We are new to the King Shepherd family. We previously owned German Shepherds and wanted to find a dog that wasn't as prone to have so many of the genetic disorders that the German Shepherd has. Because we had two German Shepherds die from genetic disorders, we decided to look at a different breed of dog. In our search for a new dog, we came across the King Shepherd breed. We researched them extensively and saw that they had some of the same characteristics as the German Shepherds we owned. We called a number of the King Shepherd Breeders to get their take on the breed and became convinced that this was the dog for us. We received our first male King Shepherd puppy in March of 08 and he has been a real blessing. Since this time we have fallen in love with the King Shepherd breed and have decided to start a breeding program here in Michigan. In June of 09 we recieved our first female King Shepherd and in July we picked up our second female King Shepherd. Great Lakes King Shepherds is the only AKSC approved breeder in Michigan and the Midwest. We are currently being mentored by the oringinal founder of the King Shepherd breed, Shelley Watts-Cross.