Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Sheprador, Labrashepherd
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
Want a friendly dog with an amazing personality that also has the smarts and the determination to do serious work? Breeders sometimes cross-breed the alert, active Labrador Retriever, one of the world's most popular companions, with the powerful, intelligent German Shepherd, one of the world's most useful working dogs. Enthusiasts will tell you that the Labrashepherd can have a great deal to recommend it. Of course, all mixed breed dogs are individuals, but we'll give you a few hints about what you might expect.
Appearance / health:
Cross-bred dogs aren't guaranteed to have a certain appearance but many Shepradors have a long, lean body with a short coat and floppy ears. Many, but not all, are colored like a standard GSD.
Behavior / temperament:
With this heritage, expect an active, athletic dog that demands regular exercise with an active family that gets outdoors. A bored, undisciplined Labrashepherd Mix could become destructive.
great trainability, friendly guard dog, excellent watch dogs
rigorous walking schedule, hip region, severe separation anxiety, hip dysplasia
double coat, hunting dog temperament, hyper puppy, Extra large breed
"We took Mika in when she was in her puppy years. She was the first of four puppies we were looking at in the shelter that day, but after meeting her, she became the last. We wrote the check that very day. <br>Mika is everyone's favorite dog after they walk into the house. She's lovable (but doesn't jump), smart (understands "big walk" which means park, mommy, daddy, cookie, kitty, and so many other words!), and more than anything she is LOVABLE. <br>The trouble with having Mika is none of her fault, really. She sheds. A LOT. By the time she walks from one side of the house to the other, she's left her hair all over it! We brush her once a day, and this does seem to help, but... not enough!<br>She likes cats a lot. She has become best friends with our cat, Fez. But when she is out in the yard and finds a chipmunk, mouse, or anything small-- she wants to play. Sometimes we have had real concern for these little guys! So watch little critters with these dogs.<br>Mika isn't independent at all. She will sleep right outside the bathroom door if you're showering and she is left alone. <br>The worst part about having this kind of breed is the hips. Mika has the beginning stages of Arthritis at the age of three!<br>My favorite part of having her is that she is a KISSER. She loves people, loves kids, and keeps us all company. She's playful often, and carries her toy duck around whenever new company comes. <br>I would highly recommend Mika's breed if you are looking for a loyal and friendly dog.."
From kaywrite Sep 29 2015 4:10PM
"I adopted Bagheera during my 10th-grade year of high school. She was about five months old and I knew she was the puppy for me when she tried to eat my hair. Bagheera was very stubborn. She loved snuggling, but she wanted it her way. Housebreaking her was not a problem even though she hated the rug that was downstairs. She always peed on it for no reason. Once it was gone, she never used the bathroom in the house again. Bagheera was a free spirit. She would find ways to get out of the backyard. She obeyed commands when it was crucial, but once she was off her leash, that was a whole different story. I would chase her up and down the street trying to get her back to the house. Bagheera, singlehandedly, introduced herself to every person, every dog and cat that lived on my street. My neighbors often said that we would argue with one another. If I told Bagheera to do something, she would bark and whine at me. This would go on until I threatened to take away her treats and she would do what I asked of her. Bagheera was also very independent and she enjoyed children, but she hated swimming. She did not have the water loving genes of a lab. Bagheera was protective and she was not much of a guard dog, but she did alert me to danger when it was around. Unfortunately, Bagheera had to be put down at the age of 2 because of kidney failure. I would recommend a German Shepherd/Lab mix because you have the perfect mix of intelligence and goofiness.."
From Lia Aug 13 2015 8:52PM
"Samantha was one of the first pets we had, and our first dog. We hadn't planned on having any, but we found her in the street when she was a puppy, and we took her in (after, of course, getting her a check-up at the vet).<br> She was friendly and very playful, though she knew when to leave you alone. You could play any game with her for hours and she'd never get bored. She loved toys, as well, and she was great with children, and could keep them entertained for long periods of time.<br> She'd usually never bark, except when there was something she wanted to show you. She was a very intelligent dog, and training her was very easy. However, she had several habits that could get very annoying (and dangerous). She would frequently escape the house and go wandering around the neighborhood, and sometimes would bring garbage back (mostly meat packages). She hated to be left alone, as well - if you left her alone in the house for a long time, she'd show her displeasure by attacking the furniture and objects.<br> She also did not get on well with other pets. We very briefly had a hamster in the house at the same time as Samantha, and she would try to eat or frighten it every time we looked the other way.<br> She was not expensive to care for in any way, however (if you don't count the things she broke when angry). She'd eat anything, and though we had her get checked up at the vet frequently, she was never diagnosed with anything. <br> In the end, we gave her up when we had to move to another city, but she was a great pet. With more training, perhaps we could've trained her not to break things and to leave the other pets alone.."
From sophblack Oct 26 2015 10:00AM