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Choice Of German Shepherd Mixed Breeds

Aug 13, 2008
The German Shepherd breed originates from Germany and is actually a German Shepherd mix right from the beginning. There are three types of dogs that have been mixed and they come from three different regions of Germany. This cross breeding happened in the 19th century and it was between the long-haired, short-haired and the wire-haired shepherd dogs. With a very good temperament these dogs were ideal for guarding and guiding. The police and army used the breed for search and rescue purposes. Only at the end of that century, the German Shepherd mix was refined and in the early 20th century it got recognition from the American Kennel Club.

The Shepadoodle is a new hybrid dog, which is a cross breed between a German Shepherd and a Standard Poodle. It is one of the recognized crosses of hybrid dogs by the American Canine Hybrid Club. There are other combinations of cross breeding with German Shepherds, but unfortunately not all purebred dogs are 100% purebred, and hence it often becomes a multi generation cross.

The German Shepherd is also called the Alsatian. This dog is often used as working dogs, because they are direct and fearless. Their main characteristics are obedience and loyalty. They are bold, cheerful, eager and alert and very confident in what they undertake or have been trained to do. Their learning ability is extremely high and they love to be close to their families and are rather wary of strangers.

On the other hand, if both the parents have the same genetic disease, then it becomes a genetic disease of the German Shepherd mix as well.

One of the common breeds used in a German Shepherd mix is the Great Dane. Both are affectionate dogs and also hyperactive. They are cute, in spite of the size, and very good guards.

Yet some combinations may not prove to be too ideal for families with small children, because the hybrid German Shepherd mix may turn out to be aggressive and dominant. Such problems can occur with cross breeding with purebreds like the Chow Chow, Akita, Rottweiler and the Doberman Pinscher.

The cross with the Alaskan Malamute is also not recommended, because it's stubborn and aggressive temperament is overbearing in the German Shepherd mix. In the bargain the hybrid dog can be a source of danger to families, if it does not receive proper handling and training. The same can happen by cross breeding the German Shepherd with the Chow Chow, the Akita, the Rottweiler and the Doberman Pinscher.

A good and successful German Shepherd mix is the cross breed with the Great Dane which makes it an affectionate, loyal and a pure family dog.
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About the author: Jan Ryan is a passionate lover of the German Shepherd and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved German Shepherd. Among other topics there, you will find out more about German Shepherd Mixed Breeds plus a whole lot more.
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