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German Sheprador

German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever Hybrid Dogs

Information and Pictures

A black with white German Sheprador is laying on a blue towel in grass next to a blue tent.

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old. His dad was a black Lab and his mom was a half Lab half German Shepherd mix.

Other Names

Labrashepherd

Description

The German Sheprador is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the German Shepherd and the Labrador Retriever. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognition

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry

A black and tan German Sheprador standing on a wooden deck with a dog house and a wooden fence behind her.

"Thena is a 4 year old Sheprador. She has an insane ball drive and as such is incredibly easy to train. She is great with other dogs and with people (including kids). Loves chasing a ball into the water and is eager to please. Her double coat requires a good brushing at least every week in the summer time, but she tends to stop shedding in winter. Not really an apartment dog. This dog will keep you busy!!"

A newborn German Sheprador is being held in the air by a persons hand

"My dog, May, is a 2 year old black Lab that bred with a German Shepherd. This is one of her newborn babies who we named March"

A black German Sheprador is laying on a sidewalk. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out

Bug the German Sheprador at 12 years old—"Bug was about as smart as they come. She understood many words and could swim, play ball and balance on a beam. She loved people and other creatures but was ready to stand her ground if necessary."

A black and brown German Sheprador is laying on a human's bed with its head tilted to the right

Taz the German Sheprador at 10 years old—"Taz is a German Shepherd / Yellow Lab mix. He goes ballistic over the snow and the water. He'll show the playfulness of the Lab and the intelligence of the Shepherd, and is very good at trying to sneak away for walks on his own. He's been one of the best dogs we've ever had and he's gorgeous! I am involved with a program called Freedom Tails. I have been the Editor and Photographer for the newsletter since 2009, along with every other aspect of the program. Even becoming an AKC Good Citizen Evaluator last year. The program is located at Stafford Creek Corrections Center, a men’s prison of approximately 2000 offenders, in Aberdeen, WA. We bring in shelter dogs that might otherwise be euthanized, retrain them in social skills and basic commands, and get them adopted back out to society. At this time, we have found new loving, forever homes for over 250 dogs."

Close Up upper body shot - A black and brown German Sheprador is standing in front of a door.

Taz the German Sheprador at 10 years old

A small black and brown German Sheprador puppy is laying on a red arm chair with a colorful pillow and blanket next to it

Taz the German Sheprador as a puppy

A tan with black German Sheprador is standing outside next to a tree. There is a red door behind it

"This is Roy, our yellow Lab / German Shepherd at 6 years old. We have had him since he was about a year old. He is extremely friendly and very affectionate. However, the combination of these two breeds has led to excessive shedding. Brushing every day almost isn't enough! But he enjoys every minute of the attention he gets when being groomed. He is very well tempered, keeping playtime in the house to a minimum, but acts like a puppy again once he gets outside."

A black with tan German Sheprador is standing in a back yard with tall grass and a blue building behind it.

"Dexter is a confident 3 year old Labrador x German Shepherd with very good social manners. At this age he already calmed down a lot and is much easier to handle than when he was 18 months old. He still needs a lot of exercise but is also happy to have a nap on the sofa instead. Dex is very friendly but I wouldn't say he's the cuddliest dog on earth :) he likes some fuss but without excess. Now as he matured he likes having his own place where no one disturbs him. He's much less clingy and although still likes to keep an eye on me, he doesn't insist to be my shadow any more. He's colour (black & tan with black mask & brindle) is not something you'd usually see in the cross but can happen. He's 77 pounds (35kg.)"

A black with tan German Sheprador is sitting in a field. Its mouth is open and its long tongue is out and hanging to the left

Dexter the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 3 years old

Left Profile - A black with tan German Sheprador is wearing a black harness posing in a field. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out.

Dexter the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 3 years old

A black with tan German Sheprador is wearing a red harness sitting outside on a black top surface covered in dried leaves

Dexter the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 18 months old—"We adopted Dexter when he was 10 months old from his previous family. I don't judge them, as they have done the right thing looking for a new home for him. They didn't have time to exercise a demanding breed mix. So at only 10 months of age he ended up ball obsessed. It takes a lot of time and patience. He still is not perfect but we're moving forward each month. He learns very quickly. That's what you would expect from a Labrador and German Shepherd combined in one dog. Now he can do both paws, high-fives, sit, lay down, stay, get out, move away, jump, play dead "bang bang" and crawl. He recognizes all his toys. If you name a toy he will find it and bring it to you. I believe his mother was a black Labrador and his father a German Shepherd. He has a sensitive stomach and sensitive skin. Unlike a Labrador, he's not a big fan of food. You won't "buy" him with food, but you can with a ball. I can't call a dog that is still obsessed with something fully balanced. It will take more time. But otherwise he's really a treasure. Perfect. We combined a bit of positive-reward training with some of it being a more dominant approach. In my opinion you have to find a fine line between them. Reward training does not work with everything. Especially when you have a powerful dog. If a big dog gets obsessed with an object and jumps on you "bad boy" is not enough. I must show him I'm stronger and I will not accept it and there will be "follow through". No, I never hit my dog. Never. In this case the Cesar Millan approach works well."

Right Profile - A black with tan German Sheprador is wearing a red harness standing in front of a person and looking up at them. There are a lot of thin tall, leafless trees behind it

Dexter the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 18 months old—"He is protective and I wouldn't advise a stranger to pull my arm or hit me. He doesn't like it when we do it at home for fun and plays a role of peacemaker, getting between us, barking, whining, jumping and licking. Usually he will cover my body with his body so I can't be touched. He rarely uses his voice, he's a very quiet dog, but when he barks you can clearly hear German Shepherd in there. If he wants to he can sound really scary, but only twice in 10 months I had a chance to hear that. Once was when someone surprised him by coming out of the darkness."

A black with tan German Sheprador is laying across the chest and the lap of a person with a tattoo on his arm in a computer chair

Dexter the German Sheprador(German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 18 months old—"At 18 months old he weighs about 32 kg (70 pounds) and is 65 cm (25 inches) in height at the shoulders. He goes out 4 to 5 times a day. Two of those times are usually for about an hour or more. On weekends we take him for much longer walks. Sometimes up to 3 hours at a time."

A black with tan German Sheprador is wearing a red harness standing in a field in front of a body of water. Its mouth is open and tongue is hanging out to the left

Dexter the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 18 months old—"He is a great swimmer and loves being in water. The first time I showed him water at 10 months old, he went in straight away and started swimming with no fear at all."

A black with tan German sheprador is wearing a red harness sitting in front of a wooden bridge

Dexter the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix) at 18 months old—"He's very good with people, both adults and children. He loves other dogs, not so much with cats and foxes. He adjust to other dogs way of playing but he prefers running and chasing each other than wrestling. He's very fast and his best play companions are greyhound-type dogs, he enjoys speed. Speed, swimming and fetching are his favourites."

A black German Sheprador is laying on a hardwood floor in front of a lime green bookcase. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Banjo the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever) mix at 11 years old—"We adopted Banjo when she was 1, and now she's a very dignified old lady! Exceptionally trainable and obedient dog. Did a DNA test just for fun and confirmed she was a German Sheprador. Two of the best breeds rolled into one."

Close Up - A black German Sheprador is standing in a field and looking up. Its mouth is open. There is a clear piece of plastic in the grass behind it.

Banjo the German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever) mix at 11 years old

A tan German Sheprador is laying on a carpet with one of its paws on a tan blanket that has a red plastic toy under it

"This photo is of Teagen, our Lab / Shepherd / Unknown mix at 2 years old! Teagen is almost 7 now. He is always happy, loves everyone and will kiss you forever if you let him! We rescued Teagen from a shelter when he was 9 months old and he became an instant part of our family! Teagen is small for his mix of breeds (he weighs less than 60 lbs.) but isn't he cute?"

A black with white and tan German Sheprador is standing in a grassy yard with a wooden fence, a chain link fence and a road behind it.

"Dakota is my 1-year-old German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix. He is training for dock jumping, agility and obedience, and is doing awesome! He has been a great partner, a good guard dog and a great friend. He is always wanting to do something and definitely not the type of dog for an impatient person. We often work with the flirt pole, and he will chase it for hours."

A black with white and tan German Sheprador is jumping at a toy attached to a rope and stick. The toy is being swung around by a lady who is behind the dog. They are in a backyard with a wooden privacy fence around it.

Dakota the German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix chasing the flirt pole

Close Up - A black with white and tan German Sheprador is wearing a choak collar laying in a yard with a white building behind it.

Dakota the German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix at 1 year old

A chocolate German Sheprador is standing outside in snow with its tail wagging.

"This is Russell. He is a well-behaved 6-year-old chocolate Lab / German Shepherd mix. He rarely barks, and is GREAT with everyone. He is walked on a regular basis, and loves to play fetch. I took this picture during our rare white winter here in Virginia in the front yard. He was brought home by my wife after her visit to a girlfriend's house over the holidays. I did not know what to expect, but I have no complaints about our ol' man."

A black German Sheprador has its head at the edge of a blue bed.

Gypsy the German Shepherd / Lab mix—"She gets along great with my other dogs."

A black German Sheprador is laying on its right side on a tan carpeted floor next to a persons foot

Gypsy the German Shepherd / Lab mix

Close Up head shot - A black German Sheprador is laying on a tan carpet

Gypsy the German Shepherd / Lab mix

A black German Sheprador is laying on a tan carpet next to the foot of a person who is wearing blue pants an standing next to a tan couch

Gypsy the German Shepherd / Lab mix

A tan with black German Sheprador is sitting in front of a chair covered by a tan blanket

"Buddy the Lab / German Shepherd mix at 8 years old—he is very, very loving, but very protective as well. He is smart and playful, but is a great large indoor dog at the same time."

A tan German Sheprador is laying on a red and white plaid couch that has a pair of sneakers on the hardwood floor next to it.

"Here is a picture of our 8-month-old German Shepherd / Labrador mix that we adopted from our local animal shelter. The first few days with him have been a really good experience. He has only barked once briefly each night (probably from the train that I can't hear, but he can). He enjoys his daily walks and does an excellent job!"

A white German Sheprador puppy is laying in the lap of a little girl in a chair. The dog is looking at the girl.

"This is Luna and our daughter Ally. Luna is an American White Shepherd / Lab mix. She was 2 months old in this picture and was already getting big! We adopted her from our local SPCA. Her and her sisters were found as babies in a dumpster. She is very peaceful and loves to lie on a blanket on the floor at my feet. As a puppy she did not like to be outside alone and peed a little when she met someone new. I look forward to seeing how beautiful both Luna and Ally become."

A black with tan German Sheprador is sitting in grass with its head lowered. There is a line of rocks behind it

"Pictured is my dog Riley, a black Lab (mother) x German Shepherd (father), shown here at 10 months old. He weighed over 90 pounds before he was a year old. He is a total sweetheart who thinks he's a lap dog even though he lives outside. He is not high energy, but seems to prefer lying around on the porch. He is full of curiosity and loves water."

A small black with tan German Sheprador puppy is laying outside in a yard with a black with white cat laying in front of it

Riley the German Sheprador as a 7-week-old puppy

A brown and black German Sheprador is laying on a blue blanket on a tan tiled floor. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

"This is my dog. She is a 4-year-old German Shepherd / Lab mix. She gets very excited to see anyone and is very lovable. She likes tearing the stuffing out of her toys before she'll play with them. Once in a while she will get into the garbage and chew things she's not supposed to."

A brown brindle German Sheprador is wearing a purple collar sitting on top of a blanket with dog paws printed on it. Its mouth is open and tongue is out. It is looking down

4-year-old German Shepherd / Lab mix

A line of six German Sheprador puppies are walking and sitting along the side of a white house. There is a yellow Lab sitting behind them against a wall and a German Shepherd at the far side.

German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever hybrid puppies = German Shepradors AKA Labrashepherds—"These are my hybrid Labrashepherd puppies, here with their father Quetza (Labrador Retriever) and mother Serafina (German Shepherd). They are 2 months old, very loving and good with children."

A line of five German Sheprador puppies are walking two by two along the side of a house. There is a German Shepherd dog behind them next to another puppy.

German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever hybrid puppies = German Shepradors AKA Labrashepherds—"These are my two-month-old Labrashepherd puppies, here with Serafina (mother). As you will notice, they look more like a Labrador Retriever than German Shepherd."

A tan with black German Sheprador is sleeping on top of a white blanket on a floor.

Cassie the German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix as an adult dog

A tan with black German Sheprador is sleeping in a tan dog bed on a tan tiled floor. There is a sliding door behind it

Cassie the German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix as an adult dog

A tan with black German Sheprador puppy is laying in a tan dog bed

Cassie the German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix as a puppy

A black German Sheprador with perk ears is walking around in a field

Spock, German Shepherd / Labrador mix

A black with white German Sheprador with drop ears is standing in a field and looking forward

"Ace is a Black Lab / German Shepherd mix. Ace has the coat, loyalty and guarding ability of a German Shepherd, but the gentleness, energy and goofiness of a black Lab. He is 10 years old and weighs approximately 70 lbs. Ace has several acres to run on and he loves playing with his best friend Cali (a Westie / Maltese mix). Ace has the best temperament and behavior of any dog we’ve ever owned. We love our Acey boy."

A black with brown German Sheprador is standing in front of a pink vacuum cleaner on a hardwood floor.

"Blaze is a black Lab / German Shepherd. He is 8 months old, loves children and loves other dogs. He enjoys his daily run and anything outdoors."

A black and tan German Sheprador is sitting in the grass and looking up. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out

Molly, German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix

A black and white photo of a black German Sheprador laying on a couch.

"This is Tyson, our Lab / Shepherd mix at ten months old, rescued, our best friend. We were lucky enough to find him at a rescue league when he was eight weeks old. He brightens up our lives every day, he is a social, well-behaved, and loyal dog.... Great addition to our family!!!"

A black German Sheprador puppy is laying on a couch with a pillow and a light brown teddy bear covering a part of the puppies face

Tyson the Shepherd / Lab mix as an 8-week-old puppy

A black German Sheprador is standing outside in woods with its head lowered

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old. His dad was a black Lab and his mom was a half Lab half German Shepherd mix.

Left Profile - A black German Sheprador is standing outside in woods while on a blue leash.

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A black German Sheprador is sitting outside in the woods on fallen leaves with a tree behind it

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A black German Sheprador is sitting outside in woods looking to the left.

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A black German Sheprador is sitting outside in the woods wearing a choak chain collar and blue leash.

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A black German Sheprador is sitting outside in a field. It is surronded by leaves. There is a bunch of trees behind it

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A black German Sheprador is laying down in the woods.

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A black German Sheprador is laying outside in the woods with a persons foot next to it

Bailey the 3/4 Labrador Retriever / 1/4 German Shepherd mix at 9 1/2 years old

A tan German Sheprador is laying in a parking lot. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out and it looks happy.

Mitch the Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd mix at 8 years old

A tan German Sheprador is sitting in a parking lot in front of a brick building.

Mitch the Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd mix at 8 years old

A tan German Sheprador is sitting in a parking lot in front of a brick building looking up and to the left. Its mouth is open.

Mitch the Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd mix at 8 years old

A tan German Sheprador is sitting in a parking lot in front of a brick building looking to the right. The dog has a spot of white on its chest.

Mitch the Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd mix at 8 years old

A tan German Sheprador is laying in a parking lot and looking to the right

Mitch the Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd mix at 8 years old