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Old English Sheepdog

Developed in the western countries of England by farmers, this hardy breed was used for herding livestock such as cattle and sheep. During the spring, the farmers would shear the Old English Sheepdog along with their sheep and use the fur to make warm blankets and clothing. They earned their nick name "Bobtail", from the practice of tail docking by the farmers in the 18th century as a way of identifying which were working dogs so they didn't have to pay tax. It isn't clear exactly where this breeds heritage lies, however, one theory is that it is a relative of the Poodle and the Deer hound.

This dog is a very jolly animal who is friendly with everyone, including children. He is a hard worker and is able to follow commands from an owner who is stronger minded than himself - if not, he may ignore instruction and become wilful. He also has a tendency of herding people, due to his strong instincts, by bumping into them and must be taught not to do this. Despite these minor problems which are easily avoided, he is a loving member of any family as well as loyal, gentle and intelligent.

If his coat is to be kept in good condition, the dense waterproof undercoat needs to be combed at least three times per week or it will become matted and he may contract skin conditions and or get parasites. To avoid this, it is advised that his coat is professionally clipped about once every two months. Due to his working background, this dog has lots of energy so should be taken on a daily walk or jog. He also loves to be able to run around in open spaces, but whilst on a lead should be made to heel so he understands that his owner is the leader.

This breed can be prone to hip dysplasia, IMHA and cataracts. 


Breed Attributes

  • Large size
  • Medium shedding
  • Medium exercise needs
  • High grooming needs
  • Spirited, cheerful and loving

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