old time farm shepherd Archive

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 6th, 2011

Rex Bowers Letter

My grandfather kept this type dog all his life and used them on our farm. The best squirrel dog I ever had was a farm shepherd, Rusty. Granddad got him when I was very young and I grew up with him. My parents did not worry where I went as long as Rusty went along. He was a serious body guard! I could sic him on anything, as he feared nothing. We trained him on cows and mules with our older shep, Sport, who was very old.

Dunrovin's Ole Shep
December 31st, 2010

New Pictures of Dunrovin’s Ole Shep Found

Linda Rorem was the source of the original picture of Dunrovin’s Ole Shep that is commonly seen, it was sent to her by Mr. McDuffie along with a letter back in 1995, she subsequently published it in Friends of the Old Farm Collie Bulletin #2. McDuffie actually sent several pictures with that letter from whichRead More

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

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 24th, 2010

Rural Decay

On the way through Tennessee this week I couldn’t help stopping by Brush Creek, the original home of the Old Time Farm Shepherds before Richard McDuffie bought the last litter and moved them to South Carolina. I found the crumbling remains of what was obviously a prosperous place at one time, as I made myRead More

September 21st, 2010

Second Day With Chandler Strunk

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

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 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