old time farm collie Archive

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.

November 9th, 2009

Name That Breed – A Collie By Any Other Name…

In the early 1800s the name “collie” or “colley” as it was often spelled in those days, was not widely known or used outside of Scotland. People who wrote about these dogs, most of whom were English, used the term “Scotch Shepherd”, “Scotch Shepherd’s Dog”, “Scotch Sheep Dog” or “Highland Sheep Dog” this to differentiateRead More

September 23rd, 2009

The Farm and the Collie – 1907

It seems strange that a dog endowed by nature with those qualities which the collie possesses should be so seldom used for the purposes for which he is intended. The collie stands to-day the most popular dog in America. In point of numbers he heads the list in eight out of ten of our benchRead More

September 19th, 2009

Dunrovin’s Ole’ Shep and the OTFS Legacy

It’s a story worth repeating, J. Richard McDuffie, a dog and horse breeder and columnist for Full Cry Magazine wrote an article lamenting the loss of the old time farm collie that were around when he was a kid. He received hundreds of responses from people who felt as he did, including one by DavidRead More

September 10th, 2009

Ole Shep is Dead, Long Live Ole Shep

I regret not learning about the farm collie movement earlier. It appears there was a great deal of enthusiasm for the idea of bringing back the old time farm collies back in the late 90’s but today that enthusiasm has, for the most part, either petered out or been redirected towards the English Shepherd breed.Read More

August 27th, 2009

Missouri Considering the Breeding of Collies

Harry B. Hawes proposes, very sensibly, we think, that the Board of Agriculture establish state kennels to breed Scotch collies for free distribution, just as the state distributes game fish, pheasants and Hungarian partridges. Blooded dogs would lend distinction to Missouri, just as the blooded mule does. Mr. Hawes believes the collie would generally improveRead More