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King Shepherd Intro

In 1990’s AmericanBreaders began crossing the German Shepherd with Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees in an effort to make a larger variant dog. Learn more abut Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees in google search. Size: Males: 29 inches (74 cm) tall, weight 130 - 150 pounds (59 to 68 kg) Females: 27 inches (69 cm) tall, 90 - 110 pounds (41 to 50 kg). Build: Muscular, long, and robust. The head is proportionate with body and moderately wide between the eyes. Forehead slightly rounded. Ears are thick and firm, medium-sized and moderately wide at base. The eyes are medium-sized, almond shaped. Eyes can be brown, ranging from golden brown to almost black. Chest is broad and deep. Thickly feathered, slightly long curved tail. Paws round and short with well closed arch. Pads are hard. Nails short, strong, and dark-colored. Coat: Two coat varieties, plush and long-haired Coloring: Wide range: Sable, black saddle with tan, gold, cream, and tan or silver markings. Most desired are Black and Red Coats. Character: Intelligent, loyal, obedient, brave, and protective. Fearlessness but NOT hostile or aggressive. Poignant and devoted, making wonderful companions, ideal watchdogs. Highly versatile and fit in with many different lifestyles. Temperament: Highly territorial, making them least likely to run away from a fight. Suspicious towards strangers and will stop unwanted visitors. Get along well with children and other animals, provided proper socialization has taken place. Care: Should be brushed weekly. During shedding, a special comb to remove dead hairs may be required. Meals: Should be spread throughout day to avoid bloat LIfe Span: 10-14 years. Training: Eager pupils quick to learn new tricks. Most responsive to owner’s voice. Their versatility makes them suitable for variety of activities including dog sports. Like all dogs, especially larger breeds, obedience training is recommended. Activity: Happiest when doing some type of work, such as agility, obedience, or police trials. Over-exercising when young can cause damage to growing bones, joints, and muscles. They prefer a yard for play but can tolerate apartment life, only if sufficient exercise is provided. Note: The King Shepherd is recognized by the American Rare Breed Association. It is not recognized as distinct by the American Kennel Club