As I have stated many times over the past four decades, I
never thought that I was setting out to develop a "breed"! I
was only interested in producing the type of puppy I needed
for my training program -- super intelligent with great
hips! You can read my entire testimony via hundreds of web
this page1 will provide you with most
of the links you could want.
However, if you are just looking for a quick synopsis with
some nice pictures, then click on
John Barber with Festus, 1978
Since my original focus revolved around producing sound
hips, I was very diligent in researching lines with good
hips, as well as the latest articles (back in the early
70's) that revolved around that subject. Among my research
I ran into Fred
Lanting3 (at a local show) and we discussed Dr.
Barden's theory, among others, and before long (with
his help)4 I was starting
to develop my
littermate X-ray program.
Shiloh Farm, 9/1978-1/25/2000
After I moved to the farm on Shearing Road, I was able to go
into full bloom research!! Thanks to my inheritance I
went into full blown research producing
dozens of litters6 (hundreds of
puppies) so I could try to "keep" at least one experimental
litter per year. Those pups would be housed in a special 10
run "puppy" unit. They got the same food,
water, air, exercise, etc. etc. and then they would all get
their hips x-rayed at the same time, so that I could
compare the results!! I also wrote the article "What
are We Breeding For"7 (among
many others) way back
By the end of the '80's I felt like I had to attain more
control over my breeding program! Too many BYB's were
out there mass producing puppies that they claimed were
AKC papered 'Shiloh Shepherds' -- or they would go off
claiming that their pups had "Shiloh" (or Rin Tin Tin)
"bloodlines" in order to charge more money for them!!
The public just couldn't understand that this was just a
scam! It was almost like selling an old (junk yard)
shoe that "Elvis wore" for thousands of dollars!! Some
people can be so foolish! However, when it hurts my
dogs, I tend to get VERY upset! If you want to see how
mad I can get,
read some of the articles8 I have written
about the frauds, LOL!
Back to the late 80's, when I started to
dream about a "magic" computer program,9one of the breeders I was working with was Steve Betcher.
He was trying to produce larger White Shepherds with
good hips; he liked what
JC had done, he just wanted
them bigger!! I told him that I loved that kind of dog
too and would do what I could for him! During our genetic
talks I explained to him about
my data research10
and how I
would love to put all of it into **that** special
**dream** program! I had been searching all over to
find something -- and after the short FIC failure, the
only thing I could find was Compuped, but it just
couldn't handle the kind of
reports11 I wanted to
generate! So enter the TCCP, Barbara actually built a
super specialized program for the
and we were off and
running! Now we
would be able to keep on tracking all of the
hip data13 on
all of the
puppies14 produced by the Licensed Breeders!
Unfortunately, when I first opened my doors to these
folks I was only focused on gene pool expansion! Just
like I did with my satellites, I was willing to allow
them to make all of the money on the puppies they
produced, and sold for thousands of dollars -- via my
name and reputation -- and all I asked for was that they
follow the ISSR rules19! However, as we
all know, greed
overtook some of those folks20
and they were
not willing to follow my formula, because they "thought"
that they knew more about "having puppies" then I did --
so they went off just to do "their own thing" resulting
in a few short set backs for the breed!
However, if you study our last update, we have done a
great job of rebounding, because the LMX system *does*
you remember a specific 'German Shepherd' you
used to know as a child (or if you are under 40)
one that your family or friends told you about?
He was the dog with that super, almost human
intelligence; that big family protector that was
so very gentle with little children, yet would
give his life for his master without question.
The dog that would walk you to the school bus,
and then show up again exactly on time to wait
for your return; the hero that everyone talked
about; the one that seemed half human.
consisted of Lassie, Strongheart, and Rin Tin
Tin all rolled into one."23
But does that capture the full essence of these wonderful dogs?
In 1990 I wrote
"What is a Shiloh Shepherd?"24,
yet there are still uninformed people out there that think
that my dogs are just a "variation" of the GSD!! They
couldn't get farther from the truth!
3 year old Matthew Barber with Megan
The most important
feature these dogs possess is their "GENTLE
In 1974 when I named these dogs "Shiloh
Shepherds" (from the BIBLE)25,
I had two small boys, Richie, born in 1970 and
Johnny born in 1972. My boys would play out in the
kennels while I did my chores. These dogs had
to be 100% safe around them - PERIOD!! Despite the
fact that they would be trained as *Personal
PROTECTION* dogs for VIP homes, coast to coast!!
9 year old Joshua Barber with Adam
2 year old Lisa Barber riding Shep
Over the years I have shared long stories
about their adventures!! How my son John would "bronco ride"
on Tammy while she would spin and buck - all in fun - until
she got too close to the kitchen island that Johnny smashed
his head into!! She howled all night (while he was in the
hospital getting stitches) and she would never let him ride
after that! If he climbed on her back, she would roll on her
side!! Her son Shep actually saved
Lisa's life in 1978. I shared the entire story
Temperament must be considered critical!
7 Year Old Lisa with Contessa (in
training for her future role as a Texas border
As you have probably already read, I started out as a
trainer and my first focus was to breed dogs with good hips --
but I also had very small children and I wanted to make sure
that THEY would be safe!! Furthermore, the dogs I trained
Protection"27 were sold to families that had
children, and a Mom that had NO clue as to how to deal with
an aggressive dog -- they didn't want a .357 Magnum -- they
just wanted a (harmless) water pistol that looked like one
-- and they were more then happy to pay 7-8 times the normal
"trained Import" price in order to get EXACTLY what their
During those decades I also designed a unique form of
training, that accomplished what I needed for my clients,
dogs that can "put on" a great act, but be 100% safe! I
called this method STM, you can read more about it here:
STM-What Is It?29
For even more links and pictures of dogs in training, be sure
to visit my
STM WEB RING30
Temperament and Training31 articles.
Two year old
David Barber Parkhurst
with Artus after a Sch. session
Please note, most of the pictures that I am able to share
were sent to me by family/friends after the fire! However,
they only represent a tiny portion of what I have been able
to recover! Nevertheless, we have continued to rebuild and
have lots of new pictures to share!!
It's because of this strong focus on temperament that we can
share yearly pictures of the children at Homecoming:
you can see, the Homecoming has always been a major event
for me because it allowed me to see all of the pups I had
been producing over the years!! Not only could I evaluate
structure and temperament, but I was also able to talk to
the owners about any potential health problems, etc..
Lisa with NS CH Megan's Last Miracle of Zion, 30
inch female at two years of age
Since 1975 it has been our special "family reunion" that people
planned on attending months in advance!!
If you are working towards developing a *breed* (type) then
structure and movement have to be carefully maintained also!!
If a show ring is full of dogs that represent a particular
breed, the novice should be able to walk past those dogs and
be able to tell an Akita from a Husky!! That's why I worked
so hard to write the
breed standard45, and then had to fight
to protect it!
Of course most judges are conscientious enough to study and
respect Breed Standards, unless they work for ARBA and then we
have another story all together! Full documentation is
available via this site!46 As
you can see, once I dumped ARBA, the frauds stopped
attending their shows too and they have been fading out ever
At this time IABCA is the "new kid on the block" but
even that organization has been fooled into putting up BYB
pets, loaded with disqualifying faults! I guess some folks
don't seem to care that ONLY the best representatives should
be rewarded in the ring!! Not to worry, I am fully aware of
politics, but what I have been watching is just plain old
stupidity!! If you need a good laugh, just
check out my reports!!!47 For more information, please
read my article:
Ideal plush coat
Pinewood Lazarus Comforth Zion, ROM DOB 1994
If you view
Acer blog48 you will be able to see the consistency
that has been maintained as far as breed type is concerned!
Even Linda Shaw has used him as an
example of the Shiloh type.49 Once we can attain
full breed recognition, and no longer have to deal with the
sliver imposters, this breed will be able to march forth and
grow stronger then ever before!!
Ideal smooth coat
Shiloh's Easy Rider ROM
Every breeder has had to deal with disappointments and
And I've certainly had my share, most of mine have been
revolving around the
greedy people50 that insisted on producing puppy mill
quality mixes and using my name to sell their pups! Everything
has been fully documented via several articles, so just
Google up our breed history archives51 for exact details!
However, much of the information can be found in my last
article!!52 After dealing with the foolishness those folks
had been spewing forth for over a decade, I just let it all
hang out!! So if you prefer to avoid conflicts, don't
read that article! But if you have a strong stomach and
understand how low some folks can sink, you might
Maybe that's why I feel that we must look into AKC
recognition, so that I can get some honest protection for
Shiloh Shepherds54 -- in order for this breed/these dogs to survive
(as they should be) for another decade or two? Can AKC help?
I don't know, when I look at all of the breeds that have
been destroyed, maybe not? But what other choices are
there?? At one time the SV ruled the GSD's future with an
iron hand, but now even that has been destroyed!! I just
read about a
LHGSD that had 5 genetic problems55 and had to be put down
at 15 months!
Is this what we have to deal with forever, or can we find
enough honest breeders, that care about their breeds, to
step up to the plate and insist that some rules must be
incorporated in order for things to improve? Will the puppy
millers just keep doing their thing, or will we ever get to
see a day where breeders must be licensed, just like doctors
and other professionals that affect peoples lives!! Even
hairdressers must meet specified cosmetology license
requirements!! That's why I set up my registry the way I
did, and why I write
articles like this56!!
If you have a strong opinion about these issues, please
Click and read my
Honest Answers article!!
If you are reading this article about my
dogs, and still have a lot of questions, may I suggest that
you visit my "Honest Answers"58 !! Just click on the picture
collage on your left, and it will take you to all 54 pages
(that's what this article printed out at, just a few years
ago) that I plan to update shortly, so go ahead and print it
now, before it turns into 74 pages!!! VBG
As you can see, I
tend to get a bit lengthy, but I have been trying very hard
to keep these pages as short as possible, I talk a lot more
on my forum, so don't forget to join!!
If you just like
looking at puppy pictures, be sure to visit
my "watch them grow" blog59 or just click on the
picture collage to your right!! That blog is full of
excellent examples of our REAL DEAL Shiloh
Meet our breeders at
If you would like to contact me in person, all of my info is
Just click on my house to enter -- or
Back to the future - 3
year old Andrea Barber contemplates her future destiny!
so that you can see what we have been
doing here in the new millennium, since the
loss of our Shiloh farm.62 We have continued to
document the progress that we have attained yearly!! As our
stock continues to improve, I have another grandchild who is
already in training for her role as our future handler!
So, even if we do not receive full AKC
recognition soon - the
Shiloh Shepherd is
here to stay!!63 Tina Barber is still a young 63 and her
daughter Lisa Barber has been running (New) Zion as her full
partner since they entered the rare breed world in 1990! Tina
now has 4 grandchildren, Joshua (17), David (15), Matthew
(9) and Andrea (3) who are getting very involved with
the dogs too!!