Old English Sheepdog

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Is the Old English Sheepdog right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): OES; Bobtail

The basics:
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.


children, kindest dog, big teddy bear, charming personality, family pet, people magnet


torsion, little condo, grooming bills, long haired shaggy, stomach, high strung


Long flowing locks, farm dogs, pacing gait, short puppy cut

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Dallas, PA


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