HIPS: Possibly the most important characteristic about the Shiloh is the one that can only be seen in a x-ray. Although hip dysplasia (HD) still runs rampant in many breeds, including the German Shepherd, the Shilohs have been developed through a tediously intense Litter Mate X-ray (LMX®) program designed to lower the incidence of penetrance. Realizing years ago that HD is a problem to be reckoned with, much research has been done related to environmental factors, as well as the polygenic mode of inheritance. When properly adhered to, the LMX® program has proven itself virtually indispensable in eliminating the-problems associated with HD in our beloved breed. Proper use of this technology along with the strict guidelines for registry set up by the International Shiloh Shepherd™ Registry, Inc. (ISSR) will insure all future generations of Shilohs against the dreadful pitfalls of developing this degenerative disorder.
SIZE: As can clearly be seen through a reading of the Breed Standard, much emphasis is placed on size with males ranging from 28-32 inches and females from 26-29 inches. Although this big, they still must have the proper balance and movement. A Shiloh must possess that smooth, elastic practically effortless gait that is so vital for overall working ability as a herding dog, search and rescue prospect or any other endeavor that may be needed. Strength and stamina are very essential factors for the Shiloh, therefore, all dogs are bred with the 3-Bs in mind, Beauty, Brains and Brawn.
COAT: The Shilohs come in two very distinctly different coat types;
The smooth coated dogs look exactly like the giant German Shepherds of the past. They posses a thick double undercoat, and actually do a lot better in colder climates. Although they shed more than the plush coats, a brisk brushing during the "shedding season" will keep things under control. Their coat is similar in type to the Malamute, but adjusts well to warmer climates also. Their environment determines the thickness of their coat. Indoor pets do not fluctuate as drastically.
The plush coated dogs have a coat very similar to the Belgian Tervuren, although they are actually closer to that of a Kuvaz or Golden Retriever. The plush coats need to be groomed more often because their soft silky hair has a tendency to become matted just as a small child's hair would if kept uncombed. The plush coats also appear larger because of the extra "Lion type" mane they develop.
REGISTRY: The ISSR, Inc. is probably the world's strictest registry designed to preserve the excellence of our breed as well as to protect the consumers who want to add a Shiloh to their family. Code and color categorize each dog so that closer control can be held over individual dogs. The possibility of unscrupulous breeders rising up and breeding inferior animals had become such a threat to the future development of this breed that many safeguards have been incorporated to protect them. Each individual dog must pass through the system at least four times before he/she can be used for breeding.
1. The litter application form lists each puppy individually (not just number of pups and sex). A detailed (TCCP) 4 generation pedigree on (Sire and Dam) as well as pictures of the puppies with their dam (taken prior to 10-days of age) must accompany the completed application. Spaces are provided for each puppy, listing sex, color, coat, markings, etc. Puppies must be between 40-70 days of age when litter applications are filled out, pictures of each puppy (marked) as well as the entire group must be presented with the application. If the Sire/Dam does not possess GOLD papers, breed warden approval of all breeding is mandatory. Each puppy is then issued a " Yellow" or "Blue" Paper that must be presented to the new owner.
2. When the puppies are between 70-180 days of age, the breeder must submit a Placement Form to the ISSR, Inc. This form again lists each puppy individually along with final disposition information. This form also lists the puppy's "Quality," whether it was sold as a show prospect or with breeders rights, etc., or as a Pet with B/W Paper only. In the event that a puppy was not sold by this time, the breeder must name the puppy and apply for temporary Pink Papers.
3. Prior to the minimum 210 days of age allotment, each new owner must return the original Yellow or Blue papers completed along with two recent pictures for Temporary (Pink) papers. This certificate lists all of the permanent information regarding that particular puppy as well as a 4-generation pedigree. In the event the Yellow or Blue papers presented do not match up with the Placement Form provided by the Breeder, no papers will be issued.
4. Upon reaching at least 12-months of age, (Temporary papers are valid for up to 14-months of age) the new owner then submits a copy of his/her dog's x-ray certification (OFA Preliminary/Penn Hip) along with a passing temperament certificate, size certificate, signed by a K-9 judge and 4-pictures (1-front view, 1-rear view, 1-left side, 1-right side while standing) along with proper DNA verification as well as a completed Dominant/Recessive chart. All this information is then documented, and Permanent papers are issued. Depending on the dogs pedigree and the above information, each Shiloh is placed into one of three categories:
a. BLACK ON WHITE (prefixed BLA-C4-6) registrations are issued to all Pet Quality, 'non-breedable" dogs. Even though these dogs may possess the size, hips, and temperament necessary to be a top quality specimen, they may not possess the genetic background needed to insure their ability to produce quality progeny. Also, any puppies that are sold as pets due to any type of genetic imperfection, are therefore registered with non-breeding papers so that future generations can be protected against the possibility of passing on undesirable traits.
b. ORANGE ON WHITE (prefixed ORA-C3-7) registrations are issued to all dogs that possess the genetic ability to produce excellent specimens even though they themselves may not have reached the required size, or do not possess the 21/43 required "registerable" dogs to attain their Gold status. Breeders desiring to protect their lines, or unsure of an individual puppy's exact qualities, may choose to sell their progeny as "ORAs." These dogs are listed as "Breedable with Caution" and cannot be bred without the proper authorization from the Breeder as well as the Breed Warden.
Note: Due to the difficulty in accurately evaluating very young puppies properly, the ISSR, Inc. has established an UPGRADE PROGRAM. It is available to all breeders that may choose to sell any specific puppy at a lower rating initially, yet are still able to upgrade ONLY (from BLA to RED or ORA/ORA to GOL) ONE LEVEL prior to permanent papers being issued.
PLEASE read the ISSR, Inc. Rules and Regulations for more details on this program, as well as the RED ON WHITE Registration procedures.
c. GOLD ON WHITE (prefixed GOL-CI-9) registrations are issued only to the absolute best specimens. These pups usually carry a loaded champion pedigree with at least one parent having attained conformation/obedience titles. Owners of these dogs are encouraged to show and breed their stock so as to continue the excellency of the Shiloh Shepherds™ for all future generations. Championships are fairly easy to attain, and all serious breeders should have their dogs titled. Males that have not proved themselves worthy in the ring should never be used at stud.
Warning: For your greatest protection, never, never purchase a "Shiloh" from a breeder who is not a signer of the Breeders Code, and part of the ISSR, Inc. OSS or VIB Program! Complete listings of all active Licensed Breeders can be located on the World Wide Web at www.shilohshepherd.com.
SHOWS:Are available all over the country and we encourage anyone interested in seeing the Shilohs or purchasing one in the future to attend as many shows as possible.
Championships (Ch) are awarded to dogs that best meet the Breed Standard. Only dogs with Gold or Red or Orange papers are eligible to receive points and therefore no titles can be awarded to dogs that have not passed their size requirements, hip x-rays, or temperament tests. From this elite group of genetically sound specimens, the best dogs are then selected as per the Breed Standard.
National Selects (NS) are tabulated each year from the highest scoring dogs and bitches in the Best of Breed competition. All champions are eligible to compete for this prestigious position. The top winning dog and bitch for each fiscal year receives the coveted title of Grand Victor or Grand Victrix (GV) and carries this title in front of his/her Ch. The other 10 (runner-ups) receive an NS number such as #2NS or #8NS, etc.
Register of Merit (ROM) has the same type of tabulation as the AKC breeds, recording information on all progeny and crediting those that produce them. In many cases a stud that has earned his ROM is much more valuable to a breeding program than one that only has a Championship. Remember a Championship proves that the individual is an excellent specimen only. ROM proves he can produce excellent progeny. The more R.O.M. points a male accumulates, the greater his value to our breed!! Always ask for the Sire/Dams number of ROM points!!
The Rare Breed shows are a lot of fun. Due to the infiltration of the mixed breeds showing at ARBA - RARITIES - ETC. the ISSR owners stopped attending those foolish side shows. Please read more details via these articles: Broken Hearted Breed Founder and The ARBA Story. However, we have continued to show at very well attended ISSR sanctioned SSDCA Chapter events and IABCA and AKC matches. You will be pleasantly surprised when you realize that they are not the stuffy political nightmare you had expected. All of our members are encouraged to show their own dogs and even the worst amateurs have left the ring with ribbons and points. If you hear of an AKC "FUN MATCH" near you, go visit. You may be pleasantly surprised! Shilohs receive ISSR POINTS at these shows and often participate! To view thousands of photos of our dogs at these events, please join our Community forums or just visit our Homecoming pages for a quick preview.
Shiloh Shepherd™ Breeders & Fanciers travel all over the country, in order to attend AS MANY shows, as possible! We would like to invite YOU to come and VISIT us at the shows!! You will be VERY pleasantly surprised when you see these dogs IN PERSON. Our members REALLY love to meet new people, and talk about their dogs!
PRICES: May vary from breeder to breeder depending on the type of guarantee that will be offered with each individual puppy, as well as the actual quality of the puppies offered for sale. The ISSR, Inc. has established flexible guidelines that have been recommended to the breeders. Many breeders have special discounts they offer to anyone wishing to purchase more than one puppy, as well as referral commission, etc. Please check with your breeder regarding their specific policies and guarantee.
Our recommended "BASE-PRICE" Guidelines with FULL guarantees and subject to specific breeder discounts (up to 50% for co-ownership) are as follows:
(a) Pet Quality pups with "non-breeding" papers should be sold for not less than $750 but not more than $1250. Upgradeable pets from top DNB litters can sell for up to $2000.
(b) Possible show and breeding potentials sold with orange papers (that do not qualify for Gold registry due to the lack of LMX® information) will be sold for no less than 50% off the champion base price guidelines, or no more than 30% off the same, $1500 being the absolute lowest base price charged. Puppies that do qualify for Gold, but are sold with Restricted Orange papers, due to breeder's choice, can vary in price up to $2250, depending on the number of champions in their lineage.
(c) All breedable NB pups carry the lowest RC's and have therefore the least potential for developing any serious health issues due to a possibly lowered Immune system, due to heavy inbreeding, yet have most of the other desirable qualities that are found in the Gold papered dogs. These special dogs have their own pricing category, and DNB show potential pups can run as high as $4,000, depending on guarantees provided by the breeders.
d) Show Quality pups sold with potential Gold papers are
considered the ultimate best specimens, and prices can vary depending on the
actual quality and guarantee of each individual. Litters that carry four, or
more, Champions in their first five generations are usually priced between
$2500 - $4500 (less discounts), depending on the total number of champions
in the pedigree, as well as the available guarantee provided by the breeder.
QUALITY CONTROL PROGRAMS have been incorporated by the ISSR, Inc. to improve the excellency of this breed. Here are some of the programs we use:
Temperament Testing (TT)
The ISSR, Inc. offers a basic Temperament Test that determines whether the individual animal tested is sound. The test used is very similar to that of the American Temperament Society and is very easy to complete. The dog does not have to be trained in any way. He/she is simply asked to walk through the various stages and the individual dogs reactions to the hidden noise, friendly stranger, popping umbrella, gun fire, etc., etc., etc. is evaluated. If the dog spooks or bolts from the gun test or the decoy etc., then he/she fails. In order for a Shiloh to receive breeding papers, each dog must pass a temperament test to prove his or her courage and stability.
Breed Certificate Report (BCR)
The ISSR, Inc. has a complete BCR program similar to the German Koer/Klasse Report. All dogs used for breeding should possess this Certificate. Each dog is graded individually in all areas of temperament and conformation. This Certificate consists of at least two pictures of the dog (1) sitting facing front, (1) standing side view, along with all pertinent registration information, etc. Most of all this report lists the Breed Warden's evaluation of
(1) exact temperament classification.
(2) Analysis of working characteristics.
(3) Exact structural evaluation right down to the smallest detail, like eye shape and color, tail length, etc.
(4) Complete gait evaluation
(5) A full detailed report on possible genetic faults and virtues through an intense ancestral study of dominant/recessive genes inherited by their littermates, etc.
Genetic advice and warnings are clearly listed on the BCR so that choosing the best possible breeding combinations becomes much simpler for everyone. These pictures along with the completed scores, comments, etc. are printed on a large Certificate, then permanently sealed in plastic. Copies are available through the TCCP.
Litter Evaluation Report (LER) is another service offered by the ISSR, Inc. to all members. Each breeder is encouraged to video tape their puppies while a certified "TESTER"/Licensed Judge performs the conformation evaluations and temperament testing requirements between seven and eight weeks of age, following the specific puppy Conformation Guidelines and temperament test outline that includes:
Then mail the tape along with the completed forms (signed) to our Breed Warden who will in turn fill out a detailed report on each puppy tested. This helps novice breeders get a better understanding of their puppies specific qualities, thereby helping them place each puppy in the right home. Furthermore, this program also helps to protect the new owners against possible false claims that a breeder may try to make.
Buyer Beware - Always ask for a proper
This information is very critical to every breeding program that is dedicated to the betterment of the total dog. This report will list each puppy born, the final results regarding size, temperament, hip x-rays, coat, color, etc. You will be able to determine if your dog has any littermates with bad hips or other faults. The ISSR Inc. has accumulated LMX® data from other breeders, and is keeping very intricate records through the TCCP.
For more information on these services, or to order detailed Pedigrees that provide information on each dog's hip status, color, coat, height, weight, temperament, faults, virtues, etc., please write to:
The Complete Computer Place
The ISSR, Inc. can be contacted by writing to:
Or you may contact the Breed Warden and founder (Tina Barber) directly by joining our Shiloh Shepherd Friends forum.
For more information about the Shiloh Shepherd, please be sure to investigate the following links.
Originally posted to the Shiloh Shepherd Learning Center: February 1998.