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OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
The Old English Sheepdog is a large dog, immediately recognizable by its long, thick, shaggy grey and white coat, with fur covering their face and eyes. The ears lie flat to the head. Historically, the breed’s tail was commonly docked (resulting in a panda bear-like rear end), but tailed Old English sheepdogs are now common, as many countries have outlawed cosmetic docking. [Good!] When the dog has a tail, it has long fur (feathering), is low set, and normally hangs down. The Old English Sheepdog stands lower at the shoulder than at the loin and walks with a “bear-like roll from the rear”. Height at the withers is at least 61 cm (24 in), with females slightly smaller than males. The body is short and compact, and ideal weights are not specified, but may be as much as 46 kg (101 lb) for large males. Colour of the double coat may be any shade of grey, grizzle, black, blue, or blue merle, with optional white markings. The undercoat is water resistant. Puppies are born with a black and white coat, and it is only after the puppy coat has been shed that the more common grey or silver shaggy hair appears. Old English Sheepdogs only shed when they are brushed. Cancer is a major cause of death and they are prone to heatstroke. Average lifespan is 10-11 years. – WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]
Sorry, no personal anecdotes this time, as I’ve only seen these dogs in passing. There aren’t many dog breeds starting with “O”. Paul McCartney had one named “Martha” who inspired him to write several songs. The Old English Sheepdog has also been featured in several popular movies. Click HERE to view the list.
Are you familiar with this breed?
Do you ever wonder how they can see?
Looking forward to your comments!