Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Sheepdog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 1Sheepdogs and Cattledogs
Section 1Sheepdogs
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Though the Old English Sheepdogs registry is listed as Britain its actual ancestry is thought to be from the European Shepherd Dogs of the Owtcharka and Bergamasco types bred to sheepdogs of Britain. It is now regarded as a native British breed, often called the Bob-Tail. Strong, compact and profusely coated; his coat is a distinctive feature and is weather-resistant. Basically a country dog, intelligent and friendly; he has a particularly resonant bark sufficient to frighten off any intruder.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strong, square-looking dog of 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. 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.
KC
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.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Dog standing lower at withers than loin. Head in proportion to the size of the body. Muzzle measuring approximately half of the total head length.
KC
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.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
A biddable dog of even disposition. Bold, faithful and trustworthy, with no suggestion of nervousness or unprovoked aggression.
KC
A biddable dog of even disposition. Bold, faithful and trustworthy, with no suggestion of nervousness or unprovoked aggression.

HEAD

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KC
In proportion to the size of the body. Skull capacious, rather square. Well arched above eyes, stop well defined. Muzzle strong, square and truncated, measuring approximately half of the total head length. Nose large and black. Nostrils wide.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Capacious, rather square. Well arched above eyes.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Large and black. Nostrils wide.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong, square and truncated.
KC
Teeth strong, 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.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
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 bite tolerated but undesirable.

Eyes

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FCI
Set well apart. Dark or wall eyes. Two blue eyes acceptable. Light eyes undesirable. Pigmentation on the eye rims is preferred.
KC
Set well apart. Dark or wall eyes. Two blue eyes acceptable. Light eyes undesirable. Pigmentation on the eye rim is preferred.

Ears

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FCI
Small and carried flat to side of head.
KC
Small and carried flat to side of head.

NECK

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FCI
Fairly long, strong, arched gracefully.
KC
Fairly long, strong, arched gracefully.

BODY

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FCI
Rather short and compact.
KC
Rather short, and compact, with well sprung ribs, and deep capacious brisket.

Loin

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FCI
Very sturdy, broad and gently arched.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, capacious brisket. Ribs well-sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Previously customarily docked or natural stumpytail.
Docked: Customarily completely docked.
Undocked: Natural carriage. Well feathered with abundant hard-textured coat.
KC
Previously customarily docked or natural bobtail. Docked: Customarily completely docked. Undocked: Natural carriage. Well feathered with abundant, hard-textured coat.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Shoulder Well laid back, being narrower at the point of withers than at the point of shoulder. Loaded shoulders undesirable.
KC
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.

Elbow

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FCI
Fitting close to brisket.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Forelegs perfectly straight, with plenty of bone, holding body well from ground.

FEET

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KC
Small, round and tight, toes well arched, pads thick and hard.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, round and tight. Toes well arched. Pads thick and hard. Turning neither in nor out.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Quarters well covered, round and muscular.
KC
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 viewed from behind, the rear pasterns should be parallel, with the feet turning neither in nor out.

Stifle

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FCI
Well turned, but not exaggerated.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Long and well developed.

Hock joint

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FCI
Set low.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Parallel, viewed from behind.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
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.
KC
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.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI

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 and profusion.
KC
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 profusion to be considered above length and profusion.

COLOUR

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FCI
Any shade of grey, grizzle or blue. Body and hindquarters of solid colour with or without white socks. 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.
KC
Any shade of grey, grizzle or blue. Body and hindquarters of solid colour with or without white socks. 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.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 61 cms (24 ins) and upwards; bitches: 56 cms (22 ins) and upwards. Type and symmetry of greatest importance, and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone.

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 61 cms and upwards.
Females 56 cms and upwards.
Type and symmetry of greatest importance, and on no account to be sacrified to size alone.

FAULTS

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FCI
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 traditional work.
KC
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 the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.