Trimming- Dense Coat
This Old English Sheepdog has a
so the hair on his head tends to
Trimming & Topknots:
Some people use a combination of the
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& Shaggy Dog Rescue Assistance
& Home Grooming The Companion Old English
Old English Sheepdog- Topknot or
The importance of a topknot, trimming the
hair near the eyes or both.
Trimming- Thinner Coat
These are Old English Sheepdogs with
coats. Note how their hair tends to
English Sheepdogs need to have the
hair over their eyes either pulled
up into a topknot or trimmed
Keeping hair out of the field of vision
is essential for both safety and
If you trim your OESs hair near
the corners of his/her eyes and
the hair above the eyes, you
must continue to trim the hair
as it begins to grow out and
obstruct the dog's vision.
But this method of allowing your
dog to see won't require daily
fussing. Be forewarned
however that if you later decide
you want topknots, it will take
some time for the hair to grow
out and this
transition stage can be a
If you allow your OESs hair to
grow out, you must always put
the hair up in a topknot.
Be prepared for the need to
refresh it at least a couple of
times during the day... more
often if you have multiple dogs
that like to wrestle.
can be pulled up into one or
more topknots and held in place
with regular woman's hair bands
or the tiny no-snag ones.
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Topknots And/Or Trimming Is Vital For Deaf
Dogs & Vision Challenged Dogs
Deaf Dogs- If your OES is
deaf, it's even more important that
hair is not obstructing the dog's
view. They need to be able to
see you in order to follow visual
cues like if you're leaving the room
and see sign language commands.
They rely heavily on their vision
since one of their senses is
Hair can be allowed to drop over and
cover a missing or non-functioning
eye. The hair might help to
protect that eye from blowing
debris. Be sure to check the
blind eye(s) or socket daily however
to remove any secretions or goop and
to be sure it's healthy.
I think it's best to allow for some
air flow so her hair is layered and
just long enough to cover the eye
Even though an eye is
non-functioning or missing, you
still need to watch for infection or
injury. If a dog has even a
limited amount of vision, keep the
hair in a topknot or trim it
little girl on the left is missing her right
eye. She does have very
limited vision in her left eye so
the hair over that eye is trimmed
Using Both Topknots & Trimming
boy's hair near the inside corners
of his eyes is in the process of
growing out. During this
phase, the hair near his eyes would
get flattened with water so he could
as on the left with the hair now
grown out. Note that he does
still get a little trimming done in
the corners near his eyes due to the
thickness of his beard.
near the inside corners of this
girls eyes is always trimmed and
she always has a topknot except at
bath time or during grooming.
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