"Unrefined to this day, English Shepherds still possess antique features once common to all early shepherds dogs- its broad head, varying ear carriage and tail lengths, its half-coat, its multi-purpose working type and its sagacity remain hallmarks of the breed. These dogs are living history. What many shepherds once were, the English Shepherd still is." ~ Vivian Flynt, Breed Historian
The English Shepherd is a gorgeous dog of medium build. The average adult stands around 20 inches at the shoulder, and weighs 50 pounds. A dense coat of medium length hair requires minimal
grooming, sheds water and dirt, and is able to adjust to any climate. English Shepherds are level-headed, suited to many jobs around the small or large farm. Energetic, agile, athletic, quick, sturdy and muscular. The English Shepherd shows alertness and intelligence in his face. They have the unique ability to adapt to all types of livestock, never too rough, discerning the amount of force needed whether cattle or chickens. Naturally gentle with young livestock and children. Natural instincts enable him to work independently with minimal direction, using choice and consequence sometimes unbelievable. Yet, he desires to please and work in partnership with his master, too. Not obsessive about herding, the English Shepherd is quite willing to lie about, even on your lap, when there is no work to do. Just when you think him asleep, with an eager gaze and bright eyes he springs into action when duty calls!
The English Shepherd works in an upright, loose-eyed manner. Generally a low heeler, he will herd and drive or lead when needed, but is not obsessive. Often referred to as possessing an 'off switch.' Confident and purposeful, his commitment to rules compels him to maintain order even when his master is absent.