King Shepherd is a designer breed of dog, developed by crossing the German Shepherd, Shiloh Shepherd, Great Pyrenees and the Alaskan Malamute. Characterized by a sturdy, muscular built, well-proportioned head, high set erect ears, almond-shaped eyes, moderately curved cheeks, deep, broad chest and a thickly feathered, curved tail, this breed is popular for its working skills, intelligent disposition and pleasant temperament.
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|Coat||Weather-resistant, plush haired, long haired|
|Color||Black, cream, white, gold, sable, black saddle and tan|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||10-14 years|
|Height||Male: More than 29 inches|
Female: More than 27 inches
|Weight||Male: 130 -150 pounds|
Female: 90-110 pounds
|Litter size||6-10 puppies|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Shy, intelligent, loyal, protective, loving, trustworthy|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Moderate|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/ Information||AKSC, ARBA, DRA, APRI, SKC, ERBDC, WWKC|
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American breeders David Turkheimer and Shelly Watts-Cross were responsible for the development of King Shepherd. They used the large Shiloh Shepherd breeds which were a combination of the European and American German Shepherds as well as the Alaskan Malamutes. Other breeds involved in its creation included the American bred GSD (German Shepherd Dog) and also the Great Pyrenees. The club developed for the betterment of this breed commenced in the year 1995.
King Shepherd is a loyal, intelligent and devoted breed, immensely eager in pleasing its master. Having a well-balanced, versatile, and refined disposition, these hardy dogs are highly courageous, emerging as a perfect protector of their family, shielding them against all possible dangers. They may not be aggressive towards strangers but are aloof towards them in the first instance. In fact, their wariness towards unknown people in combination with their protective instincts, make them perfect watch and guard dogs. Because of their playful nature, they are great companions, being perfect playmates for kids and also a trustworthy caregiver for the little ones. They even form a good rapport with other pets, especially those they are brought up with since their puppy days. King Shepherd is a great working dog, often employed in rescue and search missions as well as for therapy purpose because of their easy-to-train nature.
Being a highly active breed, the King Shepherd needs to be exercised on a regular basis, lest they may become restless, resorting to destructive activities. Strenuous physical activities like a long walk, jog or a run as you move along with your bicycle, would suffice to channelize its energy positively. Because of their high energy levels, they do not do well in apartments but are suited for homes having a large yard, where they may run about freely.
Because of their weather-resistant coat, grooming King Shepherd is no difficult task. However, it needs to brushing on a regular basis for the proper maintenance of its coat. Bathe your pet only when it gets dirty.
Though a healthy and hardy breed, they might be prone to certain health conditions of their parents like allergies, joint dysplasia, hypothyroidism, bloating and eye problems.
Since the King Shepherds have a pleasant personality, training them would not at all be a difficult task.
- It is essential to impart socialization training to King Shepherd puppies so that they can distinguish the pleasant experience from the negative ones and also differentiate a friend from a foe.
- Leash training these dogs is essential in keeping their high activity levels in mind.
3 to 4 cups of a high-quality dry dog food would be needed to keep your dog in good shape. You can also give it a homemade diet or even raw food in addition to its dog food, though only after consulting your veterinarian.