A loving, funny, friendly, smart, loyal breed, the Old English Sheepdog makes for an exceptional family dog. Being a natural herder, they may try to herd people and should be taught early on that this is a negative behavior. They need firm, but gentle leadership in order to be properly socialized and should be made to understand that they are lower on the totem-pole than any person. These are very strong-willed dogs, and if they believe that they are stronger of mind than someone else, they will not take direction from them and may even try to boss them around. This should be broken early on. .