Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): OES; Bobtail
The boisterous Old English Sheepdog, its hair forever hanging in its eyes, is a classic herding dog developed in England to drive sheep and cattle to the marketplace. They are well-regarded for their friendly, gentle personality that can make them a great family dog for owners who have lots of time and space to exercise this energetic breed. Evidently the Sheepie became a fad show dog of the wealth industrialists around the turn of the 20th century, and many modern dogs are descendents of show dogs who lost much of the herding instinct. But they still like to play. If you don't have time to ramble across the countryside with your pet on a daily basis, you might be wise to consider a less athletic breed.
Appearance / health:
The Old English Sheepdog is a large, strong-boned muscular dog. The length is practically same as the height. The head is large and flat. The eyes are blue, brown, or one of each color. The ears are flat. The bite is level or tight scissors. The neck is fairly long and gracefully arched. The dog stands lower at withers than at loin. The forelegs are straight with plenty of bone. The length from withers to elbow and from elbow down to feet is almost same.
Old English Sheepdogs shed heavily. They need brushing and combing at least thrice a week to keep their coat clean and to stimulate hair growth. Trimming may be required once or twice a year. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.
They usually take care of their exercise needs themselves if provided with a yard. However, they need to be taken outside on long walks once or twice a day to keep them in good shape.
Old English Sheepdogs are susceptible to hip dysplasia (a hereditary disease which may eventually cause crippling lameness and arthritis of joints) and eye disorders. Flatulence is another common ailment.
Behavior / temperament:
Old English Sheepdogs are intelligent and are easy to train. They are, however, independent and may be obstinate sometimes during training. Training needs to be firm and consistent. Harsh punishment should be avoided as persuasion is more affective than force in training this sensitive breed.
They are average barkers. They are quick to warn about any new sight or sound by barking.
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Living with an OES
Pepper is an Old English Sheepdog, and she's very intelligent. She learned basic commands very quickly, and while we had a few issues with learning the "cooler," more difficult tricks, she was able to learn them. She gets along very well with Jasper(a Cocker Schnauzer), and she tries to play with Buddy(a Yorkie Rat Terrier), but he doesn't get along with others. She's very clumsy, and sometimes doesn't realize how big she is and tried to act like a lap dog. Would definitely recommend for someone who wants a big, goofy love bug for themselves and their other dogs..
From decidueye Feb 17 2017 4:37PM
Highly effective itch control
Apoquel is a caplet that is prescribed by a veterinarian for itching and allergies. It works great to control itching due to atopic dermatitis, environmental allergies, seasonal allergies, and flea allergies. It works quickly and does not have the same side-effects as steroids. It is much safer for long-term use. Typically, it is dosed twice a day for an initial treatment period, but is used once daily for long-term maintenance. My own dog has seasonal allergies and I am able to use it as needed throughout the spring, summer, and fall months to control her itching and prevent skin infections due to itching. .
From sat14 102 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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