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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.

Temperament

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.

History

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.