The King Shepherd: 5 Facts About this Crossbreed

Posted by Christy Caplan
King Shepherd

King Shepherds are crossbreeds. That's because his Shiloh Shepherd parent isn't a purebred dog. The King Shepherd's breed history also has traces Akita and Great Pyrenees mixed in over the years. 

These giant shepherd hybrids are the result of cross-breeding, and they are known as gentle giants!

This crossbreed, according to Love Your Dog, developed as two breeders, Shelly Watts-Cross and David Turkheimer, decided to create a bigger and healthier shepherd mix from the German Shepherd and Shiloh Shepherd.

"The King Shepherd is a relatively new breed, who was only first developed around 30 years ago, and because of this, he is not yet recognized by major kennel clubs."

Here are some facts about this crossbreed in case you're hoping to bring a puppy home.

1. Slightly more chill German Shepherd

This is a high energy dog and their activity levels are on par with a German Shepherd. Yet, he was bred to be more approachable and with a more laid back attitude. You'll want to socialize your King Shepherd puppy with other dogs and children, adults, and people they don't live with. They're still a guard dog.

2. This is a giant dog!

The King Shepherd breed is a working dog and large breed. He's bigger than both his parents. Yes, larger than the German Shepherd Dog!

Both male and female King Shepherds typically measure between 25 and 32 inches tall, and they can grow to weigh between 90 and 140 pounds.

3. Needs a larger backyard than some dogs

Take advantage of their trainability! You'll need to have a large backyard and plenty of dog sports to encourage mental stimulation. This large breed is an intelligent dog and energetic dog, so work with a reputable breeder when you're considering puppies.

4. Minimum 4 cups of food every day

4 cups of food every day is a lot of dog food. This is dependent on their energy levels but high-quality food is extremely important. You'll want a food brand that supports his beautiful and dense, weather-resistant coat. The food and diet should support their joints!

These family pets may have some health issues that should be on your radar.

  • Joint dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's disease
  • Degenerative Myelopathy

5. The average price of puppies is expensive

Check with the American Kennel Club, their breed club, reputable breeders, the American King Shepherd Club, and the American Rare Breed Association about puppies. You can ask them about any health problems of the dog breed.

These large dogs are easily trained and will make a great watchdog but also a wonderful family member. Just because they're huge doesn't mean they're only meant to be police dogs. This pooch is also a great candidate for a therapy dog.

Do you live with a King Shepherd? Let us know what characteristics you love about this breed!

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