About the ISSDC

Who We Are…

The International Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club (ISSDC) was founded by people who were deeply involved with Shiloh Shepherds since their official acceptance as a Rare Breed back in 1991. We came together as a club to promote, preserve, and protect the dogs we love. We are a coalition of breeders and owners that seeks to recognize excellence in conformation and performance and to provide assistance to dogs in need when we can. We have a lot of fun too! We are an international club with members in Canada, the USA, and Europe, and we’re growing in strength and numbers all the time. We are comprised of three registries: the National Shiloh Breeders Registry (NSBR), The Shiloh Shepherd Registry (TSSR), and the Worldwide Shiloh Shepherd Breed Association (WSSBA), which have came together to promote best breeding practice, maintain genetic diversity, and share knowledge and information in order to maintain the highest standards in health and vigor while bringing forward exemplars of the breed standard. While we work closely with our three registries, we welcome all as members. Breeders and owners of dogs registered in the various Shiloh registries, along with people who simply share an interest in our dogs, are all equally welcome. If you are looking for people whose focus is the celebration and betterment of the Shiloh Shepherd, the ISSDC is for you. Join us for learning, for fun, and for the love of dogs!

Welcome to the ISSDC

The Shiloh Shepherd is a true contemporary breed developed to fill the need for a Shepherd from the past, a protector, a best friend, a part of the family. Shiloh Shepherds are dogs of giant size, incredible intelligence and wholesome beauty. Shilohs portray a distinctive impression of nobility with superior intelligence, strength of character and a heart of gold.

Our original Shiloh Shepherds are bred to be calm and kind. Shilohs excel in all types of work, from animal assisted therapy to obedience to guardian assignments as they tend well to children, elderly and livestock. Taking their intelligence and stamina from their German Shepherd ancestors and their size and gentle nature from years of selective breeding, the Shiloh Shepherd is a perfect dog for today’s home.

This gentle giant should appear longer than tall. The desired height can be no less than 28” for males and 26” for females. Shilohs have two types of coats, the plush (long) and smooth (short). They come in a variety of color combinations.

Please take time to research the breed very carefully. Our website and e-group are great resources to learn and meet breeders and owners who have been involved with Shilohs for many years. We promote and encourage unity, health testing, genetic research and the preservation of the original breed standard.

This website is a great resource to meet breeders and owners who have been involved with the Shiloh Shepherd for many years.


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News & Announcements

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