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Exercise: Old English Sheepdogs need a fair amount of exercise, but will not grumble if a day goes by without any. They love playing with a ball or similar activities and are best suited for rural homes with a spacious backyard. This breed can do well in various dog sports.
History: This breed has not been around as long as many other dog breeds. It is thought that they evolved from Bearded Collie in early 19th century and possibly with crosses from Briard and Hungarian sheepdog. Farmers commonly docked this breeds tails in early 19th century to claim exemption from English taxes. This was because longer haired 'luxury' dogs only qualified as working dogs if tails were docked.
The Old English Sheepdogs have been nicknamed Bobtail, because their tails are customarily docked. If coat is not properly cared for and well-groomed, it can cause skin parasites.
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