Golden Age: 1861 – 1900 Archive

Read articles and see photos of Scotch Collies as they existed during the era of 1861 to 1900. Old magazine and book articles and old photographs of Scotch Collies before they were drastically changed by dog showmen.

August 4th, 2011

British Collies in 1897: a Pictorial

Photos from the 1897 issues of Country Life Illustrated     Related Images:

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

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.

Early Scotch Collie illustration
December 8th, 2010

The Scotch Colley – Poultry Monthly 1881

Of all the canine race, the Scotch Colley is the most intelligent. The herder’s help-mate and friend, and gentleman’s pet. He, with wonderful intuition, anticipates your wants to such a degree as to cause the writer to assert that the Colley reasons, and in support of the position will relate an occurrence he is knowingRead More

October 19th, 2010

Wandering Willie

Note: The story below is about Willie, a “Northumbrian collie” from the Cheviot Hills, no doubt a representative of the regional shepherd dogs that would become know as the Border Collie in later years and not a true Scotch Collie. Read more about Britain’s different regional shepherd dogs. Many a touching story has been told of theRead More

October 18th, 2010

The Poultry Yard by W.A. Burpee – 1891

THE COLLY DOG It may safely be said, that among the most intelligent of the canine race are the Collies. Whether their cleverness is hereditary, or the result of training, remains a question; but all who have their faith in the transmission of good or bad qualities from parents, may safely take for their examplesRead More

October 16th, 2010

Burpee’s Farm Annual for 1891

ROUGH-COATED SCOTCH COLLIES. THE MOST FAITHFUL, MOST INTELLIGENT AND MOST USEFUL OF DOGS. Descriptive of these popular dogs, which we are breeding extensively, we cannot do better than republish the following, condensed from an article in The Century Magazine:— “The outer coat is long and rough, expanding into a frill or ruff about the neck,Read More

May 5th, 2010

British rural sports, Stonehenge – 1875 edition

Sheep Dogs The sheep dog has undoubtedly a higher commercial value than any other, as he has often under his charge a flock worth thousands of pounds. There are various breeds in use throughout the United Kingdom, some smooth, but the majority more or less rough. The most distinct of these is the Scotch colley.Read More

January 2nd, 2010

The Colley, The dogs of Great Britain… 1879

One of the most beautiful and useful of all dogs is the Scotch sheep-dog or colley, excellent engravings of which are given, pp. 125-128. With a fine muzzle he combines an intelligent-looking and rather broad head, and a clear but mild eye, a pricked and small ear slightly falling at the tip. His body isRead More

December 16th, 2009

The Rough Coated Scotch Collie Dog – 1893

Any farmer who keeps a flock of sheep, or any considerable number of other live stock, can have no more useful helper than a well-bred Collie. Such a dog attends strictly to business at all times, and, unlike some other kinds farm help, never goes on a spree; never leaves work undone to attend aRead More

December 10th, 2009

Breeding and Selection of Collie Dogs – 1898

For many years I have been a breeder of collie dogs, and will probably continue to be as long as I live, for the breeding of collies has become a passion with me. So the handling and rearing of this faithful companion of man is one of the great pleasures of my life. The ideasRead More

December 7th, 2009

English Shepherds in America

In previous posts I have documented the existence the English Sheep-Dog or English Shepherd’s Dog, which appear as a close relative of the Scotch Collie but quite different from today’s Old English Sheepdog, as a separate and distinct breed in Britain. The articles I cited range from 1841 to 1887 and were all of BritishRead More