What Should a Shiloh Shepherd Tail Look Like?

A Lesson For the Judges

Presented by the Breed Founder



We are fully aware of the fact that a Shepherd will tend to flag his tail when extremely excited/when being territorial -- but there is no excuse for a Shiloh to raise his tail above the horizontal line of his back while standing alone in a strange location.

Please take a moment to read our Breed Standard Tail description!

16) 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. (ISSR Shiloh Shepherd Breed Standard)


Walking Trotting
How can anyone justify not disqualifying the above dogs from the ring?

Please take some time to carefully study the Proper Shiloh Shepherd Tail Carriage

Perfect Saber Tail  

Side View


Standing Walking Trotting

Now, let's take a look at what the un-Shiloh folks are producing!


Hook Tail


Screw Tail

Happy Hookers?

For more examples please view the breed founder's series of Broken Hearted Breed Founder reports!

Be Sure to Read the Other Articles in the Continuing Series of "Live" Reports from the Shiloh Shepherd™ Breed Founder:

Broken Hearted Breed Founder (1998)| Cherry Blossom 1999| Brookville Report (2000) |
Frederick Report (2001) | Sportsman Show (2004) | Broken Hearted Breed Founder Redux (2004) | Cherry Blossom Classic 2004 | Cherry Blossom 2004 Collage | What Should a Shiloh Shepherd Tail Look Like? (A Lesson for the Judges) | NCA Show 2005 | Rarities Show at the Hartford Pet Expo 2005 | Canada Show Update: May 2006 | Cherry Blossom Classic 2006 | NAKC and Rarities Show: October 2006 | Empire Classic: July 2007 | Rarities Show: Lums Pond Park: September 2008 | Broken Hearted Breed Founder Series |

Be sure to read:

What is a Shiloh Shepherd? |Examples of Real ISSR Shiloh Shepherd Pedigrees |Real Questions Honest Answers from the  Shiloh Shepherd Breed Founder | Puppy Producers: What are They? | Shiloh versus Long Haired GSD | Don't Fall 4 the Fraud | Registry Comparisons | Protecting Breed Development | Shiloh Fraud | Learning Center

And to see what the ideal Shiloh Shepherd should look like, please view our ISSR, Inc. Illustrated Breed Standard and don't miss Tina Speaks!

Shiloh Shepherd Story: Against the Wind - A Breed is born