Shiloh Shepherd™ Dog Club
of America, Inc.
International Shiloh Shepherd™ Registry, Inc. PO Box 309
Silver Springs, NY 14550
April 16, 2007
In your letter of July 2006, you stated
<< The American Rare Breed Association
accepted this breed as a breed. A breed with a breed standard. It
did not accept this breed as a German Shepherd Dog.
It accepted it as a Shiloh Shepherd. This breed was accepted well
over ten years ago. This breed should be breeding Shiloh to Shiloh.
Yours or no other organization should be asking us to accept
Shiloh Shepherd pedigrees mixed with German Shepherd Dogs.
What is the sense? Why would we accept
your breed and give it full recognition if it is still mixed with
the German Shepherd Dog for breeding? You may have
your reasons for wanting to do such, but that is not our mission.
When an individual calls and asks what is a Shiloh Shepherd what
should be ARBA's response? >>
IMHO ... ARBA's
response should be .... It's a "type" of dog STILL under development
as per the ISSR
rules, established by Tina M. Barber, the founder, back in
Now ... let me provide you with a bit of
1. When I started showing MY <Shiloh Shepherd> dogs with
ARBA, most came from AKC German Shepherd ancestors, although
they no longer looked like the "typical"
GSD!! Why don't you look at the picture of Captain &
Mona?? Both dogs had AKC parents, but if you take another
look at them, I am sure that you can easily tell that they
resemble the Shiloh TYPE more so then any modern AKC/SV
German Shepherd! If you would like more visual proof,
2. Again, let me remind you that when Anita invited me to
join ARBA, she assured me that you WOULD uphold my Standard,
and the ISSR requirements, as set forth in my copyrighted
Shiloh or LHGSD:
ISSR Rules which lists the criteria used to determine if
a dog could be registerd as a Shiloh Shepherd! These
criteria (as well as my Breed Standard)
were written and published before your organization was
even in existence! If you recall, we were showing with FIC,
SKC, the TOBI matches and many other organizations back in
the early 90's ... However, you were the new kids on the
block. Anita convinced me that you were going to
use REAL AKC and FCI judges, etc. etc. When we started
attending your shows we always brought a LARGE entry!! Some
shows had dozens of Shiloh's participating!! Then in 97 you
agreed to let "Gary's" club start showing their dogs and I
objected because they were NOT properly ISSR registered, but
you didn't care! Within a short time more groups were
formed, and before long they were breeding all kinds of
GSD's (calling them OTX) but still showing them as
Shilohs!!The whole thing turned into mass chaos, and the
ISSR people refused to support your show venues!
Just look at the
dogs that you were allowing into your ring!
3. Then this past year you started to "see the
light" and realized what a mess things had turned into and sent out
the above letter!! GOOD FOR YOU ... I agreed to encourage the ISSR
folks to start going to your shows, but they still hesitated, not
wanting to be in the ring with mixed GSD's that were professionally
handled! However, I continued to encourage them to try some smaller
shows anyway!! But when they DID -- what did you do??
Disqualify their ISSR registered Shiloh Shepherds????
4. If you meant what you said in your letter ...
then you MUST also disqualify Harley, since his pedigree is
FULL of AKC registered German Shepherds!!! Please take a
good look at the pedigree that I have enclosed and explain to me WHY
he was allowed to be shown??
Oh ... and PLEASE don't tell me that it was
because *I* approved "those" dogs as Shiloh's (like I did Mona and
Shane, etc.. etc...) because *I* also approved Artus as a Shiloh!!!
Furthermore, as you can see, he was NEVER registered as a GSD!! So
please tell me WHAT "criteria" you ARE using??
A.) If a dog was a GSD, but he/she met the
STRICT ISSR requirements
Possess a Pedigree
with no less than 21 registrable Shiloh’s in the first 4 generations
(minimum of 10 on one side) or 43 in the first 5 generations (minimum of
19 on one side). These dogs are considered the ULTIMATE BREEDABLE
QUALITY! A dogs registry papers may be re-evaluated at any time and
downgraded to a lower level if that dog is used for breeding purposes
and is producing an unusual number of offspring that do not meet the
standards or all have certain faults.
and his/her papers were turned over to the ISSR
in order to "change" him/her into one of the acceptable foundation
dogs that would be utilized in gene pool expansion, under my strict
supervision (since I am still developing this
B.) The dog was a specially selected NON-GSD
outcross that would be used to "refresh' the Shiloh gene pool, but
NOT be used to produce ANY other "breed" progeny, like Artus...since
he came from registered ASVD (Altdeutscher Schäferhundeverband
Samson was also a
"specially selected" outcross that I approved back in the early
days, and you had NO problem providing titles to HIS progeny!!
O DAUGHTER OF ZION
BIONIC SNOW WARRIOR OF ZION
SNOW’S A TRIBUTE TO PAX-ZION
(pictured at left)
London Shoen-Hirn Von Zion
as well as many others!
So .. in conclusion .. if you had NO problem
accepting the AKC dogs that I designated as "Shiloh Shepherds"
because they DID qualify, as per the ISSR rules ... nor the NB dogs
(like Samson) that I used to expand the gene pool, WHY would you
have a problem with my choice of Artus???
Because of your "new" GSD rules?? Well, Artus
has NEVER been a GSD ... he has NEVER produced GSD pups, within the
US, Canada, or anywhere in the world ... so WHY are you lumping him
into the same pot as the dogs that the "dark side" has been using ..
that ARE still AKC registered, and HAVE produced AKC litters when
bred to another GSD?
don't bother answering, I know what happened .. Harley's owner
freaked that our ISSR PUPS might beat her "winningest" "stud" dog,
and she ran to you complaining that our entries had "Artus" in their
pedigree -- demanding that you disqualify them!!! And that's
exactly what you did ... so now WE are asking you to disqualify HER
dog, because he DOES have GSD ancestors .. and the enclosed pedigree
Pedigree Of Sir Harley of Shenandoah
SHENANDOAHS THE PHANTOM V ZION
JNK SMOKE'N BLACK-BEAR OF ZION
BIONIC BLACK SMOKE OF ZION
(AKC number coming soon)
JNK'S SHAHARA ZOD
(AKC number coming soon)
CRANE'S OUR-TRIBUTE-TO CONTESA
(AKC number coming soon)
SHILOH'S SAMPSON ZACHARY
(AKC number coming soon)
SHILOH'S LADY SASHA
(AKC number coming soon)
Shenandoah's the Spirit of
SHENANDOAH'S THE TAZ OF ZION
PINEWOOD LAZARUS COMFORTH ZION
K-SURA'S MISTIE WEATHER V ZION
JNK'S FOXIE ROXIE LADY
BOB'S MOUNTAIN GOLIATH OF ZION
MORRIS GOOD MORNING MONA
(AKC D799180 03-90)
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International Shiloh Shepherd Registry, Inc.
A Note From the ISSR, Inc. Board of Directors
Please note, the dogs shown in blue were
AKC German Shepherds (some of the numbers have been inserted with
additional AKC data being verified), but designated as ISSR Shiloh Shepherds by Tina M.
Barber (same as any of the NB dogs she has chosen in order to expand her gene pool). Only dogs that pass Tina's criteria, as per her ISSR
requirements qualify to be called Shiloh Shepherds. Please see the
Original ISSR Rules.
Tina has also set up a NB (New Blood)
program in order to maintain genetic diversity. However, at no time has
she allowed indiscriminant breeding to AKC German Shepherds! The ISSR
was formed in order to complete data on all Shiloh Shepherds since 1990,
and has continued to do this! Since ONLY the dogs that Tina Barber
selected qualified to be called Shiloh Shepherds, then we feel that ONLY
the dogs that have legitimate ISSR papers should be allowed to be called
by her name.
However, since ARBA has chosen to
insist that ONLY "pure" Shiloh Shepherds with no less than 3 generations
of PURE "Shiloh Shepherd" ancestors be allowed to show, then we must
point out that Harley is not from "pure" ISSR ancestors because he has 6
German Shepherds in his 3 generation pedigree.
Artus was NEVER registered
as a German Shepherd. He was registered as a
with the ASVD club (the European version of Tina's Shiloh, not the AKC
version of the GSD). Therefore, his progeny should be exempt from
the ARBA "No GSD" rule! We fully agree that AKC German Shepherds should
never be cross bred with true Shiloh Shepherds, but we also realize that
we are dealing with a limited gene pool that was established by Tina
Barber. If/when the need should arise for a specific outcross,
Tina has the right to select such a dog as was done in the case of
Another Note from Tina:
Robert, I am appalled at the treatment my club
members received at your North Carolina Durham show. I was informed that
Harley's owner complained to you about the REAL ISSR dogs, actually
puppies, that were entered, because they had Artus in their 3 generation
Well, let me assure you
again that neither Artus, nor his parents,
grandparents, great grand parents, etc. were EVER registered as AKC
German Shepherds! You cannot compare apples to oranges! The "dark side"
has been breeding their dogs to all kinds of AKC GSD's (calling them OTX).
So far I have counted over a dozen since 2002.
Nevertheless, if you want to uphold your rule, instead of mine that
allows specific dogs that I have chosen to qualify for entry into the ISSR
database as Shiloh Shepherds,then you must also disqualify Harley,
because he does have AKC German Shepherds in the first three generations
of his pedigree!
should also revoke all of his titles, since this clearly proves that he is not a
"Shiloh Shepherd" as per YOUR rules!!! After all, what's good for the goose,
should be good for the gander!!! ;-)
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