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Buying or Adopting a Shiloh Shepherd

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Shiloh Shepherd the right breed for you?

Shiloh Shepherds: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Shiloh Shepherd Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Shiloh Shepherd?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Shiloh Shepherd stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, tracking, flyball, carting); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate (depending on length of coat)
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Shiloh Shepherds are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with constant shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Shiloh Shepherd to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Shiloh Shepherd, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Shiloh Shepherd?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Shiloh Shepherd be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Shiloh Shepherd?

Shiloh Shepherds are not registered with the American Kennel Club, so I don't have hard statistics on their popularity. But I seldom see the breed and have had only a handful come through my obedience classes.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Shiloh Shepherd available from a Dog Rescue group. But unless the dog has come in with registration papers, it's more likely he's a German Shepherd, or a German Shepherd cross or mix. Shilohs are usually larger than German Shepherds and often have longer hair. But German Shepherds can also be very large and have long hair. And plenty of Shepherd crosses and mixes can be very large with long hair.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Again it's virtually impossible to tell by appearance whether a dog in an animal shelter is a Shiloh Shepherd, a German Shepherd, or a Shepherd cross or mix. Chances are, he's not really a Shiloh, simply because the breed isn't very common.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Shiloh Shepherd from a show breeder, who breeds Shiloh Shepherds to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Shiloh Shepherd from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Shiloh Shepherd puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal elbows
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or a report from a veterinary cardiologist – dated within the past year – certifying that the dog has had an Advanced Cardiac Exam and has a normal heart

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Shiloh Shepherd puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe neurological disease called degenerative myelopathy.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Shiloh Shepherd ends up crippled or paralyzed.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I've never seen a Shiloh Shepherd in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


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How to test the temperament and personality of Shiloh Shepherd puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


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