Old English Sheepdog

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 9in - 1ft 10in
Weight: 60-100lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Old English Sheepdog Information

Old English SheepdogDeveloped in England in the early 19th century, the Old English Sheepdog aided shepherds in the field, bring agility, obedience and intelligence to a difficult role. His distinctive coat, thick and shaggy to protect against the elements, can be gray, grizzle or blue with or without white markings.

If you’re thinking about welcoming an Old English Sheepdog into your home, get ready for energy and enthusiasm in the best possible way. The breed is smart, sweet and affectionate and known for their even temperament.

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Breed FAQs

Can Old English Sheepdogs be apartment dogs?

Old English Sheepdogs aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Old English Sheepdogs be left alone?

Old English Sheepdogs don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Old English Sheepdogs good with kids?

Old English Sheepdogs can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Old English Sheepdogs friendly with strangers?

Typically, Old English Sheepdogs are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Old English Sheepdogs get along with other dogs?

Although Old English Sheepdogs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Old English Sheepdogs bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Old English Sheepdogs bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Old English Sheepdogs shed a lot?

Old English Sheepdogs shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Old English Sheepdogs need a lot of grooming?

Although Old English Sheepdogs require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Old English Sheepdogs need a lot of exercise?

A Old English Sheepdog will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Old English Sheepdogs easy to train?

Although Old English Sheepdogs can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Old English Sheepdogs handle cold weather?

Old English Sheepdogs do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Old English Sheepdogs handle hot weather?

Although Old English Sheepdogs can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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