Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is devoid of any aggression and is an extraordinary companion dog. Children love him. His herding ancestors instilled in him the concept of surveillance that make him an excellent babysitter today.
Quick Overview of the Old English Sheepdog
- Affectionate and faithful
- Gentle and vigorous
- Sometimes resistant to training
- Very hairy look
- Swinging and slightly clumsy step
- Harmonious build
- Solid hindquarters and powerful legs
- In good health
- Hip dysplasia
- Some eye issues
- Eye maintenance required
Temperament of the Old English Sheepdog
This great herding dog is totally trustworthy. He is affectionate, loyal, gentle, vigorous and sometimes quite resistant to training.
Totally devoid of aggression, he knows nothing of his strength and is not aware of his build. He is very playful and friendly, but can become completely out of control if not trained properly.
Due to his large size, it is preferable to have an expert hand train him in order to protect precious objects in the house.
He's a good watchman, but not a guard dog. However, he will make a wonderful companion dog.
All intruders will have the right of access to the household, regardless of their age, whether adults or children, they will all be welcomed with a burst of joy. Sociability is by no means a problem for the Old English Sheepdog.
This large, massive dog has a very hairy appearance. His massive hindquarters and powerful legs give him a very impressive look. He is robust and has a harmonious build.
Between 56 and 61 cm (22.05 to 24.02 inches) for the male
Between 51 and 56 cm (20.08 to 22.05 inches) for the female
Between 32 and 45 kg (70.55 to 99.21 pounds) for the male
Between 27 and 36 kg (59.52 to 79.37 pounds) for the female
His coat is grey, blue or greyish with a white underbelly, neck, head and forelegs.
His shaggy coat is very abundant, rough and not curly, with a very dense undercoat.
His head has a large and very bulky skull. His eyes are dark. His ears are small and carried flat. His muzzle is square and strong and is about half the size of his head. His tail, when uncut, is very hairy and low.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 1, section 1 and is #16
Characteristics of the Old English Sheepdog
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The Old English Sheepdog loves animals and children. He watches over them very well. This large pet dog requires special care and a minimum of space to grow. The great outdoors is good for him, both morally and physically.
Even though he can easily adapt to many situations, he must still be given the exercise and space he needs. Whether he lives in the city or in the country, a lot of time will have to be invested in his exercise and regular maintenance. Even if the Old English Sheepdog is fairly independent, the presence of his owner is vital. He will live happily if he is well surrounded.
Health of the Old English Sheepdog
This large, sturdy dog with a harmonious and beautiful construction is also in excellent health.
As with all large dogs, the breed may experience hip dysplasia and some eye problems may occur due to the enormous fleece that usually covers his eyes.
Proper care of hair covering his eyes helps reduce the risk.
The very dense coat of the Old English Sheepdog tends to form inextricable knots.
Brushing must be done daily, in a regular and constant way to avoid knots in his abundant hair.
It is also preferable to clear his eyes by cutting the hair in front of them. It is imperative to properly maintain his coat.
Shearing him at the beginning of each summer is recommended, so he can enjoy the heat without too much effort. For a season, he will give up his "teddy bear" look and enjoy a slimmer silhouette.
History of this breed
This shepherd dog, originally from England, assumed for a long time guard dog and sheepdog duties.
The Old English Sheepdog name comes from the fact that he often had his tail cut off in order to avoid heavy bleeding in case of fights with herd predators or other large dogs.
His history is a rather laborious one. Some people claim that he was brought back to Great Britain by the legionnaires during the reign of Julius Caesar and that the English mastiff is his ancestor.
Others claim that he was introduced during the Hundred Years' War and that he was descended from the Briard, while others are certain that he was brought back to England by the soldiers occupying Aquitaine and descended from the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog.
Who's telling the truth? One thing is certain, even if everything else is uncertain, the Old English Sheepdog is English.
Nowadays, the Old English Sheepdog is more used as a companion dog and show dog, as breeders are particularly fond of this dog, and have no problem spending time on the fur or on his maintenance.