As a member of the ISSDC (International Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club)
I strongly advise anyone interested in this breed to research thoroughly and go to their website below, you will find everything you need to know and more!! I love this site!
The Shiloh Shepherd is a true contemporary breed developed to fill the need for a Shepherd from the past, a protector, a best friend, a part of the family. Shiloh Shepherds are dogs of giant size, incredible intelligence and wholesome beauty. Shilohs portray a distinctive impression of nobility with superior intelligence, strength of character and a heart of gold.
Our original Shiloh Shepherds are bred to be calm and kind. Shilohs excel in all types of work, from animal assisted therapy to obedience to guardian assignments as they tend well to children, elderly and livestock. Taking their intelligence and stamina from their German Shepherd ancestors and their size and gentle nature from years of selective breeding, the Shiloh Shepherd is a perfect dog for today’s home.
This gentle giant should appear longer than tall. The desired height can be no less than 28” for males and 26” for females. Shilohs have two types of coats, the plush (long) and smooth (short). They come in a variety of color combinations.
Please take time to research the breed very carefully. Our website and e-group are great resources to learn and meet breeders and owners who have been involved with Shilohs for many years. We promote and encourage unity, health testing, genetic research and the preservation of the original breed standard.
This website is a great resource to meet breeders and owners who have been involved with the Shiloh Shepherd for many years. We promote unity, health testing, genetic research, and the preservation of the original breed standard.
Shiloh Shepherd Appearance
Well bred Shiloh Shepherd is a strikingly magnificent animal. These large dogs convey the nobility of their spirit and beauty of their soul. Shilohs should be well balanced, without undue extremes or coarseness, with effortless gait, and harmonious. The breed standard specifies that males should be at least 28” at shoulder and 110lbs when fully mature at around 3 years. Females should reach a minimum height of 26” and weigh 80lbs at maturity. There are two coat varieties – plush and smooth. The plush coated dogs have a close fitting outer coat of long hair with a softer, dense undercoat. Hair around neck and chest is longer and forms a distinct mane that is especially prominent in males. Both front and hind legs have fringes of longer hair as well. Plush coated dogs tend to have beautiful saber-like tails. It is surprising but this type of coat sheds less than smooth coats. Smooth coated dogs have a close fitting double coat with medium long, straight outer coat. This type of coat is very similar to the typical GSD coat. Hair around neck, chest, front legs and hind legs can be slightly longer than the rest of the body. Smooth coats shed year long and generally more than plush dogs.
COLOR The Shiloh Shepherd may be solid black, solid white, dual or sable in coloring. Dual describes a dog whose black hair is of a single color, black all the way to the roots. Sable (also called agouti) means that the black hair is two toned, the tips are black and the root portion is another color. The base color can be tan, brown, silver, cream, red and gray. The nose, eye rims and lips should be solid black as well the muzzle.
The expressive eyes of the Shiloh Shepherd range from a dark to a light brown to yellow in color and are of medium size. They should always be almond shaped. A distinguishing trait of most Shiloh Shepherds is a circle of lighter colored fur around eyes. A white blaze on the chest and white markings on the toes are acceptable and common as well. The breed standard recognizes 35 different color combinations.
Blk- Black RBS- Reddish Brown Sable GS- Golden Sable LBV- Lt. Black/Silver LGS- Light Grey Sable DBV- Dark Black/ Silver DGS- Dark Grey Sable BV- Black/Silver BST- Brown Sable/Tan BSG- Bi-Black Sable/Grey LBC- Lt. Black/Cream BSV- Bi-Black Sable/ Silver BR- Black/Red SBV- Sabled Black/Silver BBV- Bi-Black/Silver SBC- Sabled Black/Cream BBC- Bi-Black Cream SBT- Sabled Black/Tan BBC- Bi-Black Cream SBT- Sabled Black/Tan BBT- Bi-Black/Tan LBS- Lt. Brown Sable DBS- Dark Brown Sable BS- Brown Sable DBC- Dark Brown Sable BSC- Bi-Black Sable/Cream BC- Black Cream BST- Bi-Black Sable/Tan LBT- Light Black/ Tan GSC- Bi-Grey Sable/Cream DBT- Dark Black/Tan BSB- Brown Sable/Cream BT- Black/Tan BRT- Black/Reddish Tan
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