Old English Sheepdog

Group 5: Working Dogs
Height: Min. 52 cm

Energy Level:  Average
Original Function: Herding/Guarding
Lifespan: 10 – 12 yrs

Recommended for: Dedicated people/families.

Old English Sheepdog

About This Breed

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.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Large sized body. Squarish 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.

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.

Colour: Grey, grizzle, blue or blue merle.

Coat: Harsh shaggy outercoat.

Grooming: Regular grooming is a must. If neglected the coat can become a matted mess. You can have the coat clipped to make it more manageable. Wash when needed.

Exercise: regular exercise will keep them fit and happy.