German Sheprador

75-85 lbs
20-25"
United States
German Shepherd
Labrador Retriever
Labrashepherd

The German Sheprador is a mixture of the German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever parent breeds. He is a large dog who is also a great watchdog and a supreme companion dog. He is a moderate shedder and requires some maintenance. He tends to have a short coat like the Labrador Retriever, but he may have a double coat like the German Shepherd parent breed. He is an easily trainable dog, and he is wonderful with children. He is very loyal and protective, and he makes a great watchdog. Often, his size is enough to intimidate would-be burglars.

Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever

German Sheprador Health

Average Size
Male German Sheprador size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 85-95 lbs
Female German Sheprador size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 75-85 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing

German Sheprador Breed History

There is not a lot of information on the German Sheprador breed itself, but we can learn about the parent breeds in order to understand what to expect from the hybrid breed. The Labrador Retriever is native of Newfoundland, which is a country on the east coast of Canada. The Lab was originally referred to as St. John’s dog in tribute to the capital city of Newfoundland. In the 1700s, the Labrador Retriever was a fisherman’s helper. The Lab has always been a working dog. He would retrieve fish that escaped from hooks and tow lines. It is believed that the St. John’s dog was a mixture of the Newfoundland dog and small local water dogs. English sportsmen imported a few Labs to serve as retrievers during the hunt. Around 1830, the third Earl of Malmesbury brought several St. John’s dogs to England. This man coined the term “Labrador Retrievers.” The Lab is now America’s most popular dog. However, in the 1880s, the breed almost became extinct. The Malmesbury family and other fans of the breed dedicated themselves to reviving the breed. The breed thrived in England. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1917. Labs today work in search and rescue, as therapy dogs, and drug detection missions in addition to continuing to be a popular breed with hunters. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed; he originates back to 1899 when Captain Max von Stephanitz decided to breed the various sheepherding dogs across Germany into a distinct breed. Stephanitz studied the breeding techniques of the British and traveled throughout Germany observing dogs at dog shows. In 1899, Stephanitz found what he thought was the perfect dog. He was wolfish-looking. Stephanitz immediately bought the dog and begin breeding with sheepherding dogs. Although sheepherding was fading out of existence in Germany, Stephanitz would not be daunted. He introduced the dog to police work and military service. The German government eventually adopted the breed for military service. However, some Allied soldiers during WWII were able to obtain some German Shepherd puppies, and in this manner, the German Shepherd made its way to America.

German Sheprador Breed Appearance

The German Sheprador will be a combination of both parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd. While there is not a lot of information about the German Sheprador breed itself, we can study the parent breeds in order to determine what the German Sheprador will look like. The Labrador Retriever has a double coat. The top layer is short, thick, and straight. The undercoat is soft and weather-resistant. It is a perfect coat for retrieving game from water. The Lab comes in a variety of colors: chocolate, black, and yellow. Polar white and fox red are just variations of the yellow Lab. The German Shepherd may come in many colors (although the traditional black with tan trim is most often recognizable). He may be all black, black and cream, black and tan, blue, gray, liver, sable and white. (White German Shepherds are not recognized as an acceptable color under AKC guidelines, but some breeders actually strive for this color.) Your German Sheprador will most likely have a coarse coat, that is very thick and straight. Whether the water-resistant quality will be present is uncertain. He will have an alert expression in his brown eyes and a long muzzle.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Sheprador eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Sheprador nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black German Sheprador coat
Black
white German Sheprador coat
White
red German Sheprador coat
Red
cream German Sheprador coat
Cream
blue German Sheprador coat
Blue
gray German Sheprador coat
Gray
white German Sheprador coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Sheprador straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Sheprador Breed Maintenance

There is not a lot of information about the German Sheprador; however, we can study the parent breeds in order to determine what type of maintenance the hybrid breed will require. The Labrador Retriever has a double coat. The top layer is short, thick, and straight. The undercoat is soft and weather-resistant. He does shed, but this will not require a great deal of extra grooming. Brush him with a soft bristle brush daily. Some experts recommend vacuuming after him as well. He will need to be bathed once every two months. Of course, if he finds a mud puddle or something unappealing to roll around in, you may have to bathe him more often. It is particularly important to clean your Lab’s ears regularly. Use a damp cotton ball to wipe out the inside of his ears. Be sure to regularly check them for a bad odor or redness, which could indicate an infection. The Lab’s floppy ears make him prone to such. The German Shepherd has a medium-length double coat that was meant to protect his tender skin from snow and rain, but it also is resistant to dirt. Some German Shepherds are long-haired, but generally, he will have a medium-length coat. Sometimes the outer coat of the German Shepherd will be wiry to the touch. He may be prone to shedding as they shed year-round; he will also have a “blow” in which he will have a major shedding twice a year. Brush him two or three times a week with a smooth bristle brush. He should only be bathed as needed. The German Shepherd is generally very clean and often considered odorless. It is recommended that you take advantage of the fact that the German Shepherd loves to chew – give him dental chews to keep his teeth clean (in addition to regular brushing) and promote overall dental health. In general, your German Sheprador will look his best with daily brushing.

Brushes for German Sheprador
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Sheprador requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Sheprador Temperament

While there is little information about the German Sheprador, we can study the parent breeds in order to understand what type of behavior to expect from the hybrid breed. The Labrador Retriever has a great reputation. He is known as one of the sweetest breeds of dog. He is outgoing, eager to please, and very friendly. He loves people and other animals. He is also very easy to train. He is highly energetic, and he needs both physical and mental stimulation in order to be happy. The German Shepherd has a reputation for aggression; much of this is undeserved. He is highly alert and is reserved around strangers, so he makes for a great watchdog. It takes a while for him to make friends, but once he does, he is immensely loyal. He is highly intelligent and is easily trainable. However, he does not do well being alone for long periods of time. He needs companionship from his family, and he is exceedingly loyal to them. He may bark excessively or chew if he is bored. Early socialization is also recommended for the German Shepherd. Your German Sheprador will prove to be a sensitive, kind dog who strives to look after his family and wants to be included in all they do.

German Sheprador Activity Requirements

The German Sheprador is a fairly active dog. It is recommended that he gets ample exercise to ensure that he maintains a healthy weight. He may have a tendency to gain weight if he is not exposed to regular activity. He will be happiest and on his best behavior if he has a home with a large yard that he can be allowed to run and play in. He may also enjoy joining you for a leisurely walk. The dog park is a great place for the German Sheprador; he will enjoy the ability to get out and run and play with other dogs. He needs regular exercise so that he does not chew or bark excessively.

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

German Sheprador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

German Sheprador Owner Experiences

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6 Years
2 People
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Walking.. learnig to tree.point.track..
I am 61.. have had and trained Doberman and Retrivers..T is by far the strongest most intelligent doggie I've had the pleasure to own
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Kobe
10 Months
4 People
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My experience with my dog is challenging at times, especially since he’s still a puppy yet still so big. Walking him can be a struggle because of his size as he tends to roam, pick things up, and get easily distracted (mostly by people). He has lots of energy and is very enthusiastic about everyone and anyone he meets and has a habit of jumping on people when he does. He is a very smart dog though and picks things up quickly such as sit and lay down but I would recommend using hand movements and gestures when telling your Sheprador to do tasks such these so they will understand better. Overall my experience with him has been challenging but filling and although he may be bad at times he’s lovable and really sweet the more time you spend with him.
3 months ago
Rambo
2 Years
5 People
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Run
jump
Walk ,
jog
I got him as pup.He's smart,fun,energetic,loving,playful,at times stubborn.He has closed coat,but still sheds heavy.He likes to play a lot with his friend Leo who is a toy breed.He has average height but i try endlessly for him to maintain his weight but to no avail.Any tips available would be greatly appreciated.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Jax
5 Years
3 People
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Run
Walks
Hiking
Tug of war
Fetch
AVery high energy dog. Very strong and intelligent personality. Easily trained and knows his toys by inividual names. Can almost have a conversation with him! Definitely smarter than some 6 year olds. Problems? he can get a bit of an attitude if things don't go the way he expects. But forgives easily after some 1 on 1 attention. Sheds constantly, and is ironically allergic to cats. Hates water, but has webbed feet, lol.
5 months, 1 week ago
Sir bronco
3 Years
2 People
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Bronco was a puppy when I got him he was easily trained and knows sit shake with both paws, sit pretty, speak, heel, come and stay, he attacks or gaurds on command, and I taught him to roll over and play dead when I shoot him with my hand in a gun shape, he knows my wife and me and my parents by name, he knows the difference between his bed his cushion and his cage, he also has learned to watch people on our security cameras until they reach the door at which point he will greet them at the door he does well in a car sitting in the seat and staying thre for the duration of the ride we have an open yard and when he is let out he will come back to the door after going potty and will wait patiently to be let back in he loves treats and playing fetch and hide and seek ive trained him non verbally with hand signals and he is an excellent squirrel and rabbit dog in addition he also knows his toys by name and will put his toys back in his toy box when I prompt him to pick them up he is the best dog ive ever known or met and is very good with people and kids, unless u knock on our door then he is usually never aggressive also he loves taking a shower and hops right in when I ask him too to get washed! Loe him to death he is like a son to me!
7 months ago
Athena
6 Months
2 People
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Playing in the snow
Cuddling
Chase
Tug-of-war
Learn a new trick
Road trip
Walk
very smart, loyal, loving, highly energetic, loves kids, easy to train, eats and chews whatever she comes across, speaks what is on her mind, and is empathetic
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Abby
6 Months
3 People
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Abby and I love to walk and play fetch.
She is till a puppy (6 months). So, she is very frisky and takes a lot of naps. I take her everywhere I go and she loves to be loved on. She is a great dog. I have raised many dogs of many breeds. She is the best dog I have ever had. I love this pup!
9 months ago
Beau
15 Months
2 People
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Walking
Very mouthy loves to chew Backtalks and argues loves personal contact very social
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Willow
1 Year
1 People
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Playing in the snow
Dog Parks
Dog-friendly events
Fetch
Chase
Swim
Hike
Frisbee
Playdate
Very sweet dog! Takes a little while to learn commands but then knows them very well once it clicks. Very keen sense of smell. Stays in yard without a leash.
10 months ago
California
4 Years
4 People
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Running
Barn hunt
Spring pole
Nose work
Fetch
Hunt
Swim
Walk
Extremely smart, extremely trainable, willing to learn, good family dog, the right amount energy, eager to please, great nose work.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Rocket
10 Months
6 People
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Very loving and affectionate. High energy, loves to play with people and dogs. Non aggressive.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
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