The German Sheprador is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever dog breeds. Large, energetic, and loyal, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.
The German Sheprador is also called the Labrashepherd. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed-breed dogs in shelters and breed-specific rescues, so remember to adopt! Don’t shop!
German Shepradors are not a great choice for novice pet owners, but if you’re looking for a watch dog and family companion, please step right up! Big homes with yards are ideal but not required, as long as they exercise. While Shepradors are not excessively barky they will alert when strangers approach. They’re protective of their loved ones and friendly with people, children, and other dogs. Don’t leave them alone for long periods, though, or else they may become bored and destructive. Read on to learn more about the German Sheprador.
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Dog Breed Group:Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:20 to 27 inches
Weight:60 to 95 pounds
Life Span:10 to 12 years
More About This Breed
- The German Sheprador is a mixed breed dog. They are not purebreds like their German Shepherd Dog or Labrador Retriever parents.
- The main colors of German Shepradors are black, white, red, cream, blue, and grey. Sometimes their coats are solid, and sometimes they have a mix of colors.
- While they are not a good choice of dog for allergy sufferers, their coats are pretty easy to care for. A good brushing per week will probably do the job.
- Many German Shepradors absolutely love to run and play in the snow. Their double coats also help to keep them cool during hot summer months.
- German Shepradors make excellent family companions and watchdogs. Protective in nature, they will alert when strangers approach.
- Like all Retrievers, the German Sheprador is mouthy, and they're happiest when they have something, anything, to carry in their mouth
- Do not leave them alone for long periods. They can easily become board, depressed, and frustrated, which will result in unwanted behaviors.
The German Sheprador dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders started intentionally mixing German Shepherds and Labradors in North America, possibly in the 1990s.
Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds to minimize health problems that affect many purebreds as well as create an ultimate family companion and watchdog. They continued to create German Shepradors as demand for the mixed breed pups climbed.
Even though the German Sheprador got their start as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the dog for you.
Check your local shelters, look up German Sheprador rescues, or check with breed-specific German Shepherd and Labrador rescues, as they sometimes help to re-home mixed breeds.
German Shepradors are recognized by:
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
As the German Sheprador is a relatively new mixed breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. That said, as a mix between German Shepherd and Labrador parents, you can expect the German Sheprador to be on the large side.
Most weigh in at 60 to 95 pounds and range in height from 20 to 27 inches at the shoulder. That said, many can be smaller or larger.
German Shepradors make excellent family companions and watchdogs. Protective in nature, they will alert when strangers approach. They may be aloof with people they aren't family with. However, once they befriend you, you have a friend for life.
These pups hail from a line of two working parents. Their German Shepherd parents regularly work as military, police, and guard dogs, while their Labrador Retriever parents have jobs as hunting and guide dogs. German Shepradors like to work and need to have a job to do, whether big or small. Give them a sense of purpose, and this dog will earn their keep ten fold.
They are highly trainable, and thrive on positive reenforcement. Do not leave them alone for long periods. They can easily become board, depressed, and frustrated, which will result in unwanted behaviors.
The German Sheprador mixed breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever also face. While most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.
Some of the more common health problems German Shepradors suffer from include:
- hip and elbow dysplasia
- digestive issues (bloat and diarrhea)
As with all dogs, you should keep up with your German Sheprador's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
German Shepradors are prone to weight gain, and they have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one hour long walk per day with several shorter walks mixed in. Hiking and other adventurous activities are also recommended.
Check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your vet. Trim your dog's nails before they get too long--usually once or twice per month. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can help with this.
Your main concern when it comes to your German Sheprador's care will be maintaining their oral health. You should brush their teeth daily, as this mixed breed is prone to tartar build-up. Your veterinarian can instruct you on how to brush your dog's teeth properly.
You'll need to take special care if you're raising a German Sheprador puppy. Don't let your puppy run and play on very hard surfaces such as pavement until they're at least two years old and their joints are fully formed. Normal play on grass is fine, as is puppy agility with its one-inch jumps.
Like all Retrievers, the German Sheprador is mouthy, and they're happiest when they have something, anything, to carry in their mouth. They're also a chewer, so be sure to keep sturdy toys available all the time--unless you want your couch chewed up. And when you leave the house, it's wise to keep your pooch in a crate or kennel so they can't get themselves into trouble chewing things they shouldn't. Crate and kennel training should start in puppyhood.
An ideal German Sheprador diet should be formulated for a large breed with high energy. They have a tendency to gain weight if they are overfed, so you should stick to a regular feeding schedule and not leave food out during the day. Limit their amount of treats, as well.
As with all dogs, the German Sheprador's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Sheprador's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
German Sheprador coats are often a mix of their German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever parents' coats and colors. The main colors of German Shepradors are black, white, red, cream, blue, and grey. Sometimes their coats are solid, and sometimes they have a mix of colors.
They usually have medium length, dense coats, and while they are not a good choice of dog for allergy sufferers, their coats are pretty easy to care for. A good brushing per week will probably do the job and bathing is recommended every few months with a mild shampoo. Too much bathing can strip the coat of its natural oils.
Their double coats do shed quite a bit. You will definitely want a vacuum on hand. You will need it. Have you tried robot vacuums? See if the Eufy RoboVac is right for you!
Their double coat gives them an edge when it comes to extreme weather. Many of these dogs absolutely love to run and play in the snow. Their double coats also helps to keep them cool during hot summer months. Keep in mind they are an indoor dog and need to live indoors.
Children And Other Pets
The German Sheprador not only loves kids, they enjoy the commotion they bring with them. They'll happily attend a child's birthday party, and you can possibly even get them to wear a party hat. Like all dogs, however, German Shepradors need to be trained how to behave around children and vice versa.
As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while they're eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
If a German Sheprador has had plenty of exposure to other dogs, cats, and small animals, and has been trained how to interact with them, they'll be friendly with other pets, too. Learn more about this awesome breed by reading about their parent breeds the German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever.
It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for German Shepradors because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try German Shepherd Dog or Labrador Retriever breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!