- The Master List of German Shepherd Mixed Breeds:
- 1. Shepsky – German Shepherd Husky Mix
- 2. Golden Shepherd – German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
- 3. Sheprador – German Shepherd Labrador Mix
- 4. Shepherd Pit – German Shepherd Pitbull Mix
- 5. Shottie/Shepweiler/Rottie Shepherd – German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
- 6. German Shepherd Corgi – German Shepherd Pembroke Welsh Corgi Mix
- 7. Shepadoodle – German Shepherd Poodle Mix
- 8. Wolf-Shepherds – German Shepherd Wolf Mix
- 9. Shollie – German Shepherd Border Collie Mix
- 10. Boxer Shepherd – German Shepherd Boxer Mix
- 11. German Australian Shepherd – Australian Shepherd German Shepherd Mix
- 12. Doberman Shepherd – Doberman Pinscher German Shepherd Mix
- 13. Shepherd Chihuahua – German Shepherd Chihuahua Mix
- 14. Shepherd Beagle – German Shepherd Beagle Mix
- 15. Blue Heeler German Shepherd – Australian Cattle Dog German Shepherd Mix
- 16. Alaskan Shepherd – Alaskan Malamute German Shepherd Mix
- 17. Shepherdane, German Dane – German Shepherd Great Dane Mix
- 18. Shepnees – German Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix
- 19. German Pomeranian – German Shepherd Pomeranian Mix
- 20. Mastiff Shepherd – German Shepherd Mastiff Mix
- 21. Dachshund Shepherd – German Shepherd Dachshund Mix
- 22. Shepkita – German Shepherd Akita Mix
- 23. Malinois X – German Shepherd Belgian Malinois Mix
- 24. Greyhound Shepherd – German Shepherd Greyhound Mix
- 25. Shug – German Shepherd Pug Mix
- 26. Shepherd Bulldog – German Shepherd Bulldog Mix
- 27. Shepherd Chow – German Shepherd Chow Chow Mix
- 28. New Shep – German Shepherd Newfoundland Mix
- 29. Sheparnese – German Shepherd Bernese Mountain Mix
- 30. German Shar Pei – German Shepherd Chinese Shar Pei Mix
- 31. Sheptese – German Shepherd Maltese Mix
- Final Thoughts
When you love the characteristics of 2 dog breeds but have room for only 1 dog, a mixed breed may be the ideal choice. The traits of a German Shepherd are smart, loyal, and protective. They’ll always be happy to see you, no matter how long you’ve been gone. Those traits mixed with other awesome dog breeds could be life-changing.
When searching for the right mixed breed for you, it is important to keep in mind that your dog could have a wide range of characteristics, inherited from either parent. You can’t expect your dog to act or look like one breed more than the other. It can be a tossup.
Any of the mixes on this list should be easy to train. German Shepherds are extremely intelligent and will learn commands, tricks, and manners quite easily. All you need to do is be firm in your training manners, like a pack leader, so the dog understands who s/he should obey.
The Master List of German Shepherd Mixed Breeds:
In all reality, you could mix practically any breed with a German Shepherd. But we’re going to talk about 31 of the most popular GSD mixes in society, ordered by “popularity.” We’ll tell you about their appearance, temperament, needs, and ideal lifestyle. You’ll be able to decide which mix would be best for you.
Now, read the detail of each German Shepherd Mixed Breed and let us know which one might fit for your lifestyle!
1. Shepsky – German Shepherd Husky Mix
The Shepsky is a mix of a German Shepherd with a Siberian Husky. This mixed breed has a wolf-like appearance with the black, tan, gray, and white colors mixed together. These dogs have a double-thick coat that requires daily brushing and occasional shampooing. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a Shepsky with striking blue eyes or one blue eye and one brown eye (dichromatic eyes).
A Shepsky could weigh between 35 and 90 pounds when full grown. They can stand 20 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder. Their lifespan could be anywhere from 7 to 14 years.
German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies are both very active dogs, so a mix of this type will require ample daily exercise. They succeed as an active companion dog or a working dog.
The personality of a Shepsky can be described as intelligent and loyal. They’re easy to train and eager to please. They’d be a good fit for an active family who may have kids who love to play.
2. Golden Shepherd – German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
The Golden Shepherd is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Golden Retriever. This mix of a herding breed with a sporting breed produces a cooperative and trainable dog. They’re intelligent, easy to train, and very eager to please.
The personality of a Shepherd Golden is friendly and gentle (like that of a Golden Retriever) yet reserved (like that of a German Shepherd). The mixed breed makes an ideal family pet with small children since they play with kids, have patience for young ones learning to be polite with dogs, and slightly protective of kids who may stray too close to danger.
Shepherd Goldens stand anywhere from 22 inches to 26 inches tall at the shoulders. They usually weigh between 55 pounds and 85 pounds.
The coat is a thick double coat that sheds a lot, which is standard in each breed. The fur may be longer like a Golden Retriever. It requires daily brushing and occasional shampooing.
3. Sheprador – German Shepherd Labrador Mix
The Sheprador is a mix of a German Shepherd with a Labrador Retriever. Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed, according to the AKC. German Shepherds are a close second. This makes the Sheprador quite the popular mixed breed. The main purpose of this mix is a companion or working dog. Both breeds are energetic yet gentle, loyal, and obedient. They’re easy to train in basic commands or specialized work.
The Sheprador’s exact appearance can be tough to predict as a puppy. Some show more black and tan, like the GSD. Some have floppier ears than others. Generally, the appearance is cute, due to some degree of a flop in the ears.
Typically, Sheprador’s are considered the large breed and weigh between 50 and 90 pounds when full-grown. They have a thick double coat that requires daily brushing and occasional shampooing.
A Sheprador would be an awesome mix for a family with small children. The German Shepherd trains would protect the kids from stranger danger while the Labrador trains would love playing in the back yard all day long.
4. Shepherd Pit – German Shepherd Pitbull Mix
The Shepherd Pit is a mix of (you guessed it) a German Shepherd with a Pitbull. These are 2 of the most misunderstood breeds in the world. In reality, these 2 breeds are sweet, affectionate, and well-mannered if raised and care for properly and with love. Unfortunately, this mixed breed is declining in popularity even though they make kind-hearted companions and guard dogs. Their personalities are loyal and unconditional with their love.
Their coats are usually on the shorter side, which doesn’t require as much grooming, but they’ll still benefit from a daily brushing with a basic plastic bristle brush.
Shepherd Pits usually weight between 30 and 90 pounds and are powerful creatures.
They do have a tendency to guard their handlers, their family, and their property, so socialize them well with humans, dogs, and other animals so they know how to behave properly.
5. Shottie/Shepweiler/Rottie Shepherd – German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
The Shottie is a mix of a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler. They also go by Shepweiler or Rottie Shepherd. This mix is considered a designer breed. They’re known for their tall, proud stature with a well-muscled body and deep chest.
Their physical features include a medium to large build. They weigh between 30 and 90 pounds when fully grown. Their hips slope and their hind legs crouch like a German Shepherd at a dog show. Their ears are alert and listening to their surroundings.
The temperament of the Shottie is energetic and loyal but possibly aggressive, if provoked. For the most part, these breeds are gentle creatures. But if small children, pesky dogs, or other factors get on their nerves, they may give a warning. (Like many dogs) They do have a tendency to guard so they’re desirable among homes with children or cautious people.
These dogs have big hearts. They’re loving and lovable. They are completely devoted to their human companions and will always have a wagging tail when you come home. They make a perfect companion for nearly any person or family. Read in-depth guide about German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix.
6. German Shepherd Corgi – German Shepherd Pembroke Welsh Corgi Mix
The German Shepherd Corgi is a mix of a German Shepherd and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Both of these breeds are bred to herd. The Shepherd herds sheep while the Corgi herds cattle. They’re intelligent with a lively mind. This mix is smart and trainable and good with family lifestyles.
The size of a German Shepherd Corgi depends on the inherited traits from each parent. However, Shepherd Corgis can grow to be 12 to 15 inches tall and weigh between 25 and 65 pounds. That’s a wide range of size possibilities. The mix lives between 12 and 14 years of age, on average, so it’s a great breed for people who want a dog who lives for many years.
Quite often, a Shepherd Corgi mix has the short legs we all know and love. While they’re absolutely adorable, the short legs can be the cause of spinal issues in a Corgi breed. As much as people love Corgis, everyone needs to be prepared for potential medical bills.
Veterinarian experts agree that passing on dwarfism genes is not a good idea, so we suggest adopting and Shepherd Corgi mix instead of buying a puppy from a breeder.
7. Shepadoodle – German Shepherd Poodle Mix
The Shepadoodle is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Poodle. Both breeds are highly intelligent and well-tempered so they are commonly trained for service work. They’re also extremely popular as family pets because of their cute appearances. Quite often they look like a scruffy mutt that nobody can resist.
Their coats, however, are curly and require intense regular grooming. Poodles are always going to the groomer for trims and shampoos, right? That doesn’t stop once you mix them with a German Shepherd.
However, some Shepadoodles are hypoallergenic, which is great for people with allergies. Don’t just adopt any Shepadoodle, though, and expect him to be hypoallergenic. Check to make sure, first, because not all Shepadoodles are easy on the allergies.
The personality of the Shepadoodle is active and requires training and activity. It’s not that they’re bad dogs who need to constantly learn proper manners. They’re just active dogs who need mental stimulation. Activities and games are super important, so having kids who love to play with the dog is a perfect situation.
A Shepadoodle can weigh between 50 pounds and 125 pounds. They stand between 22 and 28 inches at the shoulder. Their coat is medium length with curls or waves. The coat colors often consist of black, tan, cream, sable, or gray. Their shedding is considered light to moderate, depending on if they’re hypoallergenic. And their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.
8. Wolf-Shepherds – German Shepherd Wolf Mix
The German Shepherd Wolf is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. They’re a descendant from the German Shepherd-Wolf hybrid.
The German Shepherd Wolf stands over 25 inches tall at the shoulder. They weigh over 40 pounds. Since wolves are large animals, a German Shepherd Wolf is a rather large dog and needs lots of space to live and run. This is not an apartment pet. This is a pet for a big back yard and an active handler with a lot of time to run, walk, and play.
The wolf-like temperament requires a lot of stimulation. The dog needs to see a purpose in every task and activity. Simply going for a walk may not be enough. A German Shepherd Wolf needs to search for something (“prey”?) while walking. Games like searching for hidden treats or fetching a favorite toy give this mix the mental and physical stimulation they need.
This mixed breed has a beautiful, regal appearance. Both the German Shepherd and the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog have deep chests, long bodies, upright ears, and tall statures. They have a mix of black and tan fur, or black and gray, or gray and tan, or a mix somewhere in between. They’re large dogs and absolutely stunning to look at.
The only precaution with owning a German Shepherd Wolf is their legality in some regions because of their relations to wild wolves. Check local, state, and federal laws where you live. Make sure owning a German Shepherd Wolf in legal in your area.
9. Shollie – German Shepherd Border Collie Mix
The Shollie is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Border Collie. Both breeds are incredibly intelligent and active. They’re clever and inquisitive. As herding dogs, these 2 breeds are designed to actively think on their feet to complete a task.
A Shollie does not enjoy sitting around without a job to do or a game to play. This mixed breed must not be kept cooped up and without toys and enrichment activities. They’ll get anxious and bored. And that’s where bad behaviors develop, such as destruction and chewing on objects that are not their toys.
However, this breed is incredibly easy to train. You can work on specialized training methods, such as search and rescue or agility, to keep their brains active and happy.
The personality of a Shollie is friendly with family members but they may be reserved with strangers. They have a tendency to protect or “herd” family members, so they’re often pretty good at protecting small children playing in the yard. They’ll keep the kids away from dangerous streets or wandering off.
10. Boxer Shepherd – German Shepherd Boxer Mix
If you are looking for a large-sized dog to bring into the family, let it be the Boxer Shepherd. The Boxer Shepherd is the combination of two very popular breeds, the German Shepherd and the Boxer. They are known as being the “best and most loyal” guard dogs and are known for being hardworking and alert at all times.
Appearance-wise, the Boxer Shepherd is very intimidating. He has no problem alerting his family if something is amiss, too. However, this mix tends to be a bit more clownish and playful than they are tenacious. This is why this large dog – who can easily be up to 95 pounds and 27 inches high – is an excellent option for families.
The only major issue with the Boxer Shepherd is he doesn’t like to be alone and he can become bored quite quickly. This is less of a worry for the family with active children. However, their social and exercise needs place them as a “high maintenance” pooch. The good news is, their coats are easily maintained and with a proper diet, they will be as happy as can be.
There aren’t too many health issues with this breed. They are most likely to come down with hip dysplasia or exocrine pancreatic deficiency. Expect to pay $700 for a puppy and $200 for an adopted adult Boxer Shepherd.
11. German Australian Shepherd – Australian Shepherd German Shepherd Mix
A German Australian Shepherd is a mix of (you guessed it!) a German Shepherd with an Australian Shepherd. They’re a popular mix of breeds between 2 herding breeds. This mixed breed is extremely intelligent and loyal. They’re one of the easiest breeds to train.
As herding dogs, they’re very protective of their family and will often “herd” kids away from danger, such as traffic or strangers. They make a great family pet for active families who play outside frequently.
Like other herding dog mixes, the German Australian Shepherd needs lots of activity and purpose in their daily routines. They won’t be happy to lay around all day and relax. They may become bored, anxious, and develop bad behaviors.
The coat of a German Australian Shepherd is so pretty. As you can see in the picture, the coloring can be a mix of brown, black, and white with varying patterns. The coloring could also be tan, gray, cream, or red.
German Australian Shepherds weigh between 30 pounds and 50 pounds, so they would be considered a medium-sized dog. They stand between 20 inches and 23 inches at the shoulder.
12. Doberman Shepherd – Doberman Pinscher German Shepherd Mix
The Doberman Shepherd combines favorable breeds, the Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd. He is a larger-than-life dog that can weigh up to a whopping 110 pounds and stand 26 inches tall. His muscular, agile stature paired with a loyal personality makes him another top-notch guard dog to have in the home.
This breed is known for obtaining the intelligence and loyalty of both of his parents. However, he can be a bit of a pickle to work with. This is because he is known for being a bit more stubborn and independent. Training and socialization at a young age is key to success with this breed. The owner must also make it very clear that he is the one in charge. Otherwise, the Doberman Shepherd will feel superior.
When it comes to exercise needs, the Doberman Shepherd needs a lot. He is good with kids, though, so getting enough exercise and activity daily should be easy with children around. When exercised regularly and fed a good diet, the Doberman Shepherd will also be a loving and caring breed. Anyone will enjoy having this big, smart, and loyal dog in their home.
The Doberman Shepherd can be prone to a lot of different health issues. This includes hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, Von Willebrand Disease, Chronic Active Hepatitis, Cervical Vertebral Instability, hypothyroidism, and gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome (bloat). Puppies can cost as little as $200 or as much as $500.
13. Shepherd Chihuahua – German Shepherd Chihuahua Mix
A Shepherd Chihuahua is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Chihuahua. You might be thinking, “How is the mating process even possible?” Well, it’s usually done by artificial insemination. So to save yourself the cost of specialized breeding, do some searching and find a Shepherd Chihuahua in a rescue organization. Adoption is almost always cheaper than breeding and the pups in shelters need homes more than breeder pups.
Shepherd Chihuahuas are small to medium in size. They stand between 7 inches and 45 inches at the shoulder. They can weigh between 8 pounds and 60 pounds. That’s quite a difference! It all depends on what genes the dog inherits from each parent.
The coat is likely to be brown and black, like a GSD. Since it’s a mixed breed, other colors and patterns are possible, too. A short coat Chihuahua will most likely produce a short hair Shepherd Chihuahua. On the other hand, a long coat Chihuahua will produce a long hair Shepherd Chihuahua. Shedding isn’t too severe thanks to the Chihuahua characteristics.
Since Chihuahuas are often ideal dogs for small spaces like apartments, a Shepherd Chihuahua would be a good fit for a small home. Preferably without kids, though. Chihuahuas don’t always cooperate with busybody children.
14. Shepherd Beagle – German Shepherd Beagle Mix
The Shepherd Beagle is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Beagle. With Beagles being part of the hound group, this mix breed can be more difficult to train. Hounds are not as sharp-witted as herding dogs. Their main focus is to catch the animal.
A Shepherd Beagle can still be a fun family pet. They just require a little more training and time spent keeping that training fresh in their mind.
Typically, Shepherd Beagles weigh between 20 pounds and 50 pounds – a bit larger than purebred Beagles due to being mixed with a large breed GSD.
The coat of a Shepherd Beagle is short and easier to manage than a German Shepherd’s medium to long coat. We recommend daily brushing with a basic standard brush. You don’t need anything fancy. Although the pup may need the occasional shampooing if they have a little too much fun in the mud.
15. Blue Heeler German Shepherd – Australian Cattle Dog German Shepherd Mix
The Blue Heeler German Shepherd is another mixed large dog that is great for homes. However, he is best with older children as his large stature and tough playtimes might be too much for littles. With that being said, he has a fairly mild temperament and enjoys playing around. Since both parents are herders, he is classified as a working dog and will enjoy a job to do around the house.
The good news about this mix is that it combines two incredibly intelligent dogs. This makes it a breeze to train this dog – so easy that a first-time owner can swing it. However, he still needs an owner that is able to prove that he is in charge and keep the Blue Heeler German Shepherd in line.
Last but not least, let’s look at exercise needs. The Blue Heeler German Shepherd can go two ways – he gets the moderate energy needs from the German Shepherd or the extremely high energy needs of the Australian Cattle Dog. Either way, you will also need to keep up with their mental capabilities and offer plenty of mental stimulation.
The Blue Heeler German Shepherd is prone to certain health conditions including bloat, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, eczema, epilepsy, blindness, eye disorders, deafness, and hemophilia.
16. Alaskan Shepherd – Alaskan Malamute German Shepherd Mix
When looking for a loyal guard dog to add to the home, the Alaskan Shepherd is a great choice. His loyal personality combined with his large, muscular stature instantly runs off danger and leaves the home feeling secured. The Alaskan Shepherd looks like the perfect combo of both breeds and can weigh up to an incredible 130 pounds. He can also be as tall as 28 inches.
This big brute of a dog gets his guarding personality from both parents. It’s important to have him socialized and trained at a young age, though. This is because the Alaskan Shepherd can be overly aggressive with strangers. It’s a natural instinct that occurs without proper training.
He is not just a guard dog, though. The Alaskan Shepherd is also incredibly loving to his family. He is great with children of all ages, although younger children should be supervised considering the Alaskan Shepherd’s large size. Train him, love him, keep him well-exercised, and mentally stimulating and he is a great pet to own.
The Alaskan Shepherd doesn’t struggle with too many health concerns, although they are severe. These health conditions include hip dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, and a congenital heart defect. The breed is also one of the most expensive ones, with a price tag ranging between $300 and $1,000.
17. Shepherdane, German Dane – German Shepherd Great Dane Mix
A Shepherdane (also nicknamed a German Dane) is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Great Dane. They’re a rather large mixed breed, considering the jumbo size of a Great Dane. When full grown, the breed will weigh well over 60 pounds. Possibly close to 100 pounds.
The temperament of a Shepherdane could be like a gentle giant, as Great Danes are known. They’re calm, patient, and good with both kids and other dogs. On the German Shepherd side of things, the mixed breed could be unconditionally loyal and somewhat protective, yet fun-loving and cuddly.
When it comes to physical appearance, a Shepherdane could reach as much as 32 inches tall at the shoulder and 175 pounds when full grown. The dog may also be smaller since German Shepherds are not typically that big. Coloring of the fur could be any mix of black, tan, brindle, gray, sable, or fawn.
Most likely, a Shepherdane will need daily brushing with a basic brush without trips to a professional groomer. Your dog may require a shampoo bath if he has too much fun in a mud puddle.
Obviously, a breed of this size is going to need a home with a lot of open space as well as a large, fenced in yard with lots of open space. Both Shepherds and Danes love human contact so be prepared to cuddle, pet, and play a lot.
Read the full post about German Shepherd Great Dane Mix: German Shepherd Great Dane Mix – A Big Dog with Big Potential
18. Shepnees – German Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix
There are so many things to love about the Shepnees, it’s hard to know where to start. For starters, the Shepnees is a combination of the German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees breeds. When combined, the mixed breed will have a split appearance from both and can be quite large. They are typically between 24 and 30 inches tall and can weigh up to 70 pounds.
As far as temperament is concerned, the Shepnees is known as a four-legged family protector. He isn’t afraid to alert the family and even defend them when needed. That being said, early socialization and training is critical. Being a firm, dominant owner is also important to keep this furry friend in line.
When alone without a care in the world, the Shepnees is the most loving dog. Despite his size, he will want to jump into your lap for a cuddle. He will also need a good brushing daily. His thick fur coat tends to shed heavily, so keep that in mind. He should also only be in a home that offers him a large backyard for roaming.
There are a few health conditions to look out for with the Shepnees. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bloat, and patella luxation. This is a more expensive breed that typically sells for $1,000.
19. German Pomeranian – German Shepherd Pomeranian Mix
The German Shepherd Pomeranian is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Pomeranian. Like other small breeds, breeding is usually done via artificial insemination. So if you’re on a budget, we recommend looking for this mixed breed in a rescue shelter. Special breeding methods can be quite costly.
As for physical characteristics, Pomeranians are typically 7 to 10 inches tall and GSDs are typically 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder so you can expect a mix to be anywhere in between. Weight could vary from 3 pounds to 95 pounds, depending on which traits are inherited. The life expectancy of each breed is about the same, though, at 10 to 14 years.
Socialization of the mixture is important, as with all dogs. If you get your Shepherd Pomeranian as a puppy, you’re in luck. You can do all the socialization yourself and ensure that he cooperates with other dogs, cats, kids, and strangers. An adult Shepherd Pom may need more work.
Both a German Shepherd and a Pomeranian have a stoic, take-charge temperament so your mixed breed should be confident. He may be (or think he is) the ruler of the house.
If you rescue a Shepherd Pomeranian as a full-grown dog and he is rather small, he would be a good candidate to live in an apartment or small house.
20. Mastiff Shepherd – German Shepherd Mastiff Mix
We have already mentioned a few wonderful guard dogs on this list, but the Mastiff Shepherd is certainly a standout from these other similar mixed breeds. That’s because the Mastiff Shepherd is known for being one of the most low-maintenance large dogs you can own. Yet, he still comes with all of the qualities you want and need.
The Mastiff Shepherd certainly isn’t a little guy. The combination leaves him between 2 and 3 feet tall with a weight of between 80 and 200 pounds. The size varies so vastly because each Mastiff Shepherd will be different. However, typically all will share a common appearance of a large abdomen and large paws. They will also have a robust muzzle with folded ears.
Despite his large size, the Mastiff Shepherd is known for being a gentle giant. He is docile and does not need too much training. He also has relatively low exercise needs, making him a good option for homes with a smaller backyard. Although calmer than other breeds, he is still a natural protector and won’t mind alerting his loved ones to an intruder.
The Mastiff Shepherd has some of the least concerning health issues including bloat, cherry eye, and possible joint issues. These should always be looked at and treated professionally. Expect to pay anywhere between $350 and $1,100 for this breed.
21. Dachshund Shepherd – German Shepherd Dachshund Mix
If you are thinking that is going to be a quirky mix, you would be correct. This curious cross combines two completely different breeds in terms of temperament and appearance. But this mix actually turns out incredibly well. If you’re looking for an interesting look breed that’s a bit on the intense side, then the Dachshund Shepherd might be the dog for you.
When it comes to appearance, the Dachshund Shepherd can vary greatly. He will likely have the body and muzzle of a German Shepherd paired with the short legs, droopy ears, and large eyes that resemble pools of dark chocolate. The mix typically will range between 20 and 60 pounds and can be up to 20 inches long.
Temperament-wise, the Dachshund Shepherd is easy-going. He has a tendency to be loyal to one person, though, and can become aggressive when someone tries to interact with their master. This is why early socialization and training are necessary. He is typically an easy trainer, although sometimes he prefers to be lazy and sprawl out on the couch for the entirety of the day.
Unfortunately, the Dachshund Shepherd is prone to several health problems. These include bloat, cancer, degenerative myelopathy, elbow dysplasia, knee dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, and hip dysplasia.
22. Shepkita – German Shepherd Akita Mix
The Shepkita is a mix between a German Shepherd and an Akita. They are a large, powerful mix of dog breeds. They have guarding tendencies and may have a mind of their own. Therefore, they must be well-trained and kept under control at all times. Your dog must understand that you are his master and he must obey you.
Both of these breeds are working dogs so they love activity and exercise. They love having a purpose to everything they do. Instead of just going for a walk, you could turn the walk into a searching or tracking exercise.
Like all independent and proud breeds, the Shepkita must be well-socialized, starting as a puppy. They should be taught to play nicely with other dogs and not pick on cats. They should not snap at children, although children must also be taught not to pull on ears, tails, or fur.
Shepkitas are likely to weigh over 75 pounds with a stout, muscular build. Their coat is dense and a medium length. It requires daily brushing. Their colors could include black, black and tan, light brown, merle, brindle, brown, speckled, spotted, golden, sable, or white. At the shoulder, Shepkitas could stand 24 to 28 inches tall.
The Shepkita does not, however, fair well with children. While GSDs typically do well with respectful kids, Akitas do not tolerate them. The only exception would be if a Shepkita puppy grew up with a small child together and learned to respect each other.
23. Malinois X – German Shepherd Belgian Malinois Mix
The Malinois X is a fairly new breed that doesn’t have a whole lot of information about it just yet. What we do know, is that he is a level-headed and hard-working dog that protects his family. He also thoroughly enjoys being the center of attention. Exercise-wise, he needs a good amount of activity as well as mental stimulation to keep him in tip-top shape.
Between the two parents, the Malinois X will likely have a good blend of appearances and a sturdy, muscular stature. He typically stands between 20 and 26 inches tall and can weigh up to 85 pounds. He should be trained at an early age if possible. The good news is, due to his high level of intelligence he is easily trained and very respectful.
There are quite a few potential health concerns with the Malinois X. These health issues include allergies, joint dysplasia, Progressive Renal Atrophy, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, bloat, and degenerative myelopathy. He is also more expensive than others on this list, with prices ranging between $500 and $2,000.
24. Greyhound Shepherd – German Shepherd Greyhound Mix
The Greyhound is known for being superior in speed while the German Shepherd is known for being a smarty-pants. What happens when you combine the two? You get a very big dog who is utterly cute, ready for a run, but also easy to train – well, most of the time.
When it comes to the Greyhound Shepherd, you truly never know what he is going to look like. Every mixed pup takes after one parent more than the other. One thing that is certain, though, is that the Greyhound Shepherd will be cute and he will be big. This is why he needs so many extra calories in his diet – he can weigh up to 110 pounds!
The Greyhound Shepherd is pretty simple to raise. However, keep in mind that he can have a stubborn streak where training seems almost impossible. Other times, he’s a great listener. He doesn’t need excessive amounts of activity, although mental stimulation is key as the Greyhound side gets bored and can become destructive. Don’t be surprised if this cross wants to nap for hours on end!
The Greyhound Shepherd has the least amount of health worries, with allergies and joint dysplasia being the major concern. Of course, they are also one of the most expensive crossbreeds on this list, ranging between $1,000 and $4,000.
25. Shug – German Shepherd Pug Mix
The Shug is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Pug. Again, the breeding happens via artificial insemination. While a Pug typically has serious health issues with breathing due to the flattened face, being mixed with a German Shepherd improves their health thanks to the longer skull. A longer skull allows easier breathing. That being said, a handler must still be cautious because the skull is still short enough to cause overheating in warm weather if one is not careful.
The Shug is small in size – under 30 pounds and standing 12 inches tall. They have a short coat that only requires daily brushing with a basic brush. Their stature is stocky with a broad chest. Ears may be floppy like a Pug or upright like a GSD.
The Shug’s temperament is energetic, intelligent, cheerful, and friendly. And they’re pretty good with kids. A family in a small home would be a great fit for a Shug.
26. Shepherd Bulldog – German Shepherd Bulldog Mix
The Bulldog Shepherd is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Bulldog. It’s a medium to large breed with strength like that of the parent breeds. Generally, a Bulldog Shepherd could weigh between 60 and 90 pounds and stand between 24 and 26 inches.
The coloring of a Bulldog Shepherd could vary from brindle to black and tan to patches of white. The coat is on the shorter side so grooming is pretty simple. Daily brushing with a basic plastic-bristle brush is sufficient. Your dog should only need a bath with shampoo if he gets especially dirt, perhaps from a mud puddle.
As for temperament, the Bulldog Shepherd can be brave, confident, loyal, and intelligent. They’re a trainable breed who can learn proper manners in the home. Both breeds have a protective nature so owners should train their dogs to be gentle.
As with purebred Bulldogs, the Bulldog Shepherd is known for breathing problems due to the short skull and short nose. The longer skull of the GSD helps with this health issue, but it is still not free of concern.
27. Shepherd Chow – German Shepherd Chow Chow Mix
A Shepherd Chow is a designer mix of a German Shepherd mixed with a Chow Chow. While a designer breed might have a negative connotation, the Shepherd Chow is a healthy and thriving cross breed. And look at that cute face!
The main concern of a Shepherd Chow is the frequent professional grooming to avoid matted fur. These pups have a lot of fur. They need daily brushing with seasonal de-shedding, and regular visits to the groomer.
As a large sized breed, the Shepherd Chow weighs between 40 pounds and 80 pounds, but could reach 90 pounds or more. They stand between 19 inches and 26 inches tall at the shoulder. They do require ample space to move and live as well as the food supply to go with it.
The ideal living situation for a Shepherd Chow is a spacious home with a yard enclosed by a tall fence. With thick coats, this breed tends to prefer cooler climates. They’re loving, social, and protective so they’re great with families who include kids. This dog needs a lot of attention or else they will get bored and act out.
28. New Shep – German Shepherd Newfoundland Mix
The New Shep can easily be the largest dog in this list, with some of them weighing up to 200 pounds and typically around 26 inches tall. This makes for a very big pooch. However, despite his size, he is also known for being one of the most approachable dogs on this list. That’s because he isn’t overly protective, although he still has a bit of guarding and loyalty under his belt.
The New Shep can come in a variety of colors and is known for being a great family dog. He loves to have a good time and play with his loved ones. He is pretty easy to train. Once in a while, though, you may notice that the New Shep has a stubborn streak. Remaining firm and consistent will allow you to have more control over these obstinate cycles.
He doesn’t need too much exercise to keep him happy, although he prefers a big backyard to roam around in. With a thick, fluffy coat, the New Shep will need to be brushed daily and groomed regularly. Other than that, he is a fairly simple gentle giant to keep in the home.
Some of the major concerns for the New Shep include elbow dysplasia, panosteitis, hip dysplasia, perianal fistulas degenerative myelopathy, subaortic stenosis, gastric dilation volvulus (bloat).
29. Sheparnese – German Shepherd Bernese Mountain Mix
The Sheparnese is a mix of the German Shepherd with the Bernese Mountain Dog. The Bernese is one of the most popular giant dog breeds making this combination very desirable. Due to their large size, however, they live a shorter life span than large or medium breed dogs.
The Sheparnese has a working background and loves activity with purpose. They are very loyal to their handlers and loving to their human families.
People who’ve never had a Bernese Mountain Dog should be wary, though. They can be a challenge to raise if you’ve never had this breed. They require firm correction of behavior because they tend to push boundaries. As with all dogs, the handler should not use aggressive physical correction.
Sheparnese dogs stand between 23 inches and 28 inches tall at the shoulder. They weigh between 75 and 110 pounds when full grown. They have a medium coat length that is dense and straight. They shed year-round so daily grooming is mandatory.
Families with small children may want to choose another GSD mixed breed. The Sheparnese is not always tolerant of small, pesky children. The exception to the rule could be if a Sheparnese grows up with a child from puppy to adult and the 2 learn to be respectful of each other.
30. German Shar Pei – German Shepherd Chinese Shar Pei Mix
The German Shar Pei is a mix of the German Shepherd and the Chinese Shar Pei. They’re known for having playful traits as well as having a mind of their own. They make a great companion in a calm and quiet home.
The personality of the German Shar Pei is intelligent, loyal, and independent. They love their families unconditionally but tend to be wary of strangers. They go through a stubborn streak in their younger years so it is best if they live with experienced owners.
There isn’t exactly a set appearance for this mixed breed since it is a rather new combination to designer dog breeds. In general, they are sturdy dogs with muscular builds and a long torso. They often have the fluffy tail of a German Shepherd and upright or partially upright ears. The German Shar Pei often has wrinkles on its face, head, and shoulders like the pure bred Shar Pei.
As a large breed, the German Shar Pei stands between 18 inches and 26 inches at the shoulder. They can weigh anywhere from 45 to 90 pounds when full grown.
The coat is dense and requires daily brushing to avoid excessive shedding in the home. The fur is often tan in color. The coloring may be solid or have markings like that of a GSD.
While the German Shar Pei is versatile in various living conditions, an apartment would be suitable but they may bark at suspicious noises due to their guarding instincts. Homes with acreage would be suitable as well for the active breed.
31. Sheptese – German Shepherd Maltese Mix
This is likely the most unique and interesting crossbreeds on this list. The Sheptese combine the small toy breed, Maltese, with a robust and respectable German Shepherd. Since the two are so far apart in size, it’s hard to get your hands on this breed. But when you do, you will have an utterly caring and enjoyable pooch.
Appearance-wise, the Sheptese looks like a German Shepherd trapped in a Maltese-sized body. With that in mind, you could easily refer to this breed as a miniature German Shepherd. As far as temperament is concerned, he is simply a loving and carting pooch that gets along with other kids and animals with ease.
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