New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue

New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc.



Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the waiting list for an Old English Sheepdog?

Getting a rescue Old English Sheepdog can take from several days to several weeks or months, depending on your needs, and the available dogs. Please remember that we are all volunteers, so your patience is appreciated.

All adoption applications are date stamped. Once a dog is available for adoption, we sort through the list looking for the best match for each dog based on its needs and requirements. 

Please keep in mind that we do not make adoption decisions based on who has seen the dog first, or who has completed an application the earliest. The well-being of the animal is our top concern.

What is the adoption process consist of?

A prospective adoptive family must first fill out an adoption application

Any family that meets the needs and requirements of a particular dog will be notified. These families will have an opportunity to meet the dog, learn about the dog's situation, be interviewed by a member of our rescue team, and schedule a home check (if not already done).  A home check allows us to determine if your home is a match for that particular dog as well as answer any questions you may have about the care of Old English Sheepdogs.

How much does it cost to adopt an Old English Sheepdog from NEOESR?

We ask for a adoption fee of $250 plus $30 membership which entitles you to a year's subscription to our publication Tale's End.  The Rescue dog will have been temperament tested, neutered or spayed, have had all the necessary inoculations, a heartworm test, stool test for worms, and medical treatment will be given as needed before the dog is adopted. A complete physical is given as well as the required Rabies shot.

How expensive is it to care for an Old English Sheepdog?

The following is a general estimate of how much it would cost to take care of your Old English Sheepdog each year.

  • Vet trips (2 per year):  $400
  • Food @ $50 per month: $600
  • Grooming @$75 per month: $900

Total costs would be close to $2,000 per year.

How much does a full grown Old English Sheepdog weigh?

An adult will be between 60-100 pounds, and be 21 inches or taller at the shoulder.

Why don't Old English Sheepdogs have tails?

Breeders in the U.S. and Canada follow the breed standard which requires docking the tail. 

Are the dogs purebred?

If by "purebred" you mean are they Old English Sheepdogs - yes they are, unless they are designated as nearly or mixes.

Where do the rescue dogs come from?

Dogs need new homes for a variety of reasons, but the most common ones are because the owners had a change in their lifestyle and are not able or willing to include the dog in that change (moving, new baby, new spouse, moved, etc.).

Old English Sheepdogs that have been neglected thrive when given the attention they need. Some have not been neglected or abused, but just simply need a new home. Some may been abused.  A few also come from puppy mills - these dogs can be quite needy and are not for everyone

I've heard that Old English Sheepdogs are great with kids.  I'd like to get one for the family.

Since Old English Sheepdogs tend to be large, boisterous, herding dogs they are not always good with young children.  We prefer not to place Old English Sheepdogs in homes with children under 6 years of age.  But each home is different, as well as each dog. Adoptions are based on what is best for the dog, AND for the adopters.

Can I get a dog I can breed? I think it would be great to have all of those cute puppies.

No!  All dogs that are placed from NEOESR are spayed or neutered first.

How much exercise does an Old English Sheepdog need?

That depends on the dog.  Some have a great deal of energy and will need a lot of exercise, while others are couch potatoes.  Generally, an Old English Sheepdog will do well with a couple of good walks each day.   However, the more exercise they get, the happier and healthier they are.  Remember....a tired dog is a good dog!

What medical problems are common with Old English Sheepdogs?

Sheepdogs tend to be generally healthy.  However, they may be prone to hip dysplasia and thyroid problems.

Hip dysplasia is a common degenerative joint disease.  Medical management includes diet, exercise, supplements, anti-inflammatories, and pain relief.  Surgery may also be an option.

Thyroid problems can produce symptoms such as listlessness, loss of hair, easy weight gain leading to obesity or dramatic weight loss. Daily medication may be prescribed to keep this disease in check.

In addition, you can check the Old English Sheepdog Club of America health website  for more information regarding what diseases are prevalent in Old English Sheepdgos and some diagnostic and treatment information.