If you’re looking to find out about the Shiloh Shepherd, you’ve come to the right place.
People often wonder if the Shiloh Shepherd is in anyway related to the German Shepherd breed, and we reveal the answer to that question in this guide + other interesting facts and bits of information.
Let’s look at the Shiloh Shepherd in greater detail…
Shiloh Shepherd: 15 Interesting Facts & Information To Know
1) What Is A Shiloh Shepherd – Are They A Registered Dog Breed?
The best way to describe the Shiloh Shepherd would be as a ‘dog breed under development’.
So, technically at the moment, if you go by major dog registries like the AKC for example, Shiloh Shepherds are a mix breed.
In order for a breed to be recognised by the AKC or FIC, they usually have to be:
- 3 generations removed from the most recent outcross
- the parent club has to have a strong base of active members willing to show their support by working with and titling their dogs
The Shiloh Shepherd, as of July 2017, does not currently meet that criteria.
2) What Are Shiloh Shepherds Mixed With?
Shiloh Shepherds are mixed with German Shepherd lines and a malamute/white shepherd cross line.
3) Shiloh Shepherd Origin and History
The Shiloh Shepherd was created by Tina Barber and the Barber family.
Tina began developing Shiloh Shepherds unintentionally in the 1960s and 70s by selectively breeding certain types of German Shepherds.
She wanted to create the ideal Shepherd type dog do that reminded her of the older GSDs her grandparents used to have.
The word ‘Shiloh’ comes from Tina’s involvement in Christianity.
In the 1980’s she realised the puppies that had been selectively breeded were different to modern GSDs in that they were intelligent dogs that were bigger, had softer and gentler temperaments, straighter backs and healthier hips and elbows than most of the German Shepherd breed (she saw the effect genetic disorders like hip and elbow dysplasia had on the German Shepherd breed).
Around this time, Tina wanted to get the size and bone elements with the conformation, intelligence and temperament all exactly to her liking, and is when she brought in the older German Shepherd lines and malamute/white Shepherd cross lines to complement her Shiloh type puppies and breeding stock.
This is the foundation of the modern day Shiloh Shepherd.
4) Shiloh Shepherd Size and Weight
Shiloh Shepherds vary in size, but overall would be classified as somewhere between a large and giant breed of dog.
They are bred to be larger than German Shepherds. For an idea of how big they in terms of size and weight, the average German Shepherd is:
- Males average 24-26 inches in height, and 66-88 lbs in weight
- Females average 22-24 inches in height, 49-71 lbs in weight
A giant dog like the Saint Bernard starts at 26 to 28 inches in height, and 120 to 140 pounds in weight.
Shiloh Shepherds fit somewhere in between the two.
In fact, Shiloh Shepherds might compare similarly to a Giant German Shepherd in size.
5) Shiloh Shepherd Physical Traits – What Does A Shiloh Shepherd Look Like?
Shiloh Shepherds can be characterised by:
- Their large to Giant size
- Have two coat types – plush, and smooth
- Straighter/less angulated backs
- Erect Ears
- Broad heads, necks and bodies
- Physically attractive appearance – they were bred to look elegant and beautiful
- Similarity of look to a German Shepherd
- Healthy hips and elbows
6) Shiloh Shepherd Breed Standard
You can read the Shiloh Shepherd breed standard here.
7) Shiloh Shepherd Colors
Shiloh Shepherds come in a number of colors, with the main appearance being a black and either tan, gold/cream, red or silver/grey.
Other colors might include but are not limited to:
- Shades of black with tan
- Golden tan
- Reddish tan,
- Silver and wolf grey/agouti,
- Dark brown,
- Black sables.
- Also solid black or solid white
8) Shiloh Shepherd Temperament
Shiloh Shepherds were bred to be self confident and courageous, but have a soft, gentle, happy, loving and even temperament.
They usually make fantastic family dogs and are good around kids and children despite their size.
9) Shiloh Shepherd Working Ability, Training Ability and Versatility
Shiloh Shepherds are versatile dogs, are intelligent and obedient – which makes them great for training and working.
They should be able to swim, carry packs for mountain climbers, endure long trail rides, or pull heavy sleds.
They also have good air scenting abilities which can be used for activities like tracking or search and rescue.
10) Shiloh Shepherd vs German Shepherd – Similarities and Differences
Compared to German Shepherds, Shiloh Shepherds are larger and tend to have calmer, softer, more easy going personalities.
They also have straighter backs and healthier hips and elbows overall.
11) Shiloh Shepherd vs King Shepherd – Similarities and Differences
You can read a full guide about the King Shepherd here.
Shiloh Shepherds and King Shepherds are similar in the fact that they are both large to giant mix breeds, are not recognised by the AKC as of July 2017, and were bred to have healthier hips and elbows than GSDs.
They do both definitely have different breeding origins and history, and a slightly different appearance (King Shepherds probably don’t have as much emphasis on their appearance and may look slightly more rugged).
The King Shepherd’s original breeding foundation is thought to be from Shiloh Shepherds (a mix of American/European German Shepherds and Alaskan Malamutes), American Line German Shepherds and Great Pyrenees dogs.
12) Shiloh Shepherd Adoption – How To Find Shiloh Shepherd Rescues & Shelters Near Me?
When it comes to getting a Shiloh Shepherd puppy or dog, you can either buy from a breeder or adopt from a rescue or shelter.
Despite the myth, most dogs from shelters are not broken or aggressive. Many are probably the opposite – they are just looking for someone to give their love to.
Thousands of dogs die in shelters and rescues every day – if you are looking for a Shiloh Shepherd, strongly consider contacting a rescue or shelter first.
Here’s are some great guides to help you in knowing where to start with that process:
- Things To Consider When Adopting or Rescuing A German Shepherd
- Where To Find A German Shepherd Rescue or Shelter Near You
13) What To Know About Buying Shiloh Shepherd Puppies For Sale, & How To Find Shiloh Shepherd Breeders Near Me?
If you want to ensure you get a Shiloh Shepherd puppy with good health and an even temperament, it’s worth putting some time in to find a breeder who has knowledge about breeding and isn’t a backyard type breeder who is basically freestyling and doesn’t know the first thing about dog genetics and breeding.
Buying from backyard breeders likely increases the chance you end up with a dog who develops either latent health defects or temperament problems (as the breeder doesn’t know to select parents with healthy genes).
A good way to find good Shiloh Shepherd breeders would be to contact the International Shiloh Shepherd Registry and ask for a list of trusted or respected breeders that document and care about their breeding.
You want to find a breeder who cares about the health of the dog, and that the owner and the dog are a good fit.
Here are two good resources pages to find a Shiloh Shepherd Puppy:
In addition, we wrote some helpful guides which help you identify good and ethical breeders, and where to find them.
They are written for German Shepherds, but you can find some very useful principles and tips you can use to find Shiloh Shepherd breeders in your area:
- What To Look For When Buying A German Shepherd Puppy: Ethical Step By Step Guide
- Where To Find The Best German Shepherd Breeders Near You
14) Shiloh Shepherd Price – How Much Does A Shiloh Shepherd Cost?
From A Breeder
It really depends on your location and the quality of the breeder and the puppies.
A pet/family quality puppy might cost you around $1500, whilst a breeding quality dog may cost you $2500.
A show or high working quality puppy or dog may cost you between $3500 to $5000 – depending on various factors like pedigree and whether they are pre-trained or not.
From A Shelter or Rescue
You might be able to pick up a Shiloh Shepherd from a shelter or rescue for between $50 to $500.
This cost includes all the costs of adoption fees (you essentially only pay for the costs of care).
15) Shiloh Shepherd Puppies and Dogs Pictures & Photos
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