Shiloh Shepherd Dog
|Shiloh Shepherd Dog
Plush-coated Shiloh Shepherd Dog
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
|Recognized by some Rare Breed organizations such as
RBCSWO, ARBA, Rarities, NKC, IABCA for Showing purposes.
The Shiloh Shepherd Dog is a
dog that resembles a
giant version of the
German Shepherd Dog (GSD), although they possess a much gentler attitude
inherited from the Giant
in their ancestry.
The Shiloh Shepherd Dog is powerfully built and well-balanced, with proud
carriage and smooth, effortless gait. The male Shiloh stands 30 inches (76 cm)
or more in height with a minimum of 28 inches (71 cm); he weighs 140 to 160
pounds (63.5-72.5 kg) with a minimum of 120 pounds (54.5 kg). The female is
smaller, standing 28 inches (71 cm) or more in height with a minimum of 26
inches (66 cm) and weighing 100 to 120 pounds (45-54.5 kg) with a minimum of 80
pounds (36 kg).
Shilohs come in two distinct coat varieties: the smooth coat (double
coat, medium length, lying close to the body, dense, straight, and harsh)
and the plush coat, which is longer, with a soft
a distinctive "mane", body coat not over 5 inches (12.5 cm) long and feathering
inside ears and behind the legs not over 3 inches (7.5 cm) long.
Shiloh coat colors may be "shades of black with tan, golden tan, reddish tan,
silver, and cream" or "various shades of richly pigmented golden, silver, red,
dark brown, dark gray, or black sable". Solid black or solid white are also
acceptable as long as nose, lips, and eye rims are solid black. White markings
are discouraged except for small patches on toes or the centre of the chest.
Pale, washed-out colours are discouraged. Eyes are dark to light brown.
The difference between the Shiloh Shepherd Dog and its parent breed, the
German Shepherd Dog, is explained as being essentially that the Shiloh is the
dog for people who fell in love with the German Shepherd as it was in 1962. They
claim that the breed has changed so radically since then that dogs of that type
can no longer be called GSDs. Without a doubt, too, the Shiloh is larger than
was ever the norm for GSDs.
The Shiloh Shepherd is described as self-confident with superior
intelligence as indicated in its
breed standard. Breeders strive for a courageous yet manageable temperament.
Any form of extreme aggression or shyness is severely penalized. The Shiloh
Shepherd is an excellent family companion that is extremely gentle with small
children as well as with other pets. Many Shilohs are used as
dogs and for
search and rescue work, and they excel in many other venues.
In 1974, Tina Barber, of Shiloh Shepherd Kennel in
State, began developing a unique line of German Shepherds. Her goal was to
preserve the type of dog she remembered from her childhood in
who are good family companions, exceptionally intelligent, mentally sound, big
and beautiful - similar to Chuck Eisenmann's dogs from
The Littlest Hobo. After years of selective breeding and
she seperated her dogs from the
AKC in 1990.
In 1991, The Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club of America (SSDCA, Inc.) was
incorporated. Shilohs were originally registered dually through the FIC and AKC,
but after difficulty with standards verification, the SSDCA decided to open the
first Shiloh-only registry, The International Shiloh Shepherd Registry (ISSR).
Due to some documentation problems with the original ISSR registrar, a special
program was designed by The Complete Computer Place (TCCP) to process registry
data for the ISSR. Since then more than 4,000 dogs have been registered with the
ISSR. They also maintain a database with over 45,000 ancestors in order to
properly calculate various factors within the limited genepool.
As the breed achieved recognition and popularity near the turn of the
registries were formed, as well as a second
for these registries. These are The Shiloh Shepherd Registry (TSSR), the
National Shiloh Breeders Registry (NSBR), and the Shiloh Shepherd Breed
Association (SSBA). The associated breed club is the International Shiloh
Shepherd Dog Club (ISSDC).
There are two main areas of concern for this breed: gastrointestinal problems
and skeletal disorders.
Like their German Shepherd ancestors, Shilohs may experience problems with
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth syndrome has also been reported. As
with many other large breeds, Shilohs can also be succeptable to
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