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Olde English Sheepdog: Breed Characteristics, Care & Exercise Needs

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About Old English Sheepdog

Country of Origin, History of Old English Sheepdogs

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 blankets.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

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 Color

Coat colors for the Bobtail are blue, gray, blue gray or blue merle with varying amounts of white markings.

Coat Type

Old English Sheepdog has a profuse shaggy coarse outer coat with a soft downy undercoat.

Height: 20 to 24 inches

Weight: 60 to 100 lbs

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Old English Sheepdog Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

Old English Sheepdog Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

Bobs are active, fun loving pets. They need extensive daily exercise throughout their lives.

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 many years.


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.

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Health and Care

Genetic Problems

Watch for cataracts in the OES. They are also prone to hip dysplasia.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

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.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs:

US – Old English Sheepdog Club of America –

British – Old English Sheepdog Club of UK


Rescue link:

Group: AKC Herding, KCGB Pastoral Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 72

Also Known As: Bobtail, OES, Bob.

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