Thinking about purchasing an Old English Sheepdog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Old English Sheepdog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Old English Sheepdog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Old English Sheepdog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Old English Sheepdog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Old English Sheepdog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Old English Sheepdog Profile
Old English Sheepdogs are affectionately called the "Bobtail", so named because of their lack of a tail. The Old English Sheepdog is an affectionately loyal dog, protective of those they love. A natural protector, they were originally the guardian of flocks and this instinct is displayed in their tendency to adopt young animals and children. Known as the "nanny dog" from Peter Pan, Old English Sheepdogs do not make good guard dogs. Old English Sheepdogs are very playful and enjoy a good romp. They are kind, friendly and get along well with many other types of species. They are good with other people and other dogs. OES make good watchdogs, but are too friendly for the protective owner. Their coat requires quite a bit of care, especially if they are in the show ring. Some grooming for the OES can take hours, but if they are just a regular pet, daily brushing should suffice. The breed does very well at performing, even with fur hiding their eyes. They can have brown or blue eyes, with a black nose and grey coloring on their white bodies. Puppies have naturally softer and fluffier fur, while the adults have a harsh and profuse coat. For the owner who wants a big "cuddly teddy bear" type of dog, the Old English Sheepdog is the breed suited for this very purpose.
Other Names: Bobtail, OES
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 22 - 24
of gray, grizzle or blue on a white background. The nose is black, and the eyes
are either brown or blue.
English Sheepdogs are active, playful, and clever. They are kind, friendly and
greatly desire affection. Some demand it continuously. OES can be protective
but are hardly ever aggressive. They are alert, good with children and other
dogs and animals. Old English Sheepdogs should be trained with a firm but positive
hand, as they are a large and sometimes rambunctious breed. Some OES do not
seem to understand how big they are in relation to how playful they can be.
Some lines of Old English Sheepdogs exhibit a more aggressive protectiveness
than what is normal.
Watch-dog: High. OES are
aware of their surroundings and somewhat protective of their family.
Old English Sheepdog Care and
Exercise: Constant care is needed to maintain the longhaired
coat of the Old English Sheepdog. Brush and comb through to the dense water
proof undercoat at least three times per week. Clip out tangles carefully, and
try to keep the fur mat-free by brushing regularly. Old English Sheepdogs can
be professionally machine clipped every two months. Trim around the eyes and
rear end. Not normally a lazy dog, the Old English Sheepdog does have a casual
approach to exercise. A leisurely daily stroll will prove sufficient motivation
Activity: Indoors - High.
Outdoors - Very High.
Old English Sheepdog Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, ataxia (neurological incoordination of muscles), autoimmune disorders, epilepsy, eye problems and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). They are also not suited for hot climates due to their heavy, thick coat.
Life Span: 12 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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