The “OES” is known widely for their unique beauty but under their profuse, distinctive coat lies an intelligent and athletic working dog, game for just about any task their master presents for them. They are capable cohorts on and around the farm, in obedience, agility, carting, and anything else that showcases their strength and smarts. The OES comes from the western counties of England and originated in the early 1800s as a drover’s dog to help get herds of livestock to major city markets. Their bobtail signaled their tax-exempt status as working dogs. They are an affectionate, animated, and active breed that needs lots of interaction and exercise. They possess strong herding instincts and may try to herd their people and other animals. Their abundant coat requires regular grooming to prevent mats and remove dirt and foreign objects.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.