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King Shepherd

Size: Giant

Weight: 90 - 150 lbs.

Height: 25" - 29"

Life Span: 10 - 11 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions; although the breed is new. It is likely due to its giant size that this breed may suffer from hip dysplasia.

Origin: United States (1995)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Herding / Guardian

Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

Exercise Needs

The King Shepherd requires regular strenuous activity, preferably combined with training or some sort of mental challenge. Games, field trials, rescue training, herding and running are all good options for this breed. As with all giant breed dogs (especially puppies), be sure not to over-exercise, as it could damage bones and joints.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Smart, confident and easy to train. Looks for approval from owners and is eager to please. This large, formidable-looking dog is actually very docile, loving and good with children. Its protective nature makes it a good guard dog if it feels its family is being threatened, although it is usually friendly with strangers and other animals.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


Relatively speaking, this new breed is in its infancy. Two American breeders, Shelley Watts-Cross and David Turkheimer began developing this breed in 1995. Contributing breeds to this new shepherd include the Alaskan Malamute, Great Pyrenees and the German Shepherd.

Dog Food for Your King Shepherd

Large Breed Puppy 30 Pound Bag

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large breed adult dog food

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced fat formula dog food

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

Food for dogs with sensitive stomachs

Sensitive Solutions

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.