Old English Sheepdog Breed

Old English Sheepdogs

Old English Sheepdog

The origin of the Old English Sheepdog can be traced back to the early 19th century. There are differing ideas, however, as to the real background. There is a Gainsborough painting dating back to 1771 which shows a dog that looks very much to be an Old English Sheepdog. This picture is the earliest of any item that may have depicted this breed.

The Old English Sheepdog was probably first developed in the west of England. It is thought by some that the Scotch Bearded Collie was a great part of this dogs background. Others claim one of it's ancestors was the Russian Owcthar.
We do know that in the early eighteenth century there is written proof about a drover's dog used for driving sheep and cattle to the markets of the cities.
This was the long haired dog with a docked tail which gave proof to it's occupation.

The Old English Sheepdog is a great house dog who will stay close to home. He is not given to fighting and is extremely agile. He's intelligent, affectionate, but not boisterous. A pronounced characteristic of this dog is his gait, he resembles a bear.

A strong, compact looking dog. As long as he is tall, but not leggy. Very hairy with a loud bark.

Height- 22 inches and upwards for dogs and slightly less for bitches. 

Training Information

Old English Sheepdog Club of America, Inc. (M)

Corres. Secretary, Allene Black, 220 Elm Street., Enfield, CT 06082 gwynedd@tiac.net

Breeder Contact, Ms. Joan Long, 5704 Greenwood, Shawnee, KS 66216, (913) 631-5614, longhome@gvi.net  


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