breed standard Archive

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

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.

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

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

November 2nd, 2010

The Collie Spectrum: Understanding the Scotch Landrace

The wide diversity of looks that are called Scotch Collie can be confusing to some, especially since most modern dog breeds have such close conformation that all members of a breed look very similar. The Scotch Collie is what is called a “landrace breed”, they developed rather organically over a broad area of Northern ScotlandRead More

May 24th, 2010

New Online Registry for Scotch Collies

I have finally launched the long planned online registry for Scotch Collies, my hope is that it will be a valuable resource for those of us who breed these dogs, many of whom are not eligible for other registries. You can see it at We are now officially registering dogs that meet our breedRead More

May 12th, 2010

Old-Time Scotch Collie Breed Standard Working Draft

We are not trying to create a new breed but to define a very old breed which up until now, has been loosely classified as “Farm Collie” by many. This breed has, over the past 100 years or so split into, or been used in creating, many separate breeds, sub-breeds if you will, what weRead More

October 26th, 2009

Live Stock Journal Almanac – 1878

The Collie Dog – by Gordon Stables, M.D., K.N. “Whatever sad mischance o’ertake ye, Man, he’s the dog will ne’er forsake ye.” — Hogg. It is just fourteen years and a little over since I was captured for Her Majesty’s Naval Service. I say “captured” because, as the reader is doubtless aware, the navy isRead More

September 22nd, 2009

Farm live stock of Great Britain – 1907

THE Collie Dog.—The common belief that the collie is treacherous, is a calumny upon probably the most valuable and sagacious, mild-tempered and patient, servant of the sheep-farmer. It is quite true that a collie which has been brought up in the wilds may be shy and refuse to be patted or even touched by aRead More

September 16th, 2009

Victorian Era Collie Club of America Standards

Excerpted from The dog book, Volume 1, James Watson – 1906 Head.—Skull flat, moderately wide between the ears and gradually tapering to the eyes. There should be but a very slight prominence of the eyebrows and a very slight depression at the stop. The proper width of skull necessarily depends upon the combined length ofRead More

September 10th, 2009

Ole Shep is Dead, Long Live Ole Shep

I regret not learning about the farm collie movement earlier. It appears there was a great deal of enthusiasm for the idea of bringing back the old time farm collies back in the late 90’s but today that enthusiasm has, for the most part, either petered out or been redirected towards the English Shepherd breed.Read More