farmcollie movement Archive

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.

July 5th, 2011

Old Time Farm Shepherds by J. Richard McDuffie

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.

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.

A Rough Coated Scotch Collie from the Fordhook Kennels
April 14th, 2011

The Old-Time Scotch Collie

Your Grandfather’s Farm Dog Comes Home As published in┬áCountryside & 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

Doc the Leopard Cur Shepherd
November 24th, 2010

The African American in the Woodpile

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

November 8th, 2010

Calling Out NKC

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

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

September 21st, 2010

Second Day With Chandler Strunk

This a continuation of the article that starts at 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

September 20th, 2010

OTFS Pilgrimage

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

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

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.