The Old English Sheepdog is a dog breed that is known for its long, shaggy grey and white coat with fur that hangs down and covers its eyes. The breed originated in England as herding dogs.
Sheepdogs are large dogs, standing at least 24 inches from shoulder to floor and weighing as much as 101 pounds. Their body is short and compact.
Sheepdogs are very intelligent, calm, social animals that usually adapt easily to their environment. They love the outdoors, such as working on a farm, but can be quite comfortable living in a suburban area, provided they get the proper exercise.
Grooming is an important part of taking care of your Sheepdog. Their long coat requires a thorough brushing at least once a week. This process can take hours to do, but must be done to keep dust, debris, fecal matter, moisture, urine and other things from becoming trapped in its fur.
Many owners trim their dog’s coat to a more manageable length. If their hair is going to be trimmed away from the eyes however, it must be done so from puppyhood. Trimming the hair of an adult sheepdog must be avoided because they are used to its protective covering filtering out light. Trimming it could cause extensive damage to the eyes.
Sheepdogs can live to be about 11 years old. Insuring your Sheepdog with pet insurance can actually help defray the cost of routine veterinary visits and large bills, due to unexpected illnesses or accidents. When you purchase pet insurance for your Sheepdog, you are protecting his health and yourself from huge unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.
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