Old English sheepdog


Old English sheepdog

noun

Definition of OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG

:  any of a breed of tailless dogs developed in England and having a profuse blue-gray and white coat

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First Known Use of OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG

1890

Old English sheepdog

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Shaggy working dog developed in early 18th-century England and used primarily to drive sheep and cattle to market. It has a shuffling, bearlike gait and a dense, solid-coloured or white-marked gray or blue-gray coat. It stands 21–26 in. (53–66 cm) tall and weighs over 55 lb (25 kg). Its long, dense, weather-resistant coat covers the eyes but does not obscure vision. The tail is usually removed soon after birth.

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