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German Shepherd Lab Mix

Kathryn Copeland

Height: 20 – 27 inches
Weight: 60 – 95 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Colors: Cream, brown, white, gray, black, red
Suitable for: Active families, house with a yard
Temperament: Affectionate, protective, loyal, intelligent, energetic

Some of the most recognized dog breeds in North America are Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. In fact, according to the AKC, the Lab is the most popular breed and the German Shepherd is a close second. So, it seems only natural to combine these dogs in order to give us one of the best hybrids ever. This brings us to the German Shepherd Lab Mix, also known as the German Sheprador and the Labrashepherd.

These dogs typically take on both of their parents’ appearances. They have double coats that are coarse and straight and usually have triangular, floppy ears. They come in brown, black, gray, cream, white, and reddish-brown, which can be solid or a combination of colors.

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German Shepherd Lab Mix Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy:
Trainability:
Health:
Lifespan:
Sociability:

The German Shepherd Lab is a very energetic dog that is a robust, healthy breed. They have a typical lifespan for a dog of that size and are usually quite easy to train. While they are protective of their families, they are also a very friendly, social breed.

What’s the Price of German Shepherd Lab Mix Puppies?

German Shepherd Lab puppies are not difficult to find, and they tend to range quite widely in price from $700 to $2,000, depending on the breeder.

The most important thing you can do when you start looking for a puppy is to locate a reputable breeder and avoid puppy mills.

Please use the following tips when you start speaking to a breeder:
  • Visit the breeder. If you can meet the breeder at their location, it will allow you to also meet all of their dogs and check on their kennels’ conditions. You want to see that everything is well-maintained and that their dogs are all happy and in good health. Does the breeder seem passionate about their dogs, and is there a good relationship there? If you aren’t able to go to the breeder’s location, request a virtual chat and tour.
  • Medical background. If the breeder is aware of any health issues with their breeds, they should be upfront with you about it. They should also provide you with their dog’s medical history and health screening results.
  • Meet the parents. Ask the breeder to meet your puppy’s parents. You might not have the chance to meet the father, but the mother should be onsite. This will give you a picture of your puppy in the future. Appearance, size, and temperament will all be aspects that you want to focus on.
  • Questions, questions, questions. Ask your breeder as many questions that you feel are important for you. If the breeder is a responsible one, they will answer your questions honestly and openly and will ask you questions of their own. A good breeder should be interested only in finding the best home for their puppies.

There will be additional expenses you can expect with a new puppy.

The following are some items you will need to have ready before you bring your new pup home:
  • Puppy food
  • Treats
  • Water and food bowls
  • Puppy training pads
  • Collar, leash, and harness
  • Toys for both playing and chewing
  • Dog crate with bedding
Other expected costs might include:
  • Vet appointments
  • Vaccinations
  • Grooming
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Training /obedience classes
  • Microchipping

You can also consider adopting a puppy or adult dog. The adoption fees help support the rescue group, and you’ll be giving an animal a second chance at a happier life and a forever home. Most rescue organizations will waive their fee if you take a special needs or senior dog home. Otherwise, you can expect to pay approximately $300 to $600 for a rescue dog.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the German Shepherd Lab Mix

1. The German Shepherd Lab doesn’t enjoy hot weather.

Their thick double coats make cold weather a breeze, but they won’t be as comfortable when the temperature soars.

2. The German Shepherd Lab might chew your shoes.

This pup tends to enjoy chewing on everything they can get their teeth on. So be prepared to hide your prized possessions (especially your shoes) and invest in some appealing chew toys.

3. The German Shepherd Lab will make a great guard dog for the family.

The protective nature of the German Shepherd parent can make the German Shepherd Lab a fantastic watchdog for your family. While they can be very protective and territorial while at home, they are social and friendly dogs as well, thanks to their Lab parent.

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Parent Breeds of German Shepherd Lab: Left – German Shepherd (cvop, Pixabay); Right – Labrador Retriever (Richard Revel, Pixabay)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the German Shepherd Lab Mix

It does help to understand the temperament of the parent breeds to gain some insight into what kind of personality the German Shepherd Lab might have. German Shepherds are very devoted, loving, and protective dogs famous for being great family pets as well as for their work as police and guard dogs.

Labrador Retrievers are renowned for their sweet and loveable natures as well as for being friendly and energetic.

Both breeds are also intelligent dogs, so you can expect the German Shepherd Lab to be smart, sweet, affectionate, and devoted.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Absolutely! Both the Lab and the German Shepherd make great family pets, so you can expect the same with the German Shepherd Lab. They are famously wonderful with children, and their high energy levels make them great playmates.

However, just remember to always supervise your young children when they are around the dog. And ensure you have taught your kids to respect dogs. No tail pulling, no ear tugging, and no bothering them while they eat.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

As a general rule, the German Shepherd Lab does get along very well with other family pets. While some of this comes from their sweet temperaments, it’s also vital that they are socialized at a young age and introduced to other dogs and smaller pets. They do typically enjoy a good romp with other dogs at the park.

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Things to Know When Owning a German Shepherd Lab Mix:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Always find the best dog food for your German Shepherd Lab designed for her current age, size, and activity level. These are large dogs with high energy, so look for the appropriate food. You can also follow the recommendations on the back of the dog food bag to help you figure out how much your pup needs to be fed daily.

Too much food and treats can lead to obesity with the German Shepherd Lab, so watch what you feed her and try to stay away from too much people food. Speak to your vet about your pup’s weight and health if you’re ever concerned.

Exercise 🐕

These dogs, as previously discussed, have a ton of energy so expect to get at least a 1-hour walk in every day with a few extra shorter walks. And don’t forget playtime! Throw that ball around, and the Retriever in your hybrid will be very happy. Because of their size and energy, they are best suited for a house with a yard.

Training 🎾

For the most part, the German Shepherd Lab is quite trainable. However, they are best suited for experienced dog owners. They thrive on positive reinforcement and, combined with their intelligence and devotion to their owners, training shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

Grooming ✂️

Both the Lab and the German Shepherd have double coats with short, straight fur (unless the German Shepherd parent happens to be the long-haired variety). Brushing is pretty easy, but they could use brushing several times a week because of their shedding. This will need to be daily during the shedding seasons. Give your German Shepherd Lab a bath only when absolutely necessary using a good dog shampoo.

You should clean your German Shepherd Lab’s ears about once a week and brush her teeth and trim her nails two or three times per week.

Health and Conditions 🏥

The German Shepherd Lab should not be as predisposed to some of the health issues that her purebred parents are. However, it is a good idea to be aware of some of the genetic conditions that the German Shepherd Lab’s parents might develop.

The German Shepherd is susceptible to:

The vet will check your pup’s eyes, skin, and thyroid to help rule out any of these health conditions.

The Labrador Retriever might suffer from:

The vet will check the German Shepherd Lab’s hips and elbows and will run a complete battery of tests, including blood and urinalysis exams.

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Male vs Female

The German Shepherd Lab tends to be 20 to 27 inches in height. The females weigh an average of 75 to 85 pounds and the males 85 to 95 pounds. So, as a general rule, female dogs tend to be a little smaller and weigh less than males.

Next up, there’s the surgery. Getting the male dog neutered is an easier and less complicated surgery than spaying the female, which means it’s less expensive, and he’ll recover quickly. These are important procedures for your pup as they not only prevent unwanted pregnancies but also ensure that your German Shepherd Lab will live a longer life.

Finally, there is a belief that there is a difference in personality between male and female dogs, but this isn’t always true. How a dog is trained, raised, and socialized will have the most significant impact on her temperament.

 

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Final Thoughts

If you’ve decided that you would like to bring a German Shepherd Lab Mix into your home, you could start by speaking to the breeders of Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. Looking online and posting your search on social media is another method you can use that would probably prove quite helpful.

Lastly, you can also contact the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry, as the German Sheprador is a registered hybrid dog through these organizations. Don’t forget to follow our tips when you do find a breeder. And also, don’t forget to look into adopting a rescue dog.

You’ll get the best of both worlds with the German Shepherd Lab. Sweet and loyal. Proud and loving. And the best companion you might ever have.

Looking for other crossbreeds? We have lots available for both German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers!

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Featured Image Credit: Darling21, Shutterstock

Kathryn Copeland

Kathryn was a librarian in a previous lifetime and is currently a writer about all things pets. When she was a child, she hoped to work in zoos or with wildlife in some way, thanks to her all-consuming love for animals. Unfortunately, she's not strong in the sciences, so she fills her days with researching and writing about all kinds of animals and spends time playing with her adorable but terribly naughty tabby cat, Bella. Kathryn is hoping to add to her family in the near future – maybe another cat and a dog.