The German Australian Shepherd: A Complete Guide

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Finding the best dog for your needs can be an understandably challenging matter.

A lot of thought and effort should be put into the buying process when you are looking to get a new puppy, especially since you will be spending the next 10 to 14 years of your life with that pet.

The German Australian Shepherd is the breed that I’ll be examining today.

As you may have guessed from the name of this dog breed, it consists of a blend between the Australian Shepherd and the German Shepherd.

While shepherds (especially of the German variety) have a reputation for being aggressive dogs, the German Australian Shepherd is excellent around children.

If you need a big dog that will also be compatible with a family, you may want to look into a German Australian Shepherd.

I’ll take a closer look at the behavior and temperament of this dog later on. Let’s get started with the overview of this excellent pet by looking at the puppies.

A German Australian Shepherd staring into the distance
This is one cute German Australian Shepherd puppy.

German Australian Shepherd Puppies – Before You Buy…

Before you even take a look at German Australian Shepherd puppies, you should do your research, as pups tend to have a way of winning you over without so much as a fight.

Though few things in this world are cuter than a basket of puppies, they are not exactly conducive to a level-headed, informed purchase.

What Price are German Australian Shepherd Puppies?

A German Australian Shepherd that is descended from two purebred parents will typically sell for a lot more than one with a more mottled lineage.

You will find that most of these puppies will usually go for anywhere between 800 dollars and 1400 dollars, with some going even higher.

The price of puppies in your area will depend on the popularity of this dog breed among local residents, the number of breeders around, and the commonality of the parent breeds.

Bigger dogs tend to sell for more money, as is usually the case with Shepherds and Shepherd mixes.

How to Find Reputable German Australian Shepherd Breeders?

When you have made a choice to purchase one of these dogs, you will need to find a breeder that you can be sure raises the dogs in the right way.

With the cost of many designer breeds, puppy mills and other horrific breeding grounds are all too common, and you have to do your part to stamp out the horrid practice

So how do you avoid purchasing your dog from a breeder that is disreputable? One of the best ways to ensure that the puppies are raised in healthy conditions is to pay a visit to the breeder’s home.

If a breeder insists that you may not visit, you will know that they are not trustworthy.

3 Little-Known Facts About German Australian Shepherd Puppies

  1. Even when they are puppies, German Australian Shepherds are very nervous dogs. You should avoid startling these dogs whenever possible, as they can be spooked very easily, and the shock is not good for their cardiac health.
  2. The German Australian Shepherd is a vigilant dog, even when it is a puppy. You will have a hard time sneaking up on this breed in the first place since it will always be on the lookout for everyone, owner or otherwise.
  3. German Australian Shepherd puppies are much more active than the puppies from other Shepherd breeds. You will find that these dogs tend to dart around the house like lightning bolts, and you will have a hard time picking them up even when you try.

Physical Traits of the German Australian Shepherd

A German Australian Shepherd puppy looking at you
This is a black male German Australian Shepherd.

As with most mixed dogs, the German Australian Shepherd’s features will depend on the exact mix of its genes.

This breed can come in a wide range of colors, and some are rarer than others (white being the hardest coat to come by).

Depending on its parentage, the German Australian Shepherd may either have a tail that is long and thick, reminiscent of the one on the German Shepherd, while others may not have one at all.

A half tail is also a possibility with this dog breed, and it is more common in dogs with more prevalent Australian Shepherd genes.

The fluffy ears on this dog are indicative of the Australian Shepherd lineage. In fact, the extra fur all over the entirety of this dog’s body is a trademark characteristic of the breed.

Dogs with more German Shepherd in their blood may not feature the additional tufts of fur that make the mix more recognizable.

How Big is a Full-Grown German Australian Shepherd?

As with most Shepherds, this breed is big. While these dogs may not reach the size of some arctic breeds, they are still substantial.

Most German Australian Shepherds will grow to a weight between 45 and 65 pounds, though some outliers can grow up to ten pounds heavier.

This is also a very tall dog, as the most massive German Australian Shepherds can grow up to 23 inches.

The larger size of this breed means that they are not typically comfortable in small apartments. I would recommend a medium to a large apartment for these dogs if you do not live in a house.

What is the Life Expectancy of the German Australian Shepherd?

As with many large breeds, the German Australian Shepherd will not live as long as most smaller dogs.

Being a mixed breed, you will find that the German Australian Shepherd can usually outlive purebred dogs that are the same size.

This breed has a life expectancy of around 11 to 14 years old.

Larger dogs will be on the lower end of the scale while smaller examples of the German Australian Shepherd can tend to live a few years longer on average.

If you want a big dog that can live for a reasonably long time, there are worse breeds than the German Australian Shepherd.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the German Australian Shepherd

What can you expect from your German Australian Shepherd?

As with many Shepherds, this breed makes for an excellent guard dog, though the Australian Shepherd is not as aggressive as the German Shepherd, which tends to mellow out this breed.

While this breed is highly attentive, they are also affectionate and smart. Don’t underestimate the intelligence of a German Australian Shepherd, as they are smart enough to play dumb to get what they want.

You may also be surprised to learn that this is a rather family-oriented dog breed.

German Australian Shepherds are highly accepting of children and even new pets, provided that they are introduced to each other from a young age.

This breed of dogs is also commonly used as a therapy dog due to their caring nature.

If you want a dog that is a little more caring than a German Shepherd but just as attentive, then a few options can match the German Australian Shepherd.

The German Australian Shepherd’s Diet

Since this is a relatively large dog breed, you will have to spend a little more money feeding it.

The German Australian Shepherd typically needs around 3 cups of food per day, which results in a monthly cost that nears 50 dollars. High-end food for this dog may end up being even more pricey.

I would recommend splitting up each cup into a separate meal; one in the morning, one at noon, and the last one in the evening.

If your German Australian Shepherd doesn’t eat at the same time as you, it will be prone to excessive begging that can get somewhat bothersome.

How Much Exercise Does the German Australian Shepherd Need?

A German Australian Shepherd with bright blue eyes
The German Australian Shepherd is guarding his territory.

Both of the breeds from which this dog is descended are athletic and have massive reserves of energy so you will have to be prepared to exercise this breed often.

I recommend at least two or three walks per day or one or two more intense runs.

A consistent exercise routine will prevent your German Australian Shepherd from putting on too much weight.

German Australian Shepherds are slightly prone to obesity, so you will want to keep them healthy by running with them often enough to prevent them from getting too big.

German Australian Shepherd Health and Conditions

Unfortunately, the German Australian Shepherd is prone to a variety of illnesses that can affect Shepherds of all types.

While this breed is mixed, you will find that it is not much healthier than a purebred dog.

Though the German Australian Shepherd is vulnerable to many conditions, few of them are genuinely life-threatening when veterinary help is sought in time

Serious Issues:

  • Hemophilia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye disorders

Minor Issues:

  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Nodular Dermatofibrosis
  • Degenerative Myelopathy

Child Safety

Taking after its parent breeds, the German Australian Shepherd is a large and powerful dog that, although it is a mild-tempered and responsible dog, can pose a threat to small kids.

This is especially so for unsupervised interactions between the dog and your young toddlers.

Dogs of this breed will be apprehensive of strangers, but they generally have a very warm and welcoming disposition towards children, especially those that are kind to them.

That being said, with such a strong dog in concern, kids should not be left unsupervised with these pets.

Playtime with children is not discouraged and will be beneficial to the socialization of your German Australian Shepherd.

However, your child may be at risk of getting knocked over by the huge size of the dog without it even realizing it.

Moreover, it is important to realize that this dog has a very strong jaw which can make for a very powerful and large bite that can potentially break a human bone.

This trait of the hybrid breed is inherited from its German Shepherd lineage and should be taken into account when allowing the pet to play with toddlers.

While the dog can be trained to keep such behavior at bay, one should always account for unforeseen mishaps that may be caused unintentionally.

Additionally, the German Australian Shepherd may also take after its hyperactive parents and tend to get overwhelmed easily.

In such situations, the dog can exhibit unpredictable behavior and must, therefore, be kept at a safe distance from young children.

With proper training, early socialization, and healthy breeding, however, the German Australian Shepherd will prove to be an excellent caretaker of small children.

The highly protective nature of the dog will make it particularly keen on keeping you and your child safe from harm’s way.

Grooming Advice

Even though grooming a German Australian Shepherd is not difficult, many owners adopt the wrong approaches and practices which make their work harder than it actually is.

Since this breed of dogs is very active and loves to exercise and play around, it tends to get dirty often and must be cleaned on a daily basis.

Moreover, because this dog has a double-layered coat which is quite heavy, you will need to brush it at least 3 to 4 times a week.

Use a brush with soft and dense bristles or a rubber brush to gently brush through the coat of your German Australian Shepherd.

Also, you can use a slicker brush to remove loose hair from the coat. This step is often useful right after a bath when most loose hair can be found.

Excessive bathing is not recommended for this dog to avoid drying out its coat or loss of natural oils which strips the coat of its glow and shine.

You should bathe your German Australian Shepherd only when it gets too dirty. The kind of diet this dog has can lead to the buildup of plaque which is why its dental hygiene is very crucial.

Using a dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, gently brush your pet’s teeth, taking extra care not to hurt the gums.

Next up, you should check the nails of your dog every week and if they are too long, clip them using a dog nail clipper.

Lastly, do not forget to check the ears and eyes of your German Australian Shepherd for any dirt, wax, or infections.

You should always use vet-recommended cleaning solutions to clean the ears or eyes of your beloved pet.

It is also important to start grooming your German Australian Shepherd at a very young age so that it gets used to the routine as it grows up into a huge dog.

Male vs Female

Dogs of this breed tend to be friendly, no matter which gender they are.

As well as having a protective streak that’s never confrontational without good cause for suspicion, the German Australian Shepherd is a good family dog that looks after everyone and loves kids.

The main differences between a male and female German Australian Shepherd in your life don’t just come down to the size though – with males tending to be a little larger than female.

It also comes down to the personality you can expect your German Australian Shepherd to have.

A male German Australian Shepherd is that much more protective of his family unit than the female of almost any other dog breed – and plenty of other male dog breeds besides.

The urge to make sure everyone is safe and happy is hardwired into them.

This makes it sound like this dog will be stirring up trouble left and right, but actually, it makes them incredibly eager to please.

You’ll only need to tell him not to repeat a certain behavior once or twice for him to get the message, and when you praise him, he’ll spin and scamper like a four-week-old puppy with glee.

Females of the German Australian Shepherd breed are a little more docile by comparison, but they also tend to have a more nurturing side.

If your child falls over in the yard while playing, for instance, she’ll be the first to come and fetch you and will sit dutifully by, carefully watching everything, as you put the band-aid on your little one’s knee.

She’s the next best thing to a babysitter sometimes!


Contrary to the popular belief that a German Shepherd is very aggressive, a German Australian Shepherd is an easy to train dog.

However, given the built and stature of this dog, it is very important to teach it to socialize properly because people are bound to get scared of your dog.

Know that your dog is one of the most intelligent dog breeds and can quickly learn your teachings.

Use its intelligence to reinforce important ideas such as how it should greet strangers and how it should act in a social setting.

Just by repeating your teaching a few times, you can make your German Australian Shepherd learn it in no time.

Moreover, the earlier you start making your dog interact with others, the more accepting it will be of others.

This is because ideas learned at a young age tend to stay longer in the mind of a German Australian Shepherd.

However, it is also important not to burden your dog with socialization at a young age.

Therefore, at such a tender age, the best option is to allow your German Australian Shepherd to play with your children or any other pets you have at home.

This way, your dog will learn to be welcoming of others and when it grows up, it would be very easy to train it to behave well in social settings.

Moreover, make sure that both your dog and the dog or person interacting with it are comfortable by ensuring your presence to make the process of socialization more smooth.

My Final Thoughts on the German Australian ShepherdA small German Australian Shepherd laying down

If you want a German Shepherd that is bred to be a little friendlier than usual, there are few dogs like the German Australian Shepherd.

If you can get past some minor health issues, this is one of the best designer dog breeds for a lover of larger dogs.

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