English Shepherd

USD $800-$1000 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 298
Origin England
Other Names Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie)
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1000
How much does it cost to buy a English Shepherd?
English Shepherd are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $800 to $1000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most English Shepherds can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 45-60 pounds (21-28 kg),
Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Height 18-23 inches (46-58 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Herding, Stock Guarding, Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin 17th Century
Ancestry Collie-type

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Fluffy, Silky
Coat Colors Black, Brindle, Brown, Sable, Tan, Tricolor, White, Yellow
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Pied, Sable, Silver, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Curly
Recommended Brushes Comb, Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Adaptable, Alert, Brave, Courageous, Daring, Energetic, Friendly, Independent, Intelligent, Playful, Respondent, Responsive, Sportive, Vigilant
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
Health Problems Collie Eye Anomaly, Drug Sensitivity, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
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 Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 120 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the English Shepherd have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-8 puppies, average 6 (Once a year.)


The English Shepherd is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in England. It is a versatile working dog, used for herding, hunting, and guarding livestock. The English Shepherd has a strong work ethic and is loyal to its owners. This breed is known for its intelligence and trainability, making it an ideal companion for active families.

Appearance: The English Shepherd has a muscular body with a broad chest and strong legs. Its coat can be short or long, with colors ranging from black to white to red or tan. The ears are usually erect and the tail is usually docked short.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of an English Shepherd is between 10-14 years when properly cared for.
Size: An adult male English Shepherd typically stands between 18-22 inches tall at the shoulder while females are slightly smaller at 16-20 inches tall at the shoulder.
Weight: Males typically weigh between 40-60 pounds while females weigh between 30-50 pounds on average.
Colors: Common colors include black, white, red, tan or any combination of these colors with white markings on the face or chest being common as well as brindle patterns in some cases.
Personality: The English Shepherd is an intelligent breed that loves to please its owners and will do whatever it takes to make them happy! They are loyal companions who thrive on human interaction and love spending time with their family members both indoors and outdoors! They have an independent streak but still enjoy being part of the pack when given proper training and socialization from an early age!
Friendliness: The English Shepherd gets along well with other dogs as well as cats if they are raised together from puppyhood but may be wary of strangers due to their protective nature towards their family members so early socialization is important! They also get along great with children if they are raised around them from puppyhood but may be too energetic for very young children so supervision should always be present when interacting with small kids!
Temperament: This breed has a calm yet alert temperament which makes them great watchdogs without being overly aggressive towards strangers or other animals in most cases! They have high energy levels which need to be channeled into activities such as running, playing fetch or going on long walks/hikes in order to keep them mentally stimulated throughout the day!
Health: Generally speaking this breed does not suffer from any major health issues however like all breeds they can suffer from hip dysplasia if not bred responsibly so always make sure you purchase your pup from a reputable breeder who health tests their breeding stock before selling puppies! Additionally regular vet checkups should also be done throughout your pup’s life in order to catch any potential health issues before they become serious problems down the line!
Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets :The English Shepherd adapts well to different environments provided that they receive enough exercise each day which makes them great pets for active families who enjoy spending time outdoors together doing activities such as hiking or running around parks/fields etc… Additionally this breed loves human interaction so if you’re looking for a loyal companion who will always greet you at the door then this could definitely be the right choice for you!


The English Shepherd is a medium-sized herding dog that was once common on farms in the United States. The breed is descended from the Old English Sheepdog, which was brought to America by English immigrants in the early 1800s. The English Shepherd was used for herding sheep and cattle, as well as guarding the farmstead. The breed nearly became extinct in the early 1900s due to the popularity of other herding dogs, such as the Border Collie and Australian Shepherd. However, a few dedicated breeders kept the English Shepherd alive, and today the breed is once again gaining popularity as a working dog and companion animal.

The English Shepherd is a versatile breed that can excel at a variety of tasks. They are natural herders and make excellent livestock guardians. They are also intelligent and trainable, making them good candidates for obedience, agility, and other dog sports. In addition to their working ability, English Shepherds are loyal and affectionate companions. They are good with children and other pets, and make excellent family dogs.

The English Shepherd is recognized by a number of kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC). The AKC first recognized the breed in 1909 under the name "Old-fashioned Sheepdog", but changed the name to "English Shepherd" in 2015. The UKC recognized the breed in 2006 under its original name of "Old-fashioned Sheepdog".