The health and well being of the Shiloh Shepherd is very important to the ISSDC.
HEALTH TESTING...the Hallmark of this breed!
Breeding the best possible candidates is the pride of a Shiloh breeder. Many go above and beyond the minimum requirements of their registry.
- Parent’s full names, call names, their sire/dam, health testing results should appear in all litter announcements.
- Passing health testing as required by the breeder’s registry should always be expected.
- Your prospective breeder should have no problem producing health testing results for the breeding pair.
- Visit the Health Screening page [HERE] at the Shiloh Shepherd Resource Center to get an idea on what is required.
The ISSDC Genetics Study is currently underway. We are partnering with Genoscoper (Opitmal Selection/Wisdom Panel) here in North America and MyDogDNA overseas to begin the DNA Diversity, Outcross, & Health Study for Shiloh Shepherds.
Part 1 Diversity:
- Diversity of the individual dog tested.
- Diversity of the overall breed population.
- Diversity of the overall breed population compared to the diversity of other related breed populations.
READ MORE on the project and how you can help! [HERE]
GSD/IVA is an inherited electrical issue within the heart that is found in GSDs and Shilohs. It can cause sudden death in young dogs and has no outward or obvious symptoms. A 24-Hour Holter Monitor test is required to diagnose these conditions. Because the arrhythmia may not occur all the time it is easily missed with typical Ausculation and Echo-cardiograms.
We are hoping that in the future we will be able to test all pups from every litter. In order to make this a reality we need to have an adequate supply of holter monitors in the Shiloh community. The ISSDC is raising funds to purchase additional monitor(s) that will be lent out to breeders.
READ MORE on how you can help! [HERE]