Breed Banter

The Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog dates back to the early 1800’s with the country of origin… Great Britain.

Their first use was for herding sheep and other livestock, but they also make a great companion.  The Sheepdog can become quite large so early training may be necessary.

Puppies are born with a black and white coat, and it’s only after the puppy coat has been shed that the more common grey or silver shaggy hair appears.

The American Kennel Club says the breed has “a clownish energy so requires regular exercise.” The AKC recognized the Sheepdog in the Herding Group in 1888.

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The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is still America’s top dog according to the American Kennel Club. In second position is the German Shepard and third is the Beagle.

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the world and make wonderful companions. Colors vary and Labs can be either Black, Chocolate or Yellow. A highly intelligent breed, they are friendly and good-natured. Labrador Retrievers are used for Tracking, Detection, Therapy Work, Disabled Assistance and as Guide Dogs. The Labrador Retriever has been a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club, Inc. since 1917. For more information visit

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