The official Breed Standard for the Old English Sheepdog
Origin: Great Britian Date of Publication of the official Valid Standard: 13.10.2010
(The lastest amendments are in bold characters)
Strong, square-looking dog with great symmetry and overall
soundness. Absolutely free from legginess, profusely coated all over.
A thick-set muscular, able-bodied dog with a most intelligent expression.
The natural outline should not be artificially changed by scissoring or clipping.
to the size of the body. Skull capacious, rather square. Well arched above eyes,
stop well defined.
stamina, exhibiting a gently rising topline, and a pear-shaped body when viewed
The gait has a typical roll when ambling or walking. Bark has a distinctive
A biddable dog of even disposition. Bold, faithful and trustworthy, with no
suggestion of nervousness or unprovoked aggression.
Head and Skull
Muzzle strong, square and truncated, measuring approximately half of the total
Nose large and black. Nostrils wide.
Set well apart.
Dark or wall eyes. Two blue eyes acceptable. Light eyes undesirable.
Pigmentation on the eye rim is preferred.
- Small and carried flat to side of head.
large, and evenly placed. Scissor bite - jaws strong with a perfect, regular and
complete scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Pincer tolerated but undesirable.
strong, arched gracefully.
Forelegs perfectly straight, with plenty of bone,
holding body well from ground. Elbows fitting close to brisket.
Shoulders should be well laid back, being narrower at the point of withers than
at the point of shoulder.
Loaded shoulders undesirable. Dog standing lower at withers than loin.
Rather short, and compact, with well sprung ribs,
and deep capacious brisket.
Loin very sturdy, broad and gently arched, quarters well
covered round and muscular, the second thigh is long and well developed,
the stifle well turned but not exaggerated, and the hocks set low. When
from behind, the rear pasterns should be parallel
with the feet turning neither in nor out.
and tight, toes well arched, pads thick and hard.
customarily docked or natural stumpytail.
Docked: Customarily completely
Undocked: Natural carriage. Well feathered with abundant, hard-textured coat.
Gait / Movement
When walking, exhibits a bear-like roll from the
rear. When trotting, shows effortless extension and strong driving rear action,
with legs moving straight along line of travel. Very elastic at the gallop. At
slow speeds, some dogs may tend to pace.
When moving, the head carriage may adopt a naturally lower position.
Profuse, of good harsh texture, not straight, but shaggy and
free from curl. Undercoat of waterproof pile.
Head and skull well covered with hair, ears moderately coated, neck well coated,
forelegs well coated all round,
hindquarters more heavily coated than rest of body. Quality and texture to be considered above length
Any shade of grey,
grizzle or blue. Body and hindquarters of solid colour with or without white
White patches in the solid
area to be discouraged. Head, neck, forequarters and under belly to be white with or
without markings. Any shade of brown undesirable.
Height: dogs: 61 cm (24
ins) and upwards; bitches: 56 cm (22 ins) and upwards.
Type and symmetry of
and on no account to be sacrified
to size alone.
Any departure from the
foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the
fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the
health and welfare of the dog and on its ability
to perform its tradtional work.
Agressive or overly shy. Any Dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
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