German Shepherd Dog > German Shepherd / Lab Mix (10 replies)
German Shepherd / Lab Mix
by K9261 on 08 July 2011 - 23:11
|I have a chance to obtain a prodomantly gsd and lab mix solid black male tomorrow. He is about 1 yo and I was told a LIL bit timid, yet warms up quite nicely. It has quite awhile since I have owned a dog of this type. I am looking for any ideas or thoughts as to what I should expect ??? I would like to see if he has the potential for SAR work or PPD work.|
How are the gsd / lab mix at learning ? I guess that I'm kinda nervous a lil bit...
by Gemini on 08 July 2011 - 23:41
|No expert but since nobody has posted I will. You should ask yourself 3 questions. 1. how are gsd's at learning? 2. how are labs at learning?and most important 3. are you a gambling man? lol With mix dogs you dont know what to expect. He might take after gsd's 100% or labs 100% or be a dud. Good luck with him. Only time will tell.|
by GSDNewbie on 09 July 2011 - 00:47
When it is a cross it can have either temperment or something different entirely. Purebreds exist to a formula called a standard so you can better expect what their looks, abilities, actions will mature and grow to be in end result.
by dogladyj on 09 July 2011 - 02:23
|I have met lab/shepherd mixes and they were very smart. If you are wanting PPD or SAR I would start with one that has confidance to begin with. Yes, this one MIGHT be OK in the end with work, but only addopt him if you are willing to accept him with all his faults, no matter what.|
by Pharaoh on 09 July 2011 - 02:33
|I think you should spend a lot of time with him. Play ball with him and get to know him.|
My only concern is some of your goals coupled with their description of him as "bit timid, yet warms up quite nicely".
That doesn't sound like PPD or SAR.
Then again, maybe their description is off.
Go to him, spend some time and see what you see.
by K9261 on 09 July 2011 - 13:38
|Good Morning all ; JoAnn , I want to say thank you. You , by your very words have opened my eyes a lil bit. Kinda funy, But I already have a female,gsd, blk./tan who is wayyyy hyper and absolute crazy about tugs and balls. She is only 9 months old , But I was thinking about training her for single purpose detection work. She is showing lots of potential already. I walk her around my car, and starts sniffing around the tires and trunk. She aint bad either at following a person's scent either...|
by rikersmom on 11 July 2011 - 18:48
|I have a GSD lab mix who is super submissive and while she is a sweetheart and very smart, she is def NOT cut out for PPD or SAR. I would give it some time to see if her timid is due to circumstances or if that is just the way her personality developed. Maybe she will be good for therapy?|
by beetree on 12 July 2011 - 00:49
|You should have a nice dog, two excellent athletic breeds with many talents. Which one's do you get? That's the fun of discovering.|
by Nellie on 12 July 2011 - 09:23
|If you want a pet then take him on, if he then works it's a bonus, you have a young femal that is in training, if you take this male on will it be taking valuable training time away from this female, because you have to work on the timid bit. One of the top working trials dog in the UK is a LAB x GSD . Good luck with your decission|
by leiasmum on 25 July 2011 - 17:30
|Nice temperament wise.|
I have ended up with a gsd cross rottie and she is fab. Very quick at picking things up, and super high energy, really pleased with her.
by texaspeg49 on 25 July 2011 - 18:04
|Hello, I am not a breeder nor am I an expert with dogs. I've been told that a few times in this forum. I'm just a dog lover and I am a very conscientious owner. One of the best dogs we ever had was a black GSD/Lab mix. He was very smart and was the best babysitter I ever had with my 2 little boys. He watched them and went with them as far as they were allowed to go by our house. He was easy going unless he thought something wasn't right. I believe he would have hurt someone if he thought we were in danger. This dog may have been held down and that's what made him timid. If you played with him and praised him he might just surprise you. BUT!! I would ask that you take seriously your decision to take him. If you take him and tell him that he's home and then you decide you don't want him, it will break his heart. Dogs do not like change and it's hard enough for them to deal with that, but then to be moved again is very hard on them. I have no doubt you will have a true friend in this dog but if you want a sure thing in this training, it might be best to get a dog that's been bred to it. If you can just accept this dog and accept what he is willing or able to achieve, then go for it. But either way just love him as he is.|