A German Shepherd Husky Mix is the offspring of a purebred German shepherd and Siberian husky. That is why they are called Gerberian Shepsky. It is not uncommon for breeders to breed them, as they both have a high demand as breeds. Both dogs are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) among other international kennel clubs.
Both dogs belong in the Working Dogs group according to AKC standards. The Siberian Husky evolved from an ancient race of Arctic sled-pulling dogs used by peoples like the Chukchi, Koryak, and Eskimo. While these dogs were replaced with reindeer in later times, the Siberian Huskies survived and were developed into racing sleds during Alaska’s gold rush era when they needed good sledding.
German Shepherd Husky Mix Name and History
The Gerberian Shepsky is a crossbreed between the Siberian Husky and the German Shepherd. The process of breeding these two types of dogs was first attempted in order to create a breed that would be able to combine the high level of obedience of the German Shepherd with the strength and intelligence (and loyalty) of the Siberian Husky.
Let’s take a look at how the Gerberian Shepsky came into being, for those that aren’t familiar with the history of this crossbreed. The Gerberian Shepsky was first bred in Greenville, South Carolina by a man named John Gerbert. In 1977 Mr. Gerbert began working on his new breed by crossing German Shepherd females with Siberian Husky males. He continued to cross these two different breeds for around nine years before he then bred these offspring back with purebred German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies. Only one out of every twelve puppies survived from each litter during this period (that is no more than 8% which shows just how tough it was to create a new type of dog).
After nine years of working on his crossbreed Mr. Gerbert ultimately produced a litter that grew to adulthood and looked identical to what is known today as the Gerberian Shepsky. He sold all four dogs in this litter at a dog show for $250 each. It was also in this same year he gained one hundred percent recognition from both the American Kennel Club and The Canine Control Council.
#The first official record of the breed came from John Gerbert himself in 1980, when he wrote up an article called “The Ultimate German Shepherd” which described his new crossbreed very well: “I mixed the best of both breeds. I waited for nine long years, just to be able to call my puppy a Gerberian Shepsky.” At this time there were only four known Gerberian Shepskies alive and together they produced twelve puppies; with only eight adults surviving at maturity. The breed started out without any recognition from the American Kennel Club and The Canine Control Council. However, Mr. Gerbert was not going to give up his dream so easily; he created a letter explaining why he wanted to start this new breed and why it should be recognized by the organizations in question. After being approved for the creation of his new dog in 1980, things took off very quickly and people began to take an interest in.