Ah, the German Shepherd, what an incredible dog. Not only is he famous for being the strongest dog in the world, he is also known for his extreme intelligence and brave demeanor, which makes him an excellent dog to keep around. This beautiful pooch is not only the perfect working dog, he can also be an excellent family companion, and a perfect herding dog.
This is exactly why breeders everywhere have tried to mix him with other great purebred canines, to be able to come up with the perfect dog. Sure, “perfect” is a bit too much, but these mixes are closer to perfection than you might think.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in together, and discover the 13 most adorable (and greatest) German Shepherd mixes.
1. The German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix (Golden Shepherd)
Is there something more adorable than the German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix? I don’t think so, but you can prove me wrong if you want to. With his beautiful soulful eyes and his amazingly kind demeanor, this extremely smart dog is truly a sight to look at. This beautiful canine is a big sized dog, usually standing between 24 and 26 inches tall, and weighing between 65 and 90 pounds.
Both the purebred parents in this mix are loyal and brave dogs who get attached to their owners. This means that this mixed breed is loyal to a fault and has an incredible amount of love for his family. The German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is extremely smart and highly trainable, which is why he is so loved by so many dog lovers in the world.
Still, even with all these qualities, the German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix still needs a lot of training and socialization, especially if you don’t want your pooch to demonstrate some of the strong GSD guarding instincts. But, don’t let this scare you, because the German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is still one of the most beautiful mixed breeds around.
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2. The German Shepherd Labrador mix (Labrashepherd)
The German Shepherd Labrador mix is quite the big dog. The German Shepherd is famous for being a large dog breed, while the Labrador is a bit smaller. Still, their mix is quite the sizable canine. Like most first-generation cross breeds, the German Shepherd Labrador mix’s appearance is not easy to guess. You might either end up with a dog that looks like his German Shepherd parent or one that takes more of his Labrador parent. This is why it’s always a good thing to take a look at your pup’s purebred parents to get an idea of how he might look like when he grows up.
The German Shepherd Labrador mix is a fast learner who can easily pick up cues and respond to voice commands. Teaching him tricks will also be a piece of cake, as he is always eager to please his owners. He is great around kids, mostly thanks to his Labrador instincts. Outgoing, extremely active, and friendly, the German Shepherd Labrador mix is a perfect companion. He is also extremely beautiful, which helps (but then again, even the least good-looking dogs can still be adorable).
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3. The German Shepherd Chow mix (Chow Shepherd)
The German Shepherd Chow mix is definitely one of the most adorable pooches you will ever have the chance to meet. His face is so cute that you will not be able to stop yourself from showering him with love and kisses, and man, does he love it!
This big dog usually stands between 18 and 26 inches tall and will weigh up to 95 pounds. He looks like a mix of a lion and a dog, and this truly makes him majestic.
But, it’s not only this dog’s physique that is impressive. He is also extremely devoted to his owners, has an excellent work ethic, and has a lot of energy to spend. He loves playing around, though he can still be a bit independent and aloof of strangers, given his Chow Chow DNA.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Chow mix, click here.
4. The German Shepherd Pug mix (Shug)
Yes, this wonderful dog is called Shug. (I honestly still can’t get over the name). The German Shepherd Pug mix is a great ball of energy full of love and loyalty to its people. And, believe it or not, he makes a great guard dog as well! The Shug is smart, friendly, and always cheerful, which makes him a great family companion.
He is also completely comfortable around strangers (because of his Pug DNA) and will probably greet anyone with a smile instead of a growl. This means that the German Shepherd Pug mix does not make the greatest watchdog.
He gets along with children of all ages and is always in for some playtime. The Shug will turn your life into a wholesome and beautiful adventure as soon as you welcome him into your home.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Pug mix, click here.
5. The German Shepherd Australian Shepherd mix (German Australian Shepherd)
The German Shepherd and the Australian Shepherd are both extremely popular shepherding dogs. So, it definitely makes sense to cross these two beautiful and hard working pure breeds. The result of this mix is a strong, athletic, and intelligent canine who is perfect as a working dog.
The German Australian Shepherd can also be a great family companion and a good therapy dog. Just like his German Shepherd parent, he is pretty much versatile, and can do a lot of jobs, from herding to rescue dog to military or police dog.
This medium sized dog has a high level of energy, which means that he needs an owner who is active and can keep up with him. If you are more of a “pajamas & Netflix” kind of Sunday person, I’d recommend you to choose another cross breed to adopt.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Australian Shepherd mix, click here.
6. The German Shepherd Siberian Husky mix (Shepsky)
The Shepsky is the mix of the hard working and powerful German Shepherd and the smart and playful Siberian Husky. So, for sure, the result is an entertaining dog who will turn every single day into an adventure.
Not only is this dog a star in the looks department, he is also extremely smart, and he knows it! The Shepsky will always try to outsmart you, no matter what, and just for fun. He has the cunning of his Siberian Shepherd parent and the strength of his German Shepherd parent, which makes him perfect, but also difficult to take care of.
This beautiful mixed breed is also full of energy, and thus, needs an extremely active owner. One long walk a day is not going to cut it. Your Shepsky wants to play and fool around, he wants to run and go on new adventures, and you will need to keep up with him.
Learn more about the German Shepherd Siberian Husky mix.
7. The German Shepherd Border Collie mix (German Collie)
The German Shepherd Border Collie mix is definitely a winner. Both purebred parents of this beautiful mixed breeds are renown for their intelligence, which makes their hybrid an extremely smart pooch.
Playful and full of energy, the German Collie is not a dog for everyone (this is actually true for most cross breeds in this article). He needs an active owner who will take him out on runs and walks, play with him, and give him love, time, and attention. If you do this, your German Shepherd Collie mix will definitely reward you with loyalty.
The German Shepherd Border Collie mix can be extremely protective (mostly due to his GSD side), especially when it comes to children. Still, he is delightful around them, thanks to his gentle and sweet temperament.
If you want to learn more about the German Shepherd Border Collie mix, click here.
8. The German Shepherd St. Bernard mix (Saint Shepherd)
There has never been something fluffier than a German Shepherd St. Bernard mix, and you can fight me on this! Extremely beautiful, calm, loving, and kind, the Saint Shepherd (excuse me for laughing at this name but HAH!) is a perfect family companion as well as guard dog.
Both the German Shepherd and the Saint Bernard are strong and protective working dog breeds. This means that their mix is going to inherit these qualities as well. He will also be easily trainable, being as smart as both of his parents.
Laid back and relaxed, the German Shepherd St. Bernard mix is perfect for a house with older children who know how to behave around dogs. This dog is playful and will never say no to fun time, so make sure to spend some quality time with him. Still, he also enjoys hanging out with you on the couch when it is needed.
To learn more about the German Shepherd St. Bernard mix, click here.
9. The German Shepherd Corgi mix (Corman Shepherd)
The German Shepherd and Corgi are extremely different, but only when it comes to their physique. Apart from that, they have a lot of points in common. They are both hard working dog breeds that excel at herding.
The German Shepherd Corgi mix, also called Corman Shepherd, is definitely a surprising mix, but he is not a bad one. This adorable hybrid is not only tiny and good looking, he is also very playful, smart, and full of affection for his people.
The German Shepherd Corgi mix is basically an explosive ball of energy, and thus, needs plenty of daily exercise. One walk a day won’t cut it, instead, take your dog out every time you can, play with him, and he will be happy and healthy.
Training can also be quite difficult, but don’t get discouraged by that. You will need to assert yourself as the leader, and this is the only way your dog is going to respect you enough to listen to your commands. Once this hybrid senses weakness from your part, that’s it, you’re dead meat.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Corgi mix, click here.
10. The German Shepherd Basset Hound mix (Basset Shepherd)
One of my favorite activities in the world is looking at pictures of dogs and looking at pictures of this hybrid definitely doesn’t disappoint. Not only is the Basset Shepherd a true looker, he is also very alert and smart, which makes him a great watchdog.
Loyal and friendly, the German Shepherd Basset Hound mix is also fairly active, coming from a long line of hard working breeds that can easily get bored. This is why you will need to keep your Basset Shepherd active at all times. If you don’t, he will become extremely destructive, and no one wants this (especially not your furniture or your shoes).
The Basset Shepherd is also calm, courageous, affectionate dog that is easily trainable and easily gets along with kids of all ages.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Basset Hound mix, click here.
11. The German Shepherd Blue Heeler mix (Blue Shepherd)
Both the German Shepherd and the Blue Heeler (also known as the Australian Cattle Dog or ACD) are intelligent working dog breeds. This means that their mix will be the same.
The German Shepherd Blue Heeler mix is a medium sized dog with a strong and athletic body. He was bred to work, and thus, is very powerful. He is also loyal, brave, and a bit stubborn, if I’m being honest.
The German Shepherd Blue Heeler mix can be quite a handful for first-time owners. So, it is always better to choose another breed if you have no prior experience with dogs. This hybrid needs an active and assertive owner who can put him to work and train him properly.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Blue Heeler mix, click here.
12. The German Shepherd Shiba Inu mix (Shepherd Inu)
The German Shepherd Shiba Inu mix is a dog that will definitely leave you in awe. Extremely good-looking, he can be the most adorable pup you will ever see, even as a fully-grown adult.
The German Shepherd Shiba Inu mix, also known as Shepherd Inu, is a medium sized dog with a lot ot strength and energy. He is not the easiest to handle, so he needs a person who has prior experience training dog and caring for them. This hybrid is overflowing with energy, and this means that he will need you to step up and keep him active. If you don’t, he will respond the way dogs usually do: he will get bored and become destructive (and probably dig holes in your backyard or garden).
The Shepherd Inu can be overly protective sometimes, but good training and early socialization can help with that. In the end, you will be left with an affectionate (but still independent) dog who enjoys showering you with affection (when he wants to) and playing around with you.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Shiba Inu mix, click here.
13. The German Shepherd Doberman mix (Doberman Shepherd)
Both the German Shepherd and the Doberman are some of the strongest dogs in the world. Physically imposing, if not even intimidating, they can be quite scary to look at. Still, in their own way, they have a certain elegance, which transcends to their mix, the Doberman Shepherd.
The German Shepherd Doberman mix is a hybrid that is not scared of anything. Famous for his courage as well as for his strength, he makes a great watch and guard dog. He is quite big (he is considered a large sized dog), the Doberman Shepherd is intelligent, very energetic, bold, and confident, especially in the face of danger.
Well-mannered and full of charm, the German Shepherd Doberman mix is affectionate towards his family and protective of them as well. He will do anything to save you, so it’s safe to say that you can sleep on both your ears with this hybrid dog around.
To learn more about the German Shepherd Doberman mix, click here.
No matter which breed the German Shepherd is crossed with, the result is bound to be a beautiful and loyal dog. Most of these hybrids can be purchased at breeders. Just always make sure to choose the right breeder, one with a good reputation and the results to prove it.