Germanees

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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 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 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
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Shepherd, Great Pyrenees

Germanees Health

Average Size
Height: 23-32 inches Weight: 75-120 lbs
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
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
White
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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.

Brushes for Germanees
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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 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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Germanees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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