German Shepherd mixes are dogs that have come to be through the breeding of the strain with another purebred dog. Sometimes referred to as ‘designer dogs’, they are highly sought after for their unusual looks and good health.
German Shepherd crosses often do not suffer from the same genetic disorders as their parents. Ailments such as hip and elbow dysplasia can sometimes be bred out.
However, it must be remembered that these dogs are still essentially mix breeds and not the new pedigree strain that they are sometimes advertised as. They are often mistakenly bought for more than the price of a purebred dog.
Huskies are often crossed with German Shepherds to create a striking Spitz-type dog with a wolfish face called a Gerberian Shepsky. Golden Retrievers and Labradors can be crossed with German Shepherds to create a dog which may exhibit the intelligence and obedience of both breeds.
The German Shepherd and Rottweiler cross is popular as it can produce an adult dog who will be as loyal and as protective as both its parents. They are known to make very rewarding and well-behaved pets. A German Shepherd crossed with a Poodle is known as a Shepadoodle and can make distinctive, large and friendly dog.
Buying a German Shepherd mix is risky as one can never be fully sure of the traits your dog will be left with. Owners can carry out research on both dog breeds, but there is no guarantee as to how the German Shepherd cross will turn out in terms of appearance, temperament and health.