Have you ever wanted a working dog but with less of the go-getter energy that working dogs so often have? Do you want an intelligent, fluffy companion to cuddle with after a nice nature walk?
Look no further than the Shepnees – a hybridization of the German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees working dog breeds. These large dogs come with many of the qualities people enjoy about larger breeds with a relatively low exercise requirement and are easy to train.
Does that sound like the perfect mix you’ve been looking for? Keep reading to learn more about the Shepnees mix, its parent breeds, and more to find out if your search is finally over.
German Shepherd, Shepnees, and Great Pyrenees Comparison Table
|German Shepherd||Shepnees||Great Pyrenees|
|Height||22-26 inches||22-32 inches||25-32 inches|
|Weight||50-90 pounds||75-120 pounds||At least 85 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||7-10 years||10-12 years||10-12 years|
Black and cream
Black and red
Black and silver
|Black and cream|
Black and silver
|White with markings of:|
|Coat Type||Double coat with medium length||Double coat with medium length||Double coat with medium length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||High shedding||High shedding||Average shedding|
von Willebrand’s disease
|Trainability||Very easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Very high exercise needs||Average exercise needs||Average exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Some drooling||Average drooling||Average drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Very high mental stimulation required||High mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Average barking||Average barking||Average barking|
About German Shepherds
Ask anyone to list a couple of dog breeds to you and chances are that the German Shepherd would come up on every list. That’s just how popular these smart, loyal dogs are.
If you don’t know the first thing about German Shepherds though, you’ll quickly learn that these dogs are all-purpose in their work. Ranging from guides to minesweepers, emotional support to policing – there truly isn’t a job that the German Shepherd isn’t suitable for.
You may also hear about how aggressive German Shepherds are and how they make up a certain percentage of bite-related incidents in the news.
While true that German Shepherds do contribute to these cases, they are not more aggressive than any other dog breed out there.
In fact, many German Shepherds have high levels of separation anxiety and, if anything, need to be with their chosen human family more than other breeds.
With proper training (which should be easy to do because of how bright these dogs are), they are wonderful companions for families and households.
About Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is another dog that worked with shepherds of centuries past. The breed is named after the region they were bred and worked the most – the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.
Although Great Pyrenees are working dogs like the German Shepherd, they are much more patient and low energy in comparison.
The breed is at its most majestic as it looks out over its flock, ensuring the protection of its subjects while minimizing the amount of energy at the same time.
The breed is experiencing a level of increasing popularity in recent years that hasn’t been seen since the dogs were recognized and adopted by King Louis the Fourteenth of France back in the 17th century.
That being said, families with small children can still experience the negative aspects of a Great Pyrenees’ strong herding instinct.
This typically manifests in the form of nipping children to keep them with the “herd”, especially if the dog’s mental and exercise needs aren’t being met regularly.
About The Shepnees Dog Mix
As a designer dog breed, the Shepnees goes by many names, usually based on an individual owner’s preference. Other aliases you might encounter when purchasing a Shepnees include Germanees, Shep Py, or the alternative spelling Shepnese.
These gorgeous dogs tend to have dense coats of fur that sheds throughout the year in hotter climates with one or two periods of intense shedding typically around spring and fall.
Despite having a double coat and the amount of shedding, the crossbreed is still relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Weekly brushing will contain the majority of fuzzy messes from accumulating on your clothes, floors, and furniture.
What Color Will My Shepnees Be?
Both the German Shepherd and the Great Pyrenees have double coats so it makes sense that their hybrid offspring will have the same but the same cannot be so easily said for their coloration.
As with any hybrid or designer dog breed, the nature of these crosses is new and not fully documented. Your Shepnees may look like the perfect middle ground between its two parents, or it could take after one more than the other.
Even so, the majority of Shepnees cases seem to inherit the Great Pyrenees signature, white fur but the likelihood for markings of various colors increases.
How Long Will My Shepnees Live?
You might have glanced at the table and seen that the Shepnees are susceptible to many different medical conditions and complications. The long list may lead you to believe that the dogs are genetic abominations that aren’t fit for life but this isn’t necessarily the case.
Shepnees can indeed suffer from all of the listed diseases and more but it is also true that they might never experience any of the listed conditions. The key for a healthy Shepnees that lives to see up to 12 full years of love and attention is a responsible breeder.
The right breeder screens for all of the genetic cursors to these conditions in their stock and makes the best choices for potential litters.
The right vaccines, a proper diet, and a healthy exercise regimen will go a long way to extending a Shepnees life as well.
How Much Exercise is “Average Exercise Needs”?
Some people get a dog to help them get into shape while others simply want companionship with as few additional responsibilities as possible. Luckily, a Shepnees doesn’t need more exercise than most breeds.
If you don’t mind an hour of walking once daily, you should get along just fine with your Shepnees and not experience behavioral issues relating to boredom or a lack of exercise. A big, fenced-in yard for the dog to explore or play in on their own is always a plus.
Fluffy and loving, the Shepnees is a hybrid dog that comes from two hardworking parents but finds itself to be a bit more of a couch potato.
They will still need some regular exercise and training to be the best version of themselves but it is a need that many people can easily fit into their daily life.
Just be sure to stay on top of the relatively low amount of grooming so you’re not collecting a small dog worth of hair whenever you clean your home.