The "Shiloh Shepherd™" is
not an established "breed". There has been no effort toward full
recognition, and the developer (Breed Founder) of these dogs does not plan
on applying for recognition until the gene pool base has been sufficiently
established. Once that occurs all ISSR Shiloh Shepherds™ will be recognized
as a distinct "breed" of dog, like other AKC/CKC breeds.
For the past ten years Tina Barber
(Breed Founder) has been actively trying to properly educate future
breeders in all aspects of population genetics as they apply to this
"breed" under development. Occasionally one or more of these
students will reject her strict controls and attempt to form their
"own" club registry. This has been
extremely detrimental to the future welfare of these dogs. Various such
factions often persist in producing sub-standard quality puppies with
major health risks, yet sell them for extremely high prices! Such activity
only leads to the tarnishing of the great reputation that the Shiloh
Shepherd™ has enjoyed in past decades when all breeding was done under the
Shiloh Shepherd™ Kennels (Tina
Barber) in New York.
Backyard breeders have used the "Shiloh
Shepherd™'s" popularity to establish their own money train using my
name, but are not able to fulfill the quality for which it has stood! Some
smaller groups have even gone to the extent of locating "long
haired" GSD look-a-likes at dog pounds or from newspaper ads just so
that they could be bred and their puppies sold as "Shiloh Shepherds™" for thousands of dollars.
Please don't be fooled by the
variety of "initials" like ARBA, FIC
(1990-94), FAC (1996-97),
ISSDCR (1998-2001, now defunct), NSBR
SSBR (2001), ISSDCR
II "2001", ISSKR (1994-96, now defunct), SSBA (2001), TSSR
(2002) USSDC/r (2002), etc.
This is certainly a Buyer
Beware situation. Before you purchase a puppy, please take the
time to read all of the information we have provided for you in our Learning
To help you even further
we have established very active discussion forums that you may join to meet
other Shiloh people:
Shiloh STM (training method)
Please be sure to dedicate some of
your time to better educate yourself about the real "Shiloh Shepherd™" as well as the pitfalls that you need to avoid. We are here
to help you select a suitable companion that will be your best friend for
many years to come. Please allow us to assist you through the Shiloh Maze,
so that you will emerge a winner!
For a complete listing of ISSR
Licensed Breeders, please visit
Shiloh Shepherd™ Registry.
This article was written by Tina M. Barber
exclusively for the Shiloh Shepherd Learning Center in July 2000 and was
last updated in 2003.
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