English Shepherd Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

English Shepherd

English Shepherd


Developed in the United States from farm dogs brought by English and Scottish settlers, the English Shepherd is a versatile working breed that masterfully performs an incredible number of tasks. These dogs are used as a herding dog, livestock guardian, farm watchdog, hunting dog, vermin eradicator and a child’s companion. The English Shepherd is very unusual and highly intelligent breed.

Height: 18-23 inches  Weight: 40-60 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


The English Shepherd is a medium-sized dog, well-balanced, agile and brave. This dog is athletic and has great stamina.  Even in a state of anxiety, dogs of this breed show incredible wit and ingenuity.


The English Shepherd is not recommended for people with lack of experience. This is fearless, affectionate, loyal and devoted breed. As a rule, these dogs get attached to one particular member of the family, which is considered to be their master. English Shepherds are good with children, dogs and other pets with whom they grew up. Dogs of this breed are very cautious and suspicious of strangers and will do everything to protect their family and territory.

Coat / Care:

The English Shepherd`s coat is composed of two layers. The outer layer is long, straight or slightly wavy and rather rough on the structure. The undercoat is dense and soft, with fine structure. In order to maintain a woolen blanket healthy, regular grooming is required. Bathe your dog only if necessary.

Health Problems:

English Shepherds are generally healthy dogs, typically avoiding problems (like hip dysplasia) that are more common in some other breeds. The English Shepherd has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Weight / Height:

The male English Shepherd dog breed’s height is around 18 – 23 inches and weighs around 45 and 60 pounds. Female English Shepherd dogs can reach a size from 18 – 23 inches and weighs between 40 and 50 pounds.


The English Shepherd is very quick to learn farm routines and will work independently with little training. For this reason, it is very important to conduct early socialization and obedience training. This dog needs a dominant owner, but rough or heavy-handed training methods are completely ineffective. Education should be based on firmness, fairness, patience and consistency. Because of keen herding instincts, they can be trained to compete in herding trials.


The English Shepherd is not suitable for a city apartment. It needs a house in the countryside or a farm where it will have enough space for walks. Dogs of this breed require demanding exercise and mental stimulation.

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