Tina M. Barber*
Shiloh Shepherd™ Breed Founder
APPEARANCE: The Shiloh Shepherd™ portrays a distinct impression of
nobility with a unique aura of intelligence, that radiates a sense of regal
wisdom and strength. Powerfully built with unsurpassed beauty and elegance;
a picture of true balance; each part being in harmonious proportion to every
other part, and to the whole.
Being of giant size does
not deter from his proud carriage or seemingly effortless movement.
His total devotion and willingness to work can be seen in his alert eyes,
and his happy attitude. Timidity, frailty, sullenness, viciousness, and lack
of animation, impair the general character of this breed. A certain amount
of aloofness is acceptable as long as it is not associated with any form of
2) CHARACTER: Courageous and self confident,
this gentle giant possesses
superior intelligence wrapped in a heart of gold,
faithfully protecting his home and those he loves. This extremely versatile
and easily trained companion loves to swim, carry packs for the mountain
climber, endure long trail rides, or pull heavy sleds. His excellent Air
Scenting ability can be utilized in various ways. As a true, loyal Flock
Guardian descendant, he is steady and bold without undue aggression; ready
to die fighting for those in his care; yet sweet and loving when playing
with small children, animals, or comforting the elderly.
The head is broad and noble,
slightly domed and in proportion to the body. The width and length of the
skull are approximately equal with a gently defined stop, strong developed
cheekbones, and a gradually tapering muzzle. The muzzle should be
predominantly black, the length being equal to that of the forehead, with
the lips firmly fitted and solid black. The muzzle should not be long,
narrow, or snipey in appearance.
4) EARS: Ears are moderately pointed in
proportion to the skull, open toward the front and carried erect when at
attention, well rounded, triangular in shape, well cupped, stiff,
height equal to width at
base. If ear is folded forward for
measuring length, tip should not pass upper eye rim. Set high and well
apart, the base of the ear is placed above the center of the eye. A mature
dog with hanging ears must be disqualified.
5) EYES: Shades of dark to very light brown will
be accepted (no other colors are allowed), of medium size, almond shaped,
set a little obliquely and
not protruding. The expression
should be keen, intelligent, and composed.
6) TEETH: 42 in number (20 upper and 22 lower)
strongly developed and meeting in a scissor bite in which part of the inner
surface of upper incisor meets and engages part of the outer surface of the
lower incisors. An overshot or undershot jaw is a DISQUALIFYING FAULT.
7) NECK: The neck is
strong and muscular,
relatively long and slightly arched.
Proportionate in size to the head and without loose skin. When the dog is at
attention with head raised and neck carried high a look of nobility should
be easily observed.
8) FOREQUARTERS: The shoulder blades are
long and obliquely angled, laid flat and not placed forward. The upper arm
joins the shoulder blade at about a right angle. Both the upper arm and the
shoulder blade are well muscled. The forelegs, viewed from the side, are
heavy boned and oval
rather than round. The pasterns are strong and springy and angulated at
approximately a 25 degree angle from the vertical.
9) FEET: The feet are oval, compact, with
toes well arched,
pads thick and firm, nails short and dark. Dew claws, if any should be
removed from the hind legs. Dewclaws on the forelegs are left on. Splay or
hare feet should be considered a VERY SERIOUS FAULT.
10) PROPORTION: The Shiloh Shepherd™ should
appear longer than tall. The desired height for
at the top the highest point of the shoulder blade, can be no less than 28"
the ideal height of 30"
or more preferred. For
the desired height can be no less than 26" with
the ideal height of 28"or
more preferred. The minimum weight for dogs should not be less than 120
pounds at maturity (three years), with the ideal being 140 to 160 pounds.
Minimal weight for bitches is 80 pounds at maturity and the ideal being 100
to 120 pounds. The length measured from the point of the prosternum or
breastbone to the rear edge of the pelvis, the ischial tuberosity, with the
most desirable proportion of 10 to 9. ANY MALE THAT MEASURES LESS THAN 28"
OR FEMALES LESS THAN 26" AT MATURITY (36 MONTHS OF AGE) SHOULD BE
11) BODY: The entire body should appear to
be well coordinated, yet muscular and solid. The back is broad and straight,
strongly boned, and well developed. There should be good depth of brisket. A
roach back should be considered a SERIOUS FAULT, as should a soft or sway
The body should not appear
spindly or extremely leggy. All
proportions must be well balanced.
12) CHEST: Commencing at the prosternum, it
is well filled and carried well down between the legs. It is deep and
capacious, never shallow, with ample room for lungs and heart, carried well
forward, with the sternum showing ahead of the shoulder profile.
13) RIBS: Well sprung and long, neither barrel
shaped nor too flat, and carried down to the sternum which reaches to the
elbows. Correct ribbing allows the elbows to move freely when the dog is at
a trot. Too round causes interference and throws the elbows out; too flat or
short causes pinched elbows. Ribbing is carried
so that the loin is relatively short.
14) ABDOMEN: Should be firmly held and
The bottom line is only moderately tucked up in the loin.
The withers are higher than
and sloping into the lower back.
The back is straight, very strongly developed without sag or roach and
relatively short. The desirable long proportion is not derived from a long
back but achieved by width of forequarter, length of withers, width of
hindquarters, and position and length of croup viewed from the side. The
loin, viewed from the top, is broad and strong (undue length between the
last rib and thigh when viewed from the side is undesirable).
The croup should be long and gradually sloping.
Bushy with the last vertebra extending past the hock joint.
It is set smoothly into the croup and should appear to hang as a plume. At
rest the tail hangs in a slight curve like a saber. When the dog is excited
or in motion, the curve is accentuated and the tail is raised, but it should
never curl forward beyond the vertical line nor above the level of the back.
The tail should never be carried straight out or rolled up over the back.
A tail that is raised above the vertical line and/or past the horizontal
line of the croup is a DISQUALIFYING FAULT. Tails that are too
short, thin, or ratty should be severely penalized.
17) HINDQUARTERS: The whole assembly of the thigh,
viewed from the side, is broad, with both upper and lower thigh well
muscled, forming as nearly as possible a right angle. The upper thighbone
parallels the shoulder blade while the lower thighbone parallels the upper
arm. The metatarsus is short, strong, and tightly articulated.
THE GAIT SHOULD BE
CONSIDERED A VERY CRITICAL PART OF THE OVERALL PERFECTION OF THIS BREED.
This breed must be observed while the dog is on a loose lead so that the
natural gait is evident. The gait is outreaching, elastic, seemingly
tireless without effort; smooth, and rhythmic, covering the maximum amount
of ground with the minimum amount of steps. At a walk, it covers a great
deal of ground with long strides of both hind legs and forelegs. At a trot,
it covers still more ground with even longer stride, and moves powerfully
but easily with coordination and balance, so that the gait appears to be as
the steady motion of a well-lubricated machine. The feet travel close to the
ground on both forward reach and backward push. In order to achieve ideal
movement of this kind, there must be good muscular development and
ligamentation. The hindquarters deliver, through the back, a powerful
thrust, which slightly lifts the whole animal and drives the body forward.
Reaching far under, and passing the imprint left by the front foot, the hind
foot takes hold of the ground; then hock, stifle, and upper thigh come into
play and sweep back, the stroke of the hind leg finishing with the foot
still close to the ground in a smooth follow through. The overreach of the
hindquarter usually necessitates one hind foot passing outside and the other
hind foot passing inside the track of the forefeet, and such action is not
faulty unless the locomotion is crab-wise with the dog’s body sideways out
of the normal straight line. As the dog increases speed into the "flying
trot', he should move fluidly, without pounding. The forelegs should reach
out well past the nose while the head is carried forward.
19) TRANSMISSION: The typical smooth, flowing gait
is maintained with great strength and firmness of back. The whole effort of
the hindquarter is transmitted to the forequarter through the loin, back,
and withers. At full trot, the back must remain firm and level without sway,
roll, whip, or roach. An uneven topline with withers lower than the croup is
FAULTY. To compensate for the forward motion imparted by the hindquarters,
the shoulder should open to its full extent. The forelegs should reach out
close to the ground, in a long stride in harmony with that of the
hindquarters. The dog does not track on widely separated paralleled lines,
but brings the feet inward toward the middle line of the body when trotting,
in order to maintain balance. The feet track closely but do not strike or
cross over. Viewed from the front, the front legs function from the shoulder
joint to the pad in a straight line. Viewed from the rear, the hind legs
function from the hip joint to the pad in a straight line.
FAULTS OF GAIT, WHETHER VIEWED
FROM THE FRONT, REAR OR SIDE, ARE CONSIDERED VERY SERIOUS.
The Shiloh Shepherd™ comes in various colors. Shades of black with tan,
golden tan, reddish tan, silver, and cream are as desirable as are various
shades of richly pigmented golden, silver, red, dark brown, dark gray, or
black sables. Also solid black or solid white is acceptable as long as the
nose, eye rims, and lips are solid black. A white blaze on the chest is
acceptable as well as some white markings on the toes, as long as they are
blended in with the other shades of silver, cream, tan, etc. Any other white
markings on any other part of the body should be considered a FAULT. Any
washed out or pale colors should also be considered a FAULT. Blues, livers,
dogs with lack of proper pigmentation, or dogs with a nose that is not
predominately black must be DISQUALIFIED.
21) COAT (TWO ACCEPTABLE
The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length. The outer coat should be
as dense as possible with hair straight, harsh, lying close to the body. The
hair around the neck area should be slightly longer and thicker. The rear of
the forelegs and hind legs has somewhat longer hair extending to the pastern
and hock respectively. The head including the inner ear and fore face, legs
and paws should be covered with shorter hair. *Even though the smooth coated
type requires less care and grooming -- the Plush coated variety seems to
The Plush Variety has a close fitting double coat of medium coarse guard
hairs, with a softer undercoat. The head and muzzle, back of the ears and
front of the legs and paws are covered with short smooth hairs. The neck has
a distinct "mane" that extends to, and covers the chest, with slightly
shorter hair covering the remaining torso, not to exceed 5" in length. The
"feathering" inside of the ears and on the back of the forelegs should not
exceed 3" in length. *Show Grooming should include the trimming of all
excess fur from between the toes, around the pads, and the removal of all
"tufts" from among the "feathering" inside the ears.
Undue length between the last rib and thigh when viewed from the side
2. Tails that are too short, thin or ratty
3. Any white markings on any part of the body, excluding the chest and toes
(unless all white, then other or faded markings covering the white should be
4. When in motion any back that does not remain firm, but displays a sway,
whip, or roach
5. An uneven topline when standing , with the withers lower than the croup.
VERY SERIOUS FAULTS
1. Spooking at strange
sights or sounds, along with tucking under of tail.
2. Faults of gait, whether from front, rear, or side
3. Ears that are too large in proportion to the head, shows signs of
weakness, or point 'east-west' away from the center of the head
4. Any coat that is open, woolly, curly, too close or too long
5. Splay and/or hare feet, weak and/or cowhocks
6. A tail that forms a hook or ring when relaxed.
1. Any male (over 36 months) measuring less
than 28" or female (over 36 months) measuring less than 26".
2. Dogs over 15 months of age with hanging ears
3. Any adult dogs with a distinctly overshot or undershot bite
4. A tail that is raised above the vertical line and/or past the horizontal
line of the croup.
OF POINTS FOR JUDGING
1) General Appearance
strength, size, balance
alertness and attitude
3. HEAD & EARS
eyes, teeth, & neck
wither, leg, feet, toes
body, chest, ribs, abdomen
6. TOPLINE, TAIL, HINDQUARTERS
7. GAIT, TRANSMISSION
8. COLOR, COAT
Standard Tail section clarified 7/2000
Barber and the International Shiloh Shepherd Registry, Inc. Reg #
6-201-686, TX 6-201-685
TXu1-247-815 on file in the US
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