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December 4th, 2011

The Scotch Collie – Poultry Topics, July 1907

The collie or shepherd dog has been bred in Scotland for many years as a help to shepherds. Those old collies bred many years ago would hardly know some of the great winners of today. They were a short, broad-headed dog, as most dogs’ heads are made. A short jaw for strength. But man wantedRead More

November 29th, 2011

What is the difference between English Shepherds and Scotch Collies?

From the beginning I always thought differentiating ourselves from the more well-know English Shepherd would be important. It is the primary reason I toyed with the idea of using the name “Scottish Shepherd”, because it shows more clearly that one is a dog of Scottish extraction while the other is English. More and more asRead More

August 4th, 2011

British Collies in 1897: a Pictorial

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Jetty and friend of the Colores Ranch
August 1st, 2011

The Field illustrated 1915: The Scotch Collie

Without doubt no dog has been more talked of and written about than the modern Collie. He may have degenerated, as many dog show people feel, having been inbred and pushed too much for certain points, but after all, Buffon’s statement that the shepherd dog was the original dog from which all others descended isRead More

Scotch Collies
July 6th, 2011

New Scotch Collie Alliance by Guy Ormiston

The American Scotch Collie almost faded into oblivion after the 1950’s. If you have a vision of bringing the Scotch Collie back, so later generations can utilize and enjoy the original, please join hands with fanciers of like mind.

June 14th, 2011

Facts for Farmers – 1869

An early American source on the Scotch Collie, this book covers every aspect of agriculture from breeds of livestock to barn construction to farm economics and includes many beautiful engravings. It shows that Scotch Collies were well known and commonly used in America before dog shows and Queen Victoria boosted their popularity, it also showsRead More

June 6th, 2011

Rex Bowers Letter

My grandfather kept this type dog all his life and used them on our farm. The best squirrel dog I ever had was a farm shepherd, Rusty. Granddad got him when I was very young and I grew up with him. My parents did not worry where I went as long as Rusty went along. He was a serious body guard! I could sic him on anything, as he feared nothing. We trained him on cows and mules with our older shep, Sport, who was very old.

Landrace and Purebred Scotch Collies
May 13th, 2011

Landrace vs. Purebred Scotch Collies

Q: Why do some Old-Time Scotch Collies look more like modern Rough Collies and others look more like Aussies? Short answer: Old-Time Scotch Collies are a “landrace breed”. Read on to learn what constitutes a landrace breed, how they differ from “purebred” dog breeds and how we can maintain this healthy, hearty and intelligent population.Read More

Old Type Scotch Collies in a Painting
April 28th, 2011

Scotch Collies and Sheep Dogs – 1919

The early Romans had their Shepherd dog (canus pastorales) but no line of descent can be traced to help us to identify the exact type of Shepherd dog of that day. Dr. Cains, author of Tretis of English Dogges (1570) is the first writer to refer to Shepherd dogs. In that work he says: “OfRead More

A Rough Coated Scotch Collie from the Fordhook Kennels
April 14th, 2011

The Old-Time Scotch Collie

Your Grandfather’s Farm Dog Comes Home As published in┬áCountryside & Small Stock Journal May – June 2011 issue When my wife and I bought our old farm house two years ago we had no idea where it would lead us. We had lived on acreage in Arizona for most of our married lives so weRead More

a litter of scotch collie puppies
April 3rd, 2011

SCOTCH COLLIES from Hunting Dogs – 1909

The Scotch collie dog will make the best friend of all the dogs in the canine race, writes a collie admirer. Of all useful animals God gave to man what can excel the dog, at least with the stockmen; in affection no other dog can compare with him, he is a dog that every farmerRead More

A group of collies
February 16th, 2011

Old Scotch Collie Club – 1892

At this time the collie, like the nightingale in the feathered world, which is voice and nothing more, had coat and little else beside to recommend it. Judges and fanciers, with a few exceptions, now bow down and worship before the narrow head of a brainless idol.