King Shepherd Puppies
Have you been looking at King Shepherd puppies in your quest for a new dog? This mix between a German Shepherd and another breed (often the Alaskan Malamute) is a great dog but, as with any breed or mix, you should do your research before getting one.
Here’s what you need to know.
Where to Get King Shepherd Puppies
Good news for those committed to adoption! King Shepherds are relatively easy to find in shelters. Because this is a loose name for a German Shepherd crossed with another large dog, shelters see them quite a bit. If you’re looking for one, you can call around or visit shelters in person. You may even be able to look at certain breed rescues to find mixes — for example, German Shepherds are often bred with the Great Pyrenees as well to create these, so Pyr rescues may have some. Pluto…
If you decide to go the breeder route, be careful. Because King Shepherds are a debatable mix and aren’t recognized by the AKC, it’s easy to breed a German Shepherd with another dog and make them. Often, these dogs have parents that weren’t health-tested and haven’t been socialized. Make sure you ask the breeder a ton of questions and check they have contracts in place and have brought the puppies up well before you take one home. Otherwise, you could end up with a ton of veterinary and training bills down the line.
Backyard breeders often make their puppies attractive with cheap prices, but the costs add up later in life when their care is more difficult than that of a well-bred dog.
The cost of a King Shepherd is hard to say. Because a German Shepherd could be mixed with a few other breeds, and it depends on the line, the cost will vary. However, a breeder selling puppies drastically below $500 is a red flag, as it means they didn’t cost much to raise. Jenna…
From a shelter, the cost will be much less and usually includes shots, spaying/neutering, and microchipping.
The King Shepherd, as you might have guessed by the name, is a large dog. Other than that, it could have a variety of appearances! It may be the color of the German Shepherd, or have the coat of an Alaskan Malamute. It’s important to look at the individual King Shepherd you’re getting to determine appearance, though you should definitely prepare for a big dog.
Again, because this mix is dependent on what breeds are in there, temperament is hard to tell!
If they have more German Shepherd in them, they’re likely to be high-energy, intelligent dogs who need a lot of mental stimulation and exercise. Many of the breeds used to create a King Shepherd are wary of strangers, so they’ll need lots of socialization as puppies. Kingleo…
These dogs will bond well with their families, but they may have a stubborn streak that makes training a challenge — particularly if there’s Pyr in there! Always stay patient and provide plenty of positive reinforcement.
King Shepherd Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
These dogs should be relatively healthy though they may be prone to some of the conditions of the breeds in their mix. German Shepherds, for example, can get hip dysplasia. Make sure the breeder does health tests on the parents, if you do buy from a breeder, and keep an eye on them. You can also do Embark testing to find out what they might be prone to.
Otherwise, their veterinary needs are like any other dog.
They’ll need shots every year (and more as a puppy) to protect them from parvovirus, distemper, rabies, and other diseases. Until they’re considered fully vaccinated, you shouldn’t allow them to be around other dogs or walk in places where a lot of other dogs have. Parvovirus can live on the ground for a long time, so it’s important to be careful.
You should also give them a flea and heartworm prevention pill every month. Samson…
The best diet is something owners will always debate.
Kibble is the most popular choice, but you should make sure you choose a good one, even though it’s convenient. Some kibble is more full of fillers than nutrients, and grain-free foods are a no-no, as they’ve been linked to heart disease over time. If you’re struggling, ask your vet for advice, as they’ll know your specific dog well. You may also want to choose a large breed food.
Some owners choose to feed their dog a raw diet. While this has many benefits, do your research, and don’t try to prepare the meals yourself – have an expert handle it for you! Raw feeding, however, is significantly more expensive than kibble. Bogey…
The coat type will depend on what your mix is. There’s a chance of a long coat, which means you should brush them every day to prevent matting. They may also shed a ton!
Make sure you keep up with cleaning their ears, teeth, and taking care of their nails too. If your dog hates grooming time, provide lots of high-value treats and praise. They’ll soon get used to it!