Old English Sheepdog Dog Breed Information

  • Size:Large
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:Medium/High
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walks
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 70-90; Female: 60-80 lbs
  • Height:Male: 22; Female: 21 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any shade of gray, grizzle, blue, blue merles with or without white markings

Old English Sheepdog Coat

The Old English Sheepdog has a rather long double coat. Outer coat should be coarse and harsh, sometimes wiry, while the undercoat should be soft, downy and wavy. Coat should be fluffy, yet not too, giving the dog the appearance of being overweight.

Old English Sheepdog Character

Even-tempered and faithful, the Old English Sheepdog has quite a presence about him. Excellent in a family environment, this breed does regularly bump, or sometimes push trying to herd the family. This trait can be trained out of this breed, however it is usually harmless. Great child's companion, and a wonderful teddy bear like appearance.

Old English Sheepdog Temperament

An intelligent breed displaying no signs of aggression or shyness, the Old English Sheepdog is ideal for the home life. With an even disposition, this breed does very well in a herding or working environment. Natural herding instincts are present and would do exceptionally well in country life. Protective and sweet makes this the perfect household companion, and protector of family.

Old English Sheepdog Care

Coat of this breed must be brushed down to the undercoat to prevent tangles or matting. Brushing and combing regularly will keep the coat soft and tangle free. The Old English Sheepdog is a heavy shedder during warmer seasons which makes clipping this breed ideal if not being used for show. Trimming is necessary.

Old English Sheepdog Activity

The Old English Sheepdog does best with a medium sized yard, however if given regular opportunities to exercise, no yard would be fine. This breed loves a long brisk walk, or a nice run as they were originally bred for working. Proper water must always be available as this breed has a long coat and can become heated quickly.

Old English Sheepdog Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Old English Sheepdog is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes cataracts, glaucoma, entropion, thyroid problems, deafness, diabetes, HD, PRA, allergies, skin problems, and heatstroke in full coated dogs. The parents of the Old English Sheepdog puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.