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May 31, 2008 - August 27, 2012

Old English Sheepdogs make fabulous companions for individuals and families with matching personalities and lifestyles.  If you want a dog that is low maintenance and self-sufficient, this most likely is NOT a dog for you.  When bred properly, they are an intelligent, loving, silly and sometimes boisterous breed.  We have several OESs from varying backgrounds... rescue, hobby breeder and show breeder... each is unique and truly special in their own way. 

Most Old English Sheepdogs require daily interaction with their owners and family- they are not a dog that does well left tied in the backyard.  They are a herding breed so these traits are instilled in the dog.  They need to be trained to curb their nipping and other herding behaviors early on.  Some OESs have done well with young children who have been taught to respect dogs and properly interact with them.  Some are best matched with older children or just adults.

This breed requires A LOT of grooming... 2-3 hours once or twice a week if in "full coat", depending upon the dog's level of activity.  But they can also be clipped into a shorter puppy-cut or shaved down making the hair much easier to manage.  Before purchasing a puppy or adopting an Old English Sheepdog from rescue, discuss who will do the grooming, learn what tools are required to do the job right and also check locally for fees from a professional groomer.   

Please research this breed thoroughly so you're prepared to take on the 10-14 year responsibility of owning an Old English Sheepdog.  Understand the health conditions that affect this breed- autoimmune diseases, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, PRA, allergies, etc.  And if you have small children, you need to make the commitment to train the puppy and your children beginning the day you bring a puppy into your home.   Behavior that's cute and funny in a 15 pound puppy may be downright dangerous in a dog weighing 60 to 110 pounds. Proven good temperament and good health should be a top priority in your next dog. This said, they are one of the most endearing breeds... for the right people.

To learn more about Old English Sheepdogs, we recommend visiting following addresses-
Canine Health Information Center
If buying an Old English Sheepdog, learn what health clearances to consider- thyroid, hips and eyes are minimums for OESs to be issued a CHIC number. However note that, "The CHIC number itself does not imply normal test results, only that all the required breed specific tests were performed and the results made publicly available."  Source: http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/chicinfo.html
http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=SD
Orthopedic Foundation For Animals
Research health ratings of the parents BEFORE purchasing to determine whether the breeder has taken the important steps to pre-test both parents to prove good health and an independent third party (like the OFA) has evaluated these results.
http://www.offa.org
Old English Sheepdog Rescues
Find a great companion... consider adopting a homeless OES or simply fostering one for rescue to see if this breed is right for you.  You can find a list of Old English Sheepdog rescues by visiting the address below. 
http://neoesr.org/oes-nat.htm
Petfinder
Search your area for an Old English Sheepdog in need of a new home.
http://www.Petfinder.com
American Kennel Club
http://www.akc.org/breeds/old_english_sheepdog
Old English Sheepdog Club of America
The national breed club is a good place to start your search and educate yourself before buying an Old English Sheepdog. 
Remember that this is a companion you'll hopefully be sharing your life, home and family with for many years.  It's well worth your investment of time and money to carefully research health and breeding practices.  Please do your homework if buying an OES or instead choose to adopt a homeless Old English Sheepdog in need of a loving lifetime home. 

 

 

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