How Much Does a Shiloh Shepherd Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Shiloh Shepherd, developed in the early 1960s, looks very similar to a German Shepherd as it shares its temperament, abilities, and energy.  The distinct difference will be the size and calmer personality.  Some types of dogs are bred to be a companion and are mostly indoor dogs, while other dogs, like the Shiloh Shepherd, are active dogs who love the outdoors.  They are perfect for people who like to be outside and love to exercise.

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How much does a Shiloh Shepherd cost?

On average, this breed can cost anywhere from $900 to as much as $2,500. The price will depend on the breeder, quality, gender, age, parent’s history and where you adopt it from.  A non-registered dog with no paperwork can often cost less than $1,000, while a show quality Shiloh Shepherd can cost north of $2,500.  What you’re going to find when researching the price of this breed is that the quality will often be the main indicator of the price.  Refer to our table to find out what most qualities will cost and what each quality term means.

The Shiloh Shepherd Dog Club of America, Inc. outlined the following pricing policy for its registered puppies on this table.  Top pet quality dogs can cost anywhere from $900 to $1,800, whereas a breeding quality can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500.  Breeders who abide by these standards and are accepted must offer a full guarantee and have to abide by the Code of Ethics.

Type of QualityDescription of the QualityAverage Price
Orange (ORA)This is considered to be the exceptional standard of the breed and will be potential future champions. The best specimens, according to, are sold on co-ownership agreements.$2,000 to $2,500
Black/White-Upgradeable (B/W-U) PaperedThese are considered pet quality puppies but will be non faulty at the time of sale. While they may be upgraded to the Orange paper status, provided they meet certain conditions, these conditions can affect the cost.$1,650~
Black/White (B/W) PaperedThese puppies will have minor faults, making it unstable for breeding, but it's believed it shouldn't be passed onto future pups. Faults may include an over/under bite, heavy/lowset ears, long muzzles and more.$1,650~

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health checkup from a licensed veterinarian, a health guarantee and oftentimes a microchip, spay/neuter and/or travel crate if being shipped.  Inside the health guarantee, the breeder should guarantee against hip dysplasia, a common health issue found with this breed.

Before you’re able to adopt your new puppy, most breeders will ask for an upfront down payment, usually around $200 to $400 to secure your dog if it’s not available yet.  Most breeders won’t let you take the dog home until it’s eight to 12 weeks old.  Once you confirm the adoption by signing the adoption papers, this deposit will then be applied to the final contract purchase.

What are the extra costs?

The dog is known to shed a lot because of their shorter coat and it’s recommended you frequent the groomer at least once per month if you can’t keep up with the brushing sessions.

If having the dog shipped across the United States, the cost of shipping a dog can start at $250, with an average of $450 to $500 once you include the travel crate.

Even though the dog is known to be extremely intelligent, it will still need a very dominant and firm owner.  If not handled properly as a puppy, this dog can grow old to have dominance issues, either by excessive barking and/or showing aggressive behaviors.  Experts warn this dog should be trained at a younger age, and at a minimum, it should be taught the basics such as sit, stay and lie down, along with crate training strategies.   If trained properly, it can respond very well.

To prevent any matting and/or tangling, a weekly brushing session is required, especially if the dog has a plush coat.  The plush coats, since they are longer, can often tangle sticks, burrs and leaves rather easily if it’s exposed to this environment.

Tips to know:

Like the German Shepherd, this breed can weigh quite a bit, averaging 100 to 160 pounds, with males often heavier, capping out at 160.  The average height will be between 27 and 30 inches tall.

The coat can come in two varieties:  as either a smooth coat or plush variety.  The smooth coat will have a thick double undercoat with a harsher outside, while the plusher coat will be dense beneath with what seems like a mane on the outside.  Common colors found on the market can include solid black with a tan/grayish undertone.

Making a wonderful watchdog, this breed is known to be energetic, very friendly and is extremely protective of its territory.  Because of this, it’s not recommended for the average dog owner.

If healthy, it can live 10 to 13 years.

Be forewarned that this dog is often considered a “fad” breed, and whenever this happens, you may find a lot of unacknowledged breeders who attempt to breed.  The result, unfortunately, can lead to a poor appearance, temperament issues and/or a variety of health problems.  According to, the original Shiloh Shepherd Club is the International Shiloh Shepherd Registry, known as the ISSR.

While this dog doesn’t need to run miles per day, you will want to make sure they have enough time throughout the day to disperse their energy.  Since they can become bored, it’s ideal to have a large yard to roam and plenty of walks to keep them entertained.

The dog can do great with other dogs and household pets, but it should be mentioned they should be introduced at a younger age.  Due to their natural instincts, they can become aggressive toward strange dogs.

Serious health problems do persist with this breed, including hip problems, stomach disorders and skin conditions.  They are susceptible to the same health conditions German Shepards suffer from.

Due to the appearance and heritage of the German Shepherd, this dog may be banned in certain areas or even refused on some homeowner insurance policies.

The breed is susceptible to separation anxiety and can/will bark, howl or cry when away from its owner for hours at a time.

How can I save money?

While this breed won’t commonly be found at a local Humane Society or rescue center, it doesn’t hurt to look.  Rescuing a puppy and/or adult is a wonderful way to support a local organization and help a dog in need of a home.

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  1. Sophie (Dewitt,  Iowa) paid $0 and said:

    My Shiloh was a rescue, adopted free of charge. By far the best dog I’ve ever owned.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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