The English Shepherd is a highly intelligent, all-round working dog that offers many skills to its owners.
The English Shepherd weighs from 35-60 pounds and comes in four basic colors: black and tan, tricolor (black, tan, and white), black and white, and sable and white. Their coat is of medium length, somewhat weather resistant and requires minimal grooming. Their ears are wide set and stand up slightly outward at the base with a sharp bend.
These dogs were bred to work closely with their human counterparts in herding, hunting, and anything else their owners ask of them. This work ethic easily translates to obedience and agility as well as search and rescue and therapy work.
When given enough activites, their temperament is calm and quiet and can be good with children when properly socialized. They may be reserved with strangers, but should never be aggressive. They are highly motivated workers and work well with their owners in learning and doing whatever is asked of them. If not given enough exercise and mental stimulation, they can become destructive as an outlet for their energy and boredom.
The English Shepherd is generally a healthy breed, with the exception of some having hip dysplasia. They live 12-14 years, so be sure your lifestyle is active enough to keep this dog happy and healthy throughout its life.
The English Shepherd Club and The National English Shepherd Rescue, Ltd (N.E.S.R.) are two great places to start researching out the breed further and how to find a breeder or rescue in need of a home.