Old English Sheepdog Breed Profile
Among the endearing traits of the Old English Sheepdog is that they are gentle, loving, a teddy bear, friendly, intelligent, faithful, protective, loves to herd and can be strong willed.
This breed of dog is excellent with children and with family. They may try to herd small children by bumping them--not by nipping at them.
Lifespan and Weight
The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 10 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 60 to 100 lbs.
The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with the Old English Sheepdog include but are not limited to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.
Housebreaking and Shedding
Housebreaking is not recommended for this breed of dog because they like the outdoors. They need their exercise! Shedding is extremely heavy--brush daily.
Best Owner Compatibility
Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. These dogs need their exercise!
Where to Buy
The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.
The average cost for this breed of dog is around $800 or more each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.
This breed of dog is very protective. They will try to herd small children by bumping them--NOT by nipping at them.
This breed of dog makes for a good guard dog and watchdog.
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