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Old 03-21-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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does anyone have one? if so do you have any pictures?
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I have only met one that was owned by a friend of mine who lived upstate New York in a rural area. His name was Monty and looked very much like the dog in this picture:

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/englishshepherd.htm

He was a family pet, not a working dog, and was terrific with their kids.
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thanks for link................. not what i imagined them to look like
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State side the English Shepherd is a dog that can often be mistaken for an Australian Shepherd or Border Collie. They are quite similar in type. The big difference between the English and the Aussie is colors allowed. The Aussie cannot be sable colored even though there have been occasional instances where sables do show up.

I think these three breeds all share a common ancestor. The English Shepherd was probably one of the dogs introduced into to create the Aussie. The Austrailian shepherd was developed in the States by crossing various farm collies to the dogs the Basque Shepherds brought with them when they came with herds of Australian Sheep. One other ancestor to the Aussie is believed to be the Perenian (sp?) Shepherd.

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Were you maybe expecting the English Sheep Dog?


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I think you may have trouble finding a picture of THE English Shepherd. I gather that they are not recognized by any registry and so might be a bit like Border Collies were twenty years ago.
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English Shepherds are no longer the well known breed they were 70 years ago. Although they have been registered as a distinct breed for over 80 years, the population of English shepherds is smaller, and more diverse, than most breeds. There are several factors which have contributed to this diversity:

Multiple Registries ~ English shepherds are registered by the English Shepherd Club, UKC, IESR, and ARF. Different factions within the breed have favored one or another registry, while others chose not to register their dogs at all and maintained their pedigree records in the family album. Notably, English Shepherds have never been recognized by the AKC - a fact virtually all English Shepherd owners are grateful for!


Function over form ~ English shepherds have never participated to any great extent in competitive conformation shows..


Practical Working Ability ~ Although English shepherds have long participated in working trials -- particularly local ranch and cow dog competitions -- they have always primarily been working farm dogs, not competition dogs. As a consequence, they have not been rigorously selected for a single, stereotyped "style" of working, but rather for the traits that were desirable in their breeder's particular circumstances.
With all this variation, it can be difficult to get a handle on what it is that defines English shepherds. While the breed does have a standard, listening to stories about the dogs and looking at photos (especially the old, faded ones tucked away in that family album) are the best ways to gain an appreciation for this breed. As mentioned above, Honey has some stories to share, photos too for that matter, but the following story about Honey's family illustrates the background that contributed to her achievements. She's a good dog, and a good English Shepherd, because she came from good roots.
http://www.englishshepherds.net/AHBA_article.htm
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English Shepherds are still considered a rare breed. I don't think there are a whole lot of them in the States.

They share very similar characteristics to the Australian Shepherd with the exception they don't have merle colorations of their cousins and they are not characteristically a docked or tailess breed ... though like the Aussies some pups can be born without a tail.

Temperament and herding style is somewhat similar between the Aussie and the English Shepherd. In fact I think the English Shepherd is probably a direct ancestor to the Australian.

Here is a link to the English Shepherd Website
http://www.englishshepherd.org/

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Hi! I have a tricolor English Shepherd and have been doing a lot of research about where to get a second. They are amazing dogs and I can't imagine my house without one now to keep everything in line
You can friend me on Facebook if you'd like to flip through my albums (there are plenty of pictures to go through). I have three albums dedicated to pictures of a whole family of English Shepherds as well. A friend of mine breeds them.
Here's a picture of my boy in his therapy dog jacket.

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Ready for a real aww moment? English Shepherd puppies!!


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