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.
  • Once you have familiarized yourself with the health testing below, visit our Buyer’s Checklist [HERE] to learn about what questions used to find the Breeder that is right for you when looking for a new puppy.

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
    • learn more about OFA’s heart certifications [HERE]
  • 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); note OVC discontinued hips/elbows services in 2012

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
    • CAER (formerly 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

CHIC Certification

  • OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) designation [DETAILS]
  • Awarded when dogs achieve tests recommended specifically for our Breed. [read more]
  • Health Testing requirements specific to Shiloh Shepherds:
    • Hips
    • Elbows
    • Cardiac Evaluation
    • DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)
  • Additional requirements:
    • Dog must have permanent identification (microchip or tattoo)
    • Test results must be released on public database
HOW TO add DM DNA testing results to database (click here)

Many use outside labs for DM DNA testing. It is possible to add these results to the database so your dog is eligible for the CHIC certification. 

  • Eligible labs performing the test:
    • Animal Genetics
    • DDC Veterinary
    • Embark
    • GenSol
    • Helica
    • Labgenvet
    • Laboklin
    • OFA/University of Missouri
    • Orivet
    • Paw Print Genetics
    • UC Davis – VGL
    • VetGen
    • Vetnostic
    • Wisdom Health
  • Complete the OFA Form for submission [HERE]
  • Cost (per 1/2020 fee schedule 
    • Individual dog:
      • Submission fee/individual disease test result $15
      • Single dog/multiple tests (3 or more DNA tests submitted on a single dog) $7.50/per test
    • Kennel Rate (individual dogs submitted as a group, owned/co-owned by same person):
      • 5 or more individual dogs submitted for the same DNA test $7.50/per test
HOW TO add PennHip testing results to database (click here)

Submitting Non-OFA Health Screening Results from Policy page [HERE]:
PennHIP: The OFA will record PennHIP results on request. The dog must have an existing OFA record of some type. To submit, the owner should email or mail a copy of the PennHIP report to the OFA at:, or 2300 E Nifong Blvd Columbia, MO  65201. The fee to record these results is $25, and payment must accompany the request. The OFA will record the left and right DI’s only, not the percentile. The OFA reviews all requests on a case by case basis, and reserves the right to not to record or publish any evaluations from outside organizations.”

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) –

To learn more about the various registries and their history go [HERE]

Breeder Code of Ethics

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

footnotes (*):

  • OVC discontinued their hip and elbow certification in 2012 []; 
  • CERF is now known as CAER; results posted in