Today, the versatile English Shepherd has continued to work on farms, yet many otherwise knowledgeable dog fanciers are not familiar with the breed. This is changing as English Shepherds are excelling in the newer dog competitions of Agility Obedience Trials, Herding, Tracking, Schutzhund, and Flyball events.
Legend states, this hard working, herding dog descended from the Roman Cattle Dog that traveled with Caesar and his army in 55 B.C., across Europe, into Britain and to the border lands of Scotland. These drover dogs interbred with local dogs -- the smaller dogs developed the strong eye, and crouching position, becoming the Border Collie, while the larger dogs with the "loose eye" became known as Farm Shepherds or Farm Collies. When the first English settlers immigrated to the new American continent with their cattle, they brought along this breed which soon became known as the English Shepherd.
English Shepherd Standard
Official breed description as set down by the UKC provided by RareBreed Network.
Greytdogs: English Shepherd
Articles and information on the breed characteristics.
Working English Shepherds
The working English Shepherd list, to promote and preserve these animals, as stock and farm dogs.
Last update:March 26, 2015 at 12:54:08 UTC