Old Time Farm Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Old Time Farm Shepherd have?
Farm ShepherdOld Farm Shepherd
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Old Time Farm Shepherd Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Old Time Farm 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?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Old Time Farm Shepherd?
Average: The Old Time Farm Shepherd is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Old Time Farm Shepherd Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Old Time Farm Shepherd weigh? Old Time Farm Shepherd weight:
Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Old Time Farm Shepherd? Old Time Farm Shepherd average weight:
Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old Time Farm Shepherd? Old Time Farm Shepherd height:
Male: 20-24 inches (51-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Old Time Farm Shepherd average height:
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Old Time Farm Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Old Time Farm Shepherd have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseFlatThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old Time Farm Shepherd's coat?
Black & TanMerleSableIrish White
Grooming
How to groom the Old Time Farm Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Old Time Farm Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful 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 can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Old Time Farm Shepherd, search for a 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.

Shedding Level
How much do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Farm Shepherd?
Old Time Farm Shepherds shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Old Time Farm Shepherd breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Old Time Farm Shepherd need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Old Time Farm Shepherd every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Old Time Farm Shepherd Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old Time Farm Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
FriendlyGentleIntelligentLoyalProtectiveResponsiveSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old Time Farm Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Old Time Farm Shepherd is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Old Time Farm Shepherd is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old Time Farm Shepherd sensitivity:
Sensitive: Old Time Farm Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Old Time Farm 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 are considered 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 Shepherd need? Old Time Farm Shepherd social needs:
Old Time Farm 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 Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Farm Shepherd bark?
Average to High: The Old Time Farm Shepherd is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Old Time Farm Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Old Time Farm Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Old Time Farm Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Old Time Farm Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Farm Shepherd? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old Time Farm Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Old Time Farm 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Old Time Farm Shepherd has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Old Time Farm Shepherd bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Old Time Farm Shepherd, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Old Time Farm Shepherd do?
Old Time Farm Shepherds have a strong 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 Time Farm Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old Time Farm Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old Time Farm Shepherd roam?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance of escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old Time Farm Shepherd have high prey drive?
Old Time Farm Shepherds have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old Time Farm Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Old Time Farm Shepherd breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Old Time Farm Shepherd indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old Time Farm 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?
Old Time Farm Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Old Time Farm Shepherd Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Old Time Farm Shepherd temperament with other people:
Old Time Farm Shepherds are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old Time Farm Shepherd temperament with children:
Old Time Farm Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Old Time Farm Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Old Time Farm Shepherd can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old Time Farm Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Old Time Farm Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Old Time Farm Shepherds good office dogs? Do Old Time Farm Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Old Time Farm Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Old Time Farm Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Farm Shepherd temperament with senior people? Are Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Old Time Farm Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Old Time Farm Shepherd Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Old Time Farm Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Old Time Farm Shepherd breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Old Time Farm Shepherd see the vet?
Average
The Old Time Farm Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Old Time Farm Shepherd be? What is the age limit of the Old Time Farm Shepherd? How many years can the oldest Old Time Farm Shepherd live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Old Time Farm Shepherd: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old Time Farm Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old Time Farm 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 Old Time Farm Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the Old Time Farm Shepherd?
Old Time Farm Shepherds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs require per day?
Old Time Farm Shepherds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Old Time Farm Shepherds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Old Time Farm Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Old Time Farm Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average: The Old Time Farm Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Time Farm Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Old Time Farm 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 Old Time Farm Shepherd drool?
The Old Time Farm Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Old Time Farm Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you. 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 minimum compared to others, just like the Old Time Farm Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Old Time Farm Shepherd As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old Time Farm Shepherd be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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 Time Farm Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old Time Farm Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Old Time Farm Shepherd be an emotional support animal?

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 Time Farm Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old Time Farm Shepherd be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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 Time Farm Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old Time Farm Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Old Time Farm Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old Time Farm Shepherd be a boat dog?

Not really

Old Time Farm Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Old Time Farm 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. Old Time Farm Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Old Time Farm Shepherd dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Old Time Farm Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Old Time Farm 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 Time Farm Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Old Time Farm Shepherd Recognition

AKC Group
Is Old Time Farm Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Old Time Farm Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Old Time Farm Shepherd Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Old Time Farm Shepherd is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Old Time Farm Shepherds are very easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Old Time Farm Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Old Time Farm Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Old Time Farm Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Old Time Farm Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Old Time Farm Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Old Time Farm Shepherds are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Old Time Farm Shepherds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Old Time Farm Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old Time Farm Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Old Time Farm Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Old Time Farm Shepherd breed in the home.
  • Shedding Level: Old Time Farm Shepherds shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Old Time Farm Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Old Time Farm Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Old Time Farm Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Old Time Farm Shepherd History

These dogs were a versatile breed, bred to herd and guard livestock and their owners, hunt, and control the predators in an occasional attack. The breed exhibits excellent intelligence and combines various instincts. The passionate and love to please their owners, yet they are independent thinkers and think using choice and consequences to a degree that is often unbelievable to many canine training experts that are unacquainted with this breed.

Around the 1750s the Battle of Culloden and the subsequent immigration of numerous Scotsmen to North Carolina, has introduced a viable population of this breed around that area. The predominant ancestor of the American Old Time Farm Shepherd was the “old Scotch Collie”. This breed is originated from the north of Scotland by Bewick in 1790. The last pure line of this breed in the United States was quite possibly Dunrovin's Old Shep. As the focus of American life has moved from the homestead to the urban area, the need for this type of all-purpose dog is disappearing. Another influential breed on the Old Time Farm Shepherd was the Shetland Sheepdog, a small type of shepherd, which is known to exist between the 1950s and 1960s in Oklahoma Panhandle and central Arkansas. In America, with regard to the collie breeds, this means the old working collies brought here from Britain from which the American collie breeds described are descended.

The OTFSC (Old Time Farm Shepherd Club of America) assumes that the dogs’ direct descendants of the old working collies, that developed on their own, and the Old Time Farm Shepherds have remained true to the traits of their ancestors. The OTFSC has described a breed standard of some sort, but it is exceedingly broad. Its editors advocate the term “old Scotch Collie-type of the dog” by which they mean the early Rough Collies, who looked and worked very much like the old working collies and like English Shepherd does nowadays.

Today the descendants of these dogs are more likely to be trained for search and rescue, than for herding or agility. There is a movement currently underway to use this breed as guide dogs, with a hope to use this superior thinking ability in a wonderful way.

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