Thinking about purchasing an Shiloh Shepherd? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Shiloh Shepherd breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Shiloh Shepherd owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Shiloh Shepherd and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Shiloh Shepherd Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Shiloh Shepherd and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Shiloh Shepherd Profile
Very similar to a German Shepherd except larger and heavier, with a calmer, softer, more easy going personality, the Shiloh Shepherd portrays a distinct impression of nobility with a superior aura of intelligence that radiates a sense of regal wisdom and strength. Powerfully built with unsurpassed beauty and elegance, this gentle giant possesses superior intelligence wrapped in a heart of gold, faithfully protecting his home and those he loves. The Shiloh Shepherd comes straight from German Shepherd and Malamute stock, and is simply bigger, less skiddish with a more reliable temperament, and with healthier hips. The breed was separated from the German Shepherd in 1990. The Shiloh Shepherd is a strong, agile, well-muscled dog, alert and full of life. They are extremely intelligent and make a wonderful companion, show or obedience dog. They are lively, intelligent and very strong. They are excellent in agility and obedience tests. They excel in serving their masters, and they are continually responsive. Shiloh Shepherds should be calm, consistent in attitude, obedient and alert. If puppies are born that exhibit nervousness, shyness or aggressiveness, the pup is maintained to not be bred. Therefore, this breed has been developed to the point of having rather sound, pleasant, friendly personality. Knowledgeable training and handling are required, however, due to the Shiloh Shepherd's natural instinct to protect their owners. They are large and alert enough to protect, but are loving and friendly towards friends and family.
26 - 30 inches.
Colors: A variety
of colors including solid black or white, shades of black with tan, golden tan,
reddish tan, silver, and cream as well as various shades of richly pigmented
golden, silver, red, dark brown, dark gray, or black sables.
Shiloh Shepherds are loyal, protective & very intelligent.
Calm & stable when dealing with the rest of the world.
Without careful socialization, they could become suspicious or timid of everyone,
which is very difficult to live with.
Shiloh Shepherd Care and Exercise:
Shiloh Shepherds shed profusely. They should be brushed daily
to remove the dead hair and prevent it from getting all over the house. Provide
mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructiveness. Take them for brisk
walks or runs every day or as often as possible. A great jogging partner, they
very much enjoy outdoor activity. Regular exercise is a must for this breed.
Regular brushing takes care of either coat type. The Smooth variety requires
less work but the Plush variety sheds less.
Shiloh Shepherd Health Issues: Hip dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints), skin disease, congenital heart disease, Von Willebrand's disease, nervous condition, panosteitis (inflammation of long bones in the legs and low thyroid), autoimmune disorders, and digestive problems, and bloat. Bloat is a common health problem for most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs second to cancer. Shiloh Shepherds are susceptible to it because of their deep chests. It is also known as twisted stomach or gastric torsion.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
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