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Shiloh Shepherd

Information and Pictures

Two dogs - A Shiloh Shepherd dog and a Shiloh Shepherd puppy are walking across a field, they both are panting and they are looking forward.

Shiloh Shepherds, Bowie at 3 years old with Dexter the 3-month-old puppy, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Other Names

Shiloh

Description

The Shiloh Shepherd's overall appearance is rather heavy. The back is broad, strong and solid. The head is broad and noble, slightly domed and in proportion to the body. The width and length of the skull are approximately equal with a gently defined stop, strong developed cheekbones, and a gradually tapering muzzle. The muzzle should be predominantly black, the length being equal to that of the forehead, with the lips firmly fitted and solid black. The muzzle should not be long, narrow or snipey in appearance. Both upper and lower thighs are well muscled. The tail is quite long and thickly covered with dense hair, hanging down like a plume. The coat comes in two varieties: smooth and plush. The plush coat is medium-length with a dense undercoat and has a distinct mane from the neck to the chest. Hair should not be more than 5" (12 cm) in length. The smooth coat is thick and medium-length with the outer hair being harsh to the touch.

Temperament

The Shiloh Shepherd is very similar to the German Shepherd Dog, except it is bigger, and bred with better hips. The breed club promotes temperament testing and issues certificates for individuals that it considers to be neither fearfully shy nor dominantly aggressive. Although the Shiloh is still relatively unknown, it makes a nice companion dog. It is a very intelligent, courageous and self-confident dog that will willingly protect its family, yet it is friendly and a good companion to its friends and family. Makes a good guard and watchdog. Shilohs have tremendous loyalty and courage. Calmly confident, but not hostile. Serious and intelligent. They have a high learning ability. Shilohs love to be close to their families. They should be trained and socialized from an early age with a firm and loving hand. Remaining alpha over the dog along with providing daily walks, jogs or runs is paramount to a successful relationship between you and your shepherd.

Height, Weight

Height: 28 - 30 inches (71 - 76 cm)
Weight: Males 100 - 130 pounds (45 - 59 kg) Females 80 - 100 pounds (36 - 45 kg)

Health Problems

Hip dysplasia, also prone to tumors.

Living Conditions

The Shiloh Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. These dogs are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least a large yard. They have all-weather coats and will do well in cold as well as hot climates. They can live outdoors, but would be much happier inside close to their owners. Be sure they have plenty of water and shade on hot days and proper shelter in the winter.

Exercise

The Shiloh Shepherd loves strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some kind, for these dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. If under-exercised, this breed can become restless and destructive.

Life Expectancy

About 12-14 years

Litter Size

About 6 to 12 puppies

Grooming

The coat comes in two varieties, smooth and plush. The plush coat requires regular brushing to keep it clean and tangle free. The smooth coat requires minimal grooming. This breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedder. A quick daily brushing is best unless hair in the house is not a problem. They should be bathed rarely, only once or twice a year to avoid skin oil depletion.

Origin

A U.S. German Shepherd fancier had been breeding German Shepherd Dogs since the 1960s. She was active in conformation shows as well as Schutzhund, etc. In the ’70s she set her standard back to the old style, very large type Shepherds. She spent the next decade pursuing her goals for the old style Shepherds. In 1990 she separated her breed from AKC and started to maintain registry records as Shiloh Shepherds. Shiloh Shepherds are believed to have Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd in their bloodlines (Alaskan Shepherd). The International Shiloh Shepherd Registry, Inc. (ISSR) was incorporated in 1991. There are currently several different Shiloh Shepherd registries.

Group

Herding

Recognition

ACA = American Canine Association

APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.

ARBA = American Rare Breed Association

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

ISSR = International Shiloh Shepherd Registry

NKC = National Kennel Club

NSBR = National Shiloh Breed's Registry

SSBA = Shiloh Shepherd Breeders Association

TSSR = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

The front left side of a black and tan Shiloh Shepherd dog that is standing across a yard. It is looking forward, its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling. It has golden brown eyes.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd at 1 year old, TSSR-registered =The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

A black and grey Shiloh Shepherd dog is laying across a grass surface, it is looking forward, its mouth is open and its tongue is sticking out.

Meadow the Shiloh Shepherd, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Two Shiloh Shepherd dogs, a gray and black and a tan and black, are laying across a grass surface and they are looking forward. The left most Shiloh Shepherd has its mouth open and tongue out.

8-month-old Chewie/Rebel daughters—Bella, owned by Donna and Tom Greeley, and Sophie, owned by Bill and Laura Phelan, photo courtesy of P & C's Ridgewood Shilohs (TSSR)

A black Shiloh Shepherd puppy with big tall perk ears is sitting on a blacktop surface, it is looking to the left, its mouth is open and its tongue is out.A black Shiloh Shepherd puppy with big ears is sitting on a blacktop surface, it is looking forward, its mouth is open and its tongue is out. There is a stone porch behind the puppy.

Shadow the black Shiloh Shepherd puppy at 4 months old, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

The right side of a black with tan Shiloh shepherd dog standing across a carpet, it is looking to the right, its mouth is open and its tongue is out. There is a person sitting on a couch towards the right of the image.

Meadow the Shiloh Shepherd full grown, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Front view - A black and grey Shiloh Shepherd puppy is laying on a stack of newspapers, its front paws are on a white plate, it is looking up and its head is tilted to the right.

Meadow the Shiloh Shepherd puppy at 8 weeks, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Close up - A small fluffy black with tan Shiloh Shepherd puppy is laying on a bed, its mouth is open and little pink tongue is out. There is a person laying on a bed behind it.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd puppy at 8 weeks, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

A fluffy black with tan Shiloh Shepherd puppy is laying on a bed and to the right of it is a boy with red hair. The puppys mouth is open and its tongue is sticking out.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd puppy at 8 weeks old with Wyatt, TSSR-registered =The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Close up view from the top looking down at the dog - A black with tan Shiloh Shepherd puppy is sitting on a small rug, it is looking forward, its mouth is open and its tongue is sticking out.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd as a 3-month-old puppy, TSSR-registered =The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Two Shiloh Shepherds are walking across a blacktop surface. Both of there mouths are open and tongues are sticking out. One dog is smaller than the other.

Shiloh Shepherds Bowie as a puppy at 5 months old (front) and Meadow full grown (back), both TSSR-registered =The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

The left side of a black and tan Shiloh Shepherd that is sitting on a hill, it is looking forward, its mouth is open and its tongue is out. There is a frisbee in front of it and a split rail fence behind it.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd at 1 year old, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

Front side view - A black and tan Shiloh Shepherd is running up a dirt surface, its mouth is open, its tongue is out and it is looking forward.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd at 1 year old, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

A thick-coated, black and tan Shiloh Shepherd is sitting on a stand, it is looking forward, its mouth is open and its tongue is out.

Bowie the Shiloh Shepherd at 1 year old, TSSR-registered = The Shiloh Shepherd Registry

An infant baby is sleeping on a couch and laying across from it is a tan with white Shiloh Shepherd and it is looking up. The dog looks a little like a wolf.

Grace the Shiloh Shepherd at 3 years old—"We rescued Grace when she was right at a year old and she has been the best dog you could ask for."