In this guide, we provide some key information to help people learn about Shiloh Shepherds as a dog breed.
We cover areas such as their origin, size, appearance, temperament, and more.
Let’s take a look!
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Shiloh Shepherd: 9 Things To Know
1. Shiloh Shepherds – Origin, History, & Where They Come From
Shiloh Shepherds are a mix breed dog made up of at least the German Shepherd breed, along with other dog breeds.
They were reportedly developed in New York in the 1970’s, and were bred having some key differences to German Shepherds.
Reportedly, in addition to being bigger, having a different temperament, and having a straighter back, they may have also be bred to have healthier hips and elbows than the regular German Shepherd breed. They may have been bred in part to correct behavioral and conformational issues that were bred into regular German Shepherds
Some reports indicate that the word ‘Shiloh’ came from the original breeder’s involvement in Christianity.
Shiloh Shepherds were first recognized as a breed by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in the early 1990’s
Being that they are a more recently developed breed, they are not yet recognized by the AKC.
Some reports indicate that the dog breeds that have been used to breed Shiloh Shepherds have been German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes, Canadian White Shepherds, Czech wolf dogs, Altdeutscher Schaeferhundes, and Sarplaninacs.
2. Popularity Of Shiloh Shepherds
Every year, the American Kennel Club publishes a list of the most popular dog breeds based on dog registration data.
The 2021 list does not list the Shiloh Shepherd in the top 197 popular dog breeds
This may have something to do with the fact that the Shiloh Shepherd is currently not recognized by the AKC as an official dog breed
3. Size Of Shiloh Shepherds
Shiloh Shepherds might be considered a Giant sized dog breed
Males and females are different sizes, but the breed overall might be anywhere from 26 to 32 inches (66 to 81 cms) in height, and 80 to 160 lbs (36 to 72 kg) in weight
4. Lifespan Of Shiloh Shepherds
A Shiloh Shepherd might have a lifespan of between 9-14 years
5. Shiloh Shepherds – Appearance, Physical Features, Colors, & Coats
Shiloh Shepherds have some similarities to the appearance of GSDs, but also some differences.
The obvious difference is that they are much larger, but they can have different coloring too – often having a bi-color coat, with black, silver/grey, white, gold, and tan being some of the main colors.
They may also have a squarer body than GSDs, and typically have a longer, but still double coat.
They may look similar to German Shepherds in the face, and have erect ears.
6. Temperament Of Shiloh Shepherds
Various reports indicate that Shiloh Shepherds were bred to be softer and calmer in their nature than German Shepherds.
7. Cost To Buy Shiloh Shepherd Puppies & Adults
The cost to buy a specific breed of dog depends on the country it’s bought from, along with a wide range of other factors.
Some general information on buying each breed though might include:
Buying From Breeders
According to different online information at the time of publishing this guide, the general cost to buy a Shiloh Shepherd might be:
– Anywhere from $1000 to $4000
Buying from a breeder may not be the only option to own this breed
Adopting or rescuing may be other options too.
The cost to adopt or rescue a dog can be significantly cheaper than buying from a breeder in some instances, although there’s usually still a basic cost to adopt/rescue a dog.
Buying a dog that is being re-homed might another option to buy a dog.
The cost for rehomed dogs can vary.
8. Where To Find Out More About Shiloh Shepherds
A few good places to find out more about Shiloh Shepherds might be:
– Websites and online profiles of Shiloh Shepherd breeders, and also owners
– Official or dedicated Shiloh Shepherd websites, clubs, associations and groups
9. Comparison Of Shiloh Shepherds To German Shepherds
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