Vixen Paw Lift

In this photograph, Vixen is displaying the body language of a confident dog. Her head is held up, with her eyes and nose oriented in the same direction, toward the unblinking eye of a large 55 mm camera lens. Her lips are relaxed but held back slightly. Her ears are alert but not tensely forward. Her tail is up in a normal, semi-relaxed position. Her front paw-lift is the icing on this cake, which says I am happy and confident in my environment.


The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd is a breed of working dog native to the United States. The English shepherd is an all-purpose farm dog capable of working with any species of livestock. Rural families have favored these dogs for generations due to their grit, loyalty, and desire to please. ES activities include hunting, tracking, search-and-rescue, agility, obedience, companionship, and guard dog duty.

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The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association is a Tennessee non-profit public benefit corporation. We operate solely for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We work to preserve the unique qualities, integrity and longevity of the bloodline.