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German Shepherd Chow Mix: The protective dog

German Shepherd Chow Mix: The protective dog

The German Shepherd Chow mix is a crossbreed between the German Shepherd and Chow Chow. This mix is usually called Chow Shepherd.

We admit, it is an unusual mix, and they definitely aren’t for everyone. Especially not for first-time dog owners. But, if you know how to train them they make great watchdogs that will protect your family.

In this article, you’ll learn more about the Chow Shepherd. What they look like, what they’re like and which needs they have. We’ll also talk about their health and training.

German Shepherd Chow Mix – What to know

There is a lot to cover about the German Shepherd Chow Mix. This designer dog is a truly remarkable canine that can be a great pet if you’re a good owner.

This dog needs a lot of care, exercise, and training. So, if you don’t think you can give them all that, then they might not be for you.

What they look like

There isn’t a standard to how this mix looks like. With every designer dog, it’s difficult to predict how they will look and even how big they will get. They can look like one parent breed or the other, or they can look like a combination of both parent breeds.

But, when it comes to these designer dogs, we can say that they are medium to large dogs. They are usually between 45 and 90 pounds heavy and are between 22 and 26 inches tall. But, this is just average size, they can be smaller or bigger than this.

Everything you need to know about the Chow Shepherd

As already said, they can look like either of their parent breeds. But, generally speaking, they usually look more like their Chow Chow parent breed. They kind of look like a lion.

Because both their parent breeds have a double coat, this mix will have it too. So brushing them every day is a must. This way you’re making sure their coat stays healthy and shiny. And doesn’t get matted!

The most common coat colors are:

  • red
  • dark brown
  • tan
  • black
  • blue
  • white
  • light brown

What they’re like

The German Shepherd Chow mix can be a good family dog and watchdog. These dogs are brave and protective. They are also loyal and alert with strangers. So, because of all of these traits you can be sure that your Chow Shepherd will protect you, your family, and your home.

But, don’t worry, when they are around familiar faces, they are loving and affectionate. They love attention and will enjoy cuddle sessions with you.

Because both their parent breeds are working dogs, the Chow Shep loves to be active too. It’s in their genes. This means they have a lot of energy, but they are also smart and want to please you. So, you won’t have issues training them. You’ll also have to socialize them and teach them that not every stranger is a danger.

Lastly, know that this mix loves attention! If you don’t give them enough attention they will let you know by barking super loud.

Training and exercise

As already mentioned training and early socialization is a must with the German Shepherd Chow mix. And you really need to know how to train them. If you don’t train them right you’ll end up with a huge dog that doesn’t listen to you. This can potentially be very dangerous.

Do you remember how I said that you shouldn’t have an issue training them? Well, you really shouldn’t, if we look past their stubbornness. Because of this trait, they sometimes won’t listen to you even if you trained them well.

But, when you’re training them know that positive reinforcement is the best option. This huge dog is a softie, and they love getting praise. So stick to praise, treats and cuddles when they do something right. That’s how they will learn the fastest.

It’s important to train and socialize them while they are still puppies, this way you can enforce your position as the Alpha. And you will bond with your dog better. But, if you’re not sure how to train them, then don’t hesitate to get help from a pro.

The German Shepherd Chow mix also needs a lot of exercises. If they don’t get enough stimulation, mental and physical, they will get bored and destructive. So, take them on long walks, runs, and hikes. Take them swimming, play Frisbee with them or fetch. No matter which activity it is, they will love it as long as they get to be active.


The health of a dog is one of the most important questions you need to go over before getting s certain breed or crossbreed. You need to be aware of all the potential health problems your dog could face.

Generally, many people believe that crossbreeds are healthier than purebreds. This mix was even developed in order to reduce possible health issues. And that might be true, but the reality is that every dog can get sick and you should know symptoms of possible health issues,

The German Shepherd Chow mix is known for suffering from hip and elbow dysplasia. A genetic illness that can actually be avoided. If you’re buying from a good breeder, they will make sure they test their dogs for certain illnesses and take them out of the line through proper breeding. But, if you already know your dog might get these illnesses then it’s best to keep your dog at a normal weight and take them swimming often. Swimming takes the stress off of your dog’s joints and at the same time they are getting exercise.

german shepherd chow mix
The Chow Shepherd was bred to reduce health issues

This dog is also prone to flea allergies and allergies in general, bloating, eye problems, heart problems, and chronic superficial keratitis. But the majority of these issues come up in old age. So, it’s important to take care of your dog while they are still young.

Make sure they get enough exercise and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Also, take them regularly to the vet for checkups and look out for any changes in behavior. That can be the first sign of serious issues.


The German Shepherd Chow mix is one of the best dogs you can get. They are the whole package. They are kind and loving, but at the same time protective. You know you don’t only have a friend in them, but a protector too.

Of course, they are a lot of work and might not be for first-time dog owners. They are very active and need at least one hour of exercise every day. You will also have to train and socialize them.

Basically, if you put a lot of effort and care into them, they will be great dogs. But, if you don’t have time for them and don’t work with them, you’ll end up with a dog that does whatever they want. Which is not safe for anyone.

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