There’s no better companion in this life than a dog. There loyalty, love and kindness is unquestioned, and all they ask in return is the same, along with a few pats, cuddles and walks.
Purchasing a dog is a big decision in life, as it is a 10-15 year commitment that will see you stressed, unorganized and worried, but also happier than you ever were before.
A dog doesn’t stay in a tank like a fish or a lizard, but it stands by your side through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
A Dog is merely a pet, but a friend, and it signifies either an addition to your family or the beginning of a new one.
The German Sheprador is the large crossbreed of a German Shepherd and a Labrador Retriever.
It is a large creature that is loving, but independent, and will stand by your side as the perfect companion, and remain stern as the perfect guard dog.
It is smart, loyal and hardworking, signifying the true meaning of ‘man’s best friend’.
In this guide, I will detail the vital information on the German Sheprador for you to determine whether or not this dog is right for you.
I’ll go over the behavioral traits, appearance, physical and dietary needs, health concerns and of course, what to look for in a breeder.
If you’re someone who loves large breed dogs and is looking for a smart, stunning and stylish companion and guard dog, read on more about the always elegant German Sheprador.
German Sheprador: Before You Buy
Before purchasing a puppy, there is a large number of factors and things in play that you have to take into consideration.
You need to determine your daily schedule and household, as well as the mental, physical and behavioral traits and requirements of the dog you are interested in (all in which I will detail in this guide).
It is important to plan these things out not only your happiness but the happiness of your future dog.
When adopting a German Sheprador, you need to initially decide on the color gender, as well as choosing whether you want it spayed/neutered.
You need to evaluate the room in your household as well as your availability for training and exercise.
Buying a dog isn’t a walk in the park, even when you’re walking in the park, and you need to plan these things out to ensure the easiest future for yourself as a dog owner.
How much does a German Sheprador puppy cost?
Budget is an important factor for most aspiring dog owners. The cost can determine what type of dog you get and whether you can afford to maintain a dog in the first place.
A German Sheprador puppy costs around $900-$1000.
This is the same price as the $800-$1200 average for a Labrador Retriever, but cheaper than the $1200-$1500 price estimation of a German Shepherd.
The German Sheprador is far from cost-effective, however for owners looking for the same protective traits of a German Shepherd, the German Sheprador provides a similar, great alternative.
How to find a reputable breeder?
There is no definite answer on finding a reputable breeder, as there is no definite way that we know how these dogs are raised and treated behind the scenes.
It is important to use attentive judgment when selecting a breeder because they way they are treated can affect their mental, behavioral and physical traits, as well as there overall life expectancy.
However, there are some specific factors we can look for when assessing the ethics of a breeder, and these factors will help you pick the happiest, healthiest puppy you can find.
Before visiting any breeders, make sure you ask around the neighborhood for any recommendations or word of mouth.
When choosing a breeder, try and analyze the space in which the dogs are kept.
The German Sheprador is a large, active breed, so it will need adequate space to support its physical activity and movement.
Also analyze how the breeder socializes with the dogs, as this can affect their assimilation into the world.
The right breeder should assist you with all the information needed on grooming, feeding and exercising the German Sheprador, to assure its growth.
Three little-known facts about the German Sheprador
- Despite its intimidating look, the German Sheprador loves other animals.
- The German Sheprador usually has a water-resistant coat.
- As a descendant of the German Shepherd, the German Sheprador has a strong sense of smell and sight.
The Physical Traits of the German Sheprador
As a crossbreed, the German Sheprador will inherit traits of both the Labrador Retriever, and German Shepherd, and will vary depending on the superior gene pool.
Usually, the German Sheprador has a medium to long double-layered coat, varying Black, White, Grey, Red, Blue, Brown and Silver colors.
It should have wagging, alert ears reminiscent of the Labrador Retriever.
It will have brown eyes, and a black nose and strong, masculine legs to hold its large torso in a straight posture.
How big is a full-grown German Sheprador?
The German Sheprador is on the higher end of larger breeds, usually coming in at 20-25 inches in length.
This is slightly bigger than the 20-22 inch length of a Labrador Retriever, and around the same size as the 22-24 inch span of a German Shepherd.
Weight-wise, the German Sheprador usually comes in around 75-85 pounds, with the male being the bigger of the genders.
Because of its large weight and size, it is recommended you don’t leave it unsupervised around small children.
What is the life expectancy of the German Sheprador?
The German Sheprador has a life expectancy of around 10-12 years, which is the average for larger breeds.
This falls around the same as the 9-13 years of a German Shepherd, and just below the 10-14 years of a Labrador Retriever.
Life expectancy can be increased or decreased depending on physical and mental health, so it’s important to pay close attention to any symptoms of sickness.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the German Sheprador
The German Sheprador is a friendly, enthusiastic dog that can range from loving quality time with humans, to being distant and needing independence.
These tendencies are due to the mixed breed status.
The German Sheprador will need mental and physical stimulation to maintain happiness, and will often be eager to please and be trained in these situations.
However, it is a bit wary of strangers and often takes time to gain its trust, making it the perfect guard dog.
The German Sheprador will sometimes inherit traits of unwarranted aggression from its German Shepherd parent breed, but this is easily fixed with obedience training and often canceled out by its labrador genes.
Early socialization will help curate the happiness of the German Sheprador, and allow it to become a sensitive, protective and loving family dog.
The dietary requirements of the German Sheprador
As a large dog, the German Sheprador will consume a large amount of food per day.
It is estimated that it will eat 3 cups of dog food a day, totaling around $40-$50 a month.
Premium dry foods are recommended for their daily consumption of nutrients, and it will appreciate some variation with food like beef, chicken, and lamb.
How much exercise does the German Sheprador need?
The German Sheprador is known to gain weight when not provided with ample exercise, so it is important to keep a consistent regime to maintain a healthy body mass.
It recommended that you provide the German Sheprador with about 60 minutes of activity per day, with 12 miles of walking per week.
A good place to take the German Sheprador is the dog park, where it can play and socialize with other dogs.
It will also need adequate mental exercises to stimulate its mind such as obedience training.
Due to its size, it is recommended that you don’t keep the German Shepherd in an apartment and that you provide it with a large, fenced backyard.
The health concerns and conditions of the German Sheprador
Unlike other large crossbreed dogs, the German Sheprador does not inherit a large number of health concerns and issues.
There is a minimal amount of possible health problems that the Sheprador can have.
However, it is still vital to schedule the occasional trip to the vet for physical examinations, x rays, and allergy tests.
Serious issues include:
- Various allergies
- Hip Dysplasia
Minor issues include:
Can it travel by car?
Like most dogs, German Sheprador is an ideal companion for you on your road trips, given that you are well prepared and packed.
Always know the amount of time you’ll be away from home into account when deciding on taking your dog with you as you can’t reason with them midway.
It is important that you pack in accordance with the time that you’ll be away from home and traveling.
To make sure your German Sheprador is never scared of traveling, make sure to ease it into it as a young pup.
Try putting it on your lap and not let go the first few times to reassure it that everything is going to be fine.
If it associates good memories with the car and traveling you can only expect the best in the future.
German Sheprador will get excited at first but will sleep most of the way on longer journeys.
You must have packed enough food, water, and poop bags to last at least an entire day to avoid any inconvenience later on.
It can be very helpful to take some of your pups’ favorite toys along with you as well as these will help distract him from the bumpy ride.
Safety is most important when it comes to traveling with your dog to make sure that all of your doors are locked at all times and the windows are rolled up substantially.
It is preferable if you make stops every two hours or so on longer journeys to help your dog cope and free its legs for a while before getting on the road again.
Never leave your dog unattended in the car for very long especially when the car is turned off.
German Sheprador Conclusion
Overall, the German Sheprador is both a loving, caring and playful dog, as well as a protective, distant and stern guard dog.
It will provide a challenge for first-time dog owners, but if persistent with training, it is bound to become your new best friend.
If you can afford its somewhat hefty price, and you live on somewhat of a large property, this dog is perfect for you!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- German Sheprador: Before You Buy
- The Physical Traits of the German Sheprador
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the German Sheprador
- The dietary requirements of the German Sheprador
- The health concerns and conditions of the German Sheprador
- German Sheprador Conclusion