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Shepsky Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shepsky so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Shepsky have? The dog breed also known as...
Cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian HuskyGerberian Shepsky
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Shepsky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Shepsky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shepsky breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid Club
Price
How much does the Shepsky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Shepsky price:
400-600
If you choose to purchase the Shepsky, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shepsky for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shepsky gets to a happy place.

History

The exact origin of the designer dogs is always surrounded by a lot of mystery. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the 1980s, in North America, with crossbreeding purebred dogs in order to create new breeds. These hybrid dogs were an instant hit because they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of their ancestors. Even though there are always disadvantages to these new hybrid breeds, designer dogs became insanely popular in the last 30 years. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we know every detail about these hybrid breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to develop these dogs.

Being said that, the Shepsky, also known as the Gerbarian Shepsky is a hybrid breed, which was a result of the Siberian Husky and the German Shepherd. These breeds are two of the most popular breeds of all times, with long histories and detailed careful breeding processes. On the one hand, the German Shepherd finds its origins in Germany, from the late 1800s. The breed was initially used to herd livestock around the farms. Later on, the dogs became employed in several different industries, including the army, the police, and in search and rescue operations. The breed’s intelligence, strong work ethic, and physical attractiveness were always recognized by the people. On the other hand, the Siberian Husky is a truly ancient breed, originating from the Arctic, from multiple thousands of years ago. On these icy lands, the dogs provided transport and courier services via sledding, thus being an integral and indispensable part of society. The breed was also herding reindeer, guarding livestock and property, and hunting for their owners in the remote areas.

Over time, mostly in the United States and in Canada, both of these breeds’ roles transformed from working to being family pets. Both of the parent breeds are recognized by most of the major kennel clubs, including the AKC (American Kennel Club) and the UKC (United Kennel Club). Together, these dogs formed an incredibly attractive, high-spirited, hard-working hybrid breed; the Shepsky. This hybrid breed first gained recognition when a Shepsky, an FBI therapy dog, named Dolce, was stationed in the FBI’s Memphis division, stealing everyone’s hearts. The Shepsky got registered in the American Canine Hybrid Club, and in the Dog Registry of America

Even though the Gerbarian Shepsky is a result of two AKC-recognized breeds, it does not mean an automatic recognition for it as well. For the time being, the Shepsky puppies’ appearance is unpredictable, and not homogenous, thus it is difficult to draw a breed standard yet, although some trends are already emerging. Therefore, the breed does not have any official pedigree papers, so it is hard to find reputable and trustworthy breeders.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Shepsky size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Shepsky weigh? Shepsky weight:
45-80 pounds (20-36 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Shepsky? Shepsky average weight:
62.5 pounds (28 kg)
Height
How tall is the Shepsky? Shepsky height:
20-25 inches (51-63 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Shepsky average height:
22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Shepsky have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseLong
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shepsky's coat?
BrownBlackCreamWhiteRedBlue
Grooming
How to groom the Shepsky and how often?
Average: The Shepsky requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Shepsky, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Shepsky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky? Shepsky shedding level:
Shepskys shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Shepsky breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Shepsky have? What characteristics does the breed have?
EnergeticLoyalAffectionateIntelligentAlert
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shepsky? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Shepsky is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Shepsky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Shepskys are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Shepsky is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shepsky sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shepskys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Shepskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky need? Shepsky social needs:
Shepskys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Shepsky dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky bark?
Average: The Shepsky barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Shepsky good as a watchdog?
Shepskys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Shepsky dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Shepskys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Shepsky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shepsky? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Shepsky has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shepsky do?
Shepskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shepskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shepsky to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shepsky roam?
Shepskys tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shepsky have high prey drive?
Shepskys have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Shepskys are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shepsky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Shepskys are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shepskys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Shepsky dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Shepskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Shepsky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shepsky and children:
Shepskys are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shepsky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Shepskys are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Shepsky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shepsky dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Shepskys are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Shepskys good office dogs? Do Shepskys make good office friendly dogs? Can Shepskys be office dogs?
No
Shepsky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shepsky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky temperament with senior people? Are Shepsky dogs good for elderly owners?
Shepskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shepsky dogs get along with other pets? Are Shepsky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shepskys usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shepsky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Shepskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shepsky be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Shepsky breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shepsky be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Shepsky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shepsky be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Shepsky breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shepsky be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Shepsky breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shepsky be a boat dog?
Not really
Shepsky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shepsky be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Shepsky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Shepsky dogs have health problems?
The Shepsky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Shepsky breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shepsky breed? Health risks of Shepsky:
Patellar LuxationHip DysplasiaEpilepsyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Shepsky dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Shepsky be?
10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Shepsky breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Shepskys do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
No
Shepskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shepsky have?
Shepskys are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Shepsky dogs require per day?
Shepskys need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Shepskys don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Shepsky need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shepsky risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Shepsky has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Shepsky's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shepsky can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Shepsky has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Shepsky drool?
The Shepsky is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Shepsky could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Shepsky. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Shepsky pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Shepsky pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Shepsky: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Shepsky have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shepsky have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Shepsky

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Shepsky is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Shepskys are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Shepskys do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Drooling tendency: The Shepsky is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Shepsky has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Shepskys tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Shepskys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Shepskys are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Shepskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Apartment Friendly: Shepskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Shepskys shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Shepskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Cat Friendly: Shepskys are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Shepsky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shepskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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