There is so many awesome German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid dogs, we could only choose 15 of the most popular, and it was hard!
Below we have listed 15 of the most popular German Shepherd Mix and Hybrid dogs, including details like name, background and history, temperament and more!
Something to keep in mind, as we mentioned in our German Shepherd purebred vs. mixed breed guide, is that the only thing guaranteed with a mixed breed dog is that you’ll get a diverse set of DNA from both parents.
The physical and mental traits the puppy displays are completely up to chance i.e. what the mix breed puppy looks like and their temperament + mental traits depends on which parent’s dominant genes come through in each gene series.
Dog genetics can get pretty complicated, so let’s have some fun and jump into looking at the different German Shepherd mix breeds!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
15 Most Popular German Shepherd Mixes & Hybrids
1) German Shepherd Labrador Mix
German Shepradors will be a great working dog as both breeds were originally bred to work – the GSD for herding and the Labrador for retrieving fish.
They mix the alert/protective nature of the German Shepherd with the caring and friendly demeanor of the Labrador, which makes them superb family dogs.
2) German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
A medium to large sized dog.
They make a good workers (Rottweilers were originally bred to herd cattle by the Romans) and protection/watch dogs. They have a stereotype for being aggressive and territorial.
They form a strong bond with their caretaker, and will protect their family and territory at all costs..
Although there are more sociable and carefree dogs around, this hybrid with proper training and socialization make a good family dog.
3) German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
The Golden Shepherd is one of the most well rounded dogs in the dog world.
They combine the intelligence and herding lineage of the GSD, and the hunting instincts and people’s personality of the Golden Retriever (friendly and caring).
The Golden Shepherd is just as comfortable working, as it is playing with the family and children at home (perfect family dogs!), or participating in any range of activities.
This hybrid can get lonely if left alone, and daily exercise is recommended.
4) German Shepherd Husky Mix
Large dog also referred to as the Gerberian Shepsky. They are notorious for their sometimes piercing blue eyes.
Both breeds were bred as working dogs, with the Siberian Husky originating from harsh winter climates pulling heavy loads long distances.
They make a good family pet. However, both breeds are dominant leaders of the pack – so, they require a strong owner and leader (timid owners may not fare so well). They are brilliant trainers and extremely obedient if taught properly.
They have a lot of intelligence and athleticism, which means they need regular exercise and stimulation.
5) German Shepherd Poodle Mix
The Shepadoodle is one of the better companion/family dogs that you can get.
The traits they are known for are their superior intelligence, high level of energy, and affection they display towards their owners.
They are easy to train, need daily exercise and are quite attractive in appearance.
The Poodle originated in Germany, but was used extensively in France to retrieve waterfowl from the swamps for hunters.
6) German Shepherd Wolf Mix
Known as the Wolfdog, this hybrid mixes a Wolf with either a German Shepherd or a Husky.
The German Shepherd Wolf mix has varying temperaments, but generally, it is unpredictable , and not recommended as a family pet. This is due to the wolf side being dominant.
The Wolfdog often retains a lot of the wild instincts and natural prey drives of the Wolf, but can be playful too.
Although intelligent, a Wolfdog may be difficult to train due to the wild nature and late maturation of the Wolf.
7) German Shepherd Boxer Mix
The Boxer Shepherd is a good guard and family dog.
Both breeds originate in Germany, with the Boxer drawing its ancestry from mastiffs (according to buzzle.com)
Depending on which breed has the dominant genes, this German Shepherd mix can be quirky and mischievous like the Boxer, loyal like the GSD, and intelligent like both.
They are fairly active and need to occupied mentally otherwise they can become destructive.
8) German Shepherd Chow Chow Mix
A medium cross breed that is a mix of the German Shepherd and Chow Chow breeds.
Chow Chow’s have a cat-like nature. They can be loving and demanding of attention, but they are equally happy being independent and doing their own thing.
These cross breeds have a unique personality. They demand a lot of attention and can be quite stubborn, which comes from the Chow Chow side.
But, the GSD side means they are very loyal and will protect you and their territory from strangers. Regular exercise is a must.
9) German Shepherd Corgi Mix
Corman Shepherds are intelligent and have both breeds’ histories rooted in herding.
The Corgi descended from cattle herding – but are both a herding dog, and a family dog like the GSD.
If not trained properly this German Shepherd mix will try to herd its owner. Corman Shepherds have lots of energy, but are very sweet around people.
10) German Shepherd Border Collie Mix
Known as the Shollie, this is a large working dog.
The Border Collie is a herding dog, like the GSD. These are very intelligent and active cross breeds, and are not suited to an owner with a non-active lifestyle.
Best suited to a farming environment where they can utilize their herding instincts, you will want to train this dog from an early age to be disciplined around young children and other animals.
They aren’t aggressive hybrids at all, but they do have so much energy that they can appear to get rough with their playful actions.
11) German Shepherd Beagle Mix
The GSD and Beagle are two of the most popular breeds in the world.
The Beagle is a hound that was bred for tracking, hunting and following scents.
In this German Shepherd mix, you will see a happy, loyal dog, which likes to explore and get out of the house as much as it does staying at home with its owner.
12) German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix
A large dog best characterized by its attention seeking and calm nature around people, and sometimes dominant and aggressive nature around other dogs and animals.
The pitbull has historically been used in animal fighting, hunting and guarding. Even with this brutal past, a pitbull will grow very loyal and loving of a caring owner, and protect them at all costs.
This hybrid will bark if left alone for long periods, and makes a great guard dog.
If trained and socialized properly, it can be a good family dog.
13) German Shepherd Australian Shepherd Mix
Medium to large sized dog that is a mix of the Australian and German Shepherds.
Both breeds were bred for herding and working, but make good family dogs too. The Australian shepherd has strong livestock herding instincts.
They are an extremely dedicated and focused dog, and can be wary around strangers or moving objects they identify as threats to their family or owners.
They need to be socialized from a young age and do best in an environment where they can get plenty of exercise and keep active.
14) German Shepherd Great Dane Mix
A large to giant hybrid known as the Great Shepherd.
Great Dane’s are known for their gentle and playful nature. They often act as though they are a small dog, even though they are among the giant breeds of dogs.
A wonderful family hybrid dog if you can cope with their size, and are easy to train. They will bark and act to protect your home against perceived threats.
15) German Shepherd Malinois Mix
The German Malinois is also known as the Shepinois, Malinois X and Belgian Shepherd Malinois.
Belgian Malinois are stated as the ‘secret weapon’ used by the US Secret Service, so there’s strong working DNA in the hybrid.
Despite having a strong working drive, these dogs are amazing family dogs too and they form a deep bond with their owner. The German Shepherd and Belgian Mallinois are similar in this regard.
A large dog with high intelligence, always on alert and immence loyalty to a strong owner.
More Information & Facts About The German Shepherd Dog Breed
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