Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is like a giant teddy bear that came to life. Their coats are really soft and cuddly. Aside from being soft and plush-feeling, the Old English Sheepdog is a big dog with a rather short and compact body. The Old English Sheepdog also has a bobbed tail that is close to the body. This was like an emblem that showed it was a herding and working dog.

The breed was developed in the 19th century in England as a herding dog. Some say that the Bearded Collie was mixed with other working dogs to create the Old English Sheepdog. In 1904, the Old English Sheepdog Club of America was founded, and in 1905, the AKC recognized the breed.

The breed is a high maintenance pooch, so you really have to be up for it. Like it was mentioned, the Old English Sheepdog is a herding pooch. So apartment living is certainly not an option. If you have a farm, you can actually get an Old English Sheepdog to herd your cattle. This breed has a high energy level, and needs daily exercise in a large yard. This breed has a few health issues such as hip dysplasia, deafness, cataracts, eye disorders, and hypothyroidism. However, the health problems are the least of your concerns when compared to how much grooming this breed needs. Brush the coat a few times each week to prevent this long coat from matting and/or tangling. This breed is a very nice pooch and makes a great family pet. However, you may want to monitor small children. They need to understand that this dog isn't meant to be climbed all over on. Training this pooch is really easy, as they are happy and eager to please.

Overall, if you want a fun and loving breed with lots of character and spunk, the Old English Sheepdog could be the right breed for you!

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