The German Shepherd Lab Mix: Everything You Need To Know

Characteristics Overview


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Brief History of The German Shepherd Lab Mix :

The German Shepherd Lab mix first came about the 1980s after many mix breeds already walked the streets.

The breed is now recognized by the ‘Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)’ and the ‘International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)’.

To dive in deeper, It’s interesting to have a look at the history of parent breeds.

Labrador Retriever History

Originated in Newfoundland in the 1700s while the history of their exact origin is still ambiguous.

Was originally called St. John’s Dog (also called Newfoundland dog) and first documented under the name Labrador in 1839.

Labradors were considered “workaholics” and enjoyed the retrieving tasks given to them which made them ideal hunting companions and sporting dogs.

German Shepherd History

Originated in 1988 by the passionate German Vet Max Von Stephanitz in Germany, developed originally for herding sheep and protecting them from predators.

The Appearance of a German Shepherd Lab Mix

Hybrid dogs inherit their appearance traits from both parent breeds.Traits that parents have in common (like eye color) usually show in their baby. And other traits can be less or more dominant. (like ears, muzzle, and tail.)

For example the tail can either be fluffy like the GSD’s or thick like the Labrador’s tail.

Typical  Shepradors mostly have strong lean bodies inherited from their GSD side and a Labrador’s face.

The Sheprador’s coat is double layered and dense, length is either short or medium, colors and patterns depend on parents.

Temperament And Personality Of a German Shepherd Lab Mix :

When you mix American Kennel Club’s 1 and 2 popular dog breeds, the result is just a Winner!

German shepherds and Labradors make amazing working dogs because of their remarkable intelligence and fast learning abilities. They are social, outgoing and eager to please their owners and these traits mostly show in a Shepherd Lab mix’s personality.

However, German shepherds are subject of controversy. They are considered vicious attack dogs because they are known as police workers, and many people think it interferes with the friendly and affectionate attitude of Labradors.

German shepherds tend to overprotect their owners. When puppy Shepradors show the same behavior, they must be socialized and introduced to a variety of dogs, people, places, animals…

It is the key to help them feel relaxed around new environments and will reduce their guardian nature.

Shepradors are very good and patient with kids as well as the other pets at home.

They enjoy showing their skills around their owners and thrive for their attention and love and ask for it.

The Health of a German Shepherd Labrador Mix :

There is evidence that Lab Shepherd Mix, like most designer dogs, live longer than pedigree breeds.

A good healthy life depends on many factors. However, a Sheprador, like most crossbred dogs, may inherit health issues that parent breeds are prone to.

Labradors and German shepherds are both prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, the heavier a dog is the greater the impact can be! And it can be a concern if you intend buying a Sheprador. Before you do, a check of the parent’s health -if possible- can be very helpful.

There are other diseases Shepradors can inherit :

  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Obesity
  • Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
  • Digestive problems and bloat
  • Anal Infections
  • Eye Diseases
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
an adult german shephered cross labrador mix in snow

Shedding and Grooming of a Shepherd Lab Mix:

Like any other dog, a grooming routine is necessary and Shepradors are abundant shedders! If they inherit coat from their shepherd parent, brushing must be done on a daily basis. If not, a brushing 2 or 3 times a week can be fairly sufficient.

To keep their hair silky and shiny brush it from 10 to 15 minutes.

You should also take care of their ears. It is very important to remove the wax! It is one of the greatest reasons dogs smell bad! Wax can also clog ears and lead to serious infections if left inside. Don’t pour any liquids in your dog’s ears, ask for a professional’s help first!

Nails require frequent trimming, they are solid and have nerves and veins. Do not to attempt to trim them yourself unless you know what you are doing!

Consider teeth brushing as well (about 3 times a week)

The Training of a German Shepherd-Lab Mix:

Just like his parents, a Sheprador is very intelligent, highly trainable and obedient. That makes them a perfect dog for owners who have basic training knowledge, they are very responsive and easy to deal with.

Quick Sheprador training tips :

You can boost your Sheprador’s intelligence with a daily mental and physical stimulation.

Adopt a positive attitude based on rewards (find their currency: favorite food, toys..) Shepradors are not responsive to dominance based methodologies.

Remember that socialization at early ages is very important.

The Exercise of a German Shepherd-Lab Mix:

Shepradors are highly energetic dogs and require a lot of exercise! Responding to that need will ensure their happiness and proper growth.

Before getting a Sheprador you should plan for long walks, running, lots of retrieving games and training sessions…They can be the perfect dog for active families.

They are not suited for people who live in small apartments. Shepradors usually require plenty of space where they can play, run around and jump.

As they are prone to separation anxiety, Shepradors are not best suited for people who work all the time. The owner must be able to spend enough time with them to bond and build a solid relationship.

In average a shepherd-Lab mix needs about 2 hours of exercise per day!

a black adult german shepherd cross lab mix

The Nutrition of a Shepherd Lab Mix

The nutritional requirements of a shepherd lab mix depend on many factors that you should consider before establishing a diet :

  • Size: Shepradors are mostly big dogs and have higher needs
  • Age: Puppies require higher nutrition to fuel their fast growth
  • Level of activity
  • Possible Allergies
  • Your budget as well

A balanced diet must be rich in proteins, carbohydrates, and fiber, they must get vitamins and minerals for optimal health.

Make sure your dog food brand contains the following :

  • A minimum of 25% protein (food containing grain)
  • A minimum of 30% protein ( grain-free food)

And don’t forget that Shepradors are prone to obesity!

Certain people foods are poisonous to dogs. Make sure to never give your dog any of the following foods:

  • Raisins
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Yeast dough
  • Sugary foods, which can lead to obesity or teeth problems
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated beverages

Last saying:

The offspring of the most popular dog breeds can only be a wonder!

Whether you are looking for a watchful family dog or a loyal companion to enjoy daily runs with, a Sheprador can be the right dog for you!

And in exchange they will need your love, care and dedication.

Do you own a shepherd Lab mix ? Let us know in the comments.

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