King Shepherd: 9 Things To Know


In this guide, we provide some key information to help people learn about King Shepherds as a dog breed.

We cover areas such as their origin, size, appearance, temperament, and more.

Let’s take a look!


(NOTE: the information in this guide is general information only. It is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. See a qualified vet or animal expert for an expert opinion in regards to your pet/s)


King Shepherds: 9 Things To Know


1. King Shepherds – Origin, History, & Where They Come From

King Shepherds are a mix breed dog/hybrid breed dog, made up of at least the German Shepherd breed, along with other dog breeds.

The breed was developed in the United States in the 1990’s

Some reports indicate that German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes and Great Pyrenees’ were used as the original breeds to breed King Shepherds. Other reports indicate that Shiloh Shepherds were also used.

It is thought by some that the intent of developing the King Shepherd might have been to combine the working ability of the German Shepherd with some softer family companion dog traits, but also eliminate some of the health and hip problems (like Hip Dysplasia) present in the German Shepherd

They were first recognized as a breed in the 1990’s, and in 1995, the American King Shepherd Club was created for the King Shepherd.

They are currently registered and recognised as it’s own breed by the ARBA (American Rare Breed Association)

They are currently not recognized by the AKC as their own breed, or as an official form of the German Shepherd breed.


2. Popularity Of King Shepherds

Every year, the American Kennel Club publishes a list of the most popular dog breeds based on dog registration data.

The 2021 list does not list the King Shepherd in the top 197 popular dog breeds

This may have something to do with the fact that the King Shepherd is currently not recognized by the AKC as an official dog breed


3. Size Of King Shepherds

King Shepherds might be considered a Giant sized dog breed

Males might average 27 to 32 inches (68 to 81 cms) in height, and 90 to 150 lbs (40 to 68 kgs) in weight

Females might average 25 to 27 inches (63 to 68 cms) in height, and 75 to 110 lbs (34 to 49 kgs) in weight


4. Lifespan Of King Shepherds

A King Shepherd might have a lifespan of between 10-13 years


5. King Shepherds – Appearance, Physical Features, Colors, & Coats

King Shepherds may look like German Shepherds, but be bigger in size.

They may often have similar coat colors to a German Shepherd (especially the black and tan coloring), and have a medium length double coat.

Their ears may also typically stand up.


6. Temperament Of King Shepherds

Some reports indicate that King Shepherds may be a mix between the temperament of a standard German Shepherd and a Shiloh Shepherd

They may possess some typical GSD traits, such as confidence, good working ability, being loyal, and being well balanced, and also some Shiloh Shepherd traits such as being friendly, affectionate, and playful.


7. Cost To Buy King Shepherd Puppies & Adults

The cost to buy a specific breed of dog depends on the country it’s bought from, along with a wide range of other factors.

Some general information on buying each breed though might include:


Buying From Breeders

According to different online information at the time of publishing this guide, the general cost to buy a King Shepherd might be:

– Anywhere from $1500 to $2500



Buying from a breeder may not be the only option to own this breed

Adopting or rescuing may be other options too.

The cost to adopt or rescue a dog can be significantly cheaper than buying from a breeder in some instances, although there’s usually still a basic cost to adopt/rescue a dog.



Buying a dog that is being re-homed might another option to buy a dog.

The cost for rehomed dogs can vary.


8. Where To Find Out More About King Shepherds

A few good places to find out more about King Shepherds might be:

– Websites and online profiles of King Shepherd breeders, and also owners

– Official or dedicated King Shepherd websites, clubs, associations and groups


9. Comparison Of King Shepherds To German Shepherds

We provide a comparison of King Shepherds to German Shepherds and also Shiloh Shepherds in another guide.



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