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Judges Education

OESCA Judges Education welcomes all current and aspiring judges to contact us with any questions regarding Old English Sheepdogs (OES) or your OES judging experiences. For your convenience and reference our Study Guide and our bulleted presentation are available for viewing on the website. We have over 30 mentors listed. Feel free to contact one in your area to discuss the breed and arrange a meeting to do a hands-on examination. The OESCA appreciates judging that maintains the definitive qualities of the Old English Sheepdog and the integrity of the Old English Sheepdog Breed Standard.

The Five Hallmarks of the Old English Sheepdog

Balance & Proportion

Type in an OES comes from his proportions. The picture remains unchanged regardless of the size. The OES is balanced regardless of height, color or markings. He is compact and square with substantial bone. An OES is not low and long bodied or tall and short bodied. Square proportions measured from the withers to the ground, point of shoulder to the ischium. Neck is fairly long and gracefully arched. Shoulders well laid back and narrow at the points. Forelegs dead straight with plenty of bone. Hocks well let down, metatarsus are perpendicular to the ground from any angle. Broader at the rump than at the shoulder. The body is thickset, muscular, able-bodied.

Head

Strong, square truncated muzzle. The nose is always black and large. Definitive stop, well arched over eyes. Large squarely formed skull. Dark brown eyes, one or two blue, pearl, china or walleye is typical. Scissors or level bite. A long narrow head or snippy muzzle is a fault.

Topline

The OES topline is a unique characteristic. It is gently arched over a very broad, stout loin. The topline is not to be mistaken for a roach back nor is it a sway back. The correct topline has a gentle rise with the highest point over the loin.

Coat

The OES has a thick soft undercoat next to his body and a crisp harsh shaggy coat on the outside. Quality of coat is more important than mere profuseness. Color is any shade of gray, grizzle, blue or blue merle with or without white markings or in reverse.

Movement

When trotting the movement is free and powerful seeming effortless, with good reach and drive and covers maximum ground with minimum steps. The OES must maintain balance, proportion and topline in motion as when it stands. An OES is to be judged at a trot. May pace or amble at slower speeds.

Examining the Old English Sheepdog

It is of utmost importance for judges to feel for the distinct characteristics that define the breed. The mental picture obtained from your hands, combined with the overall visual appearance should simplify the choice. Grooming can hide faults. It is imperative that judges look past the grooming and feel carefully for correct structure.

OES Skeleton

Please remember that the Old English Sheepdog is not a breed that has a particular outline scissored into it as does a Portuguese Water Dog, a Bichon Frise or a Poodle. "Neither the natural outline nor the natural texture of the coat may be changed by any artificial means…" Should an exhibit lack coat in the locations described in the Standard… "the whole skull well covered with hair", "the neck well coated with hair", "the forelegs well coated all around", and "the hams densely coated with a thick long jacket in excess of any other part", it's grooming does not comply with the OES Standard. OES grooming must represent the "profuse", "shaggy" coat as described in the Old English Sheepdog Breed Standard.

“The Breed Standard is the Blueprint.
The Breeder is the Builder.
And the Judge is the Building Inspector.”

- Percy Roberts

• Reprinted with permission from Dirty Beards Magazine, and Susan Vroom.

 

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OESCA Approved Judge Mentor Listing

In the OESCA Regions map below, click on an area of the country to view a list for that area.

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** CKC Judge

Eastern Region

Chris Gaburri
Pennsylvania
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Southern Region

Edy Dykstra-Blum *
Florida
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Elizabeth Fujikawa
Florida
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Anna Jacobson *
Florida
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Cass Arble
North Carolina
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Joyce Wetzler
Maryland
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Woody Nelson *
Virginia
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Ron Stinson
Virginia
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Central Region

Sally Carr *
Illinois
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Jere Marder
Indiana
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Mary Anne Brocious *
Michigan
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Cathy Drummonds
Michigan
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Karen Fischbach
Ohio
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Jane Collen
Wisconsin
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Marnie Harris
Wisconsin
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Ann Lapp
Wisconsin
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Chris Lawrenz
Wisconsin
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Dale Meyer *
Wisconsin
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Dora Meyer
Wisconsin
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Jan Rolfe
Wisconsin
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Julie Sarnecki
Wisconsin
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Great Plains Region

Colton Johnson
Colorado
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Doug Johnson
Colorado
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Holly McIntire
Colorado
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Dea Freiheit
Washington
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Elaine Saxen
Colorado
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Marilyn O'Cuilinn *
Texas
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Joy Meyer Sheffield
Texas
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Western Region

Bob Caswell *
California
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Dee Dee Caswell *
California
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Dody Glassco
California
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Linda Jordan *
California/Montana
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Kristi Marshall
California
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Janice McClary *
California
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Colleen Allen Grady
Washington
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Karen D. Lee
Washington
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Terry Carter **
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
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