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11 Dog Breeds Like the German Shepherd

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A King Shepherd are bigger and more muscular than German Shepherds, but they are also more friendly and intelligent.

A King Shepherd are bigger and more muscular than German Shepherds, but they are also more friendly and intelligent.

Looking for a Dog Like a German Shepherd?

The German Shepherd is one of world's most recognized and popular breeds. The breed is known as Alsatian in Great Britain and parts of Europe. They are intelligent working dogs and their devotion, courage, and intelligence are unmatched.

German Shepherds are very strong and energetic. Their front legs and shoulders are muscular and their thighs are thick and sturdy. They are tall, about two feet and two inches, and their body structure is rectangular. German Shepherds are among the best police and military service dogs. They are also excellent herders, search and rescue dogs, and drug detectors. They are loyal and faithful companions.

These qualities make them popular. Some people, however, would like a dog like a German Shepherd but with various other traits, including:

  • bigger and more powerful
  • less hairy and doesn't shed
  • smaller in size and more suitable for apartment life
  • lower maintenance in terms of physical exercise and suitable for an inexperienced owner
  • less aggressive, good with strangers, kids, and other pets
  • cool and calm, but bigger in size
  • can handle freezing temperatures
  • can handle warm weather
  • longer or shorter life span

For these specific requirements, investigate other breeds that look like German Shepherds. Read on to find out the many breeds to consider and their specific qualities.

1: Belgian Shepherds

Belgian Shepherds originate from Belgium and are also known as the Belgian sheepdog or Chien de Berger Belge). These medium to large-sized herding dogs are very intelligent and quick learners. They are strong and energetic dogs and do well in tracking, obedience and search operations. These qualities make them excellent watch dog or police dogs.

Belgian shepherds need daily walk and exercise. If they're getting sufficient exercise, they will do well in apartment. They need a firm owner and not recommended to inexperienced or weak owner. They are good with children if trained and socialized at early stage but they are reserved to strangers and other pets.

Belgian Shepherd vs German Shepherd

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Belgian vs. German Shepherd

 German SheperdBelgian Shepherd

Origin

Germany

Belgium

Height

55-65 cm

56-66 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

20-30 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding, AKC Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

10-14 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair.

Moderately long double coat with ruff fur.

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Solid black, black with white patches on neck and chest

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCBG, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APBI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

2: King Shepherd

King Shepherds are giant shepherd dogs. They were developed by, American dog breeders Shelley Watts-Cross and David Turkheimer. They used American, European German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamutes and Great Pyrenees to create this breed. The official breed club was established in 1995.

King Shepherds are bigger than German Shepherds and more powerful and muscular. They are comparatively less aggressive and very intelligent and quick learners. They are intelligent, powerful, loyal and less aggressive than German Shepherds.

King Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

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King Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

 German ShepherdKing Shepherd

Origin

Germany

USA

Height

55-65 cm

64-81 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

34-68 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

10-11 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Long, rough, weather resistant hair

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Multiple varieties of sable

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

ARBA, AKSC, WWKC, ERBDC, SKC, APRI, DRA

3: Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd dogs are herding dogs bred by Dutch farmers and shepherds to adapt to tough conditions. Dutch Shepherds are among the best shepherd dogs and most competent at herding, agility, obedience, and guarding. They are great companions who are very loyal and protective of their owner and family.

They need training early-on as well as regular physical and mental exercise, or they can become destructive and stubborn.

Dutch Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

 German ShepherdDutch Shepherd

Origin

Germany

Netherlands

Height

55-65 cm

55-62 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

23-32 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

12-15 years

Coat

Long, rough wired hair

Three types: short, long, wired

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Various gray/silver with dark tan stripes

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

CKC, FCI, UKC, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, AKC/FSS, ACA

4: Shiloh Shepherd

The Shiloh Shepherd is a rare dog and not recognized by any major kennel club. This breed is still under development and needs recognition. Shiloh shepherd look very similar to the German shepherd but they have Alaskan malamute in their blood line. So, they are bigger in size and have better hips. Shiloh shepherds got their first official breed club, International Shiloh Shepherd Registry Inc. (ISSR) in 1991.

Shiloh shepherds are intelligent and energetic dogs, They need lot of exercise and open space to run and play, if not getting sufficient exercise then this breed can become destructive and aggressive. But if they get sufficient exercise, they will do okay in an apartment.

Shiloh Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

 German ShepherdShiloh Shepherd

Origin

Germany

USA

Height

55-65 cm

71-76 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

36-59 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

12-14 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Long, rough hair

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Wide range, including tan with two or three other colors

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

TSSR, NSBR, SSBA, ARBA, APRI, NKC, ISSR, DRA

5: Bohemian Shepherd

The Bohemian Shepherd, or Czech Sheepdog, is a medium-sized dog also known as Chodský pes, Czech Sheepdog, Bohemian Herder, and Chodenhund. This breed is not recognised by the FCI or other major kennel clubs outside of Czech Republic. Bohemian Shepherds have been allowed at Danish kennel club shows since 2013.

This dog is very similar to a German Shepherds but is more friendly and less aggressive. Bohemian Shepherds are smaller in height and less muscular than German Shepherds. Furthermore, they are low maintenance and have no any major health issues. Very few dogs of this breed are available, as modern breeding for this dog was only started in 1984.

Bohemian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Bohemian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Bohemian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

German Shepherd Vs Bohemian Shepherd

 German ShepherdBohemian Shepherd

Origin

Germany

Czech Republic

Height

55-65 cm

42-55 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

16-25 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Companion

Life Span

9-13 years

 

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Long, thick fur with rich undercoat

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Black, brown, and tan with yellow shades

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

DRA

6: Byelorussian or East European Shepherd

Byelorussian Shepherd is an dog of shepherd dog breed, it's more popular in outside of the West ,mainly in Russian subcontinents. This dog is also known as Byelorussian Ovcharka, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, VEO, and East-European Shepherds.

These dogs were groom to work in freezing temperatures. The first dog was developed, in 1930 by crossing between a German Shepherd and native Russian breed, called Laika a Owtcharka-type dog.

Byelorussian Shepherd Vs German Shepherd

German Shepherd Vs Byelorussian Shepherd

German Shepherd Vs Byelorussian Shepherd

German Shepherd Vs Byelorussian Shepherd

 German ShepherdByelorussian Shepherd

Origin

Germany

Russia

Height

55-65 cm

62-76 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

30-60 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding, Guarding

Life Span

9-13 years

Up to 13 years

Coat

Long, rough wired hair

Long, rough coat

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Shamrock with mask, Zonar-grey, Zonar-red, black

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

N/A

7: Northern Inuit Dog

This is an unrecognized, crossbred dog developed in the UK as a domestic, dog-like wolf. They were bred by cross German Shepherd, Siberian Huskies, and Inuit dogs. This dog has a medium build and is very similar in shape and appearance to a wolf.

The Northern Inuit dog is a non-aggressive and friendly dog, but they need to be trained early-on or they can become stubborn and determined.

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Northern Inuit vs. German Shepherd

 German ShepherdNorthern Inuit

Origin

Germany

England

Height

55-65 cm

63.5 -76.2 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

25-38 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

 

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Short, dense, double coat

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Pure white, black, or sable with or without white face mask

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

DRA

8: Belgian Tervuren Shepherd

Belgian Tervuren Shepherds are members of the Belgian Shepherd family of dog breeds from the village of Tervuren in Belgium. AKC has recognized them since 1960 under the name Belgian Tervuren. At first look they appear very similar to German Shepherds, but Belgian Tervurens are square-proportioned dogs and smaller than German Shepherds. Tervurens are energetic, intelligent, and active dogs suitable for outdoor life. They are great dogs for herding, obedience, agility, tracking, search and rescue or protection work.

Belgian Tervuren vs. German Shepherd

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Belgian Tervuren vs. German Shepherd

 German ShepherdBelgian Tervuren

Origin

German

Belgium

Height

55-65 cm

53.3 - 62.2 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

27-34 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding, AKC Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

12-14 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired fur

Dense undercoat, long and straight outer coat with black tips

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Rich fawn to russet mahogany or shades of gray with black tips. White patches on chest, neck, and toes are acceptable.

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

ABTC, CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, AnKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR

9: Carpathian or Romanian Shepherd

These dogs originated in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. They are also known as Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin, Romanian Shepherd, Romanian Carpathian Shepherd, Câine Ciobănesc Carpatin, Carpathian Sheepdog, Carpatin, Romanian Carpatin Herder, and Rumanian Carpathian. They are bred to be strong, quick-moving, and smart enough to fight a wolf or lynx, immobilize a wolf or wild boar, and serve as a reliable working dog.

Carpathian or Romanian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Carpathian or Romanian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

Carpathian or Romanian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

German Shepherd Vs Carpathian or Romanian Shepherd

 German ShepherdCarpathian/Romanian

Origin

Germany

Romania

Height

55-65 cm

60-73 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

23-29 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Flock Guard

Life Span

9-13 years

12-14 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Rough, abundant, straight fur

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Fawn to mahogany with black markings

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

FCI, NKC, ACR, DRA

10: American Alsatian

This is a large-breed American dog that looks very similar to a German Shepherd. American Alsatians, however, are much bigger and powerful than German Shepherds and are great family companion dogs. They are extremely calm and quiet. Like German Shepherds, these dogs are also loyal to their owner and family members, but they are less aggressive and friendlier dogs overall. They are good with children and other pets, remain aloof to strangers, but never become aggressive. American Alsatians require average physical activity and exercise. They are very suitable for apartment life and do not tend to bark, dig, or jump fences.

American Alsatian vs. German Shepherd

American Alsatian vs. German Shepherd

American Alsatian vs. German Shepherd

German Shepherd Vs American Alsatian

 German ShepherdAmerican Alsatian

Origin

Germany

USA

Height

55-65 cm

61-71 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

34-55 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Non-Sporting, Therapy

Life Span

9-13 years

12-14 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Long, rough hair

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

Black, brown, silver, white

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

NASR, NAAC

11: Panda or Phenom Shepherd

Panda Shepherd dogs are very intelligent and energetic. They are always keen to learn and crave a challenge. They are piebald German Shepherd from a single GSD bloodline and a spontaneous mutation and have no White German Shepherds in their ancestry.

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Top 10 Shepherd dogs Like GSD

Panda or Phenom Shepherd vs. German Shepherd

 German ShepherdPanda/Phenom

Origin

Germany

Piebald breed

Height

55-65 cm

55-65 cm

Weight

22-40 kg

25-40 kg

Group

Herding, AKC Herding

Herding

Life Span

9-13 years

Up to 13 years

Coat

Long, rough, wired hair

Short and thick

Colour

Black with tan, sable, or black sable. White, blue, and liver colour are considered a fault.

40 percent pure white with black and tan, red, silver, or sable

Recognition

CFC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, GSDCA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

DRA

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 ARADHYA

Comments

florence Smith on April 04, 2020:

all through exciting reading and lots of great dogs

I know a lot about the great King and it is completely unique in my eyes as I own one

nikkola on February 28, 2020:

american aslatin is similar to big east german gsd[ddr] but he is pussy in head....if you have money look for ddr gsd in dresden or other town in east germany who steel breed ddr line of gsd male can be 70cm an 45-48kg like standard weast german shepherd on steroid i have bi-colore female puppy from military line 10 week old 25lbs with beeg head an pointy ears all ready...you ruined gsd in america all have lazy drive an nivelation from neck to tail that you can snowboard on their back so lame back hips an lame posture...

Super Mike on January 18, 2020:

Really interesting information... Thanks...

Jack Smith on January 14, 2020:

The alsatians are one of the best and most German looking dog breeds in existence... very calm, collected, and fantastic with children

Eastern German Sheapherd on November 27, 2019:

Is therd ANY to be RESCUED?

Cassandra Noon on August 12, 2019:

Panda Shepherds are not a breed. They are PURE German Shepherds with a KIT mutation. They ARE NOT PIEBALD. This person whom wrote this lacks the knowledge required to educate the public. Pandas were first born in 2000 from a pure DNA tested line of GSDs the breeder still breeds today and I own and have a DNA tested panda 100% GSD. Piebald is not the same as the pandas KIT gene. Embark DNA has commented on this previously and UC Davis is one place you can test for this gene in the US.

-An actual Genetic student in College.

No hate to the person who wrote this article but Pandas are not a separate breed and Shiloh and King Shepherds are mixed breeds trying to start their own, along with the Blue Bays.

- Noon AKC German Shepherds

damaris verhoef on May 28, 2019:

I liked your site very much since I looove sheperdogs

ARADHYA (author) on April 26, 2019:

All these breeds are average or moderate shedders, But I think Belgian shepherd (short haired) sheds less than others.

Xinx on April 25, 2019:

Which ones is minimal to no shedding

ARADHYA (author) on April 19, 2019:

Thanks!

Jeff on April 09, 2019:

This was a very good passage

ruby on March 31, 2019:

Panda/Phenom shepherd it is a mini german shep mix corgi so cute :3

kuro on March 09, 2019:

I love American Alsatian. im better with my dog now that i have read this. Thank you!

German shepherd on February 19, 2019:

What is a best frendly,smart,active,playful and powerful.german shepherd.

Yeetus that fetus on February 03, 2019:

uhh Alsatians to me, are far from calm. Ive nearly lost an eye and half my face to the bastards

Edwin on December 18, 2018:

GSD's are the best

ARADHYA (author) on November 25, 2018:

GSDs are Word's most popular dogs and available worldwide. It depends where are you residing, Can check for a good kennel.

Ahmed on November 21, 2018:

Hi may i now is their any reliable place i can purchase good puppy GSD for my son

john mantova on November 03, 2018:

"2 types of Belgian Shepard too. One slighter build and all black. Used as barge dogs on the canals. Very intelligent and obedient but if they get an idea in their head you have a hell of a job getting them to change. We had one who walked to heel OK on outward journey but if in an area she recognised once we turned for home she pulled on the lead even with a choke chain on it. Never could break her of it.

ARADHYA (author) on September 24, 2018:

You might have got mixed breed dog or a stray that have look like Husky. - Difficult to say

Isaac on September 23, 2018:

so I have encountered a stray dog that appears to be a husky, Australian shepherd, except she doesn't shed. any suggestions? she's all white with brown red patches and a shorter mouth, very energetic and good with people

ARADHYA (author) on August 17, 2018:

Yes they can be, even Pit bull were bred as a working dog.

sandra66 on August 16, 2018:

can a pit bull dog be a service dog

CONCERNED ONE on June 06, 2018:

TIMBER WOLF GERMAN SHEPARD MIX CAN THEY BE A SERVICE DOG? THANK U

sarah on April 25, 2018:

my dad loves this wonderful and intelligent and agile breed. l hope to adopt one into my family as they are truly awesome dogs. l couldn't want a more beautiful and honest dog .

Gem on April 14, 2018:

You forgot the white Swiss Shepard!

Lux on April 07, 2018:

I’d like to point out that Shiloh shepherds do not have any malamute in them.

Elena on January 26, 2018:

My dog is a anotilan shepard

ARADHYA (author) on October 15, 2017:

@ E

@ E

Ye that's correct,

I thought - mentioning Belgian Shepherd and Belgian Malinois can be confusing.

(Though, deff. they both are separate breeds).

E on October 15, 2017:

What about Belgian Malinois? They are a lot like german sheperds

ARADHYA (author) on May 10, 2017:

@Louvise

Are you mentioning "Byelorussian or East European Shepherd"?

Please check the details description

It has all proper details?

Louvise on May 09, 2017:

I mean..... It is a dog page and still they didn't get some breeds right. I see a breed here, that is not a german shepherd but eastern european shepherd. They come from Russia and are bigger bicause for russians Germans shepherds were to small. Very popular in Ukraine, Russia and so on. Best way to spot the difference ? Coat color is grey and black.

ARADHYA (author) on April 13, 2017:

@Diana,

Do you mean, Belgian shepherds?

Diana Pate on April 12, 2017:

What a Belgin Shepard

Obdulia on March 13, 2017:

German

ARADHYA (author) on January 19, 2017:

Hello Brandie,

Given link doesn't work

The webpage at https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/16... might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

Brandie Vizzier on January 18, 2017:

Can you you please tell me what shepherd this is?

https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/16...

mile on January 10, 2017:

i ilke it

Pam Phillips on January 07, 2017:

You have a picture of a Harzer Fuchs listed as a Chodsky pes, the Harzer is a German Breed the CP is Czech breed, also you have listed as recognised by DRA I am not sure who this is. They are recognised with the CMKU, Polish KC, Slovakian KC, all the Nordic countries such as Finnish, Swedish, Dainish KC etc, plus Switzerland and they are now in approximately 22+ countries world wide, I have owned this breed since 2008

ARADHYA (author) on December 30, 2016:

Thanks Tom,

And wish you a very happy new year!

Tom Craten on December 28, 2016:

Thank you very much, Aradhya.

Hope you have a Happy New Year!

ARADHYA (author) on December 28, 2016:

Acc. to me , NAIDs are the best possible replacement for Bohemian Shepherds in USA. But larger in size.

ARADHYA (author) on December 28, 2016:

Hello Tom,

As i can understand, these dogs can be good for your search.

- American Coon Hounds

- American Fox Terriers

- Native American Indian Dogs

Also, I am not sure if you can find "Bohemian Shepherds" in US. Because they are not reg. with AKC an not easily available outside to their native region.

Aradhya on December 28, 2016:

Hello Tom,

The, Basset fauve de bretagnes are an excellent but rare breed dog, usually people consider they are playful and friendly dogs, and size and appearance like a Cocker Spaniel but they are hardy dogs and have the mentality of *** and also more popular as "Brittany Basset". They are really unique dogs in all the way, So it's difficult to find the same replacement.

The Bohemian Shepherd, or Czech Sheepdog dogs are definitely an excellent breed. But I am not sure, how suitable they will be for your need and also I am not sure- if you can find them in US, because they are not rec. by AKC. So, my in general comments are,

If you like similar dog like Bohemian Shepherds, then - Native American Indian Dogs (NAIDs) are the better alternate. But they are bigger in size.

And acc to me - If I need to select, A dog have similar mentality like, basset fauve de bretagne and

"I would like a breed that has more obedient characteristics, or at least one that would adhere to a closer territoriality with its master."

- Then other options "in USA" are,

1. American Coon Hound (Please explore, the have diff. variations, sub-breeds)

2. American Fox Terriers

3. Native American Indian Dog (NAIDs)

Hope, this info. can help you o find more options.

Thanks!

-

Tom Craten from Baltimore on December 27, 2016:

Thank you for this site - I'm finding it most useful. I've been looking for a replacement for my beloved Briq (basset fauve de bretagne), who I needed to put down almost two years ago. We would take epic walks together, several times a week, through dense forests, water sheds, urban & rural neighborhoods, etc. The only problem I had with him were the two times I lost him for over three hours each time. Both because he picked up a scent of a deer, and that instinctive drive totally took over. Exhausted, he would eventually find me, but I'm well aware I was extremely lucky. I would like a breed that has more obedient characteristics, or at least one that would adhere to a closer territoriality with its master. The Bohemian Shepherd has gotten my attention, and curious to hear any additional comments you may have for this breed. Additionally, as my Briq was a rare breed to find, any leads to breeder sources would be appreciated. I live in Baltimore, Maryland. Thanks again..

ARADHYA (author) on August 15, 2016:

Hello Tessa,

Thanks for your comment, I will correct if needed.

But you can see the reference (Picture source) that's taken from site. Where they are listed under same breed.

ARADHYA (author) on August 15, 2016:

Hello Michelle,

Its great to know about your new experience and interesting notes.

I like to see the picture of them if possible :) ..

Tessa on August 15, 2016:

Hello, I would just like to say, that the upper picture you have of bohemian shepherd is wrong, it is not the breed. In this breed the only allowed coloring is black and tan/the tan can be a little lighter sometimes, but not brown etc... Do some research before you post....

Michelle on July 06, 2016:

Great to see all the different breeds of Shepherds, I noticed they all have similar traits, I have a five month old puppy, he has a totally different temperament to the female shepherd that my friend owns, both German lines.. They all look similar but develop there own personality quickly.. As long as they are loved and given regular care and excercise, treated with patients and respect you can't go wrong beautiful loyal friends and companions for life.. The wolf is a majestic intelligent and strong animal, that has always captivated the interest of man, that I feel is what a shepherd is..

ARADHYA (author) on June 26, 2016:

Hi Ruth,

I agree no dog is exactly similar to wolf, but some dogs that look like a wolf.

Somoyed look similar to white wolves, like white Himalayas wolves.

Ruth on June 24, 2016:

I was wondering why you didn't show the black Belgian Shepherd as a look alike for a wolf.

Some of those you did show were way off the mark.

No one would ever mistake a Samoyed for a wolf nor a Husky.

ARADHYA (author) on May 30, 2016:

Hi Cathie,

I wont say it will not look like a GSD, that may be and may not be. You can observe pups from same litter can be entirely different.

They can be very similar like any one from their parent or can inherit mixed personality.

But i believe a wolf/dog mix should resemble a GSD with low content.

cathie on May 21, 2016:

Shauna: thinking about getting a dog, don't know much about them but your comment about a cat resembling a lion is way off. I have a bengal which is a domestic house cat mixed with the asian leopard cat.. a high content will sometimes resemble a domestic cat and low content def, aside from the markings. So you're saying a wolf/dog mix will not resemble a GSD even with low content? Really?

ARADHYA (author) on December 13, 2015:

Well that looks coincidence, but will will look how to improve and to satisfy them.

ShawnWashingerASOalphaTeamTMI on December 12, 2015:

Go figure, it's all women complaining about how the article is written & dissecting it

ARADHYA (author) on December 07, 2015:

Hello Shauna,

As you mentioned about Belgian shepherd pictures, i will replace that with correct order. Though I agree a wolfdog can go worse than pitbull but that not necessary, its also depends upon their grooming and training. Also they are not a stable breed and you can observe pups from same litter can have different characteristics. So this article can be taken only for the dogs that have similar appearance but not for the characteristics or behavior.

Shauna on December 06, 2015:

Your belgian shepherd vs german shepherd picture is messed up. The bottom left dog is a black german shepherd and the top right dog is a belgian.

Also, most wolfdogs do NOT look like german shepherds. The only wolfdogs that look even similar to german shepherds are low content wolfdogs that have been heavily mixed with german shepherds. A high content and even a mid content will not resemble a german shepherd any more than a house cat resembles a lion.

If someone has a dog that looks like a german shepherd that they are claiming is a wolfdog, it is either a very low content or they are either lying or were lied to by the breeder. Misrepresentation and mislabeling of wolfdogs is even worse than pitbulls.

ARADHYA (author) on December 05, 2015:

Hi greeneyedblondie,

Most of the wolf hybrids and some shepherds look like German shepherds.

Though they all have their own, different behavior and strength.

greeneyedblondie on December 04, 2015:

I didn't know there were so many dogs that looked like German Shepard and that there were other kinds of Shepard dogs.

Gsd breeder on August 23, 2015:

OK, I understand that its meant to show the differences but whoever wrote this forgot to add that there are 2 types of GermanShepherds working and shoreline and that a German Shepherd body is not always big muscled it just depends on which type of had you have. Also when they put Belgian shepherd vs GermanShepherd they put a black GermanShepherd on the Belgianshepherd side and a Belgian terviuren on the GermanShepherd side.....Please if somebody is going to make an information chart make sure to write true and whole facts