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English Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the English Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie)
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is English Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is English Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the English Shepherd breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAnimal Research Foundation
Price
How much does the English Shepherd 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? English Shepherd price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the English Shepherd, 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 English Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the English Shepherd gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? English Shepherd size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the English Shepherd weigh? English Shepherd weight:
Male: 45-60 pounds (21-28 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the English Shepherd? English Shepherd average weight:
Male: 52.5 pounds (24.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the English Shepherd? English Shepherd height:
18-23 inches (46-58 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? English Shepherd average height:
20.5 inches (52 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the English Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
FluffySilky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper English Shepherd's coat?
TanBrownTricolorWhiteBrindleSableYellowBlack
Grooming
How to groom the English Shepherd and how often?
Easy to groom: The English Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. English Shepherd is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do English Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie)? English Shepherd shedding level:
English Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the English Shepherd have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AdaptableCourageousFriendlyIntelligentResponsiveAlertEnergeticIndependentPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Average: English Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are English Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
English Shepherds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
English Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? English Shepherd sensitivity:
English Shepherds 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?
English Shepherds 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 Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie) need? English Shepherd social needs:
English Shepherds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do English Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Why does my Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie) bark?
Low to Average: The English Shepherd rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is English Shepherd good as a watchdog?
English Shepherds 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 English Shepherds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do English Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
English Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the English Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the English Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do English Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie)? What are the odds of getting bitten by a English Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The English Shepherd 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 English Shepherd do?
English Shepherds 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 English Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does English Shepherd roam?
English Shepherds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does English Shepherd have high prey drive?
English Shepherds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is English Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
English Shepherds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
English Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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?
English Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where English Shepherd 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?
English Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are English Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Shepherd and children:
English Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do English Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
English Shepherds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is English Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do English Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
English Shepherds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the English Shepherd can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are English Shepherds good office dogs? Do English Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can English Shepherds be office dogs?
No
English Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do English Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie) temperament with senior people? Are English Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
English Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do English Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are English Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
English Shepherds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
English Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English Shepherd 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). English Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can English Shepherd 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. English Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can English Shepherd 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. English Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can English Shepherd 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 English Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can English Shepherd be a boat dog?
Not really
English Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can English Shepherd 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. English Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do English Shepherd dogs have health problems?
English Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the English Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the English Shepherd breed? Health risks of English Shepherd:
Collie Eye AnomalyDrug SensitivityHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do English Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a English Shepherd be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
English Shepherds 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 English Shepherd have?
English Shepherds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do English Shepherd dogs require per day?
English Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
English Shepherds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the English Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? English Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the English Shepherd'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 English Shepherd'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 English Shepherd 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 English Shepherd 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 English Shepherd drool?
The English Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog 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 more than others, just like the English Shepherd. 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 English Shepherd pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? English Shepherd pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female English Shepherd: 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 English Shepherd 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 English Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies, average 6

Pros & Cons of English Shepherd

Pros
  • Trainability: English Shepherds are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The English Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: English Shepherds are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: English Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: English Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: English Shepherds are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: English Shepherds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: English Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: English Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: English Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: English Shepherds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Drooling tendency: The English Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: English Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: English Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: English Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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