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Old English Sheepdog



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Old English Sheepdog

Sentinel Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog
Sentinel Old English Sheepdogs

In spite of his name, the Old English Sheepdog is a relative newcomer to England, being known there for about 200 years. He descends from various European herding dogs and excels in herding and driving sheep to market. 

The Old English Sheepdog is a true working dog. His coat was usually sheared, just like the sheep he herded (so he had no trouble seeing!). To identify him as a worker and thus exempt his owner from taxes, this dog had his tail docked. This led to him being referred to as "the Bobtail". 

The Old English Sheepdog stands at least 22 inches tall at the shoulder. His coat completely covers him from head to tail and is long, and shaggy, with no curl. The undercoat is waterproof. The coat is harsh to the touch and may be any shade of grey, blue, blue merle, or grizzle, all with or without white markings. Regular brushing and combing is important to keep the coat matt-free.

Puppies are born jet black and white. Their fur fades out to the grey and white of an adult over time.

The Old English Sheepdog is protective of his family, dependable, and loyal. He is fun-loving and agile and gets along well with children, other dogs, other pets, and visitors. As with any dog, he needs early socialization and training to develop good manners, particularly as he can sometimes be quite stubborn. 

The Old English enjoys playing the clown, especially for children! His herding instinct coupled with his attachment to children has even earned him the nickname "the babysitter" or "Nanny". He always seems to have one eye open around young children. This may surprise people who think he can't see through all that hair all over his face. 

Bred to herd, the Old English Sheepdog is born to work and needs lots of exercise and a safe area to run off leash. 


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Did you know?

Paul McCartney
wrote his song
"Martha, My Dear"
about his Old English
Sheepdog, Martha.




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