Buick and Friend
With Shilohs being so rare it
is impossible for me to find much information about them. I was hoping
someone would take the time to explain the breed to me. Thanks!
it's like this: Let's say you always loved Cadillacs. Let's say you bought
a new 1962 Cadillac because you thought it was the highest refinement of
the automotive art, and you drove it for years and years and loved it, but
finally it needed to be replaced.
So, you bop down to the Cadillac dealer with your checkbook in hand and
say "I'd like another new '62 Cadillac, please"!
And you're told, "We're sorry, but Cadillacs
just don't look like that anymore; they're smaller, they're lighter, and
they're put together differently. They don't even DRIVE the same as they
did in 1962!"
You say, "You mean there's NO WAY I can buy a new car that's built
like and looks like and drives like the '62 Caddy that I love so
And the Cadillac dealer says, "Well, not one that comes out of a
Cadillac factory! But you might find a small-scale automotive craftsman
somewhere who'll BUILD you a car that's faithful to the '62 Cadillac,
built just the way they were back then.
"You might even find that there are OTHER '62 Cadillac enthusiasts
like you, and that the same shop builds cars for everybody, and even
offers different models and colors, and people rave about what great,
gorgeous cars they are, and they save and plan for years to buy one. BUT
THEY HAVE TO CALL IT SOMETHING OTHER THAN A CADILLAC, and you won't get
one from a Cadillac dealer!"
So far, so good? Well, the Original Shiloh Shepherd is the dog for people
who fell in love with the 1962 model German Shepherd Dog. And since the
GSD of today just isn't built the way they were in 1962, the dogs that ARE
built that way can't be called GSDs.
Now, here's the
rub: the small shop that produced the Original Shiloh Shepherd has
expanded, and has a number of authorized dealers. But SOME of the dealers
decided to renege on their franchise agreement, cut
some corners, and not build QUITE as carefully as the 1962 standards, but
to still call it a Shiloh Shepherd; this means, when you start to shop for
one, you need to educate yourself so you don't fall for a KNOCKOFF or a
These renegade dealers have all kinds of rationalizations and excuses for
why they do what they do, but basically they feel that they are smarter
than the person who drew up the original blueprints and the original quality-control standards, and who founded the entire enterprise.
This site is for enthusiasts of the ORIGINAL Shiloh Shepherd, and I hope
you'll be another one!
originally written in 2001