McDuffie’s OTFS Archive

Articles about J. Richard McDuffie’s Old-Time Farm Shepherds. How he found them and established them as a breed as well as the current state of the OTFS and help in finding OTFS puppies today.

July 5th, 2011

Old Time Farm Shepherds by J. Richard McDuffie

The country was full of Old Time Farm Shepherd or Farm Collie dogs when I was a boy. Some called them Shepherds, others Collies but they were the same dogs. They served as family pet, guarddog, stock dog and hunting dog. My interest in them was always as hunting dogs, but like most people, took them for granted.

Dunrovin's Ole Shep
December 31st, 2010

New Pictures of Dunrovin’s Ole Shep Found

Linda Rorem was the source of the original picture of Dunrovin’s Ole Shep that is commonly seen, it was sent to her by Mr. McDuffie along with a letter back in 1995, she subsequently published it in Friends of the Old Farm Collie Bulletin #2. McDuffie actually sent several pictures with that letter from whichRead More

Doc the Leopard Cur Shepherd
November 24th, 2010

The African American in the Woodpile

This is the story of Doc the Leopard Cur “Shepherd”. When Richard McDuffie brought home the last litter of the Old Bob-Tail Shepherds he faced one gigantic obstacle in preserving this line; What would he breed them with? He seemed to have had a very bad opinion of the English Shepherds and according to hisRead More

November 8th, 2010

Calling Out NKC

For over 10 years now the National Kennel Club has treated the Old Time Farm Shepherd like a red-headed step child and it’s high time we get the NKC/OTFS registration issue sorted out. What am I talking about? Back in 2000 the National Kennel Club (NKC to their friends) was sold, around that time peopleRead More

English Shepherd and Scotch Collie compared
October 31st, 2010

McDuffie’s Blunder and How To Fix It

The true story of failures and blunders and how we can move forward I hate to say it because I really respect J. Richard McDuffie, I respect his knowledge about dogs and breeding, I appreciate what he did in finding and making available the Allison dogs but I also have to be honest, he reallyRead More

September 21st, 2010

Second Day With Chandler Strunk

This a continuation of the article that starts at Today I had my scanner working and scan I did. I now have photos of 3 of the 4 littermates of the last of the Old Bobtail Line, unfortunately one thing I had hoped for, another picture of Ole Shep, was not found, but IRead More

September 20th, 2010

OTFS Pilgrimage

If J. Richard McDuffie is the father of the Old Time Farm Shepherd, then Chandler Strunk would have to be its godfather. I traveled nearly 900 miles in the past 2 days to meet Mr. Strunk, the heir to Richard McDuffie’s Old Time Farm Shepherd efforts, to get the full story about McDuffie’s work withRead More

April 15th, 2010

Need Pictures of Carter’s Rusty

We have pictures on this site of every one of the Old-Time Farm Shepherd foundation dogs, the members of the litter McDuffie bought from old Mrs. Allison in Brush Creek Tennessee. They are…         There are also pictures of all of Dunrovin’s Ole Shep’s progeny that made contributions to the farm collieRead More

October 28th, 2009

Defining a Breed: An Apologia of the OTFS

Back in October 2009, in the wake of events that transpired on the Farmcollie list concerning the rescuing of Scout and Bonnie from an animal shelter in Klamath Falls, Oregon and the subsequent castration of Scout I felt impelled to defend a breed of dogs and to work towards a definition of that breed, the result wasRead More

September 19th, 2009

Dunrovin’s Ole’ Shep and the OTFS Legacy

It’s a story worth repeating, J. Richard McDuffie, a dog and horse breeder and columnist for Full Cry Magazine wrote an article lamenting the loss of the old time farm collie that were around when he was a kid. He received hundreds of responses from people who felt as he did, including one by DavidRead More