Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail)

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Old English Sheepdog is one of the most ancient breeds in England. There is not much information about the past of this dog. According to some historians, the Border Collie was part of the creation of the Bobtail. Other people have speculated that the Russian Shepherd is one of the distant ancestors of this breed.

Very first specimen was shown at an exhibition in 1873. Shortly thereafter, these dogs were imported into the US, where they became pets in a number of wealthy families. In the 20th century their popularity increased and today it continues to be famous in dog shows around the world. The Old English Sheepdog Club of the United States was founded in 1904 and the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club a year later.

Physical characteristics

This is a big dog that can be recognized by its thick and long hair, usually grayish-white in color. The ears are hanging low. Sometimes the queue is short at birth. Old English Sheepdog becomes higher than the withers to the buttocks. It has a characteristic gait, which includes a rounded back when walking, like the bears. The tail of the dogs of this breed has long hair, low set and hanging down in most cases.

Height at the withers was not less than 61 cm (24 inches), the females are slightly smaller than males. The body is short and compact. Standard weight is not officially recognized, but normally dogs of this breed weigh not more than 46 kg.

The color of the double coat can be a shade of gray, blue or blue Merlot, as is mandatory and white parts. The undercoat is waterproof. Puppies are born with black and white fur, which changes in a gray or silver and increases its volume.

Character and behavior

The Old English Sheepdog resembles a bear. It has a typical movement of the body, which includes a round back during the walk.

There are many breeds of shepherd dogs, but only the Bobtail combines the qualities like endurance, strength, natural prudence adaptability to changing climatic conditions and the required response in extreme situations. Old English Sheepdog is tied very much to the people and therefore should not be deprived of their company and love.

Training and education

This is a very intelligent animal, easy to train and obedient. Use only positive methods and soon you will have a perfect companion that will execute your every command without hesitation.

Health problems

According to a recent research, the Old English Sheepdog has a life expectancy of about 8-9 years. Common diseases are hip displaziya, eye problems, cataracts, glaucoma, entropion, thyroid problems and others. Cancer is a major cause of death in these dogs. They are threatened by overheating in the summer because of the thick and long hair.

Grooming and care

The long shaggy coat of these dogs requires thorough brushing at least once a week, which can take 1-2 hours. Without regular care the long hair will start to tangle, which will cause its pollution by dust, moisture, urine and feces.

Combing should be carried out, starting from the base of the hair, to prevent splicing. Some people prefer to cut a part of the coat of the Old English Sheepdog. However, if you want to show your dog in dog competitions and exhibitions, you must keep their fur.

Generally, these dogs love large and open spaces, so it is recommended to grow them in rural areas and in houses with large yards.

Children and other pets

This is a calm and kind animal that gets along perfectly with both kids and animals.

Interesting facts

In fact, this type of Shepherds may have the most nicknames. In many places they are called "dogs Duluks" as they are best known as the "face" of world famous brand for paints "Duluks." In 1961 appeared the first Bobtail star in an advertising campaign of the brand. Its name was Shepton Dash and it was a part of the industry for 8 years.

In 1995, the Old English Sheepdog was ranked 55th among dog lover and puppies for sale were sought after by many celebrities in England.