King Shepherd

Description

The King Shepherd is a large dog with impressive features. Its head is massive, but comparable in size to the rest of its body. The ears, which are pointed, are set height on its head. Its nose and eyes are dark and are not very prominent. The breed’s chest is both deep and wide. The coat varies and is typically coarse. There is a profuse amount of fur on the tail, which curls upward a bit.

Temperament

The King Shepherd is a even-tempered breed that has a protective nature. It is a natural guard dog that will protect its family’s home and property. The breed has a gentle demeanor and a pleasant attitude toward visitors to the home. Despite its size it is a good companion for children, although it is not a good idea to leave the breed alone with very young or small children. The King Shepherd seeks to please and is typically responsive to training.

Height and Weight

The King Shepherd is an average of 25-29 inches tall and weighs and average of 90-150 pounds.

Health Problems

The King Shepherd is susceptible to some minor conditions. The breed’s coat is thick and it can become irritated and itchy. The breed may also develop infections of the eye and ears.

Ideal Living Conditions

The King Shepherd is a large breed and is most suitable for large spaces, such as a moderate size backyard. Smaller environments, such as apartments are not suitable for the King Shepherd because it has a tendency to be inactive indoors.

Exercise

The King Shepherd requires a significant amount of exercise. The breed will appreciate walking, but more physical exercise is better. An owner that runs or performs a high-impact exercise on a regular basis can take this breed along with them. Training that involves physical exercise and mental exercise is a good idea for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The King Shepherd lives about 10 years.

Litter Size

The average litter size for the King Shepherd is 4-8 puppies.

Grooming

The King Shepherd has a thick coat that is naturally resistant to water and extreme cold temperatures. All that is necessary for the coat is regular brushing. The coat only requires occasional washing. The breed is susceptible to ear infections, so it is a good idea to check the ears on a regular basis.

Origin

The King Shepherd is believed to have been developed by breeders in the U.S. using several large breeds

Group

Herding

Color

There are several combinations of colors that are acceptable for the King Shepherd. Most types are a shade of brown with markings of black, tan, dark yellow, and ivory.