Old English Sheepdog

Herding Group

Blue and Frankie rescued through the Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Greater Seattle

The Old English Sheepdog is a Teddy Bear of a dog.  It is a great family pet and is gentle with children, eventho’ it may want to herd them into a flock.  They can do well in apartments but need to be exercised – they may be better suited for a rural environment.  The OES, or Bobtail, is a fair-sized dog and can have periods of stubbornness, so early and consistent training is a must.  Their heavy, thick and long coat requires frequent brushing down to its undercoat.  Expect heavy shedding in the spring.

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Notes for owners
Long.  Heavy shedding seasonally. Daily OK for apartment but needs lots of exercise.  Will “herd” the kids.  Lives to play.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Description

Old English Sheep Dog Club of America

OESCA Rescue List

OES Rescue Contacts


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.