Old English Sheepdog

Other name: Bobtail

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Life expectancy

The Old English Sheepdog has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 22 and 24 in
Male Between 24 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 77 and 88 lb
Male Between 77 and 88 lb
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Purchase price

The Old English Sheepdog costs between £890 and £1100

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More details about the Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog: Origins and history

They are a breed with ancient origins: they most probably come from the same old Asian Sheepdog that gave birth to the Berger de la Brie (Briard) in France, the Shepherd of Bergamo in Italy and the Komondor in Hungary. The Bobtail was selected for the first time at the time of the Hundred Years War and the Briard is undoubtedly part of their genealogy.

FCI classification of the Old English Sheepdog

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Old English Sheepdog

Considered as not a very docile breed, the Old English Sheepdog’s training can be complicated if it hasn’t started as soon as the puppy arrived home and if the owner’s attitude isn’t firm and consistent. Walks on a lead and socialisation are the key points to work on with this sometimes overly enthusiastic dog.

Old English Sheepdog: Purchase price

The price of an Old English Sheepdog varies according to origin, age and sex. A pedigree can cost up to £890 and the best bloodlines can be sold for up to £1,100.

Regarding the average budget needed to meet the needs of a dog this size, it costs around £43 a month.

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