This page was first published in the Shiloh Shepherd™ Learning
October 1999; it remains here as part of the historical record. The "other club" has since disbanded although other
spurious "registries" have sprung up. For more information,
Shiloh Shepherd™ History: the first 40
History of the Club
The ISSR Response:
Shiloh Breeders, Owners, and Fanciers
months ago I provided the (new) club with ISSR information that was to
be published in their Newsletter so that everyone could be notified
properly. Since the changes were effective as of 9/1/97, but their
Newsletter was running late, I extended them by 30 days. Obviously, as
you can see on the bottom of pg.33, they chose
not to print what I had submitted, although they did
acknowledge the fact that it was received. I will not take
the time to retype all of the new ISSR improvements and changes, they
will be available on our web site. As a Shiloh owner it is your
responsibility to comply with all ISSR Regulations. I would like to
encourage you to take some time to print off the revised ISSR
Rules & Regulations.
the past the club and registry worked together in a team effort,
unfortunately that does not seem possible in the future, so please be
informed that you need to be visiting our web site (http://www.shilohshepherd.com)
often as it will be the only official source for breed/registry
information. I have important facts that I need to share with you in
this letter in order to alleviate some of the misconceptions now
stirring among the Shiloh family. Please read this letter very
carefully, as it is your official notification of the new ISSR rate
not all, most breeders were notified that after 09/01/97, the ISSR rate
for blue papers and upgrades would remain at $25.00.
With the growth of the club, it has become too difficult to monitor
between members/non-members. The TCCP has always charged the
non-member fee, therefore the flat rate of $25.00 will apply to all.
Unfortunately, the ISSR is unable to continue providing the services you
have received these past 5 years
without a slight increase. As of 09/01/97, the fees for litter
applications are: $20.00 application fee, and $4.00 per puppy.
upgrades submitted for Gold/Ora papers without an official Penn Hip, or
OFA prelim certificate, accompanying the x-rays, as well as completed
Dominant/Recessive chart and all other ISSR requirements will be
returned and a special $10.00 handling fee must be added upon
(unfortunately, any x-rays submitted for Gold /ORA
papers without either a Penn
Hip or OFA certification will be returned. A $25.00 shipping and
handling fee will have to be applied. Only Red/White and Black /White
upgrades may still submit x-rays for breed warden evaluation.)
Enclosed is the new (revised 9/97) Win Sheet. Please make copies
and discard all previous versions. Always remember to complete the Win
Sheet in its entirety so that your Breeder may be credited towards the
prestigious Breeder of the Year award.
win sheet that is not on an official
ISSR (with logo) form, will be returned to sender.
(new) club has requested that you send copies of your win sheet to
them for documentation in the newsletter.
is not a requirement of the ISSR. Please feel free to do as you wish.
note: NO Breed Club has ANY AUTHORITY WHATSOEVER regarding any
ISSR functions. Everything concerning your dogs registrations,
breeding privileges, breed standard, show wins, etc. is strictly under
the authority of the ISSR Inc. Complete updated ISSR rules and
regulations may be obtained directly through the Registry web site or by
mailing $3.00 to the ISSR for a hard copy of same. No official ISSR
information will be published in any other format.
order to help you get a clearer understanding of the expected functions
that belong to the "Registry" or Club
am listing a partial outline on page 4.
people have a problem differentiating between the applicable functions
of the two entities. The best analogy I can arrive at is that of the
AKCs relationship with the various Breed Clubs.
If you purchase a Collie, you may want to join a local Collie Club
in order to meet other Collie owners and their dogs. You may find that
you really enjoy this group of Collie owners, or you may find that
it is not for you. Nevertheless,
your decision can in no way infringe on your right to own, breed or show
your AKC-registered Collie!
know how I feel in regard to the AKCs laxity in controlling the
quality of dogs they register, allowing anyone to receive full breeding
rights on any dog they own, regardless of genetic faults, etc. That is
why the ISSRs breeding requirements are molded closer to the
standards of the SV.
Although I personally do not approve of the AKCs lax breeding
control, many of their other rules are well thought out and disciplined.
If you investigate what their functions and responsibilities are to pure
breed dogs, you may be able to better understand the true purpose of the
Shiloh Shepherd™ Breed is based on the LMX
program. To prevent deterioration of quality you must adhere to it
diligently. In order to help you better understand how crucial this (LMX)
program is to our breed, I would like to outline a few facts.
permitting I plan to publish a large fully detailed article regarding
CHD, that will cover the complete history of my LMX system as well as
many other statistics that need to be better understood.
has been my experience these past 7 years that most people decide upon a
Shiloh due to the strict guidelines we adhere to. Shiloh Shepherd™
Kennels established the quality of these dogs through the vigilant use
of the LMX program. It took nearly 3 decades to stabilize the gene pool
that now enables you to boast about the great hips we have.
Unfortunately during the past 7 years, much data has not been collected
for various reasons. Many breeders (including myself) have not fulfilled
LMX's on litters they have produced.
As of 01/01/98, the TCCP will go through the database
and any pink papered dog that is over 36 months of age will be listed as
expired! You can still get your dog upgraded by paying the penalty fee
prior to 12/31/97.
personally offering the following option as a means to collect this
CUSTOMERS: If you purchased your dog from Zion Kennels and upgrade
him/her before 01/01/98, I will personally pay your penalty fees!
suggest that anyone else with expired papers contact their breeder also.
Breeders, I realize that there are times when no matter what you do
people will not adhere to their agreement and upgrade their dogs.
Nevertheless the ISSR has no choice but to tighten and enforce the
established requirements if we want to maintain the high percentage of
good hips that had made this breed so popular in the past.
This brings me to the purpose of the above
information. As most all of you have read, the new club has
written a proposal in a separate insert to your newsletter. At this time
I must inform you that their proposal has been rejected, as it would
soon be the destruction of the Shiloh Shepherd™. They have proposed, that
if a litter is not LMXd, that the breeder be suspended from breeding
for 1 year, and that anyone who purchased a puppy from that litter, and
fulfilled their upgrade would be allowed to breed.
I would like to explain why this proposal would never
work, and could quickly destroy the breed.
1.) Many breeders have only 1 litter per year,
so this suspension would not effect them in the least, nor give them
incentive to pursue their customers for upgrades. Those who have several
litters, can always sell their dogs to friends or family members,
and so forth and so on... this in no way will stop that dog from
being bred, puppies being sold, and no LMX data collected.
2.)Allowing a dog to be bred just because their owner
fulfilled their upgrade, is a complete contradiction to the LMX program.
Its littermates could possibly have a high rate of CHD, thus
perpetuating the faulty genes. If that is our future goal, then we may
as well just register our dogs with AKC! At least we would have a lot
more shows to attend. Did you not purchase your Shiloh because of the rigid
suggest that a club committee decide some breedings of non-LMX litters.
This is the SOLE responsibility of the Breed Warden who has extensive
knowledge concerning all generations behind individual dogs within the
Shiloh Shepherd™ gene pool. By allowing a committee of people who
have only had a handful of litters among them all, make decisions that
will effect the future hip quality of the entire breed, is ludicrous.
The ISSR is still researching a solution to the
problem addressed in the insert of your newsletter. At this time, the
Registry has suggested a reduction from 80% to 70% for an LMX litter.
The Sire, and/or Dam, must fulfill this requirement for a litter to be
registered. Puppies born out of any litter where neither Sire nor Dam
have completed the LMX requirements, will only be eligible for
restricted ORA, or Black and white papers.
Also discussed in the insert was the suggestion that
only Penn Hip be accepted as a form of hip certification. Though this
was discussed, it is not the ruling. The ISSR will accept either OFA or
Penn Hip certification on GOLD/ORA upgrades. It was also discussed that
the Registry accept Penn Hip certification as early as 6 months for
final upgrade. After much investigation, it has been determined that
though a 6 month old dog may have an acceptable D/I rating, it is
improbable that any remodeling or other signs of degenerative joint
disease can be detected at that early age. Thus the existing ISSR
requirements will remain the same. All dogs must be x-rayed via Penn
Hip, OFA or both, not prior to 12 months nor past 14 months. A written
request for a 90-day justifiable extension may be presented to the ISSR.
The discussions regarding the LMX program as well as
Penn Hip versus OFA etc., held during the VIB meeting at Homecoming were
just that, discussions! No final determinations were made at that time.
Since then, I have determined that the ruling suggested above will
enable us to continue our strong efforts toward the improvement of hip
quality within our breed.
In order to establish and facilitate better
communication lines between the Registry and the Club, I have appointed
Mr. William Pellicane as the new ISSR liaison to the Club, and he has
gracefully accepted the position. In a similar format, as the one
developed by the AKC, it will be his responsibility to work with the
Club appointed representative. I am sure most of you know/have heard of
Brooklyn Billy a.k.a. BACANE or Shilohs4me on AOL. For those of
you who havent met Billy, please stop in on the AOL Wed. night chat,
he is always there. Billy has been
involved with our breed for nearly 5
years. He has served as the NE Director at Large, as well as forming
the Long Island Chapter, faithfully attending Homecoming each
year, as well as attending many shows just to help other members handle
their dogs, fill out win sheets, etc. He has always been firmly loyal to
our breed despite any and all adversities. He has presented our breed on
a local TV show, set up Shiloh Information Booths at various pet
stores, as well as hosting a Shiloh booth at the Long Island Pet Expo
for (soon to be) 4 years! Billy has consistently dedicated himself to
the promotion and perseverance of our breed. I have complete confidence
in his dedication to this breed, first and foremost. He has no interest
in politics or monetary gain, he has told me on several occasions that
his main goal is:
I want to purchase a Shiloh 20 years from now, I want to be sure they
still exist the way they are today
order to maintain accurate records and total harmony between the
respective liaisons, I have asked Patti Schaefer to act as the
conciliator as well as to log all final presentations via the AOL
private room chats. This way both the Club and the Registry will have a
clear hard copy transcript of all sessions that have transpired between
their respective representatives.
Due to the uncertainty of whether or not any important ISSR
notifications submitted to the new club would be published, I have
chosen a different venue for future communication. I have stepped in to
the technology of the 90s, and there by have chosen to utilize the
ISSRs web site and mass e-mail capabilities as a means to keep you
apprised of all pertinent Breed/Registry information. Please forward
your e-mail address to:
MaShiloh@aol.com or send the Registry a SASE if you prefer to receive
As soon as I complete this notice, I am typing a letter of
resignation to the new club, asking to have my name removed from their
Thank you for your support.
PS: I have
received many calls regarding the new club membership dues. When the
ISSDC took over the SSDCA members, they agreed to honor all paid
memberships (with the possible exception of lifetime, that they
suggested prorating). Therefore if your dues are paid in full, till
1/1/98, you will receive a notice from them requesting renewal dues to
be paid, otherwise you will not need to send funds until your SSDCA
membership expires. However, they are requesting that you complete their
application form, if you want to have your membership officially
Club versus the Registry
The Club is responsible to its members. Some of
their obligations are as follows:
Accumulative voice of the owners to the Registry. This is why you
vote in the people you want to represent you.
2). Provide members as well as the public, with proper education
regarding ISSR rules / regulations/ changes / revisions /
applications / procedures, etc.
e.g: Explaining proper completion of win sheets, registrations,
upgrades, litter applications, etc. (how to count # of Champions
3). Hosting ISSR sanctioned Specialty Shows in various regions as
per the ISSR rules and regulations.
4). Provide all members with updated information in regard to
5). Provide all members an unbiased puppy referral program, TT,
6). Organize and maintain a Breed Rescue
7). Promote the breed by encouraging member participation via
shows, Expos advertisements, etc., as well as the publishing of
ISSR approved material.
8). Protect the breed by diligently enforcing the (ISSR approved)
Breeders Code of Ethics within its membership, as well as
providing accurate information in order to maintain a positive
9). Provide a club representative who is capable of properly
presenting any/all membership suggestions / concerns to the ISSR
The Registry is responsible for the Breed. Some
of its obligations are as follows:
1). To establish and maintain the Breed Standard
2). Document and maintain all registry data
pertaining to individual and litter registrations, upgrades,
x-rays, breed warnings, etc.
3). Maintain all Show records (Win Sheets),
ROMs, GVs, NSs, and BOTYs. Provide Championship
certification and licensing of judges, TT testers, etc.
4). Validating special data collections (e.g.:
LMX, DNA, Breed Warnings, dominant/ recessive traits, investigating
any/all new genetic or health related issues, etc.
5). Assigning and removing breed warnings as the
need arises, as well as approving/denying various ORA/SP breedings.
6). Performing periodic inspections to assure
all data entry is updated and accurate.
7). Investigating and evaluating any / all
approval of Red/White category dogs for possible entry into the
8). Evaluating Red/White and Black/White x-rays,
taped TTs, BCRs, LERs, LMIs, PERs, etc.
9). Providing consultation to breeders with
regard to compatibility of selected breedings and to encourage
proper breeding ethics.
10). Assigning the Breed Warden and assistants
11). Sanctioning Organizations and Specialty
12). Take whatever action necessary to protect
and assure the continuation of the exceptional quality within our
13). Granting approval of all official Breed
14). Licensing of all Kennels. Authority to
revoke or suspend breeding privileges where applicable.