Best 32 German Shepherd Mixes: A to Z List and Pictures

German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent and versatile dog breeds.

They are confident, loyal and hard working. Because of this they are often used to create mixes.

The first mix was a Golden Shepherd bred in the 20th century. This Golden Retriever and German Shepherd hybrid remains one of the most popular German Shepherd mix of all time.

It is now estimated there are over 60 German Shepherd mix breeds.

In this article we share the 32 most popular mixes and everything you need to know about them…

German Shepherd Mixed Breeds List

Mix Parent Weight (pounds) Rank
King Shepherd Shiloh Shepherd, German Shepherd 100 to 150 1
Shiloh Shepherd German Shepherd, Malamute, Canadian White Shepherd, Czech Wolf Dog 80 to 140 2
Golden Shepherd Golden Retriever, German Shepherd 65 to 90 3
Shepadoodle Poodle, German Shepherd 40 to 65 4
Shepsky Siberian Husky, German Shepherd 35 to 80 5
Sheprador Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd 50 to 80 6
Shug Pug, German Shepherd 20 to 50 7
Alaskan Shepherd Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd 75 to 90 8
Doberman Shepherd Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd 60 to 100 9
Shollie Border Collie, German Shepherd 30 to 60 10
Akita Shepherd Akita, German Shepherd 90 to 130 11
German Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd 50 to 90 12
Chow Shepherd Chow Chow

65 to 70 13
Shepweiler Rottweiler, German Shepherd 75 to 115 14
Shepinois Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd 50 to 80 15
Corman Shepherd Pembroke Welsh Corgi, German Shepherd 28 to 50 16
Beagle Shepherd Beagle Shepherd, German Shepherd 20 to 45 17
Boxer Shepherd Boxer, German Shepherd 65 to 90 18
Euro Mountain Sheparnese Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd 70 to 115 19
Mastiff Shepherd Mastiff, German Shepherd 90 to 120 20
Shepherd Pit American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd 30 to 90 21
Shepherd Inu Shiba Inu, German Shepherd 17 to 50 22
Sheltie Shepherd Shetland Sheepdog, German Shepherd 25 to 40 23
Saint Shepherd Saint Bernard, German Shepherd 90 to 120 24
Cattle Shepherd Australian Cattle Dog, German Shepherd 50 to 90 25
Dane Shepherd Great Dane, German Shepherd 80 to 140 26
Airedale Shepherd Airedale Terrier, German Shepherd 50 to 90 27
Greyhound Shepherd Greyhound, German Shepherd 65 to 90 28
American Bulldog Shepherd American Bulldog, German Shepherd 65 to 90 29
Shepnees Great Pyrenees, German Shepherd 65 to 100 30
New Shep Newfoundland, German Shepherd 70 to 90 31
Shepherd Pei Chinese Shar to Pei, German Shepherd 45 to 70 32

Top 32 German Shepherd Mixes

1. King Shepherd

King Shepherd Portrait

A King Shepherd is the result of mating a Shiloh Shepherd with a German Shepherd.

The King Shepherd should probably be called a Giant Shepherd! He stands at 29″ in height and can weigh 150 pounds.

King Shepherds are very similar in appearance to a German Shepherd but are much larger.

This mix is loved for their predictable and gentle temperament.

They also have a love for children. Because of this the King Shepherd makes a great family companion.

2. Shiloh Shepherd

The Shiloh Shepherd Dog

The Shiloh Shepherd was first bred by Tina Barber in the 1970s. She was disheartened with the health issues (e.g. hip dysplasia and sloping back) of the standard Shepherd.

Shiloh Shepherds are not just a German Shepherd mix. The Shiloh Shepherd is a hybrid of:

The Shiloh is a gentle giant.

They make a very patient family dog.

3. Golden Shepherd

Golden Shepherd

The Golden Shepherd is a mix between a German Shepherd and Golden Retriever. They are double the loyalty with some extra fur!

This fluffy breed has the ears of a Shepherd and the golden coat of a Golden Retriever.

Golden Shepherds move with the grace of a Golden Retriever and have the athletic appearance of a German Shepherd. They are very active.

This mix needs a home with active family members. They love hikes, swimming and playing.

4. Shepadoodle

Shepadoodle

Shepadoodles are an excellent mix for those who suffer with dog allergies but want a dog that is loyal and confident like a German Shepherd.

The Shepadoodle is part German Shepherd and part Poodle.

Some of these mixes have an entirely black coat (pictured above) and others have the black and tan markings of a German Shepherd. Regardless of their coat color they all have the Poodle’s curly hair.

He is a friendly breed that gets along with people and other animals.

His intelligence is second to none and he loves being busy. However, this can be a double-edged sword. A smart mix will find a variety of ways to entertain itself – some of which more destructive than others!

Swimming is a great way to get their energy out.

5. Shepsky

Shepsky

The Shepsky is mix of Siberian Husky and German Shepherd.

This mix has the Siberian Husky’s blue eyes and German Shepherd’s signature black mask. This gives them a wolflike appearance.

The Shepsky is a breed with lots of confidence.

Their confidence makes them friendly around others dogs, humans and pets.

He is also an athletic and graceful dog. When outside the Shepsky has a strong prey drive – especially when unexercised. You will need to keep this mix in a fenced-in area during off leash play. Rally is a great exercise for him.

This mix is not the best choice for first time owners as they are very active and hardworking.

6. Sheprador

The Sheprador is a loving hybrid that is confident and happy-go-lucky.

This mix is half German Shepherd and half Labrador Retriever.

Some Shepradors have the signature German Shepherd tan and black pattern and others have the solid color pattern of a Labrador Retriever.

Shepradors make the perfect family pet for first time owners.

They are incredibly easy to train because of their intelligence and eagerness to please.

As much as the Sheprador is intelligent they are also energetic. Labrador Retrievers are known for needing lots of activity so the Sheprador needs lots of playtime.

7. Shug

The Shug is the result of an unlikely pairing – the Pug and German Shepherd.

Pugs make a great apartment dog and mellow out the work-oriented German Shepherd.

This mix combines two extremes and results in a dog who loves the couch as much as the outdoors.

Shugs are normally tan with a smooth coat. They have a German Shepherd’s muzzle and size. This mix has a longer muzzle than its Pug parent so will not suffer from brachycephalic airway syndrome.

The Shug normally has the friendly personality of a Pug and the drive of a German Shepherd.

Shugs are more relaxed than many of the German Shepherd mixes on this list.

They are perfect for beginners and have a history as a companion breed.

8. Alaskan Shepherd

If you want a versatile mix that loves the cold then the Alaskan Shepherd is perfect.

This mix combines the working spirit of an Alaskan Malamute with the loyalty of a German Shepherd.

This wolf-like hybrid stands at 25 inches and weighs 75 pounds.

He comes in a variety of colors and patterns but always has an athletic looks.

Their Alaskan Malamute parent’s independence can become too much for new owners. An Alaskan Shepherd should be trained from a young age. This is important to stop him from becoming pushy and aloof.

You will need to make sure their Alaskan Malamute parent does not suffer from hip dysplasia, dwarfism, hypothyroidism or von Willebrand’s disease.

9. Doberman Shepherd

Doberman Shepherd
Both the Doberman Pinscher’s and the German Shepherd’s markings are visible on this mix.

The Doberman Shepherd is the perfect watchdog to keep your family safe.

Part Doberman Pinscher and part German Shepherd they are sleek, powerful and very watchful.

They are a mix of both agility and raw strength. Just like their parents the Doberman Shepherd is athletic and loves being put to work. Guarding will give him a job he will love to do.

A Doberman Shepherd has the best qualities of both parents. He has the deep chest and muscular legs of a Doberman and the sturdiness of a German Shepherd.

Doberman Shepherds are aloof and attentive – like many guard dog mixes. They are hardwired to be wary but not aggressive.

Despite their fierce appearance the Doberman Shepherd is loving and loyal.

10. Shollie

Shollie

A Shollie will herd itself right into your heart!

This mix is a hybrid of the Border Collie and German Shepherd. When these two herding breeds are combined you get a mix with a bright and active spirit.

Shollies look like long-haired German Shepherds and normally come in black and tan.

This beautiful mix loves being outdoors. The Shollie makes a wonderful training partner and loves being by your side.

Shollies are endlessly loyal to their family.

You can expect this mix to be an intelligent dog. However as with many smart dogs finding something for them to do is very important. If you have the time and energy to keep this mix happy then you will never be disappointed.

11. Akita Shepherd

The Akita Shepherd is a hybrid of the Akita and German Shepherd. These two breeds are fierce but loving.

This large-sized mix is also known as a Shepkita. They are easily recognized by their curly tail and fluffy coat.

The Akita Shepherd inherits both the German Shepherd’s and Akita’s dense double coat.

Akita Shepherds are independent and naturally reserved around strangers. Early socialization and training is important to prevent aggressive behavior.

Around their family this hybrid is loving and goofy.

Surprisingly this mix can make a great apartment dog. Provided they get plenty of exercise these dogs are quiet and rarely bark.

12. German Australian Shepherd

German Australian Shepherd

The German Australian Shepherd is a herding powerhouse! This mix is part Australian Shepherd and part German Shepherd.

They are highly intelligent, athletic and adorable.

German Australian Shepherds have a unique look and are unlike any mixed breed. This pointy-eared puppy often sports a small part of the German Shepherd’s black and tan pattern with merle patterning on their back.

This dog is both athletic and agile thanks to its parents.

German Australian Shepherds make good companions but they are very work oriented. They are best when given a job so they have an energy outlet.

Herding, tracking and diving competitions are excellent ways to exercise this breed.

13. Chow Shepherd

Chow Shepherd

The Chow Shepherd is one of the rarer German Shepherd Mixes on this list.

They normally have the Chow Chow’s lion-like mane and the German Shepherd’s black mask. Many Chow Shepherds also keep the Chow Chow’s curly tail.

Chow Shepherds have a temperament similar to an Akita Shepherd (#11). They have the German Shepherd’s alert personality and the Chow Chow’s aloofness towards strangers.

Their aloof temperament makes early socialization and obedience training important.

The Chow Shepherd can be tricky to train because of their stubbornness. However, the German Shepherd’s eagerness to please makes them slightly less stubborn than a purebred Chow Chow.

14. Shepweiler

Shepweilers make the perfect watchdog.

They are intimidating and will alert their owner of any potential danger with a powerful bark.

This mix combines the Rottweiler’s watchful eye and the German Shepherd’s intelligence. They make a loyal protector and athletic companion.

Inside the home Shepweilers are goofy and fun-loving. They are happy to be playing and relaxing with their people.

They are also a versatile breed that is happy being outside. They are known to compete in agility and scent competitions.

Because of their watchdog heritage and high exercise needs this mix is not recommended for beginners.

15. Shepinois

Shepinois

The Shepinois is an efficient and dependable worker. They are often described as the perfect working breed.

Sometimes known as the Malinois X this mix is a cross between the Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd.

The Shepinois looks similar to a King Shepherd (#1) but is smaller in size. They normally have the long legs and tan body of a Belgian Malinois and the thick coat of a German Shepherd.

Both parents are working dogs bred for athleticism so this mix is not suitable for a first time owner.

Unless you give a Shepinois a job they will be destructive and hard to handle. Agility, herding, and Schutzhund competitions are good jobs for this breed.

16. Corman Shepherd

Corman Shepherd

Corman Shepherds are lovable and confident hybrids.

This unusual mix is part Pembroke Welsh Corgi and part German Shepherd.

It may be hard to believe that this mix exists because German Shepherds are the height of two Pembroke Welsh Corgis!

Corman Shepherds normally have the pointy ears and short legs of a Corgi. This results in a breed that often looks like a “Corgi-fied” German Shepherd.

What Pembroke Welsh Corgis and German Shepherds have in common is they are both herding dogs. Because of this you should expect this mix to have a strong herding instinct.

Corman Shepherds have an outgoing personality and are hard-working dogs.

17. Beagle Shepherd

Beagle Shepherd
Beagle Shepherds are half curious Beagle and half confident German Shepherd.

The Beagle Shepherd is a floppy-eared hound dog mix.

This mix combines the Beagle’s charm with the German Shepherd’s loyalty – perfect for anyone unable to pick between the two.

Beagle Shepherds have the adorable floppy ears of a Beagle with an athletic frame.

Both the Beagle and German Shepherd enjoy exercise. On walks the Beagle Shepherd will constantly follow its nose. You will need to keep him out of trouble!

If you do not walk for several hours a day this may not be the breed for you.

18. Boxer Shepherd

Boxer Shepherd
Boxer Shepherds are the result of breeding a Boxer and German Shepherd.

They are an intelligent and fun-loving breed.

This German Shepherd Mix is easy to spot by his facial markings that are usually a combination of both parents’ black masks. He also has the Boxer’s deep chest.

The Boxer Shepherd is playful and outgoing. They are rarely work-oriented and serious.

When you play with a Boxer Shepherd expect the explosive energy of a boxer!

This is a breed not meant for young children or frail adults. Jumpiness may be an issue with this mix as they just love to play. The Boxer’s playfulness and the German Shepherd’s stamina can make them too boisterous.

19. Euro Mountain Sheparnese

Euro Mountain Sheparnese
The Euro Mountain Sheparnese is a great choice for anyone that wants a calm German Shepherd mix.

A Bernese Mountain Dog mixed with a German Shepherd results in a giant-sized furry dog.

If you adopt a Euro Mountain Sheparnese then expect your clothes and furniture to be covered in fur. Their coat will shed heavily twice a year.

These dogs are on the calmer side than most mixes and thrive in a calm household.

They are sensitive and will not stray far from their people.

20. Mastiff Shepherd

Mastiff Shepherd

The Mastiff Shepherd is a dog that has natural guarding abilities.

This is a breed perfect for guarding your home.

Mastiff Shepherds combine the droopy jowls of a Mastiff with the athleticism of a German Shepherd. They also have the Mastiff’s gentle brown eyes.

Many fans recognize this breed by their long snout and floppy ears (see picture above).

They are classed as a giant hybrid. It is not uncommon for them to weigh over 100 pounds. Because of their size make sure you supervise children and dogs that are playing with your Mastiff Shepherd.

These dogs may take a while to warm up visitors but they are very loving with their family.

21. Shepherd Pit

Shepherd Pit
This breed is compact, muscular and very intelligent.

Shepherd Pits are a versatile mix perfect for athletic homes.

This cross between the German Shepherd and American Pit Bull Terrier is a hard working and energetic breed. It combines the Pitbull’s muscular body with the German Shepherd’s work-oriented mind.

A Shepherd Pit’s appearance can vary but they often look like compact and miniature German Shepherd. You can normally identify this breed by their love-heart shaped head.

This breed is best as a companion.

They are a confident and happy-go-lucky breed that loves play.

A properly trained and socialized Shepherd Pit is a loving dog that is always ready to play.

22. Shepherd Inu

The Shepherd Inu is a hybrid of the German Shepherd and Shiba Inu.

The resulting mix is a dog that looks like a fox and a wolf.

Shepherd Inus are a more athletic but less independent version of the Shiba Inu. This is due to the German Shepherd’s eager to please temperament. Due to the Shiba Inu’s reserved nature they are also quite shy of strangers.

This mix is bold, unique and exhibits the catlike qualities of a Shiba Inu.

Normally this mix has the German Shepherd’s tan and black coat with the Shiba Inu’s curly tail.

When it comes to activity this hybrid is very active and agile. They are happy to spend hours walking, running or swimming.

23. Sheltie Shepherd

The Sheltie Shepherd is a cross between the intelligent Shetland Sheepdog and the hardworking German Shepherd.

This is a breed that is highly affectionate.

He will be by your side at both your highest and lowest moments.

Sheltie Shepherds are mix of two athletic and smart herding dogs but with a twist. They are also a great family dog because they are not as high strung as other working mixes.

This German Shepherd Mix combines the Shetland Sheepdog’s smaller size and fluffy fur with the German Shepherd’s athletic body and black mask.

The Sheltie Shepherd is a breed that is confident, playful and gentle.

They are also highly intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train.

24. Saint Shepherd

Are you are looking for a family-friendly dog that is athletic and gentle?

This mix is half athletic German Shepherd and half gentle Saint Bernard.

Saint Shepherds combine both breeds attributes to produce a mix that is strong, agile, fluffy and gentle. Thanks to its gentleness the Saint Shepherd makes a great playmate for young children.

This mix has a black and tan coat with patches of fluffy white fur.

Despite its fluffy appearance the Saint Shepherd only requires weekly brushing.

The Saint Shepherd is a breed that is happy to do just 30-minutes of exercise per day. They simply love being around you and will be by your family’s side for up to ten years.

25. Cattle Shepherd

The Cattle Shepherd is a mix of the Australian Cattle Dog and German Shepherd.

If you want a herding hybrid that is not a lot of work to groom this breed is a good candidate.

This mix is intelligent, hyperactive and hardworking.

Cattle Shepherds are a working dog and not a family dog.

This hybrid is best recognized by its wolflike snout and the Cattle Shepherd’s merle coat.

Cattle Shepherds can be stubborn and get bored very easily. They have high amounts of energy and intelligence. Because of this your Cattle Shepherd is always “on the go”.

26. Dane Shepherd

If you believe bigger is better then take a closer look at this mix.

The Dane Shepherd is a giant hybrid that stands between 24 to 32 inches tall. He carries the temperament of a German Shepherd and the size of a Great Dane.

His large size can easily topple any adult. Because of this he will need to learn basic doggie manners.

Dane Shepherds look like a Great Dane with the signature black mask of a German Shepherd. They have a smooth coat and shed less than most mixes on this list.

This mix has an alert temperament but is not a watchdog.

Dane Shepherds love being around their people so it is recommended that you do not leave him alone for long.

27. Airedale Shepherd

Airedale Shepherd

The Airedale Shepherd is a cross between the Airedale Terrier and the German Shepherd.

This mix is as feisty as a terrier but as intelligent as a herding dog. He is the best of both parents!

Airedale Shepherds normally look like a large terrier.

They have the Airedale Terrier’s wiry coat and a hint of the German Shepherd’s snout.

The Airedale Shepherd has a feisty and boisterous personality that many terriers are known for. They can be very excitable around people due because of this outgoing and happy-go-lucky personality.

Airedale Shepherds are generally easy to train but require lots of exercise.

28. Greyhound Shepherd

The Greyhound Shepherd is a mix between the Greyhound and German Shepherd.

This tall hybrid combines the long slender legs of a Greyhound with the muscular body of a German Shepherd.

Thin yet strong the Greyhound Shepherd is a fast and graceful hybrid.

Greyhound Shepherds normally have more of a Greyhound’s personality being independent and gentle. However they also retain the German Shepherd’s eager to please and happy to work attitude.

29. American Bulldog Shepherd

The American Bulldog Shepherd is an athletic hybrid dog.

Part American Bulldog and part German Shepherd this mix is relaxed and not as overly excited as a German Shepherd.

The American Bulldog Shepherd has an adorable appearance with an American Bulldog’s cute face.

American Bulldog Shepherds combine the American Bulldog’s friendliness with the German Shepherd’s eagerness to please.

They are very loving around their family.

Unfortunately they can have strong herding instincts – similar to most mixes on this list. However, both parent breeds are easily trained so early socialization will help to prevent this instinct.

30. Shepnees

The Shepnees is a large mixed breed of German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees.

Shepnees dogs are another breed perfect for anyone who wants a relaxed companion.

This hybrid combines the eager to please energy of a German Shepherd with the Great Pyrenees’ calm and patient temperament.

The result is an intelligent and calm breed.

This mix is normally a white fluffy dog. They have the coat of German Shepherd and patches of solid white on their chest. Their fluffy fur is a delight to pet but difficult to keep clean.

The Shepnees will inherit the independent thinking from their Great Pyrenees parent. Because of this you will need to keep training short and fun.

31. New Shep

The New Shep is a wonderful family companion. They get this from their Newfoundland parent who are known for being gentle and patient with children

This Newfoundland and German Shepherd mix is a patient, loving and gentle giant.

The New Shep is a hybrid of the Newfoundland’s gentleness and the German Shepherd’s loyalty.

New Sheps are an overall wonderful breed with a sweet companion.

Their coat is normally somewhere between the Newfoundland’s fluffiness and the German Shepherd’s short length. The Newfoundland’s droopy jowls are often replaced by the German Shepherd’s distinct muzzle.

32. Shepherd Pei

The Shepherd Pei is a cross between the Chinese Shar Pei and German Shepherd.

The hybrid dog’s parents are two opposites. The Shae Pei is known for being stubborn and independent. The German Shepherd is a working breed known for being eager to please.

Chinese Shar Peis are a notoriously stubborn and hard to train breed.

If you want a Shar Pei but want training to be a manageable experience then consider this mix.

Luckily this mix retains the Shar Pei’s cute appearance and facial wrinkles too.

Summary

German Shepherd mixes make wonderful and loyal dogs.

Every mix in this list has the loyalty, confidence and happy to work nature of a German Shepherd.

When it comes to finding the right mix for you, you should start by understanding what you want:

  • The Saint Shepherd and Golden Shepherd make fantastic family pets.
  • The Shepweiler and Mastiff Shepherd are confident and stoic guard dogs.
  • The Husky x German Shepherd Mix makes for a fun and energetic breed.

Every mix is unique.

Do your research to make sure you find a dog that suits for your lifestyle.

Is a German Shepherd Mix the right dog for you? Let us know.

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.
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