Old English Sheepdog is a playful, affectionate, fun-loving "clown," who
delights in frolicking with his family and neighborhood children. In fact,
adolescence in the OES often extends to approximately age three and your
adult OES will retain his playful demeanor well into his golden years.
intelligent breed, the OES is a quick learner, always looking for something
interesting and fun to do. OES are capable of performing numerous tasks -
herding, agility, obedience trials, and search and rescue. This breed
requires significant physical exercise as well as mental exercise. If your
pup does not receive enough of either, you may come home to find the
mischief he has so enjoyed in your absence.
properly bred OES will be good-natured and kind and this is what makes the
OES an excellent children's companion and great family dog. An old
description of the breed refers to the OES as a "Nanny." This term of
endearment arose because of numerous stories surrounding the role of the OES
in the family. Some have said that the OES will supervise a young child by
insuring that the child will remain in a particular area by herding him into
it. Others have described the OES who acts as a means of support to the
toddler learning to walk. Although the OES is excellent with children, it is
extremely important to note that children should never be left unsupervised
with any dog, regardless of breed or temperament.
considering owning an OES, you must remember the two biggest requirements of
the breed: grooming and exercise. If you cannot commit to both of these, you
may want to consider another one of the many wonderful breeds available.
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