James Hog 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

May 14th, 2010

James Hogg, The Ettrick Shepherd – 1829

Excerpted from “Biographical Sketches and Authentic Anecdotes of Dogs” by Captain Thomas Brown – 1829 Note: James Hogg was a Scottish poet and novelist who wrote lovingly of his collies in the early 1800s. He lived in Ettrick, Scotland, which is in the border region. It is entirely possible that the Border Collie was distinctRead More

December 4th, 2009

The Shepherd’s Dog, Or Colley – 1841

The height of the sheep-dog is generally about fifteen inches, and its colour is chiefly black or dark grey. He is of all dogs the most intelligent and faithful, and at the same time the most useful. In the wild and mountainous parts of Scotland and Wales, more particularly, must we look for proofs ofRead More

December 3rd, 2009

Shepherd’s Dogs of Britain – 1853

But more distinctly to be referred to the Lyciscan type, are the common dogs of shepherds, to which the term Shepherd’s Dog is, with us, more especially applied. Various kinds of dogs, however, are employed in different countries for the tending of flocks and herds. In some they approach to the Mastiff type, as inRead 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 16th, 2009


Excepted from The dog book, Volume 1, James Watson – 1906 When Buffon stated that the shepherd dog was the original dog from which all others had descended, he was a good deal nearer the truth than in a number of his theoretical assertions, many of which have been proved erroneous. One of the earliestRead More

September 13th, 2009


Excepted from American agriculturist, Volume 7, 1848 The animal described by the figure below, is of the long-haired Scottish breed, and belongs to the same family as the Newfoundland and poodle, which embraces the most intelligent and useful of the canine species. There are two classes of these dogs, which differ widely in their sizeRead More