Old English Sheepdog Breed Information

Old English Sheepdog  

The amiable Old English Sheepdog has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

The true origins of the Old English Sheepdog are unknown, but it is believed the breed was created in England in the 19th century. Some speculate that the Old English Sheepdog was developed from the Scottish Border Collie while others claim the Russian Owtchar is the breed’s true ancestor.

The Old English Sheepdog was first used as a working dog and drove sheep and cattle to market. Their owners would dock their tails to prove they were working dogs and therefore wouldn’t have to pay taxes for them. As a result, Old English Sheepdogs were nicknamed “Bob” or “Bobtail” dogs.

The Old English Sheepdog weighs 60 to 90 pounds and measures 21 to 25 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Old English Sheepdog has an abundant double coat and is rather high maintenance when it comes to grooming. The Old English Sheepdog can be taken to a professional groomer or groomed at home with the proper tools and enough time.

The Old English Sheepdog needs to be brushed once a week, all the way down to their skin or their coat can mat and tangle. The Old English Sheepdog can also get pretty dirty. Their coat picks up muck and debris easily. They need a regular bath every few months, but possibly more often.

In addition, the Old English Sheepdog should have the hair around their eyes trimmed or tied up on top of their head. Like all dogs, the Old English Sheepdog also needs to have their teeth brushed, their ears cleaned and their nails trimmed on a regular basis.  

The Old English Sheepdog is family oriented and boisterous.

The Old English Sheepdog is quite affectionate and even clownish. They are generally happy and good natured. Old English Sheepdogs adore their family and are good with children, often displaying a patient and gentle demeanor.

The Old English Sheepdog is often referred to as a “Velcro” dog. The Old English Sheepdog wants to be with their family at all times and is always underfoot. They require lots of human companionship and will grow depressed without attention.

The Old English Sheepdog is deeply devoted to their family and therefore wants to watch out for them. Old English Sheepdogs will bark when a stranger approaches or the doorbell rings, however, they are too easygoing to be effective guard dogs.  

Training Needs
The Old English Sheepdog is highly intelligent and eager to please. With positive reinforcement they can quickly pick up the basics and go on to participate in herding, agility, obedience and conformation.

Activity Level
The Old English Sheepdogs was bred to be a worker and is therefore highly energetic. They need a long daily walk and can make good jogging partners. Old English Sheepdogs also need regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play. With their large size and heavy coat, they should never be over exercised in warm weather.

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