Breed of the Month–Old English Sheepdog

2December 2010

Old English Sheepdog

Color:  Any shade of blue, blue merle, grizzle, gray, with white marking.
Height:  Males:  22-24 inches/  Females:  21-22 inches
Weight:  60-100 lbs
Life Span:  10-12 years

Breed Health Concerns:  Cataracts, congenital deafness, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and bloat.

Coat:  Waterproof undercoat with a harsh outercoat.
Country of Origin:  England

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

Many breeds contributed to the line of the Old English Sheepdog, developed in England.  The breeds original name (and still used today) is Bobtail.

The Old English Sheepdog is always protecting his flock, but he is a gentle soul.  This herding breed can have a tendency to herd his own family members and children.  The Old English Sheepdog is an excellent watchdog, yet a playful companion.

This breed is excellent petting when their coats are clean!

The Old English Sheepdog is athletic and enjoys being able to explore outside.  Although this breed does not require a lot of exercise, a good walk every day is still important.

This breed needs extra attention when it comes to grooming.  The Old English Sheepdog is a seasonal shedder, but needs to brushed regularly year round to help maintain his coat.  Non-show dogs of this breed need only be bathed and clipped every few months.  Scissors can be used to help keep the hair trimmed around his eyes and feet.

The Old English Sheepdog was bred to think independently and can sometimes seem stubborn.  Using positive reinforcement and patience, this breed will respond well to training.  Socialization is always important.