Beauty and Artus's Litter arrived on January 25,
To View Weekly updates on
the pups, just click on one of the links below!
Be watching for information about the next Artus litter!
Here's a special report from Tina Barber, breed founder
of the Shiloh Shepherds, with her impressions of the Beauty/Artus Litter:
Upon examining the first litter of Artus pups at one day of age, I was amazed at the
size! Except for one smaller (17 ounce) female, the entire litter averaged between 21 and
25 ounces--compared to the average Shiloh litters, that is definitely well up above the
NORM! I was thrilled to see such strong, healthy pups with huge heads (as
expected) without any loss of size!
Artus and Beauty are proud parents of:
|2 black males
||3 black females
|2 dual males
||1 dual female
|We will keep you posted on their progress weekly.
Karen and Jim: We apologize for the quality of these pictures. We were so
excited that we forgot to consistently use the flash! You should still be able to get an
idea of the quality and size of the puppies by clicking on the individual pictures.
|Beauty and pups less than 24 hours after their birth
|Beauty and pups 36 hours after their birth
|Feb. 3rd Update from Tina:At just 9 days of age this litter continues to amaze me!
All of the puppies have already doubled their birth size and continue to utilize their
feeding instinct with gusto! The duals are starting to show some beautiful markings while
the blacks are as richly pigmented as their sire, Artus. What a fantastic litter! I cannot
wait to see them again next week as they start on some solid food and really
explode in size!
|Just click on the picture to view as a larger size!
||Please excuse the condition of these pictures (due to Tina's
inexperience with the flash on our camera)!
|Feb 10th Update from Tina
As I arrived at Trillium Hill today to do my weekly examinations, I could
hardly believe how much these pups have grown! As I continued to rave about the huge heads
and chests, Lisa stated that they werent any bigger then our Yettis pups were
at 3 weeks. I agreed. At that point Karen contributed, " But these pups are only 2
weeks old!" Lisa and I immediately started to calculate. Lets see, born 1/25,
they are exactly 16 days old today? This cant be! They are huge! And active, you
bet! It was a real challenge trying to get them all in one group just long enough to snap
Then Karen asked me if I would try to guess at coat possibilities. I explained to her
how difficult it was at this age, but did show her some "tricks" to look for
that may provide some clues. I agreed to take a few early guesses. With Lisa s
assistance I started examining the puppies coats. Then Lisa would state color and
sex while Karen documented the information.
After examining the last "dual female" as a "maybe", Karen
exclaimed "Hold it! I only have 1 dual female, the other three are black!" I
looked at the puppy again and showed her the rust colored hair coming in around the base
of her ear. Karen looked alarmed and proclaimed, "Well, then your under the
tail trick didnt work." I replied that my trick NEVER fails to determine
color at birth, as I proceeded to show her that the color under the base of each
puppys tail is exactly as it was at birth, only more pronounced with age. When I
flipped this bitch over, her base was still black with only a few rust colored hairs! I
looked at Lisa and Karen as I exclaimed that I had not seen this in nearly 20 years! I
admitted MY ERROR, as I explained that upon my first examination I simply overlooked those
"few" rust colored hairs because I never expected to see a bi-color like that!
Wow! I wonder what kind of surprise will be awaiting me next week?
Here are Tina's preliminary guesses on coat length:
||Bi-color Black/Red Female
|February 17th Update
is alittle under the weather and was unable to make a report but here are some new
pictures of the pups. It's hard to catch them when they are not in motion! They are
growing quickly and are enjoying exploring the world around them. They are eating with
gusto and love splashing food over themselves in the process.
To see a larger view, please double click on the individual picture
|February 20th Update from Tina
having a severe case of the flu, I could not stop myself from braving heavy snow to do my
weekly inspection of Artus's first litter, and as before I was not disappointed!
As I sat in the box with the pups, now getting more active, all around me, I
spotted this huge black with an awesome head! I picked that pup up, he was solid as a
rock! What a head! Amazed and excited, I turned the pup around to point this out to Karen
as I exclaimed to her that even my Yetti/King males don't have heads anywhere near as
broad as these guys. That's when she pointed out to me that I was holding a FEMALE! She
then handed me the black male. Was this a Shepherd or a Newfoundland puppy? At 26 days of
age, I have never seen Shiloh pups with such broad heads! I just wish the pictures I took
showed them better. Maybe we will have a warm day next week and I can get them outside for
a really great photo shoot!
Maybe by then I will be able to take some better "guesses" on coats.
At this point my smooth black female is starting to look plush and my black and red female
is turning tan! Is this a conspiracy? Are these pups playing games with me? Or are we in
for more (pleasant, I'm sure) surprises each week?
I guess you will just have to come back in 8 days and found out for yourself!
|February 27 Update from TinaAs expected these pups just keep getting
bigger every time I visit!! The females are already hitting 8 pounds and males well over 9
pounds!! Yet the size is not as important as TEMPERAMENT! It was only in the mid 40s
today but the sun was shining, so we took a chance to see if they could handle going
outside. Most pups would be so traumatized by such an exertion! They would sit where
placed and shiverlong enough to get a few quick pictures taken. NOT THIS CREW!
They were off and running as soon as they hit the great outdoors! New surfaceold
grass, great fun!
It was quite a challenge trying to get some clear pictures of all the pups together!
Even when I called on some assistance, even poor Cameron couldnt contain this eager
group of explorers! After nearly one hour, and help from Artus, Karen, Lyn, Bobby, John
and the Laundry familyI finally got a dozen shots for this weeks report, phew!
I guess we wont need to worry about lack of confidence with these puppies!
When I arrived at Trillium Hill for my six week (today)
evaluation, I was amazed at how much these pups had matured in just one week! They look
like they have added at least another 3-4 pounds this week! The males are getting close to
12 pounds now, actually excellent for this (6 weeks today) age! To date the biggest Shiloh
pups I ever shipped out at 8 ½ weeks weighed around 22 pounds, the average should be
18-20 pounds for a "GIANT" adult. In the next 2 ½ weeks they could easily gain
7-9 pounds! Gee, I guess these guys keep surprising me all the time! They are certainly a
lot bigger than I expected J (My normal sized GSD male-pups
ran around 12-16 pounds at 8 weeks, and grew to well over 100 pounds at maturity).
As I watched the males run around the living room, I couldnt help but notice the
extra wide bodies, a good sign that they will have the desirable "Shiloh" bulk
that we all love so much!
Personalities are definitely "coming out"! It was a real challenge trying to
get them to held still long enough to snap a picture. With pups running in all directions,
trying to chew whatever they could find, I kept getting distracted enough to forget to set
the flash! Unfortunately I did not get any really good pictures and after just surviving
the 3 day blizzard that made national news and dumped 42 inches of snow in Rochester (I
know my kennels got a lot more than that J ) I was just too
worn out (from 3 solid days of fighting drifts and shoveling snow) to do a better job!
Trust me, these pups look a lot better in person!
Next week I plan to come during the day for a great 7 week shoot! If those heads get
any wider by then, Artus really will have the girls lining up! Personally, I could not be
happier with his first litter and I expect Cocos to be just as nice!!
|The pup on the left is still available!
|March 14th Update
Even though these pups
look like 7-8 week old pupsSUPER BONE ALREADYthey are still 6 weeks old today!
Unfortunately between the bright sun and snow, the outside pictures didnt come out
too well, but the pups had a blast while I was trying to take them!
Karens camera is not like my fast Olympus. As one pup
started to hurdle over the snow mounds, I turned and "snapped" quickly, only to
catch a tail sticking out of the snow! I took 18 shots, most came out as blurs of puppy
facesrushing toward me, or rears taking off for new adventures! Despite the fact
that it was only 32F and windy, these pups just loved the deep snow! I guess I
dont have to worry about "lack of confidence" with these guys!
When they got back into the house, they were still eager to pull open kitchen drawers
and play tug-owar with the dish towels! Talk about play and prey drive!! When
they got all worn out, I sat on the floor, with them all around me, for some more in-depth
observations. BRAINS? I am ecstatic! First I "knocked" on the side of the
stove, all alerted, three got up to investigate, "Artie" got up to get a better
look! The squeaky toy brought out an array of heads turning sideways, a good sign of
curiosity and intelligence!
I then proceeded to do a quick "pre" evaluation. I could not
find a faulty "pet" puppy! All bites were goodstops were excellent, I
could not have asked for nicer heads! The conformation looks very promising! Nice leg (no
short stocky "bassets" here), good length of body (not short-coupled), the
fronts look very promising (a full litter without any french fronts?), heavy bone, nice
ear sets, etc. Next week will be very interesting indeedJ
Providing we have good weather I would like to put these guys through some additional
tests! I have a SAR and SCH test that I have been dying to try on a litter! These guys
seem like the PERFECT candidates. Be sure to come back next week to find out how they did.
We are expecting dogs with lots of bone-chest-movement and working
temperaments (like Domino) from Beauty's side and super heads, sound structure, awesome
(courageous) temperaments with hips to die for from Artus!
NS bCH Ursel's
Black Beauty of Zion, CGC
All of our puppies are
home-raised with children and temperament tested and conformation evaluated by the BREED
FOUNDER at 7 weeks of age.
For more information (pictures, pedigrees, etc.),
please send a SASE to:
Jim and Karen Ursel
Trillium Hill Kennel
6271 Footes Corners Rd.
Conesus, NY 14435