A sheepdog that rolls like a bear
Original Name : Bobtail, Old English Sheepdog
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Bobtail
Male size : At least 24 inches
Female size : At least 22 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
Strong, square-looking dogs of robust build and great symmetry, Old English Sheepdogs are stocky, muscular canines with a very intelligent expression. Their rolling gait is typical of the breed, while their bark is also distinctive.
Proportionate to the overall size of the dog.
Fairly short and compact. The loins are very robust, broad and slightly arched. The chest is deep and generous.
Any shade of gray, grizzled or blue.
Small, carried flat against the side of the head.
Docked at birth, though it may also be kept long. If so, it is set low and never carried curled or over the back. There must be no kink. It must be well feathered and abundantly coated.
Abundant, with harsh texture. Not straight but shaggy and curl-free.
Bobtails are docile, even-tempered dogs. Hardy, faithful and confident, they are in no way anxious or aggressive unless provoked. Some of their vital statistics are typical of the breed, not least the length of the muzzle, which is around half as long as the total length of the head. In standing position, the withers are lower than the loins, also, while the body appears pear-shaped when viewed from above.The breed standard leaves it to the judges to evaluate measurements, because type and symmetry are much more important and should always have priority. Natural forms must not be modified by scissoring or clipping.