Old English Sheepdog Puppies

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An intelligent, playful, and sweet family dog

The Old English Sheepdog is one of the oldest breeds and was recognized by the AKC in 1888. They are what most people think of when they hear "shaggy dog," and their appearance in movies and television shows has made them very popular.

Old English Sheepdog At a Glance

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Old English Sheepdog At a Glance

  • Size: 21"-22", 60-100 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Shaggy, thick, and dense
  • Shedding: heavy
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Herding
  • Common Nicknames: Bobtail Dog

Old English Sheepdog Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Old English Sheepdog is a lovable, playful breed that thrives on being around its family. These dogs don't like being left alone for extended periods of time and are happiest when in the company of people. They do very well with children and are typically friendly with strangers. For the most part, Old English Sheepdogs are homebodies, but that doesn't mean they're inactive. These dogs need a moderate amount of daily exercise, both physical and mental. They are an intelligent breed and are always on the lookout for something interesting to do, making training relatively easy. Overall, the Old English Sheepdog makes a wonderful, good-natured family pet.

  • Health

    Old English Sheepdogs can suffer from many different common issues like deafness, autoimmune issues, and hip problems. They can also get many different eye and ear infections so it's good to schedule regular check-ups to maintain their health. DNA tests can also be done to see if your dog has anything in its genes that will cause further harm.

  • Activity Level

    Old English Sheepdogs are medium-energy dogs that need around 25-40 minutes of exercise each day. They love playing and will usually self-exercise while romping around the yard. When they are finished playing they are typically fine shutting down and relaxing with the family.

  • Grooming

    The Old English Sheepdog requires frequent grooming to get out any knots in its fur and remove the dirt and grime from its coat. They have long fur that requires a lot of maintenance if they are to look and feel their best.

  • Shedding

    These dogs are heavy shedders due to their large volume coats. Owners should expect to clean up loose fur throughout the year, no matter the season.

  • Appearance

    Old English Sheepdogs are most popular for their long and shaggy coat, which is most often white, grey, brown, or blue. Their eyes are often hidden by their long coat and their fur hangs down from their mouth. This breed is muscular and solid with strong legs that are perfect for running.

  • History

    The exact origins of the Old English Sheepdog are unclear, but the breed was likely developed in south central England during the early 1800s and is possibly an ancestor of the Bearded Collie and Russian Owtchar. During that time, the Old English Sheepdog was mainly used to drive cattle and sheep to markets. It wasn't until the late 1800s that the Old English was identified as a breed of its own, and it also arrived in America around this time as well. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registered the Old English Sheepdog in 1905. In the following decades, the breed was used more as a show dog than a pet, but it became a more popular companion during the 1960s and 70s due to its appearance in movies and television. Since then, the Old English Sheepdog has been a lovable family pet.