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 OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
Description Temperament Height and Weight Health Problems
Ideal Living Conditions Exercise Life Expectancy Litter Size
Grooming Origin Group Color
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Description
The thick and plentiful coat of the Old English Sheepdog is probably the breedтАЩs most distinct feature. The coat has two layers. While the outer layer is thick and somewhat shaggy, the bottom layer is close to the skin. The structure of the breedтАЩs body is visible through the coat. It is somewhat compressed in size. The breed has an elongated neck that extends to a straight back. The tail should be docked. It has a moderate size head that is comparable in size to the rest of the body. It has definite stop. The ears are average size and lie flat against its head. The eyes are covered with fur.
Temperament
The Old English Sheepdog has a double coat that is most profuse at the neck, front legs, and hocks. Its coat is average in length and smooth. The breed is a large breed, but its body is short from the back to the hocks. Its front and back legs are very straight. Its head is somewhat triangular in shape. The ears are set high and fold down against its face. The neck is moderately long and angles to a straight back. The tail is well plumed and lies close to the body.
Height and Weight
The Old English Sheepdog is about 22-24 inches tall and weighs an average of 66 pounds.
Health Problems
The Old English Sheepdog is not associated with any serious health problems. Since the breed is a large breed it may develop hip dysplasia. In addition, the breed's coat may also makes it more susceptible to skin irritations if it stays in extreme heat for a significant amount of time.
Ideal Living Conditions
The Old English Sheepdog is most suitable for outdoor living conditions. The breed will do fine in a backyard that has a well-built fence.
Exercise
The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed, but it is very energetic. The breed doesn't have a significant requirement for exercise, but will appreciate a daily opportunity for physical exercise.
Life Expectancy
The Old English Sheepdog lives an average of 12-13 years.
Litter Size
The Old English Sheepdog has an average of 5-8 puppies.
Grooming
It is important to groom the coat of the Old English Sheepdog on a regular basis. Combing and or brushing the breedтАЩs coat will help to prevent the fur from matting, which could lead to a trip to the groomer. If the coat needs clipping, the services of a professional groomer are recommended.
Origin
The exact breeds used to develop the Old English Sheepdog is unknown. What is certain is tat it orig
Group
Herding
Color
The coat of the Old English Sheepdog is typically a grayish color. The coat may also be solid blue or a blend of blue, gray, and black.
Breed Clubs
Old English Sheepdog Club of America http://www.oldenglishsheepdogclubofamerica.org Old English Sheepdog Club of Scotland http://www.oesclubofscotland.co.uk Old English Sheepdog Club Nederland http://www.oldenglisheepdog.nlBelgian Old English Sheepdog Club http://www.boesc.be
Breed Rescues
Texas Old English Sheepdog Rescue http://www.geocities.com/texasoesrescueOld English Sheepdog Rescue of Southern California http://www.oesrescue.com New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc. http://www.neoesr.org Lone Star Old English Sheepdog Rescue http://pages.prodigy.net/jwmcd42/rescue/lsoesr.htm Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Colorado http://www.oesrescueofcolorado.org
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