Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Pastoral (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 27-46, Female: 27-45
Height: Male: 21-24, Female: 21-23
Origin of Name: The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed of dog that emerged in England from early types of herding dog.
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The Old English Sheepdog, like the Bulldog and the Collie, is actually one of the iconic dogs of the British Isles. Bobettles, as the breed is often known, were most likely to develop in the counties of Devon and Somerset and the Duchy of Cornwall in the west of England.
The name Old English Sheepdog is of some misnomer. As a creature of the late 1700s, OES is not particularly outdated by canine standards. By blood, they do not fully English; Possible OES component breeds include dogs of Scotch, European and Russian ancestry. And, technically, they don't even do the sheepfoot: The OES were primarily employed as disputes that took over the dusty country roads, from pasture to city markets. In Germany, around the same time, the Rotwiler was building a reputation similar to a butcher's dog. In some pastures, shepherds will clad the OES blue-gray and white coats once a year and use clippings to make yarn for clothing.
His full coat, with independent and powerful moves and a warm personality, shows well in the OES ring. He was present at the beginning of the game. Stockmen have been exhibiting their OES since 1865 in England. The AKC registered its first OES in 1888, and in 1914 the breed made its first appearance in the winner's circle at the Westminster Kennel Club.
Their looks and intelligence make OES a natural actor, seeing good effects in Disney's The Shaggy Dog and The Shaggy D.A. The most famous real-life OES was Paul McCartney's Martha, which inspired the Beatles song Martha My Dear.