farm collie Archive

Vero Shaw's Sheep Dogs
July 4th, 2011

If I Were Going to Obtain a Farm Dog by Guy Ormiston

In the mid-twentieth century, the old original American Farm Collies of Scotch Collie ancestry almost trotted off into the misty fog of obsolescence – along with draft mules, victory gardens and covered bridges.

Bob, a Scotch Collie from the 1920's
July 1st, 2011

Whatever Happened to Old Shep? by Linda Rorem

People continue to think about the old-fashioned collie and wonder if any can still be found, perhaps some old strain surviving on a remote ranch or farm. They know about Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, English Shepherds, show Collies, but these are breeds are not, in and of themselves, the old farm collie that is being sought.

June 29th, 2011

Improved Off The Face Of The Earth

Various attempts have been made to save the old time scotch collie from extinction over the past 119 years, but none of them have had long-lasting or serious impact. The dogs we have today come to us as much through chance and dumb luck as they do through the efforts to rescue the old-time scotch collie from extinction.

December 10th, 2010

Questions Searchers Ask About Scotch Collies

Reading over the analytics report for my website over the last 6 months I noticed that a lot of people come here looking for answers to specific questions. So I have decided to answer a few of these questions here. The following are actual questions people have asked search engines and been brought to thisRead 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

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 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

May 6th, 2010

The Old-Fashioned Collie: Country Life in America, 1912

June 15, 1912 MORE ABOUT THE OLD-FASHIONED COLLIE The fight to save the old-fashioned collie is on. Just where it will lead we cannot say, but it is bound to be interesting. It involves the big question of breeding for intelligence rather than external show points, and that leads toward the controversy between the advocatesRead More

January 18th, 2010

The Internet, Ole Shep’s Best Friend

There is no question that show conformation, closed registries and kennel clubs nearly wiped out the farm collie forever. Had it not been for the advent of the internet in the 90s they would most likely have been completely obliterated by now. The internet has an amazing power to bring together people of similar interestsRead More

December 22nd, 2009

Old Scotch Collie by Erika DuBois

Sadly, over the past 20 years, collies of Kippy’s ilk have all but disappeared from Inverness County, where at one time they guarded every doorstep. As well as being herders, and guard-dogs, these “old” collies were tolerant of children and very clean in habit.