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The Old English Sheepdog was originally bred to drive stock rather than to herd them. They are not as quick or as agile as a herding dog. Two of the first noticed things about this breed are the profuse coat and the bobbed tail. The tail is docked to the first joint between 2 and 5 days of age.
Males: Over 22 inches.
Females: Over 21 inches.
Any shade of grey, grizzle, blue or blue merle, with white markings.
Any shade of brown or fawn is objectionable.
Double coated with the undercoat soft, furry and close. The outercoat is wirey
and shaggy, free from curl. Shedding is constant and heavy. If not combed out
at least twice per week, the coat will tangle and matt. Not a grooming to be
undertaken by a novice.
Very friendly with dogs or people.
Can be loving and loyal to entire family.
Are not usually trustworthy off lead.
Can be very vocal. They have a very loud, sharp bark.
Excellent as guard dogs.
Should not usually be trusted with small children.
Usually not difficult to housebreak.
Usually good with other animals.
Reception to Training:
They would prefer to lie by the fire or in the air conditioning.
hip and elbow displasia, allergies, Epilepsy, PRA, cataracts.
This breed is a good candidate as a "couch potato" family pet for anyone who
can (and will) keep up with the required grooming.
If looking for a Conformation Show dog, this is an fair choice.
If looking for a Pet/Companion Dog, an good choice.
If looking for an Obedience Dog, a poor choice.