Most dogs are considered senior at 7 years of age. However, larger dogs tend to have a shorter life expectancy than their smaller counterparts, so health issues may occur sooner for them. Shiloh Shepherds are considered an extra-large breed. Thus, they are considered “seniors” as early as 6 years and “geriatric” as early as 9.

Shiloh Shepherds have an average life span of nine to eleven years. However, we have seen some Shilohs reach 13 and 14 years of age.


The Shiloh Longevity Project is collecting age data from our Shilohs to help establish longevity for our Breeders. This information is vital to the future of our breed. You, too, can help! Please report any and all information… include name, sire/dam, kennel (if known), date of birth, date of death, cause of death (general terms or age related is fine) {HERE}

Although an annual exam may be sufficient for younger dogs, it is generally recommended that your veterinarian see your older dog at least two times per year.

Caring for Senior Dog; a video by Pet Health Network

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