All About the German Shepherd Lab Mix a.k.a. the Sheprador

german shepherd lab mixDescription:
The German shepherd lab mix dog is more commonly known as the German sheprador and itโ€™s a cross between the stock German shepherd and a Golden Labrador retriever dog. This hybrid dogโ€™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.

Sheprador temperament:
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).

german shepherd lab mixSheprador 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.

Living conditions:
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.

Sheprador grooming:
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 dagerman shepherd lab mixmp 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.

43 thoughts on “All About the German Shepherd Lab Mix a.k.a. the Sheprador”

  1. We love our big sweetie! She fits these descriptions perfectly. Very fun, energetic and properly protective of our child! #sheprador

        • i lost my lab/ shepherd 3/16/15,7 yrs. old.she was a very loving girl..i think her heart gave out.i will miss her very much!!!she was very freindly if she new you,very protectective if not.what is the average life of the breed?she was very active at 118 lbs.,7 yrs. old.she enjoyed playing with my daughters chug[pug-chawwa] that is 7 mon. old.

  2. So informative! We have a chocolate lab (male) and German shepherd (female), both very loving and energetic 24/7! I cannot wait for our family to grow!

    • My sweet dog is getting so old, and she lost her sister this year. One of your puppies may be just the thing to perk her up..whenever. Love my dog. Best dog ever. best combo ever! Best!


    • Yes, mine is always barking and running other dogs out the yard or getting into attack stances when he sees a strange dog. However, he rarely barks at people.

      • Yes, mines is a 6years old girl and always attacking and barking other dogs. She is very strong 59 pounds and I’m a tiny female owner with 80 pounds. Lately I don’t know how to take a walk with her. I feel so awful sometimes whenever she sees the other animal.
        Does anyone have any good advice?

  4. Our Shepherd/Black Lab mix is well above this weight range. He just broke 120 pounds, and yes, he’s been DNA tested. Every breed has anomalies; his mother (the Shepherd) was HUGE.
    However, he is a really great dog. Smart, strong, sweet, and eager to please in every way. He’s been such a love and a blessing to our family!

  5. I have a female black sheprador pup, (mom was sheprador, dad was pure bred black shepherd accidental litter) she is currently 13 weeks old and weighs in at 25 lbs. Super lean, energetic, very loving and extremely intelligent. I’m expecting her to be on the larger side, her mother was about 60 lbs and father (a true german shepherd) was about 90 lbs. She is in training as a service dog. She is awesome.

  6. these dogs are the best l have a cross german lab she is a year old and she wont leave my side the kids love her and my wife adores her shes part of us and has had 6 pupps same cross labs german shepard let me tell you these dogs are very loyal loveing careing indervidials best ever dogs

  7. I have a 9 month old German Shepard/Lab mix and he is so sweet and loving when he wants to be. ๐Ÿ™‚ He love to run and play but also LOVES to cuddle. Love this breed of dog!

  8. We have a 11 week old black lab/german shepherd mix and he’s hiper but loves to bite and nip constantly. Other than that he’s a great dog.

    • No, a small apartment would not be a good environment for this breed. They need a lot of room to run and play as they can be very high energy and will gain weight quickly(among other health issues) if they are not excersized properly. They are also big chewers and can get destructive if they consistently have too much pent up energy.

      • Any dog can be good in an apartment if you give it the proper exercise. So if you’re willing to dedicate two-three hours a day to working out your dog than sure they’d do great. What’s generally more important than the space is the lifestyle.

  9. I have a black lab /mix with German Shepard and I love her. She was a rescue dog. I got her when she was just 3.5 months old now she is 8 months. She is loving, protective, and every active. If she gets bored she starts to be mischief and starts to pick with us by pulling on our clothes and jumping on us.

  10. I have a shepherdor. Her name is Bella. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her. We are best friends. My wife is the disciplinary for I can’t punish her. She is very smart and energetic. She loves people and loves to mingle. Everyone in the neighborhood knows her

  11. I have had my sheprador for two days, and I am quickly falling head over heels in love with my baby! The lady who gave her to me said she is between 2-4 months, but closer to two months. I wish there was a way I could know for sure exactly how old she is. She is extremely energetic and wiggly! Lol She is almost solid black, and looks almost completely like a Laborador. The only shepherd I can see in her is a slightly dark brown above her eyes, and that little characteristic “cheek mold” that German shepherds have. She definitely needs training, and I am going to check with some trainers at Petco and Best Friends to see what they can offer.

  12. My pup is 19 weeks and 23.6lbs. I think he is going to be a little guy. So cute though. He has the labrador coat with the shepherd colors and a really dark face.

  13. My Thoka is almost three now. She has the best of both breeds. She is a big baby. Her biggest weakness is she is afraid of everything striped sheets, ranch dressing, tote bags, birds, the list goes on and on. I didn’t get her for protection so it isn’t an issue with me.

  14. Our female is nearly 18 months, mother was a German Shepard and father was a Lab/gun dog cross. She’s wonderful with children and other dogs, but has had lots of socialization with other dogs. Extremely active, gets plenty of exercise so lean and not carrying any weight at all (sometimes I’d like her to have a little padding, in case she’s ill and off food). Currently weighs 25Kg (55lbs) and holding steady at that for last 4 months. Loves nothing more than chasing a tennis ball.

  15. I have a lab and German shepherd mix he is my baby I’ve had him for 3 yrs now, he is so loyal to me and my Husband very obedient, eager to please, very protective of us and close family, he has a Sister she is all black I know she’s Lab but don’t know wat she mixed with she is the same way very loyal, she aims to please very protective especially with my Husband, my dogs are the best thing that happened to me I love them to death. People say they mutts but I bet noone will try to hurt us!!

  16. We recently just lost our Bailey dog. She was a chocolate lab shepherd mix. I found her in the yard laying as she did as puppy. she was 10. The best dog I have ever owned. Super smart very energetic. We trained her very easily never strayed and was great with kids. She showed protection when weiry but never harmed anyone, her bark was much worse than her bite. A very faithful companion and we are having a difficult time with her being gone. if I could clone her I would. Knowing that there are actually people who breed pups like Bailey makes me happy for once we are ready I would most definitely go for this breed again. Missing her terribly

  17. We are looking for a Lab German Shepherd puppy mix. If anyone knows of a person I can adopt or buy from. Heart broken from loosing our male German Shepherd.

  18. I have a one year old named Tucker. He is seriously the most amazing dog I have ever had! He’s extreamly loving and loyal. He’s very protective but has never tried to bite anyone. He is very very energetic. We played fetch for 3 hours without him getting tired. He is the best cuddle buddy and loves everyone! He’s also great with cats!

  19. Our girl, .Raven, 10, is a black Shephard black lab mix. My now 16 yr old son rescued her from a cardboard box 9.5 years ago.
    I cannot put into words just how incredible Raven has been: so smart, obedient w / really no formal training, loyal &! oh so protective. She’s always slept w/ my son until he left for school. Now, she guards the hallway outside my door. A quiet unassuming dog, a peaceful demeanor, always alert but also on guard. I call her our Sentinel.
    So we got lucky! I’ve always had dogs in my world , a few AKC, but more mutts
    Mutts rule! Go to a shelter & adopt, or ck your local Walmart :))

  20. Our girl, .Raven, 10, is a black Shephard black lab mix. My now 16 yr old son rescued her from a cardboard box 9.5 years ago.
    I cannot put into words just how incredible Raven has been: so smart, obedient w / really no formal training, loyal &! oh so protective. She’s always slept w/ my son until he left for school. Now, she guards the hallway outside my door. A quiet unassuming dog, a peaceful demeanor, always alert but also on guard. I call her our Sentinel.
    So we got lucky! I’ve always had dogs in my world , a few AKC, but more mutts
    Mutts rule! Go to a shelter & adopt, or ck your local Walmart :))

    Raven was in a box outside a Walmart, my son had to have her.
    We scooped her up , paid $$$ at the vet to help her. She fit in perfectly w/ our yellow & black labs.
    They were older & Raven jumped right in, & helped us transition from the loss of older dogs.

  21. Hi there-
    Not sure if anyone atill commenting on here or not. I have a male black lab/German Shepard. He is 5 months old today. Does anyone know if their ears stand? He stands them on his own occasionally. He is more German Shepard looking so thought it would be cute if stood. I wasn’t sure if it was possible bc mixed breed or not. If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. just lost my 7 yr. old 3/16/15.loved her alot. great dog,best friend.she loved to play with my daughters 8 month old chug.she was small at 118 lbs.very friendly and very protective .try to find average life of the breed.cannot sleep,using the web trying to find out if normal for their heart to give out at her age.seen her go think that is what took her before i could get to vets. office.she was a very good in peace laila,love you&will miss you ery much!!!

  23. Hello,
    I have a 9 month old shep/lab mix, and despite repetitive attempts to give her exercise, she is scared of almost everything outside and bolts back for the house. I try to motivate her with food and toys but nothing seems to work.

    Just wondering if anyone else has this issue:

  24. give your dog time and love even if bad just put her on lesh for a min keep a lesh on here in the house for a few mins when she does something good let her go even if its just sitting shell want instinct
    will make her want to expore more mine 5 mouths and ears are almost up kind floppy at top i started giving them alittle help with painters tape comes off easy dont hurt dog they can take off just keep doing it they will stop i figure if the ears re already 70 percent up its ok to help i would never force a dog with floppy ears just a tip

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