Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd

Author WDF Staff


The Shiloh Shepherd is a developing breed from New York and was created in the 1970s by a breeder called Tina Barber. Mrs. Barber noticed many problems German Shepherd owners had, and she decided that she wants to recreate dogs she had when she was young. She started a breeding program and decided to introduce different dog breeds to the new Shiloh Shepherd breed.

Many modern-day breeds have indeed been created this way, and some of the most famous dog breeds have been created by breeders or owners that started with an idea. Dobermans, Black Russian Terriers, and even the German Shepherds started as a mix of different dog breeds to promote desired traits and characteristics.

Shiloh Shepherds are large and beautiful dogs that are really interesting when you start studying the breed. It is great to know that the breed lovers, enthusiasts, and breeders are working towards full international recognition for these lovely giants.



26 - 30 in



90 - 130 lb




 Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

10 - 14 years

We bring you seven basic things and fun facts all people interested in Shiloh Shepherds should know.

1. Shiloh Shepherd creation

The Shiloh Shepherd dog was first bred from a German Shepherd Dog and an Alaskan Malamute. The breeder responsible for such a decision was Mrs. Tina Barber. She wanted to promote healthier dogs with a slightly different temperament than a pureblooded German Shepherd. She also wanted to create a breed that is larger and has an abundance of hair. It is safe to say that she has succeeded, and all Shiloh Shepherd breeders are now working very hard to get Shiloh the recognition it deserves.

shiloh shepherd dogPhoto by: Don Cortell

2. Size and appearance

Although one might easily find a picture of these dogs online, it is something completely different to see one in real life. Shiloh Shepherds are impressive dogs that make their presence known. Shiloh can reach a height of 30 inches and weigh as much as 130 pounds. They are a lot larger than the GSD. These dogs have medium-long double coats that can come in different colors. The most common colors are black, grey, silver, red, and even pied. These dogs have strong, large bodies and muscular limbs.

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3. Shiloh Shepherd temperament

The goal of creating the Shiloh Shepherd was to develop a breed that will have fewer health issues and a temperament that would be easier to handle for inexperienced owners. These dogs are loyal, intelligent, active, and very gentle. They tend to become excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. The connection to the German Shepherd is clear because the Shiloh Shepherd is also very trainable, intelligent, and loves having a job to do. They are quick learners and will enjoy pleasing their owners. These large fluffy dogs can make great family pets and companions when their exercise needs are met. Providing them with proper activities will prevent the development of problematic behavior and separation anxiety.

shiloh shepherdPhoto by: Don Cortell

4. Shiloh Shepherd exercise requirements

If you are familiar with shepherd breeds, you probably know how active those dogs are. They require a fair amount of daily activities and exercise. Walking your dog once a day just won’t do. To get the most out of your dog, you will need to invest their time in their development and activity needs. These dogs are used to having a job, and they need to keep their bodies and minds occupied to be truly happy and healthy. A great schedule for your Shiloh Shepherd would include three walks a day and a vigorous playing or training session. If these dogs don’t have an adequate outlet, they can quickly become destructive and develop behavioral problems.

Shiloh Shepherds have an unusual running style. Their front legs get extended so much that they look like they are flying.

5. Health and lifespan

German Shepherds and Alaskan Malamutes are in the Shiloh Shepherd’s bloodline, which means that all potential health problems from these breeds might affect the Shiloh Shepherd. That doesn’t mean that the Shiloh will develop these problems; it just means that Shiloh Shepherd owners should be aware of them. A notorious problem for the German Shepherd is hip dysplasia. This is a potential problem for the Shiloh Shepherd as well. Other issues may include bloat, perianal fistula, megaesophagus, and panosteitis. In general, this is a healthy breed that lives from 10 to 14 years.

shiloh shepherd on snowPhoto by: Don Cortell

6. Shiloh Shepherd puppies

Shiloh Shepherd puppies are one of the cutest out there. They are fluffy, curious, active, and adorable. If you are looking to get a Shiloh Shepherd puppy, make sure you find a reputable breeder that takes good care of their breeding dogs, as well as their puppies. You shouldn’t expect a puppy before they are at least ten weeks old, and make sure you are prepared for a puppy at home. Take a look at this article for details about all things you might need.

7. Shiloh Shepherd price

If you are prepared to welcome such a large dog, and you are sure you can take care of him, ensure you find a good breeder. If they have any puppies available at the moment, you can prepare to pay around $1.000. Sometimes price can vary depending on the breeding quality and the working ability of the dog.

World Dog Finder team