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Understanding and Training an Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is a stubborn, but very biddable breed given its history of purposeful hard work. Training and controlling a Sheepdog requires firm and very patient handling that does not include any jerking around, as they will eventually respond, and will become moody if treated without respect.

This is a playful & social breed that can get restless is confined too much. Therefore, it is also important to include plenty of mental & physical exercise to keep the dog in a well balanced frame of mind.

Bold, faithful & affectionate, the Old English is an adaptable dog. A perfect companion for an active & confident owner who is willing to indulge the playfully, bumptious side of the breed from time to time.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Old English Sheepdog

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 66 lbs (30 kg); 56 - 61 cm
  • General Temperament: Active & Faithful
  • General Description: Stubborn, but biddable, a well balanced Sheepdog is well exercised, well trained with outlets for good-natured play.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training       x  
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

The Old English Sheepdog originated in England in the 1800's. The breed was used to drive (herd) sheep and cattle to market, and being that such drover dogs were tax-exempt, their tails were docked as proof of their occupation.


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