How long is the waiting
list for an Old English Sheepdog?
Getting a rescue Old English Sheepdog can take from
several days to several weeks or months, depending on your needs, and
the available dogs. Please remember that we are
all volunteers, so your patience is appreciated.
date stamped. Once a dog is available for adoption, we sort through
the list looking for the best match for each dog based
on its needs and requirements.
Please keep in mind that we do not make adoption decisions
based on who has seen the dog first, or who has completed an application
the earliest. The well-being of the animal is our top concern.
What is the adoption process consist of?
A prospective adoptive family must first fill out an adoption
Any family that meets the needs and
requirements of a particular dog will be notified.
These families will have an opportunity to meet the dog, learn
about the dog's situation, be interviewed by a member of our rescue
team, and schedule a home check (if not already done). A home check
allows us to determine if your home is a match for that particular dog
as well as answer any questions you may have about
the care of Old English Sheepdogs.
How much does it cost to adopt an Old English Sheepdog from NEOESR?
We ask for a adoption fee of $250 plus $30 membership
which entitles you to a year's subscription to our publication Tale's
Rescue dog will have been temperament tested, neutered or spayed, have
had all the necessary inoculations, a heartworm test, stool test for
worms, and medical treatment will be given as needed before the dog
is adopted. A complete physical is given as well as the required Rabies
How expensive is it to care for an Old English Sheepdog?
The following is a general estimate of how much
it would cost to take care of your Old English Sheepdog each year.
- Vet trips (2 per year): $400
- Food @ $50 per month: $600
- Grooming @$75 per month: $900
Total costs would be close to $2,000 per year.
How much does a full grown Old English Sheepdog weigh?
An adult will be between 60-100 pounds, and be 21
inches or taller at the shoulder.
Why don't Old English Sheepdogs have tails?
Breeders in the U.S. and Canada follow the breed
which requires docking the tail.
Are the dogs purebred?
If by "purebred" you mean are they
Old English Sheepdogs - yes they are, unless they are designated
as nearly or mixes.
Where do the rescue dogs come from?
Dogs need new homes for a variety of reasons, but the
most common ones are because the owners had a change in their lifestyle
and are not able or willing to include the dog in that change (moving,
new baby, new spouse, moved, etc.).
Old English Sheepdogs that have been neglected thrive
when given the attention they need. Some have not been neglected or
abused, but just simply need a new home. Some may been abused. A
few also come from puppy mills - these dogs can be quite needy and
are not for everyone
I've heard that Old English Sheepdogs are great with
kids. I'd like to get one for the family.
Since Old English Sheepdogs tend to be large, boisterous,
herding dogs they are not always good with young children. We
prefer not to place Old English Sheepdogs in homes with children under
6 years of age. But each home is different, as well as each
dog. Adoptions are based on what is best for the dog, AND for the
Can I get a dog I can breed? I think
it would be great to have all of those cute puppies.
No! All dogs that are placed from NEOESR are
spayed or neutered first.
How much exercise does an Old English Sheepdog need?
That depends on the dog. Some have a great deal
of energy and will need a lot of exercise, while others are couch potatoes. Generally,
an Old English Sheepdog will do well with a couple of good walks each
day. However, the more exercise they get, the happier and
healthier they are. Remember....a tired dog is a good dog!
What medical problems are common with Old English Sheepdogs?
Sheepdogs tend to be generally healthy. However,
they may be prone to hip dysplasia and thyroid problems.
Hip dysplasia is a common
degenerative joint disease. Medical
management includes diet, exercise, supplements, anti-inflammatories,
and pain relief. Surgery may also be an option.
Thyroid problems can produce
symptoms such as listlessness, loss of hair, easy weight gain leading
to obesity or dramatic weight loss. Daily medication may be prescribed
to keep this disease in check.
In addition, you can check the Old
English Sheepdog Club of America health website for more
information regarding what diseases are prevalent in Old English
Sheepdgos and some diagnostic and treatment information.