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Old English Sheepdog


The Old English Sheepdog originated in the west of England where they were used to herd sheep. 

Old English sheepdogs at first glance appear to be all hair! The eyes and the whole dog seem to be buried under a profuse, shaggy, straight, long coat. This breed needs regular grooming to look good. 

The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed and needs a big yard for exercise. 

They are good with children, friendly, good-natured, and trainable. 

They are often nicknamed "Bobtails."

Dulux, England, chose the Old English Sheepdog to star in their advertisements because they look so warm and friendly. A well-groomed dog looks good against a well-groomed and freshly painted house! Every tin of Dulux paint in South Africa carries a picture of Max the Old English Sheepdog. There are five other Old English Sheepdogs who star in Dulux ads on TV, magazines and billboards.

Height at shoulder: Males 61 cms, females 56 centimeters. 

Colour: grey, grizzle, or bluish, with white markings.     

Class: Herding 

old English sheepdog on grooming table, eyes hidden by long hair

shaggy sheepdog Old English Sheepdog named "Posh" owned by Jackie Mackenzie. Photo by Paul Greenway, Grahamstown dog show, South Africa

Old English sheepdog, brushed for a show.

The Old English Sheepdog is not to be confused with the Bearded Collie. The dog on the left is Posh, AKA Ch Crown Jewel Aus Dem Elbe Urstromtal, imported from Belgium by J. L. MacKenzie. The dog on the right is a bearded collie.



The hidden eyes of the Old English Sheepdog reminded me of a verse in the Bible - God says, "I will hide my eyes from you... take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!" Isaiah chapter 1 verse 15

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