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Old English Sheepdog

CHildren's madness (other names: Bobtail, OES, Bob)

Old English Sheepdog
origin:Great Britain
date origin:19th century
life expectancy:12 to 13 years
classification:Working Group
height:56 to 60 cm
weight:30 to 30 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

Despite being not that old or not that English, the name Old English Sheepdog as stuck to this herding dog. In fact, Sheepdog is what is more closely related to this breed history.

Being developed in the 18th century, in West England Country, the ancestors of this breed aren´t consensual. Some state that the Old English Sheepdog is a mix between the Barbone and the Deerhound, others defend that the Briard and the Bergamasco are the ones behind it. Even so, the most accepted theory is that this breed is closely related to the Scotch Bearded Collie and or the Russian Owtchar. In fact, when this breed was first shown in England, in 1873, it was introduced as a variety of the Collie.

The history of the Old English Sheepdog is closely related to the sheep´s life. He was used as a "drover's dog" that was the responsible for driving the sheep and cattle to the markets. This status affected it´s appearance, since these working dogs were tax exempt, and the way to prove they weren´t show ring dogs was to dock their tails, hence the name Bobtail. In parallel, they were also used as herders, tasks that doens´t seem to be affected by his lack of tail. The Bobtail´s hair was sheared, along with the sheep´s wool, by the farmers' wives to make worn clothing.

The popularity was this dog fletched in England in1961 when he appeared in a television commercial of the paint manufacturer “Dulux Paint”. The campaign was so successful that this dog became known in some areas of the country as the “Dulox Dog”.

Nowadays the Bobtail is usually used for companionship more than for herding or driving the cattle. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Bobtail lives up to it´s appearance. It’s a funny, lovable dog, very good with children and other animals. However, once a herder, always a herder, and although very intelligent he can be quite stubborn at times and may very well try to command his family as he once did with sheep.

They are very protective of their family but they are very sociable dogs that get along with strangers. If he senses danger, usually an “auf” is enough to stop the intruder, since his deep voice can frighten anyone.

They are a very active breed, even indoor, so it´s advisable that they have a yard to play in. They mature very late, which makes him the perfect playground buddy. They love to run and do require a lot of exercise. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

The shaggy coat that covers this dog is what makes him so adorable. His coat is profuse and can be of any shade of gray or blue and may have white markings. The hair is long, curl free, but not straight. As a double coated dog, he can resist very well to extreme weather conditions. The waterproof coat covers even the eyes of these dogs, which has raise the question of how is this dog able to see.

A strong, compact, square, balanced dog, the Bobtail´s height varies between 65 and 61 cm and his weight is set between 29,5 to 30,5 Kg.

As for the topline, this breed stands lower at the withers than at the loin, which is considered an important feature in the Bobtail.

As a herder his bark it´s extremely important and it should be loud and low-pitched.  
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Health [ edit ]

A major concern for this breed is Hip dysplasia. Being a fairly healthy dog some attention must be paid to Wobbler syndrome, Hereditary Cataract and Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Thyroid disorders and deafness.

Grooming needs a lot of care, since they are heavy shedders. Specially attention must be paid when puppies shed their adolescent coats, because the old coat can´t become matted with the new one. If the grooming is neglected the only solution it to cut off the hair, which it´s not an advisable situation. Only the hair between the pads or the feet should be trimmed.

Like other breeds that have long coats, in their walks they can pick up dirt with the hair and then dispose it inside the house. 
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

Being quite popular, this breed as a few famous dogs of it´s kind:

  • Reverend Lovejoy, from the animated series The Simpsons, has an Old English Sheepdog;
  • Martha, was the name of Paul McCartney´s Bobtail;
  • Max from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid;
  • Barkley from the popular children TV Show Sesame Street.
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11.03
lesleypops said:
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