Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is a large herding breed with a thick coat.
A good family dog that require plenty of exercise and attention to grooming.
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- Large, strong build
- Shoulders are lower than the loins
- Square head
- Coat: Soft hair, becomes coarser with age and comes in any shade of gray, grizzle or blue with white markings
- Brown or blue eyes
- Medium-sized ears
- Black, large nose
- Docked tail is carried close to the body
- Height: 21-24 inches
- Weight: 60-67 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12-13 years
- Smart, gentle, loving, even-tempered, active, playful
- Interaction with people: Excellent family dog; great with children
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs
- Level of attention needed: Needs significant attention; likes to be with family
- Training: Easily trained companion
- Protection: Good watchdog
- Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
- Cerebellar Ataxia
- Hip dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts)
- Otitis Externa (ear infections)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Needs daily walk, jog or run
- Likes being at home
- Sheds throughout the year
- May require professional grooming throughout the year
- Brush three times a week
- Clip tangles or have entire coat cut to shorter length
- Trim around eyes and rear
- Was Prince Eric's dog in "The Little Mermaid'
- Used to drive sheep and cattle in the 18th century
- Nicknamed "bob" or "bobtail"
- Known for its gait, which is much like that of a bear
- Originated in England more than 150 years ago
- Used as a sheep drover
- Tail was docked to identify them as tax-exempt working dogs
- Fur was used to make blankets, clothing