AKC PuppyFinder: Old English Sheepdog Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Adaptable, smart, gentle; OES are famous for their sweet, agreeable nature
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A mellow housedog, but the OES is a big, agile dog who likes exploring, long walks, and a good gallop
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 22 inches & up (male), 21 inches & up (female)
  • Weight: 60-100 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Old English Sheepdog derives from several non-English breeds, isn't a particularly old breed, and is a cattle drover, not a sheep herder, so it's unclear where the name came from. However, with his 'shaggy' profuse coat, he's one of the most recognizable of dogs. These are strong athletes who thrive on exercise and a job to do. They do well in obedience, agility and herding activities and love a good romp. Their herding instinct is strong and they may try to herd kids, family and friends. With plenty of exercise, both mental and physical, your Old English Sheepdog puppy will grow up to be an affectionate, playful family companion: sweet, smart, protective and patient.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1888

Breed History & Job Description: An authority notes that Old English Sheepdogs, creatures of the late 1700s, aren’t particularly old by canine standards. And they aren’t fully English; OES component breeds include dogs of European and Russian ancestry. And they aren’t even sheepdogs: They were bred as cattle drovers who helped move stock from pasture to market. A more accurate breed name might be the Relatively New Somewhat English Cow-Moving Dog. But who’d want a pet with an awful name like that?

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Old English Sheepdogs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease, auto-immune thyroiditis and hip dysplasia. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Old English Sheepdogs are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
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