The following evaluation is based on our relationship with our dogs. When we arrived at the farm we wanted a dog, but not just any dog. We were looking for one that would guard our farm animals, which would be a good family dog, not too allergenic, that would not bark for no reason and, importantly, that would not eat our chickens. Our choice was therefore stopped on the Old English Sheepdog.
Historically the Old English Sheepdog was a sheepdog that kept the flocks. The tail was cut to avoid heavy bleeding in fights with other dogs or predators, hence its nickname Bobtail. This practice, which has now become mainly aesthetic, continues to this day in many breeders. We have both, with and without tail and we prefer with. It must be said that a dog expresses a lot with his tail and that without it the expression of the dog seems to be brimmed.
Our Old English Sheepdogs are working dogs and they have mainly one master of which they are very obedient. The best reward is to be told that they are good dogs. Conversely, they are sad when they are reprimanded. They are very dedicated and want to please their master. In the absence of the master, they normally obey other members of the family. It is a dog that likes to control and direct other animals. In a family with children, it is very important that the dog knows is rank as he might be tempted to control them.
He is a sheepdog and looking to guard his environment. He can guard all kinds of animals and he will love his “pack”, including rabbits and chickens. In fact, he loves all beings that are introduced to him. On the other hand, it can be difficult to enter one’s territory when one is not invited and introduced. For example, birds are not welcome here.
It’s a dog that can look like homebody and lazy, at least that was our perception. It’s quite the opposite. He has a lot of energy, he is strong and powerful and also very agile. He may also have a clown temperament. Like all dogs, he will need exercise, discipline and ultimately love. Applied in this order and his education will be easier. To be careful with children and the elderly. He is a big dog and he is not always careful in his movements. Another peculiarity is that he tends to hide his food and / or toys and will also tend to dig when he is bored.
In terms of grooming, it’s a breed that requires maintenance. A weekly brushing is the ideal to avoid that its wool felt. Get him used to this routine at a young age so the task will become a reward and will allow you to spend quality time with your pet. We shear our dogs every spring, at the same time as our alpacas. For the eyes, we make them cuts regularly because their view becomes obstructed, which makes them more nervous. In winter, you should pay attention to its legs because ice tends to form between his toes because of the hair.
The Old English Sheepdog is not a dog that can suit everyone, although for us he is the best dog in the world.
Life expectancy: a dozen years
Weight: Female: 27 to 36 kg, Male: 32 to 45 kg
Size: Female: 51 to 56 cm, Male: 56 to 61 cm
Gestation: 63 days