Have you heard of the word “hybrid’?
This is so-called cross breeding has started its popularity more or less 20 years ago.
One great outcome of cross-breeding is the German Shepherd Husky mix or as what we may commonly hear it, the “Gerberian Shepsky.”
If you are planning to be a parent of one, keep reading on and know the essential things that you need to know before you get one.
Medium in size, very energetic, hardworking with high prey drives, this new breed of dog is surely the best of both their parents. Another great factor about these dogs is their loyalty, affection and intelligence.
They will surely protect you and keep you safe when circumstances demand. No wonder why they play a big part in some police work, military operation, search and rescue missions and guarding duties.
Just like any other dogs, our dearest Gerberian Shepskies do need adequate love and affection. Check out the following tips and ideas on how to take good care of your loyal furry pal.
How to properly groom them?
This type of breed may not be high-maintenance as a mix but they do have grooming and care requirements to be kept in mind.
The Gerberian Shepsky unlike their parents is a moderate shedder. There may be special cases which high-shedding may occur to some dogs.
This kind of mix breed sheds its undercoat during the summer months. Keep in mind that frequent brushing with shedding tools is what is recommended.
Never shave your shepsky pet no matter how humid or hot the temperature maybe.
Never bathe your dog too frequently. This type of breed are prone to dry skin that may lead to irritation and other skin problems.
Once every three months is what is recommended but you can bathe him when needed.
A Shepsky just like his or her parents are prone to massive wax build up in the ears.
Regularly check your dog ears and bring them to a vet or pet groomer when you notice excessive wax build up occurring in the ears.
Have an annual routine eye exam for your Gerberian shepsky dog.
This breed is very prone to cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy and as well as pannus and chronic superficial keratitis.
If you notice gunks or excessive amount of yellow or green discharge, a trip to the vet is what is strongly advised.
Letting your dog run around the field is a good nail maintenance as it files down the nail to a manageable length.
But when it is necessary, a trim can be a good solution to prevent paw pain.
Always check your dog’s teeth. Keep watch for a possible sign of plaque and tartar build up. Dental cleaning is also suggested for gum disease prevention.
What are their health needs?
Gerberian shepsky will surely require a fair portion of your time to be able to meet the health needs of your loyal and energetic pal.
A rule of thumb is to always make sure to feed your dog an appetite that would match the need.
Our shepsky friend requires a diet packed with adequate nutrients, protein, and calories. The amounts of such also depends on their age, sizer and weight.
This certain type of breed should never be kept in a cage. They love exercise; a good run and a sweet roll in the yard.
This breed requires you a spacious and an open area where your dog can play. Take note that when they are left bored, tendencies can be very unpleasant such as being destructive and unruly.
From their parents health concerns, certain diseases and health issues may be inherited. Regular check-up with your vet is strongly suggested to keep track of your dog’s health status.
Breed Associated Health Issues
- Hip and elbow dysplasia – This is due to loosen and unstable joints surrounding the two areas of the body. Obesity and being overweight are the common reasons for such.
- Eye conditions -These eye conditions are diagnosed differently and could come in your dog’s life at a different pace.
- Epilepsy – This is a sporadic or reoccurring seizures caused by a brain disease. Visit your vet for control methods.
- Cancer – This breed is very susceptible to different kinds of cancer. Regular check-up is very much suggested for early detection and prevention of spread.
How to train them?
This breed is incredibly intelligent and is very trainable, but can also be quite stubborn and mischievous when authority is not established.
Here are some trainings that you might want to consider giving your dog:
Having husky genes in their body, with its pack nature, this breed requires authority establishment and acknowledgement.
Your dog must know and recognize that you stand as the authority between you two so you could get the obedience that you want from him.
They are busy dogs and training them can be a very enjoyable time for them when relationship is build. Train them while they are still young to ensure their obedience when they grow old.
This breed requires socialization training. The husky parent is known to be friendly and gentle dog and they welcome strangers in a very warm and pleasant manner.
On the other hand, the other parent which is the German shepherd is more reserved. They need training to be more confident around new people.
Of course, you would never want to have your pet barking and being uncomfortable with visitors in your home.
Letting them meet new people while they are young is what is recommended by professional trainers. Take them to places where they could meet new people, new dogs and even other animals.
Your furry pal will surely require lots of games and challenges. They are very observant and keen.
Giving them new things to observe and think will surely make them happy. Let their minds work and stimulate the new things that you associate with them.
Are they good with children?
A German shepherd husky mix is very much fit for older children and teens. Having friendly disposition and unswerving loyalty is what makes them a good friend to them.
Just as long as they are socially trained when young, they can be the greatest pal to kids. They are known to be very affectionate and can be easily attached especially when they started socializing even when they are a puppy.
They can become great companions and are very patient. But always keep into consideration that they are large and strong dogs. Leaving a small child unattended with them is a risk of being knocked over.
On the other hand, teach children to be gentle towards them. No pulling of hair and ears. No disturbances especially when they are eating and sleeping as this may aggravate their temper which may lead to potential danger.
Our German shepherd husky mix friend can be the prefect family dog, companion, friend, and explorer.
They can be striking , bold, stubborn and mischievous but as long as you have the time, patience, compassion and love for them, they surely will flourish and unleash the best attributes of both their parents.
Training them can be a challenge for first time parents but it is surely worth the effort and investment.
A good research, understanding the process and adequate support and attention for your Shepsky pets are your best tools in being a diligent dog parent As we all say “a happy dog means a happy owner.”
Last Updated on April 27, 2021 by Shepped Team