History and Origins of the Old English Sheepdog
The History and Origins of the Old English Sheepdog is really interesting. The history of the Old English Sheepdog began in Western England during the early 19th century period when breeders decided to develop a very large sized sheepdog that would efficiently herd sheep and cattle to markets in major English cities. The Old English Sheepdog is thought to have derived from the Scotch Bearded Collie and the Russian Owtchar. This breed is sometimes given the nickname Dulux Dog which derived from the television advertisement, and it is also known by the name Bobtail which derived from the docked tail which earned the dog working status as it symbolised that it was a working dog. Not only has this breed been a popular herding dog but also a very popular family pet throughout history and the present. The Old English Sheepdog has a steady, trustworthy and loving temperament. The American Kennel Club formally recognized this breed in 1888.