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Origin / History According to a legend, the English Shepherd is almost a pure Roman cattle and sheep dog, which was brought by Caesar to the British Isles when he invaded it in 55 BC. He used these dogs for herding livestock that he fed to his troops. As the livestock diminished, the dogs that weren't needed anymore were just left along the way and were used by local natives. These dogs were also bred with other kinds of dogs that had similar talents in herding.

This breed was brought to the United States by some of the first settlers. English Shepherds were considered very valuable because they were used to herd livestock and protect isolated homesteads. In 1934, the United Kennel Club granted recognition to the English Shepherd. To this day, the United Kennel Club remains as the original registrar of the breed.

Appearance English Shepherds look quite similar to Australian Shepherds and Border Collies. The English Shepherd usually has a less-rounded head and tail than Australian Shepherds. English Shepherds are also larger than Border Collies. A medium-sized dog, the English Shepherd is slightly lengthier than it is tall. Dogs of this breed are well-proportioned and come in different regional variations. The coat of these dogs is medium length and can be wavy, curly or straight. The legs and tail of these dogs are also heavily feathered.

Colours These dogs often come in colours of black and white, sable and white, black and tan, and tri-colour. They may also come in brindle, sable and red-nosed tri-colour, although this isn't common.

Temperament English Shepherds are intelligent, active, courageous and intelligent dogs. They respond immediately to their master's voice and follow commands quickly. Aside from possessing excellent herding capabilities, these dogs also make great watchdogs and will guard the home of their master carefully. These dogs can also excel in various sporting events such as frisbee, flyball, and agility. Aside from that, English Shepherds can get along well with children and other dogs. They can also be good with other animals if they've been raised with them since puppyhood. These dogs are generally friendly, but are usually reserved towards strangers. English Shepherds are also known for their loyalty and devotion to their owners.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a weight that ranges from 45 to 60 pounds, while females weigh in between 40 and 50 pounds. These dogs have a height of around 18 to 23 inches.

Common Health Problems These dogs are considered generally healthy. They may, however, get afflicted with hip and elbow dysplasia.

Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. It would be best for English Shepherds to live in a farm where they can make use of their herding talents. When living in the city, these dogs should be given a job to do and should be provided with adequate exercise.

Exercise Requirements English Shepherds should be taken out on long walks or jogs on a daily basis. These dogs will also appreciate play sessions with their owners.

Training Requirements Dogs of this breed are highly intelligent and fairly easy to train. Owners should train these dogs for obedience at an early age. It's also important for owners to know how to display strong leadership skills so that these dogs would consider human beings as their pack leaders. These dogs should not be treated harshly and should be trained using firm methods.

Life Expectancy These dogs have an average life span of 12 to 16 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs require very little grooming. Their coat just tends to take care of itself because dirt just falls away. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary.

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