The Shiloh Shepherd has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.
A relatively new and rare breed, Tina M. Barber began developing the Shiloh Shepherd in her New York-based kennel in 1962. She wanted to create a dog that was reminiscent of the large shepherds she had as a child and that would also work well for her training program. She envisioned a highly intelligent dog with sound hips and sound temperament. Using four specific lines of German Shepherds, Barber eventually created the Shiloh Shepherd.
The Shiloh Shepherd weighs 110 to 130 pounds and measures 26 to 32 inches.
The Shiloh Shepherd has two coat types: plush and smooth. The plush coat consists of medium coarse guard hairs, fitting close to the body with a distinct mane around the neck. The smooth coat more closely resembles that of the typical German Shepherd’s coat and is close fitting, harsh and straight.
While the plush coat requires more grooming, the smooth coat sheds more frequently. Shiloh Shepherds with plush coats should be brushed daily and those with a smooth coat only need to be brushed once every two weeks. Both coat types only need the occasional bath.
Like all dogs, the Shiloh Shepherd also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Shiloh Shepherd is a gentle giant, even tempered and loving.
The Shiloh Shepherd is known for having a big heart and lots of affection for their family. The Shiloh Shepherd loves being included in family activities and, in general, just enjoys the company of people. With children, the Shiloh Shepherd is especially sweet and reliable.
The Shiloh Shepherd boasts an even and steady temperament. They are fearless, devoted protectors of the family and home, but not aggressive. Shiloh Shepherds are generally too soft to do police or other protection work. Shiloh Shepherds are much better suited for life as companions.
The Shiloh Shepherd is highly intelligent and easily trainable. The Shiloh Shepherd is eager to please and learns quickly, particularly with positive reinforcement. The Shiloh Shepherd is well suited to agility and obedience, and makes a good therapy or search and rescue dog.
The Shiloh Shepherd enjoys being outdoors and likes exercise. However, this breed varies when it comes to activity needs and is highly adaptable. Some Shiloh Shepherds thrive on lots of activity while others are content to be couch potatoes. In either case, all Shiloh Shepherds need a daily walk for their health as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.