German Australian Shepherd

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46-65 lbs
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The German Australian Shepherd is a deliberate crossbreed between two popular breeds of shepherding dog, the German and the Australian Shepherd. While the Australian Shepherd is still widely used for working with livestock in this century, the German Shepherd is now more commonly associated with military and police work. With responsible breeding, the result is an intelligent canine with an athletic structure and a strong work drive that makes a good working dog, home companion, or therapy animal. Irresponsible breeding of these two canines may produce an anxious and fearful animal that is prone to several disorders with a genetic component, including epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and hemophilia.

Herding and Protection
Date of Origin
German Shepherd and Australian Shepherd

German Australian Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male German Australian Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 60-80 lbs
Female German Australian Shepherd size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 46-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hemophilia
  • Eye Disease and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Panosteitis
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Perianal Fistula
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • Eye Examinations
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)

German Australian Shepherd Breed History

The German Australian Shepherd is a designer dog, an intentional cross between two different types of popular shepherding dogs, the German Shepherd and the Australian Shepherd. The German Shepherd breed was developed initially in the late 1800’s in Germany, and they were designed to be able to return sheep to the fold without nipping at the heels and to trot for long distances beside them to keep them safe from predators. German Shepherds were initially bred for structural efficiency, a stable temperament, and intelligence, and you will still find these traits in German Shepherds from responsible breeders still today. Modern German Shepherds do vary somewhat from German Shepherd dogs of the late 1800s and early 1900s as breeding choices have resulted in a canine that is more streamlined and thinner-boned than the original German Shepherd, often with an obvious slope to the back. German Shepherds were recognized by the AKC in 1908 and have risen to become the 2nd most popular breed in the United States. The Australian Shepherd that we know today is also a newer breed, one that was developed in the farmlands of the United States in the late 1800s rather than in Australia, as is suggested by the name. This breed was developed to herd cattle and sheep. Thought to be descended from Basque shepherding dogs that traveled from Australia in the early 1800’s, these capable herding dogs are believed to be the foundation stock for the modern Aussie which was then crossed with other hard working stock dogs once they reached America, creating an agile and enduring herding animal with an incredible work drive. German Australian Dogs make good herding dogs, family companions, and even therapy dogs.

German Australian Shepherd Breed Appearance

The German Australian Shepherd is a medium to large-sized dog with a slightly rectangular silhouette. Some dogs that favor the German Shepherd side of the family have a noticeable slope to their backs while dogs that favor the Australian Shepherd have an increased chance of inheriting a missing or half tail.  They have a clean-cut, somewhat chiseled head with a medium to long muzzle that tapers slightly and is rounded at the tip. Their eyes are almond shaped, medium in size, and can come in brown, blue, or combinations of both, with an intelligent and alert expression, and their ears sit high to moderately high on the head and may either stand erect or they may break forward and over. They have long straight legs with oval rather than round bones, and compact, oval-shaped paws with well-arched toes. Their coat is double layered, with a thick, dense undercoat covered by a short to medium weather-resistant layer that can be either straight or slightly wavy. This crossbreed comes in many possible color combinations, including several varieties of merle, putting this dog at a somewhat increased chance of developing hearing loss.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue German Australian Shepherd eyes
brown German Australian Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Australian Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black German Australian Shepherd coat
cream German Australian Shepherd coat
blue German Australian Shepherd coat
red German Australian Shepherd coat
silver German Australian Shepherd coat
gray German Australian Shepherd coat
sable German Australian Shepherd coat
white German Australian Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Australian Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Australian Shepherd Breed Maintenance

Although German Australian Shepherds only require bathing a few times a year they do have very thick undercoats and tend to shed heavily year round. This hybrid requires a thorough brushing at least two to four times a week to remove dead hair and to prevent the dense undercoat from tangling and matting. Both the German and Australian shepherds shed more actively on a seasonal basis, a phenomenon called “blowing the coat”. The German Australian Shepherd is also likely to inherit this quality and will require more frequent brushing and bathing when the change of seasons. This crossbreed may also be somewhat prone to ear infections, particularly those whose ears fold forward, so their ears should be cleaned and examined at least once a week.

Brushes for German Australian Shepherd
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Australian Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Australian Shepherd Temperament

The temperament of this crossbreed can vary quite a bit, depending mostly on the breeding practices that were used when developing the animal. A well-bred German Australian Shepherd should be highly intelligent, with a protective nature and a great deal of energy as well as a high work ethic. These dogs may be reserved with strangers but should be good with most children, although it is important to remember that small children should never be left with dogs unsupervised, for their protection and the dogs. The German Shepherd dog, in particular, has an extremely powerful bite at 238 pounds per square inch, this dog has the capability to break any bone in the human body, and this trait may be passed down to the German Australian Shepherd as well. Fortunately, both German and Australian Shepherds are also extremely trainable and work oriented canines, and when properly socialized and kept busy, they are enthusiastic and dependable companions. Unfortunately, some lines of these breeds can lean towards fearful or hyperactive temperments as well, and a fearful, unhealthy, or downright unmanageable dog may result from poor breeding practices.

German Australian Shepherd Activity Requirements

This hybrid is a cross between two energetic and athletic working dogs and as such, it requires a great deal of exercise to maintain its fitness and prevent destructive or neurotic behaviors. These dogs are happiest and healthiest with at least two or more hours of vigorous exercise and training activities per day and along with being physically active, these dogs are very mentally active. German Australian Shepherds that are not given enough mental stimulus in the form of puzzle toys, new experiences, or training routines, can become anxious and destructive, both to their surroundings and to themselves. The German Australian Shepherd requires a great deal of room to run and tends to be far too active for apartment living, and prefers a home with a large, secure yard to run in.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

German Australian Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$34 - $52

German Australian Shepherd Owner Experiences

5 Months
2 People
He's a puppy now but he already guides his 4 siblings (11 years old and up) like they are his charges. He's very playful and willful. Training will be continuous because he watches everything from eagles to ants. He wants to know what everything is. Obedience will be tough be cause he wants to know "why?". I've had a Shollie and 6 collies in my life and they have trained me more than I trained them. I hope he does too.
1 week, 5 days ago
17 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Car rides
Dog Parks
Playing/fetching tennis balls
Diesel is so smart and a very fast learner. He was potty trained in less than a week when got him at 10 weeks old. He went straight to the puppy 2 obedience class at 4 months old, because he caught on so fast. He has since completed his Canine Good Citizenship with flying colors. He is very sweet, loyal and protective of me and gets jealous when someone else hugs me or my husband kisses me he gets between us because he wants the hugs and kisses for himself. He can play fetch with a ball for hours a day and even carries 2 tennis ball in his mouth at a time. He can be protective of his toys so we are working on his aggression towards certain dogs. He loves biting at water when it comes out of the hose and sprinklers in the yard. When I empty his water bowl outside to get fresh water he tries to get wet from it, but he hates taking a bath! He loves riding in a vehicle and goes everywhere we go, even in all the stores we go in and he knows to act very respectful and calm. He loves being told he is beautiful or possibly the most gorgeous dog they have every seen. Diesel is so much fun, I call him my GAS (German Australian Shepherd) We really love and enjoy him!
2 months, 1 week ago
11 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Our dog in particulair is incredibly sweet and affectionate. He really enjoys cuddling and sits directly on top of you if he's given the oppertunity. We started socializing from the day we got him so he's very friendly to other dogs. He doesn't bark at other dogs and doesnt react to other dogs when they react agressive towards him. He does tend to get really jealous or protective towards me. I don't really mind the protective attitude because i feel safe when i'm walking him at night. The jealousy can get a bit annoying. When my fiance shows me any physical form of affection the dog gets really worked up and starts barking loudly. We try to do this a lot in front of him and we reward him when he doesnt react to it. This helped a lot already. He is also really smart. Within his first 3 months or so he thought himself to open doors. We tried to turn the door handle so it points up but he still opened them. We eventually had to put locks on the doors because he had a habit of going upstairs in the middle of the night to wake us up. I also strongly advice a lot of diffent toys and bones. When they don't have a lot of variety they get bored and will chew on furniture, carpets, pillows, shoes or basicly everything they can reach. In short Extremely sweet and intelligent breed. High energy. Tend to get bored quickly so a lot of attention and toys are a must.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Car rides
Eating Snacks
Throwing tennis ball
Play keep away
This is the best dog we could have picked for our first family dog. I know they say “German Australian Shepherds arent starter dogs” and he is A LOT of work; but Merlin makes it easy. From day one we took 1 week to fully potty train (with minor excited peeing when my boyfriend came home). He knows sit, lay down, stay, and come all with hand motions (and the command as well), just by command he knows how to roll over, high five, he plays soccer, and is completely trained off of his leash. Also we did crate train him in the very beginning, but now he doesn’t even have a crate in the house bc of how well behaved he is. He’s very gentle with kids, and older dogs, as well as when he takes food from a human. And just a cute thing Merlin does, he brings socks (his favorite thing in the house) to whoever is upset, if you’re crying he brings over a pile of his favorite socks to make you feel better. I would highly recommend a German Australian Shepherd mix, they’re incredible dogs, and well worth the time. They’re so full of love, I couldn’t imagine a life without Merlin now.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
12 Weeks
3 People
Very energetic, intelegant quick learner and a joy to have a round.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd