Photo credit: Genesis Shilohs

Breed Registries:

Note: According to the breed founder, Tina Barber, the Shiloh Shepherd is a breed under development. At this time, the breed is not recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), nor the American Kennel Club (AKC) or its Foundation Stock Service (FSS) program. However, the breed has been recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) since 1991 as well as other Rare Breed registries. (The Shiloh Shepherd may also be recognized by other all-breed registries as well and information regarding these can be seen at: Dog Breed Registries in North America.)


Males: No less than 28 inches at the top of the highest point of the shoulder blade, with the ideal height being 30 inches or more.
Females: No less than 26 inches, with the ideal height being 28 inches or more.


Males: Minimum 120 lbs at maturity (three years); ideal weight is 140 to 160 lbs.
Females: Minimum 80 lbs at maturity; ideal weight is 100 to 120 lbs.

Breed Profile:

The Shiloh Shepherd is a breed that has been under development since 1962 by Tina Barber of Shiloh Shepherds Kennels. The breed was developed as an intense "re-creation" and variant to the German Shepherd Dog, to preserve the original qualities found in the old world style German Shepherd with soundness, temperament and health of utmost importance.

The Shiloh's general appearance is one of nobility and strength. He is powerfully built, elegant, well balanced, has a proud carriage and moves effortlessly. He is self-confident, courageous, very intelligent, steady and bold. A very versatile breed, the Shiloh is easily trained, loyal and devoted to his family, and always ready and willing to work.

Can CH Chetan of Genesis TT CGN OFA
Breed Champion, TT with Gunfire, Canadian Canine Good Neighbour,
OFA Excellent hips, Normal elbows, OFA Heart (cardiologist)
Owned & bred by: Genesis Shilohs

There are two types of coats for the breed: The Smooth has a double coat of medium length with a straight, harsh, dense, close-lying outer coat and a soft undercoat. The Plush type also has a close-fitting double coat of medium-length and a softer undercoat, but the neck has a distinct mane that extends to and covers the chest. This variety also has feathering on the inside of the ears and the back of the forelegs.

The Shiloh comes in various colours, ranging from solid black to solid white (the nose, eye rims and lips must be solid black) and also shades of tan, silver, red, dark brown, sable and cream.

The Shiloh Shepherd's gait should be outreaching, elastic and seemingly tireless without effort. It should be smooth and rythmic covering the maximum amount of ground with the minimum amount of steps. At a walk, he uses long strides for both hind legs and forelegs. At a trot, even longer strides are used, moving powerfully but easily with coordination and balance.

Important Note:

The ISSR was the original breed registry formed in 1991. In 1998 the International Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club/Registry (ISSDC/r) was formed and then relinquished in late 2001. The club was then re-established again in 2004. Other registries now exist as well, namely the National Shiloh Shepherd Registry (NSBR), The Shiloh Shepherd Registry (TSSR), and the Shiloh Shepherd Breed Association and Registry (SSBA).

There are several excellent articles and websites available on the Internet to help in your research of this breed:

Registries Rules & Regulations:

In researching information for the Shiloh Shepherd breed, it quickly became apparent that there exists a clear division of thought with the breed founder, the ISSR and the SSDCA on the one side and those breeders who have left the original ISSR and who now register their dogs with other registries (NSBR, SSBA, TSSR) on the other side. It is important to note that this representation of the breed is intended to be a completely unbiased view. As much as possible, we have included links to information that is strictly about the breed itself.

The links provided here are strictly for information purposes and convenience in finding relevant details about the breed and/or breeders and should in no way be viewed as a recommendation, endorsement or support of any one site and/or point of view over another — as previously stated, this representation of the breed is intended to be a completely unbiased view.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Shiloh Shepherd puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

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Additional Information

  • Herding Dogs — A new section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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