drover dog Archive

October 13th, 2010

Dogs; Their Origins and Varieties – 1847

THE SHEPHERD’S DOG, OR COLLEY. The genuine original Shepherd’s dog is now nearly altogether confined to Scotland, where he is called the “Colley.” He stands about twenty-one inches in height at the shoulder; is very gracefully shaped; muzzle pointed; ears half erect; coat long, but fine and silky; tail and hams fringed with hair; colourRead 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

October 11th, 2009

Is the Shepherd or Collie Dog of Any Service to Sheep Husbandry?

I was notified some time ago by our worthy Secretary that I had been selected to write a paper upon the Shepherd or Scotch Collie dog; of what service, if any, in sheep husbandry. My own experience with a Scotch Collie of the silver grey breed was only limited. I was the happy owner ofRead More

September 13th, 2009


Excerpted from Chambers’s Encyclopædia: a dictionary of universal knowledge for the people‎ – 1878 The most useful and valuable of all kinds of dog, and universally employed by shepherds throughout Europe, and in the countries colonised from Europe, and also in some parts of Asia, to assist them in the tending of their flocks. Without it,Read More

An Old Scotch Collie
August 27th, 2009

Shepherd Dogs

Speaking of dogs, I think the shepherd’s dog the most valuable of his species, certainly for the farmer. Our dog Jack, a thorough-bred Scotch collie, has been worth $100 a year in managing our small flock of sheep, usually about 700 in number. He has saved us more than that in time in running afterRead More