Old English Sheepdogs
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The Old English Sheepdog is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: More than 22 inches.
Weight: 70 to 90 pounds.
Females – Height: More than 21 inches.
Weight: 60 to 80 pounds.
Old English Sheepdogs are commonly:
–gray –grizzle –blue merle
–blue –they sometimes have white markings
Old English Sheepdogs are the consummate professionals. They enjoy working and they do it well, completing any task that is asked of them with quiet diligence. When they’re off the job, they demonstrate a lively sense of humor, and they are very affectionate to their families.
A medium-energy breed, Old English Sheepdogs need daily exercise.
They enjoy long walks and hearty outdoor play sessions.
- Old English Sheepdogs have distinctive, shaggy double coats that protect the dogs from all sorts of weather.
- Their undercoats are waterproof. They are considered a high-maintenance grooming breed.
- Their coats are prone to tangles and must be combed out every other day. Their top-line is higher at the loin than at the withers.
10 to 12 years
The most common health concern for Old English Sheepdogs is canine hip dysplasia. Gastric torsion, otitis externa, retinal detachment, cataracts and deafness are less common but still occur within the breed.
Old English Sheepdogs have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
Old English Sheepdogs are terrific family pets. They protect the children of their families as though they were guarding a flock. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other pets.
- Old English Sheepdogs were bred out of a desire to protect herds and flocks from the wolves of western England.
- The breed is very popular in pop culture. Just a few of the most famous fictional Old English Sheepdogs include Farley from the comic strip For Better or For Worse, Max in The Little Mermaid, Barkley on Sesame Street and Elwood in The Shaggy D.A.
- Stubby, an American Staffordshire Terrier who served as a sergeant in the military, was the most decorated dog during World War I.