The Old English Sheepdog, sometimes called the ‘Bobtail,’ or in Australia the ‘Dulux dog,’ originated from the southwest counties of England, where it was used to drive cattle and sheep to market. It is thought to be a relatively new breed, with the first references to this breed of dog found in the late 1700’s. It is possibly a cross between a Scottish Bearded Collie and a Russian Owtchar, which is a similar-looking large, shaggy-coated dog used for herding livestock.
In the early days, the tails of this breed were often docked to avoid injury when working with livestock, although there is a recessive gene that produces puppies who naturally have no tails, which is why it is sometimes known as the ‘Bobtail.’ Purebred Old English Sheepdog were once on the ‘potentially endangered’ list when the well-known paint brand Dulux adopted them as their brand mascot in 1961, gaining them renewed popularity worldwide.
Old English Sheepdogs have a thick shaggy coat that is both waterproof and acts as a sunscreen in hot weather. They are known for their friendly and playful nature. They make great family companions for families with plenty of space, and they are particularly good companions for older children. However, their large size may intimidate smaller kids. They are known to be intelligent but can be very independent, requiring consistent and firm training.
The shaggy coats of Old English Sheepdogs require a lot of care, so be prepared to spend at least five hours a week grooming this loveable companion. This breed is also very energetic and requires a lot of daily exercise.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.