The German shepherd breed is generally considered one of the most intelligent, dedicated, loyal, and family orientated companions available in the doggy world.
Whether they’re short-haired German shepherds or long-haired, these canines make excellent guard dogs and usually get along very well with children. Throwing in a mix to this breed just strengthens and enhances these naturally appealing traits.
We’ve collected a list of 18 German shepherd mixed breeds for you – let us know at the end which are your favorites!
1. Golden Shepherd (German Shepherd / Golden Retriever Mix)
The golden shepherd is a golden-haired beauty that will definitely win your heart with those soulful eyes. This Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix is an affectionate sweetheart who thrives on one-on-one interaction with her owners and especially adores the tiny human variety. This makes the golden shepherd the perfect family-with-kids choice.
2. The Shug (German Shepherd / Pug Mix)
The best of both doggie worlds are all rolled up into this one adorable and energetic bundle of joy. This Pug and Shepherd breed is an extremely loyal companion, exhibits impressively intelligence, and serves as an alert guard dog.
3. Chow Shepherd or Chow Chow (German Shepherd / Chow Mix)
This cutie’s face will always be begging for cuddles and kisses. Don’t be alarmed when he licks your nose though – the Chow Shepherd sometimes sports the same spotted tongue common to his Chow ancestors.
4. Labrashepherd (German Shepherd / Labrador Mix)
The Labrashepherd (also known as a Sheprador) is a calm, loving and even-tempered animal with a touch of the German Shepherd shyness shining through when he is presented with new situations. This German Shepherd Labrador mix dog is gloriously beautiful and loves a good play session in the park.
5. Siberian Shepherd or Gerberian Shepsky (German Shepherd / Siberian Husky Mix)
This exquisitely handsome boy is a German Shepherd Husky mix that will have you falling over your feet when he looks at you with that one baby blue. Love at first sight for sure. And the bonus? He loves you just as fiercely. He’s real hard-worker too – an inherited trait from the Husky breed parentage.
6. Shollie (German Shepherd / Collie Mix)
A unique combination of the Collie and German Shepherd gives us this pretty lady. She is amazingly even-tempered temperament, very eager to learn, and easily trained. Be prepared to groom the German Shepherd Collie mix every day though, as those locks are relatively high maintenance.
7. Corman Shepherd (German Shepherd / Corgi Mix)
Corman Shepherds are a bold and energetic bundle of dynamite. A herder by nature and a loyal companion, it’s vital that you take the time to train these active dynamos as the German Shepherd Corgi mix can become a little destructive when they are bored and not sufficiently stimulated. If you’re a Corgi fan, make sure you check out our list of Corgi mixed breeds too!
8. Shepweiler or Rottweiler Shepherd (German Shepherd / Rottweiler Mix)
9. Shepadoodle (German Shepherd / Poodle Mix)
The mix of Poodle and German Shepherd give you this devoted, loyal, and hard-working companion. The German Shepherd Poodle mix needs your constant companionship and will follow wherever you may lead. The Poodle breed genes are relatively dominant in this dog, resulting in the somewhat curly fur coat.
10. Wolf Shepherd (German Shepherd / Wolf Mix)
Wow! What a striking and intimidating doggo. This breed is a cross between a domesticated German Shepherd and a genuine wolf.
Please keep in mind that these animals are illegal to own in certain areas, so please research carefully to avoid any heartbreak should you not be able to keep him legally. With a sensitive temperament and above average hearing, you have a guard dog of indisputable qualities. These dogs are natural hunters, so it will be wise to keep him separate from other small pets like cats, rabbits, and hamsters.
11. Shepkita (German Shepherd / Akita Mix)
This German Shepherd Akita mix is an ideal family dog who has tolerance and patience with even the youngest children. He is super-friendly but an excellent protector. He does, however, require intensive training, as he loves a challenge and can often be considered a little stubborn.
12. Alaskan Shepherd (German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute Mix)
This dog is an interesting mix of German Shepherd and the Alaskan Malamute. This is one amazingly beautiful animal. They possess the best of both breeds in strength, loyalty, friendliness, and trainability. And such a cutie to boot!
13. Euro Mountain Sheparnese (German Shepherd / Bernese Mountain Dog Mix)
This willful, sometimes stubborn, but ever-friendly babe, is a mix of the Bernese Mountain Dog and German Shepherd.
Almost like having a teenager in the house, these shepherd-type dogs will test your patience and push the boundaries, so training is vital. They do not like isolation but prefer being your constant, loyal companion.
14. German Sheppit (German Shepherd / Pitbull Mix)
A vibrant, loyal, and energetic German Shepherd and Pit bull mix. Now who can resist that innocent, “Nope, it wasn’t me” face? Innocence aside, the German Shepherd Pitbull mix is a powerful animal and training is thus non-negotiable. They need a firm, strong, but loving owner and handler.
15. New Shep (German Shepherd / Newfoundland Mix)
This breed is an interesting mix of the Newfoundland and German Shepherd, forming a giant powder-puff who loves water! He’ll make the perfect swimming companion for your children. Devoted, loyal, obedient and easily trainable, you can’t ask for much more. If you’re a Newfie diehard, check out our Newfoundland mixed breed list too!
16. Saint Shepherd (German Shepherd / Saint Bernard Mix)
The biggest requirement before bringing your Saint Shepherd home? Well, space of course! This is a giant dog and needs plenty of room to run off all that excess energy. This behemoth is a loyal, loving, and protective, yet intimidating watchdog, probably due to its sheer size. But be honest – what a cutie pie!
17. German Ridgeback (German Shepherd / Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix)
These dogs have a strong sense of loyalty and are hard workers. But beware, do not leave this puppy to his own devices – you might not particularly like the end results! He craves constant attention and will happily be your permanent side-kick.
18. German Australian Shepherd (German Shepherd / Australian Shepherd Mix)
An extremely intelligent, alert, loyal addition to your home, with the added advantage of having the heart of a warrior. Fiercely protective of its home and surroundings, you won’t have much to worry about.
There you go German Shepherd lovers and fans. With such a gorgeous collection of GSD mixes, it’s no surprise that German Shepherds are one of the most expensive breeds out there!
Please leave a comment on what you think the best German Shepherd mixed breed out there is, or share your own cross-breed companion that we might have missed!
FAQ About German Shepherd Mixes
What are the specific guidelines for adopting a German Shepherd mix?
Good breeders will only sell to a family with a yard and German Shepherd experience, as German Shepherd mixes need plenty of space for these dogs to run around freely to get exercise. German Shepherd mixes (as well as purebred German Shepherds) should also be owner primarily by those who have experience with the breed, as German Shepherds are naturally prone to anxiety and need an experienced, confident handler.
A reputable breeder should offer a written contract that guarantees the puppy back from the buyer if they can’t keep it. The breeder should meet our breeder checklist, have been in business for several years, and their puppies should be well socialized. Make sure to meet the parents, and do not purchase puppies if you can’t meet the parents, or if the parents show signs of fear, stress, or aggression.
How much does it cost to adopt a German Shepherd mix?
The cost varies from place to place and breeder to breeder, but on average, expect to spend about $400-$800 for a mixed breed German Shepherd pup. If you adopt a German Shepherd mix from a shelter, pricing will vary depending on the rescue, usually with a range from $0 – $300.
Are there any health issues associated with German Shepherd mixes?
If a German Shepherd mix is not from a good breeder, then there may be health problems. German Shepherds are prone to a number of different health conditions. The most common include hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, narcolepsy, and eye problems.
What is a German Shepherd mix?
A German Shepherd Mix is a breed resulting from the combination of the German Shepherd with other popular dog breeds.
These dogs are medium to large in size, and can vary in appearance based on what breeds they inherit traits from.
German Shepherd mixes do not always look entirely like the German Shepherd, as they could also take after their other dog breed parents.