The German Shepherd Greyhound Mix is a mixed Dog Breed between the German Shepherd and the Greyhound. These are two very unique breeds. Both are very strong and powerful in their own right. The Greyhound is known more for its speed and it’s popularity at various race tracks. Although many have outlawed dog racing, you can sign our petition, to stop it everywhere. The Shepherd is well known for it’s working and protection abilities.
While we really recommend that you acquire one through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their German Shepherd mixed with Greyhound puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible.
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Here is a brief history of both the Shepherd and the Greyhound. Being that this is a mixed breed dog, there isn’t a lot of history to it. However, we go more in depth to the history of all of the breeds.
As his name suggests, the German Shepherd originated in Germany, where he was created in the nineteenth century primarily by Captain Max von Stephanitz, who wanted to develop a dog that could be used for military and police work. The result was a dog that encompassed striking good looks, intelligence and versatility. World War I put a dent in the breed’s burgeoning popularity because the dogs were associated with the enemy. German Shepherds braved artillery fire, land mines and tanks to supply German soldiers in the trenches with deliveries of food and other necessities. After the war, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart brought the breed back into favor. American audiences loved them. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States.
The Greyhound is often thought of as dating back to Ancient Egypt. While plausible there isn’t much scientific evidence of this. It is reported that analyses of DNA reported in 2004 suggest that the Greyhound may not be closely related to the breeds - Saluki (Persian Greyhound) or Sloughi - which it greatly resembles. But is a close relative of herding dogs. Greyhound-type dogs of small, medium, and large size, appear to have been bred across Europe since that time. All modern, pure-bred pedigree Greyhounds derive from the Greyhound stock recorded and registered first in private studbooks in the 18th century, then in public studbooks in the 19th century.
Being that they are so fast with such a strong prey drive, they were used primarily for hunting in the open where their keen eyesight was valuable. The name "Greyhound" is generally believed to come from the Old English grighund. "Hund" is where we get the modern term for "hound", but the meaning of "grig" is undetermined. The Greyhound is the only dog mentioned by name in the Bible; many versions, including the King James version, name the Greyhound as one of the "four things stately" in the Proverbs.
Height: 27-30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55-80 lb.
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years
The best way to really understand a mixed breed personality is to observe them. Sometimes it is not a 50/50 split as they can get more of their personality from others. The greyhound is intelligent, gentle with a quiet disposition, and in spite of its great athletic ability, is content to spend most of the day sleeping. Short on endurance it requires less exercise time than most dogs, even though it can sprint faster than a horse. The shepherd is known for being stoic and loyal.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Greyhound mixed with German Shepherd might be prone to the following: Joint dysplasia and allergies.
Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.
There is a good chance they are going to shed a lot and are going to need lots of exercise. The greyhound can vary dramatically between the different dogs as to how much they shed. Some shed vigorously, others not hardly at all. This won’t be a good dog for a couch potato as it is going to want to be active and engaged in activities. So make sure that you can fit long walks and hikes and possibly swims into your daily routine. Be prepared to brush them a couple of times a week and have a good vacuum at your disposal to clean up the floors. Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet.
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