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Old English Sheepdog Puppies
Description: Old English Sheepdogs are affectionately called the "Bobtail", so named because of their lack of a tail. The Old English Sheepdog is an affectionately loyal dog, protective of those they love. A natural protector, they were originally the guardian of flocks and this instinct is displayed in their tendency to adopt young animals and children. Known as the "nanny dog" from Peter Pan, Old English Sheepdogs do not make good guard dogs. Old English Sheepdogs are very playful and enjoy a good romp. They are kind, friendly and get along well with many other types of species. They are good with other people and other dogs. The Old English Sheepdog makes good watchdogs, but are too friendly for the protective owner. Their coat requires quite a bit of care, especially if they are in the show ring. Some grooming for the Old English Sheepdogs can take hours, but if they are just a regular pet, daily brushing should suffice. The breed does very well at performing, even with fur hiding their eyes. They can have brown or blue eyes, with a black nose and grey coloring on their white bodies. Puppies have naturally softer and fluffier fur, while the adults have a harsh and profuse coat. For the owner who wants a big "cuddly teddy bear" type of dog, the Old English Sheepdog is the breed suited for this very purpose.
Other Names: Bobtail, OES
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 22 - 24
of gray, grizzle or blue on a white background. The nose is black, and the eyes
are either brown or blue.
English Sheepdogs are active, playful, and clever. They are kind, friendly and
greatly desire affection. Some demand it continuously. OES can be protective
but are hardly ever aggressive. They are alert, good with children and other
dogs and animals. Old English Sheepdogs should be trained with a firm but positive
hand, as they are a large and sometimes rambunctious breed. Some Old English
Sheepdogs do not seem to understand how big they are in relation to how playful
they can be. Some lines of Old English Sheepdogs exhibit a more aggressive protectiveness
than what is normal.
Watch-dog: High. OES are
aware of their surroundings and somewhat protective of their family.
Care and Exercise:
Constant care is needed to maintain the longhaired coat of the Old English
Sheepdog. Brush and comb through to the dense water proof undercoat at least
three times per week. Clip out tangles carefully, and try to keep the fur mat-free
by brushing regularly. Old English Sheepdogs can be professionally machine clipped
every two months. Trim around the eyes and rear end. Not normally a lazy dog,
the Old English Sheepdog does have a casual approach to exercise. A leisurely
daily stroll will prove sufficient motivation for exercise.
Activity: Indoors - High.
Outdoors - Very High.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, ataxia (neurological incoordination of muscles), autoimmune disorders, epilepsy, eye problems and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). They are also not suited for hot climates due to their heavy, thick coat.
Life Span: 12 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Old English Sheepdog
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