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Old English Sheepdogs

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
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Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdogs

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Average Height & Weight

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.

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Old English Sheepdog


Typical Coloring

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.




Activity Level

A medium-energy breed, Old English Sheepdogs need daily exercise.

They enjoy long walks and hearty outdoor play sessions.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

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.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Old English Sheepdogs have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.



Old English Sheepdog


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

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.




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