The keen, kind Old English Sheepdog makes a great–and a great big–family dog.

Vital Stats

Height: 21 inches at shoulder and up
Weight: males are 80 to 100 pounds; females are 60 to 85 pounds
Coat: thick and shaggy
Life span: 10 to 12 years or more

The Old English Sheepdog is a large, athletic dog with an unmistakable shaggy coat. The Old English Sheepdog was historically a drover, helping farmers drive cattle and sheep to the market.

Today, the good-natured Old English Sheepdog enjoys the comfort of home life and still competes in conformation, obedience, agility, and herding trials. He’s an adaptable, intelligent dog with an easygoing disposition. Full Old English Sheepdog profile on
[usrlist “Affectionate with family:5” “Tendency to bark or howl:5” “Watchdog ability:4” “Compatible with kids:4” “Dog friendly:4” “Mouthiness:4” “Need for exercise:4” “Playfulness:4” “Ease of training:3” “Heat Tolerance:3” “Apartment appropriate:3” “Vigor:3” “Wanderlust:2” “Ease at being home alone:2”]