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.
Herkunft und Geschichte
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.
Temperament und Verhalten
The Bobtail is an intelligent and adaptable dog with a calm nature. They are affectionate towards all family members.
Although they are large dogs, they can fit in very well in apartment life as long as they get enough exercise through walks and hours of play.
Today, this good-natured dog enjoys the comforts of domestic life and still competes in conformation, obedience, agility, and pack trials.
They are no-nonsense watchdogs known for their loud, booming barks. If you are looking for a loyal, protective, and loving family companion, this may be the breed for you!
Training und Erziehung
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.
Gesundheit und Lebenserwartung
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.
Ernährung und Diät
The recommended daily amount for a Bobtail is 2.5 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food per day, divided into two meals.
Overfeeding it is particularly easy as the fluffy coat quickly hides the extra pounds. You must monitor your dog’s weight regularly and be careful not to overfeed it.
Pflege und Fellpflege
The coat attracts most people to the Bobtail; it is double-coated and requires meticulous care to the skin, at least once a week to maintain its full coat. Their furry coats don’t tend to lose as much as you think, either.
„Puppy trims“ are good options for domestic dogs, but they also require regular brushing between baths and haircuts.
Trimming the feet minimizes problems and maintains cleanliness.
Prospective owners should be willing to put in the time to do this or pay a professional groomer to do several sessions per month for the dog’s life. As with all breeds, owners must trim the nails regularly.