There have undoubtedly been some famous Old English Sheepdogs over the years. Either they were made famous by the celebrities who owned them, or they achieved fame through their own efforts. See how many of these famous Old English Sheepdogs you know.

Famous People Who Owned Old English Sheepdogs

There have been many people, famous for one reason or another, who have owned Old English Sheepdogs. Some have even brought a certain level of fame to their dogs through having them appear in photos with them, and even writing a song about their dog.

  • Famous families from the American industrialism period; the Morgans, Vanderbilts, and Guggenheims.
  • 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, named his dog “Tiny.”
  • Many other famous personalities, such as Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Katharine Ross, Joan Van Ark, Emily Carr, Capitan Kangaroo, CC Sabathia, Robert Ripley, and Robert Kennedy.
  • Sir Paul McCartney wrote a song about his dog Martha called “Martha My Dear.” Although Martha is no longer with him, one of her offspring appears with Paul on the cover of his album, “Paul Is Live.”

Famous Sheepdog Actors (Real and Not So Real)

Because Old English Sheepdogs are considered very intelligent, they tend to make good actors. And as they are so clownish, they make for great cartoon characters. Here are some examples of famous sheepdog actors.


  • Alfie in Serpico
  • Edison in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Hobo in Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
  • Wilby Daniels in The Shaggy Dog

And Not So Real

  • The Colonel from 101 Dalmatians
  • Prince Eric’s dog “Max” from The Little Mermaid
  • Barkley of Sesame Street
  • Mooch in Lady and the Tramp


There are many more famous Old English Sheepdogs, both real and not so real. Either way, they have brought a lot of love and laughter to many people.