This page was first published in the Shiloh Shepherd Learning
November 1999; it remains here as part of the historical record. The "other club" has since disbanded although other
spurious "registries" have sprung up. For more information,
Shiloh Shepherd History: the first 40
Olive Branch Letter
(sent to members of the ISSDC by
other members of that club and re-printed here with their permission)
As an ISSDC member, you will have or should be receiving a letter from the
ISSR offering you the opportunity to return to the founding registry
Although we do not personally agree with all of the actions the SSDCA/ISSR
have implemented, we are writing this in the hope that you will consider
this application based on the facts we offer here, and not emotion.
The registry is the foundation of any breed. It provides legitimacy and
recognition in the dog world. How a registry is established and maintained
is critical for the future of the breed. It is the blueprint that contains
all original data on the dogs (i.e. Pedigrees, LMI, faults & virtues, x-ray
results....) all the critical information needed to establish the future
generations of the breed.
A club, on the other hand, is mostly a social organization. Its function is
to promote the breed and to provide educational information. It should provide support to all owners of the breed, whether they are pet owners or
breeders. It should help to make sure that breeders are responsible in following up with their puppy buyers to have paperwork (i.e. x-rays,
temperament testing, etc.) done on all puppies. Under one registry there
can be different clubs who offer different forums and philosophies; but it
is the solid foundation of the registry that carries the breed forward.
The founding registry, the ISSR, has established goals for the future of the
breed. These goals encompass long-range plans, such as FCI recognition.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
with its head office in Belgium, governs all dog clubs internationally in the interest of
worldwide uniformity of breed standards. Most national clubs of many countries in the world, including all of continental Europe, part of Asia,
the Middle East, Africa, and most of South America are members of the
The only notable exceptions are England, Canada and America. For more information, their web site is:
Having FCI recognition will legitimize the Shiloh Shepherd as a true and
separate breed. At the present time, no Shiloh Shepherd is viewed by any
organization as an established breed. ARBAs recognition is for showing
purposes only. The Shiloh Shepherd is still a breed under development. For
official recognition, we need 200 plush and 200 smooth coats that all meet
the breed standard and are easily recognizable in type. By choosing the
ISSR as your Shiloh's one and only registry, you may help to establish the
number of dogs required for recognition.
The criteria to achieve FCI recognition is very difficult to obtain and requires years of planning and forethought. Presently, the ISSR has as
its long-range goal to someday be recognized by the FCI. It is imperative to
remember that FCI recognizes only original documentation from an individual
registry. In other words, any new or splinter registry cannot use data
from another registry to apply for FCI recognition. If and when recognition
has been achieved by the ISSR, FCI will choose one parent club. If you
are a member of another club/registry, what will your dogs papers mean?
Plight of other breeds with split registries:
Think of other breeds that have had splits, such as the Anatolians, the Shiba-Inu and the
Pons, to name a few. What eventually happened? They all
went AKC. This was not what they wanted; it is what they were forced into
because of the splits. When a registry is broken and fragmented, it only
causes holes in the blueprint. Vital information is missing. This slows
the whole process of recognition (not to mention it hurts the breed).
In conclusion, please re-read this several times. If anything in this
letter is unclear, please feel free to ask for clarification.
We all love our Shilohs...please help us to ensure that they will still be
here for future generations to enjoy as much as we have! When you receive
your invitation from the ISSR, please act promptly...this is a one-time window of opportunity, and it will be open for a very short time.