The king shepherd is larger and heavier, and its coat has a different texture from the German shepherd. The German shepherd is a pure breed that is recognized by the American Kennel Club; the king shepherd is only recognized by some rare breed associations. King shepherds result from breeding a German shepherd and a Shiloh shepherd. The Shiloh is part German shepherd, Alaskan malamute and Great Pyrenees.
King shepherds weighs between 75 and 150 pounds, and German shepherds are smaller, weighing between 77 and 85 pounds. Male German shepherds stand 24 to 26 inches, and females stand from 22 to 24 inches. The king shepherd's range is from 25 to 29 inches. King shepherds have two different types of coats: straight, coarse-haired coats and wavy, long-haired coats. A German shepherd's coat can be plush, double or long-haired. The 10- to 11-year life expectancy of the king shepherd is a little shorter than the German shepherd's 13 years. Apartment life is not recommended for the king shepherd, but the German shepherd can live in an apartment with the right amount of exercise. The temperament of the two breeds seems to be similar in that they are both intelligent, courageous, faithful and easy to train.