Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesShilohs
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbred
GroupHerding Group
Bred ForHerding and Guarding livestock
Life Span12-14 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 100-130 Pounds
Female: 80-100 Pounds
Ideal Height26-30 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeSmooth, Medium-length, Mane,
plush Coat
Common ColorsBlack with reddish Tan, Sable,
Solid White, Dark Grey, Dark Brown,
Red, Solid Golden
MarkingsBlack and White Markings
AvailabilityModeraely Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToGerman Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd is a large-sized dog breed that has a similar look as the German Shepherd. It is a new dog breed that is still under development. It is larger, more strong, and have a straighter back than the modern German Shepherd.

The Shiloh Shepherd is a very intelligent, strong dog breed with a good temperament that is suited for an active and loving family. They do best in an open place where they can perform their regular physical exercise. Apartment life is not suited for them due to their size and high activity level.

Origin and History

The Shiloh Shepherd was developed in 1974 by Tina M. Barber in the United States. The main goal of her was to develop a new line of German Shepherd that she remembered from her childhood: loyal, intelligent, healthy, good family companion and large.

The FIC agreed to Tina to registered Shiloh Shepherd as a separate breed. The American Rare Breed Association has recognized this breed since 1991. However, the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club has not yet recognized this breed.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Shiloh Shepherd is loyal, outgoing, devoted, and gentle. They make an excellent family companion due to their friendly, devoted, and gentle nature. They were bred to be a gentle and loving dog that can get along with children as well as work on the farm with animals.

Behavior: As a large and active dog, the Shiloh Shepherd needs a good amount of regular physical exercise and mental stimulation for their happy and healthy life.

They also love being around its people and thrives on their care and attention. If they do not get all these activities and love, they will get depressed.

Personality: The personality of the Shiloh is very alert, active, and protective. They are very loving of their people and suspicious of strangers. Their trust issues with strangers make them excellent watchdogs as well as a guard dog.

They are a very independent dog that likes to do things on their own but with the right training, they can be a very obedient dog.

Shiloh Shepherd playing with a chick
Shiloh Shepherd playing with a chick.
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Training Shiloh Shepherd is not a tough job to do as long as you are an experienced dog owner who can train them with consistency. They need a firm and patient dog owner and positive methods of training.

Never treat them harshly as it will only make them aggressive. Be gentle and use praises, treats as a reward.

Is Shiloh Shepherd Child-Friendly?

Yes, Shiloh Shepherd is a child-friendly dog that gets along with children very well. They are loving, playful and at the same time very protective of them.

No matter how friendly a dog is, it is necessary to supervise their interaction as to avoid any accidents from either of them.

A girl kissing a Shiloh Shepherd
A girl kissing a Shiloh Shepherd
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  • Shiloh Shepherd is taken as a therapy dog due to its calm and gentle nature.
  • In March 2007, a Shiloh Shepherd named Gandalf found a lost boy scout in rocky areas in North Carolina.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation,
Elbow Dysplasia
Vaccination RequiredLeptospirosis, Rabies, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%

The Shiloh Shepherd is a generally healthy breed with few genetic and canine health problems.

  • Elbow Dysplasia: It is a situation where the elbow joint of your dog is dislocated from its original place. It causes pain on the elbow of your dog making it difficult to move from one ace to another. Take it to a vet for an immediate and proper check-up.
  • Obesity: Shiloh Sheperd is prone to obesity, so it is necessary to balance its eating habit and exercise, so it does not suffer from obesity.


The Shiloh Shepherd comes in the following colors:

  • Golden Tan
  • Solid White
  • Solid Golden
  • Sable
  • Silver
  • Red
  • Dark Gray
  • Solid Black
  • Black with Raddish Tan


Shiloh Shepherd puppy
Cute Shiloh Shepherd puppy.
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Cost: The average cost of the Shiloh Shepherd puppy is around $800, where female cost is a little lesser than the male.


Height: The average height of the Shiloh Shepherd is between 26-30 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Shiloh Shepherd is between 100-130 pounds.

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