Old English Sheepdog Dog Breed Information


Old English Sheepdog Quick Facts
Old English Sheepdog
Breed Group: Not Akc Recognized
Origen: England
Nickname: Old English
Weight: 50-85 lbs
Height: 17-20 inches
Color(s): Brown, black, red, tan, and cream. May be solid, brindled, or pied.


Old English Sheepdog Appearance

The Old English Sheepdog is a large dog, with an intelligent expression. Their body is strong, compact, proportioned, square, balanced, combining agility with strength. The chest is deep and broad. The head is large with a well defined stop. Their eyes are brown, blue or a combination of both. The ears are medium sized and carried flat to the side of the head. In places where tail docking is still legal; His tail is docked close to the body, if not the tail is naturally bob tailed. Soundness is of the greatest importance. His bark is loud with a distinctive "pot-casse" ring in it.

The Old English Sheepdog is immediately recognizable by its long, thick, shaggy coat, with fur covering their face and eyes. The most common colors are Brown, black, red, tan, and cream. They also may be solid, brindled, or pied. The weight of the Old English Sheepdog is around 50-85 pounds and the height is around 17-20 inches.

Old English Sheepdog Temperament

The Old English Sheepdog is cheerful, gentle, easygoing, affectionate and friendly. They are able to adjust to different living conditions. They are loyal, protective and intelligent, making a fine family companion. It can live outside only in temperate to cool climates but is strongly advice that he could also have access to the house from time to time because they love to spend time inside with their family. They enjoy working and are happiest when they have a job to do. If they get bored, they can be destructive.

Is Old English Sheepdog the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Old English Sheepdog will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They need to be taken on a daily walk, jog or run on a safe area. They could adapt to any circumstances but will do best with at least an average-sized yard. This breed needs a gentle and consistent handling during training. The Old English Sheepdog gets on exceptionally well with other animals, dogs and children. Even visitors will be warmly welcome, although they have a strong herding instinct and may try to herd children or other house pets.

Old English Sheepdog Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Old English Sheepdog is around 10-12 years.

Old English Sheepdog Health problems

The Old English Sheepdog is a relatively healthy breed. The major concern associated with them is CHD (Canine hip dysplasia). They can also be prone to gastric Torsion, IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), hip dysplasia, cataracts, glaucoma, hypothyroidism, deafness, diabetes, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), allergies and skin problems.

Old English Sheepdog Care and Grooming

The Old English Sheepdog needs brushing or combing every other day to avoid mat. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Keep inside of its ears clean and remove dirt and hair to avoid infections. Trimming the long protective hair over an adult sheepdog's eyes must be avoided, as they become accustomed to the filtered sunlight and it can be damaging to the eyes.

Old English Sheepdog Shedding

The Old English Sheepdog is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.