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Old English sheepdog Bobtail
Scientific Name:
Canis familiaris
Family Name:
20-24 inches (51-61 cm.)
60-65 lbs. (27-29 kg.)
blue, gray, blue gray or blue merle, often with white markings. Sometimes the predominate color is white with the listed colors as markings.
Life Span:
about 10-12 years.
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Old English sheepdog Bobtail

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Old English sheepdog Bobtail Description
  The Old English Sheepdog is a stocky, well-balanced and muscular dog that is agile, large and squarely proportioned. It has a profuse shaggy coat. The unusual topline slopes upward from the withers to the loin, giving this breed an important characteristic. It has a broad chest and a very deep brisket. It has straight forelegs with small, round feet pointing directly forward. Its rather square, large head is covered with hair and a well-defined stop. It has a large, black nose, eyes that are blue or brown or one of each color, and small ears that lie flat. Its teeth are a tight scissors bite or level. The Old English Sheepdog is born tailless, which is how it got the name Bobtail, or the tail is completely amputated. It has a long double coat which consists of a coarse guard hair and a soft, downy undercoat to insulate the dog. It has a distinctive loud-ringing, low pitched bark and a rolling, bear-like gait.  
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