old english shepherdOther Names: OES, bob-tail, bob, dulux dog
|old English Shepherd|
Appearance: The old English shepherd dogs are very distinctive for their long and copious coat that covers their muscular and well-balanced body. Their coat is very hard and water resistant. Colors can be any shade of gray, gray, blue with or without white spots. Your dark or blue eyes seem to be completely covered, but your vision never deteriorates. From behind, their walk resembles that of a bear and, when they trot, they show an impressive spectacle where they don't seem to strain their hindquarters.
Weight: 26-29 kg.
Average lifespan: 9-15 years
Temperament: They are cheerful and outgoing, friendly, loyal and excellent family mates as they adore children. They have a precious nature, however, they can be excitable and rough when they play, so care must be taken when children are involved. This large breed has a lot of energy and is best suited to an active family with a large house with a garden. They get along well with other animals.
Training: Teaching basic training commands from an early age is essential for a large breed like this. They are very intelligent and learn fast. Because of their obedience they can be excellent dogs for competition.
Cleanliness: Their care needs are high. It is important to groom them every week to keep their coat in good condition. At 8 or 9 months of age, it starts to form tangles if not brushed, this can cause serious skin problems that will bother the dog. Hair tends to become tangled as it moves from puppy to adult. Once it has become an adult it needs to be brushed regularly to keep the coat free of tangles.
Exercise: due to its pastoral origins should be exercised regularly. between 1-2 hours of daily exercise should be sufficient, it is important that you do not exercise in hot climates as your coat makes you feel the heat more quickly than other breeds.
Hip malformation or dysplasia: Results in a poor fit between the head of the femur bone and the hip socket. This condition can be alleviated by surgery, although with consequences for dogs and owners since dogs with dysplasia tend to produce puppies with the same condition. Buyers should ask whether both the father and mother of the puppy they are interested in have recently been evaluated and are free of hip dysplasia. Don't take yes for an answer without seeing a certificate and ask for a copy to take to the vet.
Cataracts: Causes a loss of the normal transparency of the eye lens. This problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.
Deafness: Prone to deafness in old age instability of the Cervical Vertebra (IVC or Wobbler syndrome): It affects dogs (usually in middle age), they suffer from compression of the spinal cord caused by instability of the cervical vertebra or by a malformation of a spinal canal. The extreme symptoms are paralysis of the extremities (front, back or all four). Neck pain with extension and flexion may or may not be present. Surgical treatment is much debated and very expensive with questionable success. In some surgically treated cases, clinical recurrence has been identified.
History: The origin of the Old English Shepherd remains a matter of great interest to Bobtail fans and remains open to new theories and discoveries, however, there are indications of evidence that place its origin in the nineteenth century centered on the counties of southwestern England. Some argue that the Scottish Bearded Collie played an important role in the creation of the Old English Shepherd, others place the Russian Owtchar as one of his progenitors. Writings of the time refer to a "Bernese Mountain dog", which was used mainly for driving sheep and cattle to market. It is speculated that these dogs were tax-exempt due to their state of work. Although this dog has been used more for driving than for grazing, the lack of a tail to serve as a rudder, so to speak, has in no way affected their ability to work with a larger type of sheep or cattle.