Old English Sheepdog (different from the English Shepherd dog breed) or Bobtail. It is a breed of dog guard or shepherds dogs family.
The race was created in England, more specifically, in the West, in the mid-19th century, to control the sheep and beef cattle in the rural area. While the race is born and develops in England, There is more than one theory that explains their origin.
Some authors raised the breed descended from dogs brought from Central Europe by the Romans, that over time they were crossing with different English races, including the English Mastiff giving rise to the Bobtail.
Other scholars of the race stress that it is a very old dog and possibly his most significant ancestor is the famous Asian Shepherd What, It has helped the existence of the Briard in France, of the Bergamasco Shepherd in Italy, and the Komondor in Hungary.
According to this second stream, the first copies of Bobtail they were selected for the first time in an era marked by the savage rivalry between England and France, the Of the hundred years ' war (1337-1453).
Y, last but not least, they pose in their ancestors, appears in complete safety the Briard.
In addition to in England this dog took many acceptance and dissemination among the Spanish shepherds in the 19th and 20th centuries by their excellent conditions and skills for the care of livestock.
It is a dog great size and scale, with a height around the 63 cm.. and a weight between the 30 and 40 kg.
The ears are small and fall, coated with hair, strong and elongated neck, abundant hair desgreñado and rough touch, with a range of colors that can range from grey, grey, Blue to blue merle, with or without white markings on the head, bottom of the stomach or forelimbs.
The tail is often be amputated, or are there simply copies that are already born without it, Hence its name Bobtail which in English means “cut tail“, the search for this feature is believed to have been by the desire for British breeders do not pay taxes, already before the dogs with tails were thought to be luxury goods. This dog is the possessor of a very distinctive barking in the canine world, serious and pervasive.
The Bobtail, tolerant character, It is an excellent dog for living together with children and other pets. They are able to adapt themselves easily to different conditions. Faithful and intelligent It adapts to life in an apartment if necessary, always with the company of their owner. It is important to train it well from small, It is to learn fast and responsive dog.
The old English Shepherd is a very good worker and is able to fulfil orders, but it won't if the instruction if they believe that they are stronger minded than the human herd members.
They have a strong herding instinct and can treat the flock to shock people, never to bites. It is necessary to learn from an early age that humans are not part of his flock.
This dog is possibly the more care you need for your hair, that should be dealt with by canine professionals. Also, but to adapt to living in small spaces, you need a daily dose of exercise in the open air, because otherwise it could become destructive with the furniture of the House. Due to its thick coat is not a recommended race to live in warm places.
- Otros nombres: Old English Sheepdog / Bobtail / Berger anglais ancestral / Altenglischer Schäferhund
- Group 1 / Section 1 -Shepherd dogs
Dogs breeds: Old English Sheepdog