|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2008)|
|A King Shepherd|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Notes||Recognized by numerous independent kennel clubs|
|Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
The build of this dog is slightly muscular, long, and robust; the structure is solid. The head is in good proportion with the body and moderately wide between the eyes. The forehead is slightly rounded. The cheeks are not too full and moderately curved when viewed from the top. The thick, firm ears are medium sized and moderately wide at base. The eyes are medium sized and almond shaped. The shades of the eyes can be varying shades of brown ranging from golden brown to almost black. The chest is broad and deep. Thickly feathered, the tail reaches at least to the hocks and is slightly curved. Docked tails are inadmissible. Paws are round and short with a well closed arch. The pads are very hard. The nails are short, long, and dark colored. Dewclaws are usually removed. The King Shepherd comes with a wide range of colors: Sable, black saddle with tan, gold, cream, and tan or silver markings. Pale washed out colors are serious faults. The undercoat is little colored except in solid black dogs. White, blue, or liver colored dogs or a dog with a nose that is not black are not accepted in the show ring. Puppies change color until their final coat. There are two coat varieties - plush-haired and long-haired.
King Shepherds are much larger than German Shepherds. Males stand at 29-32 inches tall and 100-150 pounds while females are 25-29 inches tall and 75 to 110 pounds.
The King Shepherd is self-confident with a well-balanced personality and healthy nervous system. They should not exhibit any shyness or nervousness. They are extremely intelligent, easy to train and eager and faithful to please their owners. This breed makes a fine sheepherder and working dog. They are also a naturally courageous guard and watchdog, showing courage, strength, and hardiness in their role of protector. They make very nice companions and are friendly to other animals and children. They are a docile obedient breed with an easy gait and plenty of stamina.
King Shepherds are not recommended for apartment life. They do best with at least a large yard. The king shepherd loves strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some sort, these dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge. King Shepherds need to be taken on a brisk, daily, long walk, jog, or a run alongside a bicycle. If under-exercised this breed can be restless, and destructive.
The King Shepherd's coat is highly weather-resistant. They should be brushed regularly. They should be bathed when needed.
Two American dog breeders Shelly Watts-Cross, and David Turkheimer created this large breed from the Shiloh Shepherd (American and European German Shepherd dogs and Alaskan Malamutes), additional American bred German Shepherd dogs and the Great Pyrenees. An official dog breed club was started in 1995.
- Walker, Joan. "The Everything German Shepherd Book". F+W Publications. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "King Shepherd". American Rare Breed Association. January 1997. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- "Top Dog". DK Publishing. p. 36. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- Buechert, Marian. "German Shepherd". Modern Dog Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-23.