Old English Sheepdogs

Big, fluffy teddy bears at heart, it’s hard not to love this breed. Here’s what you need to know about these gentle pups.

The Old English Sheepdog was originally owned by drovers who used them to round up and drive all sorts of livestock to market. Today, the breed still has herding tendencies but is just as happy with regular old exercise.  

These beauties have a thick, fluffy coat and docked tail, earning them the common nickname of “Bob” or “Bobtail.” Truly the perfect family dogs, Old English Sheepdogs are mild-mannered, playful and watchful.

Why We Love the Old English Sheepdog Breed

  • This breed is so sweet and nurturing with children — as well as every other family member — that it has often been referred to as a nanny!
  • The Old English Sheepdog is just plain goofy. This is a dog with a sense of humor that’s happy to entertain his humans, keeping that puppy-like charm through all life stages.
  • Levelheaded and super smart, Old English Sheepdogs respond well to training and make great watchdogs.

Things to Consider

  • If you are a clean freak, an OES may not be the best dog for you. They shed and drool heavily, and track in dirt with those shaggy coats.
  • As a herding breed, the Old English Sheepdog needs regular and vigorous exercise. They love romping and frolicking and won’t be happy living sedentary lives.
  • Because they love you so much, separation anxiety can be an issue for Old English Sheepdogs. If you’re leaving your pup alone too often, there’s a chance he could become destructive.

Why Rescue?

Unethical or irresponsible breeding habits have exacerbated several health issues for the Old English Sheepdog breed, including cataracts, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and deafness among others. Many of these require lifelong treatment and can take extra time and money to handle. But an Old English Sheepdog could very well be perfect for your family. If you agree, check out rescues that need your help instead of heading to a breeder!

Old English Sheepdog Rescues

Whether you’re looking for an Old English Sheepdog puppy or a shaggy adult, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Affectionate, gentle & goofy
Avg. Weight
60 - 100 lbs
Weekly grooming required
Avg. Life Span
10 - 12 Years
Old English Sheepdogs near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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