What is a Shiloh Shepherd?
Shiloh Shepherds are a rare breed that was bred to resemble the shepherds of the past in both looks and temperament. Please visit the Shiloh Shepherd timeline, to see when these wonderful dogs were developed by the late breed founder, Tina Barber. Shilohs have been selectively bred to have a gentler, more family-friendly
temperament. Shilohs are larger than most German Shepherds. Males typically weigh between 80 - 130 lbs and reach heights of 28-33 inches at the shoulder. Females weigh in between 70 - 100 lbs and are 26-30 inches at the shoulder. Many genetic diseases, such as Canine Hip Dysplasia, have been significantly reduced in the ISSR Shiloh Shepherd. The Shiloh also comes in both a long-coated (plush) or a shorter German-Shepherd-type (smooth) coat. Their average life span is 10-13 years.
The breed standard describes Shilohs aptly as "a gentle giant with a heart of gold". They love to be with their people; going places with you and being a part of your life. Shilohs would not be happy chained out or kenneled away from their families. All Shilohs are incredibly intelligent & empathetic. Their ability to sense how their people are feeling, that "almost human" intelligence and connection to their families, truly sets them apart. This characteristics makes Shiloh Shepherds excellent Therapy or Service Dogs.
Shiloh Shepherds have a natural beauty that draws people to them. They tend to turn a lot of heads so be prepared for lots of attention when you take one out in public!