Would you like to own a dog that is energetic, strong, and playful? Or one that is loyal, protective, and elegant? And what if you could get both for the price of one? If you’re looking for a majestic breed and want to know more, look no further! We bring you information on one such dog, the Great Dane-German Shepherd mix.
Great Shepherds can boast of some famous parents in their lineage along with the famous cartoon dog Scooby-Doo, which was a Great Dane, and Clipper which was John F. Kennedy’s German Shepherd.
German Shepherds are known for their curious, energetic, and protective nature, not to mention their high levels of intelligence. They make for great companions and even better watchdogs. Great Danes, on the other hand, are tall and elegant (one of the tallest dog breeds, by the way!) and despite their stature, they are warm, friendly, affectionate, and loyal in nature. You could have either, but what if you were looking for a mega dog that could give you the best of both worlds?
The result is the Great Shepherd, a mix breed that is both protective and friendly, that looks elegant and majestic, yet one hundred percent adorable! It is one of the largest dog breeds that is currently out there, but don’t let its size scare you, because this mix breed makes for the most loyal companion. Piqued your interest yet? Read on to find out more facts about this unique dog breed, including its appearance, temperament, and other information.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOOK LIKE!
WHAT WE ARE LIKE!
The Great Shepherd, like its Great Dane parent, can grow pretty tall, with a size of anywhere between 28-30 inches and a weight of about 65-130 lb., making this dog one of the largest mixed breeds around. It has a short coat like its Dane parent, along with a broad stout and long muscular legs, and a body like the Dane. It has beady eyes like either the Shepherd or Dane parent, and has long ears, which are characteristic of both.
Its coat can vary in color from hazel to brown, black, and brown, white, and black mixed or even merle (from the Dane) in some cases depending on the type of parent breeds mixed.
PERSONALITY TRAITS AND TEMPERAMENT
The Great Shepherds are friendly and very affectionate with both adults and children, and playful, curious, and highly energetic like the Shepherd parent. They make for great watchdogs, which is the protective instinct it has inherited from the Shepherd parent. Intelligence is one of the other characteristics that the Shepherd has bestowed upon the Great Shepherd puppy. They are great around other pets, but take a while to warm up to strangers. They restrict their barks to situations that call for it.
Being large dogs, Great Shepherds require a large space to move around, preferably with a yard (that may need fencing) so that it can release its energy and play around. Smaller apartments should be avoided, unless you can devote a lot of your time in providing your dog with the exercise and space that it needs.
DIET AND EXERCISE
Great Shepherds require a decent amount of exercise and need to expend their energy at some place, being the energetic dogs that they are. They love to play around with both children and owners, so you can make a day of it with a nice tour around the local park. They should be taken out on a walk at least twice a day, or once if you have a yard around that it can play in. They eat almost everything, but give them a healthy regularized diet because they have a slower metabolism like their Dane parent.
Unlike their Shepherd parent, Great Shepherds have shorter coats, which makes grooming easier. They just need to be brushed out once a day. They shed twice a year. They should be bathed at regular gaps, based on the environment that they have been exposed to and the weather.
These dogs tend to be friendly, but owing to their protective nature, obedience training and socialization is necessary at an early age to get them accustomed to family members and children, while at the same time being able to tame them around strangers. They are good with other pets, but that again depends on the type of pets you own or the ones you make your Great Shepherd interact with.
Like both parents, the Great Shepherd is susceptible to hip dysplasia at an older age, but is a generally healthy dog. It has a lifespan of 7-12 years based on its health and living conditions.
These dogs make for great pets, who will be a friend to you and your family, while taking care of you a lot. So if you’re looking to adopt a strong, yet adorable dog, go get yourself a Great Shepherd today!