Cumberland Sheepdog

Unavailable Price Avg.




Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 494
Origin England
Other Names Cumberland Shepherd
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Large
Weight 40-55 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Height 18-22 inches (45-55 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Herding
Date of Origin 1870
Ancestry Unknown

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Feathered
Coat Colors Black & White, Brown & White, Fawn, Merle
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown, Hazel, Blue, Amber, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Blue, Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue Merle, Red Merle, Red, Sable, Tan, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Double-Coated
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, undercoat rake, mat comb, nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Energetic, Intelligent, Playful, Sportive
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $10-$15
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Cumberland Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-9 puppies (Once a year.)


The Cumberland Sheepdog is a medium-sized herding dog that originated in the United Kingdom. It is a strong, agile, and intelligent breed that is known for its loyalty and protective nature. The Cumberland Sheepdog has a unique appearance with its long, shaggy coat and pointed ears. It has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years and can reach up to 22 inches in height and weigh up to 55 pounds. The breed comes in a variety of colors including black, white, gray, brown, red, blue merle, sable merle, brindle merle, and tricolor.

The Cumberland Sheepdog is an active breed that loves to work hard but also enjoys spending time with its family. They are loyal companions who are eager to please their owners and will do anything they can to make them happy. They are intelligent dogs who learn quickly but may be stubborn at times if not properly trained or socialized from an early age.

The Cumberland Sheepdog is friendly with other dogs as well as children and other animals when properly socialized from an early age. They have a strong protective instinct which makes them excellent guard dogs but they should never be aggressive towards people or animals unless provoked or threatened by danger.

The temperament of the Cumberland Sheepdog is alert yet gentle; they are very loyal companions who love spending time with their families but can also be independent when needed. They have high energy levels so it’s important for them to get plenty of exercise every day in order for them to stay healthy both physically and mentally.

The health of the Cumberland Sheepdog is generally good although some may suffer from hip dysplasia or eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Regular vet checkups are recommended in order to keep your dog healthy throughout its life span.

The adaptability level of the Cumberland Sheepdog is high; they do well in both rural areas as well as urban environments provided they get enough exercise every day such as long walks or runs outdoors on a regular basis. The benefits of having this breed as a pet include their intelligence which makes them easy to train; their loyalty which makes them great companions; their protective nature which makes them excellent guard dogs; their agility which allows them participate in various activities such as agility competitions; and lastly their loving personalities which make them great family pets!


The Cumberland Sheepdog is a breed of herding dog that originated in the county of Cumberland in England. The breed is also known as the Cumberland Collie, Cumberland Blue Merle, or simply the Cumberland. The Cumberland Sheepdog was once a common sight in the English countryside, but by the early twentieth century the breed had become extinct. In recent years, however, the breed has been revived and is now gaining in popularity.

The exact ancestry of the Cumberland Sheepdog is unknown, but it is thought to be descended from the Scottish Border Collie and other herding dogs brought to England by Roman invaders. The breed was used for centuries to herd sheep and cattle in the English countryside. By the nineteenth century, however, changes in agricultural practices led to a decline in demand for herding dogs. At the same time, new breeds of dogs were being imported into England from other countries, and these foreign breeds began to displace the native herding dogs.

The last known litter of Cumberland Sheepdogs was born in 1901, and by the early twentieth century the breed had become extinct. In recent years, however, there has been a renewed interest in reviving extinct dog breeds. In 2009, a group of enthusiasts founded the Cumberland Sheepdog Club with the goal of bringing back the breed. The club has been successful in finding suitable breeding stock and has managed to produce several litters of puppies. The Cumberland Sheepdog is still rare, but it is slowly gaining popularity as a companion dog and working dog.