by Tina M. Barber
As can be seen by the
following documentation, the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) has done us, and probably many other
breeds, a great disservice.
When ARBA first came on
the scene providing rare breed clubs with a show venue that could be
utilized in order to select the best specimens within their respective
breeds, just as the AKC does within their recognized breeds, ARBA was
helping many small groups to set proper type within their limited gene
pools. After Anita left the organization, the Slack brothers (John
and Robert) started making up their own rules, and things started to fall
The shows kept
decreasing in size and many breeds chose to seek AKC recognition in
order to attain the kind of credibility that ARBA could no longer
groups that were seeking recognition for their designer/unpapered mixes
jumped in to fill the gap! Obviously ARBA was no longer interested
in breed improvement, because they would allow anyone that claimed to be
a "registry" to issue papers, enter their dogs and attain titles!
In the case of the
Shiloh Shepherd, things started to deteriorate to such a low, that I
ended up going to some of their shows just to take pictures and write my
By the spring of 2007,
I felt that this travesty had gone on long enough! After several failed
attempts to resolve the problem, in April I published an open letter.
Please double-click on the letter to view it in its
Many emails and phone
calls ensued, resulting in my second attempt, on June 12, 2007, to
state our position in even more detail.
|Please double-click on the
letter to view it in its entirety.
forum and hopefully read the 91 posts that were presented to him by our
members, but obviously he chose to ignore our pleas! After the Empire
Classic Show a huge brouhaha erupted via the sliver camp and ARBA
refused to make the separation between real ISSR Shiloh Shepherd versus
Fake Shilohs permanent.
In July I published a
full report regarding the Empire Classic! This was later revised
into my newest article.
At that point, I had no
choice but to request that ARBA remove my Breed Standard (thus removing
showing privileges for All dogs claiming to be "Shilohs") from their
|On August 9, 2007, our
attorney sent this letter to ARBA.
|Robert responded with...
The following shows the
proposed ARBA standard. The words in purple are from The Shiloh
Shepherd Breed Standard, written and copyrighted by
Tina M. Barber*, the Shiloh
Shepherd™ Breed Founder. Words in brown are original to ARBA.
Words in brackets are in the Shiloh Shepherd Breed Standard as
copyrighted by Tina M. Barber but were omitted in the ARBA description.
This finally resulted
in ARBA's complete removal of our Breed Standard from their site!
At this point they are
still listing MY name (Shiloh Shepherd) but without the standard.
Obviously they are still trying to come up with something generic that
won't violate my copyright but will allow the various fake registries to
enter their GSDS mixes.
Of course, if they
accept any entries that claim to be "Shilohs" at any of their show
venues, we fully intend on pursuing any and all civil remedies and/or criminal
Furthermore, I have
already started a new "Breed Development" series that will be published
on the Dogwise site as well as being presented in various forms on a
variety of sites in order to fully expose the damage that ARBA, and
others like them, are doing to many wonderful breeds! I also am working
on a new series that will expose these "rare breed" show organizations,
like ARBA, for what they really are.