|Lifespan:||9 – 14 years|
|Suitable for:||Active families looking for protective dogs|
|Temperament:||Energetic, protective, devoted|
German Shepherd Terrier mixes are often friendlier, more energetic versions of the purebred German Shepherd. They also tend to be a bit smaller since most terrier breeds are significantly smaller than the German Shepherd.
However, when you’re mixing two different breeds together, you’ll never know what you’re going to get!
Furthermore, the term “terrier” is a bit vague. It applies to a group of dogs – not a specific breed. Therefore, this mix’s traits will depend on what breed exactly was used to create this myth. A Bull Terrier will create a much different dog than the Jack Russell Terrier, for instance.
With that said, these dogs tend to have some general traits that they share. For instance, they are extremely energetic. You shouldn’t adopt this breed unless you’re willing to put in a lot of exercise time. They’re perfect for active families, but you shouldn’t expect them to spend much time cuddling.
Due to their potential protective instincts, we only recommend this breed for experienced dog owners. They can be quite territorial. It takes a decent amount of training and socialization to keep some of these dogs under control – though others are as happy and friendly as can be!
German Shepherd Terrier Mix Puppies – Before You Buy…
What’s the Price of German Shepherd Terrier Puppies?
These dogs can vary widely in cost. Some of them cost about $300, while others can go up to $3,000. It depends mostly on where you purchase the puppy!
In many cases, these dogs are not available from breeders. Some mixed breeds are popular enough to have some breeders dedicated to them – but this is not one of them. For the most part, you won’t find breeders producing these canines regularly.
If you do, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. If the dog is cheaper than that, you probably aren’t dealing with a professional breeder.
Instead, most dogs will come from accidental litters. A German Shepherd will accidentally end up breeding with some sort of terrier, leaving the owner with a bunch of puppies to get rid of.
As you might imagine, these puppies will often be extremely inexpensive. You may even be able to get them for free. However, they would not have undergone the genetic testing that breeders put their dog through – often leading to a lower-quality dog.
You also can’t assume that the puppy doesn’t have any underlying health conditions, as they often don’t receive the proper health care.
Some backyard breeders may attempt to produce this mixed breed. These breeders are often a better option than purchasing a puppy from an accidental litter. However, the quality of these puppies tends to shift a lot.
Some are genetically tested. Some aren’t. Some receive plenty of vet care. Others don’t.
Be sure to ask about the breeder’s policies, especially if they are new! Most inexperienced, new breeders sell their dogs from $500 to $1,000.
3 Little Known Facts About the German Shepherd Terrier Mix
1. These Dogs Are Rare
It is often very difficult to find German Shepherd Terrier mixes. This mixed breed is not popular, so they often aren’t produced in significant numbers. There are few terriers that a German Shepherd can breed with, making accidental litters a bit difficult as well.
2. “Terrier” Doesn’t Tell Us Much
There are many different kinds of terriers out there. Jack Russel Terriers are small, energetic dogs that were bred to hunt small rodents and protect farmland from pests. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a larger dog that was bred to fight other animals. They are largely kept as companion animals today, though they are also one of the few dog breeds that can handle wild boars and similar, dangerous animals.
We recommend asking about the specific terrier used to create a puppy before adopting them. The specific breed can affect their temperament significantly.
With that said, finding this information isn’t always possible. In accidental litters, the identity of one parent may not be known. Many rescues and animal shelters guess on a dog’s breed – which isn’t always accurate.
3. Their Size Varies Tremendously
You can’t really tell what size this sort of dog will be. Some terriers are quite large, which would produce a dog closer to the size of a German Shepherd.
However, if you’re breeding a German Shepherd with a smaller dog, there is no telling what size dog you will end up with! They may weigh as little as 20 pounds or as much as 60 pounds. Don’t adopt this breed if you’re looking for a specific-sized dog.
Temperament & Intelligence of the German Shepherd Terrier Mix
The personality of this breed varies widely. Often, they are at least somewhat protective. Sometimes, they can be extremely protective, while this trait is less pronounced in other instances.
Where their protective instincts fall depends on the genetics they inherit from both parents, as well as how they were raised. Dogs that are heavily socialized at a young age can often be friendly (or at least not aggressive) towards strangers.
This canine will likely never be as friendly as a Labrador Retriever. But they can be socialized to prevent aggression towards people they don’t know. A quality German Shepherd Terrier mix shouldn’t be aggressive, though they aren’t going to try and cuddle with everyone who walks in the door either.
Often, this breed is exceedingly intelligent. This makes them very easy to train. They are often very devoted to their owners and follow commands easily. However, it also means that they need regular mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
Otherwise, they can become bored and destructive.
With that said, most terriers are not as intelligent or trainable as a German Shepherd. Therefore, this mixed breed probably won’t be either. They are still intelligent dogs. Just don’t expect them to perform on-par with a purebred German Shepherd.
This mix may be more prone to destructive behaviors than other breeds – but only because they have higher needs than most breeds. They require lots of mental stimulation and exercise. If these needs aren’t met, they can become a bit wild and break obvious house rules.
However, as long as you can meet their needs, these dogs are a great option for most experienced dog owners. Just be sure you can dedicate the time their temperament calls for before you adopt a puppy.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Often, these dogs are large enough to avoid being injured by children, which increases the chance that they’ll get along with children substantially. Most are not scared of kids due to their larger size, especially if they have been socialized with children previously.
However, sometimes, German Shepherd Terrier mixes can be quite small. They aren’t going to be tiny like some other breeds, but some dogs may not grow to be bigger than 20 pounds.
This weight is plenty small enough for some exuberant children to hurt. If a 20-pound child falls on a 20-pound dog, the dog could very easily get hurt.
Often, these dogs are great with members of their own family – including children. However, they can be protective against kids that they don’t know. Be sure to keep this in mind if your child regularly has other kids over. The dog might not like them playing together very much, especially if things get a bit rough.
In the end, it can be hit-or-miss with this mixed breed and smaller children. However, they are often great for active families with older kids. If you have small children, you may want to look elsewhere for a more appropriate breed.
If you adopt these dogs as adults and know that they are on the larger end of the spectrum, they can be good in households with small children.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
This breed can get along with other dogs when socialized properly. Their protective instincts can be applied to other, strange dogs – especially if they come into their home. However, most are completely fine with dogs they have been raised with.
They’re part of the family, after all!
However, it takes a bit of socialization to make your German Shepherd Terrier mix accept other dogs.
We highly recommend puppy classes at an early age. These group classes are great for training and socialization. In fact, we recommend them mostly because they provide a great socialization opportunity that is safe and controlled.
Due to their strong prey drive, we can’t recommend this breed for homes with cats and other small pets. They simply aren’t suitable for these environments!
They will chase cats and anything else that they interpret as prey animals. Because this is an innate instinct and not fear-driven, socialization will not help you. It doesn’t matter how many times you show your German Shepherd Terrier a cat. They will still see it as something to chase.
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Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
For the most part, these dogs need the same macronutrients that other dogs need. You should aim for a diet that’s high in protein and fat – especially given the active nature of this breed. These nutrients are required to maintain their lean muscle mass.
More active dogs may require a high-protein diet. These diets are often more expensive, as they contain more meat. However, it may be necessary to keep an active dog in tip-top shape.
When they are puppies, feeding these canines can be a bit complicated. They often aren’t large enough to fall into the “large breed” category. Therefore, we don’t recommend feeding them food specifically for a large-breed puppy.
However, we do recommend choosing a very high-quality puppy food. These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, which develops when they are puppies and has a dietary component.
You don’t want your dog to develop this condition. High-quality dog food may be essential to preventing it and supporting healthy hip growth.
Keep feeding your dog puppy food until they stop growing. This may take a year or longer. It is best to feed a puppy food longer than your dog needs it rather than switching too soon. Because these dogs grow at different rates, your best option is to simply keep an eye on their growth.
There is no way to know exactly when a certain dog will stop growing.
These dogs are extremely energetic. They will need walks daily – often as many as two or three. If you aren’t home during the day, you should expect to hire a dog walker. Often, these dogs simply cannot go eight hours without some form of exercise.
A fenced-in backyard is helpful for this breed. However, it is not absolutely required. If you can provide other sorts of exercise, then there is no reason to invest in a fenced-in yard.
With that said, even if you do have a fenced-in backyard, you can’t expect your dog to exercise themselves just because you let them outside. Putting your dog outside in a backyard does not qualify as exercise. They need something that’s encouraging them to exercise, or it doesn’t count.
Often, these dogs enjoy just about anything active. These activities include your usual dog walks and jogging, as well as hiking and swimming.
They make great dogs for families that are always on the go. If you’re looking for a canine that can keep up with your high activity level, this option is the best.
However, they are absolutely not suitable for families that tend to stick around the house all day. These dogs need activity, or they will become destructive and overbearing. Much of their destructive behavior derives from not being exercised enough.
You should train these dogs a lot. Training is necessary to keep them mentally stimulated and behaved. An untrained German Shepherd Terrier mix can be downright dangerous in some situations. They will often feel very protective of their family, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll understand what to protect their family against.
Without proper socialization and training, these canines can become protective against all people and other dogs they don’t know. When you have visitors over, they may not accept their presence at all.
With that said, these canines are usually pretty easy to train. They are not as devoted or concentrated as a purebred German Shepherd. But they still do better than most dog breeds out there.
We recommend training them early and often. Start with basic commands, but be sure that you practice them in a variety of places. Often, dogs perform perfectly fine until they are asked to perform a common task somewhere with distractions – like on a walk in the park.
However, these are the exact times that you really need your dog to listen!
When you’re done with the basics, feel free to move onto more advanced commands. At some point, your main concern will be finding new things to teach these dogs!
While training is important for controlling these canines, it is also essential for mental stimulation. If you don’t provide enough mental stimulation for your canine, they can become destructive. Because these dogs are often extremely intelligent, they require more mental stimulation than other breeds.
Training is one of the best ways to achieve this sort of stimulation. You’re taking care of two things at once!
Usually, these dogs are very low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. They don’t need extensive amounts of grooming in the least. Their coat does a good job of taking care of itself.
However, we do recommend brushing them at least weekly. German Shepherd Terriers do shed quite a bit, and this weekly routine will help limit the amount of hair around your house.
Brushing is also important to keep their coat clean. It removes the dirt and dust that has built up over the week, effectively preventing them from needing a bath. Brushing also spreads around the natural oils in their coat, which can promote healthy skin and keep their coat even cleaner.
German Shepherd Terrier mixes do not need trimming. In fact, they will likely have a double-coat. If you trim a double-coated dog, it can mess with their ability to regulate their own body temperature. Therefore, we don’t recommend trimming them down at all. It can actually make a fluffy dog hotter in the summer – not cooler.
Of course, you will need to trim their nails as necessary. They will continue to grow until they are cut. Overgrown nails can be painful and are more prone to injury. They can split and become caught on environmental hazards – like blankets and carpets.
You may need to trim inside their ears and on the bottom of their feet. The hair in these areas is unnecessary and can cause problems. For instance, hairy ears can trap debris and moisture, causing ear infections.
Brush their teeth at least a few times a week. Every day is often better, but we understand that not every dog owner is up to this task. Brushing is essential for preventing periodontal disease – which can lead to serious (and expensive) health problems.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Like all breeds, the German Shepherd Terrier is prone to a few different health problems.
Here’s a shortlist of the most problematic conditions for this breed:
- Hip Dysplasia: This condition occurs when the dog’s hips don’t develop correctly, leading to the ball and socket not lining up correctly. Over time, this leads to arthritis-like symptoms. Sometimes, surgery is required. However, this condition is often treatable through pain medication and supportive therapy.
- Heart Disease: This breed may be affected by an array of heart diseases. Dilute cardiomyopathy is one of the most common heart problems out there. Typically, dogs that are diagnosed with heart conditions are not curable, but their condition may be slowed through the correct medication.
- Bloat: If your mix is larger in size, they may develop bloat. This illness is characterized by the stomach filling with gas and becoming bloated to the extreme. Usually, bloat strikes quickly and can cause death within a matter of hours. The stomach gets so big that it cuts off circulation to surrounding tissue, causing necrosis and shock.
Male vs. Female
There isn’t a significant difference between the different genders of this dog breed. Most differences will simply be caused by a difference in genetics. These dogs vary so much that pinning a particular trait difference on gender is impossible.
The sizing differences of the German Shepherd disappear when mixed with other breeds. The breed’s size difference is largely based on genetics at that point – not gender. You’ll find some very large females and very small males.
So, gender differences are nearly impossible to predict.
There aren’t significant temperament differences, either. Males are not more likely to be more territorial. Temperament variances between dogs will mostly be based on the genetics they inherit, as well as their socialization and training.
The German Shepherd Terrier is an extremely energetic dog. They are bound to have some protective instincts, though the exact amount can vary widely from dog to dog.
They require significant training, socialization, and exercise. They are not low-maintenance dogs by any means. You can’t leave them home alone for much of the day and expect them to thrive!
Therefore, we only recommend these dogs for experienced owners with plenty of time on their hands. It also helps if you’re a bit more energetic. These canines require extensive amounts of exercise, which can be difficult for the average owner to fulfill.
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German Shepherds are some of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They’re intensely loyal, athletic, highly intelligent and loving – all the best qualities of a dog. It’s why they’re also some of the most popular breeds to crossbreed with.
In fact, there are tons of exotic and stunning German Shepherd mixes that you’ve probably never seen. We’ve searched the internet and found our favorite mixes.
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The Best German Shepherd Mixes
We’ve seen German Shepherds mixed with both large and small dog breeds. They’re more common than you think. Though there are so many crosses with the German Shepherds, these are the most popular.
1. Golden Shepherd
Parents: Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix
The Golden Shepherd combines the playful attitude of a Golden Retriever with the devotion and athleticism of a German Shepherd. Physically, they look like a shepherd with the Golden’s signature gold coat.
Given how intelligent the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever are, you can expect this hybrid to be just as intelligent – if not more! The parents are the 3rd and 4th smartest dog breeds, respectively.
They’re likely to be very energetic and lively dogs without the intense work ethic of a German Shepherd. They’re perfect dogs that’ll keep up with the rowdy kids at home!
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Parents: Pug and German Shepherd mix
The Shug is a cross between the goofy Pug and the courageous German Shepherd. It’s perhaps the least obvious German Shepherd mixes you’ve ever heard of. But, the Shug does exist.
One owner tells us his Shug has the best characteristics of both parent breeds. Specifically, he’s highly intelligent, has a ton of energy and is perfect with kids (cats and other dogs too!).
According to the owner, his Pug is incredibly affectionate and inherited the intense loyalty from the German Shepherd side.
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3. Chow Shepherd
Parents: Chow Chow and German Shepherd mix
The combination of the Chinese Chow Chow and the German Shepherd gives you the exotic Chow Shepherd. These mixes are playful by nature, but have strong instincts to protect.
They’re big fluffy dogs you’ll want to hug, but they come with a lot of responsibilities. Because they’re such heavy shedders, you’ll need to spend quite some time grooming your Chow Shepherd.
These dogs can be independent minded (thanks to the Chow side), will thrive with firm and consistent positive reinforcement. Furthermore, they’re best suited for a large home with large yard.
Parents: Labrador and German Shepherd mix
The Labrashepherd combines America’s two most popular dog breeds: the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd. There’s no way you can go wrong with a pairing like this.
Labrashepherds are patient and affectionate dogs. Not only do they tend to inherit the German Shepherd’s vigilance, but also the Labrador’s outgoing personality.
They can be an amazing companion with a calm demeanor when needed. They’re perfect for all types of people and family.
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5. Gerberian Shepsky
Parents: Siberian Husky and German Shepherd mix
The Gerberian Shepsky is one of the most popular large mixed dog breeds in the world. They have the playful and energetic nature of the Siberian Husky, but also the obedience of a German Shepherd.
Because of their fluffy coats and lively temperaments, they aren’t the most adaptable designer dogs. They don’t do well in warm climate and they’re not great for small spaces.
Given the proper necessities, the Gerberian Shepsky will thrive as a family dog in the right environment. They’re everything you’d want in a companion.
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6. Corman Shepherd
Parents: Welsh Corgi and German Shepherd mix
The Corman Shepherd combines the dwarf Welsh Corgi with the German Shepherd. Both dog breeds share a lot of similar characteristics, but are quite different in size and body shape (obviously).
Corman Shepherds are known to have high levels of energy, as both parents are from the herding dog group. These dogs can be a little skittish, but will become excellent companions with socialization.
Corman Shepherds are incredibly smart and generally do well with obedience training. Put them to work and they’ll be happy dogs. Oh, and they have the short, stubby legs too!
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Parents: Rottweiler and German Shepherd mix
The Shepweiler is a cross of two iconic German dog breeds: the Rottweiler and German Shepherd. Both are known to be excellent guard dogs, ensuring the Shepweilers are too.
These dogs are powerful and intelligent, as you would expect from the parent breeds. With the proper obedience training, they’re quite versatile dogs.
Just make sure you use firm and consistent positive reinforcement when training your Shepweiler.
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Parents: Poodle and German Shepherd mix
Combining the second and third most intelligent dog breed gives you a very smart mixed dog. And, that’s exactly what this Poodle German Shepherd mix is.
Because of the Poodle genes, most Shepadoodles are hypoallergenic dogs. They’ll have long shaggy hair, but a build closer to the German Shepherd. Plus, they’ll have floppy ears and a long tail.
These hybrids are as loyal as they come, well mannered and extremely affectionate. Like the Poodle, the Shepadoodle is an outgoing dog that wants nothing more than to be with the family.
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Parents: Akita Inu and German Shepherd mix
The Shepkita (also known as the Akita Shepherd) is truly a special dog, crossbreeding the pride of Japan and Germany. As a matter of fact, the Akita Inu is the official dog breed of Japan.
The two parent breeds are known for their independent personalities and immense devotion. They’re protective by nature and the Shepkita is too.
Shepkitas will develop a strong bond with the family, so expect to invest a lot of time into raising these wonderful German Shepherd mixes.
10. Alaskan Shepherd
Parents: Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd mix
Both the Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd are dogs with tenacious work ethics. Physically, they can range a lot – having anywhere from a wolf dog to a Malamute look.
According to one owner, her Alaskan Shepherd has a lot of energy, but is still well mannered. Despite their lively temperaments, they still know how to behave around children.
One owner says that her Alaskan Shepherd, Champ, is quite calm. He tells us that couldn’t have asked for a better puppy.
11. Euro Mountain Sheparnese
Parents: Bernese Mountain Dog and German Shepherd mix
The Euro Mountain Sheparnese doesn’t have the most obvious name. But because the Bernese Mountain Dog is from the Swiss Alps, we call the mix “euro.”
Think of the Sheparnese as a fluffier version of the German Shepherd. They can also have floppy ears and color combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog, but retain the sharper snout of the shepherd.
There aren’t many owners with a Sheparnese, but given the parents, you can expect a friendly and loving companion.
12. German Sheppit
Parents: Pit Bull and German Shepherd mix
Keep in mind, Pit Bull is not one specific breed, but rather refers to a group of bully dogs. This can be the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and so on.
Both the German Shepherd and Pit Bull top the list of most aggressive and “dangerous” dog breeds. Though with proper socialization the parent breeds (including the Sheppit) can become gentle family dogs.
These dogs are powerful and dominant. So, you’ll need plenty of socialization, positive reinforcement training and to establish dominance early on.
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13. New Shep
Parents: Newfoundland and German Shepherd mix
The New Shep is the amazing cross between the Newfoundland and German Shepherd. Both dogs answer to a higher calling, participating in police forces all over the world.
New Sheps are quite intelligent and sweet tempered mixed dogs. Because of the Newfoundland side, they get along great with children and other dogs – even smaller ones!
Though they’re officially recognized by the Designer Breed Registry, they aren’t as popular as you may think. If you really want to get your hands on one, it may take a while.
14. Saint Shepherd
Parents: Saint Bernard and German Shepherd mix
The Saint Shepherd is a hybrid of the German Shepherd and Saint Bernard. Similar to the New Shep, these mutt dogs are friendly and great to have around children.
Thanks to the Saint Bernard, these dogs have a very laid back personality and are generally quite easy to train. Because they’re such big dogs, socialization training is essential early on.
They make excellent guard dogs, but even better family dogs. Give the Saint Shepherd a try and you’ll see why people love them so much.
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15. German Ridgeback
Parents: Rhodesian Ridgeback and German Shepherd mix
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is not a typical dog breed you’ll in the home of an American family. But when mixed with a German Shepherd, you’ll have a stunning family dog.
They’re highly intelligent mutts with very few health issues. They’re fantastic working dogs because they have the athleticism and muscles to flourish on the field.
But because they’re intense workers, you’ll need to provide plenty of exercise otherwise they may show some destructive behavior. And if possible, give them a job or purpose: hunting, search and rescue, etc.
16. German Aussie
Parents: Australian Shepherd and German Shepherd mix
The German Aussie is the combination of America’s Australian Shepherd (yes, it’s a bit confusing) and the German Shepherd. The mix gives you one of the most capable herding mutts in the dogdom.
These dogs can be very nervous and skittish, especially as puppies. With that said, you’ll need to help them get adjusted to life with socialization training as early on as possible.
These dogs will be very energetic and lively – much more than your average pup. You’ll quickly learn that they’re vigilant dogs, even as a young puppy.
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Parents: Collie and German Shepherd mix
The Shollie is a relatively rare designer dog, given how popular the parent breeds are. Both the German Shepherd and Collie are herding dogs, meaning the Shollie could thrive with such a role as well.
They do extremely well with obedience training and have some of the highest obedience and working intelligence among mixed dog breeds.
For families, the Shollie is perfect. They’ve retained the protective and loyal nature of the German Shepherd, while maintaining the affection and dignity of the Collie.
18. Beagle Shepherd
Parents: Beagle and German Shepherd mix
The Beagle Shepherd a dog breed that I’ve had the owner of living with. From personal experience, this German Shepherd Beagle mix is a very sweet and faithful companion.
There’s no denying a Beagle Shepherd’s loyalty, as they will stick by your side through just about anything. They can be a little protective, but just enough to be a formidable guard dog.
They do require a bit of exercise. So if you’re an active person or live with an active family, the Beagle Shepherd may just be perfect for you.
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19. Heeler Shepherd
Parents: Australian Cattle Dog and German Shepherd mix
The Heeler Shepherd is the cross of the Australian Cattle Dog (also known as the Blue Heeler) and the German Shepherd. Both of which, are active, lively, energetic and outstanding herding dogs.
Both parent dog breeds land on the top 10 most smartest dog breeds list. Sure enough, you can expect the Heeler Shepherd to be quite intelligent as well.
Generally, when you cross two hardworking dog breeds, you’ll get a hardworking hybrid. Make sure you have some type of job or plenty of exercise to provide these dogs.
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20. Doberman Shepherd
Parents: Dobermann and German Shepherd mix
The Doberman Shepherd crosses arguably the two most powerful dog breeds to hail from Germany: the Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd. If you thought the Shepweiler was a German powerhouse hybrid, these dogs probably another level.
These dogs can be huge and grow upwards of 100 pounds. With a dog of that size, it’s absolutely crucial you establish dominance in the home very early on.
Doberman Shepherds can be a little stubborn from time to time, but overall they’re very easy to train because they’re so intelligent.
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21. Basset Shepherd
Parents: Basset Hound and German Shepherd mix
The Basset Shepherd is certainly an odd mix, composed of half German Shepherd and half Basset Hound. Both dogs participate in the k9 police force, but for different things.
As a result, the Basset Shepherd is a versatile mutt that’s both intelligent and vigilant. They can be both a highly capable watch dog and a skilled detective dog.
Though friendly, these dogs need a ton of mental and physical stimulation. If you plan to let these dogs play with children, you’ll definitely need to get them through socialization.
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Parents: Great Pyrenees and German Shepherd mix
The Germanees, also referred to as the Shep Py, is the stunning cross between the Great Pyrenees and the German Shepherd. These dogs will inevitably be big and fluffy – but that’s all part of their charm.
The coat will be dense with length that can vary. Given this mutt dog’s heritage background, they can be fierce workers with high canine instinctive intelligence.
They are a joy to have at home because the Germanees are sweet-natured and kind dogs. If you have kids, they’ll be excellent guardians as they grow up.
23. Malinois X
Parents: Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix
The Malinois X is a fairly new hybrid dog breed that’s being used in the military and police force. Both parents, the Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd, are very similar dogs.
Imagine a slightly smaller but more energetic German Shepherd and you have the Belgian Malinois. Now, when you combine the two, you’ll get an ultra-energetic protector.
These are high maintenance dogs that require a ton of physical and mental activity on a daily basis. This cross is not recommended for your typical family. They require serious work.
Parents: Weimaraner and German Shepherd mix
The Weimshepherd is everything you’d expect from a cross between the German Shepherd and Weimaraner. They’re highly intelligent, fun-loving and superb at hunting.
As for physical appearance, these dogs can vary. However, it’s more likely that the Weimshepherd physically resembles the Weimaraner more so than the other parent.
Both parents have high energy, so you can expect nothing less from the Weimshepherd. They are quick, athletic and powerful dogs. Make sure to introduce training as early as possible for this mutt.
25. Boxer Shepherd
Parents: Boxer and German Shepherd mix
The Boxer Shepherd is truly a handsome German Shepherd mix. They’re as energetic and affectionate as you would expect from the Boxer hybrid.
In order to keep these mixed dogs in check, you’ll need to keep them on top of their physical exercise regimen. Providing them with the a proper outlet is the only way to raise a happy and healthy Boxer Shepherd.
They’re extremely smart mutt dogs, but can make fantastic family dogs too. They’re a bit protective and can easily handle a guard dog role in the household.
Parents: Springer Spaniel and German Shepherd mix
The Spanierd is not a German Shepherd mix that I’d expect to see. Still, they’re fairly popular because of their good-natured personalities. They’re also great entertainers for the family and would do great around children.
Thanks to the Springer Spaniel side, these dogs get along with kids of all ages, other dogs and even cats. They’re very outgoing and love to be around people. In fact, the more the better!
Here’s the catch: they shed quite a bit and also need quite a bit of daily exercise. But if you can handle this, the Spanierd is an excellent German Shepherd mix for any family!
27. Dane Shepherd
Parents: Great Dane and German Shepherd mix
The Dane Shepherd is the Great Dane German Shepherd mix. Because of the size of the Great Dane, the Dane Shepherd is fairly large, making them excellent watchdogs and an amazing companion.
Depending on the lineage, these dogs can have a short or medium coat. Chances are the Dane Shepherd will have a double coat, so except to deal with heavy shedding during spring and fall.
If you’re looking for a great companion and guardian of the home, look no further. Just the massive size of these dogs can scare away potential intruders.
28. Airedale Shepherd
Parents: Airedale Terrier and German Shepherd mix
The Airedale Shepherd is the combination of two clever and friendly dog breeds. Both parent breeds are large, and so is the Airedale Shepherd.
The overall body shape resembles a German Shepherd, but they retain the muzzle and ears of the Airedale Terrier. These dogs are inevitably courageous dogs that play well with children.
Despite their large size, they make fantastic family dogs, companions, watchdogs and more. Socialization is a must, while obedience training can be fairly easy.
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29. Sheltie Shepherd
Parents: Sheltie and German Shepherd mix
The Sheltie Shepherd is the gorgeous mix of the Sheltie and German Shepherd. Both parent breeds are highly intelligent and friendly. Additionally, both are excellent herding dogs.
Even if you don’t need a Sheltie Shepherd for herding, they make excellent companions and family dogs. But because of their high instinctive intelligence, these mutts may try to herd small children.
Sheltie Shepherds will always have long double coats, so make sure you have the time and resources to groom they on a daily basis. They’ll also need quite a bit of physical and mental activity.
30. American Bulldog Shepherd
Parents: American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix
The American Bulldog Shepherd is a relatively new designer dog that combines the toughness of both the Bulldog and German Shepherd. Though they may be medium sized dogs, they have a sturdy frame with a lot of power.
If you’re allergic to dog danger, then this is not the German Shepherd mix for you. Both parents are notoriously heavy shedders and so is the hybrid.
There are very few American Bulldog Shepherds in the world, but we know they will be devoted, affectionate and protective.
31. Mastiff Shepherd
Parents: Mastiff and German Shepherd mix
The Mastiff Shepherd is truly a beast of a dog, weighing nearly 200 pounds of pure muscle. Though they may be huge, they have a calmer demeanor than you think.
According to one owner, her Mastiff Shepherd is very lazy and sleeps even more than your typical puppy. These dogs can also be very vocal, utilizing their howl, cry or bark to express emotions.
It’ll take quite a bit of work to raise a German Shepherd mix of this stature. However, you’ll have raised a competent guardian and extraordinary companion if you do.
Did we miss a German Shepherd mix that deserves to be on the list? Let us know in the comments section below! Or if you’re planning to get a GSD mix, tell us which is your favorite mix.
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Bow Wow: Important Steps and Tips for Adopting a Shepherd Terrier Mix
If you’re raising a big dog, don’t ask for tips from someone raising a small dog. Because while they are technically the same species, as a dog owner, you’ll have to treat big and small breeds differently. For example, bigger dogs require more food (which means added costs on your part) and are not allowed in some hotels or retail stores that set a limit on the size of the pet allowed in their premises. On the other hand, small dogs are generally more difficult to train and are usually more aggressive.
But when it comes to dogs that are bred from small and big dogs, it may be more difficult to decide how you ought to raise it. When it has characteristics from both big and small dogs, you’re going to have to find a balance between the two to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Take, for example, a Shepherd Terrier mix. All Shepherd Dogs require enough exercise and mental stimulation to avoid getting restless over time. Small breeds, however, require less intense exercise. And when you mix a small breed with a large breed, you can never really tell what size you’re going to get when they grow into adult dogs.
If you own a Shepherd Terrier mix or are planning to get a mix from any Shepherd breed, here’s everything you need to know or expect after welcoming a new furry friend into your home.
Estimating Your Dog’s Size
Dogs’ genetics work slightly similar to humans in the way that they inherit the dominant and recessive traits from their parents. When it comes to their physical appearance, each of their genomes have around six or seven factors that affect their overall appearance.
If a dog were a purebred born from two German Shepherds, for example, you can expect them to grow around 20 to 40 kg and up to 65 cm tall. In comparison, a healthy Shih Tzu would only weigh around 4 to 7 kg and grow up to 30 cm.
When it comes to Shepherd Terrier mixes (and mixed breeds in general), it’s difficult to predict the fully grown size when it comes from both small and large breeds. In some cases, a mixed breed may resemble one parent and have recessive traits of the other parent which they may pass down to future offspring. In other cases, your dog may show characteristics of two breeds (take a look at this mixed Corgi German Shepherd). So, unless you hire a geneticists to produce the perfect dog (this isn’t cheap), you’re playing the genetic lottery when breeding mixed breeds.
A Terrier, depending on the type, can weight around 1.4 (Maltese) up to 38 kg (Bull Terrier). The same goes with Shepherd dogs which can weight around 14 (Schnauzer) up to 65 kg (Anatolian Shepherd). Your Shepherd Terrier mix can range between any of these weights.
Providing for Your Dog
Unless you’re adopting a fully grown Shepherd Terrier, you can’t be sure about its adult size as a puppy. If you’re adopting a puppy, one way to determine if it will grow big or small is to look at its paws. Puppies that are destined to grow big will have relatively bigger paws. However, this isn’t a sure thing, and a puppy with small paws may still grow up to be twice the size than you originally thought.
But if you’re adopting a puppy and are unsure of the size, the best thing to do would be to prepare for the worst case scenario. Research what mixed breed you’re getting and look at their average size. If, for example, your dog is a White Shepherd breed, you can expect them to grow up to 40 kg.
Knowing how big their weight is can help you prepare enough for the future. PetMD offers a recommendation on how often and how much you should be feeding your pet. If your dog is 40 kg, that’s around 90 lbs. or within the range of a large dog. Using an 8-ounce measuring cup, based on PetMD’s calculation, your dog should be eating around four cups of dog food a day. That’s a lot more than a toy-sized dog that requires half a cup a day.
Knowing your pet’s weight when they mature is also a great way on making investments for pet supplies. Instead of buying equipment such as leashes or beds that match your puppy’s size and they’re bound to outgrow, estimate the maximum weight they might be and then get something adjustable to reach that maximum weight or height.
Your calculations may not come true and your puppy may grow into a smaller dog, but it’s much better to be overstocked and prepared than to get an underfed pup and having to spend more because you did a poor estimation on their grown-up size.
The Shepherd Terrier Mix Temperament
While size does affect certain behavioral aspects, it’s wrong to assume that temperament and lifestyle is totally affected by size. For example, stereotypes dictate that big dogs are actually very lovable despite their size while small dogs are a yapping nightmare with a bark worse than their bite. This video about dogs that protect their owner even seems to prove that smaller dogs make a better guard dog despite their size.
However, breed size is only one of many factors that affect temperament. A dog showered with love and affection and given walks daily are likely to be more relaxed than dogs that are mistreated and locked in small spaces every day.
It may be in a Shepherd Dog’s nature to want to herd, but overall, if you live alone in the city, provide everything they need, and introduce them to other dogs, they won’t have trouble adjusting to your lifestyle. Terriers, on the other hand, are normally used to remove outdoor pests. It’s alright if they don’t serve that purpose. However, both these dogs tend to be active due to their build, so expect to have an active lifestyle if you want to provide this type of dog with enough exercise. The bigger it is, the more frequent exercise it requires.
Remember, welcoming a dog into your home is like welcoming a new family member into your life. You’ll want to take good care of them and try to provide all of their needs. Doing otherwise may result in accidentally mistreating your pets by not providing enough to satisfy their needs. Even if you’re not getting a Shepherd Terrier mix, still take the time to do your research and see if you’re capable of giving your pet a healthy lifestyle and environment.
German Shepherd Terrier Mix
Jack Russell Terrier German Shepherd Hybrid Mix Dog Breed Guide
It is gradually becoming a fast-rising trend to see people adopt or buy mixed breeds of dogs. There are benefits attached to owning crossbreeds, and the same goes for owning purebreds. Dog owners who are considering a mix must research about mixed breeds and pure breeds.
Jack Russell Terriers and German Shepherd are two prevalent purebreds with different special features. You might wonder how they work as a mix. Find out more in this article.
How Do They Work
A dog breed selection consultant who also doubles as a trainer named Michele outline some demerits of purebred dogs. On the other hand, other breeding experts have also pointed out that crossbreeding makes it hard to predict the temperament or look one may get when they mix breeds.
The dog’s size is largely unpredictable even if similar dogs are raised together more than once. It is becoming popular for people to mix and crossbreed Jack Russel Terriers and German Shepherds. The resultant pups from this crossbreed are dogs who possess excellent instinct and need to protect their families and loved ones.
This crossbreeding mix loves to walk in gardens, yards and on the streets. They also seem to get along well with other animals and children. Just like any other dog (mixed breed or purebred), there are specific qualities to look out for to make this crossbreed the perfect family pet.
Essential Qualities Any Dog Can Possess
Like humans, dogs have unique personalities and qualities. They also have weaknesses and strengths that can be modified or compensated for.
Sarah Wilson, a dog trainer opined that specific qualities should be present in a dog right from the beginning to make the dog a pleasant pet and more personable.
The Dog Should Love People
As a result of socialization, many dogs or new puppies wags their tail non-stop to people of all ages and sizes to show them that he adores them. In effect, socialization teaches the dog how relate with people appropriately and creates stability for the dog.
The natural friendly gene you see in dogs is not a result of socialization, rather it is a unique trait every dog possesses. Puppies or dogs who relate well with people despite just meeting them do not necessarily need to be purebred. They come in every mix, size, and color.
Choose a dog that can self-claim
There are certain dogs that cannot sit still for a long time and they are constantly anxious. Such dogs make the household hectic. There are also certain dogs that cannot self-soothe such that they bark at noises and won’t stop until you make them do. Such dogs can be miserable.
Dog owners desire dogs that will greet guests eagerly and be ready to go lie down afterwards. An ideal dog is that which can self-claim or self-soothe. Such dog might cry at first but as time goes on, they will fall asleep and fall into a relaxed routine.
Pick a dog that is life-resilient
Life-resilient is a term employed by dog experts that train Seeing-Eye Dogs. The term refers to a test of temperament. At three different times, puppies are open to new things. This temperament test aims to observe if the puppies get more scared or become calmer with each reception.
This acts as a sign to test how a dog naturally responds to stress. One can modify, train or improve stress response in dogs but it cannot change completely.
An Ideal Dog will be tolerant towards other dogs
A good dog does not necessarily have to get along with every dog he encounters but he must not be aggressive towards other dogs. Dog owners tend to go through a lot of stress with dogs who clash with other dogs when they take them out.
Training the dogs can alleviate and reduce the aggressiveness, but it takes a lot of time and effort. Wilson understood that it is rare to get a dog with good qualities. No matter the cross of breed or the breed of a dog, it is much better to have a good dog as a companion. Such dog will make the owner’s relationship pleasant and they will both enjoy their lives together.
The German Shepherd Jack Russell Mix
You might wonder what dog this cross-breeding produces. There have been accomplishments with mixing Terriers and Shepherds. The result is a medium-sized dog that is quite athletic and personable.
If you visit YouTube, you will see a video on Daily Puppy that will captivate you and make you desire to own a pup from this unique mix.
Here is an insight into the attributes of both breeds. When both traits are combined, they can produce a dog that will be friendly to you and your family. Every dog owner will love to have such dog in their homes. Note that the puppy might have more of a breed’s traits than the other.
This dog breed is generally active, intelligent, easy to train and possesses a sturdy guarding instinct. German Shepherds require a lot of exercise else they will become restless.
Physical traits of German Shepherd include:
- A moderate desire to dig
- A low desire to bark
- They need about forty minutes of daily exercise.
- They live long for about ten to twelve years
- They have an average energy level
- They have naturally upright ears
- Their height is usually between twenty-three to twenty-five inches
- They usually weigh around seventy-five to ninety-five pounds.
German Shepherds are naturally bred as guard dogs and herding animals. They have a double coat of medium length. Twice a year, German Shepherds shed heavily and later minimally on a constant basis.
This dog breeds requires moderate grooming and come in various colors. They are also powerful dogs with a sturdy guarding instinct. Their owners must socialize them early from when they are pups so that they can be obedient and to channel their instinct and intelligence in the right direction.
German Shepherds must be exposed to pets and integrated with people around the neighborhood and family members with adequate supervision. They are not so good at being limited to a kennel or backyard alone or with other dogs.
Jack Russell Terrier
This dog breed is not for everyone because of its strong personality. They need lots of exercises and they are very energetic. The Jack Russell Terrier also tends to be vocal because of their hunter instincts. They equally tend to wander and bolt and love to explore.
Physical Attributes of Jack Russell Terrier
- They have a high desire to bark
- They require about forty minutes of exercise daily.
- They live long up to thirteen to fifteen years
- They are extremely energetic and have a robust energy level
- They are usually about thirteen to fourteen inches tall.
- Their weight is often between thirteen and seventeen pounds
Jack Russell Terrier were naturally bred for hunting purposes. They have tan, black, and white markings with short double coats. They do not require much grooming needs but they own 3 different types of coat. All the three coat types (straight long, rough, and smooth hair) usually shed.
Jack Russell is muscular, energetic, and compact and they love to work. They are usually happy that they have to do their jobs. They equally love to dig particularly if they sense a rodent around. Also, they naturally love to hunt ground animals, it is nearly impossible to change this instinct.
The dogs are assertive so they might not do well around children. However, they are good as watchdogs because they are always alert. Jack Russells are always vocal because they are natural hunters. They are usually aggressive towards other dogs. They cope well with other family pets is well introduced as puppies.
Dog owners are encouraged to make the dog home spacious to allow the dog to exercise freely. A big yard with good fencing will make an ideal home for Jack Russell. The Jack Russell is usually happy to play fetch or go for a long hike. They are not used to staying indoors or just staying idle all day. They will not make a good dog for owners who love to spend their day on the sofa.
What German Shepherd Jack Russell Mix Owners Feel About Their Dogs
The owner of this mix noted that the first puppy was the outcome of an unintended breeding between a German Shepherd and a Jack Russell living in the same compound. They birthed five puppies who were quick learners with a sweet nature.
One person who owned this kind of breed for five years although she had two dogs previously. She said of all her dogs, this mix had the most exclusive personality. She believed that the dog inherited protective and loyal features from the German Shepherd and intelligence from Jack Russell.
She loved the combination and her dog makes her happy as he protects her well. Her dog loves to learn fast and play and is generally considered a great guard dog.
The mixture of a Jack Russell and German Shepherd can result in a playful, smart, loyal dog who learns quickly. Both breeds tend to blend well to produce a medium-sized dog with energy.
The produced dog will also inherit German Shepherd’s adeptness to focus the energy in the right direction inherited from German Shepherd. The dog will make a good family dog.
Terrier mix shepherd german
Are you a pet enthusiast who loves hybrid dogs full of energy? Then it would be best if you considered getting yourself a German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier mix.
As from the name, this designer dog (German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier mix) is the outcome of breeding pure breeds of the German shepherd and the Jack Russell terrier.
This subject breed mix is intelligent, energetic and loyal. Additionally, this breed has high energy levels that require lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
However, this German Shepherd jack Russell terrier mix‘s characters and behavior solely depends on the parents’ original traits.
This article will help you know all about this German shepherd mix: appearance, nutritional requirements, and price.
German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix Overview
Before learning about this breed of characters, will first have an overview of each parent doggie, the German shepherd, and the Jack Russell terrier.
Quick Overview:German shepherd Vs Jack Russell Terrier
|German shepherd||Jack Russell terrier|
|Group||Working||Terrier or working group|
|Size||22-26 inches||10-12 inches|
|Weight||65-90 pounds||9-15 pounds|
|Type of coat||Double coat||Comes in three types: smooth, broken, and rough|
|Coat color||Black and red, black and tan||White with black or tan markings|
|Temperaments||Loyal, alert and intelligent||Intelligent, inquisitive, sociable|
|Training||Easy||Difficult to train|
|Level of barking||Mild||High|
|Level of shedding||High||moderate|
|health||Prone to hip and elbow dysplasia||Quite a healthy breed|
|lifespan||10-13 years||10-15 years|
1. German Shepherd
According to the AKC, the German shepherd is the second most popular breed out of 195 species of dog. The British and the Irish people have a different name for the German shepherd, i.e., the Alsatian dog.
A Brief History of the Shepherd
This breed dog was bred by a German Captain max van Stephanie back in the 1800s. Van Stephanie had a mission of developing an energetic herding dog. They crossed many species of dogs to get this ultimate herding dog.
Another GSD mix to review:German Shepherd Coyote mix.
One of the German shepherd physical trademarks is the broad and wedge-shaped head coupled with erect, pointed ears.
Additionally, the predominant colors of the coat are black, yellow, and gray. The German shepherd can weigh in between 65-90 pounds and reach heights of 24 inches. The male and the female have a size difference, with the male bigger than the female.
What’s more, this dog is masculine and very energetic. This breed has a backpack full of incredible characters from its loyalty, alertness, versatility, and of all, a quick learner.
Additionally, the German shepherd is the predominant breed of all service dogs because of its intelligence and easier trainability.
This breed of dog is gentle and never attacks without reason. They are what we call gentle giants.
Additionally, this dog is not suitable for apartment life because of its high energy levels. Consequently, the shepherd dog requires 60 to 90 minutes of exercise daily.
If not well exercised, this breed of dog can channel its energy into destructive behaviors.
Shepherds have a short black and brown coat full of fur. Additionally, the shepherd dog sheds lots of furs seasonally. I have even heard people call them German shedders.
Because of its high shedding attributes, this breed requires constant brushing of the coat to keep it neat.
Bathing should take place once a month to avoid the eradication of the natural shepherd coat oils.
See also:All about German Shepherd Grooming.
With proper dieting and exercising, the GSD can live in between 10- 13 years.
Some medical conditions associated with the GSD are Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and dwarfism.
What you ought to note is that most of these disorders are hereditary.
2. Jack Russell Terrier
A working terrier ranked as the 175 dog breed by the AKC.
This dog breed originated from England and was bred to hunt foxes. This dog is classified under a group of hunting dogs.
Jack Russell Terrier History
This breed of dog was first bred by John Russell, a reverend who loved hunting.
He bred the dogs solely for hunting and bolting foxes from the quarries.
Jack Russell Terrier is a medium-sized dog breed with compact, muscular bodies. The coat’s colors are predominantly white with black or tan markings.
Temperament and behaviors
This breed of dog is intelligent, athletic, and fearless.
You need to note that this breed loves digging because of its natural hunting instincts.
Additionally, the Jack Russell terrier loves working and constant exercises.
Consequently, if bored and not well stimulated, the Jack Russell terrier can, in turn, be destructive.
This breed of dog is not perfect for the apartment since he loves exercising and exploring new areas.
Additionally, this breed of dog is untrustworthy without a leash as she can develop a mind of its own. Further, this dog breed doesn’t do well with other pets at home, for example, cats or Guinea pigs. Mostly the jack Russell perceives them as prey.
Other than that, this breed of dog can be hard to train. Above all, it’s one of the dogs that has a strong guarding instinct.
If well nurtured, the Jack Russell Terrier has a life span of 10 to 15 years.
Jack Russell terriers are not that prone to diseases. However, they are susceptible to muscle-skeletal problems such as patellar luxation, where the kneecap slips of its original place.
Also read about German Shepherd Chihuahua mix.
Choosing a Hybrid Dog: What You Ought To Know
Before you welcome a mixed dog breed into its forever home, you must have a look at its past and its lineages. Carefully check the temperaments and the behaviors of your dog. Also, check whether the parents have hereditary diseases that can be transferred to the pup.
Doing such an assessment will help you choose whether this breed is perfect for your home. There is no need for rushing; take your time as this is the dog you will probably spend most of your life with.
Worth to note is that the puppy may take the characters and genes of one predominant parent or both. However, the outcome is of utmost unpredictable.
Interesting read: Difference Between A German Shepherd and Alsatian.
German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix Temperament
The German shepherd and jack Russell mix are most likely to produce a loyal and fearless dog. This breed will utmost be overprotective of its handler. This breed will probably have a soft spot for his owners and whom he refers to as a family.
This mix is a perfect guard dog because of its alertness and protective nature.
Additionally, regardless of which parent gene he takes, this mix will be full of energy and in need of physical stimulation. That said, if you practice a sedentary lifestyle, this breed of dog should not be your choice.
Similar to its original parents, this breed of dog will have lots of energy to dispense. Lack of stimulation can and will nurture unwanted behaviors.
Additionally, this mix will require lots of attention and company. If left alone, the German shepherd Russell terrier mix can develop a separation anxiety disorder.
The key point to note is that this dog breed loves company, mental and physical stimulation. However, the critical temperamental issues will depend on the original parents and which side he falls on.
German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix Size and Appearance
A German shepherd Jack Russell Terrier mix has a compact, energetic body.
One key character appearance that this mix will probably inherit is the parent German shepherd’s pointed ears.
When it comes to size, it can sometimes be unpredictable. However, most of the shepherd terriers mix is medium-sized.
This dog mix can weigh between 40-60 pounds; however, these parameters can vary. Additionally, this mix may develop medium-sized sturdy legs that are similar to the original parents.
Read more about how big can a German Shepherd get.
Shepherd terrier Coat and colour
With both parents having double cots, be ready to have a mix with a dense fur coat. Also, the chances of getting a combination that’s high shedding are still high.
So if you are allergic to dog’s fur, this mix should not be your choice.
This mix’s typical color coat can either be black or brown; however, you can get one with a black color coat with brown patches.
Exercise and Living Condition
Important to note is that this breed will need lots of exercise daily.
And probably you should spend 60 to 90 minutes of your time exercising this breed.
With both shepherd and terrier being dogs of energy level, don’t confine this mix in a small space. Otherwise, this dog will turn out to be a destructive guy.
This shepherd terrier mix is not perfect for apartments as he thrives on lots and lots of exercises.
Also, ensure you have a fenced backyard as this mix can do everything to reach out for his happiness.
Always ensure this breed of dog is engaged, be it mentally and physically. A lack of socialism can nurture separation anxiety disorder.
If well trained, this breed can harmoniously live with other pets. However, introduce other pets cautiously to this mix as the hunting traits of the Jack Russell may be dominant, and they may come into play.
Another GSD mix:German Shepherd Shih Tzu mix.
Training: German shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Training of this mix should start while still, it’s a puppy.
This breed can be easy to train thanks to the intelligence and obedience nature of the German shepherd.
Training should start early as possible when young, using positive encouragement like hugs and treats.
Worth to note, the dog may have its days when it will altogether refuse to partake any training no matter the treats you try “bribing” the dog with.
While training this breed, be keen to eradicate the hunting instincts and the overprotective nature.
Train your German shepherd terrier mix while young on how to interact with other home pets and animals.
Be keen to walk with your dog on a leash while roaming around other people.
When punishing uncouth behaviors, don’t scold or throw things at this mix.
You can also enroll your pet in a puppy training school if you are unsure how to drive out unwanted behaviors.
German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix Health Concerns
The German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier mix may have a life span of 10-15 years. Being a mixer of two dogs, we can say that this dog is aloof in severe medical conditions.
That said, the health conditions that this designer dog may have are unpredictable.
Thus you should visit a breeder and have the health history of both parents.
Some medical conditions associated with this breed include:
Hip and elbow Dysplasia
Hip and elbow dysplasia, this condition can affect all dogs but mostly predominant in German shepherds. Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the joint and the socket don’t click collect, thus causing rubbing and gliding.
This condition may occur in German shepherd Jack Russell terrier mix that has a rapid overgrowth rate.
The German shepherd Russell mix is most likely to suffer from seborrhea dermatitis. This condition causes the dog to have a flaked dry skin that is extremely itchy.
The condition can be inherited from the parents, and still, it can develop on its own.
Another condition you should be aware of is the luxation patella. This condition is predominant in jack Russell, and it occurs when the kneecap slips off the groove.
A Perfect crossbreed:German Shepherd malamute mix.
German shepherd Russell terrier is likely to suffer from eye luxation, a common eye disorder common in Jack Russell terriers.
Glaucoma is another condition predominant in this designer breed.
The intervertebral disease is common in elderly dogs. And it occurs when one of the cushioning discs of the spine moves out place.
This condition can be painful and can cause paralysis in your dog.
Another disease you should be aware of is Addison’s disease.
Above all, ask the breeder to show you the health history of the parent dogs. Last but not list, always do your due diligence before purchasing a puppy.
As a responsible dog owner, it will be your responsibility to update your pet’s vaccines. Also, a constant visit to your veterinary will do well for you and your pet.
Shepherd Terrier Mix Nutrition Needs
This hybrid dog requires high-calorie foods because of its high energy levels. Ensure the food is full of proteins to ensure enough provision of energy.
Other than that, ensure the foods are full of vitamins, minerals, and high-quality kibble.
Quality kibble, vitamin d will help decrease the chances of developing musculoskeletal problems associated with this breed mix.
Give your dog 3 cups of a balanced diet divided into two portions, daily.
This breed can quickly gain weight, so ensure you sieve out gluttonous behavior. However, consider contacting your vet for advice on the best high-quality food necessary for your German shepherd terrier mix.
Key point: nutrition needs will depend on the age and the size of the dog.
Read more about German Shepherd nutrition.
Grooming for German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Similar to every other breed, grooming is essential to this designer dog breed. Brushing of the teeth should take place twice a week to prevent dental disease.
Be ready to keep the fur neat and tidy in case the dog is a heavy shedder.
The bathing of the dog should take place every six weeks. Constant washing with shampoos might eradicate the normal flora of the skin.
Trim the nails once a week. Also, don’t forget to keep the ears clean, whether flopped or erect.
Cleaning German shepherd terrier mix ears is easy. However, you can source the services of a groomer to do the job for you.
Cost of the German shepherd Terrier Mix
The cost of this breed can range from $400 to $900.
Read more: How much does a German Shepherd cost.
Cost of Maintaining a German shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix
The cost of maintaining this the shepherd terrier mix is not constant. For example, the adult dog will require high maintenance expenditures compared to the expenses of a pup.
Should I Register My German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix?
Yes, it’s essential you register your dog to the relevant club in your locality. However, your dog will be in the category of hybrid dogs, not pure dogs.
How Many Puppies Can a German shepherd Terrier Mix Have?
A female German shepherd terrier mix can have a litter of between 5- 12 puppies.
Plus:How many puppies do German Shepherds have?
Should I Microchip My German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier Mix?
Yes, as a responsible dog owner, you should microchip your German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier mix. A chip that is containing your dog information and your contacts is injected under your dog’s skin. This chip will help you retrace your dog back in case it gets lost or strays away.
Is Jack Russell German Shepherd mix The Right Dog For My Family?
If you love an energetic, eager and intelligent pet, then the German shepherd terrier mix should be your number one.
Also, if you want a dog companion for exercising, consider choosing this designer dog.
Also, if you love a cheeky, funny dog that will keep your family entertained, consider having a German shepherd terrier.
More on German Shepherds: Are German Shepherds good with kids?
Where to Source a Jack Russell German shepherd Mix
Always adopt a Jack Russell German Shepherd mix or any other breed before you think of buying one.
Adopting a dog is one of the best things you can for the dog and yourself.
With the popularity of hybrid dogs gaining pace, getting a German shepherd terrier mix is more effortless.
Ensure you visit a dog breeder who has a dog’s interest in heart.
Be inquisitive when you visit the breeder
- Ask to see the parents of the puppy, check whether the puppy is interacting with the parents.
- Request health certificates of both the puppies and the parents.
- Being inquisitive will help you understand whether the breeder is legitimate.
Related:Long haired German Shepherd vs short haired German Shepherd.
Rescue Centers and Adoption Homes
You can get a German Shepherd Jack Russell Terrier mix from either a rescue center or an adoption center. Remember, it’s not a dog’s fault to be in the rescue center.
That said, don’t keep puppy farm/puppy mills in business by purchasing puppies from them. Puppy farms nurture these puppies in a brutal nature and unhealthy conditions.
Adopt before you shop!!
Pet Finder is an online platform where you are likely to get your forever canine companion. However, due diligence is needed.
Why Should I Choose A Crossbreed?
Here is why people are turning towards hybrids dogs.
- You will get a dog with a unique feature.
- These dogs came make great pets; however, it depends on how you train them.
- Mixed dogs have fewer diseases.
- A hybrid dog is unlikely to suffer from congenital disease as compared to the parents. Most hybrids are healthier than pure breeds.
- Also, cross breeding ensures unwanted genes are not passed from one generation to another.
Having a crossbreed of German shepherd and jack Russell terrier in your homestead won’t do you any harm.
From its energetic nature, alertness, and loving attributes, the German shepherd terrier mix can be a perfect addition to your family.
Let not the media discourage you from adopting a German shepherd terrier mix.
Niels is one of the writer of this blog and German Shepherd lover.
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Terrier is a French word for the burrow, which means the tarrier dogs love digging a burrow. These active and energetic GSD terrier mixes, like the German Shepherd mixed with lab, are also perfect terriers.
If you want to dig deeper into the nature, behavior, and characteristics of GSD mixed with terrier dogs, we have come up with a complete Shepherd German guide with terrier dogs.
I hope you will decide whether to bring this fantastic dog breed home or not after reading this article.
Where Can One Buy A Dog of These Dogs?
There are different kinds of Shepherd mixes available like golden retriever German shepherd mix or German shepherd mix with a lab. If you are willing to bring such
a dog home, then there are a few ways in which you can do so.
Search for A Local Breeder
The most reliable way to buy a dog is to contact a local breeder. The local breeder will avail you of the designer dog you are looking for; it will train them entirely right from their puppyhood to make them a perfect dog.
Rely on Rescue Groups
Another way to bring a Shepherd mix dog home is to adopt one from a rescue group. A few other rescue groups like the Orange Country GSD Rescue Group or American Kennel Club are places where you can adopt the desired dogs.
The rescue group dogs can have a bad temperament; thus, check their temperament before bringing them home. Also, check their health as well.
Contacting an online website that sells dogs is another approach one can follow to bring the desired dog home. But again, check the temperament and health of the dog you are going to get home.
How Old Will It Get on Average?
On average, a Shepherd mix can have an average lifespan varying from 12 to 14 years.
But with a better lifestyle and feed, they can even live longer. Just keep them active and energetic all day long; otherwise, they will become obese. After becoming fat, they will become more prone to health problems like heart diseases, ultimately reducing their lifespan.
Take your dog to the veteran for regular check-ups to avoid any critical health conditions in the future.
Size, Weight, Typical Colors Of These Dogs
The average height of terrier Shepherd mixed breeds like Pitbulls mixed with german shepherds ranges from around 24 to 32 inches depending on its parent breeds’ size. Male terrier Shepherds are comparatively taller than the female ones.
The weight of a Terrier Shepherd ranges from 70 to 120 pounds, depending on the GSD’s height or the terrier dogs. In mixed breeds, the weight of the dog depends solely on its parent breeds.
Color Of Coat
German terriers can have the variable color of their coat. From the primarily black and tan color of a GSD, its fur varies from around brown, red, blue, pale, black, and white. They can even have a coat with a combination of the above coats. Within appearance, they look similar to a German Shepherd, have triangular ears and a long tail.
How Much Does It Eat on Average Daily?
As their height varies from medium to large, their food requirement changes depending on its size and weight.
For a fully grown mixed breed, at least 5 to 6 cups of nutrient-rich food is crucial. As a puppy, you can serve them with 1 to 1.5 cups of food a day, diving their meal in equal proportions twice or thrice a day.
As they reach their adolescence, their food requirement increases, and they need 2 to 2.5 cups of food at that time. Then as they get their full-grown size, their food requirement rises drastically.
Apart from this, keep their food full of nutrients and protein, helping them grow and attain their maximum size.
What Are the Common Diseases of This Dog?
Nothing is mortal, and everyone is prone to one disease or another. Terrier mixes like German Shepherd mixed with the lab is prone to various common dog diseases like hip or elbow dysplasia, pancreatic problems, heart disease, and even cancer.
To give them a healthy life, it is crucial to provide them with a proper feed full of nutrients. Apart from this, obesity is another health problem that dogs might suffer from. Thus, keeping them active and energetic all day long is crucial for their health purpose.
Also, take them to a veteran for regular check-ups to prevent them from any diseases.
Is This Breed A Good Guard Dog?
Nobody can doubt the loyalty and watching skills of a German Shepherd. Being mix German Shepherd dog breeds, these dogs can also be a right guard. They are very attentive, even in sleep. Thus, they can easily recognize even the slightest interruptions.
With proper training, they will also distinguish people between friends and intruders, and thus, they can easily guard and protect your house. Not just this, they being loyal can even give up their life for you.
Are These Dogs Rather Stubborn or Easy to Handle and Train?
We can’t call them stubborn as it is one of the calmest and most comfortable to handle dog breeds. As a puppy, it is essential to train dogs well; otherwise, they will not control their temperament. So, it becomes the trainer’s responsibility to handle them and make them the right family breed.
This mix can become a little stubborn in the starting if you treat them with love and calmness, but if you teach them who the boss is, it will become effortless for you to train and teach them. And being a good leaner, it will grasp everything quickly.
Is This Breed A Great Family Dog?
With a mix of loyalty and devotion of German Shepherd and the cheerfulness and attentiveness of terrier breeds, this mixed breed is a perfect domestic pet.
Even if you are living with kids or oldies, it will not only adjust with them, but they will get a great companion to talk with them.
Although these dogs are a little shy in front of strangers, once they will get comfortable with you, they will become your best partner in crime as well.
How Often and How Long Do You Have to Exercise This Breed?
Like any other German Shepherd mixes, the German shepherd terrier mix, which includes Pitbull mixed with German shepherds, is very active. Thus, it is pretty essential to take them for a long walk or exercise sessions.
For an Adult German shepherd mixed with a terrier, an exercising session of around half an hour would be needed, while for a puppy, you can train them for a more extended period but with breaks.
Not just the Shepherd mixed with terrier dog, a wonderful mixed breed, not only for the family but also as a guard in police or Army.
If you are willing to bring one home, the only requirement they have is a large living space, proper food requirement, and your time. If you keep them happy, you will find a companion in them.
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