Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog originating in England, small in size and known for its distinctive woolly coat, historically bred for herding sheep.

General details

According to breed standards, their weight can vary between 27 and 45 kilograms for males, and between 23 and 36 kilograms for females. In terms of height, males measure around 61 to 66 centimeters at the withers, while females have a height of approximately 56 to 61 centimeters. According to the classification of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the Old English Shepherd Dog belongs to Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs). Its life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years.

Breed history in brief

The Old English Shepherd Dog, also known as the Bobtail, has a history dating back centuries to the rural areas of England. Its exact origin is uncertain, but it is believed to be descended from Central European sheepdogs and native British dogs. It was developed to work in the breeding and protection of sheep in the countryside. Over the years, the Bobtail has played an important role in rural life, being appreciated for its ability to drive, protect and guard the flock. Its distinctive appearance, with its rich, shaggy coat and docked tail, also made it popular as a show dog and pet.

Breed characteristics

The Bobtail is a square, strong and symmetrical dog. Its head is broad and rounded, with dark, expressive eyes and drooping ears. Years ago, the usual custom was to amputate the tail, although these dogs can also be born naturally tailless (hence the name bobtail). The most notable feature of this breed is its dense, shaggy coat, which covers its entire body, including its face and eyes, giving it a shaggy, fluffy appearance. The coat can be of different colors, such as gray, blue-gray, white and merle, and often has spots on the face and body. The Bobtail's coat requires regular grooming and frequent brushing to prevent tangling and knots. They are energetic, playful dogs that require regular exercise and mental stimulation. In addition, they are docile dogs, although they are also brave and bold. They make excellent family companions, as they are loyal and trustworthy.

Common health problems

The Old English Shepherd Dog breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip and elbow dysplasia, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, hypothyroidism, cerebellar ataxia and epilepsy.

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