According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), there are currently about 340 breeds of dogs. Some of these dog breeds are extremely unique and intriguing, including the likes of bulldogs, beagles and pugs. German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies are widely known to be the most fascinating kind of dogs, but even more interesting is another breed of dog: the offspring of a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky!
This guide includes virtually everything you need to know about this German Shepherd Husky mix, ranging from their physical attributes, temper, inherited looks, to all aspects of their health requirements. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you would know exactly whether or not this particular dog mix is appropriate for you and your family.
What exactly is the Husky German Shepherd mix?
A Husky German Shepherd mix is basically the product of adults German Shepherd and Siberian Husky mating together. Whilst the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky are increasingly famous on their own, their offspring has only managed to garner minimal attention. Alternative names for this mix breed include German Husky, Siberian Shepherd, Husky Shepherd and most commonly, Gerberian Shepsky. While not too catchy, they accurately describe the nature of the breed. Having said that, before we delve too deep, it is important that we first look at the parent breeds of the Husky German Shepherd mix and their origins.
The German Shepherd Husky mix origin
Extensive reports exist pertaining to the history of German Shepherds, but these are bleak compared to the rich historical documents that are present on the Siberian Husky. Although the Husky German Shepherd mix has gained popularity only in recent years, this breed actually existed long before it was given such catchy names.
The Siberian Husky origin
Siberian Huskies are thought to be one of the oldest types of dogs and are believed to have been descended from the dogs bred by the nomadic Chukchi people in North-East Siberia. The Siberian Huskies have the perfect body and fur to live comfortably in harsh, cold temperature. As the Chukchi people lived alienated from the rest of the world, they were able to keep the Huskies pure bred and thus modern day Huskies are energetic sled dogs, just like their ancestors. Siberian Huskies came to the limelight when they were used to win sled races, but their popularity soared when Leonard Seppala travelled 659 miles in just five and a half days using a Husky. Following this, Seppala led a lifesaving “medicine run” to Nome, where an epidemic had broken out. Seppala’s lead dog, Balto, is still said to be one of the most respected dogs in history and it is hardly a surprise that Siberian Huskies rank twelvth in the most popular dog breed…