DMOZ - Recreation: Pets: Dogs: Breeds: Herding Group: Old English Sheepdog
DMOZ Recreation Pets Dogs Breeds Herding Group
Old English Sheepdog 54
The Old English Sheepdog has existed for at least 200 years in England where it was recognized by the Kennel Club in the 1870's. Originally a flock herder and guardian, its role changed to drover. The tails of droving dogs were docked, and the breed was dubbed the "bobtail."
The OES is still used as a herder in rural areas. It is also used as a sled dog, retriever, and a family companion and guardian. It is especially good with children.