The Old English Sheepdog Club of Victoria Inc. in History:
With the advent of OES litters in 1967 and 1968, a group of interested fanciers met at the home of Mr and Mrs V. Carroll’s in November 1968 to form the Shaggy Dog Club, the precursor of The Old English Sheepdog Club of Victoria.
The groundwork was done by Mr and Mrs Frank Pateman, Pekinese breeders, and OES owners Mr and Mrs Vin Carroll and Mr and Mrs Frank English, who assisted with locating owners of OES through the Kennel Control Council in order to form an Old English Sheepdog Club. In April 1969, Mr Noel Butler, KCC Committee member and All Breeds judge, accepted our invitation to be pro-tem President in order to help gain affiliation with the KCC.
Affiliation was successfully applied for in 1971 and thus began The Old English Sheepdog Club of Victoria. With affiliation, Mr Butler stood down as President and Mr Vin Carroll took over this role
The first O.E.S.C.V. Open Parade was held on 7 November 1971 followed in 1972 by a Championship Show and Open Parade. These events have continued to be held annually and our club has gained a reputation for running a quality Championship Show by inviting top overseas specialist judges to officiate and also having a spectacular trophy table. During the first decade of Championship Shows the trophy tables were all silver items, with beautiful silver rose bowls presented to the Best In Show.
In 1992 our club hosted the 8th National OES Championship Show, the first to be hosted by our club, followed by the 11th National in 1996 and then the 13th National in 2000. For the first two Nationals the winners received a special bronze Old English Sheepdog statue on a polished wooden platform that had been specially struck for the event.
A gallery of photographs of the past winners of our Championship Shows can be found on the OESCV website.
The 70’s saw the breed skyrocket in popularity, membership of the club grew from 16 to 800 between 1970 – 1980. Monthly General Meetings of the club were held at Deepdene Hall and were extremely well attended where robust debate often took place. Sub committees were formed as each facet of the club needed more and more helpers to achieve results. The publication sub committee produced a monthly magazine that had to be typed, stencilled, collated and posted, the social sub committee put on car rallies, shaggy shamozells, progressive dinners, working bees, trash and treasures, to raise money to fund the club, and there was a full library of OES books that were eagerly read.
Numbers of OES being shown were at their peak, at the 6th OESCV Championship Show in 1977 there were 293 entries including 34 baby puppy dogs 32 baby puppy bitches.
With all this popularity it became trendy for some people to own an OES and the demand saw the back yard breeder produce and sell puppies to unsuspecting owners who really did not understand the breed and the amount of work involved. Consequently the club had to set up a Welfare sub committee so members could rescue from pounds, rehouse and generally care for those OES found in neglected conditions.
The club decided to enter a Float in the 1979 Moomba Parade and the theme of course was “A Shaggy Dog”. The members at the time spent many hours and gave up a lot of their spare time to build the Float, so it was a fitting reward when it went on to win the trophy for “The Best Animal Float With The Most Appeal To Children”.
Flushed with success another Float was entered in the 1980 Moomba Parade where the theme this time was “A Castle Tower”. Members dressed in Olde English Costume and their dogs participated by either riding on the float or by walking alongside. The Float looked spectacular and was awarded the trophy for “The Best Non Commercial Float” a truly special award.
Dr Sandy Ferguson AO consented to becoming the Patron of the OESCV in June 1983 and in 1986 the club became Incorporated.
The club produced its first breed year book in 1984, titled “Bobtales Down Under”, followed by two hardbound pedigree books in 1987 and 1991. These books are now recognized world wide and have proven to be of invaluable interest to those involved in breed history.
The OESCV has always had an exuberant social bunch of fund raisers. As well as the usual raffles (once with a TV and an Overseas trip to the UK on offer) there have been successful shopping trips and nights out at restaurants where donated items have been auctioned. All these events have added to the social aspects of the club whilst at the same time boosting the Club’s funds.
A reunion of past members was successfully held in 1989, where over 100 past and present members were able to reminisce about the good old days
Since the early days, Obedience Classes have been held continuously at Surrey Park in Box Hill where many an OES has enjoyed a morning workout. Advice on grooming, health and diet problems are available to newer members and regular BBQ’s are held including the Clubs Christmas Break-up. An OES Obedience team has made several appearances at the Royal Melbourne Show and other venues.
In 2008 the club purchased a huge Glass Display Cabinet and this has been donated to the Canine Museum, KCC Park, to house OES memorabilia and other important OES items of significance such as the Moomba Trophies.
Breed Numbers have dropped significantly over the past decade, banning tail docking, government regulations, smaller house blocks and today’s hectic lifestyle have been partly to blame, but the Club like the breed is still resilient.