The Old English is the most substantial of sheepdogs, and underneath the glamour of a crisp blue and white coat, there should be a dog still fit for working with the flocks.
Source: The Kennel Club (UK)
Links to Breed Descriptions:
Other Names for Breed:
Berger anglais ancestral
Antiguo Perro pastor inglé
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Great Britain
The Old English Sheepdog Club of America has posted several excellent articles on the breed.
Please check out these resources on their website:
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Finland: FKC Database:
Old English Sheepdog
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (
in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Manrose (Breed History presentation)
A breeder website (Switzerland) containing Breed History pages with lots of historical photos, paintings and information on the breed's development and use.
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Finland: VANHAENGLANNINLAMMASKOIRAT RY
France: Bobtail Club de France
Germany: Deutscher Old English Sheepdog Club
Sweden: Svenska Gårds- och Vallhundsklubben (SGVK)
US: Old English Sheepdog Club of America, Inc.
UK: The Old English Sheepdog Club of Great Britain