15 Dogs That Look Like German Shepherds

15 Dogs That Look Like German Shepherds

German Shepherd

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A popular service breed, the German Shepherd is a large and athletic dog that’s known to be highly intelligent, loyal, and agile. They are hard-working and protective dogs that are often relied on as therapy and search and rescue dogs, in addition, to guide dogs for the blind, because of their trainability and desire to work, keen sense of smell, and devotion to their owners. They are also the preferred dog for police and military units across the world.

Breed Characteristics

The German Shepherd is considered to be an all-purpose worker and with good reason. Their powerful physiques are smooth and graceful, and their speed can range from a casual trot to quite fast. But it’s their personalities that have earned them the role of a loyal companion, whether they are leading the blind or helping to solve crimes on a police task force or search and rescue team.

The German Shepherd is both confident and courageous, all while being perhaps one of the most loyal and devoted dogs. They are extremely intelligent and easy to train, so they are able to learn commands for a wide array of tasks. They are both intimidating guardians and lovable family pets.

If you’re a fan of these dogs and would like to consider other similar breeds, here’s a list of 15 dogs that look like, and share similar personalities and temperaments with, the German Shepherd.

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd
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An athletic, independent, and intelligent breed, the Dutch Shepherd has a strong herding instinct. These dogs were originally bred to keep flocks of sheep in a particular location. As such, it is an alert and strong breed that makes an excellent all-purpose farm dog.

They are tough and agile, and known for their herding, obedience, and guarding. They are loyal and protective of their families, though these high-energy dogs will require regular physical and mental stimulation.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Herding

HEIGHT: 21-25 inches

WEIGHT: 50-70 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Short, long, and rough coats; gold or silver brindle

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 11-14 years

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Carpathian Shepherd Dog

Carpathian
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One of the livestock guarding breeds hailing from the Carpathian Mountains, the Carpathian Shepherd Dog can be both a guardian as well a family companion. These strong, athletic dogs are diligent hard workers that enjoy spending time with their family. They tend to develop strong, loyal bonds with their owners.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Herding

HEIGHT: 26-29 inches

WEIGHT: 70-100 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Straight and dense; pale fawn with black overlay

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12-15 years

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Caucasian Shepherd

Caucasian Shepherd
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The Caucasian Shepherd is a bold, fearless breed that can be both fierce and protective when necessary, as well as gentle and loyal to their families. They have been relied on for centuries to protect their properties from trespassers, as well as to guard livestock against predators (including wolves and coyotes), and complete other important household duties. They are protective watchdogs but also devoted and loving family pets.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 23-30 inches

WEIGHT: 110-198 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Double-coated; gray, cream, fawn, tan, red, and white

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10-12 years

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Byelorussian Shepherd

East European Shepherd
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Also known as the East European Shepherd, the Byelorussian is a working dog that was originally bred in the Soviet Union. These dogs were bred to be able to survive the freezing temperatures of Russia; they are a mix of both German Shepherds and native Russian breeds like the Laika. They are known to make excellent guard dogs and are incredibly protective of their owners and property.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 24-30 inches

WEIGHT: 65-135 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Medium length; black and tan or black and red

LIFE EXPECTANCY: Up to 13 years

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Laekenois

Belgian Laekenois
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The Belgian Laekenois is another strong, agile dog that has a unique coat color, length, and texture due to its region of origin in Belgium. They are closely related to other Belgian herders, such as the Malinois, Tervuren, and Belgian Sheepdog, but these dogs are easily recognized by their red, fawn, or grayish coat (which is also rougher and more tousled than some of their related breeds). These dogs are also highly protective of their families and property.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Herding

HEIGHT: 22-26 inches

WEIGHT: 55-65 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Medium length and wiry; red, fawn, gray

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10-12 years

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Groenendaels

Groenendaels
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Also known as the Belgian Sheepdog and the Chien de Berger Belge, the Groenendaels is one of four varieties of shepherd dogs that hail from Belgium. The Groenendaels can be a more shy, timid breed, but they are still very hardworking and loyal to their families. They are also easy to train and make fantastic family dogs, particularly when they are raised by their family from puppyhood.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Herding

HEIGHT: 22-26 inches

WEIGHT: 60-75 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Thick and double-layered with extra fur; black or brown

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13-14 years

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Miniature German Shepherd

Miniature German Shepherd
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The list would not be complete without a mention of the Miniature German Shepherd. These “designer dogs” are typically bred from a German Shepherd (of course) as well as certain smaller breeds, such as collies and poodles. These dogs share many of the same traits as the German Shepherd, and you shouldn’t let their smaller stature deceive you—they generally have strong, powerful bodies and can be just as athletic as their larger counterparts.

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Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd
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The Shiloh Shepherd is another breed that was originally created by crossing the German Shepherd with other dogs. Though they look very similar to German Shepherds, they tend to be a bit larger and often have more calm, relaxed, easygoing personalities. However, their coats may also require increase maintenance and grooming because they’re longer. Like many of the other breeds on this list, the Shiloh Shepherd is high energy and will require plenty of exercise in the form of long daily works and ample playtime.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Herding

HEIGHT: 26-30 inches

WEIGHT: 99-143 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Pure white undercoat; black with tan, reddish tan, golden tan, silver, and cream

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 9-14 years

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Berger Blanc Suisse

White Swiss Shepherd
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The Berger Blanc Suisse is an absolutely beautiful white dog (they are sometimes referred to as the Snowy Shepherd or the White Swiss Shepherd) that is also very close in appearance to breeds such as the White Shepherd and White German Shepherd. Along with their beautiful white coats, these dogs are also highly intelligent, loyal, and friendly. They are also known to be gentle and patient with children as well as excellent at competing in dog sports, as they love having a job to do.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 22-26 inches

WEIGHT: 55-88 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Dense double coat; white

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12-14 years

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Bohemian Shepherd

Bohemian Shepherd
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The intelligent and versatile Bohemian Shepherd is another athletic and lively breed that loves to stay active. They also excel in dog sports as well as when training to become search and rescue, service, or therapy dogs, as they are highly trainable, devoted, and loyal.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 19-22 inches

WEIGHT: 35-55 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Double coat; black and tan

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12-15 years

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King Shepherd

King Shepherd Dog
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Another selectively bred dog, the King Shepherd Dog is a powerful and rugged large dog with exceptional agility and endurance. These gentle giants are both fierce protectors and loving family companions and are known to be high energy and extremely athletic.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Herding

HEIGHT: 25-32 inches

WEIGHT: 75-150 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Thick coat; red, fawn, black, sable, or brown

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10-11 years

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Yakutian Laika

Yakutian Laika
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The Yakutian Laika is an ancient breed that has historically been used for herding, hunting, and pulling sleds. Since their inception, they have been relied upon as assistants and are known to be quite happy working for their owners, whether it’s sledding, herding, or even participating in agility competitions.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 17 inches

WEIGHT: 40-55 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Double coat with downy undercoat; black and white or white

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10-12 years

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Northern Inuit

Northern Inuit
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A large breed that resembles both a German Shepherd and a wolf, the Northern Inuit is a strong and athletic breed that, despite its rugged appearance, is known to be a gentle and dedicated family dog.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 23-30 inches

WEIGHT: 55-110 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Waterproof double coat; gray with white

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12-14 years

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Panda Shepherd

Panda Shepherd
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The Panda Shepherd is actually a full-bred German Shepherd, but with a rare mutation that creates the stunning and beautiful black and tan spots on its coat (which, of course, resembles a panda bear). They are a rare breed that can also be called upon for service training and police work due to both their athletic build and intelligence.

Breed Overview

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: 22-26 inches

WEIGHT: 90-110 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: White mixed with black and tan, red, silver, or sable

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 9-13 years

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Tervuren

Tervuren
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The Tervuren is commonly mistaken for a German Shepherd, although their coats are more unique in color and texture. But, like German Shepherds, they have tons of energy and can make great guard dogs, although they have a more easy-going, laid-back personality than the German Shepherd.

Breed Overview

GROUP:

HEIGHT: 21-26 inches

WEIGHT: 45-65 pounds

COAT AND COLOR: Long and straight; fawn to reddish brown with black overlay

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10-12 years

 

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