Old English Sheepdog

USD $1200-$1500 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 70
Origin England
Other Names Bobtail, OES
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1200-$1500
How much does a Old English Sheepdog cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $1200 to $1500 on your Old English Sheepdog if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Old English Sheepdog from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg),
Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm),
Female: 20-22 inches (51 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Herding breed. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Purpose sheep herding
Date of Origin 1800s
Ancestry Russian owtchar, Scottish bearded collie

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Double, Shaggy, Waterproof
Coat Colors Blue, Gray, Grizzle, Merle, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Blue, Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Blue, Brown, Fawn, Gray, White
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Adaptable, Bubbly, Defensive, Funny, Intelligent, Loving, Playful, Protective, Sociable, 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
Health Problems Allergies, Cataracts, Deafness, Diabetes, Entropion, Heat Intolerance, Hip Dysplasia
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 6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 40 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost $39.00 - $52.00


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


The Old English Sheepdog is a large, shaggy-coated breed of dog that originated in England. They are known for their friendly and loyal personalities, as well as their distinctive appearance. The Old English Sheepdog has a long history of being used as a herding and guard dog, but today they are primarily kept as companion animals.

Appearance: The Old English Sheepdog has a thick double coat that is usually gray or blue-gray in color with white markings on the face, chest, legs, and tail. They have long ears that hang down to the sides of their head and dark eyes with an alert expression. Their bodies are muscular and strong with short legs and a deep chest.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of an Old English Sheepdog is 10 to 12 years.
Size: The average size for an adult male Old English Sheepdog is 22 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder while females tend to be slightly smaller at 20 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder.
Weight: Adult males typically weigh between 65 and 80 pounds while females weigh between 55 and 70 pounds.
Colors: Common colors for this breed include gray or blue-gray with white markings on the face, chest, legs, and tail.
Personality: The Old English Sheepdog is known for its friendly personality; they are loyal companions who love spending time with their families. They can be protective of their owners but are not aggressive towards strangers or other animals unless provoked or threatened in some way. They enjoy playing games such as fetch or tug-of-war but can also be content just lounging around the house all day if given enough exercise during walks or playtime outside each day.
Friendliness: This breed tends to get along well with other dogs if properly socialized from an early age; however they may try to herd them if given the chance! They also do well around children when raised together from puppyhood; however it’s important to supervise any interactions between young children and large dogs like this one just in case things get too rough! As far as other animals go, they may bark at cats or small animals due to their herding instincts but should not cause any harm unless provoked by these creatures first!
Temperament: The temperament of this breed can vary depending on how much exercise they receive each day; without enough physical activity they may become bored which could lead them into trouble such as chewing furniture or barking excessively! However when given enough exercise each day these dogs tend to be calm yet alert which makes them great watchdogs who will bark when someone approaches your home but won’t become overly aggressive towards strangers once you let them inside your home again after greeting them properly first!
Health: Generally speaking this breed is considered healthy overall; however there are some health issues that can affect certain individuals such as hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint does not form correctly), eye problems (such as cataracts), skin allergies (which can cause itching), ear infections (due to excess wax buildup) ,and bloat (a condition where gas builds up in the stomach). It’s important for owners of this breed to take preventative measures such as regular vet checkups so any potential health issues can be caught early before becoming more serious problems later on down the road!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets : This breed does best in homes where there is plenty of space both indoors and outdoors so they have room for running around during playtime sessions each day; however due to their size it’s important that owners provide plenty of sturdy furniture so these large dogs don’t accidentally break anything while playing inside your home! Additionally due to their herding instincts it’s important that owners provide plenty of toys/activities so these intelligent pups don’t become bored easily which could lead them into trouble later on down the road! All in all though these pups make great family pets who will love spending time with you no matter what activity you choose together whether it be going out for walks/runs together or just lounging around inside watching movies all night long – either way you won’t regret bringing one into your life anytime soon!


The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed of herding dog that originated in England. The breed was once nearly extinct, but has since become popular again. The Old English Sheepdog is a descendant of the British Isles herding dogs, which were brought to England by the Romans. The breed was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1873, and was exported to the United States in the early 1900s. The Old English Sheepdog is a versatile breed that can be used for herding, obedience, agility, and even as a therapy dog.

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