Old English Sheepdog

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Old English Sheepdog overview

The Old English Sheepdog originated in Great Britain for use as a sheep herder as the name suggests. They are good with children, suitable for the urban environment and a good guard dog, the breed does not like hot climates and hard shaggy coat requires regular daily grooming.

Old English Sheepdogs require a lot of exercise, and early training is necessary to control their boisterous nature and demands for affection. 

Other known names for Old English Sheepdog

Bob-tail, OES

Old English Sheepdog foreign names

Antiguo perro pastor inglés (Spanish)


United Kingdom

Breed Group

Pastoral Group

Biological data

Male: 65 lbs.
29 kg.
Female: 60 lbs.
27 kg.
Male: 61 cm.
22 inches.
Female: 56 cm.
21 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Any shade of grey, grizzle or blue.
Body and hindquaters of solid colour with or without white socks. White patches in the solid area to be discouraged.
Head, neck, forequarters and underbelly to be white with or without markings.
Any shade of brown undesirable.
Any shade of grey, grizzle or blue, or blue merle, with or without white markings, or in reverse.

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Old English Sheepdog – Breed standard

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Old English Sheepdog references and further reading

Old English Sheepdog Club of America 
Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network
The Old English Sheepdog Club
The Old English Sheepdog Club of Scotland
Midland OES Club

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AP-GARBIE - undocked Old English Sheepdog
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson