More info about Bobtail


duke.jpgIt's a little unclear where the Old English Sheepdog (bobtail or OES) comes from. The OES is one of the oldest breeds Shepherd of England and according to some dating from the Shepherd dogs, which were introduced by the Romans, including the extinct Italian Mastiff. But others believe that the Old English Sheepdog is the result of crossing Sheepdogs of the continent and in England, such as the Puli, Briard and the Russian Ovcharka. Possibly there is also interference from the Bearded Collie.

The purpose of the Bobtail was to the flock of sheep to protect. The farmers of that time wanted to prefer large, light-colored dogs, which were so strong that they could take against bears and wolves. The southwest of England is very rough. The Bobtail had to work on this rugged terrain, the wide variety of weather conditions and can handle the flock day and night guard. The Bobtail has a moderately long, weather-resistant coat, which also as "padding" was for the dog to protect against injuries caused by predators. The OES had to be intelligent to determine when a predator would attack or if he had to return to the fold to watch it. The OES was a powerful, powerful dog who could resist.

Previously, all schepers dogs kept exclusively for the work. The shepherd was not interested in the appearance of his dogs, as long as they were physically and mentally able to perform their task. It was therefore only work on selected properties, but arose in different parts of the country schepers different types of dogs. Climate and the condition of the soil and the type of work that the dog was required, such as hats, drive, monitor, ensured that unit type in a certain region arose. If driving dogs was Bobtail very active and accurate. Then there by increasing industrialization was less demand for working dogs, many dogs schepers more or less superfluous. Later, the breed was supplanted by the Border Collie, which are smaller and therefore cheaper.

The history of the Old English Sheepdog in the Netherlands actually goes back to the postwar years. Shortly after the Second World War that Ms Backx-Bennink in Cardiff acquainted with the OES. Under the name of her kennel Reeuwijks she stands at the base of many lines. They imported the dog and her three Ellenglaze Ladies Choice "Fezziwig" bitches from America and thus bred champions as Birmingham's Care for Beauty and Birmingham's Masterpiece.

Eef ter Mors in 1977 came in contact with Birmingham's Kennel when he saw the dog breeders below Birmingham's Tom Todd and conditions it was a few years later from the combination with Birmingham's Fabulous Lady's Vigilat his first litter bred. Also for many other lines were the Birmingham's dogs at the base. As Birmingham's Desmond and Birmingham's Film in Silver Star.

Belgium played in the kennel of Mrs. Mewis an important role. In the early 70s she made under the name "Shaggy Wonder's" furore with the dog from England Loakespark Brandy Soda. The kennel "Aus dem Elbe-Urstromtal" Cornelia Loest bred her first litter in 1973 with a female from a Shaggy Wonder's combination.



Breed Standard

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A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time, certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.

General Appearance

Strong, square-looking dog with great symmetry and overall soundness. Absolutely free from legginess, profusely coated all over. A thick-set muscular, able-bodied dog with a most intelligent expression. The natural outline should not be artificially changed by scissoring or clipping.


Of great stamina, exhibiting a gently rising topline, and a pear-shaped body when viewed from above. The gait has a typical roll when ambling or walking. Bark has a distinctive toned quality.


A biddable dog of even disposition. Bold, faithful and trustworthy, with no suggestion of nervousness or unprovoked aggression.

Head and Skull

In proportion to the size of the body. Skull capacious, rather square. Well arched above eyes, stop well defined. Muzzle strong, square and truncated, measuring approximately half of the total head length. Nose large and black. Nostrils wide.


Set well apart. Dark or wall eyes. Two blue eyes acceptable. Light eyes undesirable. Pigmentation on the eye rim is preferred.


Small and carried flat to side of head.


Teeth strong, large, and evenly placed. Scissor bite - jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Pincer tolerated but undesirable.


Fairly long, strong, arched gracefully.


Forelegs perfectly straight, with plenty of bone, holding body well from ground. Elbows fitting close to brisket. Shoulders should be well laid back, being narrower at the point of withers than at the point of shoulder. Loaded shoulders undesirable. Dog standing lower at withers than loin.


Rather short, and compact, with well sprung ribs, and deep capacious brisket.


Loin very sturdy, broad and gently arched, quarters well covered round and muscular, the second thigh is long and well developed, the stifle well turned but not exaggerated, and the hocks set low. When viewed from behind, the rear pasterns should be parallel with the feet turning neither in nor out.


Small, round and tight, toes well arched, pads thick and hard.


Previously customarily docked or natural bobtail.
Docked: Customarily completely docked.
Undocked: Natural carriage. Well feathered with abundant, hard-textured coat.


When walking, exhibits a bear-like roll from the rear. When trotting, shows effortless extension and strong driving rear action, with legs moving straight along line of travel. Very elastic at the gallop. At slow speeds, some dogs may tend to pace. When moving, the head carriage may adopt a naturally lower position.


Of good harsh texture, not straight, but shaggy and free from curl. Undercoat of waterproof pile. Head and skull well covered with hair, ears moderately coated, neck well coated, forelegs well coated all round, hindquarters more heavily coated than rest of body. Quality, texture, and profusion to be considered above mere length.


Any shade of grey, grizzle or blue. Body and hindquarters of solid colour with or without white socks. White patches in the solid area to be discouraged. Head, neck, forequarters and under belly to be white with or without markings. Any shade of brown undesirable.


Height: dogs: 61 cms (24 ins) and upwards; bitches: 56 cms (22 ins) and upwards. Type and symmetry of greatest importance, and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Note : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Reproduced with permission of The Kennel Club - Last Updated - October 2009


Bronnen: OESCN

Illustraties: Charlotte Calmerman - Van Wauwe C & &

Old Bobtail pictures An OES op show in 1950

ch.Bouncer of Pickhurst 1938, Bouncer was born 17th of May 1933 ch.Bouncer of Pickhurst 1938, Bouncer was born 17th of May 1933


 paul mccartney and Martha

KissKiss (Katootje) 7m   

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Mother and her pups playing in the garden                            Izzystar & Captain on the beach


Hilde and Femke                                                                         Or son Seppe and Buffy


Izzystar in the camper                                                                  Hilde and Femke


Femke playing in the snow


Illusion in the garden                                                                   Buffy


Seppe with puppies in the whelping box, when he was small that capon


Seppe to enjoy the licks of Dibolt, what they were nonetheless real friends those two


Ricardo with a sandwich                                                            Ricardo was photogenic


Ricardo always feel like a joke                                                  Ricardo & Murdock



Ch. Dibolt Dim Din of the Wobbling Sound was our showpiece at the age of 11 has left us.



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she still may be old. For this many thanks to Esther for the good care.


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Dick Van Dyke ,movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Dick Van Dyke ,movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Doris Day , movie  Pleas don't eat the Daisies (1960), oes HOBO Doris Day , movie  Pleas don't eat the Daisies (1960), oes HOBO

Doris Day , movie Pleas don't eat the Daisies(1960), oes HOBO 1 Doris Day , movie Pleas don't eat the Daisies(1960), oes HOBO

Fred MacMurray in the 1959 movie The Shaggy Dog, Fred MacMurray in the 1959 movie The Shaggy Dog,

Jean Harlow Bombshell (1933) Jean Harlow Bombshell (1933)

Jean Harlow, movie  Bombshell (1933) Jean Harlow, movie  Bombshell (1933)

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