Dog Breed profiles
Old English Sheepdog Breed Profile
Old English Sheepdog fact file
KC Group: pastoral
Good with children?: yes recommended
Exercise requirement: lots
Good guard dogs?: would bark
Moulting level: low
Jogging partner: short runs
The Old English Sheepdog is an intelligent playful breed. The dog's comical appearance sometimes distracts from its bright and adaptable nature. As their main function is as a herding dog, they require a large amount of exercise. In addition to their herding abilities they also make excellent family pets, generally getting on well with children, strangers and other dogs alike.
Old English Sheepdog Character
This breed is intelligent and needs a strong willed trainer to ensure that no undesirable traits are allowed to creep in. The Old English is however, keen to please their handlers. Special attention must be paid whilst in the early stages of training, not to allow any boisterous traits to become established.
Old English Sheepdog Size
Dog ranges from 61-71cm tall and weighs around 36-46kg. The bitch is about 56-66cm tall and ranges from 30-40kg.
Old English Sheepdog Health
: Hip Dysplasia is quite a common problem with this breed. Wobbler syndrome can also be common, usually between the ages of 3-12 months. If left untreated this can develop into total quadriplegia. Deafness can be found in some cases. Ensure that any coat/skin problems are dealt with quickly, as the thickness of the coat can make it difficult to treat once established.
Old English Sheepdog Special Care
Owning an Old English sheepdog involves a serious commitment to grooming and one should not be bought on without a serious consideration.
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