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Old English Sheepdog

Size: Large

Weight: 65 - 80 lbs.

Height: 21" - 25"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Owners must have ability to meet the breeds high exercise and grooming needs. Breed-related health problems include hip dysplasia; cataracts; progressive retinal atrophy; cervical vertebral instability; bloat; deafness.

Origin: England (1800s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Old English Sheepdog is a herding dog that needs long daily play sessions and walks. The breed is best suited to a home with a yard.

Grooming Needs

The Old English Sheepdog needs extensive daily grooming in order to look its best. If neglected even for a short time, the shaggy coat will mat and / or accumulate debris.


The Old English Sheepdog is a gentle, well-mannered, fun-loving family dog. However, early socialization and training is needed. The breed thrives on human companionship. Although protective of its household, the Old English Sheepdog interacts well with strangers. Without proper attention, this breed can become unmanageable and stubborn.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children. Thrives on human companionship.

Dog Food for Your Old English Sheepdog

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support 6 lb. Front Counter

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.