Germanees

75-120 lbs
22-32"
United States
German Shepherd
Great Pyrenees
Shepnese, Shep Py

The Germanees is the offspring of a German Shepherd and a Great Pyrenees.  Because both parents are purebreds, the Germanees is considered a designer dog breed. Your Germanees will be a large to giant size dog. His coat will be dense and medium to long in length.  With a strong herding background, this hybrid dog breed is always ready to work and is inquisitive and smart. He is a good watchdog and is very agile in his movements. A protector at heart, this kind and independent dog is a joy to own.

purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
German Shepherd, Great Pyrenees

Germanees Health

Average Size
Male Germanees size stats
Height: 23-32 inches Weight: 75-120 lbs
Female Germanees size stats
Height: 22-32 inches Weight: 75-120 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Heart Murmur
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Atopy
Minor Concerns
  • Ectropion
  • Cataract
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Fecal Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)
  • Skin Scrape

Germanees Breed History

The German Shepherd Dog originated in Germany in the 1800’s and was initially bred as a herding dog. They were protective and vigilant over the flock. The German Shepherd would not only bring back a lost sheep; they would also fight off predators. 

In 1891 The Phylax Society was formed to create set standards for the breed. Unfortunately, they could not agree if the German Shepherd should be bred to be solely a working dog or should the breeding also focus on his appearance. The Phylax Society disbanded after three years. In 1899, an ex-member of The Phylax Society, Captain Max von Stephanitz, attended a dog show. He became very impressed by a dog named Hektor Linksrhein. 

Captain Max von Stephanitz believed strongly that the German Shepherd should be bred for working. Hektor Linksrhein was a beautiful, highly intelligent and a very strong dog. Hektor Linksrhein was the result of selective breeding. He purchased Hektor and renamed him Horand von Grafrath.  Mr. Stephanitz then established the Society for the German Shepherd Dog. His dog Horand was the first German Shepherd added to the society's breed register. Horand was then bred with other German Shepherds that had appropriate traits. The first German Shepherd Dog registered in the United States was Queen of Switzerland. In 1993, the German Shepherd became the third most popular breed in the United States. 

As of 2017, the German Shepherd is the second most popular dog in the United States. Etzel von Oeringen, a male German Shepherd who had served as a police dog in the German Red Cross during World War I, was sent to the United States to be sold.  He was then purchased by the screenwriter Jane Murfin. His new name became Strongheart.  He was trained and directed in films such as The Silent Call, Brawn of the North, and White Fang. Strongheart became the first major canine film star. It is believed that the Great Pyrenees is an ancient breed that originated in Central Asia or Siberia. They migrated with their shepherds and herds into the Pyrenees Mountains about 3000 B.C.  They are named after the mountain range. In France, these dogs are called Le Chien des Pyrenees, which translate to dog of the Pyrenees.  Hard-working dogs brave dogs who gallantly protected the sheep from predators, they would bark  to alert the shepherd of the danger to the flock. Brought to North America in 1824, the breed entered into a kennel in Massachusetts where further breeding strengthened this majestic breed. They were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1933 in the Working Group. 

Germanees Breed Appearance

The Germanees is a long dog with a dense medium to long coat which may be water resistant like the Great Pyrenees parent.  There could be a mane-like ruff around the neck area and the texture will vary between wavy and curly with colors of black, white or tan. 

The Germanees will be a strong and muscular dog who may be quite long in the body as both parents have this tendency. The ears may be erect or drop ears.  The head will be wedge-shaped and well-proportioned to his body. He may have a long and strong muzzle with eyes that are almond-shaped and dark brown. The eye rims, nose and lips may be black. The tail may be bushy, plumed and carried low. He will have an expression that shows his intelligence and eagerness to learn.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Germanees eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Germanees nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Germanees coat
Black
white Germanees coat
White
fawn Germanees coat
Fawn
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Germanees straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Germanees Breed Maintenance

If your Germanees has a thick coat, his ears should be checked regularly as the fur may block the air flow into the ears. Too much moisture or accumulation of dirt can lead to an infection. The Germanees can shed quite a bit so a daily brushing with a pin brush is ideal to keep the coat free of tangles and loose clumps of fur. A deshedding tool can come in handy when the shed is heavy. 

Trimming of excess hair around the eyes, ears, and on the legs and feet will keep your hybrid more comfortable. He may need a bath on occasion though care must be taken with the skin as the German Shepherd parent can have skin issues. The nails of the Germanees will be hard and strong but should be checked regularly for length, and because he is an active working breed the nails should be checked for breakage as well. The teeth will need brushing a few times a week.

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Brushes for Germanees
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Comb
Comb
Deshedder
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Germanees requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Germanees Temperament

German Shepherds are energetic, playful and highly intelligent.  They tend to be protective, fearless, suspicious of strangers and can be territorial with other dogs. The breed loves to please his owners and is easily trained. The German Shepherd is a barker and can be aggressive. Most German Shepherds are good with children. Early training and socialization is recommended. The Great Pyrenees is a sweet, intelligent, loyal and gentle dog. He is usually not a dog aggressive canine and is known to nurture other animals.  The Great Pyrenees can be a little stubborn and not as easily trained. The breed is usually good with children.  They too are protective of their family and are known to be barkers. Both breeds can be a little slow to mature.  Therefore, consistent regular training and patience is required. Your Germanees will like to have a job to do whether it is guarding or protecting, or helping to herd the family cat.

Germanees Activity Requirements

Your Germanees will be an ideal candidate for obedience and agility trials. Though he can sometimes be stubborn, his eagerness to try new things will over rule the trait. Enrolling him in a class or activity of some type will help to fulfil his craving for work. In addition to the training, a chance to socialize at the dog park is always welcomed. Be sure that you are working with your dog at all times, using consistency with training in order to allow him to be the best he can be. Daily dog walks are a must. Cool weather is the best for exercising this hybrid - in warmer weather keep the walks to the coolest times of the day. A backyard is a good environment for play; make sure there is plenty of shade and keep your dog company while he is outside.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Germanees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Germanees Owner Experiences

Georgie
1 Year
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Run
snuggling
Fetch
Playdate
We found Georgie a few weeks ago, she was thin and matted up, but she was so sweet. We made it official and she is the kindest silliest cool dog around. She gets along great with the kids and she loves a good tussle with other dogs. She loves to snuggle in bed and she just makes my heart happy.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Molly
6 Months
1 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Dog Parks
Molly is the sweetest puppy I've ever owned. She's always quick and eager to greet people and other animals. She loves to run and play during the day and curl up next to me at night. She's extremely smart, picking up on tricks and habits very quickly. She isn't as big or fluffy as her siblings but at this time she's over 50 pounds. She loves to chase kids and other dogs at the park but can get very shy too. She's never shown any aggression but she does have a protective streak that comes out when she thinks her mama is in trouble.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Beau
6 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Beau is a sweet young pup. He is quick to learn and listens well. At 5 weeks he weighed 4 pounds. He is very affectionate and prefers to be in your lap or lying with his canine brother and sister.
2 years ago
Malakai
5 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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although I am not new to large dogs, I am new to this breed. So far, I find them energetic, smart, loving and eager to please.
2 years ago
Looie
6 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Looie is an amazing dog with strong senses. Ican tell him we have to go to work and his whole demeanor changes. Incredibly intelligent, with a big softie personality!! He is my heart.
2 years ago
Moose
10 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing fetch
He’s an absolutely amazing dog very loyal and loving. Protective of his yard but as long as I reassure him that it’s okay he has no problem with any people or animals
2 years ago
TATERTOT
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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He is very friendly and affectionate. Easily trained and very intelligent. Loves other dogs and cats. Sheds a lot. Has a slow metabolism and only eats two cups per day. Gets hot easily and loves cold weather and snow. At this time he is one yr old and weighs 100 lbs
2 years, 2 months ago
Cane
18 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I have 2 of them from the same liter 1 male and 1 female. They look very different but love each other and are very loyal and affectionate. They have become the loves of my life
1 year, 9 months ago
Chewie
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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ChewDog is amazing. We have had him since he was 8 weeks old and he just turned one. He weighs over 100 lbs. Great with my 2 sons. Absolutely best family dog. Loves to hike and explore but he is always diligently protecting and keeping watch while we are on our hikes.
1 year, 8 months ago
Duchess
7 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
First of kind. Had Elk Hound. Quite dissimilar.
1 year, 6 months ago
Mahti
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
A rescue. Was intimidated a bit at first, but oh! After a few weeks we gave grown to adore this beautiful boy!!!
1 year, 6 months ago
Bruno
5 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Herding
Fetch
Walk
He has been a lot of fun. He is smart and was learning commands at 3 months. He is high energy and we have to work with him to keep him calm at appropriate times but he is still a puppy. He is already weighing in at about 70 lbs.
1 year, 2 months ago
Sadie
7 Weeks
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Play
Run
So far she is aweaome and has much potential..she is a little stubborn and can be loud but very intelligent already
1 year, 1 month ago
Dolce
6 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Walk
Run
Explore the woods
She’s very hyper at times but is very calm almost all the time. She’s extremely smart but is struggling with potty training
1 year, 1 month ago
Bear
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I’ve had him just few days and he’s just amazing! He learns fast and is very mello. He loves my girls. We have parrots in the house and he pays them no attention which I was worried about. He loves snuggling and just and overall affectionate dog. We are blessed to Have him!!! 🥰
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Baxter
7 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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My Germanees just turned 7 months today and already weighs 90 pounds. He is built like a German Shepard but taller. He is already 28 inches in height. But he is just a gentle giant. He is a very calm dog and has been since I got him. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a calmer dog than him. He is a very smart dog as well,learns commands quick, figured out how to get out of the cage, knows how to open doors, lol you have to be careful with these guys. But over very calm dog and very loving. All he wants to do is make you happy.
11 months, 1 week ago
Maui
2 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
pet stores
Walk
Run
Car rides
Park
We just brought Maui home this past Sunday, Nov 22. I was shocked when we took him home and he automatically picked up the concept of going to the bathroom outside, come on command, and walks perfectly on a leash with no pull. I’ve had a cocker spaniel and toy poodle in the past and this is my first giant breed. We are definitely enjoying his calm and affectionate nature. My family and I are looking forward to all the memories to be made.
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Luna
3 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We've had Luna for 2 weeks now. She is already house trained, very smart & eager to learn. Luckily she is short haired. Looking forward to many happy years with her.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Kiba
3 Months
4 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Kiba is a sweet and super affectionate pup. We are having difficulty training her as she seems to wants to play with our sons and cats more then training.
6 months ago
Dally
6 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She’s still young- must run behind the ATV a couple miles to sleep at night instead of getting into the trash. Very friendly but will let o a very deep bark when men approach her and her lamb.
5 months ago
Janus
6 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Hiking
Off-leash
Swim
Tug-of-war
Jan always gets compliments from people on how handsome he is. He has the shorter hair of his Shepard side but the face, ears and white coat from his Pyrenees side. Whenever he gets wet from going in the Lake or if he gets muddy at all, a few hours later he will dry up and look like it never happened! He is initially shy with new people and tends to bark in new situations, but once he’s comfortable, his true personality comes out: a super high energy puppy that’s a bit goofy but loves to play. He tends to gravitate more towards people than other dogs at the moment, and so still trying to socialize him so he’s more comfortable around other dogs. He does best when hiking with fewer dogs around, though training for a good ‘come when called’ is super important, since he tends to wander as soon as he smells food. Highly recommend this kind of dog for someone with an outdoorsy lifestyle.
4 months, 4 weeks ago
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