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TheDogPlace.orgEXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON HIP DYSPLASIA, the LMX FORMULA with Shiloh Shepherd Founder and Breeder, Tina Barber

Exclusive Interview With

Shiloh Shepherd Founder

Tina Barber about Hips and Structure

by Shiloh Shepherd Founder, Tina Barber

HIP DYSPLASIA, LMX FORMULA by Shiloh Shepherd Breeder & Founder TINA BARBERTDP: Please explain your hip research, application, and results.

TMB:  I think that my "hip" story" is covered in my LMX article (that few people bother to read) Hip Dysplasia, the LMX Formula  .. I hate to 'admit' it .. but basically I tried to see if the "coat res." and hip factors could work the same way.

I kept watching the litters that were producing coated pups (out of 2 smooth parents)  and comparing them to the hip problem dogs born out of OFA parents! Somehow I had this strong feeling that there was a "link" there, so I kept digging until I was satisfied that it DID make a difference!!

When I moved to Gainesville (in 78) I was determined to go one step further & KEEP all of the pups from some of my 3rd & 4th generation litters ... just so that environment, nutrition, etc. would not influence the results!  I built a special unit of 10 runs & raised the litters for 1 year .. same food, water, exercise, etc.. etc.. then compared x-rays!

LMX works!!  No, it's not perfect, but I have more confidence in a "borderline" pup with GOOD sibs, then I do on a good with NO sib data!

People used to think I was nuts, and that OFA was the only way .. but it doesn't work!!  I have noticed that now even the OFA is taking notice of sib data.

TDP: What does the breed represent in overall physical structure and utilitarian ability and most of all, character?

 

TMB: This is going to be even longer!!  I want sound structure, but I don't "push" for agility, or even "high" drive.  I like a more "laid back" dog that can THINK .. but is willing to get the job done, if needed ... whatever it is!!  Some of my dogs are 'throw backs' and have "more drive" but those are the exception, not the rule ... and in all honesty, some owners find them to be "too much" of a handful.

 

I love the temperament of the London dogs but I also know that those dogs were a bit on the "spooky" side .... what I like to call "overly cautious".

 

The modern day owner can't deal with that .. so I have made sure that my Shiloh's are carefully temperament tested!! 

 

Another reason why I get so upset with the slivers .. they don't bother to do that .. instead .. they "make excuses" for the shy dogs & breed them to GSD imports ... ending up with severe fear biters!!

 

Between you & I ... my dogs (REAL Shilohs) would rather run then fight .. or they will stand there ... sadly wondering WHY the decoy is acting like a nut! If I explain to them that it's just a game .. they LOVE it .. and do a great 'fake attack' ... but never to *hurt* anyone!!!!  This is hard to explain to people ... but I keep telling them that these dogs are LOVERS not fighters .. they are wonderful for therapy work (and I think they are great with "special needs" children .. because they have this "thing" that draws such children to them .. it's weird ... I can't explain it, but I have seen it!!!!

 

I have seen dogs (real Shilohs) that were NOT raised with kids .. maybe even teased by neighbor kids .. be so gentle with children that it would blow your mind!!!  I have dogs in my kennel (ashamed to say) that will pull you down the road if you snap a lead on them ... but will walk slowly next to a child!!

 

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