The Old English Sheepdog was formerly used for herding livestock, and now
primarily kept as a pet. They are best known for their shaggy grey and white fur
which also covers their face, including their eyes, which leads to wonder how
they can see.
With few exceptions, the sheepdog' tail is cut off at or below
the first joint as puppies. Known as docking or "bobbing" the tail produces the
panda-like rear end. Puppies are born with jet black and white fur further
likening them to pandas. After the puppy coat has been shed the the more common
gray or silver shaggy hair appears. A nickname for the OES is "bobtail." AKC and
British show breed rules require show dogs with bobbed tails.
In some areas, they are often known as a Dulux dog, because of their
portrayal in Dulux paint adverts.
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Males generally weigh 70 to 100 pounds(45 kg); females, 60 to 80 pounds
standing around 22 inches at the withers.
Their long coats can be any shade of
gray, grizzle, blue, or blue merle, with possible white markings. Their undercoat
is water resistant. The Old English Sheepdog's coat is very effective
in hot and cold weather.
This dog is intelligent, funny, social, and adaptable, although they appear
not that intelligent on first meeting. It generally gets along well with
children, other dogs, other pets, and visitors.
As it is a herding dog it needs plenty of physical and mental activity. They
catch on quickly to such things as doing a trick for a treat. These dogs get on
well with other dogs and and enjoy playing.
Old English Sheepdog
The long coat requires thorough brushing at least weekly, preferably from the
base of the hairs to keep the thick undercoat hair mat and tangle free. Brushing
only over the top of the longer outside (guard) hairs can compact the undercoat
and promote mats. The dense undercoat between the pads of the feet, behind the
ears, and at the base of the legs are especially prone to matting. Trimming the
hair between the toes and the ball of the foot is especially important.
Some people save their Old English Sheepdog's hair from grooming and have
spun it into yarn.
The Old English Sheepdog is the brand mascot for Dulux paint. The dog was
first introduced in Australian advertising campaigns in the 1960s. Since then
they have been a constant and highly popular feature of Dulux television and
print adverts in both Australia and the UK. So much so, that most uninformed
people in those markets refer to the breed as a 'Dulux dog' rather than a
Over the years, different dogs have appeared in the adverts. However, they
all look very similar, partially as a result of most of them being selected from
a closely related line of pedigree dogs. The first Dulux dog was Shepton Dash,
who held the role for eight years. His successor, Fernville Lord Digby,
was the most famous Dulux dog and also made his owner, Cynthia Harrison, famous.
When filming commercials, Digby was treated like a star, being driven to the
studio in a chauffeur driven car. Barbara Woodhouse was employed to train Digby
and his three stunt doubles, who were used whenever specific tricks or actions
needed to be filmed.
Apart from Dash, all the Dulux dogs have been breed champions, and five of
them have won 'Best of Show' prizes.
- Alfie from Serpico
- Ambrosius and Merlin from Labryinth
- Edison from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- Farley, the first dog of the Patterson family in the comic strip, For
Better or For Worse. Modeled after Lynn Johnston's own dog of the same breed
who in turn was named after Farley Mowat.
- George, the pet of Little Britain's Maggie Blackamoor, who also has the same
vomiting problem as his owner.
- Hobo from Please Don't Eat The Daisies
- In The Simpsons, Reverend Lovejoy has an Old English Sheepdog, who first
appeared in 22 Short Films about Springfield.
- Martha, sheepdog belonging to Paul McCartney (featured in the song "Martha
- Max from The Little Mermaid
- Mr Mugs from the infamous Canadian Children's Readers Published through the
60's and 70's
- Nana from Hook
- Sam from Cats & Dogs
- Sam Sheepdog from the Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Shag from Road Rovers
- The Shaggy Dog from The Shaggy Dog, The Shaggy D.A., and
The Shaggy Dog Returns
- Tiny, pet of FDR
- The English Sheepdog (real name: Wolfie) from 101 Dalmatians, both
the animated and live-action versions. In the original book, the character is
called the Colonel.
- Digby from Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)
- Barkley from Sesame Street
- Bebe from Captain Kangaroo
- Wordsworth from Jamie and the Magic Torch
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Now I'm not quite sure but back in 1973/5 my dad worked in printing and bought
home an Old English Sheep Dog with a load of Dulux badges and balloons. When my
parents divorced my dad gave him to a man who worked on a farm. I always thought
that Ben as he was called had been a reject from the Dulux manufacturers and my
dad took pity on him and bought him home. Years later my mum tells me he was a
theatrical dog they used for the ads or photos for Dulux as she had to prepare
him 3am for when he went on these shoots. I was curious to find out more and saw
I've got an
sheepie he has the most beautiful temperament and loves fuss and adores