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Bridget 03-03-2014 02:11 PM

Shiloh Shepherds
 
We have what I believe to be a Shiloh Shepherd at the shelter. She is a beautiful dog with a lovely temperament. I have read up on this relatively new breed and, although I am very against messing around with genes to change the size of a breed, it sounds like the breeders are also breeding for a straight back and extremely gentle temperament, both qualities I value. Wondering what others on here think about these dogs? I am trying to form an opinion.

huntergreen 03-03-2014 02:57 PM

i have only been around one, very nice.

hunterisgreat 03-03-2014 03:00 PM

My opinion... I'm glad they created a new breed if they wanted a GSD that was oversized and without the GSD temperament.

Chip18 03-03-2014 03:07 PM

Well I'm kinda new to the hold GSD thing. The Over Size GSD thing was a surprise to me? I saw my nephews dog a and they looked kinda small?? Then working line show line and it goes on and on...
then temperament and nerve.

And Shiloh's and King shepherd's, dogs that look like gsd'S but aren't GSD's? The one thing regarding those two that I have heard said consistently is that they really are easy going dogs. If you want a dog that looks like a GSD but don't have a need or desire to deal with some of the challenges that can come along with the real thing and you like the dog for who and what he is... I don't think you could go wrong.

Bridget 03-03-2014 03:10 PM

Well said Chip.

Remo 03-03-2014 03:12 PM

I have fostered hundreds of GSDs over the years, and just a couple of Shiloh Shepherds. All of the Shilohs were huge, but in my opinion, a bit stubborn. From my experience they are not nearly as compliant as most GSDs.

We had a GSD/Malamute cross and he was a lot like the Shilohs. He knew lots of commands, but would only cooperate if there was something in it for him!

Chip18 03-03-2014 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Remo (Post 5127305)
I have fostered hundreds of GSDs over the years, and just a couple of Shiloh Shepherds. All of the Shilohs were huge, but in my opinion, a bit stubborn. From my experience they are not nearly as compliant as most GSDs.

We had a GSD/Malamute cross and he was a lot like the Shilohs. He knew lots of commands, but would only cooperate if there was something in it for him!

LOL stubborn try Female Boxers! :p

Oh your sericeous?? Was pretty much her initial response to a command/suggestion??:p

Still thats the kind of thing it's important to know with a different breed.

TommyB681 03-04-2014 05:31 AM

havent seen one in person but I have researched them a little. Looks wise they are gorgeous so I hope to get to see one in person

RubyTuesday 03-04-2014 12:49 PM

I talked to several breeders some yrs back & was under whelmed. The impression that I rec'd was that the temperament -for my tastes- is too uber soft & there are a fair # of weak nerved, wonky temperaments in the breed. Hips are somewhat worse than GSDs on average (which was among the founder's staed reasons for developing a new breed) & they have numerous health problems as well. One of the breeders I spoke to at length, who was at one time a major player in the Shiloh world, was extremely disillusioned with the world & initially moved on to Kings, left Kings for many similar reasons & wound up importing several East German border patrol GSDs which she seemed extremely happy with.

JMO...I much prefer GSDs. Shilohs are gorgeous but there are too many problems within the breed. Note that afficianadoes of the breed have been actively addressing the problems for some yrs, so there is hope, especially with the founder out of the picture, imo. But for myself, I'll stick with GSDs. They simply suit me better.

Bridget 03-04-2014 01:40 PM

Thanks. The one we have at the shelter is a female, name of Liza. She is a really beautiful and nice dog, so I just wondered about this breed. I got a chance to brush her and it was heaven! Liza is way overweight. I wonder if that is just an individual problem or if the breed has a propensity for weight gain.


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