When people think of shaggy dogs, the old English sheepdog often comes to mind. This may be because so many have appeared in popular media over the years, including The Little Mermaid, The Brady Bunch and in Archie Comics. Despite their fame, the breed is not as popular with owners, ranking 72nd in the American Kennel Club's 2018 list of most popular dog breeds. This is a shame, as with the right owners they are a great family pet.


1. Old English Sheepdog Overview

Old English sheepdogs are classified as a herding dog. They are a large breed, growing to 21-22 inches high and weighing 60-90 pounds. Beneath their fluffy coat, they have a solid, square body. They are generally colored grey and white, but the white may also be coupled with black, grizzle and shades of blue. Although they reach their full height by one year of age, their bulk doesn't fill out until two or three and they often live until 12 or 14.

Large, herding dog. tap10 / Getty Images

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