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Olde English Sheepdog: Breed Characteristics, Care & Exercise Needs
Group: AKC Herding, KCGB Pastoral
AKC Ranking: 71
Also Known As: Bobtail, OES, Bob
About Old English Sheepdog
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The English Sheepdog’s
origin is uncertain. However, they became
very popular in England’s west country
as farmers used them for herding cattle and
sheep. Bobtails may be a cross between English
and Russian or Baltic breeds.
Farmers often sheared their
Bobtails along with their sheep every spring
and used the hair to make warm clothing and
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A General Appearance of
The Old English Sheepdog is a
large, shaggy-coated, muscular dog with no, or very
short, tail. A big, lovable teddy-bear type of dog,
the Old English Sheepdog is stocky and muscular.
The large square head includes a large black nose
with eyes of brown or blue, or one of each. One
often wonders how the Old English Sheepdog can see
through the coat that covers the eyes and the rest
of the body. Bobtails have a smooth, easy rolling
gait reminding one of a small bear as they move.
Coat colors for the Bobtail are
blue, gray, blue gray or blue merle with varying
amounts of white markings.
Old English Sheepdog has a profuse
shaggy coarse outer coat with a soft downy undercoat.
Height: 20 to
Weight: 60 to
Temperament of the Dog
Bobtails are friendly, family
oriented, gentle and fun-loving. They love to be
the center of attention. The Old English Sheepdog
will feel protective of its family and may sound
an alert if strangers approach, but they are not
aggressive. Old English Sheepdogs love children
and may attempt to herd small children by bumping
them. Bobtails are intelligent, love to play and
make an excellent family pet.
They are good-natured and seem
to have a sense of humor. They are very enthusiastic
and happy. They are so smart they anticipate your
commands and “outwit” you. They can
also outwit their owners.
Thorough socializing and firm
obedience training is necessary with this breed.
The Old English Sheepdog loves
his home and family. As a family dog, they stick
close to home and may even become ‘couch potatoes’
as they get older if not encouraged to play and
be active. They seem young for many years and then
suddenly seem old and go downhill fairly quickly
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
These dogs want to live inside
with the family but are active, needing very active
daily exercise. They best with a medium sized fenced
yard. Bobtails can do fine in apartments with daily
exercise. They will play fairly actively even when
Are they suited to homes
Old English Sheepdogs love children
and do well with families. The Bobtail, if socialized
and obedience trained properly, makes a great family
dog and gets along well with other pets, strangers
and their children.
How Active is the Breed?
Bobs are active, fun loving pets.
They need extensive daily exercise throughout their
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Daily exercise is required and
the Old English Sheepdog loves a good walk, run
or jog. These dogs will stay young and active for
Old English Sheepdogs require
a lot of grooming. Their coat will require thorough
brushing at least 3 times per week. The hair around
their eyes and rear end will need to be trimmed
regularly. Mats or tangles will need to be teased
out or cut out regularly. Old English Sheepdogs
were often shorn along with the sheep.
The Old English Sheepdog sheds
its entire coat twice a year – spring and
fall. Extra brushing or professional grooming will
be needed at these times.
Watch for cataracts in the OES.
They are also prone to hip dysplasia.
Breeding the Dog and any
As with any breeding, it is essential
to work with an experienced breeder to breed your
Old English Sheepdog.
Life Span: The
average life span for an Old English Sheepdog is
10 to 12 years.
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National Breed Clubs:
US – Old English Sheepdog
Club of America – www.oldenglishsheepdogclubofamerica.org
British – Old English Sheepdog
Club of UK
Other Recognition: CKC,
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI,
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