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Old English Sheepdog

March 1, 2011

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As the name suggests, Old English Sheepdogs were originally bred as a sheep dog, but they are now mostly just a loyal family pet.  It is a very suitable breed for young children and they are adorable as puppies.


In Australia the breed is also known as the ‘Dulux Dog’ as there was a Dulux Paint Advertising Campaign that starred one of these characteristic dogs.  They look a bit like big hairy bears and will probably need a clip and groom in the summer months to stop their shaggy coat from matting and to keep the dog cool.


The average lifespan is around 8-9 years, as it is for other giant breeds, but they can live for up to 11 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.


They usually grow to about 55-62 cm in height and weigh between 25 and 45 kgs in peak condition.

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  1. November 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Our Old English Sheepdog Buster was with us for 13 years. We now have a female, Miracle, who is our constant companion. Check out a video of her on YouTube at It shows her encountering sheep for the first time.

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