National Old English Sheepdog Council

Affiliated with the Australian National Kennel Council


Australian Breed Standard
    A strong, compact-looking dog of great symmetry; absolutely free of legginess; profusely coated all over. All round he
   is a thick-set, muscular, able-bodied dog, with a most intelligent expression, free of all Poodle or Deerhound character
    The dog stands lower at the shoulders than the loin. When walking or trotting has a characteristic
    ambling or pacing movement. His bark should be loud with a peculiar "pot-casse" ring in it. 

     (There is no specification for temperament.) 
   Head And Skull:  
   Skull capacious and rather squarely formed, giving plenty of room for brain power. The parts over the eye
   should be well arched and the whole well-covered with hair. Jaw fairly long, strong, square and truncated;
   the stop  should be defined to avoid a Deerhound face. Nose always black, large and capacious. 
   Dark or wall eyes are to be preferred. 
   Small and carried flat to side of head, coated moderately.

   Teeth strong and large, evenly placed and level.
    The neck should be fairly long, arched gracefully, and well coated with hair.

    The forelegs should be dead straight, with plenty of bone, holding the body well from the   ground,   without  
    approaching legginess, well coated all round. The shoulders sloping and narrow at the points, the dog standing
    lower at the   shoulders than at the loin.

    Rather short and very compact, ribs well sprung and brisket deep and capacious. The loin should be very stout
   and gently arched.
    The hindquarters should be round and muscular, hocks well let down and the hams densely coated with
    a thick, long jacket in excess of that of any other part of the body.
   Small, round; toes well arched, and pads thick and round. 
     Preferably docked. Puppies requiring docking should have the operation performed within a week from birth,
     preferably within four days.

     Very elastic in gallop but in walking or trotting has a characteristic ambling or pacing movement. 

     Profuse and of good hard texture; not straight, but shaggy and free from curl. The undercoat should be a
     waterproof pile when not removed by grooming.

    Any shade of grey, grizzle, blue or blue merle, with or without white markings; any shade of brown or sable to be
    considered distinctly objectionable and not to be encouraged.
    56 cm (22 ins) and upwards for dogs, slightly less for bitches. Type, symmetry and character of the greatest
    importance and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone.

    A long, narrow head.

    Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. 
   For more detailed information see the   Australian Breed Standard Extension.