German Shepherd Lab Mix

German Shepherd Lab Mix is a combination of the two best dogs breeds in the world!

The Labrador is the number one family dog in America! Labs are loving, caring, goofy, playful, loyal, so no wonder why they are so beloved!

German Shepherds are in second place, they are loyalty, protective, playful, powerful, and best of all they have a caring attitude.

These two beloved household dogs are now interbred creating a German Shepherd Lab Mix! This mix combines all the thing people love about the two breeds into one.

Let’s dive into the history of each breed, this will paint us a picture of what these two magnificent breeds will look like when combined!

The Labrador Retriever

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  • Weight – 55-99 pounds
  • Height – 22-24 inches
  • Coat – Chocolate, black, yellow
  • Temperament – Playful, loyal, even-tempered, outgoing, agile, trusting, gentle, smart, & kind
  • Shedding – Sheds heavily during Spring and Fall

Pick your favorite term–the Labrador Retriever, Labrador, or just Lab. Whatever you call the breed, it is the traditional water dog in Newfoundland, Canada. They were used to catch waterfowl and considered a fisherman’s best friend.

In the early 1800s, the Labrador Retriever began its long streak of being known as America’s favorite breed of dog.

In addition, some English nobles learned of the dog and imported the breed to England creating an offshoot called the English Labrador. You can read that article here.

The Labrador Retriever is an agreeable and friendly companion that remains a popular choice for families. Labs are highly social and have a love for all people, children and animals alike, which explains their widespread popularity.

The German Shepherd

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  • Weight- 49-88 pounds
  • Height- 22-26 inches
  • Coat- Black, sable, red & black, black & silver, black & gold
  • Temperament- Loyal, alert, curious, obedient, smart, watchful, courageous, & confident
  • Shedding- Heavy shedding in spring and fall

The German Shepherd comes from Germany as the name implies, and they were originally bred for herding and protection.

The German Shepherd was soon used in the military and police work. Their intelligence makes them a natural, so they excelled at the job. And, you’ll still find them holding those protection jobs to this day.

They are fast, agile, loyal, smart, and can even be goofy!

Once trained, they will not balk at any command given and will follow it to the letter.

The Lab Shepherd Mix

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  • Weight- 55-90
  • Height- 24-26 inches
  • Lifespan 10-12 years
  • Coat- White, tan- black, or German Shepherd color.
  • Temperament- Loyal, alert, smart, obedient

General

The Lab Shepherd Mix has some different names like Sheprador, German Shepherd Lab Mix or the Labrador Shepherd this dog is a very beautiful dog.

They are a friendly, family-oriented dog that can serve double duty as an excellent watchdog. The personality of the Shepador is playful, loving, loyal, smart, and obedient to their loved ones.

When you decide to get a puppy, the puppies will not necessarily have the same coat or a personality like his parents or siblings. For example, a puppy’s attitude could take after the Lab; he could be happy, energetic, happy to play with a stranger. But his coat and body shape could look like a German Shepherd’s.

The sister could have the shape and coat of a Labrador. But, she could have the temperament of a German Shepherd–protective, watchful, standoffish, playful, loving.

Training and socializing

Proper socialization is needed for the German Shepherd Lab mix. This starts as soon as you get your new fur baby!

Take her everywhere you go, plus invite family and friends over often. This socialization gets her thinking that she does not own you or the house/yard.

Take her to puppy classes so that she can learn along with puppies her size, this hits two birds with one stone. This gets her socialized and acclimated to new sights, sounds, smells, and new people. Plus, it gets her trained in obedience.

Proper socialization goes hand in hand with obedience! Don’t get fooled into thinking that since they are still babies that they can wait for five to six months before you start training them.

They are brilliant. Even at the age of 3 months, start with small, simple stuff and work your way up. If the puppy does something wrong, don’t be mean. Instead, be gentle and firm with the corrections. They don’t have any idea that what they just did was not ok.

Sometimes the males will try a power grab, so while an adolescent make sure to show them who is the alpha (that’s you!). Otherwise, they will start controlling what you do, where you go, and who can come into the house.

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How much Exercise and Grooming is involved in with the Labrador Shepherd Mix?

Let me start off saying that if you are a person who is gone at 8 am and back at 5 pm, and you want to sit at the tv after work, then this breed is not for you.

The German Shepherd Lab mix is an active dog, in body and mind, so keep both of those traits at the top of your mind. This, however, is often far easier said than done.

For example, you could run them for 45 minutes. In the end, you may be tired and wanting to sit down and drink a tall bottle of water.  But your dog may be saying “That was just a warm-up right?”

So here’s an idea, try walking them briskly for 45 minutes to an hour once in the morning and once in the evening. Then, run them around the yard or park, for a while until they are just as tired as you are.

Their ancestors were working dogs and were only happy when doing something! They are meant for activities like hunting, retrieving, and search and rescue, those are just to name a few.

So, if they aren’t being kept busy expect them to be digging up the garden, rooting through trash, or digging holes under the fence. Keep this in mind; inactivity is like hell for them; it just drives them crazy! Find them some toys to engage with while you’re gone!

Lack of exercise may result in the destruction of everything, deep depression, and sometimes medical issues. Again, if you are a busy person or just a person who loves to sit on the TV after work and on weekends, then a lower energy dog will be the right dog for you.

Grooming

With the German Shepherd Lab Mix as your new family member, your second BFF will be the vacuum! That’s right Ladies and Gent’s, you’re going to be swimming in dog hair by the end of the week once the shedding season has started.

The Shepador sheds a lot! So brushing them each and every day during the shedding season which is from spring to fall and fall to spring will really help.

The Shepador Health

Well in order to know what types of health problems the German Shepherd Labrador has, we have to take a closer look at the parent’s health problems.

The Labrador

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  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Retinal Atrophy- which means a gradual loss of eyesight.
  • Obesity- If given the chance they will eat as much as they can then some.
  • Cold tail- Cold tail is an injury that happens mostly to sporting or working dogs, it mostly happens to these breeds listed here. The English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers. The injury affects the tail of the dog making it painful near or at the base of the dog.

The German Shepherd

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  • Bloating- Bloating happens when he has eaten and is then exercised this can make the stomach turn over and twist which can be very deadly if not immediately caught and fixed.
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Panosteitis or Pano- Pano which in English means Bone Inflammation generally happens to 5 to 18-month-old dogs. This gene effect’s all dogs, but generally, it effect’s medium to large dogs. Pano affects the long bones in your dog’s body because of rapid growth. It is generally short-lived, it can be a very painful condition for your four-legged family member.
  • Anal infections
  • Eye cancer or diseases
  • Allergies to anything

Shepador

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  • Bloating- Bloating happens when he has eaten and is then exercised this can make the stomach turn over and twist which can be very deadly if not immediately caught and fixed.
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Eye Diseases

So all in all the Shepador gets 5 stars in my book! I hope I have answered some of your questions! Thank you for reading this article! If you have any questions, comments or you have a German Shepherd Lab Mix dog, we would love to hear about it and see your photos.  Just drop me an email!

We also have an article on the Sheprottie otherwise known as the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix. We also have an article on 30 other lab mix’s if you are interested.

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