Non-sporting Breeds

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 22 in (56cm) Bitch: 21 in (53.5cm)
Weight: 66 lb (29.5kg) minimum
Coat: Profuse but not excessive, and a good, harsh texture
Color: Any shade of gray, grizzle, or blue

The Old English Sheepdog has been in existence in Britain for centuries. It is believed to have been developed through the crossing of the Briard with the Russian Owtcharka, which in turn is related to the Hungarian sheepdogs. In the past it was used as a drovers dog and for defending flocks of sheep. In the early 18th century in Britain, drovers dogs were exempt from taxes, and their tails were docked as a means of identification, hence its nickname Bobtail. The Old English Sheepdog is a kindly dog that gets on well with people, children, and other animals. However, it is fairly large, heavy, and exuberant, and must be given sufficient space and be adequately exercised. Bobtails are popular show dogs but require many hours of grooming.
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