"King Shepherd ABC's and 123's"
The following is information on the Background of the King Shepherd breed that has been previously stated to those who have inquired.
What makes a breed a "rare breed"? Typically in the US, a rare breed is classified as a breed which does not have AKC recognition; a breed which is newly developed or is still in the process of being refined; a breed which is in development; a breed which has very small numbers; a breed which may be AKC recognized, but does not conform to the AKC standard of said breed or a breed that is developed by breeding certain deviant characteristics of an otherwise known AKC breed.
The King Shepherd breed can fit several of the definitions above as a "rare breed". The King Shepherd breed of dog was developed with the vision of a large sized or "king-sized" German Shepherd, with differences in temperament, conformation and of course size, as compared to the German Shepherd. It is no surprise that German Shepherd is the main ingredient in the King Shepherd. In fact one of the first rare breed organizations that recognized the breed included among its acceptable definitions on how an F1 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 highly influenced by the German Shepherd); and breeding a German Shepherd to a Shiloh Shepherd". Originally the King Shepherd was indeed produced by selective breeding of specific bloodlines of German Shepherd dogs that deviated from the AKC Ideal German Shepherd Standard of the Breed. Later on in the years, the American King Shepherd Club, Inc. (AKSC) has reformed the King Shepherd Standard of the breed and introduced other breeds, to try to strengthen the King Shepherd breed as well as to build upon the characteristics that make the King different from the AKC Standard of the German Shepherd.
The AKSC registers the King Shepherd breed and issues individual and unique registration names and numbers for those dogs and their ancestors who are used in the King Shepherd breeding program as well as for puppies that are produced. The King is accepted by several rare breed organizations which allow the breed to be shown in breed competitions as well as obedience competitions. Interested individuals typically wish to add a King to their family because of their love for the German Shepherd breed; but are disillusioned of what some German Shepherds have become. Individuals add a King to their family because of the general looks and temperament of the King; not because it is considered as a "rare breed" in many peoples eyes. Most individuals do research on the German Shepherd and the King and find that the average pet price for a well bred German Shepherd of Import lines or show lines could be well over $1,200.00 and range to more than $4000; the average price for a pet quality King is $1,250.00.
Over the years the AKSC has encountered individuals who are not in agreement with our goals in producing the King Shepherd. There have been a handful of King owners who are quick to sling negative epithets in our direction because or our beliefs and efforts of our breeding program. The AKSC finds it a bit ironic that many of these same individuals (who question the background of the King) absolutely adore their Kings and continue to exhibit these very same Kings in rare breed King Shepherd shows, specialties and events. The AKSC also finds it very interesting that these same individuals fail to realize that if it were not for the AKSC or individuals who purchased their breeding or foundation stock through an AKSC member, they would not own their cherished King Shepherds.
Furthermore, there is a smattering of individuals who believe that the King is "just a King-sized German Shepherd". While the AKSC will not argue with these individuals and based on the original vision and genetics of the King, to a German Shepherd Purist, there is an element of truth. However, the AKSC believes that the King is indeed unique because it consistently deviates from the Ideal German Shepherd that is described in the AKC German Shepherd Standard of the Breed and we will continue to love, promote and work on the "evolution" of bettering the King Shepherd Breed for the future.
In the final analysis, we should ask ourselves these questions: Do you enjoy your dog? Is it social with you and others? Is it easy to train and control? Is it healthy? Is a loving and loyal, priceless companion that enhances your life? If so, owning a King Shepherd has fulfilled its main purpose in your life. That is what it's really all about.
Socialization Techniques for Your King Shepherd
King Shepherd dogs are a product of their environment. Dogs that are kept at home and not introduced to different people, different sounds & different environments can be a bit more nervous, scared and aggressive. If you want your dog to be more out going and willing to except new things that are presented to them, introduce them at an early age to the environment outside the bubble of your home. Bring them with you when ever possible to pet stores, to parks and on walks in your neighborhoods. Introduce your dog to people and other pets as many times as you can. This will make your dog more comfortable around other people and pets. When introducing them to other people and pets reassure them that everything is ok. While doing this, develop boundaries for them. This will teach them what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. Reward the dog when they demonstrate good behavior. One key item about socialization of your dog is obedience training. This is not what most people think of when the word obedience is mentioned. This is not the guard dog, attack mentality. This is being able to control your pet in all situations. Dogs that are not controllable are also not predictable. Simple commands like, sit, stay, heel, come and down are good ones to master. These commands are very useful when walking the dog. You should be in control, not the dog. This exercise should be fun for both of you. Another way to improve your pet's socialization skills is to have your dog spayed or neutered. Dogs can demonstrate aggressive tendencies and want to wonder if not spayed or neutered. In conclusion, socialized King Shepherds are better companions and easier to handle.
Potty Training for Your King Shepherd Puppy
There are many techniques that work to successfully train a puppy not to do their business in the home. Pushing their nose into the mess is not one of them. This only places a violent act into their mind that you were a part of. The goal of potty training is not to scare the puppy. Note all puppies are not the same. Each puppy's learning period is different. Some take a short while, while others take a much longer time to train, be patient. The first step I recommend is getting a dog crate. The dog crate is the most critical part of these steps. The crate should be set up to grow as the puppy grows. Initially the crate should only give the puppy enough room to sleep. Most puppies do not like to do their business where they sleep. Open this area up as they grow and as they progress in their training. Note: they are puppies in training and they can only hold it for 1 to 2 hours at the most at the very early age. This time increase as they get older. Do not get upset if they have an accidence in their crate. Now you have a crate. This does not mean that the puppy needs to stay inside it all day. I recommend providing the puppy with an activity pen where they can stay when not being watched. If they have an accident in the pen that's ok, but the goal is to get them potty trained. Try to take them out every 1 to 2 hours and praise them heavily when they do their business. You can also help with the training, by placing a bell with a string on it in their play pen. Before you take the puppy outside, bring the puppy to the bell and ring it. After a while they may begin to get the picture and help you with their potty breaks. As they get bigger, this bell can be moved to the house door where you take them out to go potty. If there is a certain area in your yard that you wish the puppy to do their business in, continue to bring them to that spot all the time. Initially you will have to carry the puppy to the spot, but eventually you will need to walk them to the spot. This will get them use to going in the same area. Praise them when they use this location. If you want to play with them outside their activity pen, remember their schedule. If they have an accident, tell them no and bring them immediately to their outside spot. Note if you do not see the puppy do their business while in your care do not scold them. They will not know what they are being yelled at for. You must catch them in the act in order to make the scolding affective. Remember that you want them to associate the no with the act and not a beat down. Make sure the area where they did their business inside is cleaned. You do not want them associating this area with their potty spot. Be patient and eventually you will notice that they are giving you clues that they need to go out. Keep your eyes open for these clues and praise them when you see them. One more key point, take the water bowl away from the puppy at least 2 hours before you go to bed. You can offer them ice cubes to appease them.