It is the oldest of British herding dogs, also called Old English Sheepdog, and the only island specific dog breed. It is assumed that the Scottish sheepdog Collie, the Owtzar sheepdog and the Hungarian Puli shepherd dog are descending from the Bobtail dog breed. Descending from the renowned sheepdogs of the antiquity, the Bobtail is known for over a millenia for its elasticity in managing and supervising the herd, and famous for its lack of tail, which, if it exists at birth, is cut in the early days of life by shepherds.Another peculiarity of the breed is its specific walk, resembling a horse sometimes. Robust, muscular, with a look that expresses safety and intelligence, balanced, free of any frailty, the Bobtail dog breed is far from any traits similar to the Caniche or Scottish greyhound. Over the past 50 years, due to its original appearance - thick fur, eyes sometimes hidden, covered with abundant hair - and his peaceful character, friendly towards man, loved by children, the Bobtail came into appartments as a companion dog. Less known in Europe, the Bobtail became extremely popular outside its country of origin, especially in the USA.
Dog group: sheepdogs.
Head: Large and square skill, domed crown covered with thick hair. Jaws are long, strong, with a pronounced stop.
Eyes: Bobtail specimens with dark colored eyes or of different colored eyes - characteristic for this breed - are preffered. Virtually, they are covered with abundant hair.
Ears: Small and held pressed on the sides of the head.
Body: Short and very stocky body. Chest broad, hips strong and slightly arched. Forelimbs straight, not too long, with good bones and entirely covered with abundant hair. Hind legs with firm muscles and rounded rear, bottom and legs thighs place often covered with thick hair that is longer than on the rest of the body.
Tail: In principle, absent; it must be cut at birth if it exists.
Lifespan: around 10 years