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History The Shiloh Shepherd breed was created by Tina M. Barber in New York, United States. She started by developing a new line of German Shepherds in 1974. Her aim was to create a dog that can be excellent family companions, highly intelligent, large in size, and mentally and physically sound. In 1990, Barber separated her breed from the American Kennel Club. She began maintaining registry records, naming the breed as the Shiloh Shepherd, after the kennel of its origin. Later on, the Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club of America, Inc. (SSDCA) was established to protect and preserve the future welfare of this breed.
In 1997, when the SSDCA wasn't active, the International Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club (ISSDC) was opened. A year after, the ISSDC started their own registry, the ISSDCr. The Shiloh Shepherd Breed Association was established shortly after and started registry functions for the ISSDCr. In 2001, the National Shiloh Breed Registry was formed, and in 2002, the Shiloh Shepherd Registry was established.
Appearance Shiloh Shepherds appear quite heavy. They have a strong, broad, and solid back. The head of these dogs is slightly domed, broad, and is proportional to their body. The skull of these dogs has an equal length and width, and have a stop that is gently defined. The cheekbones of these dogs are strongly developed, and they have a gradually tapering muzzle. These dogs have well-muscled lower and upper thighs, and they have a tail that is somewhat long and is covered thickly with dense hair. The coat of these dogs comes in two varieties: plush and smooth. The medium-length plush coat has a dense undercoat and a distinct main that runs from the neck to the chest. The smooth coat is medium-length and thick, with a harsh outer coat.
Colours The coat of these dogs usually comes in a wide variety of colours, usually some shade of gray or brown with black.
Temperament Shiloh Shepherds are friendly and sweet dogs. They love getting attention and spending time being with their family members. These dogs are neither aggressive nor timid, even with people they aren't familiar with. They can also get along well with family pets, but they may be aggressive with canines of the same sex. These dogs may also have a tendency to chase other animals.
Weight Male Shiloh Shepherds have a weight that ranges from 100 to 130 pounds, while females are 80 to 100 pounds heavy. The height of these dogs falls between 28 and 30 inches.
Problems Shiloh Shepherds may be prone to hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions These dogs can be kept inside apartments just as long as their owners provide them with sufficient exercise. They are, however, relatively inactive when indoors and will do best when given at least a large yard where they can do some physical activities. The all-weather coat of these dogs will protect them from harsh weather, be it cold or hot. They can also live outdoors, although they'd be happier when they are living close to their owners.
Requirements Shiloh Shepherds love doing strenuous activities, especially when combined with training. These dogs are highly intelligent, and they love being challenged. It's important for these dogs to be taken out for a long, brisk walk or jog daily.
Training Requirements Intelligent and quick to learn, these dogs are relatively easy to train. Owners should, however, know how to display strong leadership skills and make their dogs see that humans are higher in pack rank than canines.
Life Expectancy The average life span of these dogs ranges from 12 to 14 years.
Grooming Shiloh Shepherds with a plush coat need to be brushed regularly so that they will be tangle-free and clean. Those with a smooth coat should be brushed on a daily basis to help the dog in the shedding process. These dogs should be bathed only once or twice a year to avoid stripping the oil off their coat.
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