|Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 6:21pm PST |
|Hi Thor. I guess I'm the resident ES maniac, although Skarlet is also around.
ES are a bit hard to generalize, both physically and temperamentally. They're a diverse lot, bred for working under different farming conditions. I have friends with ES ranging from around 35 to over 80 pounds. Their sociability with other dogs and strange people varies, from friendly through aloof to hostile attitudes. People thinking of getting an ES should pick their dog carefully based on expected temperament and working abilities.
Some generalities can be made. They are intelligent dogs (sometimes scary smart.) They require leadership (socialization, training, partnership with you, and some kind of a defined job), and they tend to be bossy and very focused on the "rules"- their concept of how things are "supposed to be".
If you are interested in reading more, I have an informational page with a number of educational links at my blog. Unfortunately, I've been neglecting it a bit since my female cat died...
...but I believe the links are still good, and I mainly wanted to make additions.
English Shepherds 101
Please let me know if you have any more questions or want clarification on anything.
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