One thing to instantly notice about the Old English Sheepdog is its abundant hair that covers its body from head to the tip of its tail. Although it is a large and compact dog, weighing 60 to 90 pounds and standing 56 to 61 centimetres, it is quite nimble with a bear-like gait. Appearance-wise, this dog breed appears heavy with a broad chest and long arched neck. The head is also large and square-shaped with a defined stop, ears small lying flat against the head, and eyes are usually blue or black.
The Old English Sheepdog sports a dense and abundant coat that is neither curly nor straight. It is comprised of a harsh topcoat and a soft undercoat. Old English Sheepdogs come in a variety of colours such as grizzle, grey, blue, blue merle, fawn or brown, and often wear white markings. Typical of a breed with an abundant coat, this dog is high-maintenance when it comes to grooming. It also sheds heavily and will require to be brushed daily for hours to keep its coat healthy and tangle-free. Many owners hire the services of a professional groomer especially when it comes to bathing an Old English Sheepdog.
Other than coat care, it is important to pay close attention to other dog grooming regimens. Make sure that the ears are checked and cleaned to avoid excessive wax build-up. Teeth should be brushed at least thrice a week, preferably daily, to prevent gum disease. Trimming the nails is also important to keep the Old English Sheepdog developing overgrowth, which is quite painful for dogs.