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Old English Sheepdog Breed Fact Sheet

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Old English Sheepdog Breed Information

Group 5: Working Dogs

Energy Level: Moderate - High

Original Function: sheep herder

Temperament: protective, alert, faithful and gentle.

Characteristics: The dog stands lower at the shoulders than the loin. When walking or trotting has a characteristic ambling or pacing movement. His bark should be loud with a peculiar "pot-casse" ring in it.

Recommended for: Dedicated people/families.

Be Aware: If neglected the coat can become a matted mess.

Lifespan: 12+ yrs


Height: Min. 52cm (22")

Colour: Grey, grizzle, blue or blue merle.

Coat: Harsh shaggy outercoat.

General Appearance: Large sized body. Squareish shaped head, eyes can be blue or brown & covered by their long coat. Ears are long & hang to the side of the head.
A strong, compact-looking dog of great symmetry; absolutely free of legginess; profusely coated all over. All round he is a thick-set, muscular, able-bodied dog, with a most intelligent expression, free of all Poodle or Deerhound character.



The Old English Sheepdog is believed to have evolved from the Bearded Collie in the 19th century.
In order to be exempt from English taxes the long haired luxury dog only qualified as a working dog if it had its tail docked, this why the farmers docked their tails.
They make lovably and docile pets; in maturity they are not as boisterous as young puppies.
They are adaptable and easy to train.

Grooming- regular grooming is a must. You can have the coat clipped to make it move manageable. Wash when needed.

Exercise- regular exercise will keep them fit and happy.

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