English Shepherds are an intelligent, energetic, and devoted breed. They make excellent farm dogs and family pets. The English Shepherd has descended from the same stock as the collies and shepherds of Scotland and Northern England. When settlers came to the US they brought their farm dogs with them and this type of dog was commonly called an "English Shepherd". It is also sometimes called “farm collie” or “farm shepherd” The English Shepherd has been recognized as a distinct breed, registered with the UKC, since the 1930's. Photographic evidence of this type of dog is very common dating back to around the late 1800’s
The English Shepherd is an all-around farm dog, being used as a herding dog, watch dog, hunting dog, and child's companion. Unlike some other herding dogs, as a breed English Shepherds have not been specialized to work
one species of livestock. English Shepherds have primarily been used on small diversified farms that have a number of different livestock species, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and poultry. English shepherds both herd and
protect livestock. They make excellent farm dogs, but may also adjust to an active life in the city. They are energetic, independent, devoted, and extremely gentle, making them wonderful companions for any age.
English Shepherd's also make excellent watch and guard dogs and may be trained for hunting. They are very capable when carrying items with their teeth. The English Shepherd is a very people-oriented dog and makes an excellent
companion, watchdog, working farm dog, or family pet.
English Shepherds require plenty of exercise and activity. An owner in the city should be willing to take frequent and lengthy walks and romps with a dog of this breed. The English Shepherd is a medium sized dog, usually somewhat longer than it is tall. It generally weighs between 40 and 70 pounds (20 to 30 kg) and is balanced in proportions. As a working dog on small farms, English Shepherds have evolved to fulfill a variety of needs.
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