- SIZE: 9
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 5
- BREED: Shiloh Shepherd
- COLOR(S):Black and tan with gray undertone.
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.
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 Shepherds shed profusely. They should be brushed daily to remove the dead hair and prevent it from getting all over the house.
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.
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.
Extremely intelligent and easy to train, Positive re-enforcement works well in most situations. Shiloh Shepherds are one of the most capable and trainable breeds, they are eager to learn and to work and excel at the highest levels of competition. Learning Rate: High. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High.