THE OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
CLUB OF SCOTLAND
The Kennel Club's Breed Standard for
The Old English Sheepdog
Published with the kind permission
from The Kennel
© The Kennel Club
Strong, square looking dog of great symmetry and overall
soundness. Absolutely free of legginess, profusely coated all over. thick-set muscular, able bodied dog with a
most intelligent expression. The natural outline should not be artificially changed by scissoring or clipping.
Of great stamina, exhibiting a gently rising topline,
and a pear shaped body when viewed from above. The gait has a typical roll when ambling or walking. Bark has a
distinctive toned quality.
A biddable dog of even disposition. Bold, faithful and
trustworthy, with no suggestion of nervousness or unprovoked aggression
Head and Skull.
In proportion to size of body. Skull capacious rather
square. Well arched above eyes, stop well defined. Muzzle strong, square and truncated, measuring approx. half
of the total head length. Nose large and black. Nostrils wide.
Set well apart. Dark or wall eyes. Two blue eyes acceptable.
Light eyes undesirable. Pigmentation on the eye rims preferred.
Small and carried flat to side of head.
Teeth strong, large and evenly placed. Scissor bite
- jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and set square to the jaws. Pincer tolerated but undesirable.
Fairly long, strong, arched gracefully.
Forelegs perfectly straight, with plenty of bone, holding
body well from ground. Elbows fitting closely 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 the withers
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, and the hocks
set low. From the rear the hocks should be quite straight, with the feet turning neither in nor out.
Small, round and tight, toes well arched, pads thick
and hard. Dew claws should be removed.
Customarily completely docked.
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,
texture and profusionn to be considered above mere length.
Any shade of grey, grizzle or blue. Body and hindquarters
of solid colour with or without white socks. White patches in solid area to be discouraged. Head, neck, forequarters
and underbelly to be white with or without markings. Any shade of brown undesirable.
61 cms (24 inches) and upwards for dogs, 56 cms (22 inches) and upwards for bitches. Type and symmetry of greatest
importance, and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered
a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded in exact proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
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ENGLISH SHEEPDOG CLUB OF SCOTLAND
Mrs. Margaret McWilliam
Drive, Montfode Estate, Ardrossan KA22 8PE