BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Photo credit: Genesis Shilohs
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.
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.
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.
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:
- About Shiloh Shepherds The Library Project This website is an excellent place to learn more about the Shiloh Shepherd breed. It covers topics such as appearance and temperament; health concerns; listings of clubs, registries and breeders; and much more.
- The Shiloh Shepherd Learning Center Sponsored by the International Shiloh Shepherd Registry, Inc. This site contains a wealth of information concerning the origins, health, and temperament of the Shiloh Shepherd, breed and club history, registry reports, health data, and training information.
- Introduction to the Shiloh Shepherd Originally written in 1991 by Tina M. Barber, (Breed Founder) for the SSDCA, Inc. Updated and Revised 9/97
- The Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club of America
- The International Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club
- Dog Breed Registries in North America What you need to know. Not specific to any breed of dog but a detailed article regarding breed registries and what they represent.
- Another Breeding Tool by Tina Barber "Whether you are only interested in purchasing a puppy, or breeding Shiloh Shepherds in the future, investigating the Relationship Coefficient factor in your dog's ancestry should be one of the most important items on top of your To Do list!"
- FAQs: Breed Specific
- Shiloh Shepherd Forums
- Yahoo Group - A Shiloh Shepherd Forum
- Information for the Potential Puppy/Dog Owner This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website is not breed-specific but includes several must read articles covering such topics as determining whether you are prepared to bring a dog into your lifestyle; what to look for in a Breeder; as well as a selection of reference books on the subject of choosing the right breed for you.
Registries Rules & Regulations:
- ISSR Rules and Regulations
- NSBR Registry Rules and Regulations
- TSSR Registry Rules & Regulations
- The SSBA Registry website does not presently include their registry rules.
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.
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:
- ISSR, Inc. Health Survey
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- 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.
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