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The Old Danish Pointer is an undeniably handsome dog with soulful brown eyes, and a sensitive and caring personality to match. Purposefully developed as a hunting breed, this dog is equally suited to family life, as long as they are given the opportunity to be active. They bond well with their owner and are dedicated to them from a young age.

The Old Deerhound Sheepdog is a large hybrid dog that has the slender and athletic build of his Scottish Deerhound parent and the shaggy and bushy looks of his other parent, the Old English Sheepdog. Active, playful, and affectionate, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog makes a wonderful pet, requiring moderate grooming and training, but a lot of exercise.

The Old English Sheepdog is an affectionate, intelligent family dog that thrives on companionship. Despite their shaggy appearance, these dogs are athletic, having been originally bred for working, and have high exercise requirements, as well as needing frequent and intensive grooming. They make excellent pets for young children, and are compatible with other smaller animals.

Before the engineering of the modern day German Shepherd, there was the Old German Shepherd. A breed with great working ability, the Old German Shepherd has protected and worked alongside rural livestock within Germany for centuries. Bred for their skills and athleticism rather than their physical conformation, breed members do not all look alike, though many appear similar to long-haired German Shepherds.

The Olde English Bulldogge is a new breed with an old heritage. The breed is a re-creation of the Regency type bull-baiting dogs, but with a longer nose than modern flat-faced bulldogs. He has a sweet-nature and eagerness to please that makes him ideal as a family pet. A softie with a bulldozer exterior, the Olde English Bulldogge is a little known gem.

The Otterhound is a large and shaggy dog and is listed as vulnerable by the Kennel Club, as demand for its otter-hunting skills evaporated after it almost drove its prey to extinction in the 1970s. It is a jovial, good-natured breed that is almost uniquely independent, and its strong odour and sometimes unruly behaviour lead many owners to keep it as an outdoor pet.