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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.

Questions or additional seminar information please contact:

Mary Anne Brocious
OESCA Judges Education Chairman
qubicoes@comcast.net
(248) 685-8428

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.

 

Upcoming Seminars

December 9 – 12, 2014

The AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Hound and Herding Breeds
Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9899 International Drive
Orlando, Florida  32819

Old English Sheepdogs will be presented Thursday, December 11, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Presenters – Mary Anne Brocious and Marilyn O’Cuilinn

To register contact:

Kathy Caruana
AKC – Judging Operations
P. O. Box 900062
Raleigh, NC 27675-9062
919-816-3862
Fax:    919-816-4225
E-mail:  kac1@akc.org

 

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.

* AKC Judge
** CKC Judge

Eastern Region

Joyce Wetzler
Maryland
410-833-6767

Angela Stein
New Jersey
tolkienOES@comcast.net

Larry Stein*
New Jersey
tolkienOES@comcast.net

Chris Gaburri
Pennsylvania
k9brusher@gmail.com

Donna Young
Pennsylvania
chime408@gmail.com

Southern Region

Edy Dykstra-Blum*
Florida
bizzeeboots@gbwebs.com

Elizabeth Fujikawa
Florida
wynwardOES@aol.com

Anna Jacobson*
Florida
ajacobson2222@yahoo.com

Cass Arble
North Carolina
cassarble@mindspring.com

Charlie Olvis*
Virginia
SUNUP1001@comcast.net

Liz Muthard*
Virginia
SUNUP1001@comcast.net

Ron Stinson
Virginia
rusmokin@aol.com

Central Region

Sally Carr
Illinois
midsomer@sbcglobal.net

Jere Marder
Indiana
jeremarder@mindspring.com

Mary Anne Brocious*
Michigan
qubicoes@comcast.net

Cathy Drummonds
Michigan
kenbears2@yahoo.com

Karen Fischbach
Ohio
symmetryoes@hotmail.com

Jane Collen
Wisconsin
barkshirekennels@yahoo.com

Marnie Harris
Wisconsin
mharris@harrismcall.com

Ann Lapp
Wisconsin
pettiboneoes@aol.com

Chris Lawrenz
Wisconsin
larame@wi.rr.com

Dale Meyer*
Wisconsin
meyerd@midway.tds.net

Dora Meyer
Wisconsin
meyerd@midway.tds.net

Jan Rolfe
Wisconsin
jrolfe@wi.rr.com

Julie Sarnecki
Wisconsin
Julie-sarnecki@idexx.com

Jan Wolff
Wisconsin
jmwolff@earthlink.net

Great Plains Region

Colton Johnson
Colorado
dogtrn@aol.com

Doug Johnson
Colorado
bouvoes@aol.com

Holly McIntire
Colorado
talesend@gmail.com

Elaine Saxon
Colorado
oeslady@att.net

Marilyn O'Cuilinn*
Texas
marilyn@skybeammail.com

Joy Meyer Sheffield
Texas
tojooes@flash.net



Betty Fast
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada
bzndz@sasktel.net

Western Region

Bob Caswell*
California
robertcaswell@yahoo.com

Dee Dee Caswell*
California
deedeecaswell@yahoo.com

Dody Glassco
California
fuzzyacre@yahoo.com

Linda Jordan*
California/Montana
lbjmontana@msn.com

Kristi Marshall
California
ones2watch@aol.com

Janice McClary
California
ourwayceramics@aol.com

Woody Nelson*
California
woodynelson@yahoo.com

Dea Freiheit
Washington
dea@snowdowne.com

Colleen Allen Grady
Washington
snowdowne@juno.com

Karen D. Lee
Washington
karendlee@comcast.net



Terry Carter**
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
oes@davincibb.net