King Shepherd

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
American King Shepherd

A brief presentation of the King Shepherd

The King Shepherd is a new breed in development since the early 1990s. This dog was developed in the USA by breeders Shelley Watts-Cross and David Turkheimer to develop a dog similar in nature and appearance to the German Shepherd breed, but larger in size. These dogs have the confidence found in most German Shepherds, but tend to be calmer and more affectionate, making them suitable for livestock protection, personal protection and even therapy work. In most cases, King Shepherds are friendly but somewhat reserved towards strangers and get on well with other animals, but appropriate socialization must be offered to ensure they retain their easy-going temperament.

History of the King Shepherd

The King Shepherd is a new breed of dog from the USA that is still considered to be in development. In the early '90s, Shelley Watts-Cross and David Turkheimer began developing this attractive dog using German Shepherds from America and Europe, as well as Shiloh Shepherds, another emerging breed, with additional contributions from Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees dogs. Their intention was to develop a dog with the working ability and protective instincts of the German Shepherd, but larger, with fewer health problems and a friendlier disposition, and they have so far succeeded in their endeavor by founding the official King Shepherd Club in 1995. As this is a rare dog that is still in development, it has not yet been recognized by any of the major dog clubs. They can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association and the American King Shepherd Club. This striking dog has rapidly gained in popularity, and reputable breeders continue to carefully cultivate and perfect these dogs to further improve their overall health. Unique and not always easy to find, they are becoming more and more in demand, commanding quite a high price with well-bred puppies costing between $1,500 and $3,000. They're becoming more and more recognized, encouraging some less reputable breeders to try and cash in on their popularity. Some breed them without proper genetic and physical testing. So, if you're looking for a King Shepherd puppy, it's important to make sure your dog's parents are registered with the American King Shepherd Club.

Appearance of the King Shepherd

These are very large dogs with strong bones and deep chests, standing 61 centimeters high at the shoulder and often weighing over 45 kilos. They are well muscled and slightly longer than they are tall, giving them a rectangular outline with a long, straight or slightly curved tail that is usually carried low. They have a large, well-defined skull with a square shape that narrows as they approach the eyes, and a well-balanced square muzzle with a strong jaw. The King Shepherd's almond-shaped eyes are dark brown and generally have a very lively but composed expression. Their large triangular ears are carried upright and open in front, often with heavily furred edges, and their nose is large and black in color. The association's standard states that there is no penalty for dogs with a snow nose, a condition in which the nose develops spots or streaks of lighter color, particularly during the winter months.

Temperament of the King Shepherd

These are generally confident dogs, and while they may be a little wary of strangers, they are rarely shy or aggressive about it. King Shepherds are loyal and affectionate with their families, and while interactions between smaller children and dogs should always be closely monitored, they tend to be calm and trustworthy with toddlers. They have a natural protective streak and can be easily trained for protection and guarding work, but because of their friendly nature and stable temperament, they are just as talented as therapy dogs. These dogs are not as energetic as some breeds, but they have plenty of stamina, strength and agility, making them suitable as working dogs, herding and guarding livestock. They generally get on well with other dogs, although good socialization with these large dogs is essential if they are to retain their confidence and good nature. While they are generally friendly with other types of animals, such as cats, some dogs can develop a penchant for hunting them.

Needs and activities of the King Shepherd

This large dog is generally quite robust and stable, and although athletic, is not prone to hyperactivity. That said, the King Shepherd was developed from several working breeds known for their strength and stamina, and these big dogs need exercise to keep fit. They should have at least an hour to an hour and a half of walking or jogging every day. These dogs are also highly intelligent, and mental stimulation and training should also be provided daily to prevent the development of harmful boredom-related behaviors.

Maintenance of the King Shepherd

The King Shepherd has a thick, weather-resistant coat that doesn't need to be bathed too often, but it does require careful, regular brushing. Brushing your dog several times a week will help eliminate dead hairs and control their moderate shedding throughout the year, improve blood circulation and prevent the formation of dangerous knots and mats in the undercoat close to the skin. This breed also sheds more heavily during seasonal changes and should be brushed at least once a day to control heavy shedding during these periods. It's also important to examine their ears regularly for any dirt, debris or damage to prevent infection from developing. Their teeth should be cleaned at least once a week. Check their nails for excessive length every month.

No comments

The latest updated breeds

  • Russian blue

    Russian blue Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Russian Blue or Russian is a cat breed with controversial origins, usually considered a natural breed that originated in cold countries such as Russia and Scandinavia. Often described as a calm breed that is very attached to its master, the Russian Blue is well suited to life in an...
  • Balinais

    Balinais Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Balinais is a cat breed that originated in the United States. This medium-sized cat is the semi-long-haired variety of the Siamese. Standard The French standard specifies that the Balinais, although fine, must not be too thin. A brief historical overview The Balinais is the semi-long-haired variety...
  • Australian mist

    Australian mist Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Australian Mist, also known as the Spotted Mist, is a breed of cat native to Australia. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its short-haired coat with a spotted tabby or blotched tabby pattern. A brief historical overview The origins of the Australian Mist go back to the late 1970s,...
  • Anatoli

    Anatoli Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Anatoli, also known as the Anatolian shorthair or Turkish shorthair, is a cat breed of Turkish origin. It is the short-haired variety of the Van Turk. Standard The Anatoli is said to be a natural Turkish breed, like the Van Turk and Turkish Angora. The Anatoli was recognized by the WCF in 2001. A...
  • Californian rex

    Californian rex Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Californian Rex is a breed of cat native to the United States. This cat is characterized by its wavy, semi-longhair coat. It is the semi-long-haired variety of the Cornish Rex. A brief historical overview As its name suggests, this variety was discovered in California in the 1960s.Today, it...
  • Cornish rex

    Cornish rex Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Cornish rex, also known as the Cornish rex, is a breed of cat native to the United Kingdom. This cat is characterized by its very short, notched, soft coat. A brief historical overview The Cornish rex, originally from Great Britain, is the result of spontaneous mutation. The breed's founder...
  • Chausie

    Chausie Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Chausie is a breed of cat native to the United States. This cat is characterized by its Chaus-like physique. A brief historical overview The Chausie is the result of hybridization between a Chaus and a domestic cat. The first crosses were made in the late 1960s to produce a cat with a wild type...
  • Chartreux

    Chartreux Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Chartreux, also known as the Chartreux cat, is a breed of cat native to France. This cat is characterized by gold-to-copper eyes and a short, full coat that is entirely blue. A brief historical overview The Chartreux is one of the oldest natural cat breeds in the world. It is thought to have...
  • Ceylan

    Ceylan Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Ceylan is a cat breed originally from Sri Lanka. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its ticked tabby shorthair. A brief historical overview It was an Italian, Dr. Paolo Pellegatta, who in 1984 discovered half-wild ticked cats (like the Abyssin) in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylan). With the help of the...
  • British longhair

    British longhair Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The British longhair is a breed of cat that originated in England. This medium to large cat is the semi-long-haired variety of the British shorthair. A brief historical overview The British longhair is a direct descendant of the British shorthair, and their history was identical until the...
  • British shorthair

    British shorthair Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The British shorthair is a breed of cat that originated in Great Britain. This medium to large cat is characterized by its very round head and large, round eyes. A brief historical overview At the same time, English breeders such as H. Weir selected the most beautiful alley cats, which were...
  • American Burmese

    American Burmese Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The American Burmese is a cat breed originating in Burma and developed in the United States from the 1930s onwards. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its sepia-toned coat. It differs from its English counterpart mainly by its face and round eyes. Standard The American Burmese is the only...
  • Bombay

    Bombay Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Bombay is a breed of cat originating in the United States. The Bombay is characterized by its uniformly black shorthair coat. The cobby body is muscular and compact. Standard Apart from coat and eye color, the Bombay's standard is identical to that of the American Burmese for LOOF and TICA.In...
  • Asian

    Asian Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Asian, also known as the Asiatic, is a breed of cat that originated in England. This medium-sized cat is a variety of the English Burmese, with coats and patterns different from those of the Mink, but with the same physique. It is the offspring of the Burmilla breeding program run by Baroness...
  • Burmilla

    Burmilla Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Burmilla is a breed of cat originating in England and belonging to the Asian group. Its development began in the 1980s with a chance cross between a lilac Burmese and a Persian chinchilla. Standard For the LOOF, English Burmese, Asian and Burmilla standards are identical, except in terms of...
  • English Burmese

    English Burmese Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The English Burmese or European Burmese is a cat breed descended from the American Burmese and developed in the United Kingdom from the 1950s onwards. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its sepia-toned coat. It differs from its American counterpart mainly by its triangular face and less...
  • Turkish Angora

    Turkish Angora Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Turkish Angora is a semi-long-haired cat breed from Turkey. A natural breed that enjoyed great success in the 18th century, this medium-sized cat is still little known today, despite its great aesthetic qualities and character. Standard The standard has evolved since the first cat show in...