puppy she my little sngel
We got a shepherd husky mix 7 years ago when she was 6 weeks old. She has blue eyes and very light colored coat. From the beginning, she has had the “attitude” of a husky. Took awhile to potty train, and has always been stubborn lol. However, she hates the cold, loves sun bathing in the South carolina heat, and loves to sleep. She sleeps with my husband all day, and sleeps with me at night. Even when we take her out to try and exercise her, she just lays down lol. Shes always been very loving, esp to our kids, who were 10 and almost 2 at the time. She has never gotten aggravated with the younger one, and has a great disposition. She is is very quick to learn things, and is actually registered as my ESA. She knows when I’m not well, and lays on me. She sleeps right next to me, and has waken me up at night when she has noticed a difference in me (sometimes it’s been an irregular heart beat, panic attack, fever, or just something not right). She is beyond loyal, loves to cuddle, and we are so lucky to have her. Her name is Bailey (my almost 2 year old named her the night we got her).
We adopted a 4 mo old Shep/Husky mix from a shleter 3 years ago. He striking in appearance with coloring similar to a long haired shep or a belguim malinois. We almost never complete a walk without hearing multiple compliments. He is 80 lbs and has maintained his exact weight for two years. His tempermenant is alert and protective while extremely welcoming and friendly. Training was a nightmare. His grasp of commands was almost immediate. His interest in performing was casual at best. If bribed with a treat he can go through all of the basic skills flawlessly. Without a treat there is no hope. Everything and I mean everything is on his terms. As a pup he argued and complained a lot in that classic husky whine. As a young adult he no longer complains he just refuses to cooperate. He is the worst at coming when called considering line of sight from 25 yards away sufficient. But, he is a simply wonderful dog. He loves everyone and everything, except squirles and rabits. He is gentle and kind to small children and dogs. He loves to rough house and play keep away with bigger folks and larger breeds. He has a great smile and generally very relaxed demenaor. We did not know anything about the mix before he came in to our lives. After three years with him I would not hesitate to seek out a shep/husky again.
We got Max when he was 6 weeks old. My daughter picked him out. He was the biggest one in the liter and the only one that wasn’t scared.
He is a tad over a year now and is still a handful, but he’s also very much a character. His expressions and attitude are priceless! He looks like a Shepard, but has the white markings in front.
Everyone wants him and offers to buy him. He is a very beautiful and handsome man! Everyone that sees him compliments him on his looks. He is already weighing in at 85 pounds and he’s not done growing.
He LOVES to dig and he acts like a starving coyote most of the time.
He is a lover though and loves to cuddle and be pet. He will not stop chasing the cats, but he doesn’t hurt them. Just gives them a slobber bath.
He growls at people when we take a walk and isn’t good around other dogs. He is very gentle with kids though.
We also live in Phoenix and in the summer, Max likes to get in the water trough to cool off. He’ll even put his head under water to get his ball if it gets in the trough. Yet, he’s scared of the water hose.
He’s very protective of all of us in the house. Strangers, he goes either way. Just depends on the person.
He likes some and others he doesn’t like at all.
He is extremely smart and easy to train. Very stubborn though. When he’s been bad, he’ll try to cover his eyes with his tail, so you can’t see him.
Max is a great dog, but a handful. We wouldn’t trade him for anything.
My dog Blue came to us via Craigslist. He is a mix of Canadian White Shepherd and Husky. One blue eye, one hazel brown eye. We got him at 7 weeks from a couple who couldn’t keep him. All they told us was that he was the runt if the litter and that he was very sweet.
I hated him at first. I’ve never had a dog before and my daughter has 2 Bengal cats and we lu e in a 1 bedroom apartment in the city. I guess he was teething and he bit me relentlessly on my forearms and I thought I’d made the biggest mistake of my life by adopting him. I am mildly disabled with balance issues and I didn’t do any research before purchasing him. I thought about giving him up but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
Fast forward 2 years and now he’s my bff and we are inseparable and I can’t imagine life without him. He sheds a lot and still pulls sometimes when he sees people he knows. He’s pulled me down (faceplant) 4 times so I had to learn to quickly let go of the leash but it’s still an issue. But we love going on long walks and he lives playing catch. I try to exercise him as much as possible and that’s really good for both of us.
He was socialized mainly to humans and so he loves everyone and displays no aggression. He sheds A LOT but I got myself a black&decker battery operated vacuum which helps. He does “talk” and whine and doesn’t bark too much. He is very goofy but so am I so we get along great.
My life is so much better with him in it and I’m so glad I stuck it out after the puppy phase. I love my dog more than words can say.
I have a shepsky and she is super loving and caring but wild and ignorant I don’t know what it is but she doesn’t listen very well at home however if I take her to a dog park or my parents house she listens very well I think she finds comfort in it but she’s just too comfortable at home and I have to watch her 24/7 because she tears things up but for the most part she is awesome and I’m glad to have her you definitely have to have a lot of patients and consistency she’ll grow up to be a good dog btw I potty trained her in about a week she had probably ten accidents on the house but nothing I wasn’t expecting overall great dogs and would recommend to a friend!
We adopted a 3 month old Shepherd/Husky mix from a local rescue 3 years ago. He is absolutely the best dog ever. We have 3 cats and our son was 9 at the time. We trained him to not chase the cats, made sure our son knew not to tease him from day 1 and always show him tons of affection and socialized him well in the very beginning. His favorite indoor play is tug of war. Always have plenty of toys on hand for him. He was never much into chew toys, so the tug of war helped in that area. He likes to chase the ball indoors too. Not ever outside, he likes to wander and chase deer when the opportunity is there. He never catches up! He loves everyone, but I am certain he would protect us if needed. He gets a good run loose every day, when not raining. We both work full time. He was crated overnight for a few months and crated during the day until he was about 6 months. I came home every day at lunch to let him out to teach him better control of his bladder and to just let him out of the crate. I can’t say enough positive things about this breed. He is very independent like a cat. Sometimes I think he thinks he is a cat. We have 1 playful cat that he likes to pounce after, but he never means any harm to him. Only destructive thing he ever did was eat flip flops and slippers. To this day, he still takes the insoles out of my husband’s sneakers. Carefully does it without damage. LOL
Amber Syverson says
Useful info. We adopted a Siberian husky German Shepherd mix from the shelter. He’s about 11 mths old now but was terribly abused piror to him going to the shelter. He’s very skidish still but is coming out of it. However we are having major problems with chewing (he refuses to chew on his toys but chews everything else even my $500 couch) and digging I counted 35 holes in my backyard this morning. He goes on daily walks (weather permitting it’s 3) …. I have to figure out something bc this chewing and digging has got to stop! Going to try a couple of these
If you get a chance, give him a good run loose every day. Sounds like he may be bored with energy to burn. Our shepherd husky loves to play tug of war. Gotta make sure the toy is tough enough to handle him! That tires him out good. Good luck!
Huskies dig. You should have known this prior to adopting.
Glad I found this site. I just adopted a Germ/Husky from a local shelter. She was found as a stray and is approx. 5 years old. She does not even know the basic commands, however she is house broken. She is all white and at first I thought she might be deaf. That would not be a problem since I adopted a deaf pitty from the same rescue last year. Like I stated before she is all white with honey colored eyes. As of today I have had here for 13 days and thanks to your web site and such great comments from viewers I have a better understanding of the Husky part of her. Despite not knowing anything about her and a few unnerving moments at the start Ester has been slowly coming around. She now knows her name and some basic commands. I know she is very smart and is eager to please. It might just be unique to her being a stray but once she realized she was safe and in no danger her personality is beginning to shine. When I get home she is greats me with the classic Husky talk. I just can’t get over the hair! My yard looks like it is covered with hundreds of snowballs. I tried to socialized her with other dogs and it has not gone well so far and the same with small children. I hope that will change in time. I will keep you posted as time goes on.
Dawn W says
My son brought this 4wk old German Shep/ husky mix home from school. She was beautiful black and tan. By the time she was 5wks old she was completely potty trained. She was smart, loyal, very energetic. She was i believe the absolute best dog I have ever owned. She was the size of a husky but looked like a shepherd. She had a litter of 7 pups with a Russian wolf hound. Three of her pups were red and white husky with blue eyes and the other 4 looked like her black and tan. That dog, her name was sox, was so easy to train. All I had to do was show her once or twice and she was trained. She was a puller on the leash. but if I took her off the leash she would stay right by me. She was quite the little hunter and stalker. She wasn’t real fond of other dogs. But she loved horses , cats, cows, and our pet rat that use to crawl all over her. I truly believe I got the best of both breeds in Sox. She was 13 1/2yrs old when I had to have her put down. It was hard to tell she was even sick because sox only ate when she was hungry. her entire life she would eat and two or three days would go by and she would eat again that was her eating habit. She didn’t drink alot of water either. She had a fast growing cancer in her breast. But health wise for 13 yrs the only shot she ever had was her rabies shot. She traveled in a car from the east coast to the west coast and all the states in between. All the vets she’s been to around the country would tell me how healthy looking she was. when i took her to the vet 6mons. before she passed and he asked me how old she was I said 13 and he told me she didn’t look a day over 7 or 8. He ask me when the last time I brushed her teeth was I said never she’s a dog. I use to give her 2 big ham bones a year very rarely was she given treats and I know i am gonna get hell for this but she loved her dark chocolate. in her eyes steak took a back seat to chocolate. She lived a long healthy productive fulfilled life. I’ve owned a lot of dogs but that one was without a doubt the most intelligent, protective and loyal best friend I could have ever asked for. I would definitely look for another German shep/ Husky mix.
Chuck Taylor says
I own one now and according to a recent DNA test he is 50/50 for 3 generations back on both sides. At times he exhibits the traits of a GSD and at other times that of the Husky. However, he did NOT inherit the “Escape Artist” characteristic of the Husky. He will, and has, come home before running off anywhere else.
My Dakotah is 25 or 26 inches at the shoulder and weighs in at 70+ pounds. Health wise, we have only had problems when he got neutered and just recently a surface allergy. For the most part he eats well -but- can be picky.
He is loyal but will “wander” off when we are out in the wild. Looking for rabbits and other small creatures to chase. He has caught both rabbits and birds – and devoured them. Mostly, he wants to be where I am. He will follow me from room to room in the house and he will wait for me on the trail. The room to room doesn’t necessarily happen immediately. Sometimes it just depends on how long I take to get back.
Along those lines and the Guard or Friend … he is both. He doesn’t accept strangers readily unless they are children, and then I have to be careful on some of those. But if he knows you, he can be a handful. He wants to be with some of the neighbors whether they want him or not.
He is, as of this date, May 17th, 2018, three years and two months old. He has begun to “snuggle” more now than before. It’s not really a snuggle cause it is still to hot. We live in Phoenix. What am I doing with a Gerberian Shepsky in hot Phoenix??? Well, it was where he was born. I have had him since he was 5 and a half weeks old. Probably got him to soon but that is another story. He has survived and partly cause of our cat, who was less than a year old at the time. They played together – and still do.
As for the Grooming… you need to be prepared for the twice a year “blow out”. That is when they blow their lower coat to change seasons. You could stuff a pillow, or two, with the fur that comes off then.
His eyes… they are a warm, cute, friendly and beautiful pair of brown eyes. His fur is Sable and he has grown up to look a lot like a wolf. In fact I have had children ask if they could pet my wolf.
No, I was not looking for a Gerberian Shepsky when I got him but I was looking for a GSD or a Husky. The GSD cause I had one before and loved her and the Husky … just because. As it turned out I got both. And someone else mentioned Craig’s List… that is where I got my Dakotah. Don’t think the lady knew what she had. I got him for $125.00. Course I didn’t know what I was getting either. He has been the joy, frustration and happiness in my life for the last three years. Wouldn’t trade him for a million dollars.
This is going to seem insane but I am hoping to move to Maricopa next year. That said, I visit my family out there multiple times a year. Last January (2017), I flew in to town and got to their house on a Monday. They had JUST gotten their first ever foster puppy the day before (in a house with 5 kids, a Saint Bernard, a purebred GSD, and 3 cats). She was found in the desert just a few days before by some hikers. They kept her overnight then took her to the rescue the next day. They took her to the vet (who estimated her age to be 5-6 weeks old) then she ended up at my brothers house. I showed up the next day and fell in love with her. She was severely underweight and fit under the seat in front of me on the plane. She had 5 “homes” in about 10 days but she adjusted well.
At first, she’d drink every drop of water we put in front of her – whether it was a gallon or a cup. Took me a day and a half to connect the dots that she survived the desert because she learned quick to drink water when she found it. She’s unbelievably smart but stubborn as all get out.
I really don’t know which breed she takes after more but it wouldn’t matter. I love my little monkey so much. She’s my world.
Oh, and she had some weird name that did not fit her when she got to my brothers house. The kids renamed her Tilly and what kind of aunt would I be if I changed it?!? ??
Emad A. says
Your words helped understand my Lucy. She is one year and a half old. We adopted her a couple of months ago. I feel guilty for leaving her alone most of the time. We groomed her last week. It could be her first but she liked it. She was so cooperative and relaxed like a lady in a beauty salon. She got her best bath ever tonight. She is sleeping like an angle now. Thank you so much.
My Shepsky Jack found me so to speak. A friend told me a family’s son got pick of the litter him from a local breeder. But he left town & the parents had other dogs. Jack was about 3 months old. They offered him to me & I went to see him. He was hiding in a feed bucket with water in it. The mother came out & asked if I was there to see Kujo. I asked why would you name a puppy kujo. She said try to pet him & you’ll see. I told her I’d try to bite her too if she made me live in a bucket of water. I got on my knees in front of the bucket & told him I was not going to hurt him. I was there to take him home if he wanted to go. He growled for a second. Then looked at me for a minute..and ran out of the bucket & jumped in my lap. He couldn’t stop kissing me. I laughed at the lady & said yea…not kujo. I just got up & walked away with him. He would not come to any name…then one day while playing catch I joked & said you think you know everything lil boy…but you don’t know jack. He stopped & ran back to me. I laughed & said you want me to call you Jack? He sat down & put his paw on my knee. I am not kidding. This is the smartest creature I’ve ever known. And the most loyal. He’s funny & likes to talk. He tries to say I ruv you..Jack’s the best dog ever! Tried to get him a job…but police said the Husky is too willful…lol. Not this one! I can say go over there & lay on that rug & he does it. Their loss. Luv Luv Jack!
I adopted my Kubo about 7 months ago. He’s extremely hyper but loving and playful. He learns really fast when he knows that treats are involved, otherwise he’s quite stubborn and stands up to me a lot. On days when I can’t spend as much time as I’d like to with him, he destroys our backyard. But when we exercise and play together he’s an Angel. He’s afraid of most strangers but warms up to them when I’m around. He is my boy and I’m so glad that I will get to spend so many more years with him.
We had our Rebel for 14.5 years. He was the sweetest, loving funny furbaby. He climbed a fence once because a dog he didn’t like was behind us in a neighbors yard. I got him for my husband who adored and loved Rebel. He crossed the rainbow bridge 2 weeks ago and I miss him so much. Looking to adopt another shepard/husky.
So sorry for your loss
Do u have a dog yet??? And where do u live? We had a pup left with us and we’re too old and disabled to keep up with him. He’s yr old and at our age he could easily outlive us. Then what for him? Contact me please and I’ll send please. Would love to find him a good home.
We have one. His name is Riley and he thinks he is a lap dog. We started obedience training last year and he and my son Ethan (16) is now in the advance group. Excellent with our white alsation (Bella) and us as family including my 3 year old daughter. He loves giving kisses and loves jumping on the couch and beds. the only problem we have encoutered is bringing in a small breed into the mix, but that is why is going for training so that we have more control over him so that I can get my small breed puppy again. He digs alot of holes and if someone breaks into the house they will propably break their necks before they get to the door!
Sharon Toporowski says
I have been fostering a 9 year old Shepsky for 10 months. In some ways he is Shephard. He is well trained and is easily learning new commands and tricks. He is very much a guard dog and I have to be careful with him around joggers who are perceived as a threat by him. In other ways he is Husky. He will howl like a wolf if left alone more than an hour and a half. He has a high prey drive and can easily catch small animals so I have to be careful with him around cats and small wild animals. He loves to “talk” and make funny little noises to communicate, which is common for both breeds. He is quite handsome, greatly resembling an Alaskan Malamute and is frequently mistaken for that breed. He is very affectionate and eager to please. He loves tummy rubs and makes cute contented noises when rubbed, hugged and cooed to. He really likes long walks and still walks an hour and a half a day with me. He starts to limp if he does too much running though due to arthritis. He is otherwise happy, healthy and content. If you are interested in adopting him, his name is Boulder and he is on the Adopt a dog/Save a life website.
Arline Walker says
I did not see my mistakes until it was to late. I just wanted you to know my best friend’s name is Bo not no although he hears that a lot. He loves to run and take long walks! Love him!
I was the same way. I got my guy, Sam, when he was 7 weeks old. He was being abused and his medical condition was horrible. Now, a year later, I realize I was not being totally fair to him. He needed the discipline I did not give him. I was so focused on getting him physically well, that I forgot he needed to be healed mentally and emotionally as also. It’s been a struggle, on going, but, I would not give him up for any amount of money. He is my constant companion. He is loyal, trusting and extremely loving. I believe that Sam would die for me if need be. I know I would certainly die for him. He has busted windows, eaten books, shoes, eye glasses and pillows. He has been known to “herd” the other dogs into one room and keep them there. He is smart, alert, analytical and problem solving. He is protective of me always. Sam and I have a ways to go, but, together we will make it work. I love my guy.
Arline Walker says
My boy is around 3 yrs old and has been a not. I was not aware he was a designer dog until now. My niece required a Siberian husky from a rescue and they were not aware she was in heat and was bred by their neighbors German shepherd Both who are beautiful! She knew that I had always wanted either bread and I would give him a good home. We had 6 ankle-biters, Chihuahuas, chiyorkies and cocker mix, He grew up terrorizing them and would act a clown trying to get them to play. The biggest problem we had was that I am an avid gardener and het dug up and ate everything I planted.We discovered he never touched anything someone else planted only what I touched. We also have a couple of sago psalms that I was fearful of him eating .After finding out that they are poisonous, with no antidote we built him a huge pen of his own, which he loves! I live in the South and we have had some unusual weather this winter, we have had 2 snows with subzero temps. Because of the weather we have had us in with us. We have always known he was exceptional but he proved it one more time. Did I mention we also have cats and a ferret, well he was so loving and gentle that we would look and our 3 month old kitten would be lying on his bed beside him and he would be showering her with losses. His name is No and he weighs around 90 lbs,is black tan and grey with the black mask. Both of his eyes are brown, very vocal. Talks to us all the time, currently trying to say I love you and is almost their. Loves his doghouse which is custom made for him with the help of my teenage grandson’s. We love No and pray we have him for a lot of years to come.
I got very lucky with my boy Duke… Truly the best of both worlds!!!
Size was like a shepherd, about 90 lbs
Husky colour, grey and white with full mask
Active – Enjoyed long walks, on occasion would like to chase wildlife
Was able to walk off leash
NOT an escape artist and stuck around in the yard
Got along with cats and other small pets
Very excitable, so was hard to have him learn certain commands
Loved people and children
Was able to be at home free roam while I was at work for 8 hrs a day and NEVER destroyed anything
Not a huge barker, would howl only on the odd occasion and would talk like husky
My Shepsky was given to me by my brother in law, who did a amazing job socializing and training him as a pup. He was 7yrs old when i got him and lived a very active lifestyle with my brother in law, he just didn’t have time for him anymore. I work in the veterinary field and have never been a big fan of German Shepards or Huskies, but the moment I met this boy, I was in love. He was about 2 years old and I got to spend a lot of time with him over the years since our family was close. His face has so much expression, he always makes me laugh with the way he responds to the people or things around him. He has the look of a German shepard,with not so much of the sagging backend. He’s black and tan in the same pattern of a shepard, but his tan really lightens out to almost white down his belly, face and legs. He’s got the husky tail and thick hair around his neck, big shepard ears and one blue eye and one brown eye. He’s just gorgeous and everyone says so. He sheds like crazy and is such a clown all the time. He loves other dogs and wants to play with them instantly, but can be a little wary of people at times, especially men. He rarely barks unless someone is at the door and only communicates with us by whining to go outside or talking in his scooby doo, rut row voice when he wants something. When he knows he’s done something bad, he will seriously put him self in a corner sometimes and just sit there with his head down. He’s super smart and easy to train, but at the same time, can be extremely stubborn. My brother in law is his person and is extremely obedient to him and when he first came to live with us, would look at me like, I don’t have to listen to you, your not my dad, and would just be so stubborn, but not long after changed his tune. He is more obedient to my husband, who doesn’t nearly spend as much time with him as I do, than me. But I really feel like he loves me more, since I pay more attention to him and take him on walks. He’s so gentle with kids and he didn’t grow up around them until he was about 2, but will let them pretty much do anything to him and just lays there with a silly expression on his face. He is so gentle with small dogs and shows a lot restraint when playing with them. He does not get as much exercise as he did when he was with his dad, but gets a lot more attention from us. Because of that, I think he gets bored and will chew on anything laying around the house. He used to be an escape artist and got out of the yard all the time, but has never done that with us. Walks on and off the leash really well and will jump in any shallow water he see’s, no matter how cold it is outside, as long as he doesn’t have to swim, he hates swimming and baths. He’s affectionate, but not a cuddler and will nose you if you stop petting him and he still wants to be pet. I love this dog and will be so sad when he passes. I have never had a dog or met a dog quite like him.
I adopted my shepsky about 7 months ago. He is almost a year old. I’ve had dogs all my life but he is the first that is truly mine. He is the best dog I’ve ever had. He is incredibly smart and learns commands after only a few tries. I talk to him like he is a person and he responds when he hears words that he recognizes—which are plenty. His energy level is not nearly what I’d imagined it would be. He has little spurts of energy but when I walk him and let him run around the yard when he goes out he is set for the day. He’s incredibly friendly, but also just the right amount of wary with strangers. He’s never been aggressive, but he wants to get to know someone for a minute before being their best friend. This was a nice change of pace from my lab who I had to drag away from any living creature, because she wanted to meet and befriend everyone. The only thing I’ve had an issue with with him is he eats EVERYTHING. He knows the command “leave it” and doesn’t eat things when supervised, but left unsupervised will eat anything that isn’t nailed down: plastic bowl, a sponge, a toy, part of a dish towel, etc etc. He is still only 9 months so I’m hoping he’ll grow out of it. I usually wouldn’t comment on a website like this, but I had looked at this website when deciding to adopt my dog and really appreciated everyone’s personal stories. I wanted to share my positive experience with anyone on here thinking of adopting a shepsky. You will not regret it. My dog is truly my best friend.
I rescued my shepsky 1 year ago she was 10 months old & been abused & not botherd with she is now a fantastic dog just by giving her a bit of time learns very quick but did take more training than the 5 german shepards i had previous.Her ex owners lost out could have had a fantastic dog if they had botherd.if you dont want to make the commitment DONT GET ANY DOG
J. Patrick Blum says
I have a male husky shepherd who was born where I used to live with roommates. I did not have a dog. He chose me very specifically the moment he ventured away from his mother and we became best friends immediately. He has beautiful blue eyes and his coat has white, black and tan. Everyone thinks he is absolutely beautiful and I assure you the feeling is mutual. He truly loves every person and dog he has ever met and regardless of their temperament he will try his best to be friends no matter how long it takes. He will only bark if someone knocks on the door. He only howl/talks once in a great while and loves fetching sticks. Everything I taught him as a puppy stick very quickly and stayed forever. He is now two years old. I told him “No” one time as he started to potty in the house and he absolutely will not go potty inside ever. So smart! He is my best friend and I am his. We live for each other. I can walk him easily without a leash as he always tightens his lead when I tell him to. However when he is on a leash or harness he will pull like no other, instinct from his husky side I imagine, making a leash a little aggravating for someone walking him. He operates almost completely by nose when given the choice and loves to run. I talk to him like I would a person and he very well understands a great deal I say and still learns behaviors quickly and easily. A small downside is that when left alone he will get angry and tear up paper and furniture though he never gets into his food or treats even when alone though he can always get to them. He waits to be fed and is very patient in all we do, baths, brushing, looking him over or anything. He is my first dog and as I said he chose me, and everyone who knows us says I hit the lottery. They don’t need to tell me that though as he and I have learned everything together, communicate well, and love each other intensely. He’s the best friend I have ever had. I just have to keep him out of strangers cars because he loves to ride. He truly is the best thing that ever happened to me.
J B says
I had gone with a friend that wanted to adopt a puppy for him and his girlfriend. They ended up leaving with two and I one. He definitely stole my heart by being spunky and having attitude!
He’s two now, but raising him from a puppy was a lot of work. Thankfully I had a few really good dog trainers to help me along the way. My dog has the coloring of a white and black husky and the body of a German Shepard (giant ears!), definitely a mix of the two breeds personalities. People often mistake him for a purebred husky when they first meet him because of his coloring.
He’s 50/50 when it comes to people, he was socialized A LOT as a puppy with dogs and humans, but he seems to distrust 50% of the people he meets (he wasn’t abused as a puppy) and wants to bark at them. He prefers animals to people and if there’s a dog or cat in the room he will ignore calls for him to come. He is strong willed and only listens when it’s convenient for him.
He can’t be happier than when he is being trained! Definitely needing of a job, he listens well when he’s in the “mode”. But his attention span rarely lasts longer than 30 minutes before he’s “over” training and just lays down.
He relentlessly chases our cat, even our trainer’s advice hasn’t helped much with that. We’re hoping that will stop as he gets older… hoping.
He’s very loving and loyal. Somewhat aloof when it comes to cuddling, but he’ll always want to be nearby. He will always sleep at the end of the bed or sit on the couch next to us. He doesn’t bark much unless he’s in a new place and left alone, or he isn’t at the front of the pack during a trail hike. He gets upset if his “pack” gets separated and will bark on hikes and during camping trips if one of us walks away.
He was only destructive as a puppy, especially when I was taking classes after work and couldn’t always give him the exercise and attention he deserved.
Now that he’s older I can leave him alone in a room not locked in a crate. As long as he has been properly worked out and doesn’t have an extreme surplus of energy he will be good and not destroy things in the room.
Overall, I am so glad to have him in my life! I wouldn’t recommend someone who isn’t an active person get a Shepsky; people have to be willing to either spend time researching how to train them or be willing to spend money paying someone to teach you and the dog.
What an amazing mix of dog, so much personality!
Sally Kay says
I adopted a white husky shepherd mix, she is very fearful of most everything. There is no history for this dog, trainer is having a difficult time trying to socialize her. She only wants to be with me and any room I may be in. She doesn’t appear to have been physically abused but certainly has not been socialized. I’ve had her for two months and she still will not come in to the same room as my husband . I’m desperate for some good training advice.
I had a shepherd husky mix…. I could say I rescued him, but he rescued me, many times over. He had a fun loving, mischievous, gentle nature. He barked at anything or anyone he saw fit! Lol.
He was friendly and protective, this extended to my son, who was born when my dog was 4 years old. He was my sons bff and personal body guard. He was a counter surfer, stealing food whenever he could. So as you can see he was a real mixture of the two breeds. His fur was fluffy, and tan & black, with one brown, and one blue eye. He lived until the age of 14, losing him broke my heart. Best dog I’ve ever known.
I found my shepherd husky pup at a local shelter. German shepherd are my favorite breed and huskies are my son’s favorite. My dog is very good at learning when there is food rewarded. She is also very scared of some people and all cats, possums, and skunks. She barks at anything she’s scared of but keeps her distance . She looks more like a shepherd but has they slightly curled tail. She likes herding and pouncing in the snow.
Kendal Speck says
I found my husky/GSD Zeus on Craigslist he is a great dog very loyal but really only likes me I love Zeus but he is a lot of work and can’t be off leash good luck with ur shepsky
Our beloved RAMBO found us. We had a teeny 4 lb. Poodle and lots of young grandbabies at the time, so I was a tad skeptical. But he won out! He had the German shepherd look with fluffier coat and brown/blue eyes. He was a gentle giant. The only problem we ever had was he loved digging the pond pump out and destroying it and he ate hose pipes with a vengeance! He was an awesome playmate to our grandchildren and our nippy snooty poodle. He never hurt anyone. We lost him last winter. He was 16 yrs. old. My heart is still broken! He was my boy.
I can’t speak for all of them, but ours was soooo smart, loyal, and had great temperament. He never barked unless there was a reason. He was terrified of opossums, so that was a reason to do his baby bark. Haha! Momma, come rescue me! Haha! God bless and to try to get a rescue pup if you can.
Thanks for your review.. just got my rescue shepsky last night. I was going for protection but I guess I’ll settle for her licking someone to death… she’s huge..29 inches at the shoulder.. not quite 2 years old.. wish me luck