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Yorkie German Shepherd Mix: Is It Possible?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

yorkshire terrier and german shepherd

Height: 8 – 24 inches
Weight: 7 – 50 pounds
Lifespan: 7 – 15 years
Colors: Black, brown, tan, blue, white
Suitable for: Families, watchdog, children
Temperament: Intelligent, loyal, protective, stubborn

Most people would laugh at the thought of a Yorkie mixed with a German Shepherd, but this combination is not only possible, it’s been available for a few years now! While there is still much to learn about these designer dogs, you can expect a loving pet that’s great with children and makes an excellent watchdog. If you have heard about these interesting dogs and would like to know more about them before contacting a breeder, keep reading while we look at some interesting facts to help you stay better informed on this hybrid.

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Yorkie German Shepherd Mix Puppy – Before You Get One…


7 Interesting Facts About the Yorkie German Shepherd Mix

1. Yorkie German Shepherd Mixes Are Highly Intelligent

Both the Yorkie and German Shepherd parent breeds are extremely intelligent and capable of learning complex, multi-step tasks. In particular, many experts consider the German Shepherd the third smartest dog breed, behind only the Poodle and the Border Collie. But the Yorkie is not far behind, so you can expect your Yorkie German Shepherd mix to be as intelligent as well. The German Shepherd is so respected that military and law enforcement agencies often employ it for various tasks, including bomb-sniffing, drug-sniffing, attack, and takedown, search and rescue, and much more. While the Yorkie, for its part, can even learn how to use a litter box.

2. The Yorkie German Shepherd Mix Is Unpredictable

Since the Yorkie and the German Shepherd are so different in size and appearance, the resulting mixed breed can vary significantly from one dog to the next. Your pet can be small, standing only 8-10 inches tall and weighing less than 10 pounds, or it can be a much larger dog standing more than 2 feet high weighing closer to 50 pounds.

3. We Don’t Know Much About the Yorkie German Shepherd Mix

While the German Shepherd and Yorkie breeds are not new, breeders only started mixing them a few years ago, so it will take a while to learn more about their typical temperament and behavior across the breed.

4. The Yorkie German Shepherd Mix Is a Great Watchdog

Both the Yorkie and German Shepherd parents are alert, intelligent, and wary of strangers, so a mix of these two breeds will likely result in an excellent watchdog that works tirelessly to keep your home safe.

5. This Mix Has Movie Star Potential

Another trait both the Yorkie and German Shepherd have in common is they have both been movie stars in important movies. You might remember the German Shepherd as Rin Tin Tin, among other starring roles. You might recognize the Yorkie as Mignon, a dog on the popular television show Green Acres.

6. They Have Military Blood

Since World War I, the military has been using the German Shepherd for various tasks, and they still use it today. The Yorkie also became popular with our armed forces in World War II when an American soldier found a Yorkie named Smokey in a fox hole, and it became one of the first therapy dogs.

7. These Breeds Are Both Notorious for Occasionally Causing Raucous

Unfortunately, both the German Shepherd and the Yorkie have some bad behaviors that can get passed to your mixed breed. German Shepherds are herd dogs that will often nip people to get them into its flock. While it does not intend to be aggressive, it can scare children and unsuspecting visitors. Proper training early on can minimize this behavior, but it will be hard to eliminate it. German Shepherds also tend to chase small animals that enter the yard. Yorkies tend to bark a lot and can be stubborn and demanding of your attention.

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Final Thoughts: Yorkie german Shepherd Mix

While there is still quite a bit to learn about the Yorkie German Shepherd mix, there is a good chance you’ll have a loyal and affectionate dog that enjoys being around family members. It will be good for children, and it will make an excellent watchdog. It should not be difficult to train and should be capable of learning even complex tasks. The only downside you might need to worry about is its instinct to herd, but this drive will not be as strong in the mixed breed, and you can minimize risks with proper training. If you lack training experience, plenty of professionals can help you learn for a small fee.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over these facts and learned something new. If we have convinced you to get one of these wonderful pets, please share these facts about the Yorkie German Shepherd mix on Facebook and Twitter.

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