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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 Maine?
The short answer is: Extremely dog-friendly! Maine consistently ranks in the top 10 for dog-friendly states, across several different studies. The top two studies come from ranking sites Pawsafe and Safewise.
Pawsafe’s study ranks all 50 states according to their overall safety and friendliness for pets. They rank the states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In Pawsafe study, Maine ranks as the 2nd most pet-friendly state! The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise ran a similar study that ranks Maine as the 10th most pet-friendly state. Averaging these two studies together puts Maine close to the very front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Maine
BringFido lists Maine as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 2800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Acadia National Park and Willard Beach as popular dog-friendly attractions.
Thirty-six percent of Maine residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Maine are Labradors, Beagles, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Collies, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Maine
Maine saved 16,389 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 199 animals were killed over this same period.
Twenty-six out of 30 of the animal shelters within Maine are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Great work, Maine!
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