When you take a beautiful German Shepherd and Husky Mix, breed them, the result is a hybrid breed that has the potential to wow the dog community. The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a crossbreed dog that stands out and combines the best traits of both parent breeds. This hybrid dog steals the show when it comes to breeds that are hardworking, reliable, and has a wealth of energy.
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Owners of these hybrids all agree these dogs make an all-around loving, protective companion for the entire family. Although this dog breed is officially recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and by the Dog Registry of America, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the German Shepherd Husky because it isn’t a purebred dog.
Here are the German Shepherd Husky Mix facts for you.
1. The Appearance of a Husky German Shepherd Mix
The German Shepherd Husky Mix can have the appearance of both the parents or they can resemble one parent more than the other, much like other hybrid dog breeds. Their average height ranges between 20 to 25 inches when fully grown and they can weigh between 45 to 88 pounds. Both parents are larger dogs making the German Shepherd Husky more predictable when it comes to size. These dogs have a variety of coat colors:
- Light Brown
- Golden Brown
Their coats are double and can be long or short with an overall fluffy, soft look to them. Unfortunately for people with dog allergies, this breed can be either moderate or high shedders making them unsuitable for those who suffer. Like many other breeds, seasons dictate when the most shedding occurs. The eye color of the German Shepherd Husky Mix can be a combination of two colors, or they have been known to have dual-colored eyes that could resemble either or both parents.
2. Character/Temperament of German Husky
These strong, hardy looking dogs can be intimidating to strangers. Both the Husky and the German Shepherd have a muscular, bold look about them and their offspring are no different. Under all that outward boldness comes a loyal companion who wants to make his owner and family happy.
The following is a list of character traits for the German Shepherd Husky Mix:
- Family Dog
Each of these traits can be seen in the German Shepherd Husky Mix with some characteristics showing up more than others in individual dogs. This fascinating breed proves to be stubborn but is usually a quick learner. Training them for difficult tasks can be stimulating to these dogs. They love to be a protector of the home, so guarding their territory and family comes naturally. This breed can also do quite well with children and other pets in the home. They tend to be excessive barkers, so training at an early age is highly recommended.
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3. Care/Health of a German Shepard Husky
There are a few health concerns that owners of the German Shepherd Husky Mix may need to know. Even though crossbreeds are almost always healthier than purebred dogs, there are health problems that can arise. Even though these health concerns may sound alarming, overall the German Shepherd Huskie Mix is known to be a relatively healthy and hardy dog. The lifespan for the German Shepherd Husky Mix falls between 10 to 13 years old. Of course, this depends on how well their owner takes care of them. This dog does not thrive in small environments such as apartments. They need room to run and exert themselves often.
Daily walks are suggested to combat any unruly behavior from boredom. When feeding this breed, high-quality dog food with a lot of protein would work best for them. It is recommended their dog food contain a minimum of 25 percent protein containing grain and a minimum of 30 percent protein that is grain free. Though this breed is known to prefer wet dog food instead of dry, it’s not hard to establish a good diet.
Training the German Shepherd Husky is generally welcomed by the dog because of their strong working instincts. Treating any training as a task encourages this breed to excels in whatever is asked of them. An untrained German Shepherd Husky will become a nuisance around the house and could become quite destructive by chewing, digging and escaping enclosed areas. Giving these dogs a sense of purpose can help them develop positive behaviors every dog owner enjoys. An owner must remember to have patience and take the time to get to know their German Shepherd Husky before they choose the training methods they will use. Some dogs prefer to run and do intense activities while others are more laid back and can participate in slower paced training methods. Each dog will exhibit different behaviors when it comes to training, but this should be positive information to have before choosing a program.
Here are a few suggested activities an owner can try with their German Shepherd Husky:
- Sledding activities
- Herding activities
- Brisk Walks
- Obstacle courses
Each of these activities can promote an obedient mindset in the German Shepherd Husky Mix. These dogs are loyal and eager to please so that training will be positive for them.
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It’s important to remember until these dogs are trained, small children need to be highly supervised around them. They are not a danger to young children, but they can jump on them inadvertently causing injuries. Like any large dog, training them to be calm around children will help solve any issues that may arise.