Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Good Natured English Shepherd Dogs

By: Ed Gonzalez

The English Shepherd dogs originated from England . Their ancestry can be traced during the times of the Romans, Celts, Vikings, And Anglo – Saxon Tribes. These people invaded Britain and they left behind surplus dogs. These dogs have been known to be the forefathers of the Shepherd Dogs or the Working Collies.During the Middle Ages farmers in Great Britain began breeding these dogs to find the rightful traits that they can use for certain purposes. The outcome of these breeding process resulted in different kinds of dog breeds such as The Harlequin Colllie, Dorset Sheepdog, Ban Dog, Welsh Grey Collie Welsh Hilman ( Fox Collie ) and the English Handy Dogs

A lot of these type of dogs dissipated during the industrial revolution. It's a good thing that English herdsmen were able to create an excellent multipurpose dog. These Farmers were called English Shepherds and they were reknowned for raising quality livestock. Many Americans hired them to manage their their flocks because they admire their capabilities. These dogs which were used by the English herdsmen were also  appreciated by the American Farmers and they called them English Shepherd Dogs. Their name was derived from the English herdsmen. This breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1927. They are considered rare today because of the downtrend in farming.

The English Shepherd Dogs are packed with a lot of energy and these are very active dogs. They are known to be smart but these dogs are also tender, peaceful and rather patient with children.  Dogs of this breed are brave and they have protective inclinations. This is a known fact that many children have grown up with English Shepherd Dogs and they were highly regarded as exceptional guardians. Not only will they be your children's companion but they can be their best friend too. They are working dogs and they do require to do a lot of exercises plus  activities to keep them fit. Owners of these dogs must make sure that they are in total control and that they are the leaders. They must set the rules and directions for these dogs. If you do not give them rules and directions that they must follow, these dogs can be destructive and hard to live with.

English Shepherd Dogs are very athletic. They can catch frisbees or play ball. These dogs can be great companions when you go hiking, jogging and long walks. They'll do extremely well in any type of dog sports like agility. Since these dogs are intelligent, you must let them play mind games. It is so easy to house train these dogs.You can train them to roll over or do  other tricks. Let  them find toys that you hide. This will surely sharpen their minds
These dogs are very faithful to their family and they like socializing with them. They need to be included in their families lives. They like staying around with them when they are watching television or whenever the family gathers together. They know what is happening around their vicinity. This is the reason why they are considered to be outstanding watchdogs. You've got to keep in mind, that these dogs are well known for herding and they can do this to children. They are also known to chase cats. It will be advantageous to owners to let these dogs learn socialization at the earliest possible time. Early training and setting rules for them to live by will prevent these dogs from showing unwanted behaviors.

This type of breed is quite healthy but it has been discovered that some these dogs have had hip dysplasia. Whether you are a breeder or not, you can have your dog's hips cleared with the Office Foundation of Animals before breeding them. Epilepsy is not common but some of the English Shepherd Dogs have acquired this disease. Eye problems do not occur frequently with these type of dogs.

English Shepherd Dogs are magnificent dogs that you will love having around your homes. Their truly superb and worthy dogs.


Priscilla said...

This post is really informative and it made me think of the could be ancestors of Eva as she is a Shetland Sheepdog.
Thanks for sharing it.

Canyon Girl said...

I didn't know about this English Shepherd breed. Your posts are so informative and I can't wait until you get to our dogs. I really love reading your posts.--Inger

Tweedles -- that's me said...

These dogs are so sweet and smart!

Deborah said...

My mother had an English Sheep Dog years ago and it was the sweetest dog ever!
Have a great day!

Becky's Barnyard said...

This is really good information. I didn't know most of it. I have a border collie and a sheltie and both are really sweet good dogs.

Benny and Lily said...

Hi new friends, thanks for stopping by. Great info
Benny & Lily

Serendipity said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. You have a very informative blog. English sheepdog sure is a beauty. Would love to have one if not for the lifestyle I lead.