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German Shepherd Mix Dogs

There are few dogs as universally popular as German Shepherds. Ever since they gained popularity as working dogs in the early 20th century, their unquestionable loyalty, intelligence, and friendly demeanor have truly made them man’s best friend.

Today, they often work as service dogs, police and security hounds, and even military K9s. There are several amazing facts about German Shepherds that are sure to astound and delight you. For example, did you know they can track scents through water and smell a given scent up to a mile away?

Interestingly, you’ll find short-hair and long-hair German Shepherds. As a breed, they are expert herders and will probably try to herd you and your family if given the opportunity. 

However, what happens when you create mixed breeds with German Shepherds? Here are a few popular and unusual varieties of German Shepherd mix dogs we’ve encountered.

Training a German Shepherd Mix Breed

As highly intelligent and powerful pooches, it’s essential you train your German Shepherd from a young age. If you have a mix, then their temperament and training ability might change slightly. 

However, German Shepherds and their mixes are generally easy dogs to train due to their people-pleasing tendencies. It’s also important you socialize them, as these pups are naturally territorial.

German Shepherd Mixes With Other Big Dogs

As a large breed, it sometimes makes sense to cross-breed a German Shepherd with another big dog. You could go for a really unique breed like the German Shepherd Poodle mix. Or stick with something that won’t change the pupper too much, like the German and Australian Shepherd mix.

Whatever you go for, there’s no shortage of stunning mixes to pick from.

German Corso

The Cane Corso and German Shepherd compare well in terms of size and loyalty. The Cane Corso is indeed a very powerful dog, and a Cane Corso German Shepherd mix, can weigh up to 110 lbs. This breed is great with families and will be perfect for those with large open areas like yards and parks to explore.

The Shollie

If you’re working with sheep, your first choice of dog might be a Collie. On the other hand, a Shepherd Collie, or Shollie, would be a great choice if you’d like to add a sense of fun to your home. The Border Collie German Shepherd mix has been around for a while, and it’s fairly common to find a dog that is several generations of Shollie.


Huskies are very appealing to dog lovers due to their stunning looks. They may not always have the winning personality of a German Shepherd, though. Why settle when you could own a German Shepherd Husky mix? Shepskis have been around for a while, unofficially. In the 1990s, they became quite popular and now seem to be a highly desired dog. 

One trait that Huskies bring to the mix is their sometimes extraordinary eye color. Huskies might have blue eyes or even oddly-colored ones. Combined with the regal looks of a German Shepherd, that could present a truly awesome dogger.

German Shepherd and Pitbull Mix

Pitbulls have unfortunately gained an unfair reputation in some quarters, and this is not helped by their fearsome appearance. In reality, these dogs are indeed as loving as any other breed. 

You could even find that a Pitbull and German Shepherd mix inherits a sophisticated demeanor, much like its Shepherd parent. Just remember to provide plenty of space for play and fun in the outdoors. 

German Shepherd and Rottweiler Mix

Similar to a Pitbull, a Rottweiler has inherited a reputation for being ferocious, mainly because of its appearance. This is unfair! Nonetheless, the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix somewhat tames this aspect of the Rottie while offering the same sweet, gentle nature. They will also likely keep the size and muscular build of both breeds. 

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix

If there’s a challenger to the German Shepherd for being the World’s Most Popular Dog, it has to be the Golden retriever. The Golden is the American Family Dog if ever there was one. 

As a mix, a Golden Shepherd, as a German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is sometimes called, is likely to be super-friendly, always up for a game, and more than happy to guard your house at night.

German Labrador

The Black Lab German Shepherd mix may be among the smartest dogs on the planet. Both parent breeds are known for their hard work and intelligence, so a combo brings about a great-looking, fun-loving creature that will never want to leave your side. 


If you love the outdoors, running, and otherwise getting into nature, a German Shepherd Akita mix would be a good dog for you. That is to say if you can find one. These dogs are rare and pretty expensive. Also, know that the Shepkita requires a lot of exercise and stimulation to stay happy.

German Shepherd Mixes With Smaller Breeds

It may seem unusual to cross larger breeds with smaller ones, but it does happen. As a result, you could end up with a rather unusual-looking pup. Odd as it may seem, in many cases, the littler breed provides a fiery personality to an already unique dog.  

German Shepherd Chihuahua Mix

If you can imagine a fiery personality with an oddly friendly demeanor, you might be able to picture the unlikely combo that is the German Shepherd Chihuahua mix. Truthfully, there’s no guarantee of how this cross-breed will look. For one thing, it could be any size, ranging somewhere from the large Shepherd to the minuscule Chihuahua. 

German Shepherd Corgi Mix

Another small dog that is sometimes bred with a German Shepherd is the Corgi. For one thing, their looks seem to blend well, especially in the sharply defined face. Some might say a downside is that a German Shepherd Corgi mix will likely inherit the latter’s stubborn personality and need for attention, so it’s probably not recommended for first-time or novice dog owners.

German Shepherd and Beagle Mix

Apart from being Charlie Brown’s favorite dog, the Beagle is a hyper-alert dog prone to notifying everyone when it senses something awry. They are usually similar to Corgis in that they love being the center of attention. A Beagle German Shepherd mix tends to be larger than a traditional Beagle, potentially making them that much more of a handful to manage.

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