Old English Sheepdog
|Old English Sheepdog
Pair of Old English Sheepdogs
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 1 Section 1 #16
||Group 5 (Working Dogs)
||Group 7 - Herding Dogs
||Herding Dog Breeds
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
An Old English Sheepdog is a
dog formerly used for
and now primarily kept as a
pet. They are best
known for their shaggy grey and white
fur which also covers
their face, including their eyes, which leads some casual observers to wonder
how they can see.
Males generally weigh 70 to 100 pounds although some can get up to 100 pounds
(45 kg); females, 60 to 80 pounds. They stand around 22 inches at the
Their long coats can be any shade of gray, grizzle, blue, or blue
merle, with optional white markings. The
is water resistant. The Old English Sheepdog's abundant coat is an effective
insulator in both hot and cold weather.
This breed is intelligent, funny, social, and adaptable. It generally gets
along well with children, other dogs, other pets, and visitors. Like all herding
breeds, it requires plenty of exercise, both mental and physical.
The long coat requires thorough brushing at least weekly, and the long hair
around the pads of the feet can form mats if it isn't kept trimmed.
Some people save their Old English Sheepdog's shed hairs at
moulting and have
- Alfie from
- Ambrosius and Merlin from
- Edison from
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- Farley, the first dog of the Patterson family in the
For Better or For Worse. Modeled after
Lynn Johnston's own dog of the same breed who in turn was named after
- Hobo from
Please Don't Eat The Daisies
- Martha, sheepdog belonging to
Paul McCartney (featured in the song "Martha,
- Max from
The Little Mermaid
- Nana from Hook
- Sam from
Cats & Dogs
- Sam Sheepdog from the
Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf
Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Shag from
- The Shaggy Dog from
The Shaggy Dog,
The Shaggy D.A., and
The Shaggy Dog Returns
- Tiny, pet of FDR
- The English Sheepdog (real name: Wolfie) from
101 Dalmatians, both the animated and live-action versions.
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