Be prepared for energy and enthusiasm. Begin teaching your companion to retrieve a ball or toy. This becomes a rewarding experience for you and your Old English Sheepdog, plus a lovely sight to see with his/her hair ʺblowing in the wind.ʺ Be careful not to over-exercise your young dog. Bone growth continues to take place up to about fifteen months, and injuries to joints and hips can occur. Their inherent herding instinct sometimes tells them to herd movingʺobjects,ʺ including cars, bikes, and other wheeled articles. Being struck by a car is one of the top killers of the breed. Your pup's herding ability should be closely supervised around small children. Toddlers can easily be toppled and nipped in the leg or behind by your dog while displaying his love for life! Your dog and small children should always be supervised when together. Remember, this fuzzy puppy grows quickly from a 15 pound to a 70 pound dog in a matter of months. Basic obedience training is a must! The earlier you begin the better! 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.
Did You Know?
The Old English Sheepdog Club of America was founded in 1904, and the breed received AKC recognition the following year.
The profuse coat of the Old English is never excessive, and contrary to popular belief, it is no harder to care for such a coat than it is to care for any other long coat.
In all probability, the Old English Sheepdog was developed in the west of England, in the counties of Devon and Somerset and the Duchy of Cornwall.
The Old English Sheepdog is featured in Disney's The Little Mermaid, as Prince Eric's faithful companion.
The Old English Sheepdog first emerged at the beginning of the 18th century as a "drover's dog," used largely for driving sheep and cattle into the markets of the metropolis.
A marked characteristic of the Old English Sheepdog is its gait, which is quite like the shuffle of a bear.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Blue & White||045|
|Blue Gray & White||049|
|Blue Merle & White||051|
|Gray & White||105|
|Grizzle & White||111|
|Black & White||019|
|Brown & White||063|
|Fawn & White||086|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|