Sheprador

40-70 lbs
22-25"
United States
Australian Shepherd
Labrador Retriever
Aussie Sheprador, Australian Sheprador, Aussiedor
The Sheprador is a combination of the Australian Shepherd and the Labrador Retriever. They are both medium to large dogs so the Sheprador will also be a medium to large dog of about 60 pounds on average. The Sheprador is a wonderful family dog that loves children and other pets and can also be a good guard dog. They are very intelligent and can be trained to do just about anything pretty easily. This breed has a medium length thick coat that needs to be brushed several times a week to prevent excessive tangling and shedding. They are also pretty healthy dogs that can live to be approximately 14 years old.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Australian Shepherd and Labrador Retriever

Sheprador Health

Average Size
Male Sheprador size stats
Height: 23-26 inches Weight: 50-80 lbs
Female Sheprador size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 40-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Pelger - Huet Syndrome
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • DNA

Sheprador Breed History

The Sheprador is a new designer hybrid and it does not have a history so it is best to look at the backgrounds of the Australian Shepherd and Labrador Retriever. The Australian Shepherd originated in America in the 1800s from the Basque Shepherd, to be a herding dog. They are thought to have gotten their name because they were bred from dogs that came from Australia with the Basque people. They were immediately well-known for their amazing ability to get cattle and sheep to do whatever they wanted them to. They are also used for search and rescue, therapy, drug detecting, and guiding. During the 1950s, they became even more popular after being used in movies and rodeos as a trick dog. Seven years later, the Australian Shepherd Club of America was developed and soon became the largest registry of Australian Shepherds in America. However, it took another 36 years before the breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club. The Labrador Retriever began as what was then called the Saint John’s Water Dog in Newfoundland, Canada in the 18th century. They were popular with fishermen who used them to help pull in their nets and retrieve the ones that got away. They were named after the Labrador Sea, which is where they were developed. They were exported to England in the 1820s by the Earl of Malmesbury. The breed all but disappeared in Newfoundland because a strict law made it illegal to have a female Labrador Retriever. However, the breed kept growing in England and were noticed in the 1900s in America where they have been the number one dog breed since 1917.

Sheprador Breed Appearance

The Sheprador breed can range from 22 to 26 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 80 pounds on average. They have a large, muscular build with a wide, squared head, strong jaw and muzzle, brown or blue eyes, black nose, and thick neck. Their coat is of medium length and density, water resistant, and can come in a multitude of colors such as merle, brindle, speckled, pied, black, chocolate, tan, blue, red, white, or any mix of these colors. The Sheprador has long legs, and a medium length tail that is usually wagging or curled up over their back.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Sheprador eyes
Blue
brown Sheprador eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheprador nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Sheprador coat
Black
gray Sheprador coat
Gray
brown Sheprador coat
Brown
red Sheprador coat
Red
cream Sheprador coat
Cream
fawn Sheprador coat
Fawn
blue Sheprador coat
Blue
silver Sheprador coat
Silver
white Sheprador coat
White
pied Sheprador coat
Pied
sable Sheprador coat
Sable
brindle Sheprador coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Sheprador straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheprador Breed Maintenance

Your Sheprador will need to be brushed at least three or four times per week with a comb and good quality bristle or pin brush. They have a thick coat that is easily matted so you may also need a dematting tool as well. They also tend to shed on a regular basis so you need to brush your dog often to prevent excessive hair on your furniture and clothing. You should only bathe your Sheprador as needed with a mild conditioning shampoo approved by your veterinary care provider. Trim your dog’s toenails and clean her ears when needed as well. The teeth are not to be neglected; brushing them a few times a week will prevent sore gums and decay of the teeth.
Brushes for Sheprador
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Sheprador requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheprador Temperament

This breed makes a great family pet because they love children and other pets, they are gentle and mild mannered, and can be protective and loyal as well. They are alert and intelligent enough to be considered a good watchdog and will protect the family from anything or anyone they see as a threat. They can be trained easily and follow instructions well but may try to herd your children or other animals if not trained properly, so you have to be consistent. If the Sheprador gets the proper training and socialization, you will have an excellent companion and protector.

Sheprador Activity Requirements

Like other large dogs, it is best if your Sheprador has a large fenced yard to play in but will also do well if you are able to take her for a couple of walks every day. This breed needs about 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous exercise daily to stay healthy and prevent obesity and boredom. Dogs that do not get enough exercise can become anxious or aggressive and end up with behavioral problems. Some of the activities that your Sheprador may enjoy include agility or obstacle course training, playing flyball and frisbee, hunting or herding, swimming, or playing with other dogs at the dog park. 

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

Sheprador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.60 - $2.40
Monthly Cost
$48.00 - $72.00

Sheprador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheprador size stats at six months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Sheprador size stats at six months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheprador size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Sheprador size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheprador size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Sheprador size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 65 lbs

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