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.

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.


OESCA Approved Judge Mentor Listing

* AKC Judge
** CKC Judge

Eastern Region

Angela Stein*
New Jersey
tolkienOES@comcast.net
 
Larry Stein *
New Jersey
tolkienOES@comcast.net
 
Chris Gaburri
Pennsylvania
k9brusher@gmail.com

Southern Region

Edy Dykstra-Blum *
Florida
bizzeeboots@gbwebs.com
Anna Jacobson *
Florida
ajacobson3739@yahoo.com
Woody Nelson *
Virginia
woodynelson@yahoo.com
Elizabeth Fujikawa
Florida
wynwardOES@aol.com
Cass Arble
North Carolina
cassarble@mindspring.com
Ron Stinson
Virginia
rusmokin@aol.com

 


Central Region

Sally Carr *
Illinois
midsomer@sbcglobal.netJere Marder
Indiana
jeremarder@mindspring.comMary Anne Brocious *
Michigan
qubicoes@comcast.net
Cathy Drummonds
Michigan
kenbears2@yahoo.comKaren Fischbach
Ohio
symmetryoes@hotmail.comJane 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.netDora Meyer
Wisconsin
meyerd@midway.tds.net

Jan Rolfe
Wisconsin
jrolfe@wi.rr.com

Julie Sarnecki
Wisconsin
Julie-sarnecki@idexx.com

 


Great Plains Region

Colton Johnson
Colorado
dogtrn@aol.comDoug Johnson
Colorado
oesbugaboo@aol.com 
Holly McIntire

Colorado

talesend@gmail.com

Dea Freiheit

Washington

dea@snowdowne.com

Elaine Saxen

Colorado

oeslady@att.net

Marilyn O'Cuilinn *
Texas
marilyn@skybeammail.com

Joy Meyer Sheffield
Texas
tojooes@flash.net

Western Region

Bob Caswell *
California
robertcaswell@yahoo.comDee Dee Caswell *
California
deedeecaswell@yahoo.com
Dody Glassco
California
fuzzyacre@yahoo.comLinda Jordan *
California/Montana
lbjmontana@msn.com
Kristi Marshall
California
ones2watch@aol.com
Colleen Allen Grady
Washington
snowdowne@juno.com
 
Colleen Allen Grady
Washington
snowdowne@juno.com
Karen D. Lee
Washington
karendlee@comcast.net

Canada

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