Evolving in the late 18th Century when the wool and textile industries in Europe and the British Isles were booming, today’s Old English Sheepdog can accurately trace his ancestry back only to the 1870’s. A herding and drover’s dog, he was highly prized for his expertise with livestock and the rough double coat, protection from rain and brambles. Underneath the glorious coats of today the OES is still a thickset, muscular, able-bodied dog whose intelligent, sweet, humorous but independent nature makes him a loyal and loving family member for those devoted to this big, hairy, and sometimes boisterous fellow.
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