Originally prepared in 2004
with last update by Tina Barber in12/09
Over the past decade
many people have gone to various ISSR Licensed Breeders feeling safe and
secure, although they were asked to pay them thousands of dollars for a
puppy, because they were under the impression that these people were part of
my breeding team and were thus following all of the required protocols—NOT
Unfortunately many of these
people joined the ISSR just so that they could get more money for their
pups, not because they wanted to be on the pioneering team that was
dedicated toward properly expanding our gene pool! However, it does not take
long for unjust motives to be exposed, thus forcing these oxymudas to leave
the ISSR and attempt to start their own or jump into one of the fake “registries”.
I think that the matrix listed below will clearly show these trends!
Nevertheless, you must also
realize that it is extremely difficult to predict what a particular breeder
may – may not—be planning to do in the future.
Will they be there for
you a few years from now?
Regretably, this is not
something that any of us can answer! It is up to the consumer to be alert
and ask lots of questions! That's why we encourage people to join our
Shepherd Community Forums.
Too much of our gene
pool has already been compromised! Too many good dogs have been lost due to
their breeder going “haywire”!
take a look at this
Wall of Shame.
I hope that the matrix
listed below will benefit future owners by discouraging the
fly-by-nights from entering our program in the first place!
Oh yes, we have always had
LBA! Right from
the start potential future breeders were asked to sign it if they wanted to
register their dogs with the ISSR! Many refused to do so and stayed with the
AKC instead, but others (maybe looking for the pot of gold at the end of the
rainbow?) jumped in with both feet! Did they bother to even read the
agreement? Did they ever intend to honor it? Who knows. Yet they
quickly signed up and started selling their pups for
thousands of dollars.
It did not take me long to
figure out that many of them were selling their pet quality pups on
co-ownerships with GOLD papers! Ouch!! Once I started
investigating all of these cases and tried to work with these breeders to
help them to properly evaluate
their pups—I realized that I was being tagged as “THE” Super Bitch of the
Hmmm, instead of trying
to breed better dogs--they just wanted to get me out of the picture!
Enter the splinter mentality--and the rest is
Now you can analyze the true facts for
yourself—hopefully this information will help you make the best possible
decision when choosing your next future companion!
Please note: Although all of the breeders listed
in the charts and the three tables below joined the Breed Founder's VIB/OSSA (Original
Shiloh Shepherd Academy) program to further their education
in preparation for becoming future breeders, many of these people never even
produced a litter. They are, nevertheless, listed because they had, at one
point, signed up for the program.
who signed up, never registered a litter in the ISSR or left shortly
thereafter and are no longer breeding Shiloh Shepherds are listed in a
separate table below.
details are provided in the code chart listed below.
Former LB's (color
coded in blue) listed as *INACTIVE are still supportive of the ISSR and
own/plan to purchase ISSR dogs but have chosen not to breed at this time.
The chart below represents all
the currently active ISSR Licensed Breeders as well as those who have
produced one or more litters while active within the ISSR. The LB's
are listed as per the year they joined the SSDCA as well as their current
status. Slivers are also listed as per the year they joined the SSDCA
(not when they left). Additional SSDCA members who joined the club in 2008 are
waiting to qualify for entry into the exclusive OSSA program.
Please note that we have
not had any traitors (slivers) meeting the criteria for Group 1 to deal with
from among the group that has joined us in the past 6 years (since 2003) and
we hope that our new stricter rules for joining will enable us to continue
this very pleasant trend!
following kennels only produced co-owned litters within the ISSR or never produced a litter within the ISSR or had litters but
went back to the AKC, or left to work with a different breed,
or never completed the program and are no
longer breeding dogs. Those
that were in our OSSA/VIB program and never had a litter who are presently
on leave, but still supportive of the ISSR and may still choose to be
re-instated at a later time are listed as ISSR-Inactive and color coded in
that have never produced a litter on their own while with the ISSR but have since
started/joined one of the fraudulent registries (or are listed on a splinter
website as being a breeder) are listed as splinters and are color
coded in brown.
signed the LBA and registered their kennel names but did not fully
participate in the OSSA program and allowed their membership to lapse after
the first year. Obviously they were never committed to the program, some
never even purchasing a Shiloh, so they cannot be listed with those that did
have "some" incentive to get somewhat involved, albeit for a very short
time, and probably the wrong reasons!
List of all breeders
associated with that kennel name, be it a single entity, married couple or
partnerships that have been formed for the specific purpose of breeding
Shiloh Shepherds under that particular DBA
Represents the year that
this kennel/person(s) rescinded their affiliation with the ISSR/SSDCA, Inc.
* indicates that the breeder
is still in the program and those breeders are color coded in
Those that are no longer in the
program but still true supporters of the ISSR are colored in blue.
The rest are color coded in
either black or
for those no longer affiliated with the ISSR.
It's been a rocky road for the ISSR, but all in all, we still have more
dedicated people who have had enough grit to stay and work for the
betterment of the breed.
Over the past 17 years we have had a
total of 168 people join/enter the LB ranks with 53% still supporting
the ISSR. Only 9% of Licensed Breeders that ever
produced a non-co-owned litter within the ISSR have left to join an alternate (fake) shiloh ''registry". Many that joined our program never completed the
requirements/became discouraged prior to completion.
Where Do They Go?
In this article we have
tried to provide you with a clear, honest listing of everyone that has
ever been involved with the ISSR Shiloh Shepherd. As you can see,
some people had an extremely short duration with us. There are
many reasons for this! We would like to share just a few examples.
Many of these people
just got a puppy and were very excited about the breed/becoming a
"breeder" until they had a chance to face some of the real
problems/disappointments that can go along with this commitment.
If their beloved pet's
hips did not pass or she lost a few shows, or even if someone started a
rumor about the person (not necessarily dog-related), they would get
upset and "quit" the breed! Of course, this is not the way you would
expect a "breeder" to behave, but these people are/were just pet owners
that "thought" they may like the idea of "becoming" breeders, yet lacked
the backbone and sacrificial mindset it takes to get there!
In another case, a
couple had an amazing dog that did pass all of her breeding
requirements, and was taking the show world by storm. But on one
occasion they left her in the yard while they ran a quick errand, only
to discover that she had opened the gate and ran right into the road,
being killed instantly! This was so devastating to them that they just
faded into oblivion!
Very few of the people
that we have listed in chart 2 and 3 actually "left" the ISSR, they just
dropped out of the breeding program (some permanently, some temporarily)
for a variety of reasons that may/may not have had anything to do with
their dog's quality, club politics or even the ISSR rules!
As you can see by the
extended chart, most of the people that had joined the LB program, did
not end up becoming "splinters"--only a small number actually chose to
start/join "other" registries in order to to sell FAKE Shilohs!
These are the people
who are now giving our breed a bad reputation because they have
comprised quantity for quality and integrity for personal financial
If you take your time
to study our charts, it should help you to separate the wheat from the
chaff, so that you can feel comfortable about contacting one of our
active Licensed Breeders about your future puppy!
Before you contact any of
the "kennels" listed all over the Internet, please join
community forum, in order to get to know
our active ISSR breeders a little bit better. You will have a
unique opportunity to read their posts, ask them questions, and read
what other breeders, as well as their clients have to say!
By getting to know this breed, and all of
*us* better, you will be able to make wiser decisions when it's
time for you to purchase your future puppy!!
For more details, please view our
2006 update which shows that of the 167 litters produced within the ISSR
between 1991-97, only 24 came from those that are now being called
"splinters" and who departed in 1997-98.
As of 1/2009 we
have had 485 litters produced within the ISSR and only 91 came
via the slivers - before they left and NONE since early 2006.
THE SLIVERS HAVE FALLEN!! LONG LIVE THE ISSR!!
As of 2001, the ISSR, Inc. (with the
approval of the SSDCA, Inc.) has incorporated several stricter
requirements for future Licensed Breeders. These requirements were
re-affirmed by the board in 2004.
1. They have to sign the current
Licensed Breeders Agreement and rededicate themselves to the program
every three years in order to stay in the program.
2. They must consistently comply with
the Genetic Task Force requirements for data submission on their dogs
and on any litters produced in order to maintain their license.
3. They cannot attain full Licensed
Breeder rights until they have fulfilled their Licensed Breeder in
Training requirements (which takes three years to achieve).
4. As of 2005, potential breeders
must wait one year from the time they join the SSDCA, Inc. before they
may join the licensed breeder program, become a student in the Original
Shiloh Shepherd Academy and be listed on our site as a Licensed Breeder
5. As of 2009, the NDA
has been introduced and all LB's were asked to sign it (although it will
not be a mandatory requirement). Thos e who chose not to sign it
were removed from the new advanced OSSA-2 group. All new LBIT's
will be required to sign it prior to being let into the program.
We plan to provide you with additional
updated charts as per this program at the end of each fiscal year.
The ISSR has continued to grow and stand
strong, despite all of the adversities constantly thrown against it, and the
Shiloh Shepherd Founder!
A Note from the
I realize that there may be some confusion regarding these charts,
as to why "so many" people have left the ISSR. Let me take a moment
to assure you that our rate of attrition is actually not bad at all,
when you consider all of the other factors!
First of all, you need to compare the real % of splinters, against
the complete number of OSSA members!! Out of the 159 people that
have 'signed up' to become "breeders" within the ISSR .. only 22%
have joined the "dark side" and only about 1/2 of those are
actually "breeding"fake puppies within the sliver camps
... and most of them are not even staying
with just *one* registry ... instead, they are bouncing
around more now than ever before!! These people were never involved
with us for the sake of gene pool expansion, or breed recognition
... they were only interested in making some extra money breeding
higher priced pups!! However, when
the rules didn't fit their agenda, they jumped ship!
Many others did not bother to read the "fine print" or just didn't
think that the rules would apply to *them* until it was too late!!
For this reason we have continued to make things harder for folks to
"just join" the OSSA program & start breeding puppies! As of June
2005, we have included a 1 year waiting period, from the time that
they join the club, so that they can get to know us better (and we
can get to know them better too) rather than allowing anyone to just
"sign up" on a whim!!
We all feel that this new program will be very productive in the
future, because it will screen out many of those that never made it
much past the first year anyway, as well as those that are NOT
sincerely interested in the future welfare of our magnificent breed!!However we still
encourage newcomers that have honest intentions to join our program,
and eventually become part of the pioneer team that is going to take
this breed to it's final destination!!
We expect a great future for all sincere ISSR breeders!!! If you
would like to get to know us better, please join our ever growing
January 2009 Update
If you look at our 2006 update, you
will see that out of 167 litters produced within the ISSR between
1991 and 1997 only 24 came from those who joined the sliver
camp. However, if you look at the data we have continued to
record since then you will see that despite the
big "falling away" in 2006 we have continued to grow
stronger every year!
As of Dec. 2008 the ISSR has
recorded 283 additional litters and only 49 were produced by those
who are now
in the sliver camp!
Considering the fact that our rules
have gotten even stricter in order to "weed out" those that are only
interested in starting small "puppy mills" instead of being
dedicated to the future welfare of the breed, our rate of attrition
has been greatly reduced and the new LBIT's that are joining us are
much better prepared for the hardships that will meet them as they
move forward with this team! Nobody is trying to "get rich quick"
and that's why I feel that they will be able to endure to the end!
January 2010 Update
If you have not taken enough time to
read the entire article, DO IT NOW!! I wrote it, but I just read it
myself just to refresh myself and found it as valid now as it's ever
been!! The lesson is there - STUDY IT!! On the first page I talk
about how the slivers got started and why their "product" would
never even get close to imitating the REAL DEAL!!
If you look at chart #1 you can see that in THE PAST 7 YEARS (since
2003) we have had 36 NEW LBIT's with only one going "inactive" but
NO SLIVERS!! If you look at chart #2 you will note that we have only
had 3 slivers rear their ugly heads via that group, however we have
NOT seen any more of them since 2005!! In other words, THE
SLIVERS ARE FADING OUT!!
Just like the "pet
shop puppies" have become a thing of the past (you hardly ever see
any pet shops selling "puppies" these days), the slivers won't be
around much longer either!!
If you study chart
#3 it looks like Michelle Bowler (Genesis) was our last and
fastest sliver - she jumped ship the SAME year she joined, after
getting 2 grown adults on C/O!! Talk about a quick "SNATCH and RUN"
scam!! This girl takes the cake!!
If you are thinking of inviting a Shiloh into your home -- STOP -
take some time to educate yourself!! Join our huge 2558 member
forum and get to
know our breeders!!
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