The Bobtail or the Old English Sheepdog is a large, squarely proportioned, agile dog with a profuse shaggy coat. The body is stocky, well balanced and muscular. It is a strong, compact-looking dog of great symmetry.
All round it is a thickset, muscular, able-bodied dog, with a most intelligent expression, free of all Poodle or Deerhound character. The sum of these qualities, combined with its agility, make it able to meet the tasks required of a shepherd's or drover's dog.
Blue, gray, blue gray or blue merle, often with white markings, sometimes white is the predominate color with markings of the above listed darker colors.
Coarse, long double coat with coarse guard hair, soft downy undercoat. It needs constant care to keep it in top condition. Unless it is combed and brushed right through to the dense, waterproof undercoat at least three times per week, it will become matted and the dog may develop skin problems to be plagued by parasites. Clip out any tangles carefully so as not to nick the skin. If the dog is not being shown, the coat can be professionally machine-clipped every two months or so, about one inch all the way around. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder, usually in the spring (April -May).
This breed is generally healthy although it is sometimes prone to hip dysplasia and cataracts. To minimize the risk of your Bobtail
developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Bobtail dog from a reputable breeder.