I’ve decided to open up another can of worms, but I found this article by Tina Barber on the Shiloh Shepherd website:
Anyone willing to do some INTENSE RESEARCH into the past will find considerable information linking the “ORIGINS” OF THIS BREED [German Shepherd Dog] WITH THE WOLF!!
On Page 13 of the Alsatian-Wolf Dog, reference to Mons. Otto Rahm’s regarding Hektor Von Wohlen was repeated by the well-known Swiss scientist — Professor Studer — that evidence was very strong that this dog had SOME wolf blood in at least ONE generation. Phylax Von Eulau was also suspected of having wolf blood when he raised a ruckus at a dog show in Germany, while passing a group of BORZOIS!! — (Dogs that were bred and used for hunting wolves!!) The most interesting dog is Woelfi Von Wolfsnest. On Page 14, you can read the entire account of her ancestry, describing her dam’s granddam, as a full SHE-WOLF! Yet, though Woelfi retained the appearance of her wolf ancestry, she had the temperament of a sheepdog — with the exception that she did NOT MAKE FRIENDS WITH STRANGERS!! Her son, Schalk, was not particularly shy, but when bred back to his mother, produced pups that reverted back to the temperament and characteristics of the wolf.
I don’t know if any of this has been verified.
The Shiloh Shepherd that is being promoted with this website is a very large shepherd-tyep dog with a very placid, though protective disposition.
I do know that this part of the article is correct:
MOST PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT THE “GERMAN SHEPHERD” BREED IS LESS THAN 100 YEARS OLD!!! The Breed Club VEREIN FUR DEUTSCHE SCHAEFERHUNDE (SV) was formed on April 22, 1899 in GERMANY. The original dogs bred to HEKTOR/HORAND consisted of VERY SMALL “SPITZ TYPE, COLLIE TYPE, WIRE-COATED AIRDALE TYPE, BLUE MERLES, etc, etc. The dogs were chosen for WORKING ABILITY — AS HERDING DOGS — NOT FOR LOOKS!! They come in ALL COLORS and SIZES!! What we would refer to today as the MONGREL — was crossed with the WOLF-HYBRID and eventually became the foundation for the German Shepherd of today!!
I’ve not seen any genetic evidence that corroborates any of this historiography, but it is interesting to consider.