A Sheprador will typically live for 10 to 12 years.
This is slightly lower than what you can expect from the parent dog breeds, especially the German Shepherd that can live up to 14 years.
Despite this difference, Labrador German Shepherd mixes are actually quite healthy. In fact, most of the health issues that they suffer from mainly affect the quality and not the length of their lives.
The Sheprador usually takes after the German Shepherd with their energetic and active temperament. However, they have a very lazy side as well. This combined with their large appetites leaves them prone to developing obesity and its numerous complications.
These doggies are also prone to developing sensitivity to certain allergens. These include pollen, dust, mites, fleas, some fabrics, and some chemical additives in things like food and grooming products. The allergies manifest with signs of skin irritation include intense scratching and even bruising of the skin.
This is one of the few health issues that Sheprador dogs face with the potential to turn deadly. It happens when a full stomach twists on itself. If you notice signs of obstruction including a distended tummy, vomiting after meals, constipation, and restlessness, you might want to get it checked out.
These mixes are also likely to develop thyroid insufficiency which results in low levels of thyroid hormones. These play crucial roles in metabolism, heat regulation, and so much more. In cases of this disease, you may notice things like weight gain, reduced activity, coat changes, other signs of hypothyroidism in dogs.
Studies have shown that this musculoskeletal issue is very common in large dog breeds. Shepradors are unfortunately not spared. In really bad cases, it could result in seriously debilitating arthritis.