First introduced in Britain in 1873, the old English sheep dog was primarily meant for hard work. Though earlier defamed as fierce and unfaithful, the modern breeds of these dogs are lovable and gentle. Also named bobtail, due to the absence of tail by birth, these dogs were initially used for herding livestock. Widely used for agricultural purposes during the 19th century, they are believed to have excellent skills in watch dogging, retrieving and herding.
This breed has a square built, well-balanced muscular body. It also has a square head, profusely covered with hair. Bobtails have small round feet, flat ears and blue or brown eyes. The thick and dense insulated coat of this breed come in shades of blue, gray, blue gray or blue merle. White markings are also common on the coat.
Black/White, Grey/White, Grey, White markings, Black markings
Old English Sheep dog is a social breed and is easily adaptable. It has a playful nature and hence gets along well with kids. Intelligence, faithfulness, and an innate herding instinct are the most commonly found traits in this breed. They are even-tempered and very good at understanding instructions.
Old English sheep dogs are prone to skin diseases plagued by parasites. They have a normal life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Hip dysplasia and cataract are the most common diseases found in this breed. Another reported disease is IMHA [Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia].
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR