The profuse, shaggy coat requires diligent grooming.
The OES is an athletic animal, filled with clownish energy, and therefore requires regular exercise or a job to do. Although affectionate with his family, he may try to herd people or other objects. If the coat is of the correct texture, the breed should not be any more difficult to groom than other long-haired dogs, provided a dog is introduced to it early.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
If the coat is of the correct texture, the breed should not be any more difficult to groom than other long-haired dogs, provided a dog is introduced to it early. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Exercising within a fenced area is most desirable and, of course, the safest area for your pet. These lovable souls move with a bear-like shuffle, but don’t be deceived. OES are famed for their nimbleness and regular exercise is a must. Equally famous are their fine housedog qualities: watchfulness, courage, kindliness, and all that “brain power.” Great with kids, OES are patient, protective playmates who might enjoy herding their “flock” around the yard. As with any large, full-coated dogs, time must be made for consistent grooming. OES are level-headed watchdogs known for their loud, ringing bark.
Old English Sheepdog &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease, auto-immune thyroiditis and hip dysplasia. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Old English Sheepdog are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an OES can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.