Another in a series of continuing reports by
Shiloh Shepherd Breed Founder
Both males are of
same color and age.
ISSR, Inc. Breed Standard describes the ideal head as
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."
I certainly hope that it is obvious from the two examples shown
above that the counterfeit registries are certainly not very
concerned about maintaining the proper "look" that one should expect
from a Shiloh Shepherd. Please examine these 2 pictures carefully.
Both dogs were sold as show (breeding) prospects!
|ISSR b CH. Ptd.
Raven out of the Mist
|Grand Victor for 1999
and 2000 in one of the "counterfeit" registries.
||ISSR GV bCH.
Highlife's Penny for a Thought
ISSR Breed Standard:
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."
Please note the chart below which judges are
required to follow when rating our "breed" as a whole:
MINOR FAULTS – l. 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
penalized) 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 tai
l. 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.
FAULTS - 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.
SCALE OF POINTS FOR JUDGING
1) General Appearance
strength, size, balance
alertness and attitude
3. HEAD & EARS
eyes, teeth, & neck
body, chest, ribs, abdomen
6. TOPLINE, TAIL, HINDQUARTERS
7. GAIT, TRANSMISSION
8. COLOR, COAT
All ISSR breeding dogs
must pass hip and temperament certification prior to receiving their
registration category. Our breed standard focuses the hardest on
movement, because this is where the judge can help us in properly
evaluating the quality of each animal shown. If you add items 6
(topline, tail, hindquarters) and 7 (gait, transmission) together,
the sum can be up to 40 of the maximum 100 points.
Why is this area so important to our dogs? Because watching
these dogs moving in a "flying trot" looks awesome? Not exactly! First
and foremost the Shiloh Shepherd was bred to be a trotting dog, be it
for herding or just jogging next to their owners. These dogs
should possess an easy flowing (non-tiring) trot. The dogs that
naturally choose to move in an extended trot also display correct
structure (everything where it should be) while dogs that do not move
well could be exhibiting some serious structural defects! For a deeper
understanding of the importance of proper movement, I would like to
suggest Dogsteps: Illustrated Gait at a Glance by Rachel
Page Elliott. Some people think that the beauty of the flying trot is
not that important if you only plan to have your dog as a pet (couch
potato)....But...there is a lot more to this than meets the eye!
Since gait is
considered to be a critical part of the overall quality of these
dogs, breeding programs should always take the "total" dog into
consideration! If the structure is not correct (as per breed standard)
then the faulty dog/bitch should ONLY be bred to a counterpart that will
offset this condition, and future breeding quality puppies should be
carefully selected for several generations!
One of the critical
issues that needs to be considered is the full package. Since a
specially designed Malamute line was crossed into this breed about 12
years ago, breeders must be concerned about the "baggage" that this line
carries. We have found that certain genes seem to "cluster" together.
One of these is the tail (gay), incorrect movement or pacing (see the
drawings on the cover of Dogsteps) and stubbornness! Most of us
are aware that Malamutes tend to be "hardheaded" as well as
"roamers"....these are not the temperament traits we want to see in our
Shilohs! Although the MAW line added much needed improvement to our
pelvic set, it also brought with it some undesirable (sled dog) traits
that need to be "washed out". Obviously dogs that tend to pace
with gay tails should not be bred.
please look at the first row of dogs pictured below!
|Top Row: Non ISSR "Shilohs"
|Bottom Row (from left to right): 8
week old ISSR Shiloh puppy, non-ISSR "Shiloh" with good tail, 14
month old ISSR Shiloh male.
From the ISSR Breed Standard:
"TAIL: 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."
The following quote
from pages 223-226 of McDowell Lyon's book The Dog in
Action should prove illuminating.
tail is also a barometer to the set of the pelvis and the value of the
muscles attached to the pelvis and croup. Furthermore a normal tail or
any part of it will tell us several important things about the dog in
front of that tail.
"Examine a normal tail and you will find that the vertebrae are
progressive in size but that the members taper from one juncture to the
next and that each one observed will give you a good idea as to what to
expect of the next closest one. Just as one bone in the leg will give
you a good mental picture of the adjacent one and from there on to the
full structure of the dog, the base vertebrae of the tail will tell you
volumes about the spinal column. One or two bones taken at random from
any animal will enable you to construct a full skeleton of a normal
old-timers picked their dogs by the size of the tail at its base. 'A dog
is no better than his tail,' has been said often. Another old time
comment was, 'A dog thinks with his tail.' Certainly its carriage and
action indicates the dog's mental attitude.
muscles activate the top side of the tail and one the bottom. If the
tail is curled, 'sickle,' or 'squirreled' continuously when this is not
characteristic, it is not that the top muscles have become more tense
but that the one on the bottom has lost or did not have sufficient
tension. The tail that takes a corkscrew turn has normal tension on only
one of the lateralis
muscles on top.
lateralis muscles are the continuation of muscles which start at the
back of the rib structure and play an important part in tensing the
loins. You will note that a dog at play, throwing a gay tail will have
slightly more than the usual arch to his loins. The wry or twisted tail
indicates that one of the
lateralis muscles is weak. Unless these conditions have become
characteristic over generations, it is safe to conclude that muscles
which are not functioning correctly at their terminals are not doing any
better along the spinal column.
length and cross section of all the vertebrae in the spinal column are
quite important and should be considered in any dog, particularly those
used in breeding. The diameter of the body of the dorsal vertebrae
decreases from the first to the eighth, the longest vertical spire
coming on the second or third. From the eighth the cross section
increases. The lumbar or loin vertebrae decrease in vertical diameter
and increase in transverse diameter progressively from the back to the
ruggedness of these bones provide substantial anchorage for the attached
muscles and indicate the size and length of the ribs that spring from
number of breeds have altered the tails by mutation and developed the
drop, hook, kink, rabbit, screw, and spike. One has to watch for one
trouble in these: mutation does not always stop where it is visible but
tends to cast an influence to bones beyond this point.
vertebrae of the croup and the pelvis bones are apt to reflect the
mutation of the tail and manifest this at whelping and other times.
Whatever condition you have in one vertebra will be extended to the next
in milder degree. So, if mutation is to be the fashion it is more
safely practiced if it is not permitted to enter the last visible
vertebra at the base of the tail.
as the dog begins with his head, he ends with his tail, and by it many a
story is told for it expresses health, mental attitude and what may be
expected in the rest of the spinal column. Beware of any type tail that
is not normally characteristic of the specific breed."
From the ISSR
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
Being of giant size
does not deter from his proud carriage or seemingly effortless
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 sharp-shyness.
Courageous and self confident,
giant possesses superior intelligence wrapped in a heart of
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."
After seeing so many dogs at
last year tucking their tails (a sign of fear) I was extremely
concerned! This year the ISSDC/r dogs have shown no improvement in
the area of temperament!
Although I took dozens of pictures of dogs
in the ring, as well as just standing around with their owners, with
tails fully tucked...I think these pictures should suffice!
||Note no proximity of
other dogs and humans!
|Zooming in on the dog,
please note tucking of tail, a sign of fear.
From the ISSR Breed
"10) PROPORTION: The Shiloh Shepherd should appear longer than
tall. The desired height for males,
at the top the highest point of the shoulder blade, can be no less
than 28" with
the ideal height of
or more preferred. For
the desired height can be no less than 26" with
the ideal height of
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 DISQUALIFIED."
||It is extremely obvious
that neither a Corgi nor this dog could ever fit Item 10 of the
Low stationed dogs
(short legs) do not belong on the Shiloh Shepherd! Breeders must take
much care in examining each potential breeding carefully to prevent this
trait from taking over the entire breed!
Is this last year's
(and this year's) ISSDC/r highest rated Champion Grand Victor?
|The ISSDC/r President
(tall man in hat) and former president (shorter man in dark jacket) seem
very happy with the results of their labor.
From the above left in
'99 to above right in 2001, are the King Shepherds losing it?
It is a shame that so many
"pet quality (at best) dogs are being shown and bred! Worst yet, is the fact
that they still insist on calling them Shiloh Shepherds!