King German Shepherd: 15 Important Pieces Of Information


The King German Shepherd goes by various other names such as the King Shepherd, King Size Shepherd, Giant German Shepherd and the King Size German Shepherd. 

Some people have no idea what a King German Shepherd is, some people think it is just a fad designer breed, and some people think it is a breed that is here to stay.

One thing that is for sure is that it has an interesting history and future. 

Here you will find a guide that let’s you know exactly what this dog is, as well 15 key areas of information about them.

Let’s find out more!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


King German Shepherd: Colossal Guide Of 15 Important Pieces Of Information


1) What is a King German Shepherd Dog, and What Do They Look Like In Appearance?

The King German Shepherd (also known as the King Shepherd) is registered and recognised as it’s own breed by the ARBA (American Rare Breed Association), AKSC, WWKC, ERBDC, SKC, APRI and DRA.

However, it currently is not registered or recognised by the AKC (American Kennel Club) as a breed of dog, or official form of the German Shepherd.

So, while this dog has made some progress as it’s own breed, it is technically more accurate to say that at the moment, it is officially a mix breed of the German Shepherd and several other breeds.

Per the American King Shepherd Club:

“The King Shepherd possesses size, thick dense bone, a well-muscled torso and a strong impressive head.  He/She is large, rugged, powerful and impressive, possessing and exhibiting great endurance and agility.”

King German Shepherds come in two main forms:

Medium Haired King German Shepherd (look more like a giant GSD – German Shepherd Dog)

Long Haired King German Shepherd (look more like a Belgian Shepherd)

*Click on the links above for King German Shepherd pictures/images.


2) Colors of King German Shepherds (Black, White etc.)

Colors of King German Shepherds are similar to that of the regular German Shepherd – sable, black and tan, bi-color, solid black and solid white.

The black and tan, solid black and solid white King German Shepherds in particular seem to be popular: 

Black King German Shepherds  

White King German Shepherds

Click on the links above for King German Shepherd pictures/images.


3) What Causes a King German Shepherd, and Where Do They Come From/What Is Their History?

Two American breeders – Shelly Watts-Cross, and David Turkheimer are credited with creating the King German Shepherd.

This mix breed was created by mixing Shiloh Shepherds (a mix of American/European German Shepherds and Alaskan Malamutes), American Line German Shepherds and Great Pyrenees dogs.

It is thought the intent of the original breeders was to develop a superior family companion and protector that was capable of performing a wide variety of working duties ranging from police service, to guide dogs, to search and rescue dogs.  

They also wanted to produce a dog which was free of the many health and temperament problems like Hip Dysplasia, which has been affecting German Shepherd Dogs.

In 1995, the American King Shepherd Club was created to recognise the King German Shepherd.


4) What Do King German Shepherd Puppies Look Like?

 You can have a look at images and photos below:

King German Shepherd Puppies


5) How Big Are King German Shepherds?

Generally, when full grown, a male King Shepherd can range from 27 to over 32 inches (68.5 to 81cm) at the shoulder and weigh from 110 to over 140 pounds (50 to 63.5kg). 

Females are slightly smaller ranging from 25 to 30 inches (63.5 to 76cm) at the shoulder and weighing from 90 to over 120 pounds (41 to 54kg).

In comparison, Purebred German Shepherd males average 60-65 cms (24-26 in), and 30-40 kg (66-88 lb). Females average 55-60 cms (22-24 in), and 22-32 kg (49-71 lb).


6) King German Shepherd Temperament

King Shepherds were bred mainly from herding type breeds and display a stable temperament. They are not overly energetic or overly aggressive. 

Kings are extremely intelligent and are very trainable, in both obedience and as personal protection dogs.

They are generally aloof with strangers like purebred German Shepherds.


a) Do King German Shepherds Make Good Family Dogs, and Get Along With Children/Kids?

King German Shepherds are very loving with their families.

They will become protective of your children and a very loyal companion.

They are very gentle, playful and kind around people they know.


b) Do King German Shepherd Get Along With Other Dogs?

As long as King German Shepherds are socialised from a young age, they get along very well with other family pets and animals.


7) King German Shepherd Health and Problems

King German Shepherds were bred to not possess many of the health problems that plague the German Shepherd like Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, although it is subjective to what extent extent these problems have been eliminated.

On the whole, both the purebred and King German Shepherds are both healthy breeds by dog standards.

As a large to giant mix breed dog, the 3 main health issues that you will encounter with the King German Shepherd are:

Hip, Elbow and Joint Dysplasia. There are German Shepherd joint supplements and vitamins available for this.


Obesity from overfeeding


8) How Much Exercise Do King German Shepherd Need?

King German Shepherds need about half an hour to an hour of brisk walking and exercise a day.


9) Training A King German Shepherd

King German Shepherds are very smart and eager to please their owner, which makes them easy to train. 

They can be trained as a family pet, show dog or even for working in the fields of herding, protection/guarding and special uses.

They respond well to positive reinforcement, but do need a gentle but firm command. If you are hesitant or soft on discipline, they may begin to get out of control like any other dog.


10) King German Shepherd Food

An adult King German Shepherd usually requires about 3-4 cups of dry dog food per day.  


11) King German Shepherd Grooming

Both the long haired and medium/short haired King German Shepherds shed regularly all year round. A 5 minute brushing 2-3 times a week should be sufficient grooming care.


12) Should I Get A King German Shepherd? 

A King German Shepherd would not suit an owner who has little room in their home or an adequate sized back yard.

They require ample daily exercise otherwise they can lose stimulation and become destructive.

If you live a busy lifestyle and don’t have time to spend with your pet, especially walking or exercising it, a King German Shepherd may not be for you.

It’s also worth noting that because of their size, you need to put the proper time into training, socialising and teaching obedience to these dogs to teach them the right way to act around humans and other animals.


13) How Much Do King German Shepherds Cost?

Per the American King Shepherd Club:

“Depending on the quality and breeding rights, a King Shepherd can range in price from $USD1,250.00 for pet quality, to over $USD2,000.00 for a show quality/breeding dog.”


14) Adopting, or Buying A King German Shepherd – Where to Find Breeders, Shelters & Rescues

The best place to start would be to contact a King Shepherds Club for a referral to a shelter or rescue centre.



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