HEALTH TESTING...the Hallmark of this breed!

Breeding the best possible candidates is the pride of a Shiloh breeder.  Many go above and beyond the minimum requirements of their registry.

  • Parent’s full names, call names, their sire/dam, health testing results should appear in all litter announcements.
  • Passing health testing as required by the breeder’s registry should always be expected.
  • Your prospective breeder should have no problem producing health testing results for the breeding pair.

Required Health Testing

  • Heart/Cardiac- 
    • OFA Normal, 12-24M+ required by TSSR & WSSBA
    • Cardiac Echo for structural defects (SAS, etc.), optional, highly recommended by TSSR
    • Cardiac Holter Monitoring for electrical activity (VT, IVT, GSD/IVA, etc),
      recommend 7-9M for breeding dogs (by Dr Sammarco, Alba Medical), optional
      required by ISSA, NSBR, & TSSR
    • Practitioner auscultation testimony (minimum), required by ISSA
  • Hips –
    • one of the following is required
    • PennHip 18M+
      (0.50 or less with no DJD required for TSSR, NSBR, & WSSBA; 0.50 or less with no DJD at 10M is required for ISSA)
    • OFA 24M+ with a Fair, Good or Excellent rating with no DJD/OA, (required by TSSR & WSSBA)
    • OFA 18M+ (required for NSBR)
    • OFA 12M+ (required for ISSA, ISSR)
    • OVC Normal 24M+ (required by TSSR, NSBR, & WSSBA)

Additional Testing Recommended

  • Cardiac Holter Monitoring
    • required by ISSA, NSBR, & TSSR; recommended for other Shiloh registries
    • Recommended and/or Required by many Breeders
    • Typically tested between 4 to 9 months, no later than 12 months (required by ISSA & TSSR)
    • Testing between 7 to 10 months (required by NSBR)
  • DM – Genetic Degenerative Myelopathy
    • optional test; recommended by TSSR; required by ISSA
    • OFA normal
    • OFA carrier (recommended breeding only to a normal)
    • OFA affected (very small percentage of those tested; does not guarantee the disease will present)
    • Normal/Normal via parentage (both parents have been cleared)
    • learn more [HERE]
  • Elbows
    • optional testrequired by WSSBA, NSBR; recommended by TSSR
    • OFA Normal, preliminary tests accepted, finals (24M)
  • Eyes
    • optional test, not required; recommended by TSSR
    • CERF Normal, OFA recommends annual testing
    • checks for pannus and other eye related issues
  • Thyroid
    • optional test, not required; recommended by TSSR
    • OFA Normal or practitioner test showing normal results
  • TLI (EPI screening)
    • optional test, not required
    • 5.7 to 45.2 considered normal

Additional requirements for breeding dogs

  • DNA for parentage
    • required for TSSR, NSBR, WSSBA; recommended for ISSA
    • note: DNA for sire & dam must be on file with UC Davis & their number(s) submitted with your application in order for UC Davis to match to parent(s)
    • DNA testing, general, not currently required by any registry
      • this is NOT DNA for parentage
      • provided by Embark, Wisdom Panel, MydogDNA/Optimal Selection, etc. and screens for a variety of genetic diseases 
        • Embark will confirm parentage IF both parents are also tested with Embark (health+breed)
  • Height Certification
    • required for TSSR, NSBR, WSSBA & ISSA
    • 28″+ for males
    • 26″+ for females
  • Temperament Testing
    • at least one of the following is required for TSSR, ISSA, ISSR
    • Approved Temperament Test
    • Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
    • Canine Good Neighbor (CGN)
    • Therapy Dogs International (TDI) or equivalent

Age Requirements

  • Following is a list of requirements for breedable registrations by the individual Shiloh Shepherd Breed Registries:
    • ISSA – 12+ Months
    • ISSR – 12+ Months
    • NSBR – 18+ Months 
    • TSSR – 24+ Months 
    • WSSBA – 18+ Months (males), 24+ Months (females)

Health Screening:

General Health

Health Clinics


PennHip – What is it?

Shiloh Shepherd Breed Registries, their Rules & Requirements

  • ISSA (International Shiloh Shepherd Alliance) –
  • ISSR (International Shiloh Shepherd Registry) –
  • NSBR (National Shiloh Breeder’s Registry) –
  • TSSR (The Shiloh Shepherd Registry) –
  • WSSBA (Worldwide Shiloh Shepherd Breed Association LLC) –

Breeder Code of Ethics

  • The following registries have a Breeder Code of Ethics as part of their registry program:
    • ISSA
    • NSBR
    • TSSR