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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Not recognized by major kennel clubs.


Males weigh approximately 140-160 pounds while females weigh approximately 100-120 pounds.


Males stand approximately 30 inches at the shoulders while females stand approximately 28 inches at the shoulders.


Shiloh Shepherds come in many different colours and colour combinations.


This breed has two coat varieties -- smooth and plush. The smooth variety has a medium length coat while the plush variety has a longer coat with a distinctive mane.



Shiloh Shepherds are highly intelligent and outgoing dogs. Very trainable and easy to work with, Shiloh Shepherds are also very loyal and loving companions.

Country of Origin:

United States and Germany.


This breed was developed in the United States during the 1970's when Tina M Barber set out to create a special type of German Shepherd that would exhibit the qualities of dogs she had known as a child in Germany, including large size, a high level of intelligence, and friendliness. While the Shiloh Shepherd is not recognized by any major kennel clubs, it has been recognized by several rare breed associations.


The Shiloh Shepherd was named for the Shiloh Shepherd Kennel in New York State where the breed was developed.


Shiloh Shepherds are very stable and adaptable animals when properly socialised. These dogs are very gentle and are excellent with children and other animals.



Shiloh Shepherds are highly intelligent and pleasant to train.


Shiloh Shepherds are active dogs that require regular exercise and excel at activities such as agility.


While this breed excels at herding, search and rescue and assistance work, it's also wonderful for companionship. Although Shiloh Shepherds have excellent speed and balance, they also have slow bone growth and should not jump or perform strenuous agility exercises until they have matured. This breed has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years and tends to be susceptible to gastrointestinal disorders and hip dysplasia.


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