Shiloh Shepherd

The Shiloh Shepherd is a dog originating from the United States. The breed is large and powerful, with a friendly, adaptable and confident character. Its coat can be smooth or fluffy, and comes in a variety of colors.

General details

The breed shows a strong body structure. Males usually measure 71 cm and weigh 50 kg, while females measure 66 cm and weigh 36 kg. Their life expectancy is 9 to 13 years. The breed is not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The history of the Shiloh Shepherd breed dates back to the 1960s, when a breeder named Tina Barber sought to breed a larger German Shepherd with a balanced temperament. With that goal in mind, she carefully selected a few dogs that met her standards and began breeding them at her kennel in New York, USA. His goal was to breed versatile working dogs that could be excellent family companions as well as service and therapy dogs. Today, the breed is valued for both its stately appearance and its affectionate, protective nature. Although still a relatively new breed, it continues to gain popularity as a family companion and working dog.

Breed characteristics

The Shiloh Shepherd is a large, strong, muscular dog with a noble expression. It has a wedge-shaped head, medium-sized almond-shaped eyes and erect ears. The tail hangs straight in a relaxed state, but rises in situations of excitement and may rise above the horizontal plane. The coat comes in two varieties: smooth and fluffy. The smooth coat is thick, coarse and dense, with a straight outer coat and a dense undercoat. The fluffy coat is soft but still slightly rough. Coat color can vary, with combinations of black with shades of beige, cream, silver, silver, red, dark brown or dark gray being desirable, as well as sable coats with black tips and a lighter undercoat in fawn or gray shades. The Shiloh Shepherd has a balanced and stable temperament, showing courage and remarkable intelligence. His character stands out for his self-confidence and his ability to adapt to different environments. In addition, their curiosity and learning ability allow them to be perceptive in potentially threatening situations without showing fear. They are calm, sweet and loving dogs with pets and children.

Common health problems

The Shiloh Shepherd breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip and elbow dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, allergies and hypothyroidism.

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