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