Der Old English Sheepdog ist eine große, athletische Hunderasse mit einem charakteristischen zotteligen Fell. Der OES, wie Fans diese Rasse kurz nennen, war früher ein Hirtenhund, der Bauern half, Rinder und Schafe zum Markt zu bringen. Diese Hunderasse ist wegen ihres kupierten Schwanzes auch als "Bobtail" bekannt.
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The Bobtail, nickname for Old English Sheepdog (OES), is the archetypical shaggy dog, famous for his profuse coat and peekaboo hairdo, distinctive bear-like gait, and mellow, agreeable nature.
The OES is a big, agile dog who enjoys exploring and a good romp. Beneath the Old English Sheepdog`s profuse double coat is a muscular and compact drover with plenty of bone and a big rump, standing 21 or 22 inches at the shoulder. They have dark brown or blue eyes.
The Bobtail breed standard says the skull is spacious and rather squarely formed, giving plenty of room for brainpower. It moves with a bear-like shuffle but is famous for its agility. Regular exercise is strongly advisable for these strong and healthy workers.
This breed is an intelligent, carefree, and fun-loving dog, great with kids, and a patient and protective playmate.
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A longtime breeder advises: „Never allow your puppy to do something that you would not want a large, furry, wet, and possibly muddy dog to do in your home.“
All Bobtail puppies are adorable, and they all grow into large, furry dogs. Most of them are pretty intelligent and docile. They don’t forget something they’ve learned and get bored with repetitive robotic training exercises.
If you want to participate in these activities, you need to change things and make them new and fun. As with all dogs, socialization early in the puppy stage is vital.
Bobtails are generally healthy, but they are prone to specific health conditions like all other dog breeds.
Not all Old English Sheepdogs will contract any or all of these diseases, but it is essential to keep them in mind when considering this breed.
Responsible breeders check their herds for health conditions such as hip dysplasia, eye disorders (PRA and inherited cataracts), autoimmune thyroiditis, heart abnormalities, and inherited deafness.
Fortunately, DNA tests now exist for cerebellar ataxia and primary ciliary dyskinesia, two deadly diseases that breeders can avoid simply by identifying carriers.
DNA tests are also available for drug sensitivity and exercise-induced collapse.
Like the Bulldog and Collie, the Old English Sheepdog is one of the genuinely iconic dogs of the British Isles. The „Bobtail,“ as the breed is often called, was probably developed in West England in Devon, Somerset, and the Duchy of Cornwall.
The name Old English Sheepdog is a misnomer. As a late 18th century creature, the Bobtail is not particularly old by dog standards.
They are not entirely English. Possible component breeds of OES include dogs of Scottish, European, and Russian descent.
And technically, they’re not even sheepdogs. Bobtails herded cattle from pastures to urban markets along dusty country lanes.
In Germany, around the same time, the Rottweiler had earned a similar reputation as a „butcher dog.“ In some pastures, shepherds sheared the blue-gray and white fur of the Bobtail once a year and used the clippings to make a thread for clothing.