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Old English Sheepdog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Giant
Weight: from 65 pounds
Height: 22 - 24 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an Old English Sheepdog, Dog Breed Guide


Old English Sheepdog became so popular in three consecutive decades starting from the ’50s through to the 70’s decade. The main reason is that this dog breed was often featured on movies during these years! This popularity declined when people realized that the Old English Sheepdogs are high maintenance pets when it comes to activity needs and grooming requirements!

Official Name

Old English Sheepdog
This dog breed is also called as the Bobtail, Bob or simply by its acronym, OES.


Date – Precise date of origin is unknown
Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Herding

Recognized By:

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Old English Sheepdog breed is a herder and has been known to be a herding dog since the late 19th century. These sheepdogs also display impressive livestock guardian skills. Dog experts believe that this particular breed is linked to the Russian Ovcharkas and the Bearded Collies. When tax laws on working dogs were implemented in England, farmers docked the tails of their Old English Sheepdog and declared them as companions to avoid paying taxes!


The Old English Sheepdog an active breed that is highly spirited. Their high spirits do not make them aggressive. These are one of the friendliest dog breeds known today. They are good when around children, other dogs as well as other animals. Their high intelligence and adaptability makes them highly trainable and excellent house pets.

Bred For

The ODS dog breed was developed by English farmers who wanted an agile, intelligent and well-coordinated livestock herder. These dogs were also used as cattle drivers.


The Old English Sheepdog should be good apartment pets provided that their owners sufficiently satisfy their energy needs. They are dogs that are known to thrive in homes with an average-sized yard.


The Old English Sheepdog is a breed that shed hair in small amounts. These dogs have waterproof undercoats that should be attended to regularly to avoid parasites.


The Old English Sheepdog was bred to be a natural worker that is obedient and quick to learn! This makes them highly trainable.


This particular dog breed is known to be prone and at high risks acquiring medical conditions such as auto-immune disorders, eye problems, OCD, ataxia, epilepsy and also hip dysplasia.


Old English Sheepdogs enjoys running! They should be taken jogging or running every day!