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Old English Sheepdog Characteristics
Famous for its shaggy black and white coat, the Old English Sheepdog is instantly identifiable. These dogs were originally bred as herding dogs, but now are more popular as loving and protective household companions. The Old English Sheepdog (or OES for short) is a great candidate if you're looking for a large companion dog who is happy to learn and spend time with its people.
The Old English Sheepdog is thought to have originated in England in the late 1800s. After being brought to America in the early 1900s, it enjoyed a reputation as a breed for the upper-class. By the mid-1970s, it had reached peak popularity and was a common household companion. Since then, the popularity has dwindled due to the effort required to care for its iconic coat.
These are large dogs that appear even larger thanks to their fluffy exterior. Males stand around 22 inches tall and weigh 80 to 100 pounds. Females stand a little bit shorter at around 21 inches tall and weigh 60 to 85 pounds. While the OES does not shed as much as you might think, their coat does require a substantial amount of upkeep and professional grooming to prevent matting.
These dogs have lovable and clownish personalities and are always looking for ways to make their humans happy, whether adult or child. The OES is an intelligent breed and does well in obedience sports and herding. The Old English Sheepdog is prone to separation anxiety and does not enjoy spending substantial time outside, so keeping your OES inside where the people are is your best bet.
How dog-friendly is Alabama?
Alabamans are dog-lovers! The state has high dog ownership and several pet-friendly destinations. However, it doesn’t rank well compared to other states when it comes to animal cruelty laws and protections. We hope to see some changes to that soon!
Here’s what you should know about Alabama.
Two major studies for pet-friendliness ranked Alabama in the lower half of all 50 states. Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group, ranked Alabama 43rd. Safewise, a consumer safety review site, ranked it slightly higher at 31st in the country.
Both studies evaluated all 50 states by several factors, including animal welfare laws, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, dog parks, and hiking trails. In both studies, the state scored poorly for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Are cities in Alabama pet-friendly?
Yes! A study by Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Alabama’s biggest city stacked up.
Birmingham was ranked 5th overall of all 100 cities! This pet-friendly city scored 9th in pet budget, 15th in pet health and wellness, and 77th in outdoor pet-friendliness. We blame the heat and humidity for the last ranking, but Birmingham does have beautiful parks and outdoor space.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Alabama
BringFido lists Alabama as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,700 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Forty-seven percent of Alabama residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Alabamans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Alabama are Labradors, Basset Hounds, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Retrievers, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Alabama
Alabama saved 75,761 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 16,825 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Thirty-one out of 93 of the animal shelters within Alabama are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has a below-average save rate of 74%. This is pretty far below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Again, animal protection is an area where Alabama can definitely improve.
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