Breed description: Bobtail

Origin: Great Britain
Group: Shepherd dogs
Height: Dogs: 61 cm; bitches: 56 cm
Weight: 30 kg
ColourAny shade of grey, greyish or blue with or without white markings.

Dealing with children

Dealing with other dogs

Dealing with other animals


The Bobtail is one of the oldest breeds of sheepdog and is also called Old English Sheepdog.
His origins are still not very clear. There is a theory that he originated from the crossing of a Briard and the Russian Owtchan.
In the 19th century, he was a protector of flocks and a sheep herder. In that period, these dogs were rather wild and suspicious, but their character has later changed into a sweet family dog as we know it today. The Old English Sheepdog owes its name to its docked tail, which was also called 'bobbed tail' in the past.


The Bobtail is a good-natured and loyal dog. It is very loving to its owner and attached to its family. It is originally a herding dog and still feels the need to keep its "flock" together. This large dog is a true friend of children, but small children should never be left alone with a dog.
The Bobtail is also a watchdog. It will bark loudly if it smells danger, but it never becomes aggressive and will not bite. Its impressive appearance is usually enough.
This dog has a self-confident and calm character, but is also playful and dares to play tricks. Therefore, a strict but sensitive upbringing is necessary to teach him the right habits.


It should be borne in mind that a Bobtail's coat requires intensive care. Skin problems should be avoided by keeping his coat and skin in condition.
Because this dog has a thick undercoat, it is important to remove the dead hairs and prevent tangles during regular brushing.
The ear canal should be checked and excess hairs removed to reduce the risk of ear infections and ear mites. The eyes should also be cleaned daily.

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