Old English Sheepdogs thrive as family dogs and are great playmates for older
children. They are too big and bouncy for households with toddlers or frail, elderly
These dogs need active owners who love to go for long walks and have plenty of
time for training. This dog is not ideal for people who are out all day as they thrive
on company and will be miserable if left alone for long periods of time. Old English
Sheepdogs usually get along well with other pets, however, small pets are always in
danger of getting squashed!
The old English Sheepdog was developed in the late nineteenth
century as a herder and livestock guardian. They are large, strong
dogs with square proportions. They are 21 inches in height (some
may be taller), weigh 60 to 100 pounds and live 10 to 12 years.
These boisterous, hairy dogs are good natured and playful. They
require a lot of maintenance and need a lot of physical and mental
Old English Sheepdogs require a LOT of grooming! They need to
be brushed for at least three to four HOURS per week. If their hair
is not combed out frequently, it mats into lumps that can be very
difficult to remove. Professional grooming is highly recommended
for this breed.