Quote:The King Shepherd breed began its development in 1996. The original vision was of an extra large or giant-sized German Shepherd. The vision included differences in temperament, conformation and size — as compared to the German Shepherd. The German Shepherd is the foundation of the King Shepherd.
The first rare breed organization that recognized the King Shepherd was the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), followed by International Rarities & North American Kennel Club (NAKC). Its definition on how a G1 generation King Shepherd could be produced was by “breeding a King to a German Shepherd; breeding a King to a Shiloh Shepherd (another "rare breed" which is influenced by the German Shepherd); and breeding a German Shepherd to a Shiloh Shepherd.” Originally, the King Shepherd was produced by selective breedings of specific bloodlines of German Shepherd dogs that deviated from the AKC “ideal” German Shepherd Standard of the Breed. Using the Shiloh Shepherd was disallowed several years ago.