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Comparison of the
Old English Sheepdog
Breed Standard
CKC
Canadian Kennel Club
Breed Standard
AKC
American Kennel Club
Breed Standard

Approved February 10, 1990
Effective March 28, 1990

General Appearance:
A strong,  compact-looking dog of great symmetry, practically the same in measurement from shoulder to stern in height, absolutely free from legginess or weaselness,very elastic in his gallop, but inwalking or trotting he has a characteristic ambling or pacingmovement, and his bark should be loud, with a peculiar "pot-casse" ring in it. Taking him all round, he is a profusely, but not excessively coated, thick-set, muscular, able-bodied dog with a most intelligent expression, free from all Poodle or Deerhound character. Soundness should be considered of greatest importance.
General Appearance:
A strong, compact, square, balanced dog. Taking him all around, he is profusely, but not excessively coated, thickset, muscular and able-bodied. These qualities, combined with his agility, fit him for the demanding tasks required of a shepherd's or drover's dog. Therefore, soundness is of the greatest importance. His bark is loud with a distinctive "pot-casse" ring in it.

Proportion ~ Length (measured from point of shoulder to point of ischium [tuberosity]) practically the same as the height. Absolutely free from legginess or weaselness.

Substance ~ Well muscled with plenty of bone.

Head ~ A most intelligent expression.

Size:
Twenty-two inches (56 cm) and upwards for dogs and slightly less for bitches. Type, character, and symmetry are of the greatest importance and are on no account to be sacrificed to size alone.
Size: Height 
(measured from top of withers to the ground)

Dogs: 22 inches (55.8 cm) + upward. 
Bitches: 21 inches (53.3 cm) + upward.

Coat & Colour:
Coat profuse, but not so excessive as to give the impression of the dog being overfat, and of a good hard texture; not straight, but shaggy and free from curl. Quality and texture of coat to be considered above mere profuseness. Softness or flatness of coat to be considered a fault. The undercoat should be a waterproof pile, when not removed by grooming or season. Colour any shade of grey, grizzle, blue or blue-merled with or without white markings or in reverse. Any shade of brown or fawn to be considered distinctly objectionable and not to be encouraged.

 

Coat:
Profuse, but not so excessive as to give the impression of the dog being overly fat, and of a good hard texture; not straight, but shaggy and free from curl. Quality and texture of coat to be considered above mere profuseness. Softness or flatness of coat to be considered a fault. The undercoat is a waterproof pile when not removed by grooming or season. Ears coated moderately. The whole skull well covered with hair. The neck well coated with hair. The forelegs well coated all around. The hams densely coated with a thick, long jacket in excess of any other part. Neither the natural outline nor the natural texture of the coat may be changed by any artificial means except that the feet and rear may be trimmed for cleanliness.

Color: Any shade of gray, grizzle, blue or blue merle with or without white markings or in reverse. Any shade of brown or fawn to be considered distinctly objectionable and not to be encouraged.

Skull:
Capacious and rather squarely formed, giving plenty of room for brain power. The parts over the eyes should be well arched and the whole well covered with hair.
Skull:
Capacious and rather squarely formed giving plenty of room for brain power. The parts over the eyes (supra-orbital ridges) are well arched. The whole well covered with hair.
Muzzle:
Fairly long, strong, square, and truncated. The stop should be well defined to avoid a Deerhound face.
(The attention of judges is particularly called to the above properties as a long, narrow head is a deformity.)
Jaw:
Fairly long, strong, square and truncated. (Attention is particularly called to the above properties as a long, narrow head or snipy muzzle is a deformity.)

Stop:
Well defined.

Nose:
Always black, large and capacious.
Nose:
Always black, large and capacious.
Mouth:
Teeth strong and large, evenly placed and level in opposition.
Teeth:
Strong, large and evenly placed. The bite is level or tight scissors.
Eyes:
Vary according to the colour of the dog. Very dark preferred, but in the glaucous or blue dogs a pearl, walleye, or china eye is considered typical.
(A light eye is most objectionable.)
Eyes:
Brown, blue or one of each. If brown, very dark is preferred. If blue, a pearl, china or wall-eye is considered typical. An amber or yellow eye is most objectionable.
Ears:
Medium sized, and carried flat to side of the head, coated moderately.
Ears:
Medium sized and carried flat to the side of the head.
Neck:
The neck should be fairly long, arched gracefully and well coated with hair.
Neck, Topline, Body - Neck:
Fairly long and arched gracefully.
Forequarters:
The shoulders sloping and narrow at the points. The forelegs should be dead straight, with plenty of bone, removing the body a medium height from the ground, without approaching legginess, and well coated all around.
Forequarters:
Shoulders well laid back and narrow at the points. The forelegs dead straight with plenty of bone. The measurements from the withers to the elbow and from the elbow to the ground are practically the same.
Body:
The dogs stands lower at the shoulder than at the loin. Rather short and very compact, ribs well sprung and brisket deep and capacious. Slab-sidedness highly undesirable. The loin be very stout and gently arched.
Topline:
Stands lower at the withers than at the loin with no indication of softness or weakness. Attention is particularly called to this topline as it is a distinguishing characteristic of the breed.

Body:
Rather short and very compact, broader at the rump than at the shoulders, ribs well sprung and brisket deep and capacious. Neither slab-sided nor barrel-chested. The loin is very stout and gently arched.

Hindquarters:
Should be round and muscular and with well-let-down hocks, and the hams densely coated with a thick, long jacket in excess of any other part. Feet small, round; toes well arched, and pads thick and hard.
Hindquarters:
Round and muscular with well let down hocks. When standing, the metatarses are perpendicular to the ground when viewed from any angle.
Tail:
It is preferable that there should be none. Should never, however, exceed 1 1/2 - 2 inches (4 - 5 cm) in grown dogs. When not natural-born bobtails, puppies should be docked at the first joint from the body and the operation performed when they are from three to four days old.
Tail:
Docked close to the body, when not naturally bob tailed.
Faults:
Softness or flatness of coat to be considered a fault. Any shade of brown or fawn to be considered distinctly objectionable and not to be encouraged. A long, narrow head is a deformity. A light eye is most objectionable. Slab-sidedness highly undesirable.
Gait:
When trotting, movement is free and powerful, seemingly effortless, with good reach and drive, and covering maximum ground with minimum steps. Very elastic at a gallop. May amble or pace at lower speeds.
 Scale of Points  
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Skull 5
Eyes 5
Ears 5
Teeth 5
Nose 5
Jaw 5
Foreface 5
Neck and Shoulders 5
Body and Loin 10
Hindquarters 10
Legs 10
Coat (texture, quality and condition) 15
General Appearance 
and Movement
15
Total  100
Temperament:
An adaptable, intelligent dog of even disposition, with no sign of aggression, shyness or nervousness.
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