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Old English Sheepdog

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #752015: #742014: #77
Name Old English Sheepdog
Other names OES
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Herding (AKC:1888 & UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament AdaptableBubblyIntelligentLovingPlayfulSociableProtective
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)Female: 20-22 inches (51 cm)
Weight Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg)Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Colors Blue & WhiteBlue Gray & WhiteBlue Merle & WhiteGray & WhiteGrizzle & White
Litter Size 5-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1200 - $1500 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 starsThe Old English Sheepdog will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. These dogs are fairly active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
Barking Tendencies 4 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThese dogs were developed for hard work and love a good run. They need to be taken on a daily walk, jog or run.
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance.
Health Issues 3 starsProne to IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), hip dysplasia and cataracts. Some herding dogs carry a MDR1 gene which makes them sensitive to certain drugs that are otherwise okay to give another dog, but if tested positive for this gene can kill them.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #63. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 5 starsConstant Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 3 starsThe Old English Sheepdog can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, Rally obedience, Schutzhund, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Old English Sheepdogs that exhibit basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.
Watchdog Ability 4 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Sadie
02 Bear Daisy
03 Jack Lola
04 Oliver Lily
05 Duke Luna
06 Toby Chloe
07 Teddy Roxy
08 Bear Zoey
09 Dexter Nala
10 Milo Zoe
Overview

This is a square-proportioned, thick-set dog, combining agility with strength. Its compact body is broader at the rump than shoulders. A distinguishing characteristic is the top-line, which is lower at the withers than the loin. Its gait is free, powerful and ground-covering, yet gives the appearance of being effortless. This breed may pace or amble at slower speeds. Its ambling gait is sometimes described as a "bearlike" roll or shuffle. The coat is profuse, but not excessive. It consists of a waterproof undercoat and a hard, shaggy outer coat that is neither straight nor curly. The expression is intelligent. The bobtail's bark should be loud, with a "pot-casse" ring to it.

The breed standards describe the ideal Old English Sheepdog as never being nervous or aggressive. The New Zealand Kennel Club adds that "they are sometimes couch potatoes" and "may even try to herd children by gently bumping them." This breed's temperament can be described as intelligent, social and adaptable. The American Kennel Club adds that the breed has "a clownish energy" and "may try to herd people or other objects." With wide open spaces being the ideal setting for an Old English Sheepdog, the breed is a natural fit in a rural setting, such as working on a farm; although, with proper exercise and training, they are perfectly comfortable with a suburban or urban lifestyle. Their remarkable, inherent herding instincts, sense of duty, and sense of property boundaries may be nurtured and encouraged accordingly, or subdued by their owners. Old English Sheepdogs should not be deprived of the company and the warmth of people.

History
There are a few theories about the origin of the Old English Sheepdog. One is that it is related to the Poodle and the Scottish Deerhound. Other theories are it is related to the Briard and the Bergamasco, or from Scotch Bearded Collies and the Russian Owtchar, a hairy Russian breed brought to Great Britain on ships from the Baltic. The Old English Sheepdog was developed in the western counties of England by farmers who needed a quick, well-coordinated sheep herder and cattle driver to take their animals to market. The dogs became widely used in agricultural areas. Farmers began the practice of docking the tails in the 18th century as a way of identifying the dogs that were used for working so they could get a tax exemption. For this reason the dogs were given the nickname "Bobtail." Each spring, when the sheep were sheared, farmers would also shear the dogs’ coats to make warm clothing and blankets. The Old English Sheepdog has been used for reindeer herding because it tolerates cold weather so well. It was first shown in Britain in 1873 and by the AKC in 1888. Some of the Old English Sheepdog's talents include: retrieving, herding and watchdog.