Description: Sometimes called Old English Sheepdogs, dogs of this breed are intelligent with considerable adaptability, amiable, social, not particularly alert and boisterous. This breed is uncomplicated in nature and loves to be a part of the family.
Height: Female 21 inches, Male 22 inches
Colors: Has shades of gray, grizzle, blue or blue merle with or without white markings or in reverse.
Coat: Has a good hard texture, not straight, but shaggy and free from curl. Softness or flatness of coat to be considered a fault. The undercoat is a waterproof pile when not removed by grooming or season. Ears coated moderately. The whole skull well covered with hair. The neck well coated with hair. The forelegs well coated all around.
Temperament: Intelligent, affectionate, obedient and shy.
With Children: Yes
With Pets: Yes
Care and Training: They require basic training and obedience training should be encouraged. The coat has to be properly maintained by having a good quality steel pin brush, coarse steel comb, soft slicker brush, nail clippers, a good pair of trimming scissors, and a hemostat (to remove the hair from inside the ears).
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, Hereditary Cataract and Progressive Retinal Atrophy which are eye conditions.
Country of Origin: England
History: The English Sheepdog traces back in the early nineteenth century in the Southwestern countries of England, with a primarily use of driving sheep and cattle to the market.
First REgistered by the AKC: 1990