An Old English Sheepdog is a breed which commands a regal presence anywhere it goes. The breed does well in conformation events and truly stands out among other breeds. The dog has a strong, sturdy body which is square shaped. Though the dog has a muscular build and a thick coat, they are deceptively agile and physically adept. True to the breed, the Old English Sheepdog should exhibit qualities typical of a shepherd’s assistant and have an even temperament. The bark of the dog is long and deep with broken ring as the hallmark.
The ears of an Old English Sheepdog should be medium sized and lay flat against the side of the head. The skull is large and square-shaped, having orbital ridges that are arched and well-defined. The entire head of the dog is covered with long hair and the jaw is long, blunted and square-shaped. The nose of an Old English Sheepdog is black in color and very large. The teeth must be in a leveled, scissor Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic bite and the dog has a long, gracefully arched neck. The top line of the dog is higher in the back than in the front and should not show any sign of weakness. The dog has a compact, short body which is broader in the rear; the loins also have a gentle arch.
Males of the breed should 22 inches in height, while females are smaller and stand around 20 inches. The height of the dog should be equal to the same as length, and the dog should have a good amount of muscle and bone. Show judges will be especially aware of the dog’s proportion and balance, rather than overall dimensions. The dog should have an expression that belies intelligence and the eyes should be blue or brown, dogs with one blue and one brown eye are also allowable in show competition. If the eyes of the dog are blue, the judges prefer a light blue or steel-gray color, while if the eyes are brown they should be dark. Yellow eyes have also been witnessed in the dog, though are not preferable and could result in penalization.