“The Old English Sheepdog is the archetypical shaggy dog, famous for his profuse coat and peak-a-boo hairdo, a distinctive bear-like gait, and a mellow, agreeable nature.” AKC.org
Our dogs are all American Kennel Club (AKC) registered and health tested to ensure the highest quality, great temperaments, and loving family members.
Paisley & Piper are our females, and we strive to breed responsibly, to ensure healthy and happy Mom’s and pups.
Click Here for the AKC Site and More OESD Information
All About the Old English Sheepdog
- Maximum Height: 24 inches at shoulder (females); 26 inches at shoulder (males)
- Weight: females approx. 50 – 70 lbs; males approx. 50 – 80 lbs
- Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years (in other words – this is a big commitment!)
- Personality: Our dogs are gentle, calm but lively, alert & interested, friendly & lovable. They love to rest their heads in my lap or lie at my feet. They are happy to have some outside time to run around but really prefer being with “their people” to anything else. In short, they are a joy.
- Noise Level: below average. My Sheepdogs bark for a reason, such as someone coming to the door, an exciting game of let’s chase each other around the yard. They do not bark for no reason. In other words –no nuisance barking, which I find pretty incredible.
- Trainability: High intelligence and an eagerness to please makes them fairly easy to train. My dogs understand a lot of phrases and are happy to comply. For example, If I say, “bedtime” or “kennel up,” they run into their boxes. They would make great agility course dogs since they enjoy a job and pleasing their owner. At this time there are Sheepdogs being trained as companion dogs and even as therapy dogs.
- Grooming: The OESD does not shed but needs regular brushing to maintain a long coat, which is soft and usually wavy. Please understand that the word “shed” means to lose the entire coat at once, as in the expression, “shedding her winter coat.” In that sense, it is correct that they do not shed. They can however drop some hair around the house. Frequent brushing to remove loose hair is one way to prevent this and to also prevent matting. Another alternative is to keep a short, practical length of an inch and a half. In the spring, we shave our dogs, and often clip them every 3 months. Not only does it look super cute, but they also stay cool in the summer and carry in a lot less dirt. The coat grows back in time to protect from the cold in winter.