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English Shepherd Breed Information

English Shepherd

Recognized By: ACR , APRI , CKC , NKC , UKC

Living with a English Shepherd

Family Dog: The English Shepherd makes a great family dog that is great with children and is typically great around other dogs. They can also be good with other pets if they were raised with them. They are typically very friendly dogs but can be shy around strangers.

Training: The English Shepherd requires a calm, firm, confident leader and trainer.

Barking: The English Shepherd likes to bark outside.

Exercise: The English Shepherd requires a moderate amount of daily exercise including a daily walk.

Living Conditions: The English Shepherd is a herding dog and as such would do best on a farm or other large piece of land. They are relatively calm when inside.

English Shepherd Appearance

Size: The English Shepherd is between 18 to 23 inches tall with an average weight for males of 45 to 60 pounds and an average weight for females of 40 to 50 pounds.

Companionship: The English Shepherd makes a great companion dog.

Color: The coat of the English Shepherd can be black and white.

English Shepherd Facts

Category: Herding

Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of the English Shepherd is 15 years.

Characteristics: The English Shepherd is very reliable, very friendly, active, energetic, intelligent dog who can adapt themselves to performing commands around farm stock. They have also been used for hunting along with being kept as family pets. The English Shepherd is an athletic dog who can excel in competitive events such as agility, flyball and Frisbee. They make a great guard or watchdog around the home.

English Shepherd Health

Health: The English Shepherd is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. It is best to choose a puppy whose parents have been evaluated and certified by OFA or GDC to be free of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

English Shepherd History

History: The English Shepherd is almost pure Roman sheep and cattle dog. They were originally brought to the British Isles by Caesar during his invasion in 55 BC where they were used to herd the livestock that were used as food for the troops. As the number of livestock decrease fewer and fewer dogs were required and thus they were left behind with local natives where they were interbred with existing herding dogs. The English Shepherd was brought to the American colonies along with some of the first American settlers. This breed followed their journey west during the development of the United. They were used to herd livestock and to protect the homesteads. The English Shepherd is still commonly bred in the Sothern states where it is used as a farm herding dog. The United Kennel Club was the first to register this breed in 1934.

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