For me, the Old English Sheepdog is one of the most memorable of all dog breeds. The first time I met one I was about 12 years old, and he was just about the same size as me! However, despite his size, Jack the OES was silly and cuddly. He was kind of like one of those giant stuffed animals you can win at carnivals. I was enamored with him.
To this day, I still smile when I see an Old English Sheepdog. However, I know that there is much more to owning an OES than playing and cuddling. Perhaps the most important aspect of caring for the breed is grooming. That big shaggy coat needs attention. If you're up for the challenge and you love a big goofy snuggle-dog, then the Old English Sheepdog just might be the dog for you. Have you already been lucky enough to have shared your life with an OES? Tell us all about the lovable Old English Sheepdog here!
Photo ? Scott Rich
About the Photo: From http://www.ci.livermore.ca.us/library/pdfs/PawstoReadDogBios.pdf - Harry was born January 14, 2003 in Utah in a litter of nine Old English Sheepdog puppies. The breeder named him Harry. Harry's first owner moved to California and could not keep Harry any longer. His current owners adopted Harry in March 2008 through the Northern California Old English Rescue. It was immediately obvious that Harry was quite fond of people as we walked him in the park. We found out about the Pet Therapy program at the Valley Humane Society and had Harry certified as a Pet Therapy dog. Harry has been visiting convalescent and assisted living facilities here in Livermore for about a year now. Harry "helps" his owners with kitten fostering also done through the Valley Humane Society from which he now has a kitty "brother," Snap: they get along fabulously. Car rides are one of Harry's favorite activities. So if you see Harry's big white fuzzy head sticking out a car window, rain or shine, please say "Hi" to Harry.