This is Ralphie...
Just Plain Ralphie. After almost 8 years, we again have an Old
English Sheepdog as our store's representative. Ralphie was born deaf, is known
for his shenanigans and achieved a champion trick dog title with no special
considerations before the age of 1. From time to time we'll share this goofy dog with
Bumble's Trinket Boxes celebrated a
beloved dog named Bumble... Bumbles Bounce But Can They Fly. We were
only allowed to love him for 4 brief years due to a fatal defect. He
will forever be missed.
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 100 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
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:
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.
||Old English Sheepdog
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.
Search your area for an Old English Sheepdog in need of a new home.
||American Kennel Club
||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
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.