Old English Sheepdog Dog Breed

The Old English Sheepdog was developed in western England about 150 years ago to assist in driving cattle to market.


The Old English Sheepdog is a devoted household pet who is intelligent, sociable, and equally at home in a little or big home. He makes a great playmate for kids thanks to his calm demeanour and patience.

He is an energetic, athletic dog who needs daily exercise or a job. Because of their reputation as trustworthy watchdogs, one of these can serve as a family guardian.


The Old English Sheepdog, a canine belonging to the herding family, may resemble a shaggy, lumbering bear. But a powerful, surprisingly nimble figure lies beneath that big double coat.

His eyes, which can be either dark blue, brown, or one of each colour, are hidden beneath the long hair that typically covers most of his face.


10 to 12 years

Colour Collection

White is combined with one other colour, such as blue, blue grey, blue merle, grey, or grizzle, to create the coat of the Old English Sheepdog.

Hair fall

The luscious double coat of the Old English Sheepdog sheds occasionally and needs to be brushed to the skin once a week or more, and more frequently while he is shedding. Puppy clips can make grooming pets dogs easier.


Even though Old English Sheepdogs are a hardy breed, they can still be at risk for diseases like hip dysplasia, some eye problems (PRA and inherited cataracts), autoimmune thyroiditis, cardiac defects, and genetic deafness. Responsible breeders will screen for these potential concerns.

Breed History

The Old English Sheepdog is regarded as a symbol of the British Isles, just like his contemporaries the Bulldog and Collie. Most likely, Cornwall in the west of England is where the breed first appeared.

Despite having “English” in its name, the pedigree of this breed is much more complicated because it may have ancestors in breeds from Scotland, Europe, and Russia.

Since 1865, when stockmen in England began showing their dogs, the OES has been a mainstay in the show ring. The breed debuted as a Westminster Kennel Club champion in 1914 after being officially recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1888.


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