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Everything you need to know about the German shepherd cross

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The German Shepherd is an active, intelligent and extremely loyal dog. While each mixed breed has diverse personality characteristics, they all share many likenesses to a pure German Shepherd.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 19/05/2020, 14:29

The German Shepherd

Dating back to the late 1800’s, the German Shepherd, or Alsatian, is bred mainly as a working dog. The German Shepherd has several characteristics which are almost unique to its breed.

An excellent sense of smell – With their highly developed senses and a long snout, these dogs are an excellent choice for sniffing out explosives and drugs. They are also put to work searching for other hazardous substances.

They are very protective – They make fantastic guard dogs. This is because they generally don’t trust their environment and stay alert most of the time.

Very versatile – German Shepherds seem to adapt to almost any situation you place them into. Together with their high levels of intelligence and loyalty, they are almost always placed in working situations.

Boundless energy levels – With abundant energy and never seem to tire.

The German Shepherd dog
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The German Shepherd crossbreeds common health issues

In the canine world, it’s commonly understood that crossbred dogs have a healthier and longer life expectancy than any purebred relatives. This is certainly the case with the German Shepherd cross dogs. There is a chance that hip dysplasia, a genetic condition can be passed from parent to the mixed breed.

Training a German Shepherd cross

Because this breed is a working dog, due to its confidence, alertness and intelligence, they are very easy to train. Certainly, its high levels of obedience are a positive trait. With a natural aversion to any strangers and appearing constantly alert, many German Shepherds are trained as watchdogs.

However, some mixed breed combinations may not be the ideal choice for a family with young children. The German Shepherd parent can show dominance and aggression. Similar problems can occur when crossbreeding with purebreds such as the Dobermann, Pinscher, Rottweiler, Akita and the Chow Chow.

Popular German Shepherd cross breeds

The German Shepherd dog is famous thanks to these characteristics: speed, agility, intelligence and his air of authority. These traits can all be inherited for German Shepherd cross puppies. Throwing in another mix from a different breed only enhances and strengthens these interesting individualities.

1. Golden Shepherd

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A cross between a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd dog, known as a Golden Shepherd takes strengths from both dogs. Above all, the Retriever’s swimming abilities and the size and strength of a German Shepherd parent while portray your mixed breed. Taking traits from the parent Golden Retriever, this German Shepherd cross is most suited to search and rescue situations, obedience, guarding, hunting and tracking roles.

Find out more about the Golden Retriever

2. Shepkita

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When mixed with an Akita, the pups are very family friendly. They do, however, have rather a stubborn streak too and will need to be trained from an early age. This mixed breed is an excellent guard dog, and they are very good with children.

Find out more about the Akita 

3. Chow Shepherd

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Chow Shepherd, also called Sheprachow is very clever, curious and also quite witty too. The German Shepherd suspicious instincts and the Chow’s protective nature mix to form a dog that will guard any possessions. The German Shepherd Chow isn't the best choice for first time owners.

Find out more about the Chow Chow

4. Rottie Sheperd

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Rottie Shepherd grows to quite a large size and they make brilliant guard dogs. Some puppies grow to around 70 pounds, so check out their parent characteristics before you decide to get a Rottweiler Shepherd. This crossbreed is extremely intelligent, loyal and powerful. With proper and constant training, these mixed breeds make excellent family pets.

Find out more about the Rottweiler 

5. Labrashepherd

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Take a friendly Labrador and mix it with a German shepherd, you will get a Labrashepherd, a playful and affectionate pup. This crossbreed is an excellent family dog, and will love to play with children. The Labrashepherd is a loving and affectionate dog, he will love to spend time with its owner and learn new tricks.

Find out more about the Labrador

6. Shollie

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This alert, jaunty and energetic pooch is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Border Collie. The Shollie puppies have inherited the best traits of both parent breeds.This mixed breed is extremely intelligent, energetic and very loyal. Although they will need a huge amount of exercise and will need to be stimulated mentally, they make amazing pets.

Find out more about the Border Collie

7. Shug

Although an unlikely breeding, the parent Pug dog provides a loving personality to this mix. The Shug is eager to please its owner and will therefore be an easy breed to train. This crossbreed will be happy living in a house or an apartment as long as he gets his daily exercise. The Shug is a great companion.

Find out more about the Pug

8. Shepherd Pit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Choose this crossbreed dog and you could have your hands full. Combining the protective nature of the Pitbull and the energetic characteristic of the German Shepherd will require a firm hand. However, if they are trained properly, had an early socialisation they are a great companion. They are eager to please and will love to spend time with their family. However, be aware, this crossbreed can sometimes be a little bit sensitive around children, therefore it's important to teach to your child how to respect your dog.

Here are a two other popular German Shepherd mixes:

  • The Gerberian Shephsky: a German Shepherd and a Husky mix
  • The Corman Shepherd: A German shepherd Corgi mix
No matter if you choose to get a German Shepherd cross puppy, or search for your new pet in a rescue centre, you will need to do some research.

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