Old English Sheepdog
Originated in England during the 1800’s, the Old English Sheepdog was bred to assist cattlemen used to drive livestock and sheep to market. Also known as ‘The Sheepie or Bobtail’, they are intelligent, social, and adaptable family companions, who love outdoor activities. They are big dogs with a powerful herding instinct and can be quite independent, but they love their people and can be quite mellow around the house.
Common Health Conditions
- Hypothyroidism is a common hormonal disease in Old English Sheepdogs, in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroxin.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia causes the hip joints in Sheepies to form improperly and can eventually lead to arthritis.
- Sheepies can inherit or develop several different eye conditions.