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Originally from the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and first appearing during the 1700s, these dogs are indeed both old and English.
Their large size made them well suited to herding sheep on the rugged terrain and enduring harsh weather conditions, while still protecting sheep from predators.
Their background is something of a mystery. Competing theories have their ancestors hailing anywhere from France to Russia. In the late 1880s, a prominent Pittsburgh industrialist by the name of Wade was said to have first started promoting these friendly, devoted dogs in the US. If only he was still around today so we could thank him.
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