Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Herding dog
Height: males 22-24 in., females 20-22 in.
Weight: 70-100 lbs., females slightly less
Life span: about 10 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes
  • What are the origins of the OId English Sheepdog?

Sometimes called the Bobtail and bred in England centuries ago, the Old English Sheepdog’s origins are somewhat cloudy. It might have been bred from a hairy Russian dog or it might be related to several other dogs including the Briard, Bergamasco, Barbone and Deerhound.

  • What does the Old English Sheepdog look like?

The Old English Sheepdog is an imposing looking dog with its large, square head and robust body. Height is about 26-28 inches tall and weight is 70-100 lbs., females being slightly less. Ears are small and lie flat. Eyes are dark brown. It is tail-less or if born with a tail, it is docked where that practice continues. The coat is thick and shaggy. Colors are grey, grizzle, blue or blue merle with or without white markings. The long coat needs frequent brushing to avoid becoming matted and dirty.

  • What is the temperament of the Old English Sheepdog?

The Old English Sheepdog is a loving, gentle dog, especially good with children. Early firm but kind training will help prevent any signs of stubbornness.

  • What is the Old English Sheepdog used for?

The Old English Sheepdog is an outstanding herding dog. It is also an excellent guard dog and can be trained to pull a sled and also as a retriever. Since it is exceptionally good with children it makes a great companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, cerebellar abiotrophy, congenital deafness, heart problems, sensitivity to some drugs.

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