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Everything you need to know about the German shepherd cross

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A German Shepherd cross with several other canine breeds has been very successful. Many of these crossbreeds result in offspring that carry positive and appealing traits from both parents.

By Dawn Parrish

As an example, 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. Likewise, a Shug crossbreed, with parents the German Shepherd and a Pug, is very intelligent. While each mixed breed has diverse personality characteristics, they all share many likenesses to a pure German Shepherd.

Origins and characteristics

Dating back to the late 1800’s, the parent German Shepherds, or Alsatians, are bred mainly as working dogs. They have several characteristics that are almost unique to their breed.

A keen 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 always appear suspicious – They make fantastic protection and 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.

Popular German Shepherd cross breeds

The majority of offspring from this mix are medium to larger sized canines. Over time, they have been successfully mated with Rottweilers, Pitbulls, Welsh Corgis, Collies, Siberian Huskies, Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Chows. No matter if you choose to buy German Shepherd cross puppies, or search for your new pet in a rescue centre, you will need to do some research.

Golden Shepherd

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.

German shepherd crossbreed
Mixed breed German shepherd© Pixabay


When mixed with an Akita, the pups are very family friendly. They do, however, have rather a stubborn streak too.

Chow Shepherd

This crossbreed 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.

Rottweiler Shepherd

Although these crossbreeds grow to quite a large size they make brilliant guard dogs. Some puppies grow to around 70 pounds, so check out their parent characteristics before buying one.


Take a friendly Labrador and cross it with a German shepherd. The offspring, a Labrashepherd is a playful and affectionate pup.


This alert, jaunty and energetic pooch is the descendant of a German Shepherd cross with a Collie. Although they need loads of exercise, they make amazing pets.


Although an unlikely breeding, the parent Pug dog provides a loving personality to this mix.

Shepherd Pit

Choose this crossbreed dog and you could have your hands full. Combining the protective nature of the Pitbull and the distrusting characteristic of the German Shepherd will require a firm hand.

Crossbreed German shepherd
German shepherd crossbreed© Pixabay

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 offspring. Likewise, if both parents are carriers of any genetic disorder, then it is inherited by the German Shepherd crossbreed dog too.

Training the German Shepherd cross

Because this breed is a working dog, due to its confidence, alertness and intelligence, in the main, 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 Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Akita and the Chow Chow.

The very famous characteristics of the German Shepherd Dog, speed, agility, intelligence and his air of authority, can all be inherited by German Shepherd cross puppies. Throwing in another mix from a different breed only enhances and strengthens these interesting individualities.

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