Today's animal of the day is the highly intelligent and independent English Shepherd. These farm dogs originated in England and Southern Scotland and are incredibly loyal. They often develop a strong bond both with their owners and the livestock.
- English Shepherds can have black, white, tan or brindle coats.
- English Shepherds are related to border Collies and Australian Shepherds.
- They are often called "The Old Style Collie" or "America's Farm Dog."
- A purebred English Shepherd can set you back anywhere between $800 and $4000.
- Despite their long history, the AKC does not officially recognize the breed.
- English Shepherds usually have a lifespan of about 14 years and can weigh anywhere from 35-65 pounds.
- Because English Shepherds are working dogs, they need a lot of exercise to avoid developing any unwanted destructive behavioral issues. They typically require between one and two hours of exercise each day.
- English Shepherds are great family pets and bond well with children. Training a pet and adequately socializing them at a young age is essential for the best outcome.
- When it comes to shedding, the English Shepherd sheds a tremendous amount of hair, so be ready for dog hair and high grooming needs.
- These dogs were bred for herding, vermin control and livestock management, which is why they are intelligent and independent.