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English Shepherd Dog Breed

The English Shepherd is a versatile working breed developed in the United States. It traces its lineage to the Collie and from farm dogs brought by the early English and Scottish settlers. This is a medium-sized dog with well-balanced proportions and a sturdy build. It stands at a height of 18 to 23 inches and weighs 40 to 60 pounds. The English Shepherd bears resemblance to Border Collies and Australian Shepherd. It has a broad skull, moderately broad muzzle with a slightly defined stop. It has a strong and arched neck, broad and level back, brown eyes that are moderately round. The tail is moderately long with a sweep at the end. The medium-length coat is weather and dirt-resistant and can either be straight, wavy or curly. The hair is short and smooth on the head but with moderate feathering on the backs of forelegs and breeches and the tail is plume-like. There are four basic colours: black and tan, sable and white, black and white and tri-colour (black, tan and white).

Highly intelligent, agile, independent and active, the English Shepherd is an all-around working dog used for herding and protecting stock. They are also good as watch dogs. They are adaptable, flexible and respond easily to their master’s voice and are good with children. They are generally friendly but can be reserved towards strangers. Equipped with keen and powerful senses and a stamina that makes the capable to work long hours, the English shepherd can even trail lost or injured animals.

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