Old English Sheepdog

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Old English Sheep Dog Picture

Old English Sheepdog Dog Picture
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Standard Old English Sheepdog Characteristics

Breed Group: Herding Group
Height: Male: 22-24 inches inches tall, Females: 21-23 inches tall
Weight: Male: 65-100 pounds lb., Female: 50-80 lb.
Color: Any shade of gray, grizzle, blue or blue merle with or without white markings
Temperment: Old English Sheepdogs are adaptable, intelligent, and non-aggressive dogs.
Origins: An English dog who drove flocks from outlying pastures into town.

About the Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog, also known as the Bobtail, was created in the 19th century as a herding dog.

Today the OES is mainly used as a companion dog though some continue to work as herding dogs.

Old English Sheepdogs are very affectionate and loving dogs. They are great companions who love to be in the company of their families. They do extremely well with children and other animals. They are very active dogs who are always looking for something to do with their loved ones. These dogs are very smart and learn quickly though some do need a tough trainer to keep them in line, as some can be a bit stubborn.

A big fluff ball is what you might think when you lay your eyes on the OES! From head to toe this dog is full of hair, which is a bit shaggy around the entire body. The entire frame of this dog is covered in a thick coat of double-layered fur. The most common colors are white with either gray, grizzle or blue markings. Though they are very round looking, this dog is not actually fat. In actuality, the dog is short and compact with no tail, short, stocky legs, and a square shaped head. Their eyes are barely visible but are blue or brown in color. Their medium sized ears are covered by the abundance of hair as well.

This breed is prone to only a few health concerns: dysplasia, eye problems and autoimmune disorders.

Old English Sheepdogs will thrive either in a house with a medium sized yard or in an apartment if given enough exercise. They are moderately active inside so they do require attention.

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