November Dog of the Month – Old English Sheepdog

Dog Dental CareIt’s time! Our blog for our Dog of Month is about the Old English Sheepdog. These big babies are not only super snuggly, but also incredibly smart!


It’s somewhat unclear where the Old English Sheepdog originated from. There is some evidence that this breed originated in the southwestern counties of England sometime in the early 19th century. It may owe its origins to the Scottish Bearded Collie or the Russian Owtchar, or some other breed altogether. In the suspected beginnings of this breed, there are some writings describing a dog that was used to drive cattle and sheep to market. (


The Old English Sheepdog became popular in the late 1880’s when they came to the United States with a Pittsburgh industrialist named W. Wade. By the 1900’s, the breed was owned, exhibited, and bred by only five wealthy U.S. families. Up to the late 1950’s, the Old English Sheepdog still had their status as primarily a rich man’s dog, but by the 1960’s the breed had moved from being a status symbol to any family’s pet. (


Dog Dental CleaningThe Old English Sheepdog is very playful! They live for playing with their families and that playfulness continues no matter how old they are. They are intelligent, quick learners, and always looking for something interesting and fun to do. They are capable of performing numerous tasks, including herding, agility, obedience, and search and rescue. (


Old English Sheepdog’s need lots of physical and mental exercise. They don’t particularly like being left alone for long periods of time and they need the company of their family. They are good-natured and sweet puppies, and this is what makes them a super family dog. However, they are not generally known for being assertive watchdogs. They may bark when strangers come around or they might not. Some Old English Sheepdogs are highly protective, while others aren’t. (

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One thing this breed is absolutely known for, is their big hair! Big, shaggy and thick hair that isn’t curly or straight, just poofy. It’s extra voluminous because they are double coated, textured outer coat and soft undercoat. And this glorious coat can be multiple different colors, but generally they always have the adorable white fluff to pair it with. Colors include gray, grizzle, blue or blue merle, brown, and fawn.



Old English Sheepdog’s are a generally healthy breed. But just like any other breed, they can be predisposed to certain health conditions, primarily once they get into their senior years. Some of these are: deafness, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and cataracts.


Every little pupper needs a good home and a loving fur-ever family. There are quite a few rescue organizations for the Old English Sheepdog. One is called the Old English Sheepdog and Owners club of Canada! You can follow this link to check it out! (

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We love all fur-babies and we are happy to share with you our November Dog of the Month! Stay tuned for the next one!

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