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Old English Sheepdog

A comprehensive guide to Old English Sheepdogs.

Life Expectancy
typically 10+ years
Long length with heavy shedding

Old English Sheepdogs are large, moderately active dogs originating from England where they were first bred for herding. Their long, double coats can be wavy or straight and are usually a combination of grey, white, or black in colour.  

From digging and chasing, to playing and snoozing. Natural dog behaviours aren’t breed-specific. But with each pooch comes their own loveable quirks, as well as some important things to consider.  

If you’re thinking about giving an Old English Sheepdog a forever home, here are some key facts that might help your decision. 

Caring for Old English Sheepdogs

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Old English Sheepdog.

Health issues

Before giving an Old English Sheepdog a forever home, consider any possible health issues. Not every dog experiences them, but it’s important to be prepared.

For more advice on potential health issues for Old En...

How much food does a Old English Sheepdog need?

There is no set amount for how much food your Old English Sheepdog needs. This depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

The information on dog f...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Old English Sheepdog need?

Old English Sheepdogs are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to expl...

How much grooming does a Old English Sheepdog need?

Old English Sheepdogs shed heavily. Introduce handling and grooming slowly and in a positive way. This will help your pooch feel more comfortable with it. Grooming is more enjoyable for everyone if your dog feels rela...

What size crate do you need for a Old English Sheepdog?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Old English Sheepdog training and behaviour

Even if you think you know about Old English Sheepdogs, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

What’s the temperament of a Old English Sheepdog?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Old English Sheepdog temperament is different.

As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the wor...

Are Old English Sheepdogs easy to train?

Any dog can be taught new tricks, whatever their breed. It’s all about positive learning. Find out what motivates your dog, whether that’s treats, toys or praise. You can use this as a reward throughout training to ma...

Are Old English Sheepdogs good with children?

Every dog has a different personality shaped by their life experiences. They develop likes and dislikes as they grow, and react differently to situations.

However, some ways of respecting and behaving safely aro...

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