Old English Sheepdog

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Old English Sheepdog

ORIGIN

The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog. In the early 19th century, a bobtailed drovers dog, called the Smithfield or Cotswold Cor, was noticed in the southwestern counties of England and may have been an ancestor. Most fanciers agree that the Bearded Collie was among the original stock used in developing today’s breed. The Old English Sheepdog was at first called the “Shepherd’s Dog” and was exhibited for the first time at a show in Birmingham, England, in 1873. The breed was exported to the United States in the 1880s.

TEMPERAMENT

The breed standards describe the ideal Old English Sheepdog as never being nervous or aggressive.

This breed’s temperament can be described as intelligent, social and adaptable. 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. 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.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average. With proper exercise and training, they are perfectly comfortable with a suburban or urban lifestyle. The Old English Sheepdog can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, Rally obedience, Schutzhund, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

From 60 to 61 cm minimum / Between 29 to 37 kg.

COAT

Double coat and the undercoat is water-resistant.

COLOR

Shade of grey, grizzle, black, blue, or blue merle, with optional white markings.

GROOMING

Considerable.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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