This is what Tina Barber – the Breed Founder had to say about Shiloh Shepherds:
“Do you remember a specific "German Shepherd" you used to know as a child (or if you are under 40) one that your family or friends told you about? He was the dog with that super, almost human intelligence; that big family protector that was so very gentle with little children, yet would give his life for his master without question. The dog that would walk you to the school bus, and then show up again exactly on time to wait for your return; the hero that everyone talked about; the one that seemed half human. His personality consisted of Lassie, Strongheart, and Rin Tin Tin all rolled into one.”
My name is Lesley de Klerk, and Shiloh Shepherds have shared my life for the past 19 years; I cannot imagine NOT having a “Shiloh” in my life.
During this time, this is what I have learned about Shilohs…
They are companion animals and they must be a part of the family
They are Large to Giant in size – 40 – 60 kg
They shed a lot – especially the plush coats
They need a purpose or a “job” and a reasonable amount of exercise but lots of stimulation
They must be trained – and not just puppy training
They need to eat a high quality diet
They need to sleep inside NOT outside in the back yard
They are incredibly loyal
They are super intelligent
They are highly trainable
All of my Shilohs have passed the assessments to become Paws for People® Therapy Dogs and they have brought joy to hundreds of people over the years. They are also excellent in both obedience and scent work.
Most of all, they have given me unconditional love, incredible joy, laughter, pride, companionship and loyalty...and they have my heart... always...
The photos below say it all…..
my very special Kodi Girl
Kodi - airport 28.3.04 and first day in S.A
Kodi - puppy visit to Ann Harding
Kodi and Cowboy with a friend
Kodi and her family
Kodi ears up with her sister Cheyanne
Kodi fetching a patient's slipper
Kodi with a little friend
Kodi with her "fellow" therapy dogs
Kodi – 23.12.2003 – 12.1.2013
Shiloh with a friend
Shiloh with his cart
Shiloh – 30.3.1999 – 19.07.2011
Cheyanne - my wonderful old lady - the day she arrived
Cheyanne - at work
left to right - Grown up Kodi, Shiloh and Cheyanne