farmcollie movement Archive
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.
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.
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.
Your Grandfather’s Farm Dog Comes Home As published in Countryside & Small Stock Journal May – June 2011 issue When my wife and I bought our old farm house two years ago we had no idea where it would lead us. We had lived on acreage in Arizona for most of our married lives so weRead More
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
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
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
This a continuation of the article that starts at http://www.oldtimefarmshepherd.org/2010/09/20/otfs-pilgrimage/. 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
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
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 www.scotchcollie.org/breed-registry We are now officially registering dogs that meet our breedRead More
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
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.