The German shepherd lab mix dog is more commonly known as the German sheprador and it’s a cross between the stock German shepherd and a Golden Labrador retriever dog. This hybrid dog’s appearance is similar to a Labrador with a sleek, lean body, short haired coat, floppy ears and long short haired tail. Their coloring is distinctly similar to that of a stock German shepherd and they are typically tan with a black saddle. However, some of these dogs have a completely tan colored coat with distinct black circles around their eyes. Their eyes are a dark almost black color and they have very expressive faces. This makes for a lovable pet as it typically takes the best characteristics of both its parents. These dogs are full of energy and love to play making them great family dogs.
The sheprador is one of the friendliest and most playful dogs that a family could own. The common traits it takes from its Labrador side are its loyalty, love of human contact and mild temperament. Whereas the traits it takes from the German shepherd are its love of exercise, playfulness, protectiveness and its ability to sniff and track. The mixture of energy and gentleness in this dog is the perfect combination for families with young children. Shepradors like to chew just like a Labrador and they need toys to chew on and play with to prevent them from chewing and destroying household objects and shoes.
German shepherd Labrador mix size:
The size of the sheprador varies but in general these are big dogs and a female typically weighs about 35-45lbs (15-20kg) and a male sheprador weighs approximately 45-55lbs (20-2gkg).
Sheprador health problems:
These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, however, if you exercise your dog regularly and keep it at its ideal weight, it will have fewer health problems. This dog has a life expectancy of about 10-14 years and a female typically gives birth to a litter of 4-6 puppies.
These dogs are energetic and need places to run so having an enclosed backyard is ideal if you want to keep this dog. If the Sheprador is left alone for too long it gets bored and starts to become mischievous chewing and destroying objects around the house. It also likes to dig holes in the yard so if your garden has prized plants and flowers it is recommended to fence these off from the dog while its still young. The best kind of family for this dog is an active young family who spend a lot of time in the outdoors.
German shepherd Labrador mix exercise:
If not exercised or stimulated this dog grows to be mischievous and it will also be prone to illness such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. It needs to be walked twice daily and as it is an intelligent breed it needs to be stimulated with different toys and outdoor games to keep it occupied and mentally aware.
These dogs have thick hair and when brushed on a regular basis their coats have a healthy shine to them. Shepradors usually shed their coats twice a year and to keep them in good condition a shedding blade needs to be used to get rid of the dead hair. These dogs are known to have a slight discharge out of their eyes at times and to get rid of it use a damp Kleenex and wipe it away from the eye to avoid irritation and infection. These dogs have transparent nails and it is difficult to see where to clip them so this job is best left to the vet or a professional groomer, however, you can help keep the nails trim by exercising the dog on hard concrete surfaces.
The Sheprador is ideally suited for families with children who have a lot time to dedicate to this dog. This dog needs an outlet for all its energy and if it is suppressed it can lead to the dog being destructive. As it is a fiercely protective dog, it will also act as the perfect guard for the house, warning its owners of any potential threat.