The King Shepherd is a new breed of dog from the United States that is still considered to be in development. Breeders Shelley Watts-Cross and David Turkheimer began development of this breed in the early 1990s utilizing German Shepherds from both America and Europe as well as Shiloh Shepherds, another emerging breed, with additional contributions from Alaska Malamutes and Great Pyrenees dogs. Their intent was to develop a breed with the working ability and protective instinct of the German Shepherd breed, but larger, with fewer health problems, and with a friendlier disposition, and they have thus far been successful in their endeavor, founding the official King Shepherd club in 1995. As this breed is a rare breed that is still in development, they have not yet been recognized by any of the major kennel clubs. They can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association and as well as the American King Shepherd Club. This breed has very quickly gained popularity, and reputable breeders are continuing to carefully breed these dogs in order to continue improving their overall health. This rare breed is becoming relatively high in demand allowing them to command a rather high price with well-bred puppies costing anywhere between $1500 and $3000. This breed has been increasing in popularity, encouraging some less-than-reputable breeders to attempt to cash in on their popularity and breeding them without the proper genetic and physical testing, so if you are seeking a King Shepherd pup of your own, it is important to ensure that the parents of your dog are registered with the American King Shepherd Club.