English Shepherd

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English Shepherd History

The English Shepherd is a breed of medium-large working and herding dog developed in England. It is also known as the Old English Sheepdog, although the latter term is more commonly used for other types of sheepdogs. The origin of the English Shepherd is a matter of some debate. The first reference to an “Old English Sheepdog”, or “OES” as it is known today, was in a poem written in 1557. However, the dog described in the poem is actually described as a Border Collie. The OES is generally believed to have originated from the Bearded Collie, which was brought to the British Isles by the Celts. This theory is backed up by the similarities between the OES and the Welsh Corgi. The OES probably evolved over hundreds of years from wild, wolf-like ancestors that were brought to the British Isles by Celtic settlers.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America



English Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The English Shepherd is a medium-sized, large breed that typically stands between 21 and 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 70 and 130 pounds. They have a long, muscular body and a short, straight or wavy, hard, or soft, and wiry, coarse, shaggy, or long, medium, or fine, and rough or smooth, and curly or wavy, and tight or open, and loose and flowing, and abundant or scant, and thick or thin, and silky or woolly, and wooly and straight or curled coat that is white, gray, black, or a mixture of these colors. They have a block head and a long tail. The English Shepherd is independent and fearless, but tends to have a stubborn streak.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Silver, White, Brown, Black, Sable, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 23 inches

Female Height Range: 18 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 38 – 57 lbs

English Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

English Shepherd Health Concerns

Canine Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Separation Anxiety, Ear Health and Infection, Eye Infections

English Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The English Shepherd is an active, vigorous, and agile breed of dog. They are intelligent and have strong instincts, especially in regards to prey. They can be very protective of their family and home, and will chase away any intruders. They are generally very friendly and loving, especially with children and other family pets.

English Shepherd Activity Requirements

The English Shepherd is a long-legged, athletic dog that was developed in the 19th century. They are highly intelligent, affectionate, and loyal. English Shepherds have a lot of energy and will need at least one hour of exercise each day. This can include short walks or runs, playing in the yard, or attending an obedience class. While they do require regular exercise, this is an ideal breed for an active owner. They are very intelligent and enjoy participating in activities such as obedience and agility. If you are looking for a fun, energetic companion, the English Shepherd may be a great choice for you.

Miles Per Day

16 miles

Activity Per Day

120 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

English Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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