By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
The forefathers of the English Shepherd Dogs were brought to Britain by the Romans during the early 1st century. These dogs were crossed with other dogs that had almost the same herding skills. The English Shepherd dogs were the results from those early crosses. These dogs originated from northern England and Scotland. The English Shepherd dogs were introduced to the United States by the first settlers that came from, England. It was considered to be a versatile type of breed that was well recognized . During those times, farms had no fences and that is why these dogs were considered very valuable. They would protect the farms and their livestocks.
The English Shepherds are medium sized dogs that have a lot of speed packed in them. These dogs have fairly long necks that are commonly arched and are raised above their bodies when they are alerted. These are really a smart dogs with so many different qualities. This allows them to effectively herd livestocks and do their other jobs quite effectively.
English Shepherds have bodies that are sturdy, a bit longer than their heights and they are appropriately proportioned. These dogs are deep chested and their ribs are well attached to their spines and also to their bodies. These dogs have round feet that are well packed together. Their tails are fairly long, a bit curved and it stands higher than their backs when these dogs are in alert mode. Their front legs are are muscular and their back legs do bend very easily. Owners can remove their dewclaws Their heads look impressive and it gives people a sense of how intelligent these dogs are. The color of the eyes of these dogs are fairly brown or dark brown. Their ears are commonly wide at the base and the ends do fold over. English Shepherds have black colored noses. The teeth of these dogs sre enjoined in scissor like bites. They have thick coats that can be either straight, wavy or even curly. These dogs have double coats with an undercoat and outer coat that lacks fineeass. The colrs of these coats come in 5 kinds of patterns: black and white, black and tan, dark brown and white, white and tan and black, white and tan.
English Shepherds must be socialized with their owners even when they are puppies. These dogs are very good watch dogs and they will alert anyone, when strangers are approaching. Owners must be able to guide their dogs so that they will be recognize other persons and know if they are your friends or enemies. These dogs will do well with children These are obedient dogs but never live them unattended when they are with small pets. English Shepherds can easily be trained. Dogs of these kinds will fully obey their masters. They are so independent when they are working and they can be hard headed. Do not treat them unkindly. All owners need to be consistent, firm but calm pack leaders when dealing with these dogs.
Male English Shepherds will reach heights of 19 – 23 inches and will weigh as much as 45 – 60 pounds.
Females will reach heights of 18 – 21 inches and will weigh 40 – 50 pounds.
These are farm dogs and they will do well living in farms. At the end of their working day, these dogs will watch over your children. These dog's are not meant for apartment living. They will do better in homes that have big yards.
These dogs will do well in agility competition. Owners must make sure that they do not give their dogs strenuous exercises before they reach the age of 1. This will impair their joints and bones. These dogs must go on long walks everyday.
Owners who have bought these dogs from breeders must ask about the health conditions of their parents or seek a guarantee from them that the parents of these puppies do not have hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. These are the common health problems of these dogs.
Owners must from time to time brush their coats so that mats can be removed and their coats can remain to be clean. They must be given baths only when it becomes a necessity.