The following "breed description" includes only the words (in brown) original to ARBA

History of the Breed- The Shiloh Shepherd is a new breed, beginning in the United States in the late 1970’s and the early 1980s by a breeder who was dissatisfied with the German shepherd breed then in existence. The breed was interbred with other animals to create a new breed, known as the Shiloh shepherd. 

GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Shiloh Shepherd is a dog of great strength and nobility standing strongly and with the look of nobility. Although larger than his ancestors, the size should not detract from his overall appearance and should be enhanced by his height.   This is a working dog, and his willingness to serve should be shown by his attitude.   dislike of a person, or   and should be penalized. The dog may be aloof, not anxious to approach strangers, but should never be sharp or fearful in any situation

Temperament= It is important that the dog be properly behaved in the ring, and any signs of misbehavior shall be heavily faulted. Any shyness or aggressiveness should be faulted.  dog must show intelligence   lives to work and play with his owners, and will show this in any activities. and the dog may be used for search and rescue and protection work. The original breed German shepherds was bred to herd sheep, and the Shiloh should show similar traits;   protect even with his life,  Temperament faults are serious faults and should be so recognized.

HEAD:  (slips)   or in any way detract from the beauty of the dog.

EARS:  erect and While in motion, the ears may be flat to the head, but standing should be erect.   either . Hanging ears on a puppy may be accepted. However, any ears that have been altered is a disqualifying fault.

EYES: Light eyes are a fault and should be avoided.

TEETH: In the adult, there are The bite must be examined with the head in a natural position as raising the head can distort the bite.

NECK: thick   the  The dog should appear alert and noble, when standing, never with the head hanging down.

FOREQUARTERS:  on  on the neck. For correct placement,   leg  leg and straight and   Weak pasterns are to be avoided, and too much spring in movement is a fault.

FEET:  short, dark, may be but if removed are not to be faultedflat, too spread  and penalized as such

PROPORTION:  a fully grown adult  Larger males should not be faulted.  Weights in excess are not a fault, as this is supposed to be a large breed. of  ’’   full   over three years old, shall be disqualified

BODY:  as well as  At full trot the back should be straight, with no roach or give.   in proportion to the distortion of the overall outline of the dog,  The overall impression of the dog is very important in judging this breed.

CHEST:  It should be in males and females

 RIBS: but slightly bowed Ribs The proportion of the dog is important in judging the overall look of the animal.


TOPLINE:  then  when in a stack. In movement the dog should have a level back with the ground. overall length     the  but not a disqualifying fault  into the tail without a decided break.  It must not be too long or too short

TAIL: Full and lively   but should not hook to the side The tail must be active and alive working as a rudder would to move a ship, from side to side.   rises A tail that is “dead” and not active is a SERIOUS FAULT.


GAIT:  AS THE BREED IS DEVELOPED TO BE A WORKING AND HERDING DOG. In judging  the dog  should  moving  judgedeasy   it should appear that the dog could continue to move without stopping; the motion must be   and the height should be in proportion  to the size of the length of movement.  Evan t a. When the dog is   full There may be a period of suspension when all four feet are off the ground.  This should not be faulted.   with the rear feet in a follow through. A failure to follow through is a fault. ,but the movement should not raise the dog from the ground, but rather propel it forwardas well as the but raising slightly off the ground. what can be called or “suspension:” the dog or bitch  without the front feet striking the ground in a hard motion, but striking the ground under the head  in a full trot.

TRANSMISSION(s): Since the working ability of the Shiloh Shepherd is so important, the movement of the dog is most important.   desired    the illusion of  The back should not roach nor should it dip.     in a straight lineback., in motion,   to be faulted, and detracts from the appearance of the dog.   offset   of    from the shoulder, and never from the elbows. The failure to fully extend in front,  is a fault of movement.   and give the appearance of an effortless motion. At some point the dog should single track, while in full movement.  When   to the bottom of the foot  . All failures of the dog to move as describes are faults of movement ,from the rear, the front or the side. Faults of movement are very serious faults and the dog should be penalized for any such faults equally.  

 COLOR:  This category is missing in the ARBA Breed Description of the Shiloh.

COAT: This category is missing in the ARBA Breed Description of the Shiloh 

Disqualifying faults: The disqualifying faults are attempting to or biting the judge or other dog, in or outside of the ring, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, docked tails or ears, cropped or hanging ears, undershot jaw, or dogs with noses not predominantly black.  Dogs or bitches that are shy or overly aggressive must be disqualified by the judge. 






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