Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Shiloh Shepherd puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Shiloh Shepherds, the best dog food diet for feeding Shiloh Shepherd puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Shiloh Shepherd dog breed

Shiloh Shepherd Health Problems and Raising a Shiloh Shepherd Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Shiloh Shepherds:

An original blend of German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and other breeds (depending on which breeders, clubs, and registry organizations you choose to believe), Shiloh Shepherds are vulnerable to the same health issues as most other large breeds, particularly those associated with German Shepherds.

That means orthopedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis and panosteitis. Heart disease, skin problems such as allergies, and digestive problems, especially chronic diarrhea caused by food intolerances or colitis (inflammatory bowel disease).

Bloat is a major killer of all deep-chested breeds like the Shiloh Shepherd, and cancer is causing the deaths of many breeds, especially large breeds.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Shiloh Shepherd?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Shiloh Shepherds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Shiloh Shepherd puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Shiloh Shepherd puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Shiloh Shepherd puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Shiloh Shepherd lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Shiloh Shepherd
The best diet for feeding your Shiloh Shepherd is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Shiloh Shepherd. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Shiloh Shepherd
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Shiloh Shepherd. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Shiloh Shepherd puppy really need? Does your adult Shiloh Shepherd need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Shiloh Shepherd. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Shiloh Shepherd. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Shiloh Shepherd.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.