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Shiloh Shepherd dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shiloh Shepherd dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Shiloh Shepherd dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Shiloh Shepherd dog, Shiloh
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Shiloh Shepherd dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Shiloh Shepherd dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Shiloh Shepherd dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Shiloh Shepherd dog price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Shiloh Shepherd dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shiloh Shepherd dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shiloh Shepherd dog gets to a happy place.

History

The Shiloh Shepherd is not considered to be an ancient dog breed, moreover, it is known to be developed in the mid-1970s, in upstate New York, in the United States of America. A German Shepherd enthusiast woman, named Tina Barber was the one who started training German Shepherds as her own personal guarding and protecting dogs. She was also an excellent dog trainer with many years of experience in the field of shepherds. She recognized relatively early on that the average German Shepherd might be too difficult for the novice owners, to handle and train. Consequently, she decided to create a breed for the average person, who could be easily trained and safely trusted with little kids too. Tina Barber had also discovered multiple health-related issues with the German Shepherds, like their hip dysplasia, so she began to search for a solution for the problem with the help of breeding.

Thus, she started her journey with the intention of developing a huge dog like the ones she remembered from when she was a little girl in her hometown, in Germany; large, family-friendly, healthy shepherds. Her objective was to build a larger and softer-coated breed than the average German Shepherd, however more affectionate, loving, moreover even-tempered. The Shiloh Shepherd we know nowadays is a result of breeding together the German Shepherd and the Alaskan Malamute with each other. Tina, as the breed’s officially recognized founder, put an emphasis on making a distinction between the Shiloh Shepherd breed and the more well-known German Shepherd breed. Finally, in 1991, the AKC (American Kennel Club) had officially made a clear separation between the two breeds, for the reason that they had two different breed standards drawn up. Nevertheless, the organization did not register the Shiloh Shepherd. Today, breeders are keeping a tight control on the breed’s development and breeding programs, in order to preserve the Shiloh Shepherd’s general health, to avoid any mixes, and to expand the existing gene pool.

The breeding process was successful, and a new breed was born, Tina Barber reached her goals. The Shiloh Shepherd is far from being an aggressive breed, nor is it suitable for protection, guarding, and bite works. Their protective behavior towards their owners remained in their DNA, but in a more gentle way. The dogs mostly just bark, which is ultimately usually a sufficient deterrent.

Fortunately, the breed found a work environment where they can stand out, helping people. The Shiloh Shepherds excel as therapy and service dogs for sick kids in hospitals, or for the elderly in homes. They also have astonishing intuitiveness which leads the dogs to serve in specialized roles as seizure and diabetes alert dogs.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Shiloh Shepherd dog size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Shiloh Shepherd dog weigh? Shiloh Shepherd dog weight:
Male: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg), Female: 80-100 pounds (36-45 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Shiloh Shepherd dog? Shiloh Shepherd dog average weight:
Male: 115 pounds (52 kg), Female: 90 pounds (40.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Shiloh Shepherd dog? Shiloh Shepherd dog height:
Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Shiloh Shepherd dog average height:
Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Shiloh Shepherd dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
SmoothDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shiloh Shepherd dog's coat?
BlackBlack & TanGoldenGreySilverWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Shiloh Shepherd dog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Shiloh Shepherd dog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Shiloh Shepherd dog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Shiloh Shepherd dog? Shiloh Shepherd dog shedding level:
Shiloh Shepherd dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Shiloh Shepherd dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CompanionableLovingOutgoingGentleLoyalTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shiloh Shepherd dog? Are they intelligent?
Average: Shiloh Shepherd dog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shiloh Shepherd dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shiloh Shepherd dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Shiloh Shepherd dog need? Shiloh Shepherd dog social needs:
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Shiloh bark?
Low to Average: The Shiloh Shepherd dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Shiloh Shepherd dog good as a watchdog?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Shiloh Shepherd dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Shiloh Shepherd dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shiloh Shepherd dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Shiloh Shepherd dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shiloh Shepherd dog do?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shiloh Shepherd dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shiloh Shepherd dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shiloh Shepherd dog roam?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shiloh Shepherd dog have high prey drive?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shiloh Shepherd dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shiloh Shepherd dog and children:
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Shiloh Shepherd dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Shiloh Shepherd dogs good office dogs? Do Shiloh Shepherd dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dogs be office dogs?
No
Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Shiloh Shepherd dog temperament with senior people? Are Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shiloh Shepherd dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Shiloh Shepherd dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shiloh Shepherd dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs have health problems?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Shiloh Shepherd dog be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Shiloh Shepherd dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Shiloh Shepherd dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shiloh Shepherd dog have?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Shiloh Shepherd dog dogs require per day?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Shiloh Shepherd dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Shiloh Shepherd dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shiloh Shepherd dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Shiloh Shepherd dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shiloh Shepherd dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Shiloh Shepherd dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Shiloh Shepherd dog drool?
The Shiloh Shepherd dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Shiloh Shepherd dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Shiloh Shepherd dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Shiloh Shepherd dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Shiloh Shepherd dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shiloh Shepherd dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Shiloh Shepherd dog

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Shiloh Shepherd dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Shiloh Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Shiloh Shepherd dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Shiloh Shepherd dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Shiloh Shepherd dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Shiloh Shepherd dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shiloh Shepherd dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Shiloh Shepherd dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shiloh Shepherd dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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