Tina M. Barber
There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding these dogs, so I would like
to take a few minutes to try clearing up some of the unrealistic
misconceptions and outright false rumors.
start at the beginning.
I started breeding GSD's in
1962, and continued to expand my program yearly. By the early 70's I
was getting very discouraged with some of the trends I was starting to
notice within certain circles. I was also disheartened with the major
problems resulting from CHD. I felt that I had to make some dramatic
changes in my program, or give up my dream of ever attaining the "ideal" GSD
FULL STORY HAS NOW
BEEN PUBLISHED VIA MY NEW
As most of you probably
already read, in 1974 I changed my life and my kennel name to Shiloh
Shepherd. The full story regarding all of these events have already been
fully documented via our
Center, so I will just focus on the "missing" parts that seem to be
misleading so many innocent victims into paying outrageous amounts of money
for "unpapered" dogs that would otherwise be sold for only a few dollars, if
what instigated this huge deception?
During the 70's and 80's
the Shiloh Shepherd started developing quite a reputation! Even though many
Sch breeders would "poke fun" at these "clumsy" "oversized" "baby hueys"
that were too "mushy" to ever kill the "bad guy", etc., etc -- a lot of
people liked the idea of having such a "Gentle Giant" protecting their
But that wasn't all--they
liked the idea of having a BIG, super intelligent dog with good hips!
Before long people started demanding LMX
pups that had 3-4-5 generations of documented data, and the price for such
pups started to rise drastically.
Back in the '80's, most GSD
pups sold for $150-$250. Shiloh pups sold for about $350--but the
LMX litters rose in value with each generation--all the way to $950 for 7
take a moment to view some of these pages from my old kennel advertisements.
1984 Litterbox News
1987 Litter News
Hundreds of litters had to
be produced and tested if the Shiloh Shepherd was ever going to succeed at
actually developing into a "strain" aka "breed" of dog that could someday
attain full recognition.
that is willing to take the time to investigate Breed Development will
have no problem understanding the complexities involved in the actual
establishment of a specific breed type, then setting the necessary
foundations for a broad enough gene pool not to mention attaining the
final step of actual breed recognition!
Rare Breeds -- What Are They?
During the late 80's I
realized that I would have to do something drastic in order to protect my
lines from being fully diluted by the greedy puppy mills that were already
deceiving the public by advertising their pups as coming from "Shiloh"
It was during that time
that I started investigating a potential break from the AKC! Of course, I
ran into a slew of naysayer's that warned me that nobody would ever spend
any money on pups that were no longer AKC papered, but I didn't care.
I only had one goal, that was simply to protect my gene pool!
I set out a target date;
as of 9/1/90 we were going to march to the beat of a different drummer!
I thought that I would be able to keep my lines safe as long as they were
controlled by an independent registry (I had chosen the FIC) but before long
I realized that they were only interested in collecting $ for papers, not in
the future welfare of the breed itself!
At that point I immediately
switched gears and started the ISSR in 1991 (incorporated as of 1993) and
proceeded to rebuild all of the data that had been defiled by the FIC.
Thankfully, during that first year a lot of people still dual registered
their dogs with the AKC, so that we had not lost any valid documentation.
can see by the article that I published in my June newsletter, very strict
documentation was required from each dog, prior to entry into the ISSR
Please read the exact details in
Shiloh or LHGSD
this time I would like to clarify some of those foundation rules!
Because I feel that a full understanding of these requirements will help
the reader to get a better grasp of the "BIG" picture, that we were
dealing with in the late 80's and are still dealing with 2 decades
I honestly think the biggest
misconception that has surfaced is based around the word
So let's take a look at the
"definition" of "registrable".
of being registered (must meet the requirements to be registered)
Now let's consider a more drastic view.
another look at "registrable" and answer this question.
A. You present a 24
inch AKC registered GSD to the ISSR that was OFA certified and even had
a few ancestors in his pedigree with OFA hip certification and
B. Your friend tries to
present a 32 inch Great Pyrenees that had 7 generations of documented
LMX data and passed his IQ tests with high scores, demonstrating his
unique superior intelligence.
Which dog would be
deemed as "registrable" as per the foundation requirements listed below?
words, these chosen dogs had to meet specific requirements that
clearly distinguished them from the GSD, LHGSD, etc. as a foundation
prospect suitable for maintaining and expanding the future Shiloh Shepherd
Now please take another
look at the most critical requirements these dogs were specifically bred for
during the 70's and 80's:
Hips were not just based on OFA results (as is the case with most
GSD's that do document results) but on
LMX data! As stated previously, even
litter prices were based on the number of generations with specific LMX
data. (LMX=littermate x-ray)
A lot of breeders have
always focused on having OFA certifications in their pedigree but never
bothered to look at the big picture! Recently even the OFA has started to
notice the importance of collecting sibling data! Please read:
Collecting and Using Phenotypic Data to Minimize Disease: A Breeder's
Size: If you study the history of Shiloh Shepherds (Kennel) you
will be able to note that I had always strived towards huge size (please see
Breed Standard). Dogs that do not reach the minimum (although
30-32 inches is still preferred) 28 inches at the wither do not meet
the *size* requirements. PERIOD.
GSD's today do NOT meet the "Shiloh" size criteria be they short or long
haired, because their breed standard specifically calls for a much smaller
(22-26 inch) dog!
Temperament: The Shiloh was not evaluated in this area as "good"
or "bad" nor was the criteria based on "working" qualities! The desired
qualities were based on SUPERIOR INTELLIGENCE! I wanted these dogs to be
able to "think" like the "Hobo" dogs did! This calls for a lot more
intelligence than people would "normally" expect from a typical dog! My
goal was to produce the Ultimate Companion like the ones that Max Von
Stephanitz once had when he started his breed!
about now? Will these dogs ever make it toward full recognition, or will
they end up being polluted by all of the dissidents that refused to adhere
to the original "recipe" but still insisted on printing off papers for the
"GSD mixes" that they keep selling?