The Old English Sheepdog come in many varieties and colours such as White With Grey, Grizzle and Blue Grey Shade.
Origins of the Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs originated in western England and were originally used for centuries by farmers who needed a quick and well coordinated sheep herder and cattle driver, which led the breed to become widely used in agricultural areas. During the 18th century, farmers started to dock their tails so that they could get a tax exemption for the working dogs. For this reason. the dogs were given the nickname “bobtail”. There are many concepts as to where the breed developed from, such as; possibilities the dogs could be related to the Poodle, Deerhound as well as the Scotch Bearded Collie.
Sizes of Typical Male and Female Old English Sheepdogs
The Old English Sheepdog is a Large sized dog. Adult Old English Sheepdogs typically weigh between 29.5kg to 30kg. The height of the breed could range from 56cm to 66cm, with the females typically being slightly smaller than the males.
Old English Sheepdog Coats
The Old English Sheepdog has a long shaggy double coat, with a good hard textured top coast and soft weather-proofed undercoat. The breed’s hair needs to be brushed at least 3 times a week to prevent it from matting together and also to prevent any possible skin irritation and parasites. Old English Sheepdogs do shed their hair but only in very small amounts.
Appearance of the Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is commonly coloured white with a shade of grey, grizzle or blue grey on the dog’s body and hindquarters.
Old English Sheepdog Temperament
The Old English Sheepdog has great temperaments; the breed is adjustable to any different conditions, makes a brilliant family companion and is great with children. The Old English Sheepdog is loving, friendly, loyal, protective, intelligent and gentle. The dogs also have their comical side due to the fact they have natural herding instinct; Old English Sheepdogs have been know to try and herd people by bumping them, which the breed will need to be trained out of. This breed is a very good working dog and will follow commands well, but he needs a firm, calm, confident and consistent leader. The Old English Sheepdog remains like a puppy for many years and age tends to hit the dog suddenly.
Old English Sheepdog Puppies
It is traditional in Old English Sheepdogs’ tails to be docked at birth or a few days after. It is a simple operation to perform and should not have any negative impacts, in terms of health. Old English Sheepdog puppies need to be groomed from a very young age as their coat is heavily shed when they are puppies. You should spend considerable amounts of time to make sure the old and new coats do not become matted.
The Cost of Old English Sheepdogs
From a reputable UK breeder, Old English Sheepdog puppies normally cost around £700 to £1100.
The Life Expectancy of an Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs typically live for 10 to 12 years
What Health Problems Can Old English Sheepdogs Suffer From
The Old English Sheepdog could potentially have certain health issues, such as; Elbow and hip malformation (dysplasia), Osteochondrits (joint disease), eye disorders including cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (degeneration of the light receptor cells in the eyes), Thyroid disorders, haemophilia and heart problems. It is highly recommended to acquire a pet insurance with this breed along with a good reputable vet. The breeding stock should always be hip and eye checked before breeding.
Exercising Your Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog was developed for hard work, therefore the dog loves a good run. Old English Sheepdogs need to be taken for a daily walk and will also enjoy jogging beside their owner. While out walking, the dog must be made to heel beside the owner walking him; in a dog’s mind the leader always leads the way and the leader must always be the human.
Dog Groups Related to Old English Sheepdogs
Similar dog breed(s) to the Old English Sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Golden Retriever