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Old English Sheepdog Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

AKC Group: Herding Group


The Old English Sheepdog, originally from England has a very characteristic shaggy coat. Most people would probably recognize one, because they are commonly used on TV and movie sets. Probably the most famous Old English Sheepdog is "Sam Sheepdog" from Looney Tunes.

History

The Old English sheepdog begun in early 1800's in the western counties of England, and it is considered to have descended from the Russian Owtchar and the Scotch Bearded Collie. The Old English Shepherd herded cattle and sheep into major cities. They were given the nickname of "bobtail" because of their docked tails. The short tail meant that their working conditions, earned their owners a tax exemption.

Physical Features

The Old English Sheepdog is a robust, small, square, well balanced dog. Type, balance and character are of better value and are on no record to become sacrificed to size solely. Height is 22 inches. Length almost exactly the same length as the height.

The undercoat is water resistant pile when not taken out by season or grooming. Ears covered a bit. The entire skull well coated with hair. The neck covered with hair. The forelegs covered all over. Any shade of blue or blue merle, gray, grizzle with or without white patches.

Personality

The Old English sheepdog is happy-go-lucky and stable. They can modify oneself readily to several circumstances, are friendly and loving. Intelligent, loyal and protective, they make an excellent family companion. Pleasant and gentle, they love and they are good with kids and therefore are very much part of the family.

Common Health Problems

Susceptible to IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), cataracts and hip dysplasia.

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