Energy Level:Somewhat Active; A mellow housedog, but the OES is a big, agile dog who likes exploring, long walks, and a good gallop
Nicknames: OES; Bobtail
Meet the Old English Sheepdog
Say “shaggy dog” and this is the breed most people think of first. Beneath the profuse double coat is a square, muscular, big-boned dog standing 21 or 22 inches at the shoulder. Their eyes (when you can see them) are dark brown, or blue, or sometimes one of each; the nose is big and black. The OES breed standard tells us the skull is “capacious and rather squarely formed, giving plenty of room for brain power.”
What's Their Story?
An authority notes that Old English Sheepdogs, creatures of the late 1700s, aren’t particularly old by canine standards. And they aren’t fully English; OES component breeds include dogs of European and Russian ancestry. And they aren’t even sheepdogs: They were bred as cattle drovers who helped move stock from pasture to market. A more accurate breed name might be the Relatively New Somewhat English Cow-Moving Dog. But who’d want a pet with an awful name like that?
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.