German Shepherd Husky Mix Cost


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

The German Shepherd Husky Mix, also known as the Gerberian Shepsky in the dog breeding world, is a mix of the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky.  As a mix, this isn’t considered a purebred, but rather, a “designer” mixed breed.

Recognized by both the Dog Registry of America and the American Canine Hybrid Club, this mixed breed, as with any mixed breed, will receive its traits from either one its parents, making no two Gerberian Shepsky puppies the same.

Standing about 26 inches tall and weighing up to 85 pounds, this mixed breed is bound to draw attention when out for a walk.

German Shepherd Husky Mix Cost
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The reported German Shepherd Husky mix prices

The cost of a German Shepherd Husky will greatly depend on the breeder you choose, their geographical location, the quality, its genetics and the dog’s age.  From our research, seeing it’s a “mixed” breed and not recognized by the popular registries, such as the AKC, the costs would be much lower than that of adopting a purebred German Shepherd or Husky.  To budget, we recommend spending at least $350 to $850 for a puppy around six to eight weeks from a reputable breeder who includes all of the necessary paperwork for adoption.

LancasterPuppies.com, an online dog classified website, had about 40+ active listings at the time of this publishing, with prices ranging from $500 to $900.

The look and size

Weighing about 65 to 85 pounds and measuring 20 to 32 inches tall, females, on average, will be about 20% smaller than their male counterparts, with puppies maturing at 18 to 24 months.  With a mixed breed, it can be hard to determine the exact look as the genetic makeup will vary, but for the most part, the head will be medium in size, with almond-shaped eyes and a lean body built for power.

Coat colors range from a black and tan mix to a white, cream and/or gray blend, often resembling a “wolf” look.

As with any mixed breed, it’s unpredictable on which traits the puppy will inherit from its parents, meaning its temperament, size, coat and working instincts will be so different.

The coat is often thicker, fluffier and can either be short, dense and/or medium in length, depending on the parent genetics.

German ShepherdSiberian Husky
Originated in Germany and is a medium to large-sized working dog. It's the second most popular dog breed, equipped with a domed shaped face, square-cut muzzle and extremely strong jaws.Originating in north-eastern Siberia, the breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family.
Stands 23-26 inches tall, with females measuring slightly less.Stands 18 to 24 inches tall, with females measuring slightly less.
Weighs 65 to 75 poundsWeighs 35 to 52 pounds

Temperament

As mentioned, it’s hard to say exactly how a German Shepherd Husky mix will act as they will either receive some of its genes from its German Sheperd or Husky parent.

A Husky, for example, is known to be very friendly, calm and gentle for its owners, often leery of strangers, taking quite some time to warm up, while a German Shepherd is often considered to be more hyper, active and a lot more alert, being a lot more protective than that of a Husky.  Both dogs are considered to be hardworking as this is due to their ancestry and will always want to please their owner, regardless of what it takes.

Regardless of the breed mix, a puppy should be well socialized and trained at a young age to avoid troubles in the future.  This mix is known to be intelligent and hardworking, showing traits from both sides of their parents.  Learning commands very quickly, even with minimal training, these dogs are known to be natural pack leaders and are often considered demanding, bossy and at times, a pinch stubborn.  If you avoid training, you could find yourself with a very hard to control dog in the future.

Grooming

Again, based on the genetics, the grooming will vary.  A German Shepherd or Husky isn’t known to be a heavy shedder as it will shed very little in comparison to other breeds, depending on the season.  To prepare, experts will warn it’s between a heavy and minimal shedder, making it a “moderate” shedder when the seasons are changing.

Seeing both parents have a double, dense coat, it should be brushed at least two times per week to avoid matting and tangling, and if at all possible, a professional grooming session at least once a month.

Tips to know

A German Shepherd Husky is known to be a very active breed, meaning it will not be suitable for an apartment or condo-like setting.  This dog tends to do best in a large, fenced-in yard where it can roam freely and stretch its legs by running from one side to the next.  While a cool climate is ideal, if your dog lives in a warmer-than-average climate, then shade and water should be left out at all time and their outside time during the warmer months should be very limited.

The average lifespan, combining the two breeds, can be anywhere between 10 to 15 years.  Their lifespan greatly depends on the dog’s genetics and lifestyle.

Any dog is susceptible to certain ailments/health issues, with this mix, in particular, being prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, blood disorders, epilepsy, allergies, Von Willebrand’s disease and/or eczema.

These dogs are known to be very hardworking and if left at home for a long period of time, they may start to excessively bark and/or become bored, often biting, chewing or destroying anything in sight.

Being active, these dogs can escape just about any unsecured backyard, even if you have a fence installed.  Known to be very curious, it’s important your fence is buried at least six to eight inches below the ground to prevent their escape since they are known to dig excessively.

Heterochromia, a unique condition found in both a Husky and German Shepherd, results in two different eye colors, and this breed has been spotted with this trait.

They make great exercise partners and walk miles without tiring out.  For this reason, it’s preferred you take the dog out for a walk at least twice a day for 30 minutes each.

History

There’s not too much in terms of how this dog originated, but, according to Dogmal.com, it appeared to be intentionally bred in the early 1980s when hybrid dogs were becoming popular.


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