German Shepherd mix breeds are active, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. They come in a huge range of weights and heights depending on the breed that a purebred German Shepherd dog was crossed with. German Shepherd mix dogs are likely to be protective, have guarding or watchdog instincts, and do best with plenty of socialization. Today we’ll look at dozens of great German Shepherd mix breeds, and help you decide which is best for your family and lifestyle. We’ll factor in their size, appearance, grooming, shedding and care needs. As well as their personality, behavior, health and lifespan.
- What is a German Shepherd mix?
- Best German Shepherd mix breeds
- Rare German Shepherd mix breeds
- German Shepherd mix health
- Adopting or buying German Shepherd mix puppies
If you’re looking to combine the best features of your two favorite breeds, you might want to choose a crossbreed. Let’s take a look at the most popular German Shepherd mix breeds, plus a few rarer crosses that you might not have heard of!
What is a German Shepherd Mix?
A German Shepherd mix is any dog with one German Shepherd parent and one parent from another pure breed. Or they are a second generation Shepherd mix, so their parents or possible grandparents are a combination of a German Shepherd and another dog breed.
The aim behind mixing a German Shepherd with another dog is often to add a certain look to their distinctive temperament, to put a full German Shepherd into a smaller more manageable body, or to keep the look but make their temperament a little more friendly and sociable.
What you want to achieve when mixing a German Shepherd with another dog will lead you to the breed mix you want. But there are an awful lot to choose from, and the outcomes in terms of appearance, grooming, behavior and personality aren’t always what you’d imagine.
25 Popular German Shepherd Mixes
We are going to focus on 25 of the top German Shepherd mix dogs today. You can scroll down to page to take a look at them all, or click on the links below to skip straight down to the cross you can’t wait to meet.
- Shepsky – German Shepherd Husky Mix
- Golden Shepherd – German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
- Sheprador – German Shepherd Labrador Mix
- German Sheppit – German Shepherd Pitbull Mix
- Corman Shepherd – Corgi German Shepherd Mix
- Shepweiler – German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
- Shollie – German Shepherd Border Collie Mix
- German Australian Shepherd – Shepherd Australian Shepherd Mix
- Shepadoodle – German Shepherd Poodle Mix
- Doberman Shepherd – German Shepherd Doberman Mix
- Chihuahua Shepherd – German Shepherd Chihuahua Mix
- Beagle Shepherd – Beagle German Shepherd Mix
- Great Shepherd – Great Dane German Shepherd Mix
- Malinois X – Belgian Malinois German Shepherd Mix
- German Shepherd Heeler – Blue Heeler German Shepherd Mix
- Shepra Chow – German Shepherd Chow Mix
- Germanees – Great Pyrenees German Shepherd Mix
- Akita Shepherd – Akita German Shepherd Mix
- Boxer Shepherd – German Shepherd Boxer Mix
- Shollie – German Shepherd Collie Mix
- German Pomeranian – Pomeranian German Shepherd Mix
- Dachshund Shepherd – German Shepherd Dachshund Mix
- Shug – German Shepherd Pug Mix
- German Shepherd Terrier Mix
- Shepherd Inu – Shiba Inu German Shepherd Mix
German Shepherd Mix Breeds
It’s important to remember that mixed breeds can be quite unpredictable. Some may be more like their German Shepherd parents, and others may be more like the other breed used. The traits they inherit will be completely random, so make sure you’re happy with absolutely any combination!
1. German Shepherd Husky Mix
Affectionately known as the Gerberian Shepsky, the German Shepherd Husky mix usually weighs over 40lb once fully grown and comes with a thick double coat.
A few even have striking blue eyes, but this trait isn’t guaranteed! This mix will be intelligent, loyal, and may be quite vocal. If you enjoy grooming and want a largish dog with a wolf like appearance, this might be the pet for you.
2. German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
The German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix or Golden Shepherd makes an intelligent, and loyal family pet.
Mixing a herding breed with a sporting breed often produces a dog that has the potential to be both co-operative and trainable. Golden Shepherd personality may lean towards the friendly nature of the Golden Retriever or the more reserved nature of the GSD.
3. German Shepherd Lab Mix
The beautiful dog above is a German Shepherd Lab mix also known as a Sheprador or Labrashepherd. These mixes can make energetic and friendly companions.
4. German Shepherd Pitbull Mix
Pitbull German Shepherd mixes are likely to be loyal, powerful short coated dogs weighing upwards of 30lbs.
Any of the 5 Pitbull breeds can be used for this mix. But, the American Pitbull Terrier is the most common candidate. Both breeds have guarding tendencies and this is a cross that needs to be considered with care.
5. German Shepherd Corgi Mix
Both the Corgi and the GSD are dogs bred to work with livestock. The Corgi with cattle, and the Shepherd with sheep. Both are intelligent breeds so Corgi German Shepherd mixes should have a lively mind.
There are some serious health issues to consider though. Corgis suffer from back problems due to their shortened legs, and most health experts agree that passing on the gene for dwarfism isn’t a great idea.
6. German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
A mix with a variety of different names from Shottie to Shepweiler, Rottie Shepherd and more. This is a big dog, weighing upwards of 50lbs, with a big heart.
This is another mix between two guarding breeds. So, if you buy German Shepherd mix puppies with one Rottweiler parent you’ll need to be diligent about socialization. Obedience training is also a must.
7. Border Collie German Shepherd Mix
A mix between a sheepdog and another sheepdog means a very clever pup! Herding breeds are easy to train but can be reserved with strangers and demanding.
8. German Shepherd Australian Shepherd Mix
The German Shepherd Australian Shepherd mix is another popular cross between two herding breeds.
In common with most sheepdogs, the German Australian Shepherd is intelligent and loyal. Many German Australian Shepherds will have very pretty coats and weigh between 30-50lbs.
9. German Shepherd Poodle Mix
Poodle mixes are extremely popular, in part due to their cute appearance. And partly because some people with allergies find their curly coats easier to live with. Not all poodle mixes are hypoallergenic though, so don’t rely on it!
The German Shepherd Poodle mix is also known as the Shepadoodle. The Shepadoodle’s coat can vary widely but all will need some pretty intense and regular grooming. If the mix takes more after their GSD parent, they will still shed often and need plenty of grooming.
10. German Shepherd Doberman Mix
The German Shepherd Doberman mix often has a distinctive black and tan coat. The Doberman Pinscher has naturally floppy ears and this cute look is typical of the ear type when floppy eared dogs are crossed with prick eared dogs.
11. German Shepherd Chihuahua Mix
The German Shepherd Chihuahua mix is usually a small to medium sized dog with a short manageable coat.
12. German Shepherd Beagle Mix
Beagles belong to the hound group of dogs. The German Shepherd Beagle mix may be a little more challenging to train than a herding breed, but can still make a great pet.
Weighing between 20 and 50lbs this mix will usually make a medium sized, short coated dog.
13. Great Dane German Shepherd Mix
You won’t be surprised to discover that a German Shepherd Great Dane Mix is likely to be a big dog. Not all mixes are taller than the smaller parent, but most will be somewhere between the mother and father in size.
14. Belgian Malinois German Shepherd Mix
The Belgian Malinois German Shepherd mix is likely to be energetic, intelligent, and alert. Both parent breeds are known for being very loyal, so it’s important to socialise these German Shepherd mix puppies very well to avoid aggression.
15. German Shepherd Blue Heeler Mix
The parents of the German Shepherd and Blue Heeler mix are both known for being energetic, alert, and very hardworking.
This mixed breed isn’t for the faint hearted! They need plenty of exercise to burn off all that energy, and are happiest with a job to do. You may also find this hybrid under the name Australian Cattle Dog German Shepherd mix.
16. German Shepherd Chow Mix
The German Shepherd Chow Chow mix is usually a medium sized dog with a lot of fur!
You’ll need to set aside a regular time slot for grooming a Chow Shepherd to avoid matted fur. An adult may weigh between 30-60lbs.
17. Great Pyrenees German Shepherd Mix
The Great Pyrenees German Shepherd mix often results in a large dog that can weigh over 100 pounds when fully grown. They will have a very fluffy coat that will need regular grooming to keep it knot free.
18. Akita German Shepherd Mix
The Akita is a large powerful breed with strong guarding tendencies. The German Shepherd Akita mix should be well socialized as a puppy, is likely to weigh over 60lbs and have a beautiful deep dense coat.
This combination will need plenty of grooming to keep their coat healthy and clean. Plus, this is a dog that must be well trained and under the control of an adult at all times. Their size means they can easily hurt people or small animals without meaning to.
19. German Shepherd Boxer Mix
The German Shepherd Boxer mix is usually energetic, intelligent, and playful. This mixed breed puppy will usually be a shade of brown, and may have black markings.
20. German Shepherd Collie
Another popular cross between two herding breeds the German Shepherd Collie mix is also a smart and trainable dog. Also sometimes known as a Collie Shepherd, these are often pretty and very agile dogs.
This mixed breed is likely to have a long, thick coat that needs plenty of regular grooming. As a very intelligent mix, they will also be happiest when they have a job to do. They can become easily bored, which may lead to destructive behaviors.
21. German Shepherd Pomeranian Mix
Pomeranian mixes are very popular at the moment. Lots of grooming needed for that pretty fur! Pomeranians are tiny dogs and like the Chihuahua cross mentioned earlier, the German Shepherd Pomeranian mix breeding poses practical problems.
Deliberate breedings are usually achieved via artificial insemination and high prices may be charged for Pomeranian mix puppies. As adults, this mix will have a thick coat, although the coloring they inherit can vary.
22. German Shepherd Dachshund Mix
The German Shepherd Dachshund mix is a pretty unusual mix that can be quite troublesome to breed thanks to the different breed sizes. It’s likely that this hybrid will be bigger than its Dachshund parent, but it may have the shorter legs that accompany the breed.
23. German Shepherd Pug Mix
The Pug suffers from serious health problems associated mainly with it’s flattened face. Most Pug mixes are an improvement healthwise on the Pug parent, because they have longer skulls. The same can not always be said for the other side of the family.
The German Shepherd Pug mix or Shug, is likely to be a small dog weighing under 30lbs with a short coat. If the nose is fairly short, the Shug may be prone to overheating in warm weather, as well as other issues.
24. German Shepherd Terrier Mix
A German Shepherd Terrier mix can vary wildly from one dog to the next depending on what terrier parent you use. They vary a lot in their grooming needs, size, temperament, and more. But generally, a German Shepherd Terrier cross will be energetic, lively, and loyal.
Socialize this hybrid well. They may not get on very well with other small pets – particularly if they retain the terrier’s natural hunting instincts. The appearance of this mix will be very varied.
25. German Shepherd Shiba Inu Mix
The Shiba Inu is another popular Japanese breed. A German Shepherd Shiba mix will have a dense coat that will need plenty of grooming. Both parent breeds are known to be very loyal, but can be prone to aggression. So, you must socialize this mix puppy well from a young age.
This hybrid needs plenty of exercise, and may be quite vocal. Although their coloring can vary, this mix will usually look very fox-like with a bushy tail, and triangular ears.
Rare German Shepherd Mix Breeds
On top of those 25 breeds, here are some German Shepherd mixes that you might not have heard of before. Although these dogs range from quirky to awesome, you’re sure to love these unlikely combos if you’re a fan of German Shepherd mixes.
- German Shepherd Wolf Mix
- Shar Pei German Shepherd Mix
- German Shepherd Bichon Mix
- Maltese German Shepherd Mix
- Saluki German Shepherd Mix
- German Shepherd Coyote Mix
1. German Shepherd Wolf Mix
The German Shepherd wolf hybrid is also known as the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Wolf hybrids are certainly very beautiful. They are also controversial, and can be dangerous, accounting for a disproportionate amount of fatal attacks on humans. In some regions it is illegal to keep one. Do check out our guide before you buy!
2. Shar Pei German Shepherd Mix
The Shar Pei is a breed that suffers from a number of health issues. Some of these, such as the skin problems caused by excessive wrinkling, may be reduced in the German Shepherd Shar Pei mix
This is another mix where two guarding breeds are brought together and plenty of care needs to be taken with socialization if you are buying a puppy. Your hybrid will likely be quite a large dog that will need plenty of exercise and obedience training.
3. German Shepherd Bichon Frise Mix
The German Shepherd and Bichon Frise parents are quite different dogs, so their offspring will usually be very unpredictable. The one thing that is pretty much guaranteed is the fluffiness of your dog. They’ll need plenty of grooming, and will usually have a long coat.
Bichons are much smaller than GSDs, so the size of this breed will really vary. As long as they are socialized well, this mix will be a good family pet.
4. German Shepherd Maltese Mix
Similarly to the previous cross, this combination can result in some very different German Shepherd mix puppies, depending on which breed they take after. Breeding a GSD with a Maltese is no easy task either, because of their extreme different sizes.
Generally, this mix will make a good family dog if it is trained and socialized well. But, its coat, temperament, and general appearance will be hard to predict until you see your puppy in person.
5. German Shepherd Saluki Mix
Haven’t heard of a German Shepherd Saluki mix before? You aren’t alone! This is definitely one of the most uncommon mixes on our list.
Salukis are lean, strong dogs. So, your mix may have the more slender appearance of this parent breed. No matter which breed your puppy takes after, they will need plenty of exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation.
6. German Shepherd Coyote Mix
The German Shepherd Coyote mix is probably the least common mixed breed on our list today. This is partly because it involves mixing a domestic German Shepherd dog with a coyote. As you can imagine, results can be quite unpredictable.
Although these two species are quite closely related, there is no guarantee that their temperament will be closer to the GSD parent than the coyote parent. These dogs will potentially be aggressive with guarding tendencies and strong natural instincts. This is a hard mix to find, and not one for a novice owner.
Designer Dog Health
Although factors like small gene pools are improved by making hybrid dogs, it doesn’t remove the risk of health problems completely. German Shepherd mix breeds are all potentially prone to the same genetic health conditions as either of their parents.
Your German Shepherd mix puppy should have parents that are health tested for any genetic conditions relating to their purebred lines. So that means that the German Shepherd parent should have good hips, elbows, clear eyes and a nice straight back. They shouldn’t walk on their hocks or have a limping or swaying gait.
A good breeder will be happy to show you evidence of the health certification for both parent dogs.
German Shepherd Mix Puppies
When choosing a German Shepherd mix, make sure that both parents appearance, health and temperament appeal to you. As a puppy could have a mixture of both traits, or be largely more like one than the other.
Only choose a mixed breed which is a relatively healthy conformation. This means avoid flat faced or long backed dogs, or those with very short legs caused by a dwarfism gene. This will help increase the odds your puppy will grow up into a comfortable, healthy dog.
No matter which one of these mixes you choose, always make sure any first cross German Shepherd mix puppy is from health tested parents. Some of these hybrids are more common than others, so you may struggle to find some of the rarer ones.
Don’t forget to check out your local rescue and your local animal shelters where many German Shepherd mix breed dogs are waiting patiently for loving homes.
Find Out More
- German Shepherd Dogs
- Golden Retrievers
- Pitbull Terriers
- Shiba Inu
- Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
- Bichon Frise
- Shar Pei
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References and Resources
- American Kennel Club
- Gough, Thomas & O’Neill, ‘Breed Dispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats’, John Wiley & Sons Ltd (2018)