Old English Sheepdog is a fantastic dog that wins everyone who sees him only once. Imposes a specific and irreplaceable way.
Old English Sheepdog is a shepherd originating in western England. It is believed that his ancestors were Russian Shepherd or a Bearded Collie. In the 19th century they were used to keep the herd at fairs or at the same time to defend them from the wolves. Because of sliced tail, were nicknamed Bobtail.
For the first time participating in exhibitions in the late 19th and early 20th century. The American Kennel Club has recognized Old English Sheepdog breed for the first time in 1905. Popularity of the breed grew slowly and were popularized in the seventies. It is very prevalent in England, especially in the south and in Scotland.
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APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Old English Sheepdog is very powerful, compact dog with great symmetry. It has a muscular, strong body and an intelligent look. The natural look can not be changed by scissoring. It has a distinctive rectangular structure.
It belongs to the group of large dogs that their physical development ends in 15 months.
Males reach a height of 24 inches, while females can reach a height of 22 inches.
HEAD: proportional to body size, broad and square.
EYES: set wide, dark or blue.
EARS: small, worn close to the head.
TEETH: strong teeth, large, level, scissor bite.
NOSE: big, black, wide nostrils.
NECK: fairly long, strong, slightly arched.
BODY: Short, compact, with well-sprung ribs, deep, strong chest.
FRONT LEGS: perfectly straight, strong bones, broad, rounded and muscular.
REAR LEGS: strong, broad, muscular, expressed his knees.
FEET: small, round, compressed, collected and hard pads.
TAIL: docked or naturally short, set on low, covered with profuse hair.
HAIR: thick, coarse, curly, should not be curly, no leaks.
COLOR: body and rear legs in a single color, head, neck, front legs and abdomen white. All shades of gray, blue or gray hair.
CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Old English Sheepdog is obedient to the stable nature. It is very affectionate with no signs of nervousness, aggression or behavioral instability. He is known for his deep barking. It is very expensive and intelligent. It is characterized by compassion but you should know that is a very temperamental dog with a strong sense of independence.
He is always ready to listen to the command. It is important to start training at an early stage of growing up. When dressing requires a lot of patience and attention. Request and everyday activity. With adequate training, Old English Sheepdog can become an excellent family dog.
Its nice gait, like a bear, contributed to the rapid popularity. He became a real pet of a family.
ADAPTATION AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE
Old English Sheepdog is very attached to the family, good to the children and is very sociable. Therefore, he will not mind living with larger families with an active social life. It is characterized by adaptability to all conditions of life.
Old English Sheepdog requires a lot of space to move around and running because it is very active. It’s always in the mood to play and walk. Especially likes long walks in the country, outings, playing with the ball or with other dogs.
Very well adjusted to urban living conditions, but under the condition that it is closely linked with its owner. Then he is gentle and loyal.
They can live outdoors in temperate to cold climates.
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HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Old English Sheepdog has a very long and thick hair, so brushing and regular maintenance is essential. The food that the dog eats should be the needs of large breed puppies. After 15 months can eat food for adult dogs.
Regularly need to be controlled hips, eyes and ears.
The lifespan of race Old English Sheepdog is from 10 to 12 years.