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Old English Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Old English Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Old English Sheepdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Bobtail, OES
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Old English Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Old English Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Old English Sheepdog breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Old English Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Old English Sheepdog price:
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Old English Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Old English Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Old English Sheepdog gets to a happy place.

Overview

The Bobtail is a playful, lovable clown who is happy to spend time with his family. Giant, athletic dog breed with a unique shaggy coat. Their fur covers their eyes, which doesn't disturb the animal at all. Their movement is unique: they raise the legs on the same side at a time. They have small, so-called cat paw, and it is also rich in hair. A calm and balanced dog with an easy-going character. Extremely intelligent, fast learner, always looking for something interesting and fun. It is an excellent guard dog and also friendly, calm and loyal. Characteristic of her strange, trembling barking. He is famous for his wonderfully sweet character, strength and diligent. Those who know and love the breed can also be aware of their sense of humor. They’re both playful and funny at once, yet a true guardian and defender of the family. Bobtails loves being with their family, they hate loneliness, so the breed can suffer from separation anxiety if they stay alone for too long. The Old English Sheepdog is extremely adaptable. For some people, it may be surprising that the breed can live comfortably in an apartment if you are walking them regularly.

Bobtails gets along well with other dogs and pets, but sometimes they’re prone to jealousy. They are also friendly with children and they really love them. In the United States, it is also called "nanny". The Old English Sheepdog likes obeying to his master's, so they rarely behave dominantly, so it’s very easy to train them. Nowadays, this dog enjoys the comfort of home life and is an extremely agile, obedient and good observer. Long hair, enthusiastic, cheerful character make Bobtail a great companion for any family, who has time and patience for it, but it must be taken into account that the breed requires a lot of care. Because of the origin of a herding dog, they like doing active tasks, like 1-2 hours of daily exercise. Due to his speed, obedience, and sense, the Old English Shepherd Dog can provide excellent performance in a variety of dog sports.

Training and proper socialization are essential to them. They’re responsive to kind and consistent training. Bobtails were originally bred for herding cattle and sheep, so it requires regular exercise. Obedience training is recommended for all dogs, but especially for large breeds such as the Old English Shepherd Dog. The basic commands ("sit", "come", "stay") are important for everyday life with any dog, but take note of this drooling shepherd dog and realize that these commands are key.

History

The Old English Sheepdog comes from the South West of England, from the early 19th century. About two or three hundred years ago, western England sheep farmers decided to create a tough, agile, intelligent shepherd breed. This is how the Old English Shepherd Dog, also called the Bobtail, was created. As with other flea herds, one of the basic requirements for the breeding of the Old English Shepherd Dog was to have a massive dog, as they were not only used for herding but also to protect the animals. In the 18th century, cattle and sheep were brought to the fairs by these herding dogs. In England, a luxury tax was imposed on the dogs of the thanes, and the owners of the common guard or shepherd dogs cut their dogs' tails to prove their simple origin. This is the habit of not paying taxes on herding dogs, and the dog's occupation was often indicated by the mutilation of the tail.

There is still much debate around the exact origins of the Old English Shepherd Dog. Some say they not only became from old-style English flock dogs but also from the Russian Greyhound and Bearded Collie. Others claim to resemble the Russian Shepherd Dog, the Ovcharka. This is possible as well since salesmen on the ships of their merchants could easily get Bobtails to the island.

Of course, with the change of fashion, breeding requirements also change. Today's breeding of the Bobtail is primarily aimed at making the dogs look even more beautiful, striking and elegant, which is why they prefer the longer, almost silky hair.

The Bobtail appeared in the United States at the end of the 1880s, where the dog was first owned by a craftsman named W. Wade in Pittsburgh. In the 1900s, the breed was only owned by five rich American families. This prompted a dog show supervisor to advise the jury of the New York 1904 Westminster Show that "dogs belong to the wealthiest Americans".

In 1904, Henry Arthur Tilley founded the Old English Shepherd Club of America. Tilley and his brother William Steeds Tilley played a pioneering role in the development of the breed standard. Many of their bred dogs can be found in the pedigree of the Old English Shepherd Dog Line.

The Bobtail was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. At the end of the 1950s, the breed was still popular with rich dogs. However, in the early sixties, the breed became a status symbol for the family animal. In the mid-seventies, 15000 dogs have registered annually; but this number fell later as more and more people came up with the extra costs and effort needed to keep the dog in the wonderful but time-consuming coat of the old English Shepherd Dog.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Old English Sheepdog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Old English Sheepdog weigh? Old English Sheepdog weight:
Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg), Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Old English Sheepdog? Old English Sheepdog average weight:
Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg), Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old English Sheepdog? Old English Sheepdog height:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Old English Sheepdog average height:
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Old English Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
WaterproofShaggyDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old English Sheepdog's coat?
Blue WhiteMerleGrizzle Gray
Grooming
How to groom the Old English Sheepdog and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Old English Sheepdog requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Old English Sheepdog is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shiny, long coat and dense undercoat protect them from water, cold, and warmth. This dense waterproof coat allows living outdoors in winter and summer. Their hair should be thoroughly brushed at least once a week. More hair care is needed during the shedding period. Particular attention should be paid to areas where the hair is prone to tangling, like on the legs. The comb must be done carefully to avoid dog hair tightening and injury. It is important that you always clean up the skin, not just the top layer, so you can remove any dirt or hair that gets stuck in the undercoat. Tangles are a real threat to Bobtails and can lead to skin problems. It is extremely difficult to remove them, and in case of strong tangling, the dog should be shaved. You should always remove dirt and hair from the ear canals. The beard and mustache should be washed occasionally to avoid discoloration. You must also remove the hairs between the toes. Some of the Bobtails are so drooling that their fur may become yellowish. If this happens, regular bathing is needed, especially after a meal. Another method is to use corn starch around the beard. After the corn starch is completely dry, wash it off. This also works if the dog has diarrhea. Like all other breeds, it is important to start grooming in puppyhood. By developing a positive and reassuring experience, grooming will be easier for both the owner, the groomer and the dog.
Shedding Level
How much do Old English Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bobtail? Old English Sheepdog shedding level:
Old English Sheepdogs are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old English Sheepdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AdaptableIntelligentPlayfulProtectiveBubblyLovingSociableFunny
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old English Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Old English Sheepdog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Old English Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Old English Sheepdogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Tenderness and consistency are needed in training the breed. They want to please their master and rarely behave in a dominant way. Bobtails are also suitable for those who don't have much experience in dog training.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Old English Sheepdog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Most of these dogs love playing ball games.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old English Sheepdog sensitivity:
Old English Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Old English Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bobtail need? Old English Sheepdog social needs:
Old English Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Old English Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my OES bark?
Average: The Old English Sheepdog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
They have a strange, trembling bark.
Watchdog Ability
Is Old English Sheepdog good as a watchdog?
Old English Sheepdogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Old English Sheepdogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Old English Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Old English Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Old English Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bobtail? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old English Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Old English Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Old English Sheepdog do?
Old English Sheepdogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Old English Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old English Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old English Sheepdog roam?
Old English Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old English Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Old English Sheepdogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old English Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Old English Sheepdogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old English Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Old English Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Old English Sheepdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Old English Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Old English Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old English Sheepdog and children:
Old English Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old English Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Old English Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Old English Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old English Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Old English Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Old English Sheepdog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Old English Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Old English Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Old English Sheepdogs be office dogs?
No
Old English Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old English Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bobtail temperament with senior people? Are Old English Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Old English Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old English Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Old English Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old English Sheepdogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old English Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Old English Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old English Sheepdog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Old English Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old English Sheepdog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Old English Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old English Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Old English Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old English Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Old English Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old English Sheepdog be a boat dog?
Not really
Old English Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Old English Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Old English Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Old English Sheepdog dogs have health problems?
The Old English Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
In the first year, the dog grows from 0.5 kg to 25 kg. When fully grown, it weighs up to 45 kg. Due to this rapid growth, especially between the four and seven months of age, they are prone to bone diseases such as hip dysplasia. Make sure your puppy maintains a high-quality, low-calorie diet that protects him from growing too fast. In addition, it should not be run and play on very hard surfaces such as the pavement; best in the grass. Jumping or jogging on hard surfaces should also be avoided until the dog is at least 2 years old and its joints are fully developed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Old English Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Old English Sheepdog breed? Health risks of Old English Sheepdog:
AllergiesCataractsDeafnessDiabetesEntropionHeat IntoleranceHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Old English Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Old English Sheepdog be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old English Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old English Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Old English Sheepdog have?
Old English Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Adolescence often extends to about three years of age but retains its behavior as an adult until its very old age. The puppies are silly, funny and have a lot of energy - so much that they can be devastating in our home if we don't care for them. On the other hand, older dogs lie on the couch and should be encouraged to exercise.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Old English Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Old English Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
This breed requires a significant amount of physical and mental training. They can easily adapt to little exercise, but it is not healthy for them. The dog's dense fur coat is extremely warm, allowing it to overheat quickly and easily. Reduce the amount of outdoor exercise if the weather is too hot.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Old English Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Old English Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Old English Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Old English Sheepdog's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Old English Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Old English Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Old English Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Old English Sheepdog drool?
The Old English Sheepdog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Old English Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Old English Sheepdog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Old English Sheepdog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Old English Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Old English Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Old English Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Old English Sheepdog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Old English Sheepdog's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Old English Sheepdogs are easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Old English Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Old English Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Old English Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Old English Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Old English Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Old English Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Old English Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Old English Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Old English Sheepdogs are heavy shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Old English Sheepdog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Old English Sheepdogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Old English Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Old English Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old English Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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