Frequently Asked Questions About the Shiloh Shepherd
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What is a Shiloh Shepherd?
How are Shiloh Shepherds different from German Shepherds (GSDs)?
Physically, Shilohs are larger than GSDs, and lack the sloping topline and extreme angulation seen in many American GSDs.
Behaviorally, Shilohs tend to have lower prey and play drives than GSDs. Of course this is a generalization, as some lines have more drive than others. There are some Shiloh Shepherds involved in SAR, therapy dog work (both in animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activities), agility, tracking, service dog work, and obedience work. However, in general Shilohs are more suited to being companion dogs as opposed to working dogs.
How big do they get?
Most female Shilohs range in size from 26-28″ and weigh approximately 75-100lbs.
Keep in mind that size is measured at the top of the shoulder, not the top of the head, and that they are usually longer than they are tall.
The above sizes are an HONEST average. The sizes listed in the breed standard are the sizes strived for/hoped for, but are generally not the norm.
Are all longhaired or coated shepherds Shiloh Shepherds?
The plush coat is the more common variety of Shiloh Shepherd, but there is also a smooth coated variety.
Do Shiloh Shepherds shed?
Shilohs have a double coat, a harsh outer coat with a soft downy undercoat. Sometimes the smooth coat lacks an undercoat. The smooth coats seem to shed a bit more, but that is not to say the plush coats don’t shed as they certainly do and the hair is longer. If you can’t stand dog hair on your belongings this is not the breed for you! A weekly grooming session usually keeps the hair under control. Shiloh Shepherds go through a massive shedding called “blowing their coat” twice a year, during the spring and fall. Unaltered females will also blow their coats after each heat cycle.
How old do they get?
How do I find a Shiloh Shepherd breeder?
How much exercise do Shilohs need?
It is important to know the amount and the type of exercise to do for the age of your dog. One must start slow and increase accordingly. A puppy’s first year closely parallels a persons; a puppy that is one month is equal to a child of one year, two months equals two years, and so on. Never expect more from you puppy than you would from a child at the same age level. They don’t become a full adult in till three years of age, until then, they still are developing their bones and muscles.
Are Shiloh Shepherd Dogs recognized by the AKC?
Why are there so many Shiloh registries?
The original club (SSDCA) ran into financial difficulties and after several attempts to rectify them, the breed founder decided to shut down the club, and asked a new one be started (the original ISSDC*). Right before the SSDCA was to permanently close, the breed founder changed her mind and the SSDCA remained open with the ISSR registry. Regardless many people chose to go forward with the new club, hoping to avoid the problems they had encountered in the past. Unfortunately, the original ISSDC club was plagued with political strife, and eventually split into three main non-ISSR registries: SSBA, NSBR, and TSSR with each registry having their own set of rules. In 2009 the SSBA ceased doing business and many of their breeders/owners are now either NSBR or TSSR.
*Since 2005 a club under the ISSDC banner has been re-established and is working very hard to pull all the registries together under one club, it is currently the parent club of the NSBR & TSSR. Information on the new ISSDC can be found at www.shilohs.org.