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Old English Sheepdog

Origin: Great Britian

AKC Group: Herding

Height: 21 - 25 inches (Male)

Weight: 60 - 90 pounds (Male)

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Old English Sheepdogs originated in England, where they used to drive sheep and cattle. They are loving and peaceful and usually friendly with strangers, children and other pets. Because they are so large, they need lots of space for daily exercise.

The Old English Sheepdog is a herding dog. Herding dogs were originally bred to control the movement of sheep and cattle. While some breeds still work the farmlands, others are used for search and rescue, and narcotics detection. When kept as pets, these dogs often try to "herd" their owners by nipping at their heels.

Great Britian
Male height: 
21 - 25 inches
Male weight: 
60 - 90 pounds
Long and shaggy with a dense undercoat. Brush or comb at least every other day. Tail and ears hang down.
Gray, blue, grizzle or blue-gray, usually with white markings. Eyes are usually dark, but blue in blue dogs. Nose is black.
Special considerations: 
The Old English Sheepdog has been exploited by many unreputable breeders, so you have to be very careful. A poorly bred Old English might be aggressive or hyperactive.
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