Old English Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Delaware, DE
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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 Delaware?
Delaware is a great state to own a pet! Compared to all 50 states, Delaware tends to rank as a fairly average location for things like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. But great spots for dogs to roam and play, plus good animal welfare laws make Delaware a solid home for your pup.
Two different leading studies rank Delaware as 28th and 29th most pet-friendly state.
An animal advocacy group called Pawsafe publishes a well-known study ranking the states by factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. They ranked Delaware 28th but gave it good marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Another great study comes from the safety site Safewise. They ranked Delaware 29th with similar rankings across the various indicators.
The consistency between these two studies places Delaware firmly in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Delaware
BringFido lists Delaware as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 600 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site recommends Fenwick Island State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park as fantastic for dog-friendly activities.
Delaware does love dogs! Forty-two percent of Delaware residents own a dog, which is higher than the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Delawareans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Delaware are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Delaware
Delaware saved 11,666 dogs and cats during 2020. No animals were reported killed over this same period.
Amazingly, all of the animal shelters within Delaware are no-kill shelters.
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