The Shiloh Shepherd is a rare breed that was developed in the 1970s to resemble an older variety of the German Shepherd. The Shiloh Shepherd is larger than the German Shepherd and has a straighter back, and they come in a variety of colors, unlike their black and tan cousins. They are bred for their intelligence, size and stable temperaments, though they are not recognized by the AKC.
Shiloh Shepherds make excellent companions. They are gentle, loving and really enjoy working. They are well suited to be therapy and assistance dogs, and excel at obedience and herding trials.
While they excel in obedience, Shiloh Shepherds are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Shiloh Shepherds are prone to include digestive issues such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat) and megaesophagus; skeletal problems such as panosteitis; chronic conditions such as perianal fistula; and hip problems such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Shiloh Shepherd has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of herding the family, you’re covered.