- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: very alert
- Registered?: other
German Sheprador Breed Profile
Did You Know?
The German Sheprador is a designer dog breed that first started showing up in the 1980s. They are a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd. Although a mixed-breed can take on any combination of traits from one or both parent breeds, German Shepradors tend to be affectionate family pets.
They tend to be loyal to their families, have a playful personality, and are energetic. Although the German Sheprador is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations like the International Designer Canine Registry IDCR), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and more.
This designer dog breed is a fantastic family companion. They tend to get along with children, other dogs, and other pets. They’re known for their even-tempered disposition, intelligence, and cheerful personality.
The German Sheprador is not usually prone to barking a lot, but they are alert and can be trained to be a watchdog for your home. However, they don’t tend to make good guard dogs as they’re more interested in making friends.
German Shepradors are moderately adaptable dogs. Due to their large size and high energy, they tend to better-suited to larger homes with room to run. They can do well in apartments as long as they are given enough exercise, mental stimulation, and attention, but this can be a challenge. They tend to do well in most climates. As with most dogs, they are sensitive to heat and to extreme cold.
Because they thrive on affection from their families, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. This designer dog breed is also highly intelligent and can get bored easily. If they are permitted to become bored or do not get enough exercise, they can be prone to chewing. So, you’ll want to make sure you have appropriate chew toys on hand and that your dog is getting plenty of exercise.
A crossbred dog can inherit the health concerns associated with one or both of the parent breeds. There is also a chance they could “win the genetic lottery” and inherit none of them, but this is not a guarantee. Some of the potential health concerns to be aware of in the German Sheprador include allergies, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and cataracts.
Reputable breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing on genetic issues, so don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the genetic history of both of the parents. Something else to know is that, as a larger dog, German Shepradors are at-risk for bloat. Bloat in dogs can become dangerous quickly, so it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms as well as what you can do to help prevent it.
The German Sheprador is a highly trainable dog breed. They are highly intelligent and tend to be obedient. They pick up on things quickly. Plus, they are eager to please, so they tend to follow commands well. These dogs respond best to training that is consistent, ongoing, and focused on positive methods like praise and reward.
Because they pick up things quickly, they can get bored easily. Ongoing training throughout this dog’s life will keep them mentally stimulated. Even if you are an experienced dog owner, puppy training classes can help provide opportunities for more advanced training and also opportunities to socialize a puppy.
A German Sheprador has a dense, short, and practically waterproof double coat. They will shed moderately year-round and heavier twice a year as the seasons change in the spring and fall. Weekly brushing or a few times a week is sufficient for normal shedding, but daily brushing is a good idea during heavier shedding sessions. This, plus the occasional bath as needed, is sufficient to keep your German Sheprador’s coat looking great.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your German Sheprador’s ears, nails, and teeth. Checking ears weekly and carefully cleaning them as needed can help prevent ear infections. Nail trimming on a monthly basis is usually sufficient to keep nails from growing too long. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is the ideal foundation for good dental care for dogs.
The German Sheprador comes from two high-energy dog breeds, so they will also be a high-energy dog. Long, daily walks plus extra activity will help keep this dog happy and healthy. Thankfully, they are a versatile dog breed and are usually happy just to be active with you, which means you have a lot of options.
You can try going swimming with your dog. With a Lab in the mix, this dog breed is likely to love the water. Your German Sheprador might enjoy hiking with you, playing frisbee, running or jogging with you, or even learning how to play dog sports. They may not be able to compete in official national competitions, but they’ll probably love learning something new and being active!
A fully-grown German Sheprador usually stands 20-27 inches tall and weighs 60-85 pounds.
A German Sheprador generally lives 10-12 years.
Although German Sheprador is the most common name, this designer dog breed is also sometimes referred to as a Labrashepherd, a Sheprador, or more simply a German Shepherd Lab Mix or a Shepherd Lab Mix.